At the end of 2012, we did a poll here at Heroes and Heartbreakers asking what you, our loyal readers, were most looking forward to reading in 2013. Romantic suspense was one of the top answers.
Readers, you are playing my hot, sexy, action-filled song.
It’s all right there in the name, isn’t it? Romance and suspense. Action mixed with sexy times, the occasional foreign locale, SEALs, bikers, and covert ops, oh my!
It's two of my favorite genres in one. Nothing beats smexy times mixed in with edge-of-your-seat suspense. —Romance Novel Reviewer The Book Vixen
Officially, the Romance Writers of America define the romantic suspense sub-genre as “romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.”
There’s a mouthful.
I believe there is an element of romantic suspense (RS) in every subgenre of romantic fiction. Whether it’s historical or paranormal or sweet contemporary or sexy contemporary or erotic romance, by its very nature, all romance novels seek to solve that most suspenseful of quandaries: will they or won’t they? We know they will—it is romance after all, which (in general) automatically guarantees an HEA or HFN depending on your particular poison. But it’s the suspenseful journey of how they do it that keeps us turning pages. Throw in some adrenaline fueled action to spike it up and now it’s really a party, and your basic romantic suspense novel.