Archive for the ‘Romantic Suspense’ Category

Mystery Man-Kristen Ashley

August 31, 2013

Mystery Man
Kristen Ashley
Forever, Aug 27 2013, $6.00
ISBN: 9781455599189

In Denver, randomly at night for the last eighteen months, the Mystery Man has slipped into the bed of book editor Gwendolyn Kidd, but by morning he is gone. She has no idea who he is but knows she wants to see his face and body as they always make love in the dark; he is her one.

Darla arrives screaming for Gwen’s sister Ginger. Gwen asks the upset intruder what is going on; Darla responds by pointing her fingers in the shape of a gun at Gwen’s head. The Mystery Man security expert Cabe “Hawk” Delgado comes out of the shadows to protect Gwen. In daylight he is no longer the man of her nocturnal dreams though she still wants him but hates his bullying her.

The latest Dream Man romance (see Wild Man and Law Man) is an engaging suspense in which yin and yang opposites come together. Although he, as the sun and she as Sedna the dwarf planet, requires a major reader adjustment, fans will enjoy this alpha-omega relationship drama as Mystery Man learns the downside of ultra-arrogance is falling in love with your sub.

Harriet Klausner

Task Force Bride-Julie Miller

August 30, 2013

Task Force Bride
Julie Miller
Harlequin Intrigue, Aug 20 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373697113

Kansas City Police Department hunts the Rose Red Rapist but the psychopath has eluded their efforts. The cops get a big break when Fairy Tale Bridal Shop owner and wedding planner Hope Lockhart escapes the predator.

The spinster agrees to serve as bait in order for KCPD to catch this dangerous predator. Thus she will pretend to be the fiancée of K-9 beat cop Edison “Pike” Taylor. Pike knows his mission is to capture the rapist while keeping Hope safe; but he also has an ulterior motive as he wants to get to know her. The reticent Hope fears his advances almost as much as she is frightened of his K-9 partner Hans.

The latest Precinct: Task Force romantic police procedural (see Assumed Identity) continues the KCPD efforts to end the terror reign of triple R. Character driven by the fascinating bashful female protagonist who avoids any chance at a HEA and instead feverishly buries herself in insuring her clients as a defense mechanism after suffering abuse as a child. However, Hope’s trauma also slows down the storyline while posing an intriguing challenge to the cop and his partner.

Harriet Klausner

Declan’s Cross-Carla Neggers

August 28, 2013

Declan’s Cross
Carla Neggers
Mira, Aug 27 2013, $24.95
ISBN: 9780778314639

FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan take some R&R together in Declan’s Cross, Ireland. At the same time, marine biologist Julianne Maroney accepts an invitation from Lindsey Hargreaves to leave Rock Point, Maine for Declan’s Cross to escape the rejection by Colin’s brother Andy. Worried about Julianne, Andy emails Colin to make sure she is safe.

Lindsey fails to meet Julianne at the airport as arranged. Thus Julianne drives a rental to her destination where she is unhappy to see Colin who reminds her of his sibling breaking her heart. Stolen art recovery expert Emma wonders if Julianne coming to this town is tied to the art theft ten years ago that her detective grandfather failed to resolve; the valuable loot remains missing while the situation perilously intensifies for the visiting New Englanders and others from a clever merciless predator.

The third Sharpe and Donovan romantic mystery (see Heron’s Cove and Saint’s Gates) is an enjoyable thriller that centers on art thefts a decade and ago and in the present. The exciting tale can turn confusing as locale and time change back and forth, but still readers will relish this strong suspenseful storyline as secrets reveal a shocking conspiracy.

Harriet Klausner

Dangerous Refuge-Elizabeth Lowell

April 16, 2013

Dangerous Refuge
Elizabeth Lowell
Morrow, Apr 9 2013, $26.99
ISBN: 9780062132710

When Uncle Lorne Davis died, LAPD homicide detective Tanner Davis returns to the family ranch in Refuge, Nevada to settle the estate. However, Tanner quickly becomes suspicious of the cause of his late relative’s death as increasingly he believes someone murdered Uncle Lorne and he uncovers several suspects with motives.

