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Subject: romantic suspense suggestions
Date Posted: 5/9/2007 5:34 AM ET
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gosh, I KNOW this topic has been brought up before but threads keep disappearing!

I"m almost finished with the Cleo North trilogy by Merline Lovelace(and wish it didn't end there!) and in the last book I'm actually learning quite a bit of WWII history and am liking it(which surprises me since the only thing I paid attention to in history class was the coach's,u m, rearend!) I decided to try these after someone posted a deal  here and had books 2 and 3 then found book 1 from someone else who sold me some credits..so thanks to the deals I found some great reads!

I dont' really like hair-raising overly graphic stuff but can handle it somewhat! Up til this series I've only read the harlequin-type books in this genre. I just found a good deal in book bazaar on a T-flac? series by cherry adair. I also got a couple of FBI thrillers in a series by catherine coulter (got the rest from the library to hold me over!). I'm wondering what other series are good or individual books(read anne stuart's 'ice' books, black ice and cold as ice and have the 3rd one ready to read) but those are more like thrillers to me...I like to learn stuff as well and get used to a character. any suggestions?

Date Posted: 5/9/2007 9:33 AM ET
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If you haven't tried them yet, I'd suggest the In Death series by JD Robb. The first one is called Naked in Death.

Date Posted: 5/9/2007 10:30 AM ET
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Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series is pretty good, featuring Navy SEALs. 

Date Posted: 5/9/2007 10:58 AM ET
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A few authors i like in this genre would be Karen Robards, Karen Harper (she uses alot of Amish/Shaker storylines) and a few of Tami Hoag's, "Dark Paradise" comes to mind with her.
Date Posted: 5/9/2007 12:14 PM ET
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Goodness, I wouldn't know where to start, but you could try Sandra Brown's suspense. My favorite would be "Envy". Nora Roberts has a few good ones, but they tend to be pretty lengthy. Susan Andersen's books are pretty good. A little quirky, sexy and suspense all in one.
Date Posted: 5/9/2007 1:27 PM ET
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Have you read the Lover and Gabriel's Woman?  I'd classify them as erotic thrillers.  Very emotionally intense and outstanding character development.  You must read the Lover first, however, because they go in order or you'll be confused. 
Date Posted: 5/9/2007 6:45 PM ET
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thanks! I guess I'm gonna have to read that 'in death' series! for some reason I started one of the books once and stopped but wasn't really 'into' suspense at the time. I didn't know sandra brown wrote suspense. I've read some of Brockmann's and really like those. wish there was a sticky for the different categories so the suggestions don't keep disappearing off the forum!
Date Posted: 6/17/2007 6:22 PM ET
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 Catherine Coulter, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, Sharon Sala all write some really good suspense books!!!!!!!! Have a few suspense romance books listed on my book shelf please feel free to check them out.

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 9:06 PM ET
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Oooh, yeah, I forgot about Sharon Sala. She also writes under Dinah McCall. Linda Howard is good, too. See...there's so many of them, I couldn't begin to list them all:)

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 9:29 PM ET
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  • Romantic suspense by Sandra Brown--I just started reading her (she wrote a ton of romance books also).
  • I have not read them all yet but some are better than others.  
  • RICOCHET
  • CHILL FACTOR
  • WHITE HOT
  • HELLO, DARKNESS
  • THE CRUSH
  • ENVY ---------very good
  • THE SWITCH
  • STANDOFF
  • THE ALIBI
  • UNSPEAKABLE
  • FAT TUESDAY
  • EXCLUSIVE
  • THE WITNESS
  • CHARADE
  • WHERE THERE’S SMOKE
  • FRENCH SILK
  • BREATH OF SCANDAL
  • MIRROR IMAGE --------very good
  • BEST KEPT SECRETS
  • SLOW HEAT IN HEAVEN

     

     



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    Date Posted: 6/18/2007 7:16 AM ET
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    Dee Henderson's "Uncommon Hero's" series is great romantic suspense!

    Sherri

    Date Posted: 6/18/2007 6:37 PM ET
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    I just ordered a bunch of Dee Henderson's books! I forgot the name of the series but don't think it was uncommon heroes..it has 'the negotiator' and 'the guardian'..don't know what made me think of them but I was ordering a couple of books on half.com and this seller had tons of books so I added to the pile of course and got about 3 of that series from here, 2 from one person and the other one from another. I've heard from way too many people that they're good but the one time I managed to get them from the library I got too busy with other books and work to read them. I've read her books are Christian based so I'm not expecting any sex! anwayys, looking forward to reading them adn seeing how they handle hostage negotiations and stress without swearing, since swearing is a major hindrance for me!



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    Date Posted: 6/19/2007 7:14 AM ET
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    Those are from her O'Malley series Susanna.  All good books.  Yes, she is a Christian writer but her writing keeps you interested so that you don't really miss it - plus there's alot to be said for the "anticipation" factor too.  Her website is www.deehenderson.com
     if you want to see the order of reading for the O"Malley series.

    Sherri

    Date Posted: 6/19/2007 4:25 PM ET
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    Susanna, if you don't mind no sex a great romantic suspense is Madam, Will you Talk by Mary Stewart. I have read this book countless times because it takes place mainly in Avignon and Marseilles(sp) and you are there when you read them. Another by her that I absolutely love is Nine Coaches Waiting-these books were written in the sixties and her characterization and pacing are excellent!

    Date Posted: 7/10/2007 5:24 PM ET
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    Try Cindy Gerard's "Bodyguards" series.

    Date Posted: 7/10/2007 9:46 PM ET
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    I'm not normally one for romantic suspense, but Mariah Stewart's Last Look was a page-turner :)  Since this is a bit out the genre I usually read, I can't say much about her other books, but they seem highly reviewed.

    Date Posted: 7/13/2007 5:49 PM ET
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    The Lady's Tutor (Schone) was also good and had a lot of suspense.  Also an "erotic thriller" IMHO.

    Date Posted: 7/24/2007 3:36 PM ET
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    bump

    Date Posted: 7/25/2007 11:42 PM ET
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    how about amanda quick i dont have a lot in my bookshelf but maybe you might find something just check it out and pm me if you find something

    ivy

    Date Posted: 7/26/2007 11:34 AM ET
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    bump

    Date Posted: 7/26/2007 7:22 PM ET
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    Just read Red Hot Santa, an anthology with stories by Cherry Adair, Leanne Banks, Pamela Britton, and Kelsey Roberts.  Very hot heroes, and exciting plots, although I think I prefer my stories with a bit less excitement--guess I'm not too much of a romantic suspense kind of girl ;)  (Yes, it's me, not the stories...)

    Date Posted: 7/28/2007 3:42 PM ET
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    Date Posted: 8/31/2007 6:42 AM ET
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    bumping..there are some great recommendations in this thread!

    Angie -
    Date Posted: 8/31/2007 3:10 PM ET
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    I second everything by Cherry Adair. Shannon Mckenna is really good. I also liked most of Tara Jenzen's Crazy series (Crazy Hot, Crazy Cool, Crazy Wild, Crazy Kisses,  Crazy Love, Crazy Sweet is the order.)

    Date Posted: 9/1/2007 11:31 AM ET
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    You might like Jayne Ann Krentz then - a good story without a lot of violence but a bit of suspense.  She writes under Amanda Quick for her historicals, and Jayne Castle for her paranormals.  I really like the detail she puts into her characters, and secondary characters.

    I do have a lot of romantic suspense on my shelf right now too.

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