On the Edge

It’s easier to pull off a successful suspense story in a short form than it is to tell a believable romance. So it should come as no surprise that the three tales in the On the Edge anthology work better as suspense than as love stories.

Fatal Tide

This one is w-a-a-a-a-y Over The Top. In big bold letters. With an exclamation point! No, two!! Superrich tycoon hero oceanographer. Mega-bucks. Mega-smart. Ex-SEAL. (Of course.) Painfully beautiful, so-frail-and-delicate-he-fears-she’ll-break heroine who can take care of herself and her pet dolphins (yes, that’s right) just fine, Mr. Rich Man. (Oh, she’s spunky, this girl!) Add in…

More Than You Know

Meg Chittenden’s More Than You Know is more of an old-fashioned detective story than what is generally considered romantic suspense, but that’s a mark very much in its favor, since it is exceedingly well executed. Though an intelligent read, it lacked sufficient romance and passion to fully engage my emotions. And “intelligent” is a good…

No More Lies

Intricately plotted and tightly written, No More Lies poses some intriguing “what if” questions that I’m still pondering days after I finished the book. Clearly, Susan Squires isn’t afraid to challenge her readers and anyone considering reading this book should know right from the start that the story here is a grim one. (Really, really…

In Hot Pursuit

Cozy British villages in mysteries and rural American towns in romance both have become staples of their respective genres. Each genre has conventions attached to the locales. In all those cozy British burgs the people lead seemingly normal lives, while beneath the surface they’re seething with murderous secrets. In the romance genre, the conventions of…

Die in Plain Sight

After Running Scared, an underwhelming second entry in the Rarities series, Elizabeth Lowell returns with Die in Plain Sight, a more enjoyable book. Lacey Quinn, artist and co-owner of an antique shop, inherits some paintings from her grandfather. Convinced of her grandfather’s talent, Lacey takes the paintings to renowned artist Susa Donovan (fans of Lowell’s…

Always a Thief

In Always A Thief, Kay Hooper’s prose seems to be coated with Teflon. I found my eyes gliding over the words at a breakneck speed, and in the end, almost none of them stuck. While the story zips along amiably enough, by the end the most suspenseful question was whether the plot or the characters…

Cold Ridge

In the dramatic prologue of Cold Ridge, Carine Winters is shot at in the New Hampshire woods, and then rescued by hometown hero Tyler North and his two buddies. Soon the two start dating and then get engaged, but shortly before the wedding, Tyler announces to Carine – without explanation – that he can’t go…

The Falls

I’ve been a fan of Karen Harper’s writing since she wrote Harlequin Historicals under the name of Caryn Cameron, and have been enjoying her Elizabeth I series for a while. For some reason, I’d not yet read any of her contemporaries until now and remain undecided as to whether I’d try another of her contemporaries….

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