Romance thriller books 2020

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Ever since my book FIND ME IN THE SNOW came out, I&#;ve been asked about other books in the genre. And there are lots of books out there but a few authors and book really stand out. I&#;ve done my fair share of reading romantic suspense novels. Here are the top 20 romantic suspense novels according to me. And of course, I added my own book to the list. 😉


Here&#;s my list of the 20 best romantic suspense novels that you should read.

Mr. Perfect

When four female colleagues at a Michigan corporation compile a list of qualities that would make up the perfect man, they unwittingly unleash a murderer who targets them for the perfect murder&#;one at a time.

Naked in Death

In the year , technology completely rules the world. But for New York City Detective Eve Dallas, one irresistible impulse still rules the heart: passion…

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she has seen it all. And knows her survival depends on her instincts. She&#;s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke. An Irish billionaire—and a suspect in Eve&#;s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it&#;s up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about.


&#;Last Night I Dreamt I went to Manderley Again&#;&#;

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house&#;s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim&#;s first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

Something About You

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to , where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it&#;s Special Agent Jack Pallas. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand.

The Guest List

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne pops and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Chloe Underwood had come to Paris looking for adventure and landed up living hand-to-mouth as a children’s book translator. So when offered a lucrative weekend translating at an international business conference in a remote château, she leaps at the opportunity. Then Chloe discovers her employers aren’t the boring businessmen they seem.

Suddenly, she’s running for her life from a group of international and highly illegal arms dealers. Now Chloe knows too much to be allowed to live.


While working on the Horn of Africa, archaeologist Morgan Adler&#;s work and life are threatened. This forces her to make a desperate dash to a nearby US military base to beg for protection. Green Beret Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base. In so doing saves her life, but his responsibilities toward protecting the woman have only just begun.

Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the scorching desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to consume them both. One thing is certain, his job is no longer a matter of following orders, and he will risk everything to keep her safe.

Her Darkest Nightmare

Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her—and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok. He is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.
Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. 


Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems designer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights.

And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

Sister Dear

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play in this strange romantic suspense drama.

Extreme Exposure

It&#;s been years since her child&#;s father dumped her, and since then Kara McMillan has kept men at bay &#; although every day she aches more for a lover&#;s touch. But to get that, the hard-boiled journalist must become vulnerable &#; a feeling she vowed never to have again.

With his dangerous good looks, charm, and power, Senator Reece Sheridan could have just about any woman he sets his piercing eyes on. But he&#;s intrigued by only one. This Kara, this gutsy investigative reporter, has a sensuality that arouses him to no end. If she&#;s a firebrand in print, he guesses, she must be just as fiery in bed&#;

But this is no fling. A sudden political scandal &#; and attempts on Kara&#;s life &#; could very well drive them apart.

Say You&#;re Sorry 

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown in this romantic suspense. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.


In the still shadows of the confessional, the penitent kneels and makes a bone-chilling disclosure: Bless me father, for I will sin&#;. Slowly, tauntingly, the man describes his murderous past—how he stalked his victim, worked his way into her life, and then took that life in a violent rage—and his plan to kill again. Only this time, he has raised the stakes in his twisted game, daring authorities to catch him if they can. And this time, he has revealed the name of his next intended victim.

Agent Nick Buchanan has come face-to-face with society&#;s worst monsters and depraved minds in his work for one of the FBI&#;s most elite units, but The Heartbreaker threatens to hit close to home. The intended victim, Laurant Madden, is his best friend&#;s sister. One false move will cost both of them everything that matters.


When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that &#;sick&#; man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won&#;t be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable: a treasure that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. He&#;s there to retrieve it at any cost.

Honor soon discovers that even her friends can&#;t be trusted. From the FBI offices of Washington, D.C. to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens to destroy them . . . and the fabric of society.


Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on &#; including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective &#; Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.

As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex&#;s hunch about Melanie&#;s murder is wrong, his instincts &#; and their visceral attraction &#; won&#;t let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear&#;.in this fast paced romantic suspense.

A Cold Dark Place

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn&#;t enjoy killing, but he&#;s damn good at it.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there&#;s a vigilante operating outside the law.

When Mallory starts asking questions, Alex is ordered to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex&#;s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target.

Between Two Thieves

PI Eva Roberts is hired by former school friend Lauren Jaeger. Lauren’s cruel partner refuses to let her leave him but he will certainly kill her if she stays.

When a second body is found on the beach Lauren’s domestic case soon feels like a distraction&#; And what starts as a day of rest turns into nothing less than the beginning of a nightmare. Carl Renton was a good man, and a true hero. Norman Peters was a market trader and a colourful rogue.

