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Romantic Suspense

Novels are considered “romantic suspense” if they incorporate a love story and fast-paced plot for page-turning reading. This list groups romantic suspense novels into four categories, to help readers narrow the reading suggestions. Many of these authors have numerous romantic suspense titles in addition to the ones listed—explore the possibilities!

“Classic” Romantic Suspense:

Don’t Say a Word
Beverly Barton

Sandra Brown

Love is Murder
edited by Sandra Brown

Mary Burton

Catherine Coulter

The Lost
Sarah Beth Durst

Juliet: a Novel
Anne Fortier

Dash of Peril*
Lori Foster

Killing Time*
Cindy Gerard

Fast Track*
Julie Garwood

Shadow Woman
Linda Howard

Almost Home*
Pam Jenoff

Live to See Tomorrow*
Iris Johansen

Night Diver
Elizabeth Lowell

Down Range
Lindsay McKenna

Fern Michaels

Brenda Novak

Karen Robards

The Collector
Nora Roberts

The Ivy Tree
Mary Stewart

Romantic Suspense with Substantial Mystery Elements:

From Barcelona with Love*
Elizabeth Adler

After the Storm*
Maya Banks

6 Killer Bodies*
Stephanie Bond

Allison Brennan

No Ordinary Man
Suzanne Brockmann

Carol Cassella

The Heist*
Janet Evanovich

Far Gone
Laura Griffin

The Swiss Affair
Emylia Hall

Down River
Karen Harper

Left to Die*
Lisa Jackson

Midnight Sins*
Lora Leigh

Secrets of the Lost Summer*
Carla Neggers

Concealed in Death*
J.D. Robb

A Dangerous Fiction
Barbara Rogan

You Belong to Me
Karen Rose

Debra Webb


Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements:

Edge of Dawn*
Lara Adrian

Tiger Magic*
Jennifer Ashley

Hunting Ground*
Patricia Briggs

The Lost Night*
Jayne Castle

Storm of Visions*
Christina Dodd

Dark Wolf*
Christine Feehan

Up from the Grave*
Jeaniene Frost

Phantom Evil*
Heather Graham

Chill of Fear*
Kay Hooper

Sixth Grave on the End*
Darynda Jones

The Taker*
Alma Katsu

No Mercy
Sherrilyn Kenyon

In Too Deep*
Jayne Ann Krentz

Shadow Touch*
Marjorie M. Liu

The Taking*
Erin McCarthy

Karen Marie Moning

Cold Sight*
Leslie Parrish

Vampire Most Wanted*
Lynsay Sands

Silence for the Dead
Simone St. James

Black Magic Woman*
Christine Warren


Romantic Suspense from Inspirational Authors:

Hannah Alexander

Life Support*
Candace Calvert

In the Shadow of Evil
Robin Caroll

Butterfly Palace
Colleen Coble

Too Close to Home*
Lynette Eason

Irene Hannon

Fatal Exchange*
Lisa Harris

The Breath of Dawn
Kristen Heitzmann

Dee Henderson

Nancy Mehl

Breach of Trust*
DiAnn Mills

Reluctant Smuggler*
Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Deadly Devotion
Sandra Orchard

Dani Pettrey

Bridge to Haven
Francine Rivers

A Most Peculiar Circumstance
Jen Turano

Circle of Spies*
Roseanna M. White

Wildwood Creek
Lisa Wingate

*part of a series


JHL 1/08
mcs updated 8/11

lbf updated 6/14