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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:

Seeing Red
by Sandra Brown

Target Engaged*
by M.L. Buchman

Extreme Honor
by Piper J. Drake

The Lost
by Sarah Beth Durst

by Julie Garwood

Killing Time*
by Cindy Gerard

A Sin Such as This
by Ellen Hopkins

The Woman Left Behind*
by Linda Howard

by Iris Johansen

Beyond Reason
by Kat Martin

Home to Wind River
by Lindsay McKenna

Deep Harbor
by Fern Michaels

Mint Juleps and Justice*
by Nancy Naigle

by Karen Robards

Shelter In Place
by Nora Roberts

Wild Ride*
by Julie Ann Walker

The Right Kind of Trouble
by Shiloh Walker

by J.R. Ward


Romantic Suspense with Substantial Mystery Elements:       

Brighter Than the Sun*
by Maya Banks

Best Laid Plans
by Allison Brennan

Night Watch
by Suzanne Brockmann

by Mary Burton

by Carol Cassella

The Pretender*
by HelenKay Dimon

Hiding in Plain Sight*
by Mary Ellis

Dangerous Minds*
by Janet Evanovich

Fatal Threat*
by Marie Force

Fast Burn*
by Lori Foster

Desperate Girls
by Laura Griffin

The Swiss Affair
by Emylia Hall

by Helen Hardt

Shallow Grave
by Karen Harper

by Linda Howard

Hidden Bodies*
by Caroline Kepnes

Promise Not To Tell
by Jayne Ann Krentz

300 Days of Sun
by Deborah Lawrenson

Perfect Touch
by Elizabeth Lowell

A Covert Affair
by Susan Mann

Into the Fury*
by Kat Martin

Thief’s Mark*
by Carla Neggers

Face Off*
by Brenda Novak

Minds of Winter
by Ed O’Loughlin

The Other Lady Vanishes*
by Amanda Quick

Dark in Death*
by J.D. Robb

Death Is Not Enough
by Karen Rose

Prime Time*
by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Accidental Heroes
by Danielle Steel

The Dying Room*
by Debra Webb


Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements:

Crave the Night*
by Lara Adrian

In His Keeping*
by Maya Banks

Burn Bright
by Patricia Briggs

Illusion Town*
by Jayne Castle

Shadow’s Bane*
by Karen Chance

Miss Subways
by David Duchovny

Dark Sentinel*
by Christine Feehan

Shades of Wicked*
by Jeaniene Frost

Pale as Death*
by Heather Graham

Time’s Convert
by Deborah Harkness

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave*
by Darynda Jones

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

by Caroline Kepnes

Tiger’s Claim*
by Celia Kyle

The Unyielding*
by Shelly Laurenston

Wake a Sleeping Tiger*
by Lora Leigh

High Voltage*
by Karen Marie Moning

Twice Bitten*
by Lynsay Sands

The Darkest Warrior*
by Gena Showalter

A Spell of Murder*
by Clea Simon

Archangel’s Prophecy*
by Nalini Singh

The Other Side of Midnight
by Simone St. James

Wolf Rising*
by Paige Tyler

The Last Wolf*
by Maria Vale

Blood Fury*
by J.R. Ward


Romantic Suspense from Inspirational Authors:

If I Live*
by Terri Blackstock

Maybe It’s You*
by Candace Calvert

Against the Tide
by Melody Carlson

My Sister’s Prayer*
by Mindy Starns Clark

Betting On Hope*
by Debra Clopton

The House at Saltwater Point*
by Colleen Coble

Oath of Honor*
by Lynette Eason

What Matters Most*
by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Her Secret*
by Shelley Shepard Gray

Tangled Webs*
by Irene Hannon

Hidden Agenda*
by Lisa Harris

The Breath of Dawn*
by Kristen Heitzmann

Threads of Suspicion*
by Dee Henderson

High Treason*
by DiAnn Mills

A Fool and His Monet*
by Sandra Orchard

Where Secrets Sleep*
by Marta Perry

In the Shadow of Denali*
by Tracie Peterson

Cold Shot*
byDani Pettrey

Beyond Justice*
by Cara C. Putman

The Masterpiece
by Francine Rivers

Fatal Mistake*
by Susan Sleeman

Wild Montana Skies*
by Susan May Warren

A Song Unheard*
by Roseanna M. White


*part of a series      


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