Their murders appear to have nothing in common. But the truth goes deep into the heart of a crimewave which is tearing the town apart. The private detectives must track down a killer… but Eva’s case takes a dark twist at the worst possible time.

No One Left to Tell

A car crashes in front of rookie PI Paige Holden’s home. And suddenly, she finds one of her pro bono clients dying in her arms—from a gunshot wound. With her last breath, the woman whispers cryptic words into her ear and hands her a blood-smeared flash drive.

Five years ago, State’s Attorney Grayson Smith put a murderer behind bars. But when Paige Holden shares the flash drive with him, its contents cast doubts on the conviction—and lead him and Paige into a world of blackmail, dark secrets, and a decades-long string of murders. An investigation they’ll survive only by trusting each other—and the truth in this romantic suspense novel.

Never Look Back

After multiple women go missing, Agent Melina Shepard of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation makes the impulsive decision to go undercover as a prostitute. While working the street, she narrowly avoids becoming a serial killer’s latest victim; as much as it pains her to admit, she needs backup.

Enter lone wolf FBI agent Jerrod Ramsey. Stonewalled by a lack of leads, he and Melina investigate a scene where a little girl has been found abandoned in a crashed vehicle. They open the trunk to reveal a horror show and quickly realize they’re dealing with two serial killers with very different MOs. The whole situation brings back memories for Melina—why does this particular case feel so connected to her painful past?

Before time runs out, Melina must catch not one but two serial killers, both ready to claim another victim—and both with their sights set on her.

One Little Lie

When Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, there&#;s no time for an adjustment period. He is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder. Jane quickly realizes she&#;s facing someone out to destroy her father.

They escaped from a cult fifteen years ago, and Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is a well-known journalist who makes documentaries, and his sights are currently set on covering Jane&#;s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid&#;s calm manner as he follows her around taping his documentary, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross.

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this romantic suspense

The Glass Ocean

Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother. She opens her great-grandfather&#;s old chest. He who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk in What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage.

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.


When Althea meets Morgan Hunter at Muldoon’s pub for the first time, she thinks he’s a handsome, ego tripping, prissy-pants executive. She quickly rebuffs him only to find him thundering at her in the operation theater, the very next day. He’s dogged in his censure of her, but not immune to her allure. Through a snowy December Morgan courts Althea and wins her heart but not her trust.

When she travels with him at his request for Christmas to his home in Finesse, a tumble in the snow leads to the discovery of Morgan&#;s missing ex-girlfriend. Dead. Morgan pushes Althea away and she doesn&#;t understand his reasons.

Althea returns to build the new rural clinic in Finesse. She discovers the truth about Morgan’s heritage, the murdered ex-girlfriend and the secrets about the Hunter clan.

Can she save the man she loved from going to prison?

Your Favorite Romantic Suspense?

Do you have a favorite romantic suspense novel? Are you one of those who enjoys sparks flying between your leads. Most romantic suspense novels have elements of romance but also lots of mystery. If you have favorite, share it with me and I&#;ll add it to my list!

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Heartbreak Incorporated

Heartbreak Incorporated is kind of a bonkers book, and I love that about it. It commits pretty hard to its own premise of a sexy, mysterious man breaking up relationships for money while also maybe doing vigilante justice on the side, and the aspiring journalist who wants to uncover all of his secrets (in both a sexy way and a hard-boiled PI kind of way). Also, there are demons, and this book is very queer. … Continue reading Heartbreak Incorporated by Alex de Campi→

The Lady Has a Past

The Lady Has a Past is a really strong romantic thriller with mild paranormal elements that delivers on both the thriller and the romantic aspects of the story. Unfortunately, while I thoroughly enjoyed this story while I was reading it, I found myself increasingly troubled by certain aspects of the narrative once I began to reflect on the story in order to write this review. The story begins when apprentice PI and former socialite Lyra … Continue reading The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick→


Miranda is a burnt-out forensic photographer who has escaped to Lost Beach to shoot photographs for a birding calendar. Lost Beach, a small island just off the coast of Texas, has a small police department staffed with capable, if stretched police officers. Joel is one of those detectives. Right off the bat, we know that something happened in San Antonio that made Miranda run, but what is it? While out in her canoe shooting photographs … Continue reading Flight by Laura Griffin→

