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We'll take our thrills with a side of romance, please.

Thrillers achieve their incredibly entertaining reputation by paralyzing readers in moments of suspense, heightening anxiety, and providing exciting resolutions to problems. Romance thrillers combine the two genres by heightening the thrill with elements of sexual tension, slow-burn romantic plots, and complex relationships. By incorporating romantic dynamics into the thriller plot, the author is able to increase reader investment in the characters and maintain attention. 

Popular romantic thrillers include A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan, and Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye. These novels often make for well-received movie adaptations that capture the suspense of a thriller and the excitement of a romance. This is a good transitional genre for fans of romance who are interested in exploring mystery novels or for fans of mysteries who are interested in exploring romance novels. 

Whether you already know what you like or you’re just dipping your toe into the sizzling side of the thriller world, here are some great places to start: 

And of course, peruse the stories below for the best of both worlds!


Lynette Eason's Heart-Stopping Romantic Suspense Books Will Leave You Breathless 

Her latest novel Countdown brings the Extreme Measures series to a thrilling conclusion.

Patricia Bradley is Back With Another Thrilling Romantic Mystery: Counter Attack

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