It’s the holiday season, a time to give and receive. If romantic suspense is
on your list to give or receive, there are some good choices in December’s new
releases. In case that’s not enough, I’ve also provided my list of personal
favorite romantic suspense titles released in 2011.
I had the chance to review Allison
Brennan’s IF I SHOULD
DIE, book 3 in the Lucy Kincaid series. This excellent story finds Lucy
and Sean “vacationing” in the Adirondack Mountains. I use quotes because, not
surprisingly, they are spending their down time helping friends find an
arsonist who may shut down their new resort before it even opens. Sean and
Lucy are good at finding trouble and soon they are uncovering generations-old
secrets that people would kill to keep hidden.
I also reviewed RECKLESS NIGHT by Lisa Marie Rice, a companion novella to the
Protectors series. Victor “Drake” Drakovitch and his wife Grace are in hiding.
A former arms-dealer who faked his death, he knows that there people who would
kill him if they knew he is alive. The story centers on the loving
relationship between Drake and Grace amidst the constant fear of discovery.
While I enjoyed the story, I think it’s best read in sequence with the other
books in the series.
Also out this month by Lisa Marie Rice, INTO THE CROSSFIRE continues the Protectors series. Tough Navy
SEAL Sam Reston is thrown for a loop when a beautiful woman moves next door.
Nicole Pearce’s isn’t looking to get involved yet Sam leaves her breathless.
When Sam’s undercover assignment puts them both in danger, he will become her
In HOT ZONE,
by Catherine Mann, Master sergeant Hugh Franco lives only to
save others, until he plucks beautiful attorney Amelia Bailey from the wreckage
of an earthquake and finds himself embroiled in ways he never expected. On the
run from kidnappers, Hugh must call on all his training to protect them. But
Amelia's fiery touch threatens to crack his world—and his heart—wide open.
book 3 in Joyce Lamb’s
True series, features Special FBI operative Samantha Trudeau whose unique
psychic abilities help her catch the most elusive criminals. They also put her
in the path of a sadistic adversary when she discovers she's actually working
for a rogue cell-and into the confidence of a handsome journalist with his own
potentially dangerous secrets.
NIGHTFALL, the final book in the Dead trilogy completed before the passing
of author Beverly
Barton, features the return of Griffin and Nicole Powell. When Nicole
disappears, the phone calls begin--that familiar voice taunting him, promising
to destroy everything Griff loves. Griff will use all the resources of the
Powell Agency to bring Nic home alive.
REWARD, the last book in Christy Reece’s exceptional A Last Chance
Rescue series, tells the story of Jared Livingston and Mia Ryker, the only
agent ever fired by LC R. Jared and Mia find themselves working together to
rescue his ex-wife’s missing daughter. As a team, they’re blowing off tension
in each other’s arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist
and his shameful dealings.
Now for my year end warp-up. Here are the top romantic suspense novels I read
in 2011 (in no particular order and ever mindful that there is much I didn’t
get the chance to read).
1. YOU BELONG TO ME,
by Karen Rose
2. TRUE COLORS by Joyce Lamb
3. A LOT LIKE LOVE by
4. I SPY A DARK
OBSESSION by Jo
5. MAN LAW by Adrienne Giordano
6. THE IDEAL MAN by Julie Garwood
7. SNAPPED by Laura Griffin
8. SWEET JUSTICE by Christy Reece
9. BLOOD AND FIRE by
10. IF YOU HEAR HER by
What were your favorites? What did I miss?
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!
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