Virginia and the Wolf

Virginia, Lady Dulverton is widowed and happy to be so. After an abusive childhood and an unsatisfactory marriage, she prefers to give her attention to the orphanages that were her husband’s passion. She has no intention of marrying again, which is a good thing, too, because the terms of her husband’s will are…complicated, and make remarriage difficult. Unfortunately, she is finding Francis, Lord Wolverstone hard to resist, and he is not particularly inclined to let … Continue reading Virginia and the Wolf by Lynne Connolly→

Earl&#;s Well That Ends Well

Content warning: Kidnapping, rape, violence against women. All off-screen, but you do see the results of it. Also, the heroine’s past contains, essentially, forced seduction by someone to whom she went for help. Earl&#;s Well that Ends Well is a romance with a fair bit of adventure and melodrama – it reminds me a little of some of Heyer&#;s early works in both good and frustrating ways. I liked the fact that both Arthur and … Continue reading Earl&#;s Well That Ends Well by Jane Ashford→


A woman has been stabbed on the hike and bike path around Ladybird Lake in Austin, Texas. Detective Jacob Merritt is on the case, but he and his partner Kendra are convinced there’s more to it than the opportunistic attack it appears to be. It doesn’t take long for the Feds to swoop in and take the case off their hands &#; confirming suspicions that there’s something big going on &#; but Jacob does not … Continue reading Hidden by Laura Griffin→

The Road to Ironbark

Content warning: References to child abduction, the sexual abuse of children, and sexual exploitation generally. It is all referred to in fairly vague terms and is not depicted on the page, but there is a lot of upsetting back story. There is also a subplot that hinges on infidelity. The Road to Ironbark is two stories in one. At the tail end of the Gold Rush, Aurora Scott, a respectable widow with a less than … Continue reading The Road to Ironbark by Kaye Dobbie→

Variable Onset

In a world of lockdowns and panic-buying, I want two things in a romance novel: suspense and sex. This book gave me both. Meet Carter Warren, a Special Agent with the FBI, who moves from one undercover assignment to the next with nary a home base in sight. He’s buff, smart, and a little cocky. Now, allow me to introduce you to Lincoln Monroe AKA Mr Homebody. He’s a professor at Quantico and a silver … Continue reading Variable Onset by Layla Reyne→


Whiteout by Adriana Anders is a romantic suspense novel with elements of survival and espionage. The tropes are % Elyse-bait and the author’s ability to sell me on two people falling in love during some really dire circumstances was impressive. Despite this book being the first full book in a series, readers may want to read the prequel novella in Turn the Tide to be fully introduced to the secondary characters. The book opens in … Continue reading Whiteout by Adriana Anders→

The Rat-Catcher&#;s Daughter

Caution warnings: Misgendering; references to forced sex work; threats of violence, acid attacks, and torture. The Rat-Catcher&#;s Daughter is a prequel to KJ Charles&#; historical romance Any Old Diamonds. The focus is not on the Lilywhite Boys themselves, although they are an integral part of the story, but on their fence Stan and the music hall performer he admires, Miss Christiana. Their relationship is very sweet, and a stark contrast to the horrible things that … Continue reading The Rat-Catcher&#;s Daughter by KJ Charles→

Safety Breach

CW/TW: Kidnapping, murder, stalking, the usual myriad evils of a serial killer. You know those paint by numbers pictures where number-by-number you recreate the Mona Lisa? The result is an imperfect version of a masterpiece. It’s not high art, but it’s still a satisfying exercise and, when framed, makes a lovely addition to a wall, even if only a bathroom wall. This novel is an imperfect version of a masterpiece, with a few wildcards thrown … Continue reading Safety Breach by Delores Fossen→

Out of the Ashes

Caution warnings: In MJ James&#; debut Out of the Ashes, Alex Porter loses everything when the bookshop that he rebelled against his wealthy family to build goes up in flames. His overbearing mother insists that a fire marshall be called for, so Matt Fields has to drop everything and devote himself to the case, and Alex. I wanted to like Out of the Ashes. Queer mysteries are my wheelhouse, and I&#;m always looking for new … Continue reading Out of the Ashes by MJ James→

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Romantic suspense books are the perfect fusion between mystery and love story. These books tend to combine more traditional steamy romance plot lines with all the intrigue and drama of suspense, like a delightful Lifetime movie rendered on the page. If you like your thrillers with a side of swoon, check out this racy, page-turning sub-genre.

Here, we’ve rounded up 14 of the best titles, from old-school classics to modern stories, to get you started.

Classic Suspense Books With Romantic Themes

1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

This doesn’t qualify as romance, but Rebecca is a classic with some elements of romantic suspense—and it’s super eerie, too. The unnamed narrator falls in love with a mysterious widower and soon finds herself living at Manderly, his beautiful estate in the countryside. What could go wrong? Well, it seems to be overrun by the sinister echo of his late wife, the titular “Rebecca.”

