Category: Romantic Suspense

Rescued by the Rancher by Barb Han

Posted May 25, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

He’s on guard

…with a woman and her protective canine

When rancher Callum Hayes learns that Payton Reinert has returned to Cider Creek, Texas, to hide out from a killer, he opens his family home to her and her rescue dog.

Though reluctant to offer his heart—broken by betrayal—he can’t ignore his electrifying attraction to the vulnerable beauty and his desire to protect her.

Even if stopping the monstrous killer means risking his life…

Titles in The Cowboys of Cider Creek series include —  Rescued by the Rancher —♥— Riding Shotgun —♥— Trapped in Texas —♥— Texas Scandal —♥— Trouble in Texas —♥— Murder in Texas —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Trigger Warning: discussion of rape

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Navy SEAL’s Innocent Italian by Leslie North

Posted May 16, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Previously Published, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Romance and revenge are a deadly combination…

Former Navy SEAL Jake Travers’s mission is simple… Tail Marco Bresi, the man who once kidnapped billionaire Trent Caldwell’s baby, so Trent can find out what he’s up to now. But Jake never expected to find an intoxicatingly beautiful woman alongside the shady character he’s following.

Alexandra Moretti may be smart, gorgeous, and the most captivating woman Jake has ever met. But as far as he’s concerned, she’s the key to getting close to Marco. But as Jake gets closer to her, his attraction becomes an addiction. And soon, he can’t imagine life without her…

After a disastrous arranged engagement, Alexandra is looking to escape Italy, so she allows Marco to bring her to the U.S. as a favor to her father. But the second she meets the ruggedly handsome Jake, she finds herself drawn to him. Something about his smoldering blue eyes and commanding presence makes her feel safe and protected. And she knows he desires her as much as she desires him…

But will their steamy affair come to an end when Alex uncovers Jake’s true motives?

Titles in the Denver Men series include — CEO’s Pregnant Lover —♥— The SEAL’s Virgin Lover —♥— FBI Agent’s Reluctant Lover —♥— Navy SEAL’s Innocent Italian —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Previously Published

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Small Town Vanishing by Nicole Helm

Posted May 15, 2023 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

He had a knack for finding things…

Even if they wanted to stay lost.

Rancher Brody Thompson’s an expert at finding things, even in the wild and remote Wyoming landscape he’s just begun to call home.

So when Kate Phillips asks for Brody’s help in solving her father’s decade-old disappearance, he’s intrigued.

But then the former soldier is run off the road with the enigmatic Kate, and it’s clear that there’s a steep price to pay for uncovering the truth…

Titles in the Covert Cowboy Soldiers series include — The Lost Hart Triplet —♥— Small Town Vanishing —♥— One Night Standoff —♥— Shot in the Dark —♥— Casing the Copycat —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The SEAL’s Virgin Lover by Leslie North

Posted April 27, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Previously Published, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Danger and romance make for an unforgettable meet cute…

Former Navy SEAL Seth Jacobsen has been hired to find the kidnapped infant of billionaire Trent Caldwell. Tracking down the baby is easy. Getting the little one away from the sassy and beautiful nurse looking after her? Not so much. Seth doesn’t understand how she can be so warm and affectionate one moment, and so cold the next. But he can’t deny, there’s something about her he just can’t resist…

Chelsea Andrews refuses to back down. A mysterious stranger hired her to look after a baby, and nobody is going to get in the way of her doing her job. As far as she’s concerned, men like Seth are one thing… Trouble. And despite their growing attraction, she isn’t about to give her virginity away to just anyone—even if he is tall, muscular, and unbearably handsome.

When they’re forced to work together to return the kidnapped infant, Chelsea realizes there’s more to this gruff alpha male than meets the eye. Could he be the man she’s been waiting for?

Titles in the Denver Men series include — CEO’s Pregnant Lover —♥— The SEAL’s Virgin Lover —♥— FBI’s Reluctant Lover —♥— Navy SEAL’s Innocent Italian —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Lawman to the Core by Delores Fossen

Posted April 20, 2023 by Marsha in Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

A Texas lawman will do anything to protect a woman and baby.

The woman who broke into ATF special agent Nick Brodie’s home and aimed a gun at him isn’t a stranger.

Neither is the baby with her.

Seven months ago, the lawman and former ATF agent Hallie Stanton rescued the newborn from a black market ring.

Now on the run, they must join forces to escape the abductor hot on their trail.

As their taboo attraction heats up, can Nick and Hallie keep the baby safe and stay one step ahead of a merciless killer?