One of those who had reason for murdering his uncle is historical heritage protector Shaye Townsend. To their chagrin, each feels a heat hotter than a Nevada desert summer for the other. As they agree to jointly investigate what happened to his Uncle Lorne, they also share intense love-making; but neither wants to acknowledge that love is the impetus. That changes when the diabolical killer goes after Shaye as Tanner willingly risks his life to keep his beloved safe.

Although as much a romance as a mystery, readers will enjoy this exhilarating suspense thriller especially the fabulous climax in deserted Sierra Nevada mines. Fast-paced though Dangerous Refuge never deviates from the expected romantic suspense path, readers will appreciate Elizabeth Lowell’s entertaining tale.

Harriet Klausner

‘Til Death-Sharon Sala

April 4, 2013

‘Til Death
Sharon Sala
Mira, Mar 26 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778314271

Two decades ago, Lincoln Fox was convicted of the arson that killed his father. During his trial and for the next twenty years, Linc swore the government incarcerated the wrong person. He vowed to one day come home to Rebel Ridge, Kentucky to investigate and identify who destroyed his life.

A near fatal accident sends Linc to his Appalachia hometown in search of the truth. When a blizzard leads to Meg Walker crashing her car, Linc comes to her aid. He realizes that he still loves his high school girlfriend and remembers she always believed he did not set that fire. However, those behind what happened then prefer the truth remain buried; so to insure nothing changes, they abduct Meg and dump her high on the frozen mountains to die.

The final tale in the Walker sisters’ Rebel Ridge trilogy (see Next of Kin and Don’t Cry For Me) starts slow as the players are introduced, but accelerates into a fabulous fast-paced romantic suspense. Readers root for Linc and Meg to make it together; but understand any vows of love may be short as ‘Til Death do us part could be any moment in a “Town Without Pity” (directed by Gottfried Reinhardt).

Harriet Klausner

The Prince-Tiffany Reisz

November 5, 2012

The Prince

Tiffany Reisz

Mira, Nov 20 2012, $13.95

ISBN: 9780778314103

 

A reporter forced dominatrix Nora Sutherlin into hiding.  Her owner Søren sends Nora from New York to Kentucky to stay out of unwanted publicity.  At the same time that Nora goes into exile, Kingsley Edge replaces her with Søren, a place she has been at on and off for years.

 

In Bluegrass Country, Nora reunites with thoroughbred king Wes Railey in his realm rather than her turf.  Meanwhile Søren and Kingsley search for the predator threatening to expose their kinky lifestyle.

 

The third Original Sinners BDSM tale (see The Siren and The Angel) is an engaging drama that contains two interesting subplots.  First Nora seems on the cusp of choosing between two different hunks though one she can never have one completely and the other only partially satiates her kinky needs.  Second Kingsley and Søren hunt the stalker.  Fans of the series will enjoy the latest erotic adventures in New York and in Kentucky where Wes’ lower head affirms why he is The Prince.

 

Harriet Klausner

Scorched-Laura Griffin

October 18, 2012

Scorched

Laura Griffin

Pocket, Oct 30 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781451617399

 

On Basilan Island in the Philippines, Delphi Center forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn studies the human bones in a locale classified as a massacre.  However, something is off and she tries to resolve what and why starting with the pacifier.  When she sees the FBI investigator working with her murdered, she knows she is next so she flees into the jungle.

 

Navy SEAL Gage Brewer chose his job over his beloved when he dumped Kelsey several months ago.  While in San Diego following an African mission, he learns his Kelsey is in lethal trouble. The special ops operative drops everything to protect his woman as a diabolical adversary refuses to allow a SEAL or an anthropologist interferes with the plan. 

 

The latest Tracers forensic romance (see Twisted, Snapped and Untraceable) is a fantastic action-packed conspiratorial thriller.  The tense storyline is fast-paced from the moment Kelsey flees for her life and never slows down as the heroine wonders whether she can trust her “protector” with her life as he may be the killer and he broke her heart.

