Archive for the ‘Romantic Suspense’ Category

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

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Star Witness-Mallory Kane

March 27, 2013

Star Witness
Mallory Kane
Harlequin Intrigue, Mar 19 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373696833

Law enforcement believes Hasty Mart convenient stores owner and importer Ernest Yeoman violently murdered Congressman Freeman Canto in order to prevent an increase tariff on imports and greater security at the Port of New Orleans. Freeman’s granddaughter Danielle Canto witnessed her grandfather’s homicide.

Prosecutor Harte Delancey is assigned keeping the attorney safe from Yeoman. As a hurricane bears down on the pair, each knows they are isolated from outside help. Danielle, whose storm phobia has paralyzed her in the past, finds with Harte at her side she can cope. As killers stalk the duet and trusting no one in law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office or even the US Senate and with his family out of reach, Harte and Danielle rely on themselves to survive the tsunami that targets them.

The latest Delancey Dynasty (see Private Security and Death if a Beauty Queen) is a great romantic suspense that showcases the consistently high quality novels by Mallory Kane. Fast-paced from the onset and never slowing down, readers will relish the perilous adventures of two wonderful heroes.

Harriet Klausner

Royal Rescue-Lisa Childs

March 27, 2013

Royal Rescue
Lisa Childs
Harlequin Intrigue, Mar 19 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373696840

Over three years ago, Josie Jessup, heir to a media conglomerate, died. Pregnant she actually went into the Witness Protection Program after what she saw in Chicago to avoid her lover Brendan O’Hannigan, the son of a gangster. Now as a single mom JJ Brandt raising her son Charlie, she learns of the assault on her father Stanley.

With her U.S. Marshal handler Charlotte Green gone (see The Princess Predicament), Josie, knowing the risk and consulting with no one, visits her dad at the hospital. FBI Agent Brendan O’Hannigan is shocked to find her alive and that he sired a child. However, his American Princess is unaware that her father’s attack was a means to get her to come out of hiding. Only Brendan, whose peers and beloved distrust him, vows to keep her safe while concealing his full agendas from everyone; as he reciprocates their distrust.

The latest Royal Bodyguards (see Protecting the Pregnant Princess), Royal Rescue, is a fabulous twisting romantic suspense starring two protagonists who prove love is not enough to forge a passionate relationship. Action-packed from the moment the heroine steps out of the shadows, fans will appreciate Lisa Child’s terrific thriller.

Harriet Klausner

Redemption-BJ Daniels

January 4, 2013

Redemption
BJ Daniels
Harlequin HQN, Jan 29 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780373777570

Jack French spent the last two years in prison doing forced ranch labor after being convicted for cattle rustling, a crime he did not do. After his release, he returns home to Beartooth, Montana with one mission in mind: enact vengeance on the unknown(s) who framed him.

While he did hard time, Kate LaFord relocated to Beartooth where she owns the Branding Iron Café. Beartooth General Store owner Lynette “Nettie” Benton persuades Sheriff Frank Curry to uncover the secrets of the enigmatic Kate and also wants to know more about her mysterious new tenant Tiffany Hayes. Lynette and Frank are attracted to each other though her remaining married but separated from her husband Bob (who resides in Arizona) leaves both hesitating to do more than harmlessly flirt. Having found a murdered corpse, Frank asks Lynette to look at a photo he found on the unidentified body; she confirms it is the dead for three decades Ackermann family. As Kate serendipitously searches for rumored gold that her mom swears exists, she and Jack meet and fall in love.

The latest Beartooth Big Sky romantic suspense (see Unforgiven) is an entertaining thriller as once again deaths from decades ago (and rumored lost gold) keep a firm grip on the townsfolk. Fast-paced from the moment Jack returns home as an unappreciated Good Samaritan and never decelerating, readers will enjoy this taut Montana tale with multiple (perhaps too many) mysteries and one and a half romances.

Harriet Klausner

Beyond Valor-Lindsay McKenna

January 3, 2013

Beyond Valor
Lindsay McKenna
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Jan 22 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373278091

Near Lar Sholtan, Afghanistan, highly regarded for his scrounger skills almost as much as his combat medical expertise, US Navy medic Luke Collier learns he is responsible for mentoring and keeping safe newly assigned Navy medic Megan Trayhern. General Maya Stephenson, who recognized modern warfare has no clearly delineated front line and thus created the Black Jaguar Squadron, persuaded the Pentagon to send trained female medics into the villages to gather Intel from the frightened villagers who may talk to a woman, but never a man as they fear the marines as much as the Taliban.

Luke and Megan are attracted to each other at first sight. However, each knows that the fraternization ban must be strictly adhered too especially in combat settings. Additionally, Luke knows what three deployments did to his marriage and Megan believes a relationship, especially a taboo one, would compromise her mission. Honor and duty are at war with love.

The latest Black Jaguar Squadron military romance (see His Duty To Protect and Operation: Forbidden) is a great tale due to the deep look at daily survival of combat medics in the field. The Afghani villagers bring the freshness with their fear of the marine and the Taliban. Action-packed, readers will appreciate Lindsay McKenna’s excellent forward deployed romantic thriller.

Harriet Klausner

Home by Dark-Marta Perry

December 12, 2012

Home by Dark

Marta Perry

Harlequin HQN, Dec 18 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777358

 

Almost a decade has passed since Rachel Mason eloped to marry Ronnie over the objections of her Amish family and community.  She never returned to home in Deer Run until now.  Now a widow, Rachel, accompanied by her nine year old daughter Mandi, comes home to face communal ostracizing as no one including her Daad and Maam welcome her or her child except for her fourteen year old brother Benjamin Weaver.

