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Each Tuesday we’re posting a new entry in our Online Book Club to share with you what you’re reading. Join in with the conversation! We’re focusing on a specific genre each week. Leave us a comment about what you’re reading or what you think about the genre, and you could win one of these super-cute reading-themed coffee mugs. We’ll pick a winner each week from the comments below.

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Today we’re reading books in the Fantasy Genre, and today’s post is brought to us by Debby, manager of the Mountain View Regional Library. Debby is an expert in all genres, and we’re thankful she’s sharing books with us today. Thank you, Debby!!


Genre: Romantic Suspense Fiction

What is Romantic Suspense Fiction? It blends elements of mystery, espionage thrillers and suspense with romance.  This genre has primarily developed in the past 30 years, with the Gothic novel as the forerunner of the genre.

What do you like about this genre? The adrenaline rush of the suspense blends with the feel good aspects of the romance – usually creating a more exciting romance, but a less graphic suspense novel.  The best of both worlds!

In the Genre:

What was your favorite book when you were young? As a teen, I loved the Gothic novels of Daphne du Maurier (“Rebecca”, “Jamaica Inn”), and the Brontë sisters  (“Jane Eyre”, “Wuthering Heights”).

What was the most recent book you enjoyed?  “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater – this is a Young Adult novel and the first in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.  Currently reading “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts.

Name one of your favorite books. The Donovan Family series by Elizabeth Lowell (the first novel is “Amber Beach”).

Other books in this genre:

The Negotiator” by Dee Henderson (book 1 of the O’Malley series).  Kate O’Malley helped create her own family – from orphans – and the seven of them are very close although each has chosen demanding, service oriented careers. Kate is a hostage negotiator with the Chicago Police Department.  When she meets FBI agent Dave Richman during a hostage situation, he is impressed with her.  Prickly Kate is less willing to be impressed, but Dave is persistent, and a Christian.  When Kate’s past threatens her present, Dave steps in to help in more ways than one.

The unusual premise of creating your own family draws the reader in.  The compelling characters, realistic action, and believable love story, keep you reading.  Although the lack of Kate’s faith is a major story line, the “preaching” is kept to an acceptable level that become integral to the series. Readers looking for a clean read with likeable characters and a good plot will enjoy this series.

Black Hills” by Nora Roberts.  Cooper Sullivan is 11-years-old when his parents ship him from NY to the Black Hills to spend the summer with his grandparents. Patient and loving, Lucy & Sam give sullen Coop the love and affirmation his parents don’t. He also meets Lil Chance, the neighbor girl who’s unlike any girl he knows. Each summer, their relationship deepens until Coop ends it after they find the body of a hiker. Ten years later, both are back in South Dakota and there are more bodies piling up. As they work together to uncover the killer, they get a 2nd chance in their relationship. Nora Roberts rarely fails to entertain and this is no exception.

White Heat” by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC).  Renaissance-art restorer Emily Greene doesn’t believe her mentor committed suicide so she calls his son, T-FLAC agent Max Aries to Florence, Italy, where he beings to agree with Emily.  Emily and Max have a history, so she’s not thrilled to have to work with him now to solve the crime and save herself. Murder, danger, and violence are the order of the day in this heart-stopping adventure of international intrigue and terrorist plots that sweeps across Europe.  This gave me nightmares for weeks!

Fatal Tide” by Iris Johansen.  Dolphin expert, Melis Nemid’s, self-imposed isolation on her own Caribbean island is interrupted by a strange communication from her foster father, Phil Lontana.  Melis travels to Athens in search of Phil, arriving just in time to see him and his ship blow up. This is the first in a series of horrendous tragedies, and Melis contacts wealthy oceanographer Jed Kelby for help in finding out who is behind it all. They work out an uneasy agreement to find Phil’s Atlantis-like underwater city, Marinth, and to discover who’s threatening Melis and her friends. Along the way they confront both of their pasts while dealing with psychopaths and killers to come to a satisfying conclusion. Well done and fast moving. Melis has a disturbing past as a child prostitute, which is not graphically portrayed, but it does play a major part in the story. Language.


Have you read these books? Do you like the Romantic Suspense genre? Let us know in the comments below and you could win the a library-themed coffee mug!

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Online Book Club: Romantic Suspense

3 thoughts on “Online Book Club: Romantic Suspense

  • June 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm
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    I have read 90% of what Nora Roberts has written. We were just discussing her books yesterday and convinced another friend to add NR to her TBR pile.

    • June 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm
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      Thanks for commenting, Holly! Congrats on winning last week’s prize. We hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Please share our online book discussion with your friends; we’d love to know what they think, too!

  • June 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm
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    I liked A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. It has a unique plot that led to some interesting discussions. I even got to speak with the author. It has been compared to Rebecca but it’s not quite as suspenseful. The author has a very clean, crisp, and clear writing style. When the book club talked to him via Skype he said his background in advertising influenced his writing style. I recommend the book especially for book clubs. I guarantee thought provoking discussions.

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