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

An early example of romantic suspense, and one that’s heavy on the suspense, is Brontë’s literary classic about Jane, an orphaned young woman hired by a wealthy gentleman named Mr. Rochester to care for his young ward.

3. Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

What is it about governesses that make them the ideal heroines for suspense novels? This is yet another story about a young woman who finds herself calling an eerie mansion in the English countryside home.

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Historical Romantic Suspense Books

4. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

I’ve never actually read Jane Eyre (I KNOW!) but this retelling about a woman who gets revenge on bad men by, well, killing them is so much fun.

Modern Romantic Suspense Books

5. Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan

The first book in Rushdan’s Final Hour series follows Maddox Kinkade as she joins forces with her ex-lover Cole Matthews to stop a killer from unleashing a bioweapon that could cause mass destruction. All the fun of a romance wrapped up in the trappings of a spy thriller.

6. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

What do you do when the search for Mr. Right goes off the rails? When four best friends make a just-for-fun list of qualities they look for in the “perfect” man, they never expect it to go viral on the Internet (viral by early ’00s standards, anyway)—or result in one of their deaths.

7. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) In Death series kicks off with this spicy thriller that takes place several decades into the future as Detective Eve Dallas seeks to solve the murder of a high-profile senator’s daughter—while developing a dangerous flirtation with the lead suspect.

deadly-desires-book-cover8. Deadly Desires by Ann Christopher

Special Agent Dexter Brady is falling for newly divorced Kira Gregory. The only problem? He’s trying to track down her violent, drug-dealing ex-husband.

9. The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer Ryan

Evangeline Austen is starting over by going back…to her family home in Napa, California. Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, she leaves jail and almost immediately teams up with the cop responsible for sending her there in the first place. Together, they seek to find the person actually responsible and set things straight for Evangeline.

The Ramseys by AlTonya Washington

This set of ten books follows the saga of The Ramseys, a Seattle-based family with plenty of saucy, sometimes dangerous, secrets.

Crow by A. Zavarelli

The blurb for this book starts: “An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.” Crow is a bit of a hate-to-love story following a girl named Mackenzie show goes undercover to investigate her missing best friend Talia’s Irish mafia ties. The only problem? Sexy, alluring Lachlan Crow isn’t fooled.

Something About You by Julie James

For a more lighthearted twist on romantic suspense, check out Julie James’s book about Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde. She witnesses a deadly encounter and is forced to team up with her sworn enemy, FBI Special Agent Jack Pallas.

the-mad-kitty-cover The Mad Kitty by V. Vee

This story involves a a black obsidian sex toy, a for-hire assassin, and one steamy romance. What more could you want in your romantic suspense fiction?

Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin

Kira Vance is a private investigator with an independent spirit. Oh yeah, and she’s being hunted by a killer. She begrudgingly accepts the help of a lawyer with a security team on his side and sparks fly.


Editor’s Note: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert was removed from the list as it didn’t fit the theme.

Books that Surprised me in 2020 -- Fantasy \u0026 Romance \u0026 Thrillers

Do you love your thrillers with a dash of romantic tension? Then you've come to the right place! The best romantic suspense novels have danger, high stakes, and the sexual tension to match it. Whether you're looking for a new series, something historical, or a classic Gothic retelling, we've got 15 of the best romantic thriller books just for you!

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

This is a social thriller with a bit of darker twist, about Sydney Green who joins forces with her neighbor Theo to offer historic walking tours of their rapidly gentrifying neighbors, only to begin investigating what's really happening to her Black neighbors who are moving out of the neighborhood for the suburbs.

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Anahera has just returned to her remote New Zealand town after heartbreak, and finds that little has changed, except that the town now has a single police officer: Will. When a woman goes missing, the two team up to investigate a darker angle of the case that draws them together--and closer to a serial killer.

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane is a pleasant abut unremarkable employee at the insurance company she works at, and she catches the attention of her manager, Stephen, because she seems easygoing. Malleable. But Jane is anything but that, and as she draws closer to Stephen's life, her true intentions become clear.

A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de León

Yolanda is a Black woman who beat the odds to become a lawyer and landed a prestigious job at a high-powered NYC law firm--but it all came crashing down when the FBI raided the firm. Yolanda turns in her bosses and cooperates with the FBI, and they decide to send her to infiltrate an African-American "extremist" activist group called Red, Green, and Black. But when a new romance and a complicated conspiracy put her in a tough spot, Yolanda will have to act very carefully.

