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Romantic Suspense Discussion > How edgy do you like your romantic suspense?

I love romantic suspense but often times it just plain scares me to death! How edgy do you like your romantic suspsense? What sort of stories do you like?

February 15, 2008 | Registered CommenterEye On Romance
I, too, enjoy a good romantic suspense. I think my favorite author for that right now is Lisa Jackson. I like how her stories keep me guessing till the end of the book. Every book I read, I guess who the "bad guy" is and every time I am wrong. I like that though. I enjoy having the twists and turns and the unexpected ending. I think stories would be boring if the ending was too predictable.
I, however, do NOT like stories that scare the tar out of me. I'm thinking along the lines of PG-13 type suspense is what I can handle. haha

Who are some authors you enoy in this genre, Tara?
February 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKari
I like Karen Rose a lot. Have you read her? I also enjoy Iris Johansen and Lisa Gardner. I think I also like the PG-13s though OCCASSIONALLY I like the really scary ones. Actually I have found recently that the paranormals scare me a lot more than the romantic suspense books!!
February 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTara Green
I have definitly heard of her but not, as of yet, read one of her books. I've heard nothing but great things about her books, too. My list of "to pick up" is getting longer than my TBR pile.
I have not gotten into paranomrals at all. I know there are a few Nora Roberts books that i have read that have teetered on the edge of "normal" but not sure if they would classify as paranormal. Maybe the are and I just don't know it. :)
February 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKari
I'm glad that some of you are reading my books. I love a good romantic suspense novel! When I trained my attention to romantic suspense I decided I wanted my books to be creepier and more spine tingling or edgy that most of the women writers who would tackling the genre,but I wanted a good, believable love story as well and a lot of the men weren't pulling that off. So, I was lucky, I got to write the kind of book I love to read. You can find out more about my books at and I've started a blog, too. This month, I'm talking about writing and all last week, because of Valentine's Day, I talked about how much romance was enough. Come visit me!
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLIsa Jackson
I like them edgy. One of my favorites is Black Ice by Anne Stuart. The hero in that is very dark, and I like the fact that his character does not change dramatically - and unbelievably - when he encounters the heroine. In fact, he almost lets her be killed. (Almost - he saves her.)
February 16, 2008 | Registered CommenterMelanie Thayer
I like edgy. But I like it to be a romance with suspense, not a suspense with romance.
March 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercheri
I just finished Cut Throat by Sharon Sala. It was really good. does anyone remember what the first book with Cat and Wilson was?
March 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercheri
I love Lisa Jackson, in fact on March 25 I spent an hour waiting for the guy to put Lost Souls on the shelf. Personally, I think the guy was not putting it out until last because I kept bugging him but jeez just give me one out of the box.

I finished Lost Souls in about 4 hours, and if you haven't read it yet it is so worth the price of the hardback, but she always is! I got the privilege of meeting her a couple of years ago and she is a very gracious person. She took the time to sign some paper for my girls and they are huge fans of hers even though they are nowhere near old enough to read her books.:) So, Mrs. Jackson, if you happen to read this they say hi and still tell everyone about meeting you. Thank You!!!

Here lately, I have also read Iris Johansen: Pandora's Daughter, Kay Hooper: Blood Dreams and Jayne Ann Krentz: Sizzle and Burn. All of these have a slight Paranormal feel to them but they were filled with suspense and are excellent reads. PG-13? I don't know to me they were all pretty tame but I enjoy the heck scared out of me every once in a while, so I am the wrong person to ask.
April 1, 2008 | Registered CommenterRhae
I agree, Rhae. There isn't a Lisa Jackson book that I've read that I haven't liked. I just recently read The Sorceress. I wasn't sure what to expect since it was a bit different from what I was used to reading from her. I must say, I really liked it.
I am so far behind on my TBR pile that I haven't read Lost Souls yet. :( I know I will soon.
If you don't mind me asking, was it a quick read or just so good you couldn't put it down?
April 2, 2008 | Registered CommenterKari
Kari, I am probably the wrong person to ask,but I will try. In my opinion, it was a quick read. It is only about 403 pages and 4 hours which is about average for me unless I my kids are doing something that day or it was a slow book. Lisa Jackson, in my opinion doesn't write slow or boring books or at least I have not come across one yet and I have just about every book that she has published.
In other words, I guess I would look at how fast you read her other novels in this genre and estimate that will be the speed you read Lost Souls.

On the other hand, Lost Souls was one of her best books so far. It was fast paced but there were a few slower areas however they flowed so smoothly you hardly notice them. It also keeps you guessing right until the end. However, I will give this tidbit out. I hoped one of the peripheral characters ( there are a ton so not giving anything away) was the killer just because he shared my brothers name and we are fighting right now, you know just to get one of those petty Ha ha moments; and it delivered.:)
April 2, 2008 | Registered CommenterRhae
Haha, Rhae! I totally understand. There have been a few books I have ready where the villan had the same name as an ex. It make it easy to envision the villan as evil :).

Thanks for the insight on Lost Souls.
April 2, 2008 | Registered CommenterKari
Ya when we get angry someone has miraculously grown horns!
April 3, 2008 | Registered CommenterRhae
I agree with Tara's first comment! I like romantic suspense but it does get real tense. I am home alone alot so I have have to take a break from it otherwise I would scare myself silly! My imagination is to good sometimes. I read Lisa Jackson in spells and often wonder can she sleep at night! I enjoy Iris Johansen, Andrea Kane, Marliss Melton just to name a few.
April 9, 2008 | Registered CommenterJoyce Corbin
my favorite is Beverly Barton, but I like Erica Spindler, Lisa Jackson and Linda Howard
May 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwoodendawn
I like Karen Robards, Sharon Sala, Dinah McCall. Someone mentioned Laurie Breton and Lisa Jackson. So, I picked up several of their books the other day at the used book store and have them in my TBR pile.
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I suggest My Favorite Person: A Non-Fiction Romance.

September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous