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Romantic Reads: Romantic Suspense

Posted 05/11/21 by Brooke C

According to a study conducted by the Romance Writers of America, romance books are the second highest of all book sales. While romance books typically have the same basic elements of a love story and a happy ending, the content of the books can vary widely across subgenres. Because libraries are listed as the number one place people go for their romance books, I thought we would take a closer look at books in each subgenre through a series of blogs. This month’s featured subgenre is romantic suspense.

Romantic Suspense books have mystery and suspense as a central part of the story, while also giving the reader a true romance. The best books in this genre find a delicate balance between romance and suspense so that neither one dominates the story and provides readers the mix they are looking for.

Cover of Ghosted


Large Print   |   eAudiobook
Cover of A Madness of Sunshine

A Madness of Sunshine

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of When No One is Watching

When No One is Watching

Large Print   |   Spoken CD   |   Book   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Bad Men and Wicked Women

Bad Men and Wicked Women

Large Print   |   Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Jane Steele

Jane Steele

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of The Wife Upstairs

The Wife Upstairs

Large Print   |   Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of A Spy in the Struggle

A Spy in the Struggle

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Me I Used to Be

The Me I Used to Be

Large Print   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla
Cover of Every Last Breath

Every Last Breath

Cover of Hush


Large Print   |   eBook
Cover of Say You’re Sorry

Say You’re Sorry

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Locked in Temptation

Locked in Temptation

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

​Looking for More Romance Book Options?

Find Romance Books Using the Library Catalog

Use the advanced search in the Library catalog using a combination of subject terms like romantic suspense, suspenseful fiction, historical romance, paranormal romance stories, or another subgenre combination. Remember you can select specific formats to limit the search results.

Find Digital Books Using hoopla

Use the advanced search on hoopla to limit by format and subject or genre. With hoopla, everything is available instantly, no waiting. Library cardholders can borrow 10 items per month. Download the mobile app on your favorite device to enjoy on the go.

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