Hidden by Laura Griffin

Bailey is an investigative reporter who shows up when a woman is found dead in Austin, TX, and she begins asking questions. Lead detective Jacob knows he shouldn't reveal anything--but his attraction to Bailey is harder to resist. As Bailey continues to pursue the case, their relationship heats upand soon they find themselves working together to solve a high-stakes case.

The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre

Marlena Durst may seem to have it all from the outside, but reality is that she lives in a tightly controlled environment where her every move is tracked by her husband, and punishment for disobedience is harsh. There seems no escaping his control--his first two wives ended up dead after all--unless Marlena can find a way to outsmart him.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Veronica is an independent woman who is looking forward to a bit of travel without having to report to her spinster aunt, but when she's nearly kidnapped and she meets Stoker, a natural historian, the two find themselves on the run together, trying to stay one step ahead of a murderer and solve this mystery.

Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan

Maddox is a strong, capable woman who is given an impossible task to neutralize a dangerous bioweapon, and it pains her to admit that she needs help--but not from just anyone. From Cole, her former lover who she thought was dead, and is pissed that she moved on. Cole would rather fight Maddox each step of the way, but the stakes are too high and they must work together to save thousands of lives.

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

Jane Steele has a deadly secret--well, several. Multiple times throughout her life, when ill-intentioned men have tried to take advantage of her, she's responded in violence. With a few murders under her belt, she now wants to return to her ancestral home, but she'll have to stay ahead of the law and face its new owner, the brooding Mr. Thornfield, who has secrets of his own.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Marie is a young, Black FBI officer whose career is going nowhere fast when she's recruited by the CIA to spy on the president of Burkina Faso. She agrees to the mission, but is surprised when she finds that it's not hard to gain his trust--she genuinely like him, and he is intrigued by her. But with American meddling only increasing, Marie must decide where her loyalties lie.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

In this callback to classic Gothic suspense, Hawkins tells the story of Jane, a poor young dog walker in a wealthy neighborhood who has a past she wants to keep secret. When she meets Eddie Rochester, and he falls for her, it seems like her luck is turning aroundbut Eddie's first wife Bea drowned not too long ago, and Jane is haunted by her memory.

The Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas

Charlotte Holmes is a disgraced society lady who goes by the pseudonym Sherlock Holmes in order to solve some truly complicated and high-stakes cases--and she's not above having a romantic dalliance when it suits her. This is a fun and complex mystery series with some great romance on the side.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Lowen is a struggling writer when she receive a gig that could bail her out: Ghostwrite novels for famous author Verity Crawford, who is permanently injured and unable to finish them herself. Lowen agrees and while visiting Verity's home and speaking with her husband Jeremy, she uncovers a secret manuscript full of Verity's confessions. She's uncertain whether to share the manuscript with Jeremy, especially as she finds herself falling for him.

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

When Maddie leaves her husband and becomes determined to strike out on her own as a newspaper journalist, she underestimates how hard it is to start over as a housewife in the 's. But when she stumbles upon a murder, she's able to leverage what she saw into a job. Now she just needs a story to launch her career--but she latches onto one story that might put her in danger. This is a great historical thriller, with a secret love interest.

Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake

Starring a war veteran and combat dog trainer named David, this book is about the one dog he can't get through to--and the dog whisperer named Lyn who manages to work with the dog. David is drawn to Lyn, but when her work with the dog puts her in danger, the two humans will have to work to protect the dog who brought them together.

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Best Romantic Suspense Books

What is mystery romance?

There are basically two kinds of mystery romance novels: romances with mystery subplots, and mysteries with romantic subplots. But whichever one you prefer, the BEST type of mystery romances are the ones where both elements are perfectly balanced to tell an incredible story.

In this regard, do romance novels ruin relationships?

New research suggests that romance novels are deeply dangerous: addictive, mood- and mind-altering, adultery-inducing distractions that make it impossible for women to put down their books and start worshiping their real husbands. All right, “research” might be stretching it.

Besides, is mystery and suspense the same thing?

suspense: the main character may become aware of danger only gradually. In a mystery, the reader is exposed to the same information as the detective, but in a suspense story, the reader is aware of things unknown to the protagonist.

Accordingly, who are the best suspense authors?

This list features the best suspense authors in history including, Harlan Coben, Thomas Harris, Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, Truman Capote, Ted Dekker, Dan Brown, Agatha Christie, and Sire Arthur Conan Doyle.

Then, what is romance suspense?

Romance Writers of America defines romantic suspense as: “Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.” And Goodreads says: “Romantic suspense is any genre romance that features a prominent mystery, suspense or thriller plot.”

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