Best Romantic Suspense Books
Romantic suspense is any genre romance that features a prominent mystery, suspense or thriller plot.
Here, in no particular order, are 13 Best Romance Suspense Books,These books are sure to set your pulse racing.
Author: by Colleen Hoover
Published at: Independently published (December 10, 2018)
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen to complete the remaining books in a contract his permanently injured wife is unable to fulfill, Lowen has no choice but to accept.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home with the intention of only staying one or two nightslong enough to sort through Verity's chaotic home office to collect all the notes and outlines she'll need to start writing the first novel. But the more time Lowen spends with Jeremy Crawford, the less of a hurry she is in to leave.
While there, Lowen uncovers a hidden manuscript. An autobiography containing chilling admissions Verity planned to take to her grave, including the truth behind the events that turned their lives upside down. A truth that, if revealed to Jeremy, would further devastate the already grieving father.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript a secret, allowing Jeremy to continue to believe Verity is merely an innocent, unfortunate victim of circumstance. But as Lowen's feelings for the devoted father and husband deepen, she wonders if keeping Jeremy in the dark is in her own best interest.
2. Faithless in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, 52)
Author: by J. D. Robb
Published at: St. Martin's Press (February 9, 2021)
In the new Eve Dallas police thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author J.D. Robb, what looked like a lover's quarrel turned fatal has largerand more terrifyingmotives behind itThe scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wineglasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in.
But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don't add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fianc as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the bodybut why did it take an hour to report it?
And why is she lying about little things? As Eve and her team look into Gwen, her past, and the people around her, they find that the lies are about more than murder. As with sculpture, they need to chip away at the layers of deception to find the shape withinand soon they're getting the FBI involved in a case that involves a sinister, fanatical group and a stunning criminal conspiracy.
3. Den of Vipers
Author: by K.A Knight
Published at: Independently published (July 10, 2020)
Ryder, Garrett, Kenzo, and DieselThe Vipers. They run this town and everyone in it. Their deals are as sordid as their business, and their reputation is enough to bring a grown man to his knees, forcing him to beg for mercy.
They are not people you mess with, yet my dad did. The old man ran up a debt with them and then sold me to cover his losses.Yes, sold me.They own me now. I'm theirs in every sense of the word.
But I've never been meek and compliant. These men, they look at me with longing. Their scarred, blood-stained hands holding me tight. They want everything I am, everything I have to give, and won't stop until they get just that.
They can own my body, but they will never have my heart.The Vipers? I'm going to make them regret the day they took me.This girl?She bites too. 18+ Reverse Harem Romance. Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse/assault that some readers may find triggering.
Along with graphic sex scenes and violence. This is a dark book*
4. The Silent Wife: A gripping, emotional page-turner with a twist that will take your breath away
Author: by Kerry Fisher
Published at: Forever (November 13, 2018)
In this heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping USA Today bestseller, a woman with a seemingly perfect life finds a mysterious letter that reveals dark secrets from the past that threaten to destroy her family. Lara's life looks perfect on the surface - gorgeous doting husband, Massimo; sweet little son, Sandro; and the perfect home.
But Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else, or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother, Nico, and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter.
She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic that reveals a shocking secret about Nico's first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?
For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.
Author: by Colleen Hoover
Published at: Montlake (December 8, 2020)
KnockKnockWhen Emma finds a dead body on her porch with her name written on the dead man's hand she uncovers a sinister clue to the mystery that has haunted her since childhood. FBI agent Emma Griffin is sent undercover to the small sleepy town of Feathered Nest to uncover the truth behind the strings of disappearances that has left the town terrified.
To Emma there is nothing that can lay buried forever. Even though her own childhood has been plagued by deaths and disappearances. Her mother's death, her father's disappearance, and her boyfriend's disappearance. The only cases that she hasn't solved. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.
Now, she must face what may be her biggest case. In Cabin 13 there lies an uneasy feeling. The feeling of her movements being watched. When a knock on her door revealed a body on her porch and her name written on a piece of paper in the dead man's hand.
Suddenly her worlds collide. With the past still haunting her, Emma must fight past her own demons to stop the body count from rising. The woods have secrets. And this idyllic town has dark and murderous ones. Either she reveals them or risk them claiming her too.
6. See Me
Author: by Nicholas Sparks
Published at: Vision; Reprint edition (May 30, 2017)
In this suspenseful New York Times bestseller, a chance encounter between a successful lawyer and a rebellious bad boy will change life as they know it forever, as their pasts catch up with them ... Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot.
With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he's determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life.
Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship. Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record.
And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed. A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves.
Author: by Daphne Du Maurier
Published at: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 5, 2006)
Now a Netflix film starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas"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 forgottena 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 wifethe late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.
This special edition of Rebecca includes excerpts from Daphne du Maurier's The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories, an essay on the real Manderley, du Maurier's original epilogue to the book, and more. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
8. The Modern Break-Up
Author: by Daniel Chidiac
Published at: Undercover Publishing House; Illustrated edition (July 16, 2019)
"When it comes to dating, I seem to be going around in a circle. The ones I want don't want me, and the ones who want me, I don't want." -AmeliaA novel full of truths about dating, separations and love: direct, raw and damn revealing.
After a sudden end with another guy she finally opened-up to, Amelia is thrown into a vortex of conflicting thoughts and emotions. Once again, she is forced to reflect on her life and what dating means in the modern world.
The answers she finds, especially through a new male friend who unveils the way guys "really" think, makes her even more determined to find something more real. It all helps set her free...Maybe. "I don't know, I just think there's too much miscommunication between guys and girls.
