Romantic Suspense

D
Butterfly

A lot of romance heroines are introduced when they are at a low point in their lives. The reader then gets to follow them as they bounce back from that point. China Brown, the heroine of Sharon Sala's latest, is so downtrodden that she's never able to recover as a character. And the book suffers for ...

C
Stealing Shadows

Stop me if you've heard this one before - a female psychic works with skeptical but desperate police to catch a serial killer, who may be targeting the psychic herself. Meanwhile, the psychic and one of the law enforcement guys fall in love. Yeah, I thought it sounded like any number of other books, ...

B+
The Third Heiress

Of the romantic suspense novels I have read over the years, The Third Heiress is one of the first I have found to be genuinely suspenseful. Even better, it accomplishes that feat without piling up bodies all over the place. And though isn't a time-travel, the story also uses paranormal elements to s ...

B-
The Refuge

Balance in romantic suspense is a tricky thing. I've sometimes wondered where the suspense was, and sometimes I've looked for chemistry and sexual tension, only to find it in very small doses. Although The Refuge fits the latter rather than the former, it was still an engrossing book with a b ...

C
Kiss and Tell

Kiss and Tell starts out with a TSTL moment by the heroine and doesn't quite manage to recover. Marnie Wright is spending a little time with her dog Duchess at her late grandmother's cabin in the woods. She's trying to sort out her life - does she want to keep taking the easy way out, working for he ...

B-
Shadows at Sunset

This book should come with a warning label: Book is better than it sounds: Shadows at Sunset has cute in-love ghosts, childish adult millionaire's children and Hollywood. My initial reaction was ...not good. Am I the only one surprised to read funny ghosts in an Anne Stuart novel? But in spite of th ...

C
Not Without You

When I began reading Not Without You, I got pretty excited. It had a good premise and I was up for a romantic suspense story. However, the further into the book I got, the more my enthusiasm waned. While this is an okay read, that's about the best I can say for it. Wealthy, ruthless, uber-busine ...

A-
Sacred Sins

Confession time: This is my first Nora Roberts book, and I knew when I began reading that if I didn't like it, I would receive the wrath of countless Nora fans and, more importantly, my mother. My fears of getting disowned were unfounded. For those who enjoy Law and Order, Sacred Sins is what would ...

D-
Glass Houses

I looked forward to reading Glass Houses because I've enjoyed Stella Cameron's work in the past, especially Sheer Pleasures, True Bliss, and Pure Delights. Unfortunately, this book is not in the same class. The story opens with Aiden Flynn, police detective, in fellow policeman Ryan ...

D
In the Shadow of the Green Line

You know how everybody’s always complaining about the sameness of settings in the books we read? The main reason I decided to read In the Shadow of the Green Line was because it takes place on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus (with nary a Greek tycoon in sight, forsooth). Unfortunately, the book ...