Intro to Romantic Suspense: Seven Books for a Genre Newbie
by Karen Green
The only thing better than discovering a new book to love is discovering an entirely new genre to love—one that you may never have thought would be for you. And the great part is, you don’t have to give up anything to enjoy romantic suspense novels. It’s all there: the flirting, the tension, the unforgettable protagonists, the HEA. But there are also high-stakes plots, adventure, exciting locations and strong and capable characters—oh, and did we mention the edge-of-your-seat thrills?
Take a look at these seven books to get to know the romantic suspense genre a little bit better. From family- and faith-based stories to military ops and western themes, the only question is, where should we start?
Body of Evidence (Colby Agency: Sexi-ER) by Debra Webb
ER doctor Marissa Frasier needs the best protection after she’s wrongly suspected of her ex-husband’s murder. And rugged Colby Agency investigator Lacon Traynor is keeping her close 24/7, helping her find the truth—and uncovering her most vulnerable passions. But someone else wants Marissa and is about to use their desire as one killer trap.
Protected Secrets by Heather Woodhaven
US Marshal Delaney Patton’s assignment: protect murder witness Bruce Walker and his daughter—a little girl Delaney suspects is the child she gave up for adoption years ago. But before she can explore a possible reunion, Delaney must outsmart the deadly criminal organization tracking their every move. Can she shield them long enough to find the truth and possibly become part of the family she’s falling for?
Navy SEAL Cop (Code: Warrior SEALs) by Cindy Dees
New Orleans detective Bastien LeBlanc is stumped by his new client, Carrie Price. The Navy SEAL must find Carrie’s kidnapped boss. Bass has never been a relationship kind of guy, so he’s floored by his undeniable attraction to Carrie. But can he trust her? Now all that can come between them are secrets from their pasts and the all-too-real killer bearing down on them.
Rancher’s Dream (The Montana Cahills) by B.J. Daniels
Tragedy sent Deidre “Drey” Hunter running from rancher Hawk Cahill and into the arms of a sleek businessman who promised her a new life. But her dreams shatter when he vanishes on their wedding night. Drey starts to doubt everything and only Hawk, the stubborn cowboy from her school days, believes the threats are real and that someone is ready to kill. But is he willing to forgive the past if it means ending her nightmare?
The Deputy’s Baby (The Protectors of Riker County) by Tyler Anne Snell
As the newest deputy in town, Henry Ward is hoping to escape painful memories. Then a rain of bullets brings his history rising up again, throwing Cassie Gates directly into his path. He hasn’t forgotten their night together, seven months ago. And now that he’s seen her—pregnant with his child—Henry knows he’s fighting more than his past. He’s fighting for his future.
Rescue Operation (Military K-9 Unit) by Lenora Worth
A little boy is missing, and it’s up to search-and-rescue K-9 handler Ava Esposito and her dog to find him before the Red Rose Killer does. FBI special agent Oliver Davison is hot on the trail of the escaped convict and joins forces with Ava. But when the killer turns his crosshairs on them, Oliver must protect them all before time runs out.
Reunion Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) by Geri Krotow
When police psychologist Annie Fiero stumbles across a case of abuse in her hometown, she takes the assignment. In the process, she is reunited with her childhood friend Josh Avery, who is all grown up and a lethally handsome detective. But as Josh and Annie hunt down a vicious criminal, they must also resist deadly desire.
Are you ready to give the genre a try? Let us know which of these titles you’ll start with!