Titles in The Law in Lubbock County series include — Sheriff in the Saddle —♥— Maverick Justice —♥— Lawman to the Core —♥— Spurred to Justice —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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CEO’s Pregnant Lover by Leslie North

Posted April 20, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Previously Published, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Never mix business with pleasure…

Klutzy, adorable Brianna Daughtry is nothing like the women Trent Caldwell is usually attracted to. The handsome, cold-hearted billionaire goes for bimbos and eye candy who look good on his arm, women who won’t make a fuss when things end. But Brianna, his new temporary assistant, is nothing like that at all…

She’s the sort of woman who can make a man’s heart beat faster. And make him wish he were a different man…a better man. The type of woman Trent usually avoids at all costs. Except, he can’t. And even if he could, his heart doesn’t want to…

Brianna can’t believe someone like Trent could be remotely attracted to her. But she can’t deny that his smoldering looks, his lingering touches, and his intoxicating kisses tell her otherwise. Yes, he’s maddeningly overbearing and arrogant. But somehow, the alpha businessman has a sweet side as well.

Even with Trent’s old nemesis casting a shadow over their happiness, it seems her dreams of forever may come true. Until a devastating turn of events threatens to tear everything they’ve built apart…

Titles in the Denver Men series include — CEO’s Pregnant Lover —♥— The SEAL’s Virgin Lover —♥— FBI Agent’s Reluctant Lover —♥— Navy SEAL’s Innocent Italian —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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To Hold and Protect by Sandra Owens

Posted April 19, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Carina Press (Harlequin), Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

It’s a deadly game of cat and mouse…

Willow Landry only plans to humor the adorable little girl playing matchmaker one door down. Everly wants a mommy, and she’s decided that Willow is perfect for her daddy, a handsome firefighter with the soul of an artist. But when an arsonist comes to Marsville, Willow will need all the help she can get…

Only four things matter to firefighter Parker Church: his five-year-old, pickle-loving daughter; his brothers; his art; and Ember, his accelerant detection dog. But when his beautiful new neighbor Willow is targeted by a dangerous outsider, Parker finds himself desperate to keep her safe.

As Parker and Ember work to sniff out the truth, Willow warms to the idea of being part of a family. And Ember proves she’s got what it takes to protect Parker’s one true love.

Titles in the K-9 Defenders series include — In His Protection —♦— Her Delta Force Protector —♦— To Hold and Protect —♦—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Her Delta Force Protector by Sandra Owens

Posted April 19, 2023 by Marsha in Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Harlequin, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Everyone thinks Harper Jansen is dead.
She is not, and she wants her life back.

When Harper—very much alive but terrified—calls Kade Church, he does what is programmed in his DNA: he protects. Delta Force operator Kade and Duke, his military K-9 school flunker, have the skills to keep Harper safe.

Kade has never allowed himself to think of Harper as more than his best friend, but as they join forces to bring the men who tried to kill her to justice, long-buried feelings surface. And Duke may be a goofball and see everything as a game, but when it counts, he proves he’s more than a boot camp dropout.

Whatever it takes, they’ll save the woman Kade is falling in love with.

Titles in the K-9 Defenders series include — In His Protection —♦— Her Delta Force Protector —♦— To Hold and Protect —♦—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Her K-9 Protector by Kimberly Van Meter

Posted March 24, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

A K-9 hero answers the call

For one special assignment…

When Kenna Griffin returns to Montana with her son, she believes she’s outrun her past.

Having escaped her abusive ex-husband, the single mom is eager to make a fresh start.

But nothing feels safe except the protection offered by K-9 officer Lucas Merritt and his fearless police dog.

Because danger has followed Kenna to Cottonwood.

Against all her instincts, she lets Lucas into her life…though that just might kill them both.

Titles in the Big Sky Justice series include — Danger in Big Sky Country —♥— Her K-9 Protector —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Pursued by the Sheriff by Delores Fossen

Posted March 19, 2023 by Marsha in Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, TBR Pile Read / 0 Comments

To bring down an arms dealer

A Texas sheriff has to play nice with the suspect’s sister

The bullet that rips through Sheriff Jace Castillo’s body stalls his investigation.

But being nursed back to health by the shooter’s sister is his biggest complication yet. Linnea Martell has always been—and still is—off-limits.

Even if close quarters and undeniable attraction tempt them for more.

And the danger only intensifies when Linnea gets caught in the line of fire…

Titles in the Mercy Ridge Lawmen series include — Her Child to Protect – Safeguarding the Surrogate – Targeting the DeputyPursued by the Sherrif

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh

Posted March 11, 2023 by Marsha in Romantic Suspense, Series, Strong Sexual Content / 0 Comments

He will risk his life…

The oh-so-proper school teacher, Lily Donovan, has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted. Period. Until Levi Roberts, the new cowboy working at her cousin’s ranch, tempts her carefully-built resolve and awakens an all-consuming passion she thought lay dormant. But when she discovers his deadly secret and her own secrets come to light, Lily unwittingly joins the lethal cat-and-mouse race between Levi and the man he’s been hunting for weeks.