 

Her late husband’s BFF Colin McDonald knows he owes Rachel for failing to be there for his deceased buddy though he believes she will not welcome him.  However, a troubled Benjamin tells his sister and Colin a secret that haunts the teen and makes him a target of the killer.  The estranged pair unites to keep Benjamin safe.

 

The first Watcher in the Dark is a taut romantic suspense starring a brave heroine who though a pariah within her family will do anything to keep her child and brother safe.  The key to this strong Amish thriller is the family and romance subplots support the suspense as the danger remains the prime focus.  Readers will enjoy Home By Dark as a clever predator implements his plans for Deer Run.

 

Harriet Klausner

Nowhere To Hide-Nancy Bush

September 5, 2012

Nowhere To Hide

Nancy Bush

Zebra, Aug 28 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781420125023

 

Her law enforcement twin brother August was born six minutes before her on August 31 while Police Detective September “Nine” Rafferty came into the world on September 1.  Like their older siblings (March, May and July), they are named for their birth months. 

 

However, September has no time to celebrate her birthday as she and her partner Detective Gretchen Sandler lead the inquiry into the “Do Until Others As She Did To Me” serial killing case.  The two cops know the third victim Glenda Tripp had ties to the Zuma case that Augie worked (see Nowhere to Run).  However, the investigation takes a strange personal spin that has Nine believing she knows the culprit who apparently has targeted her.  The prime suspect is Jake Westerly who she shared a brief interlude back in high school.

 

The latest Rafferty siblings’ police procedural (see Nowhere To Run) is an exciting investigative thriller.  The storyline is action-packed as the hunted hunts the hunter.  The relationship between Nine and Jake fails to ring true in several ways; such as the civilian protects the cop and what happened the day after back in high school is not confronted; besides which a romance feels forced and unnecessary.  Still fans will enjoy Nowhere To Hide as a psychopath stalks the cop who is trying to end the killings.

 

Harriet Klausner

Courageous-Diana Palmer

August 30, 2012

Courageous

Diana Palmer

Harlequin HQN, Jun 26 2012, $24.95

ISBN-13: 9780373776726

 

To reward former Special Forces Major Winslow Grange for leading the rescue of his kidnapped wife Gracie, billionaire Jason Pendleton gave him a ranch near Comanche Wells, Texas.  Winslow hires Ed Larson as his foreman and the man’s daughter Peg as his housekeeper.   However, Winslow spends a lot of his time on causes he believes in, but when home he avoids his attraction to Peg who loves him.

 

His current mission is to help General Emilio Machado regain leadership of Barrera, a tiny nation in the Amazon rainforest.  While he is in South America, Peg fears for his life.  Photojournalist Clarisse Covington arrives at the ranch and tells her that she just saw Grange and he wants to see her.  With Clarisse paying for het flight, Peg travels with the reporter to Barrera where her actions place the women in peril and jeopardize the liberation operation.

 

The two women are stereotypical of the good and bad girl respectively; while Grange is a unique hero who adheres to his values though it would have helped to better understand his motives with whom and what influenced him in his past.  The prime romance is slow to develop while ironically the storyline is at its best when Clarisse and deadly mercenary Roarke are the lead.  Diehard fans of Diana Palmer’s Jacobsville tales (see Renegade) will enjoy this entry.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

Guardian-Catherine Mann

August 17, 2012

Guardian

Catherine Mann

Berkley Sensation, Sep 4 2012, $7.99

ISBN 9780425250990

 

At a military trial at Nellis AFB, JAG Major Sophie Campbell and test team director Major David Berg argue whether fire control officer Captain Tate erred when his AC-130 aircraft shot into a private citizen’s home.  The missed firing led to a little boy Ricky Vasquez unable to use his legs and his family facing medical induced bankruptcy.  This, along with his belief in his test crew, has David needing to know the truth as the child reminds him of his beloved daughter Haley Rose.  As a single mom Sophie also empathizes with the injured child.

 

David persuades Sophie to help him investigate the tragic incident so that a career will be somewhat salvaged and a family could sue the right culprits and win.   As they make their inquiries, they fall in love.  Both know as single parents their offspring come first, which is what someone in the shadows is counting on when the culprit targets scaring off Sophie.

 

The latest Dark Ops military romantic suspense (see Protector) is an exciting stay at home thriller starring two obstinate protagonists.  The fast-paced storyline grips the audience from the opening courtroom scene and never let’s go until a final confrontation.  Although the entertaining plot never veers off the expected course, fans will enjoy this engaging tale as David believes Tate is innocent but the villain still has to be an insider.

 

Harriet Klausner

Nightwatcher-Wendy Corsi Staub

August 15, 2012

Nightwatcher

Wendy Corsi Staub

Harper, Aug 28 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062070289

 

For three years Allison Taylor has lived in Manhattan.  She loves the city that never sleeps.  However, she awakens to the horror of the 9/11 terrorist mass murders. 

 

Horrified by what occurred Allison soon learns that lost in the mass murders is the killing of her upstairs neighbor Kristina Haines by apparently the serial killer “Nightwatcher” and that next door James MacKenna searches for his missing wife Carrie who he fears died in the Towers.  At the same time homicide detective Rocky Manzillo continues his investigation into ending the Nightwatcher homicides unaware that Allison is marked for death.

 

The key to this powerful romantic suspense is the impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers as Stalin was wrong when he said: “The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic;” as the timeframe matters.  A murder of one person seems callously minor (except to family, friends and neighbors) when compared to over three thousand dead in a morning.  Many first responders died alongside civilians in the Towers and risked their lives afterward at Ground Zero; Manzillo’s investigation provides a normalcy like the November 1 World Series game in the Bronx (my husband said you could see the smoke) as life goes on but one must never forget this day in infamy.  This is a great thriller.

 

Harriet Klausner