Thursday, July 17, 2014

Why Love Romantic Suspense?

Why love romantic suspense?

As a reader as well as a writer, I’ve often wonder why we love a dash, or should I say a slash, of suspense with romance. I guess a psychologist could answer that.

But for me a well plotted romance and an equally well plotted suspense, with the two stories woven seamlessly together each moving the plot forward, keeps me reading. A compelling love story is necessary and a believable villain is important too, not just a crazy man or woman. A villain with a credible goal, even if the average person would think the goal is totally wrong, works because the villain knows he’s righteous and that keeps him motivated and me turning the pages. The villain should be intelligent, a person to be reckoned with, and fear inducing. The hero and heroine must be sympathetic and just as motivated as the villain. Right is on their side after all.
Unlike mysteries that are often written in the first person, the romantic suspense has multiple points of view allowing the reader to understand the motivation of many characters.

A fellow writer explained in suspense it just gets worse and worse until the reader can’t see how the hero and heroine will survive. There is a possibility the villain may win and all will be lost. But the reader can experience the danger and excitement in safety. : )

I checked with The Romantic Times and other web sites to see the most popular romantic suspense books right now. I haven’t read these books yet but here are a few that were mentioned.

The dead don’t speak, but Kelsey knows their secrets. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey makes it her mission to identify bodies using no more than shards of bone, and her find at a remote Philippines dig hints at a sinister story. When Kelsey’s search for answers puts her at the scene of her exfiancé’s murder, only one man can help her. The same man who broke her heart just months before, and who is also a prime suspect.
By Laura Griffin

This case may prove to be too hot to handle...
There's silver out there: Sabrina Eckhart is sure of it. And when she finds the hidden mine on that big piece of West Texas desert, all of her financial problems are solved. That is, if she can find it. The man with the skills she needs is private investigator Alex Justice─a former navy fighter pilot and a current pain in the neck.
When mysterious "accidents" start to plague their search, it seems Rina's multi-acre inheritance might be more of a curse than a blessing. And yet, there's still something sensual about the heat...his arrogance...her stubbornness...being thrust into each other's arms by danger...But the vultures are circling, and if they don't watch their backs, the relentless desert sun could be the last thing they ever see. By Kat Martin

Lizette Henry’s life is very calm and predictable until the morning she wakes up, looks in the mirror and doesn’t recognize herself. Not only is her face different, but there seem to be holes in her memory that cause excruciating pain as she tries to remember. Why on earth would she be worried about electronic listening devices or cell phone tracking? On the other end of the tracking and eavesdropping devices in Lizette’s house, a mysterious man named Xavier is listening as Lizette’s memories begin to resurface. For Xavier, this is the signal that Lizette will soon be in terrible danger — there is another party listening in, and their response will be to send assassins! (BALLANTINE 2013) Four and half stars, Hot

Please click on comments and tell your favorite romantic suspense book or tell what genre you like to read. Thanks for stopping by, Reggi

Can love win against the odds? Will they live long enough to find out?


  1. I love romantic suspense, Reggi! If you combine it with a historical setting, it's my favorite type of romance to read. And my favorite story is Joanna Bourne's The Spymaster's Lady. This book has several villains that do their job very well. But it is the hero and heroine (spies on opposing sides during the Regency period) that kept me captivated and turning the pages.

  2. Hi Jacqui,
    Though I write contemporary romantic suspense I like a historical too. I haven't read Joanna Boure's The Spymaster's Lady but look forward to it. Thanks for mentioning it.

  3. Hi Reggi, I'm a big fan of Laura Griffin, I recommend the whole series you won't be able to put them down, :) One of my all time favorite RS authors is Suzanne Brockmann. Her Troubleshooter series has it all, H.O.T heroes and strong heroines, all set among the world of SEALs, can't go wrong there, lol
    Jacquie Biggar

  4. Hi Jacquie, I've read Suzanne Brockmann but haven't read Laura Griffin yet. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check out the series, always love to find a new series. : )

  5. Loved your explanation of the difference between a suspense and a mystery, Reggi!

  6. Thanks Shereen! Glad you liked it. Happy you stopped by. : )