Oct 25 2012 3:00pm

Author Shiloh Walker on the Best Romantic Suspense

Stolen by Shiloh WalkerAuthor Shiloh Walker is no stranger herself to combining tension and romance in a delicious, heart-stopping book. Her latest release, Stolen, has a heroine who's all but become a hermit thanks to a stalking episode earlier in her life. When she's stalked again, the heroine has to turn to her ex for help. And you know where that leads! Shiloh is here to share her favorites in romantic suspense. Thanks, Shiloh!

I See You by Holly Lisle

Spooky. This woman can do a spooky romantic suspense like nobody else.

The blurb:

For paramedic Dia Courvant, each day brings the possibility of facing blood and death. But nothing matched the horror of the day she was dispatched to the scene of a terrible car accident and rescued the sole survivor—only to find her own husband dead in the wreckage. Now, four years later, a series of deadly car crashes has brought handsome detective Brig Hafferty into Dia's life. She's drawn to Brig, but can she trust him enough to tell him of the terror that stalks her? For Dia has received a message warning her of danger and death—a message that seems to have been sent to her from beyond the grave.

This is a book that I actually got goosebumps reading. I usually don’t get freaked out reading romantic suspense very often, but this one got me, more than once. There’s this one scene while the heroine was in the shower…well. It was freaky. It was scary. I read it with my heart in my throat. The heroine is a paramedic-four years earlier, she’d worked a wreck where her husband was one of the victims, and he didn’t survive. Now she’s dealing with a stalker and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is a very creepy, but very sexy book.

Passion by Marilyn PappanoPassion by Marilyn Pappano

Now this one I actually referenced, vaguely, in my upcoming book. Not by name, but the plot itself. I actually got to tweet-meet her in early September and I had a fangirl moment.

The blurb… (This one is short…but don’t let it fool you, the book is amazing):

Obtaining the first public interview with reclusive writer Simon Tremont, successful literary agent Teryl Weaver is astounded when she enters a passionate relationship with a man who claims to be the real Tremont.

I love this book…I’ve read it dozens of times, and my paperback is falling apart. I finally found it out in digital format and nabbed it so I don’t have to keep searching for paperback copies when I read it to pieces. The story starts in New Orleans and it’s really hard to go into too much detail about this one without spoilers, but, this is one amazing book. I read it and then I read it again…and again. Obsession plays quite a bit into this book and I never really saw the ending coming.

Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag

Noticing a trend here; most of the romantic suspenses I enjoy the most are ones from a few years ago.

The blurb:

The scream heard by no one is the deadliest.
In the rural parishes of Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever....
Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice. That once-burning obsession had destroyed her credibility, her career, her marriage—and nearly her sanity. But when a ruthless predator strikes too close to home, she's lured into a perverse game from which there may be no escape. Once before, Laurel's cries against a monstrous evil went unanswered. Who will listen now?

I love Tami Hoag’s older books. This, and Lucky's Lady, are some of my favorite books. The sultry bayou, the suspense, the way you’re not certain the good guy is the good guy…I just love these books. Laurel seems a little unsure of herself, a little shy. She’s coming back from a major trauma in her life and doesn’t really trust herself anymore.

Jack is the typical bad boy. And there’s a killer on the loose who’s going after women who like the wild life. For some reason, I vividly recall the way Hoag wrote about the bayou and how she seemed to bring it all alive.

Dream Man by Linda HowardDream Man by Linda Howard

…Okay, now with Linda Howard, I could just say…Linda Howard, need I say more…

The blurb:

Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department has never met anyone quite like Marlie Keen. While he has doubts about her supposed clairvoyant powers, she sees crimes as they're being committed, there is no doubt about how much he desires her. To Marlie, Dane is all heat and hard muscle, and he makes her body come alive as it never has before. But not even she can foresee that their passion will lead them on a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman who will threaten their happiness and their lives.

So, Linda Howard…need I say more…okay, okay, I’ll go into detail. I can’t remember when I read this, but there’s something about the way Linda Howard writes a hero. Dane is all growly and possessive…doesn’t quite believe her at first, you know with the psychic bit. Marlie is horrified by what she’s seeing but she’s so strong throughout the book. The two of them are dealing with a nutjob, dealing with each other, and the chemistry they have going on. And I’ll be honest. I love a psychic sort of romance. There’s a conflict that comes up…well. This story is just amazing. Next to Son of Morning, it’s probably my favorite of hers.

And I cannot forget my first romantic suspense.

Honest Illusions… by La Nora…Nora Roberts

The daughter of a world-renowned magician, Roxy Nouvelle has inherited her father’s talents—and his penchant for jewel thievery. Into this colorful world comes Luke Callahan, an escape artist who captures her heart—and keeps secrets that could shatter all her illusions…

That’s such a simplified little synopsis. This book is about magicians…(I always loved David Copperfield and this fed my addiction). It’s about sexy cat thief types. It’s about mad, passionate love and mad, insane secrets. I read it back when I was a kid. I’ve read it a dozen times since. At least. It’s one of the few books that I own in ebook and in print because I don’t want to be without in case I feel the need to read when I’m away from home. Roxy is just amazing. And Luke is like…wow. Yeah. That sums it up. He’s wow.

So these are some of the books that come to mind when I think of romantic suspense. Some of my die-hard favorites. The list could go on…Jessica Hall’s books, J.D. Robb’s books…but well. Then the list would be very, very long…so, in a nutshell, this will do it.

J.C. Daniels/Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes urban fantasy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance, among other things.


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Melissa B
1. Melissa B
GREAT post, and you sent me off to buy Marily Pappano book, as I LOVE and totally agree on the others...and what the heck happened to Jessica Hall, anyway? Her books so rock? I am relistening to the Oak Knoll series by Tami Hoag right that woman. I love my romances, in all sub genres, but I have to, HAVE to have have my suspense. And I miss Mariah Stewarts gritty FBI books...not that I don't like her sweet small towners, but she writes killers SO well. And Karen Rose...OMG's...she'll flat creep you out. LOVE it. I'm waiting and crosing my fingers Stolen will be available in Audio, as I enjoyed your last suspense series so much audio. Do you know yet?
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
Great post by one of my favorite authors! I think that Shiloh Walker's The Ash trilogy is one of the best romantic suspense I read in last years. It's great. She achieved that perfect formula of 50/50 of romance and suspense. I love it. Can't wait for Stolen.
My personal favorite of Linda Howard's is Cry No More. That book destroyed me when I first read it and it's special for me. Dream Man is close second.
Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown are both hit and miss for me, but Envy still remains in my Top Ten.
I have ALL Tami Hoag's books. Hers and Erica Spindler's books are auto buy for me.
I started recently with Laura Griffin's Tracers series and I love it.
Only one I didn't read of this list is Passion and now I have to get that book.
Shiloh Walker
3. shiloh_walker
@melissa, no. I haven't. The offer for the others didn't come until the Ash books had been out a while, so this may take time, assuming it happens at all. Since it took this long to get anything in audio...well... O.o

@LegeArtis, I haven't read Erica Spindler yet I don't think. One of them is on my TBB list.
Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
@Melissa B -- I really enjoyed Jessica Hall's books too; turns out she's also known as S.L. Viehl and Lynn Viehl! So she's still writing, just under a different name. She's also published under the name Gena Hale (I remembering liking those books too).
Melissa B
5. Melissa B
redline... GASP!! I knew about the Gena Hale, but had NO idea she was Lynn Viehl and SL Viehl! Thanks for the heads up! LOL, I've been seeing reviews on those books for a while and haven't read one. I have to as I love her writing! Thank you!
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