Romantic Suspense is a tricky genre, requiring a perfect balance between its two main elements. If the plot is too heavy on the suspense, romance readers are bound to be disappointed because we love our romance. On the flip side, we pick up a suspense novel expecting something exciting and nail biting. So which novels give us both?
I have listed 10 books where the authors did a perfect job of mixing the love interest, good times and heart pounding action. What do you think? Did I miss anything obvious?
10. Black Ice by Anne Stuart
Why? Anne Stuart writes the best anti-hero around. When you combine that with the mystery and intrigue you have a perfect mix of romance and suspense. Black Ice will have you wondering about the HEA and the 'how will they fix this’ question up to the final page.
9. After the Night by Linda Howard
Why? Linda Howard is one of the best Romantic Suspense authors around and After the Night is one of her best. Faith Devlin’s mom is the local tramp, and when she runs away with Gray Rouillard’s father the town is up in arms. Things aren’t really what they seem, so when Faith returns 12 years later to confront the past, the passion between Gray and Faith explodes onto the pages. Their first time is one of the hottest scenes in memory.
8. Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
Why? Cut & Run is the first book in Roux's very popular m/m series. It follows several months of Ty Grady and Zane Garrett’s lives as they work to track down a serial killer. Ultimately, the bad guy isn’t one the reader expects and our heroes fight to save each other and any future victims.
7. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Why? At almost 40 books, this is a very popular series but the first book remains one of the best. Readers are introduces to the very clinical and focused Eve Duncan and the man who owns half the world, Roarke. The mystery is unsolved to the end and has ramifications that ripple throughout the series —plus we have one of romance’s epic couples meeting for the first time.
6. Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare
Why? Pamela Clare pens knowledgeable and thought provoking suspense novels. Her I-team series is one of the best around, and Hard Evidence features Julian Darcangelo, which and was enough to make this one a favorite.
5. Lethal by Sandra Brown
Why? Another big player in the Romantic Suspense world is Sandra Brown. Lethal is heavy on the suspense, but it also features a lovely, slow developing romance. The hero is an accused murderer and needs the heroine to help prove his innocence.
4. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
Why? Book six in the Troubleshooters series, and we finally had Alyssa and Sam’s story. Every previous book in the series seemed to lead the reader to this one. The wait was worth the culmination of this romance and the murder and mayhem that always followed them.
3. The Witness by Nora Roberts
Why? Because it is Nora Roberts.
And because it has a very interesting, security conscious hero who attracts the attention of the local police chief.
2. Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane
Why? Off the Edge has a linguist hero, not your typical Romantic Suspense kickass hero. He uses words and language to find the bad guys.
He also uses the heroine for the task and then later feels the need to make up for it, in very yummy ways.
1. Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
Why? “Mean” Joe Green leaves his love, Stephanie, in order to solve the mystery and she wastes no time in following him. Another romance that has been simmering for many book, this couple closes out the Black Ops series and gives us the answer to questions we have had for a long time.
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