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Subject: Need Romantic Suspense Recs!
Date Posted: 3/15/2011 7:13 PM ET
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I tend to read mostly historical and contemporary romance recently. I have read a lot of suspense as well, but not in a few years. Can ya'll recommend a good romantic suspense book for me?  Ideally, I would like to read a book with a good balance of romance and suspense. Really good chemistry between the H&h, but not erotica. HEA is a must :) 

Any ideas?

Cindy in Va

 

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 7:21 PM ET
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Shannon McKenna's McCloud brothers series.  Some of the best out there!

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 9:52 PM ET
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Cindy do you mind a series of books or would you prefer a stand alone?

A couple of series I liked were the Troubleshooters books by Suzanne Brockmann - some couple's stories happen for a few books before they get their HEA. I also like Roxanne St. Claire Bullet Catcher series.

Linda Howard has some good stand alone titles: Mr. Perfect, Dying To Please & Dream Man are a few of the one I enjoyed

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 10:28 PM ET
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I love series and stand-alones :)

I have a lot of Linda Howard on my keeper shelf, good stuff!

Cindy

Date Posted: 3/15/2011 11:03 PM ET
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Oh you guys where were you all this time? Or a better question would be..where was I? I JUST discovered Linda Howard!! I read Cry No More and loved it sooo much that I read Dream Man and After the Night in the same week!! And i added a bunch more to my reminder list. I cant wait to read more of hers.

 

Romantic Suspense is one of my all time faves! I so badly want to read the McCloud Brothers series, i got the first one on my kindle...just got to get to it.

If you havent read them yet Cindy Gerard is good, and also Lora Leigh has the SEALS series, and Elite Ops series and they are REALLY good.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 1:54 AM ET
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I'd definitely recommend Cindy Gerard. She is one of my faves.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 8:25 AM ET
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Melissa-  Dream Man and Mr. Perfect are two of my absolute favorite books!! Sigh...I may need a re-read :)

Lai - I am going to see if I can find a good Cindy Gerard to read. Thanks for the rec.

Cindy

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 9:45 AM ET
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Okay..I have a long list for you...I could list more but these are just my favorites.  Hard to pick just a few.  ETA...Dream Man and Mr. Perfect are two of my favorite books as well!

Christy Reece
Joann Ross
Shannon Butcher
Cynthia Eden (Deadly Series)
Stephanie Tyler
Elizabeth Jennings
Maya Banks
Suzanne Brockmann
Pamela Clare (I-Team series)
Elisabeth Naughton (Stolen trilogy)
Jo Davis (Firefighter series)
 

More mystery/thriller with some romance

Karen Rose
Allison Brennan
Jordan Dane
Mariah Stewart
Carlene Thompson
 



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Date Posted: 3/16/2011 10:18 AM ET
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Once upon a time I was a huge Brockmann fan-and still maintain that she writes "guy" extremely well-2nd only to LaNora. 

What's the Howard with Sam(?) and the kitchen window scene?  Open Season possibly?  I still chuckle when I think about it. 

Another author I like for suspense is Catherine Mann-her longer ones especially. 

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 10:52 AM ET
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Ooh, Kerry, those are all good ones. You left off Leslie Parrish and Nina Bruhns. They're newer and don't have as many books out yet, but still good.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 11:04 AM ET
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Ok Im off to look up Mr. Perfect now!!

Oh and i forgot about Christy Reece and Pamela Clare! They are among my favorites too.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 11:54 AM ET
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Ditto to the Cindy Gerard books. You may want to check out Marliss Melton's Navy Seals series and Gennita Low ( the earlier books )  who I think compares to Shannon McKinna.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 12:43 PM ET
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Kerri- Thanks for the list!

Jan - Sam was from Mr. Perfect I believe?  It's hilarious and steamy at the same time. He said something like, "Got an eyeful didn't you?" and her response to it just cracked me up. I wish LH's newest books had that sarcastic humor and sexual tension/chemistry!

So many names and titles I'm not familiar with. Fiction DB is getting used a bit today :)
 

Cindy



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Date Posted: 3/16/2011 2:08 PM ET
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I second most of the list. A couple more you might check into are Laura Griffin, Kylie Brant or Amy Fetzer.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 4:28 PM ET
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Ok. Now you all really have me curious about this Sam and the kitchen window. lolol. Its not available on kindle.sad

Think im gonna order it from here.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 10:17 AM ET
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Yep-it's Mr. Perfect-NOT Open Season.  And, yes, the lack of humor and sexual tension has made me give a pass on most of LH's recent stuff.  Her older stuff-most are classics of the genre. 

Subject: Suspense! Romance! It's all here!
Date Posted: 3/17/2011 1:36 PM ET
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Loucinda McGary!

THE WILD IRISH SEA

TREASURES OF VENICE

WILD SIGHT

In honor of St Patrick's Day - check out her hunky Irish heroes!

Be open to characters with special abilities and the suspense and chemistry is all there!

Let me know if you have trouble locating - I have some on hand.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 1:53 PM ET
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Try Rachel Lee's Conard County series.  Love her writing.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 5:53 PM ET
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Oh my. It was a sign. Ive been all excited about this Mr. Perfect and just today i went to my local thrift store for the first time in months and there it was. Looked practically brand new....49 cents. Yay!! I also got another Linda Howard...Almost Forever....i dont know anything about this one though.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 6:26 PM ET
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Melissa - SCORE for you!!!  Almost Forever is a good one too :-)

I went into our local Goodwill this week to drop off a bunch of stuff and decided to go inside and check out the books. Our Goodwill has a killer book area, but not always filled with romance. I found a ton of Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn from my wish list. .75 cents each so that totally made my day!

Let us know how you like Mr. Perfect :)

Cindy

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 9:01 PM ET
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Oooh. I will let you know!! Im going to read it this weekend, I cant wait!!!

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 3:46 PM ET
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Marliss Melton wrote some really good SEAL R/S books!

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 7:23 PM ET
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all that psycho killer stuff in Mr. Perfect bothered me but then I'm a wussy. sad the other parts were funny though. I thought Open Season was funny too and only had to ignore the beginning stuff LOL!

I liked some of Tara Janzen's too til they got kinda weird but I'll probably read the later ones since I have them somewhere or other.

I've read about 3 of Melton's and liked them.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 5:15 PM ET
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Ok so I read Mr. Perfect.....I LOVED it!!!

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 7:50 PM ET
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Told ya ;-)  I wish Sam would jump out of the book and visit me for awhile devil

 

Now....go forth and purchase Open Season at your nearest UBS....ASAP! The hero of this one had a bit more starch in his pants than Sam, but still really funny. The Heroine is a prudish-librarian who 

desides that she is ready to come out of her shell and when she does...she ends up mixed up with murder and mayhem :) A really funny read too, just not as lusty for me as Mr. P.

 

While you're at the UBS see if you can find After The Night.....Oh my will the hero curl your toes. Uber-alpha male that borders on being too much but he oooozzes sex apeal!  LOVED the heroine 

in this one, as she came from poor beginnings to owning her own business and not taking smack from the hero (their is a history between them as younger teens-not pleasant) This book has a different

vibe from Mr. P and Open Season, but it's on my keeper shelf next to them. 


Have fun!

Cindy



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