romantic suspense

“Deep Dark” Begins with a Bang

25814336.jpgDeep Dark by Laura Griffin
Pocket Book: May 24, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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I’ve been a fan of Griffin’s Tracers series since I discovered her on audiobook. When I had the chance at an advance copy of book ten, well, there was no waiting on the audio format. Everything I love about Griffin’s series was here: romance, mystery, and suspense. And, Griffin hooks readers from page one, immersing readers into the terrifying experience of a home invasion.

Laney Knox was attacked in her home two years ago. Laney managed to escape, but so did the intruder and it seems that other woman have not been so lucky. When a former co-worker is murdered, Laney reaches out to the investigating officer, Reed Novak. Unfortunately, Reed is less than impressed with Laney’s methods and her penchant for evasion. Despite their differences, it soon becomes clear that Laney does have essential information about the case, but she wants to participate fully before giving it all up. Needless to say, detective Novak isn’t pleased with Laney’s withholding of information, while at the same time he feels drawn to the young woman. (more…)

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“Good Dukes Wear Black” and Get the Girl

25663626.jpgGood Dukes Wear Black by Manda Collins
St. Martin’s: April 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

Beach Vacation
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Good Dukes Wear Black is Manda Collins’ final book in her Lords of Anarchy historical romance trilogy. In the final installment Piers Hamilton, the Duke of Trent, has taken over leadership of the Lords of Anarchy, the disreputable driving club. Trent’s belief that he has turned around the reputation of the club is challenged when Miss Ophelia Dauntry charges Trent to help her find the kidnapped wife of one of the club’s members. This investigation also conveniently throws these two acquaintances together, forcing them to explore the attraction between them.

I enjoyed both of the previous books in the series, A Good Rake is Hard to Find and Good Earl Gone Bad and the final book is just as entertaining. Once again readers are treated to a mystery and a more-or-less trouble free romance.  (more…)

Crime Scenes, the Perfect Place to Find a Date: “Waking Nightmare”

6453494Waking Nightmare by Kylie Brant
Berkley Sensation: August 28, 2009
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Library

Beach vacation
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Waking Nightmare is Brant’s first novel in her Mindhunter series. This is a series that revolves around a private company that assists the police with investigations that can’t be handled with local resources. The purpose and set up of this company is a little foggy, but it ultimately has little to do with the larger plot. The main focus of Waking Nightmare is one of those “mindhunters” landing in Savannah to assist the local police with the profile of a serial rapist terrorizing the city.

Abbie Phillips is used to animosity from the local police. She’s a profiler, and as an outside in most investigations she’s not always welcome. However, Abbie is going to do her job and that means delving into the mind of a disturbed individual who is assaulting woman and forcing them to live through their worst nightmares. (more…)

On the Run and in the Snow in “Darkness”

25246755Darkness by Karen Robards
Gallery Book: March 29, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Publisher

The view was nice, but the food was bad
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I’ve been on a bit of a romantic suspense kick as of late (see Shattered Duty), so Robards’ Darkness really appealed. Stranded on a desolate island in Alaska, plus a mysterious hot dude, what wouldn’t work? For me, something was missing. The setting and thriller elements were off the charts, but the romance was a little lackluster.

Dr. Gina Sullivan is an ornithologist studying the wildlife on Attu island and when a plane crashes pretty much right next to her, Gina finds herself battling memories of her own tragic plane crash and rescuing the lone survivor. Cal is the only survivor of the plane crash and when he refuses to give Gina information about himself or the crash and then turns his suspicion on her, Gina is ready to leave the guy the freeze. Then that pesky conscience intervenes. And before any real trust can build, Gina and Cal are on the run from some sketchy military type folks who are intent on killing any person that’s on the island. Let the games begin. (more…)

“Shattered Duty”: Romantic Suspense that Impresses

23398887.jpgShattered Duty by Katie Reus
Signet: June 2, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!
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Shattered Duty kind of surprised me. I had been pretty desperate for an audiobook to listen to and I discovered this one on my library’s eAudiobook offerings. Well, I found myself finding excuses to do chores so that I could listen to this one, which is always a good sign in an audiobook.

Reus romantic suspense title is the third in the Deadly Ops series. I have not read the first two books in the series, and I didn’t feel that I missed out on anything.

Shattered Duty features NSA agent Selene Wolfe and former agent Levi Lazaro. Two years ago Levi left the NSA fold and went rogue after his wife was brutally murdered. Now, two years later he’s closing in on the man that ordered her death. Selene’s investigation into a known terrorist cell coincides with Levi’s mission; however, unlike Levi, Selene is not out for revenge and she must put the safety of the nation before Levi’s hunt for his wife’s killer. (more…)

Series Binge: Tracers by Laura Griffin

Sometimes a series finds you and you just can’t stop reading. Laura Griffin’s Tracers series became that for me. Despite some rocky characterizations, Griffin’s series is compelling, fast-paced and grounded in suspense and romance.

So what’s this series all about? While each book in this series can be read independently what binds them all together, other than reappearing characters, is the Delphi Center, a private forensics lab that is used by investigators when they want to get results quickly. Those that work at Delphi are the best-of-the-best, they are the experts in their field. Rather than being boring old scientists, these experts lead very exciting lives, especially when the hunt for the culprit comes a little too close to home. (more…)

For the Love of re-reading

I had great intentions for today’s post. Research was going to be involved and I was going to write something long and tangling. Alas, this did not get accomplished this week, partly because for the past week or so I’ve been a little obsessed with books that I’ve been re-reading.

A few years ago my reading tastes were dramatically different. Today, I rarely move outside three genres: fantasy, historical fiction, and historical romance (it’s even better when they’re combined into one supergenre!). However, before and during university I was really into contemporary romance and romantic suspense. It provided a nice escape from the seriousness of school. Ever since I’ve been working on a readers’ advisory project this summer at work, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I used to read and how reading moods and tastes change over time. Hence, my re-visitation of past books that I loved. So what did I enjoy back in the day? Well, I am more than happy to share… (more…)