Family vacations can get a little chaotic, especially when they’re planned during this already hectic time of year. Planning time for yourself can be the best gift you get this season.
One of the best things about every vacation is the opportunity to catch up on some of the top-released reads. If you’re a fan of reading, then you know that after a long, chilly day, there’s not much that compares to curling up with a great book.
A few great books can help combat the stress of any family vacation, whether yours is the stress is of the good variety or of the not so good variety.
Listed below are just a few of my favorite romantic suspense novels. If you’re up for a recommendation, you’re bound to find one on the list that’ll keep you up at night.
Before you hit the road on your next family vacation, make sure you snag some of these romantic suspense novels to keep you company!
1. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
Count on the New York Times bestselling author’s “trademark darkly sensual style” to bring you passion and suspense in this racy and entertaining murder mystery.
Linda Howard’s novel begins with a group of women discussing their idea of “the perfect man”. As the night progresses, the women decide to document their tongue-in-cheek dream qualities. “The List” takes on a life of its own as it grows into an overnight media sensation.
The humor is lost on some, including one of the ladies boyfriends, who views the list with contempt as a sexist and offensive ploy. Soon, his girlfriend is murdered and no one is laughing when he is pegged as the primary suspect with an alibi that gets him off.
The other ladies draw on the help of a neighbor who’s also a police detective. Determined to solve the riddle behind a joke turned bad, they search to find the answers to their friend’s death. But danger looms as they realize they are being stalked by a deadly killer.
2. A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White
This captivating novel follows the story of Sarah Baker, who was abducted years ago by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. Due to the trauma, Sarah loses her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.
Now shaken with PTSD, Sarah forges ahead, changing her name and finding hope working on a peaceful ranch. But just as she begins to feel safe, the officer handling her case, convinced the murderer remains loose, sets a trap and a new body is discovered.
As Sarah reels from fear, she struggles to hold on to the opportunity for a new life and a new love.
You won’t be able to put down this page turner, as you root for Sarah, unsure of how her story will end.
3. Everything We Keep, by Kerry Lonsdale
A fantastic debut novel that has quickly gained notoriety on Amazon Charts and as a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Lonsdale magically combines all of the ingredients to create the recipe for an unexpected ride.
Get ready for an emotional roller coaster. Touching on devastating loss, romantic love, and suspense-filled secrets, the author holds you tight from start to finish.
You’ll be hoping for many more romantic suspense novels to come from this talented author.
4. Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
The number one New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has become a sure favorite for any lover of romantic suspense novels. And just like her other suspense novels, Roberts engulfs her readers with a plot that you can’t put down.
This time, there’s nowhere safe to hide in the dramatic and powerful tale of suspense and full of heart. Shelter in Place is a heroic novel that rises to heroic heights.
5. Twisted Truth, by Melinda Leigh
From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh comes the romantic suspense novels first release in the Rogue Justice Series.
In a gripping tale of a young foster child who is discovered tied up at the scene of a chilling double homicide, the detective on the case feels compelled to ask his wife for help. Although her history as a social worker qualifies her for the job, her heartstrings have already been stretched too far in her dark career.
Still, she can’t say no. So the detective and his wife embark on a mind-blowing journey to keep the boy safe while attempting to avoid the ever-present danger that threatens their futures.
6. The Girl Who Lived by, Christopher Grayson
Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.
After years of carrying the heaviness of her survival, Faith Winters finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, suicidal, and battling alcoholism.
As she is released, facing the judgments of her past, she is lured back to her hometown where she becomes obsessed to find out the truth about who murdered her sister. Only soon she will find out that she could be next.
Everyone’s a suspect in this psychological thriller by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Grayson.
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With the perfect ingredients of mystery and romance, you’ll look forward to your late-night reading date after you tuck the kids in at night.
If you love to read even when you’re not on vacation, as most of us true bookworms do, then you are always hungry for a great read.
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