“My obsession with steamy romantic suspense novels is ruining my life.” My friend Kelsey announces. “I’m going to end up unemployed or divorced, or both.”
I laugh, because it’s Kelsey and you just have to go with it. “What’s the problem, exactly?”
“I have to devote every spare second to reading romantic suspense if I want to keep up with all the amazing books on my list, Sweden! I’m not saying my kids don’t get dinner because I’m buried in my Kindle, but yeah, maybe I’ll be catching up with the latest Tessa Bailey or Lynn Rae Harris while I throw some pasta in boiling water…”
YOU WANT BOOKS THAT ARE ACTUALLY WORTH YOUR TIME
“The point,” she says grumpily, “is that if I don’t get this steamy novel obsession under control I’ll probably lose my job or my marriage or both.”
Okay, Kelsey, I feel your pain! You need a way to cut through the clutter of book recommendations and find the reads that are worth your time.
I’ve taken a hard look at the romantic suspense published so far this year and compiled some of my personal favorites along with those of my freakishly book obsessed online and IRL friends.
16 Romantic Suspense Reads For Fall
Bad boys, big guns, hot sex and Happily Ever Afters…these books will get your heart rate up in all the right ways.
DISCLAIM by Pam Godwin
Book 3 in the sultry, intense Deliver series—I confess I skipped the first two books because I thought they would be too dark for me…now I’m going back to catch up!
Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city. She will stop at nothing to end them. Even if that means becoming a slave again. Matias Guerra is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy…
DARK MAFIA PRINCE by Annika Martin
Book 1 in the steamy, adrenaline-pumping Dangerous Royals mafia series (Book 2 is available now, too!)
The brutal murder of Aleskio’s parents when he’s nine years old strips him of his status as rightful heir to the Albanian crime family and sets him on a collision course with his parents’ murderer. Fixated on revenge, Aleskio finally makes his move. But there’s a complication: His childhood friend and the daughter of his enemy, Mira, gets caught in the crossfire. Mira was raised by her father as a mafia princess, but she wants nothing to do with a life of crime. When Aleksio, kidnaps her, the sparks fly…
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL by Katee Robert
Book 3 in the fast-paced and sexy O’Malley Series, can be read as a standalone
Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the “values” Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family—and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O’Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can’t stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian’s own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast—and how hard—she’s falling for him.
YOU ARE HERE by S.M. Lumetta
A dark, steamy debut standalone by a new author to watch! Thanks to Aestas Book Blog for this recommendation…
Lucie Gideon wakes up in a hospital, alone. Her family is dead and her home is gone, but she can’t remember a thing. She soon discovers, however, she can glimpse the future, and everything she sees seems to revolve around a mysterious man she’s never met. Contract killer Greyson Ellicott hasn’t been a part of normal society in a decade. When Lucie and Greyson meet head-on, destinies collide. She’s in the crosshairs of a murderer and he may be the only one who can save her.
RUTHLESS by Lexi Blake
The first in a sexy new contemporary romance series about the Lawless siblings. New series + Lexi Blake = I’m in love!
The Lawless siblings are bound by vengeance. Riley, Drew, Brandon, and Mia believe the CEO of StratCast orchestrated their parents’ murder twenty years ago to steal their father’s software program. And there’s only one way Riley can find some solid evidence…Heir to the StratCast legacy, Ellie Stratton hires a new attorney to handle a delicate business matter—and she’s shocked by her attraction to him.
MOONSHOT by Alessandra Torre
A smoking hot standalone sports romance with complex characters and a suspense plot that will steal your breath
Baseball shouldn’t be a game of life and death… The summer that Chase Stern entered Ty’s life, she was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were her family, their stadium her home, their dugout her workplace. Chase…he started out a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a God yet partied like a Devil. Ty tried to stay away from him but couldn’t. Then, the team started losing. Women started dying. And everything in her perfect world broke apart…
SUGAR DADDY by Sawyer Bennett
Book 1 in the face-fanning Sugar Bowl series—Book 2 is already out and Book 3 is coming soon!