 

Harriet Klausner

Stolen-Shiloh Walker

October 8, 2012

Stolen

Shiloh Walker

Ballantine, Oct 30 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780345531902

 

Shay Morgan survived a brutal childhood that turned her into a recluse.  She moved to Earth’s End, Alaska to be as far away from her tormentor and becomes a hermitic writer who uses electrons when she has to reach someone.  To even her shock, she had a boyfriend, village bookstore owner Elliot Winter, but he ended it a month ago when she refused to tell him her darkest secrets.

 

Shay becomes the victim of identity theft as someone using her name has done book signings, stared a blog and Facebook page.  That individual fired Shay’s agent and accuses Elliot of rape.   Having seen his military career destroyed by false accusations, Elliot will not allow déjà vu to occur again if he can end the lies.  He believes Shay when she says she did not accuse him, but she hesitates to tell him about her nightmarish childhood although she knows they must team up to end the insidious assault.

 

This is an exciting psychological romantic suspense starring two flawed individuals; each carrying the weight of the past on their respective souls as neither is very trusting.  The identity theft is brilliantly achieved as few know what the recluse looks like as she does everything remotely.  Shiloh Walker provides a taut thriller that will have fans reconsidering on line activity requiring personal information.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

Finding Mercy-Karen Harper

September 30, 2012

Finding Mercy

Karen Harper

Mira, Oct 16 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9780778313977

 

Thirtyish Alex Caldwell detests what has happened to his life ever since he turned witness against his ex-boss Marv Boynton who conducted illegal deals with the Chinese.  Alec rejected the witness protection program while waiting for the trial to begin.  He knows his career on Wall Street is dead as is the firm SkyBound he worked for but hopes to start over soon.  In Atlanta while his bodyguard Jake sleeps, Alec steps out only to have someone shoot at him. 

 

The hit attempt leads to Alec placed in WITSEC where he is hidden amongst the Amish in Home Valley, Ohio.  Alec meets Ella Lantz, the daughter of his hosts.  They are attracted to one another though she knows he is not Amish even if the elders imply otherwise that his difference comes from being a Pennsylvania cousin.  As they fall in love, the outside world intrudes with hit men trying to kill Alec; collateral damage being acceptable.  As the couple flees Eden County, accompanied by her grosmamm, the enemy pursues them.

 

The third Home Valley Amish romance (see Return to Grace and Fall From Pride) is an exciting rendition of Witness with the twist that the lead couple flees Amish country.  Fast-paced and filled with action, readers will this love on the run romantic suspense.

 

Harriet Klausner

Nowhere to Run-Amy Wallace

September 16, 2012

Nowhere to Run

Amy Wallace

Harvest House, Oct 1 2012, $13.99

ISBN: 9780736947336

 

Montezuma, Georgia Police Officer Ashley Walters feels someone is stalking her.  Her fiancé Patrick James, her family and friends tell her she needs to see the police counselor more as they assume her recent case has her slightly off kilter (see Hiding In Plain Sight).  When a vase of roses not given to her by Patrick is left outside her home, she finds the proof of a stalker.  Soon after that Patrick is run off the road and a manila envelope arrives with photos of her dating back to high school.  The culprit beats up Patrick sending him to hospital and a cop protecting her is shot when the stalker breaches her parents’ ultra-secure home 

 

Fearing for the safety of her loved ones, Ashley flees Georgia accompanied by her BFF Margo.  They take sanctuary in the Mennonite community in Shipshewana, Indiana.  After warning Marshal Tom Taylor, Ashley reconsiders faith in God to protect those she cherishes but also has doubts about the Lord who she believes deserted her when her brother was murdered a decade ago.

 

The second Place of Refuge romantic suspense is an action-packed inspirational as a stalker knows in his gut that Ashley belongs to him and does macho insane things to prove to her his assertion.  Fast-paced from the moment the case is left at the beleaguered heroine’s door and never slowing down until an anticipated confrontation, readers will enjoy this deep look inside the soul of a disbeliever trying to find her way back to the Lord and inside a “Criminal Mind”.

 

Harriet Klausner