Nothing beats an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Twisted criminals, determined sleuths, and a race against the clock make for an addictive read, time and time again. But why not kick the tension up a notch? Romantic thrillers raise the stakes even higher by introducing a love interest. In these compelling romantic thriller books, like-minded sleuths fight crime—and their undeniable attraction to one another.
Pregnant and homeless, China Brown is already down on her luck—but there’s a much worse fate in store for her. When she accidentally witnesses the murder of a celebrity photographer, the killer seeks to eliminate China as well. Though she survives the attack, her unborn child isn’t so lucky. While coping with her grief, China is introduced to Detective Ben English. Ben is immediately drawn to China, and vows to track down her attacker. But as Ben and China grow closer, they unknowingly grow closer to a killer. A hair-raising story with a plot twist you won’t see coming, Butterfly was penned by veteran romantic suspense writer and New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala.
Tangle of Lies
When her father calls to tell her that her mother is missing, Liz Connor fears the worst and goes down to the police station. She receives the shock of her life when she’s confronted by FBI agents, who tell her that her mother isn't missing—she's in custody for a murder she committed 30 years ago. Unwilling to believe in her mother’s guilt, Liz launches an investigation of her own to clear Betty’s name. A mysterious fire and a frightening abduction convince her that someone is after the Connor family, and will do anything to keep Betty from talking. Rugged Boston PI Caleb Adams enters Liz’s life to offer his help, and she can’t help but accept it. But Caleb is hiding a dark secret—one that could turn the entire case upside down.
Somewhere Beyond the Sea
A woman’s dark past comes back to haunt her in this gripping romantic thriller book. In the past few years, Karen Ainsworth’s anxiety has transformed into crippling agoraphobia. When an opportunity arises for the Ainsworths to move to an idyllic Cornish village, Tristan encourages his wife to take the plunge, believing the change of scenery will be beneficial for her mental health. However, once they arrive in their new home, a terrifying net of blackmail and betrayal begins closing in on them. Will Karen and Tristan strengthen their bond and rediscover everything they love about each other, or fall prey to the outsider threatening to destroy their marriage—and their lives?
Tall, Dark, and Deadly
Beautiful and successful, lawyer Marnie Newcastle has no shortage of lovers. So when no one hears from her for a few days, most people assume that she’s off on one of her romps with a new beau. Only Samantha, Marnie’s neighbor and friend from college, suspects that something is amiss. As the days since Marnie’s last sighting progress, Samantha digs deeper into the mystery and comes to realize just how many motives and suspects there are. While Samantha tracks down Marnie’s numerous ex-lovers, and resists a growing attraction to Marnie’s rock star ex, a killer is stalking the Florida swamps...one who won’t hesitate to bring down anyone in his path.
Dream of Orchids
Long Island bookstore owner Laurel York was abandoned by her father Clifton York when she was just a child. When Clifton's colleague Marcus shows up at her door, morbid curiosity drives Laurel to follow him to the Key West home where her father resides. There, she meets her icy father and two standoffish stepsisters. As Laurel grows closer to Marcus, the only person who seems to want her there, she begins to question the circumstances of her stepmother’s bizarre death. But the more she pries, the more she wishes she had heeded her late mother’s warning: “There is something terribly wrong in that house...”
The Dark Bones
A tragedy forces Detective Rebecca North to do something she swore she’d never do—return to her rural hometown. But when she gets a call from the police saying that her father died of an apparent suicide, she knows that something is amiss, and she needs to investigate for herself. Her sleuthing brings her back into the arms of Ash Haugen, the man she left behind. Ash tries to prove his worth by helping Rebecca track down clues, leading them to a 12-year-old girl who may have witnessed Noah North’s death. But can they convince the terrified girl to talk? And can Rebecca trust the first man who broke her heart? A second-chance romance wrapped in a gripping tale of suspense, The Dark Bones will have you hooked from the very first page.
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Don't Lie to Me
Hot on the heels of a divorce and a career change, former FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas returns to her hometown with her children, with the promise that she’s done with police work for good. But Eva doesn’t make good on her promise for long. When she’s confronted with a case that hits too close to home, she can’t help but poke her nose around. Soon, she’s embroiled in a full-fledged investigation. The case is a disturbing one: a 12-year-old girl—a local surfing prodigy—disappeared from Girl Scout camp, and her lifeless body was found three months later. When the son of a senator is kidnapped and his parents receive a disturbing video, Eva fears that the killer is preparing to strike again. Eva teams up with local law enforcement, headed by her old flame Matt Miller, to try to catch a killer before it’s too late. With twists and turns aplenty, this romantic thriller book is not one to be missed.
Her Last Word
A true crime podcast sensation turns deadly in this engrossing romantic thriller book. 14 years ago, Kaitlin Roe was the sole witness to her cousin’s abduction. Now she’s spearheading a podcast about the unsolved case in an attempt to bring closure to her family and an end to her survivor’s guilt. But things take a dark turn when a person of interest that Kaitlin interviewed on the podcast is found stabbed to death. Has Kaitlin drawn a killer out of hiding? She pairs up with Detective John Adler to dig into the past, before she becomes a victim herself.
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