To save her heart…

Former Ranger Levi Roberts has seen his fair share of deadly trouble during his years as a tough-as-nails operative. The ultimate expert in undercover investigations, he’s been tasked to find a man with a dangerous agenda in town. Routine work has been boring…until he runs into Lily, the prickly school teacher who tempts him like no other. Getting under her skin has been deliciously satisfying for his red-hot desire, but when Lily lands in the hands of the very man he’s been investigating, Levi will have to fight with every ounce of his heart and soul to save her—and to heal the heart he broke.

Titles in the Moving Violations series include — One Tough Cowboy —◊— Strong, Silent Cowboy —◊— Her Renegade Cowboy —◊—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The SEAL’s Hookup by Leslie North

Posted March 11, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Romance and risk go hand in hand when a Navy SEAL’s unborn child is threatened…

Navy SEAL Jonathan Winter and DEA Agent Tabitha Andrews have a long history together. And it’s about to get longer. Tabitha is determined to clear Jonathan’s name after a mission gone wrong. But her case just hit a bump in the road… a baby bump.

The two shared one night of passion—and now Tabitha is in a fight against time. She’s the only one who believes Jonathan is innocent, so she has to keep working the case. And she won’t be allowed to do that if her superiors learn she’s pregnant with the gorgeous Navy SEAL’s child.

Jonathan’s upbringing tells him marriage is the only option when he learns Tabitha is pregnant. And when he realizes her life may be in danger thanks to the investigation, keeping Tabitha—and his unborn child—safe becomes his only goal.

They decided years ago that a relationship between them couldn’t last. But working together to solve a deadly puzzle may send this headstrong couple in a direction neither anticipated…

Titles in the Hartsville’s SEAL Heroes series include — The SEAL’s Convenient Wife —♥— The SEAL’s Surprise Baby —♥— The SEAL’s Instant Family —♥— The SEAL’s Pregnant Roommate —♥— The SEAL’s Treatment —♥— The SEAL’s Hookup —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Every Bit a Cowboy by Jennie Marts

Posted March 8, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Modern Western Romance, NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

There’s nothing quite like a cowboy.

No matter how swoony the cute cowboy is, romance is the last thing on Carley Chapman’s mind.

But it’s hard to ignore Knox Garrison and the spark of attraction she feels every time he’s near.

When a water line break floods her building, she’s forced to move her salon out to the Horse Rescue ranch, and Knox shows up to help.

But things get even more complicated when Carley’s no-good ex comes sniffing around, and Knox “fixes” the problem by telling him they’re engaged…

Titles in the Creedence Horse Rescue series include — A Cowboy State of Mind —♥— When A Cowboy Loves A Woman —♥— How to Cowboy —♥— Never Enough Cowboy —♥— Every Bit A Cowboy —♥— A Cowboy Country Christmas —♥—

*I have read and enjoyed this series. However, the earlier reviews are on another blog of mine – I will only be linking the titles reviewed here to avoid linkage confusion. :)*

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Detecting Secrets by Sami A. Abrams

Posted March 2, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Closed Bedroom Doors, Harlequin, Little to None Sexual Content (kissing), Love Inspired Suspense (Harlequin), Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Small Town Romance, Trigger Warning! / 0 Comments

Tracking the scents of the missing

might be the only way to save them.

Partnered with her air-scent dog and Sheriff Dennis Monroe, marriage and family therapist Charlotte Bradley is desperate to put an end to a black-market baby smuggling ring in Anderson County.

Who is kidnapping the pregnant girls she counsels and taking their babies?

As Charlotte searches for answers, she and Dennis must dodge gunfire and deadly attacks.

But the sinister agenda they uncover just might include her.

Titles in the Deputies of Anderson County series include — Buried Cold Case —♥— Twin Murder Mix-Up —♥— Detecting Secrets —♥— Killer Christmas Evidence —♥—

This is a romance that includes no swearing and no sexual content (beyond kisses) – However, it is a Romantic Suspense, so implied (or actual violence) is a possibility.

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The Dangerous One by Lori Foster

Posted March 2, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Harlequin, HQN (Harlequin Digital), Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Being alone is what he wanted… All he needed was her.

Hunter Osborn left his family, his friends, and his job as a park ranger after uncovering a disturbing crime scene. Haunted by nightmares and harrowing memories, Hunter relocated to an isolated property near Triple Creek, Colorado, where he lives alone and keeps his interactions with people to a minimum.

Still, Hunter can spot trouble from a mile away, and when he encounters Jodi Bentley, he knows she’s trouble of the most tempting kind—even more tempting when she moves into the run-down cabin next door. Jodi is tough as nails, sexy as hell—and clearly struggles with her own traumatic past. Hunter tries to keep his distance, but when Jodi’s life is threatened, he can’t help being drawn out of his own darkness and into hers.

Titles in the Osborn Brothers series include — The Dangerous One —♥— The Fearless One —♥—

**Connection to The McKenzies of Ridge Trail series, those titles are — No Holding Back —◊— Stronger Than You Know —◊— Watching Over You —◊—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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