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Reader Roundup: No Danger of Running Out of Good Romantic Suspense – Amy Alessio

When feisty women meet up with intense FBI agents or other law enforcement officials, sparks and bullets fly. Catch up with some classic romantic suspense or delve into some new series.

mazeCatherine Coulter’s Sherlock and Savich FBI series feature married agents. Humor, complicated serial killers, technology and more play a part in this smart series. While Savich was introduced in The Cove, he meets Sherlock a memorable Quantico exercise in The Maze. Find the entire series at
heartbreakerFans of Coulter will also enjoy Julie Garwood’s FBI series featuring the Buchanan family. Readers meet Nick Buchanan in Heartbreaker in a twisting and page turning thriller followed by more titles featuring his extended family, partners and more. Find these in order at
unsung heroSuzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series features Navy SEALS and also one of the few romance series highlighting diverse characters and even a gay couple in one novella. Detailed information about the dangerous and rigorous SEAL training and life is interspersed among hot romance and real life conflicts. The Unsung Hero starts off this long running series and each features a different member of the team, though some situations and conflicts cover more than one book.  Read more about her at
wild cardLora Leigh also offers Sexy Elite Ops in her series beginning with Wild Card. These men operate an agency independent of the government, who will do anything to complete their missions. Very sensual stories with plenty of action will appeal to erotica readers especially. Find Lora’s other books at
hell on wheelsNew author Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series is about another independent Special Ops group. They work behind the façade of a motorcycle shop. The bikes and danger combine for a sexy read.  Start this series with Hell on Wheels. Meet Julie at
legend of michaelExcite your imagination with a cross of paranormal and romantic suspense elements. Lisa Renee Jones’ Zodius series, beginning with The Legend of Michael, introduces readers to a force of human soldiers injected with alien DNA with special powers. Sexy and smart, Jones offers a light paranormal element here. She has a growing following for her Inside Out contemporary romantic suspense series but the Zodius series crosses the paranormal line as well.
naked in deathOf course, romantic suspense featuring NY police Lieutenant Eve Dallas by Nora Roberts as J.D.Robb should be in any must read list. J.D.  Excellent in both print and audio versions, readers meet the troubled and focused Eve in Naked in Death. They also meet every woman’s dream, Irishman mogul Roarke, in the same story.
mammoth book of special ops romanceA great place to meet new authors is in anthologies. For romantic suspense, try The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance edited by Trisha Telep. Stories range from steaming to scorching and all levels of action in this well rounded collection.
The only danger in reading these books is that you may not want to stop.

Amy AlessioAmy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens in programs for over seventeen years in her work as an award-winning librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. She reviews teen mysteries for and Crimespree Magazine as well as adult mysteries and romances for Booklist. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at


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6 Responses to “Reader Roundup: No Danger of Running Out of Good Romantic Suspense – Amy Alessio”

  1. Amy, thanks for sharing your great recommendations!

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | August 17, 2013, 5:45 am
  2. Hi Amy,

    The old adage applies…one must read in order to write. Rom suspense is among my favorite reads. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Welcome to RU!

    Posted by Jennifer Tanner | August 17, 2013, 8:47 am
  3. Hi Amy,

    The J D Robb series is excellent!

    Mary Jo

    Posted by Mary Jo Burke | August 17, 2013, 9:59 am
  4. Morning Amy!

    I agree, the JD Robb series is excellent, I’ve read every single one! And Julie Garwood’s books…yummy! =)

    Great recommendations – look out Amazon, here I come! =)

    And welcome Amy, to Romance University! =)


    Posted by Carrie Spencer | August 17, 2013, 10:15 am
  5. Thanks for the great welcome, everyone! I am so excited to be on one of my favorite blogs.

    Suspense is one of my favorite crossovers, and there were so many more I wanted to include, like RU’s Adrienne, but I have her and others in mind for different upcoming themes. I hope you all enjoy reading this weekend!

    Posted by Amy Alessio | August 17, 2013, 11:07 am
  6. Hi Amy – Thanks for this great line-up! I’m a huge fan of romantic suspense. I’m terrible at coming up with lists of favorite books, though, because I can’t narrow it down to a favorite ten, twenty or even 100! I have entire bookcases filled with my favorite romantic suspense books!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | August 18, 2013, 12:39 am

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