This Valentine’s Day, consider reading a book that’s both sweet and suspenseful. Try one of these romantic thrillers if you’re looking for something that will appeal to your softer side and quench your thirst for adventure at the same time:
You by Caroline Kepnes – Meeting at an East Village bookstore, aspiring writer Guinevere Beck and store employee Joe embark on an intimate relationship, only to suffer deadly consequences when their passion spirals out of control.
Awakening Macbeth by Carmen Amato – Nightmare-ridden and grieving for her father, University of Virginia professor and best-selling author Brodie Macbeth falls for Joe Birnam, a Marine veteran who lost a leg in Iraq. But once she gives her heart, Brodie discovers the stunning truth about her nightmares: they’re a real and deadly game.
Darkness by Karen Robards – A brilliant ornithologist finds herself trapped on remote Attu Island in Alaska with a handsome stranger, fighting for her life.
Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz – After one of her artists sends her a painting before apparently taking her own life, Seattle gallery owner Virginia teams with private investigator Cabot to catch the true killer and uncover the truth about the cult they were a part of as children.
The Kaiser’s Last Kiss by Alan Judd – A crisp, adroit, and subtle tale of great personal power which follows the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm, the young Nazi officer assigned to guard him, and the Jewish maid who unwittingly comes between them.
Black Water by Louise Doughty – Hiding in a remote hut on a tropical island, a former mercenary with a haunted past who fears for his life pursues an affair with a woman who has a tragic history of her own, in a story that moves from the Cold War in Europe to the massacres and dictatorship of 1960s Indonesia.
Bristol House by Beverly Swerling – Relaunching her architectural history career by tracking down several long-missing pieces of ancient Judaica, recovering alcoholic Annie Kendall accepts the help of reporter Geoff Harris in an investigation with ties to a 16th-century Carthusian monk.
Heart Failure by Richard L. Mabry – Dr. Carrie Markham breaks off her engagement when she learns that her fiancée has a secret past and is being pursued by mysterious men trying to kill him, but when she is forced to acknowledge her true feelings, she decides to help.