Sela Halstead has spent years trying to forget the unidentified monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across her TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates the company, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, her enemy’s charismatic business partner. For a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, fresh-faced Sela sparks Beck’s hottest fantasies…
HOOK by Elisabeth Grace
Book 1 in the dark, sexy Duplicity Duet—Book 2 is available now! Thanks to my friend Cici at Theory of a Dreamer for her sizzling recommendation…
Women loathed Emily without even knowing her name. Men coveted the very idea of her. Escort. Call girl. Prostitute. Hooker. Whore. She’s heard it all. Done it all. She has her reasons, and no one had ever made her question them. UNTIL MARCO VALENTI. He’d changed her and she’d naively fed into the fairy tale. But Marco isn’t Emily’s Prince Charming. He has secrets of his own. Secrets that will rip away everything she holds dear…
BIG EASY TEMPTATION by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Book 3 in the sexy, political The Perfect Gentlemen series, which combines all my favorite things—sex, secrets, love and betrayal. I recommend reading Books 1 & 2 first as the plots intersect
Years ago, Naval officer/celebrity playboy Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy…
TAKING FIRE by Cindy Gerard
Book 4 in the heart stopping One Eyed Jacks series, can be read as a standalone—definitely a smart, sexy read
Six years ago, tough-as-nails military contractor Bobby Taggart met the woman of his dreams in war-torn Kabul—a sexy, whip-smart war correspondent who approached him at a local bar, took him to bed, made him fall in love…and then mysteriously disappeared. In her wake, the terrorist leader he’d been mining for valuable intel was assassinated—then Bobby discovered his phone had been bugged. And he’s pretty damned sure he’s been played for a fool.
HOT SEAL LOVER by Lynn Raye Harris
The steamy, exciting second installment of the HOT SEAL Team series can be read as a standalone
Christina Girard is a lady. But she’s a lady whose world is about to implode. She’s done everything right, but she can’t escape the taint of scandal when her husband cheats on her with another man. She’s broken, her spirit battered, her confidence at an all-time low. Then she meets Navy SEAL Remy Marchand, and parts of her she’d thought dead flare to life. Except Remy is part of the Hostile Operations Team, the Black Ops group her brother works for, and that means NO in flashing neon letters…
PENNIES by Pepper Winters
Dark, intense and amazing only begins to describe Book 1 in the captivating Dollar series
Abducted at age 18, Tasmin Blythe a.k.a. Pim endures brutal horrors during two years as the sexual slave of the depraved Alrik. Yet, Tas never loses her inner strength or fierce hope. Elder Prest arrives in her life as an enigma. Will the secretive man with the dark secrets become her savior—or her destroyer?
WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks
Book 4 in the sizzling romantic suspense series, Slow Burn
Eliza Cummings fought free of a monster who terrorized her when she was an innocent teen and helped put him away for good. But now the killer has been set free on a legal loophole and it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her…Wade Sterling has always lived by his own rules. He never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his carefully leashed control…
RAW REDEMPTION by Tessa Bailey
Book 4 in the heart-pounding alpha romance Crossing the Line series, can be read as a standalone
Disgraced cop Henrik Vance is having a shit year. Banished to a derelict undercover squad, he’s been tasked with hunting down the daughter of Chicago’s most dangerous criminal. His obsession with saving the beautiful girl destroyed his career. And this time, it might cost his life. Ailish O’Kelly doesn’t need a hero. She’ll save herself from her father’s violent criminal dynasty, thank you very much. Unfortunately, the sexy as sin cop who crashes her hideout isn’t hearing reason—especially not after the kiss that becomes much more…
HETCH by River Savage
Book 1 in the Men of S.W.A.T. series about those hot rescuers in black who pack big guns and serious muscles…yes, please!
Sexy S.W.A.T. team lead Liam Hetcherson a.k.a. Hetch uses drinking and sex to drown out thoughts of his father’s suicide. In his line of work he sees plenty of crime and death, but he’s unprepared to face his own dark past. When he’s called on to rescue sweet, headstrong social worker Liberty, the chemistry between them is instantaneous. Liberty, however, has been burned by men in the past and wants nothing to do with notorious player Hetch…
BURNOUT by Tee O’Fallon
A hot, gritty police procedural in the NYPD Blue & Gold series. Thanks to Dirty Girl Romance for turning me onto Tee O’Fallon!
Sexy-as-sin Police Chief Mike Flannery knows the new arrival to Hopewell Springs is trouble. She has a smoking-hot body and a quick wit…and he’ll be damned if that’s not a turn-on. New York City Detective Cassie Yates is on the run. A six-month undercover sting in a sleazy bar seemed like a textbook arrest—but now there’s a hit out on her. As the hired assassin closes in, Mike’s past comes roaring back and secrets are revealed in an explosion destined to tear them apart—if not destroy them.
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