Try a Chapter: Romantic Suspense

I really had fun doing my last try a chapter tag and I enjoyed Shadow and Ice, the book I wound up choosing. Since I’ve now finished with it, I thought I would jump into another try a chapter tag, but with a different genre. I’m very much in a romantic suspense mood at the moment, but I did leave Troubleshooters out because I’m not willing to stop reading that right now. (Aka, I’ve already got the next one out from the library and am reading it on my phone.) So these five are other romantic suspense on my shelves!

Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon

First up, I have an arc of Her Other Secret thanks to Keni and I’ve had it on my TBR list on goodreads since I first heard about it. I’m honestly not sure what sold me on it, though, and after reading the first chapter, I’m still a little confused. I enjoyed the first chapter fine, but I’m very confused and also Hansen was just, kind of weird in the first chapter. But I am intrigued, which is a good sign that I’ll be continuing! Hopefully soon since the book is out June 25, 2019.

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

Holy hell, what a prologue. And then after I read chapter one, I didn’t stop and also read chapter two… I’m in love, y’all. This book is already so good! So, essentially, in the prologue Margo is a juror and after being found guilty, the defendant threatens that everyone in the room is going to die 72 hours apart. When we pick up in chapter one, the judge, bailiff, and court reporter are already dead (it says clerk reporter, which tbh makes no sense, but I’ll let it slide). Anyway, Margo’s uncle hires Striker’s firm to guard her and I’m in love with these two already. I’ll be shocked if I wind up going with a different book at the end of this.

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti

This is the third book in a series I should probably have read in order, but I did read book one at least. I never saw Lethal Lies in any of my used bookstores so it is what it is. We’re just reading out of order and it’s fine. I should also note that I actually really didn’t like the first in the series, Deadly Silence. That said, chapter one of this one ends in an explosion and so I obviously wanted to keep going. Also, that kiss!! Off to a good start. Plus, I really like the feel of the pages, tbh.

Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

I’ve been told the first three in the In Death series provide the romantic arc for the books and I read Naked in Death in 2017, so fingers crossed I remember enough of the romantic arc to jump into book two nearly two years later. “At least this time, with this murder, she knew he had an alibi. At the time Cicely Towers was having her throat slashed, Roarke had been fucking the hell out of the investigating officer.” WHAT A LINE. Also, yeah, I do feel like I should reread Naked in Death and then binge the first three books back to back. But I do really love Nora’s writing as J.D. Robb. Also, you can really see the sci-fi elements in this opening chapter!

Scorched by Laura Griffin

Ooh, also such a good first chapter! I love SEALs at the moment, which like, I don’t know what’s happened to me and my Navy friend assures me, real life SEALs are nothing like fictional SEALs. Which, let’s be real, is at least partially a good thing because so many fictional SEALs are possessive af. Anyway, back to the book, I really like it already. Kelsey is a forensic anthropologist and she’s working on something related to human rights in the Philippines. I’m very intrigued and excited to continue this one too!

I’m really in such a romantic suspense mood that I want to read literally all of these at the same time. But I think I’m going to stick with Forged in Desire because like, wow! Also, this will be my first Brenda Jackson and I already have one other book of hers, but she has such an extensive backlist (and is also super, super nice) that I’m really hoping to dive into!

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?


2 responses to “Try a Chapter: Romantic Suspense”

  1. Romantic suspense is one of those subgenres I’ve never really explored, but after having such good luck with paranormal romance, I really need to branch out. I’ll definitely have to pick up the first Troubleshooters book soon, but it sounds like the Brenda Jackson book needs to be on my radar, too! I might be convinced to try the In Death series and the HelenKay Dimon one depending on what you think when you wind up reading them, too.


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