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Subject: Romantic suspense...author referrals?
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Hey, everyone! First, I'll note that I'm new to the PBS world, just joined today, and I can't believe I didn't find this site sooner! Very excited. And I thought this might be a good place to discover some new authors. I've recently been introduced into the world of romantic suspense novels, and I was looking for some new authors to try. I love love love Shannon McKenna's stuff, so I guess I'm searching for more like her: smartly written, covert operations, very strong characters. And I like 'em a bit on the naughty side (nudge nudge, wink wink). But when it's done well, those bits weave effortlessly into the story. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:32 PM ET
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Well, I'm a huge Suzanne Brockmann fan--I am totally in love with her Troubleshooter series.  She was my introduction to romantic suspense.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:34 PM ET
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Cindy Gerard- Body Guard Series

Roxanne St Claire- Bullet Catchers

Brenda Novack-  Last Stand Series

Beverly Barton- The Protectors

Lora Leigh- Nauti Boys Series (  HOT HOT !! :)   )

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:36 PM ET
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Gennita Low reads like Shannon McKenna to me.

Marliss Melton

Cherry Adair

Cindy Gerard

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:40 PM ET
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Babs, is that her only romantic suspense series? And Octavia, I just started Cindy Gerard's Black Ops series (I enjoyed the first one), and am in the process of obtaining the Nauti Boys books...glad to know you like them! Oh, and I also love Lora Leigh's SEALs series. Thanks so much for the suggestions!
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 5:50 PM ET
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Anne Stuart's "Ice" series is very good. And hot. It starts with Black Ice. They were keepers for me.

Also some of Linda Howard's stuff. I like Mr. Perfect the best of her suspense stuff.

I find alot of authors concentrate more on the suspense and less on the romance, and I am not crazy about that, so I pick my suspense books carefully.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:00 PM ET
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Samantha, so far I've found that to be true, too. As with Cindy Gerard. Don't get me wrong, I like her storylines, but the romance didn't officially begin until almost three-quarters of the way through the book. That's what I like about Shannon McKenna and Lora Leigh, they don't hold any punches when it comes to the romance. :-D
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:18 PM ET
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I would second Cherry Adair and I loved J.D. Robb's In Death series.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:27 PM ET
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I definitely second Suzanne Brockmann and Marliss Melton!  Cindy Gerard, Lora Leigh, Cherry Adair, Lucy Monroe has a trilogy (Ready, Willing and Able), Geralyn Dawson, Alexis Morgan has 2 series if you like paranormals as does Lara Adrian, JoAnn Ross has a new military themed series, Beverly Barton, Shannon K Butcher, Maureen Child writes a lot of military themed books too.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:28 PM ET
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Yeah, I have enjoyed a few of Cindy Gerard, but have mostly quit reading her. I really do highly reccomend Anne Stuart, though. Esp. if you enjoy very dark heros. Nightfall is another of my favorites of hers it's really almost gothic in tone, but very much about the romance.

Anyhoo..glad you found PBS. It will boost your TBR  pile in no time :)

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:32 PM ET
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All my choices have been listed but I'll add them anyway.

Suzanne Brockmann: Trouble Shooters

JD Robb: In Death

Marliss Melton: SEALs

Cindy Gerard: Black Ops or Bodyguard

Lora Leigh: SEALs

I just found Cindy Gerard. I'll need another new to me author. Who does Shannon McKenna compare too? With my choices above do you think I'd like her stuff?

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:42 PM ET
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Leslie, I've only read Cindy Gerard and Lora Leigh from your list, but I'd compare Shannon McKenna more to Lora Leigh, only because she's a little heavier on the romance. I can't recommend her enough! She's great, especially if you like your romantic suspense a bit more hot and heavy. But she doesn't go to extremes, by any means. She writes strong female characters with a darker male lead. Her McCloud Brothers series is a favorite: (in order) Behind Closed Doors, Standing in the Shadows, Out of Control, Edge of Midnight, Extreme Danger and Ultimate Weapon. She has two stand-alones, Return to Me and Hot Night, plus is included in a few anthologies.
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I second the "Lucy Monroe" ( Ready , Willing , Able).... Wow there were some pretty HOT and STEAMY sex seens...

Angie -
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 7:29 PM ET
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Who does Shannon McKenna compare too?

I would mostly compare her to Cherry Adair/Lucy Monroe/Lora Leigh's Seals. Hotter than the average romantic suspense, but not erotica. Her suspense is a little (okay, a lot, IMO) darker than the others also (ie. kidnapping and killing kids for their organs, for example, is one storyline.)

McKenna is definitely on my auto-buy list and is one of my favorites.

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 8:21 PM ET
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All of the authors that I thought of immediately have already been mentioned. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 8:29 PM ET
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Thanks Gina and Angie. Love Leigh's SEALs,  also love Lucy Monroe. Looks like I have a new author for February, that's if Behind Closed Doors is avaliable.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 8:50 PM ET
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yeah I like the Lucy Monroe books! Ready, Willing, And Able, Satisfaction Guaranteed, Deal with This(The Real Deal has a character that appears in Deal with This but the suspense isn't as 'out there')

someone mentioned LInda Howard - I liked her book All the Queen's Men then found out there are 3 that loosely tie in the main character from that 'Kill and Tell', all the queen's  men, then can't think of the last one..sorry..

there's another author I read a year or two ago..there's a series.. and I'm drawing a blank but the first book was longer and pretty good then the others were rather short seems like..I'll think on it and see if I can remember... ok, The Bane Affair by Alison Kent is the first. It was pretty good but I wish all had been this length/involved.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2009 9:08 PM ET
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Alison Kent's SG-5 series, Susanna :)  The first book (The Bane Affair) is full length, followed by a few shorter ones (The Shaughnessey Accord, The Samms Agenda, The Beach Alibi, The McKenzie Artifact).  The rest of the series is full length (Larger Than Life, Deep Breath, Beyond a Shadow, The Perfect Stranger, Maximum Exposure, and coming soon, No Limits).

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 9:31 PM ET
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I like Tara Janzen's "Crazy" series--Crazy Hot is the first one followed by Crazy Cool, Crazy Wild, Crazy Kisses, Crazy Love, and Crazy Sweet.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 10:05 PM ET
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wow I didn't know she was continuing the sieres! I still have some in my tbr..think I made it through the Beach one.. Ithink..not sure why I put them aside..guess I needed a change of pace!

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 10:45 PM ET
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I would add that Charlaine Harris' Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse) series is definitely romance/crime/mystery.  It was my first books with vampires and Weres and all of those things that go bump in the night, but every book has a crime mystery to solve and someone to love and even humor.  I love Shannon McKenna's McCloud series and the Troubleshooters, too.  I guess I need to get some Lucy Monroe books now.

Gennita Low reads like Shannon McKenna to me.  Brenda, can you recommend titles for Gennita Low's books.



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Date Posted: 2/4/2009 4:16 AM ET
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INTO DANGER

THE HUNTER

THE PROTECTOR

FACING  FEAR

SLEEPING WITH THE AGENT

I loved all of these, Pamela.



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Date Posted: 2/4/2009 9:04 AM ET
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I second most of the recommendations already given.  A few more are Pamela Clare's I-Team series and Jo Davis series about firefighters.

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 9:28 AM ET
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Wow, thanks, all of you, for the suggestions! My Reminder list is growing by leaps and bounds! Guess I better start building up my credits...lol.
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 10:36 AM ET
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Brenda, of those Gennita Low books, is that they order they should be read in? Or is it not even a series? Just wondering which of those should go on my Wish List first. :-)
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