To me, the best romantic suspense offers a fine balance of romance and suspense. Conflict, crisis and resolution are important to romantic suspense. By definition, a romance includes “a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” Suspense adds the intense feeling readers experience waiting for the outcome. And when put together, you get my absolute favorite formula: an exciting, pulse-racing conflict with a happy, romantic resolution.
In reality, I’m a wife and mother; I live in the muggy Southeast, with beautiful, lush gardens; I have a dog and a cat, and a teenager. I’m not a president of industry or an assassin, or an ambassador using a cover sheltering spies on the run. But when I read romantic suspense, I get a glimpse through the looking glass. It makes my heart race, my anxiety skyrocket, and my imagination soar. It all started with my first romantic suspense, Linda Howard’s Open Season… and grew into a literary passion.
Today, romantic suspense comes in tons of different flavors. It’s not just about crazy stalkers and serial killers. So whether you’re new to the genre or if you’re looking for a couple of titles you haven’t tried yet, I hope you’ll consider these suggestions.