5 Great Autumn Reads for Romantic Suspense Fans

by Karen Green

As the days get cooler and the nights get longer, you can’t help but feel a charge in the air. It’s the crackling of nearly imperceptible electricity as the temperature falls; the tricks of light that you are sure must only be the shadows lengthening.

It’s the promise of change and the unexpected at this time of year that makes the days deliciously different, and as autumn deepens, we look to the things that ground us, that comfort us just as they encourage that wonderful electricity to continue to crackle in the air.

So steep a cup of your favorite tea and pick up one of these thrilling romantic suspense stories to spend the cozy, cool autumn night with. And if you see something scurry in the dim corner, or a flickering movement fade quickly behind a tree? Surely it was just a shadow.

Dust Up with the Detective by Danica Winters

dust-upEvery dead body in Butte is someone’s kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it’d feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he’s known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.

It’s been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake’s daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family’s secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they’d broken long ago…

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Faces of Evil: Still Waters by Debra Webb

still-watersInstead of reporting the news, Amber Roberts is the news. Has the beautiful journalist murdered someone she hardly knew or has she been brilliantly framed? Evidence points to the former. Enter Sean Douglas, the hottest bodyguard Amber’s ever seen. But Amber is all about her career, and giving it up for romance is unthinkable. Sean, she learns, has his own guilty reason for keeping things professional. The last woman who trusted him ended up dead. And now the same fate may await Amber, unless Sean can protect her while guarding his heart. Because someone is watching and terrorizing Amber…someone no one would suspect…

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Mafia Made: The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth

the-gun-runnerTripp

Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I’m in the business of bad.
I’ve sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I’ve eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who’ve trodden on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it’s their last word.
I didn’t just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She’s mine now. And no one threatens what’s mine.

Terra 

I’ve seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we’re done and I’ll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.

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Scandals of Sierra Malone: Guarding the Soldier’s Secret by Kathleen Creighton

guarding-the-soldiers-secretDesperate to save his young daughter’s life, widowed soldier Hunt Grainger tasked war correspondent Yancy Malone with smuggling Laila to the US. Now, years later, Yancy and Laila are back in Afghanistan—and face-to-face with the man they both thought was dead.

Hunt is desperate to reconnect with the child he barely knows and the headstrong redhead he never forgot. When Laila and Yancy are targeted by a group hell-bent on revenge, Hunt’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. Their only option: hide out at Yancy’s family ranch until the threat subsides. But Hunt’s own secrets might lead everyone he loves into even more danger!

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The Coltons of Texas: Colton Family Rescue by Justine Davis

colton-familyA brokenhearted cowboy finds his second chance with a single mom under siege in the newest Coltons of Texas romance!

Being rich and powerful didn’t save T. C. Colton from painful betrayal. His beloved Jolie Peters walked out on him for cold, hard cash offered by his controlling mother…or so he believed at the time. Now, with a killer hunting down her young daughter—a witness to a murder—Jolie turns to T.C. to keep them safe.

But trusting her again isn’t easy for T.C. at first…although their attraction is still hotter than a Texas summer and he’s crazy about little Emma. For a short time in a remote cabin hideout, T.C., Jolie and Emma feel like family, until the killer closes in, threatening every dream they’re building together…

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So what will you be reading as the days grow shorter?

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