I mean, no one knows what the fuck is going on. We need to have the discussion. We need to vent it and get it out in the open," I said, grabbing my drink from the bedside table. Sat on the edge of the bed and put his shirt back on.
"What do you want to know?" "I just want to know what guys are thinking. I mean we have sex and stuff and nothing lasting ever comes of it," I said, taking a cigarette out and lighting it. I knew I shouldn't be smoking in the room, but I was too drunk to care.
9. Temptation (The Hunted Series Book 1)
Author: by Ivy Smoak
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (April 8, 2015)
#1 New Adult RomanceNow a top 50 Amazon bestsellerShy student Penny Taylor always follows the rules. At least, that's how it appears to her classmates. But she has one illicit secret she's fallen hard for her professor. And she's pretty sure he's fallen for her too.
Everyone loves Professor Hunter. He's tall, dark, and handsome. And completely unobtainable. But it's the secrets hiding behind his deep brown eyes that allures Penny. Secrets darker than she could ever imagine. James Hunter gave up his billionaire lifestyle in NYC last year to become a professor.
The easiest new rule to follow: don't fraternize with the students. It's easy to follow because he's become quite the recluse in his new town the only way he knows how to keep his secrets buried. But he never expected to be teaching such a beautiful student.
He has to resist her. He needs to walk away. Penny deserves better than a man with his demons. But she's daring him to cross the line. And he's never been one to resist temptation. BY INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR IVY SMOAK "Professor Hunter is a total heartthrob." "SCORCHING HOT!" "Holy sexiness that teacher is yummy." "Full of scandal!" "The best series I have read in a while." "If you like Fifty Shades of Grey then this is the book for you!" "OMG this book was amazing!"
10. Shadows in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, 51)
Author: by J. D. Robb
Published at: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 29, 2020)
In Shadows in Death, the new novel in Nora Roberts's #1 New York Times bestselling series, Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband's dangerous pastWhile Eve examines a fresh body in Washington Square Park, her husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he's known since his younger days on the streets of Dublin.
A man who claims to be his half brother. A man who kills for a livingand who burns with hatred for him. Eve is quick to suspect that the victim's spouseresentful over his wife's affair and poised to inherit her fortunewould have happily paid an assassin to do his dirty work.
Roarke is just as quick to warn her that if Lorcan Cobbe is the hitman, she needs to be careful. Law enforcement agencies worldwide have pursued this cold-hearted killer for years, to no avail. And his lazy smirk when he looked Roarke's way indicates that he will target anyone who matters to Roarkeand is confident he'll get away with it.
Eve is desperate to protect Roarke. Roarke is desperate to protect Eve. And together, they're determined to find Cobbe before he finds themeven if it takes them across the Atlantic, far outside Eve's usual jurisdiction
11. Waiting for the Moon: A Novel
Author: by Kristin Hannah
Published at: Ballantine Books; F First Edition (September 27, 1995)
"Kristin Hannah is a superb storyteller."-Kathe Robin Romantic TimesAward-winning author Kristin Hannah creates her most spellbinding and compelling novel yet... A passionate tale of obsession, redemption, and the magic of true love. WAITING FOR THE MOONShe doesn't remember who she is or how she came to the mansion on the isolated Maine coast.
Lost in a strange world filled with even stranger faces, Selena finds comfort in a man whose eyes reflect her own aloneness. He is Ian Carrick, a brilliant physician turned recluse, hiding from life in the anonymity of this small sanctuary, haunted by a telepathic gift that has destroyed his desire to heal.
Selena comes to him, the only person he's ever met who is immune to his psychic powers. A mesmerizing innocent, she turns his life upside down, bringing light into the darkness and laughter into the silence. For her, he begins to believe in life again, to believe in himself.
And then a mysterious figure from the past arrives, threatening to destroy their glorious love and the fantasy world they have created together....
12. Forever Never
Author: by Lucy Score
Published at: That's What She Said Publishing, Incorporated (March 3, 2021)
You don't fall for your brother's high school sweetheart, your boss's daughter, or your ex-wife's best friend. Especially when they're all the same woman. Under Brick Callan's mile-wide chest beats a loyal heart with a few cracks in it. He's the steadfast, overprotective type.
Especially when it comes to the one woman he can never have. It's a long, complicated history punctuated by fights, friendship, family, and an attraction that strains his iron willpower. When Remi Ford returns to Mackinac Island in the dead of winter with a secret, Brick makes it his mission to find out what put the shadows in those green eyes.
Even if it means breaking down the walls he's built between them. Even if it means falling for the one girl he'll never get over. The free-spirited artist just needs to lay low for a few weeks so she can figure a way out of this nightmare.
She's definitely not staying. Not when the man who broke her teenage heart into splinters keeps showing up at her parents' dinner table. Remi doesn't need broody, bearded Brick riding to her rescueagain. Not when it will put them both in danger, costing them much more than their hearts.
13. Hideaway: A Novel
Author: by Nora Roberts
Published at: St. Martin's Press (May 26, 2020)
"Reading Hideaway is like a mini vacation, as Roberts transports you from the sun-drenched mountains of Big Sur to the rolling hills of Ireland to the bustling streets of New York City." - Associated Press A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts' emotional new suspense novel, Hideaway.
Caitlyn Sullivan had come from a long line of Hollywood royalty, stretching back to her Irish immigrant great-grandfather. At nine, she was already a staryet still an innocent child who loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur.
It was during one of those games that she disappeared. Some may have considered her a pampered princess, but Cate was in fact a smart, scrappy fighter, and she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his housebut when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones.