5 Thrilling Short Novels for Shorter Days

by Karen Green

Mid-winter is definitely the time that the cup tips from half-empty to half-full in terms of anticipating longer days and warmer weather, but we’re not quite ready to say that spring is on its way. However, we can still find ways to stay optimistic about the shorter days and colder nights as we begin to peek—just a tiny bit—around winter’s corner towards next season.

You can help tip that cup towards half-full by finding the perfect read to match your mid-winter mood: shorter stories for shorter days that are as full of suspenseful and intense as the February weather, and as romantic as the notion of the approaching spring. Stories like those featured in the Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night special series of shorter romantic suspense tales, full of page-turning intrigue from your favorite romance authors, including Heather Graham, Carla Neggers and Brenda Novak, and edited by a powerhouse roster of best-selling novelists.

Packed full of edge-of-your-seat suspense and romantic heat, you’ll be able to devour these exciting re-released stories in one sitting. And with the short days destined to stick around for a bit no matter how full your glass is, it’s good to feel like you can accomplish something before the sun goes down.

 

Grave Danger by Heather Graham

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Greg Austin is a detective with the LAPD, tracking down the serial killer known as the Slasher. But when the Slasher breaks into the studio where his ex, special effects whiz Ali MacGregor, works, she has to stop dealing with fake monsters and escape a real one. Ali and Greg should never have broken up. They should be living life together, intertwined as a loving couple. But if they can’t put aside their differences and combine their talents to stop the killer, they may never get the chance to reconcile.

Cold Moonlight by Carla Neggers

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Navy SEAL Ryan “Grit” Taylor survived the war in Afghanistan but lost a limb. Now, Grit is on a mission to save the life of Marissa, a history teacher who also happens to be the vice president’s oldest daughter and the love of Grit’s life. In the snow-laden forest of Vermont, an associate confirms that a sniper is after Marissa. A blood trail warns Grit that either she or the sniper has been injured. But on finding her, Grit must grapple with an entirely different crisis. Who is the actual target?

Lockdown by Andrea Kane

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Basking in an idyllic honeymoon setting, former FBI hostage negotiator Sloan Burbank Parker is strolling the beach with her new husband one minute and negotiating to save three hostages the next in a wedding robbery gone bad. The hostages are a bride, her three-year-old son and his godmother Claire, a psychic. It takes all of Sloan’s skills and Claire’s special abilities to expose what’s really happening and get everyone out alive.

B.A.D. Mission by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Intel agent Sam Garrett called it quits, but a scant two months later, his former boss pulls him back into the agency on an assignment he’s certain Sam will want to handle. Sam’s first love, a weapons-technology research-and-development expert has apparently turned traitor, and Sam is to interrogate and, if necessary, terminate her. Sam must determine if she’s guilty or innocent, knowing that her innocence might not be enough to keep her out of prison or spare her life.

Blood In, Blood Out by Brenda Novak

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Rex McReady joined the Crew to survive in prison, but he also killed two of his onetime brothers to save Laurel, the woman he loves. Now in the witness protection program, he is trying to sort things out with Laurel. After one of their all-too-frequent fights, Laurel is tracked down by Mose, a Crew enforcer. Rex comes by to try to patch things up with Laurel and, with eyes only for her, Rex allows Mose to get the drop on him, too. Is death the only way out of the Crew for Rex and Laurel?

Are you ready to devour these thrilling shorts? Tell us what you’re reading in the comments!

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