Great Romantic Suspense Beach Reads

Welcome to the Love’s A Beach blog hop from the folks at JustRomanceMe.  If this is your first time on the blog tour bus, you’re in for a treat.  If you’re a regular welcome back!

If you started here, you might want to go back and begin HERE. That way you will take the blog tour bus from the beginning, won’t miss any of the great blogs, and then have the chance to enter for FREE to win great prizes provided by the participating authors including a Nook with Glowlight loaded with books. Oh, and winners will be announced at Gem Sivad’s place on Sunday, August 19th at 7 pm (EST), during a live chat with many of the authors and fellow hoppers.

Oh, and if you read all the way to the end — there is a chance to win a FREE book on this blog, also!

What do I like to read in the summer? What books would I take to the beach? My favorite genre to escape it all — and let’s face it when you’re at the beach, you want to escape your usual 24/7 life — is the romantic suspense/thriller/mystery genre.

And it just so happens, I will be moderating a panel of some of the bestselling romantic suspense/thriller/mystery authors this October 4-7, in Cleveland, Ohio during Bouchercon. Our panel is titled the “I Used to Love Her, But I Had to Kill Her” panel, named after a song from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Guns ‘N Roses.  The subtitle of the panel is “Murder, Mayhem, and the Mattress Mambo.”  Heather Graham, Jordan Dane, CJ Lyons, Lori Armstrong, and myself will be discussing how sex plays a role in suspense/thrillers/mystery books.

Here are some sneak peeks into what this panel is all about– and  I’m sure, like me, you’ll find the perfect book for that lazy day on the beach — or wherever you go to escape every  day life.

From bestselling author, Heather Graham, comes the third and final book of her Krewe of Hunters Trilogy (publication date 8/28/2012).


  Philadelphia mansion plays host to uninvited death

1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord “Butcher” Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton-who spurned his king and his love-leaving her to die in her father’s arms.

Now: After the day’s final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking up…and finds a colleague slumped over Bedford’s desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet.

Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison-a noted historian-is indignant at the prospect of “ghost hunters” investigating this apparent murder.

Agent Tyler Montague knows his hauntings and his history. But while Allison is skeptical of the newcomer, a second mysterious murder occurs. Has “Butcher” Bedford resurfaced? Or is there another malevolent force at work in Landon Mansion? Wary, yet deeply attracted, Allison has to trust in Tyler and work with him to discover just what uninvited guest-dead or alive-has taken over the house.Or their lives could become history!

For more on the Krewe of Hunters Trilogy and all the other fabulous books Heather has authored, visit Heather Graham’s website.

From bestselling author, Jordan Dane, comes the third book in her Sweet Justice series, The Echoes of Violence (pub date 9/2010).


The Echo of Violence The man she’d trust with her heart could sabotage everything…

When terrorists attack a Haitian missionary school, brutally killing their hostages and posting videos of the senseless murders online, time is running out. Sentinels’ agent Alexa Marlowe is forced into an unlikely alliance with a relentless mercenary. But he is no stranger.

Jackson Kinkaid witnessed the raid, and only he can track the killers to their mountain stronghold. Guarding a dark secret, rumored to sell his services to the highest bidder, Jackson is not the same man Alexa once knew. And although he can lead her to the terrorist leader she’s been ordered to take alive, how can she be sure he won’t sabotage her mission to save the one person who got him through the worst nightmare of his life?

For more books from Jordan visit her website.

From bestselling author CJ Lyons comes the print re-release of her best-selling e-book with new material, Blind Faith (July 31, 2012).


When her husband and son are murdered, she thought she’d lost it all. But for Sarah Durandt the nightmare is just beginning…

Sarah has just witnessed the execution of the man who confessed to killing her husband and son, among others. She leaves with no closure as the killer has refused her repeated requests to reveal the site of her family’s graves. Sarah returns home to her small town of Hopewell in the Adirondacks Mountains and vows to search until she finds Sam and Josh.

Her hunt leads her to a trail of lies and unearths a new killer. In a race to save everything she holds dear, Sarah is forced to place her faith in the man who betrayed her…her husband.

Note: This new edition contains material not found in the original e-version which hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list!

Want to see more from CJ Lyons? Visit her website.

From bestselling author Lori Armstrong comes the second book in her Mercy Gunderson mystery series, Mercy Kill (pub date 1/2011 ).


Former Black Ops Army sniper, Mercy Gunderson isn’t adjusting well to the laid-back rhythm of civilian life on her family’s ranch in South Dakota. To fill her time, Mercy accepts a temporary bartending gig at a local watering hole. Yet her attempts to settle in back home are tested when Titan Oil, a Canadian company proposing to run an underground pipeline through Eagle River County, sends Jason Hawley, Mercy’s former Army buddy to the area to convince ranchers to get behind the project.

While local business owners support the pipeline, Hawley’s presence riles the landowners and Mercy is torn. After ugly threats and multiple altercations escalate tensions in the county, Mercy discovers Hawley’s brutally mutilated body in the bar parking lot. When it appears Sheriff Dawson cares more about campaigning for re-election than investigating the case, Mercy vows to find Jason Hawley’s killer—even if she has to run against Dawson for sheriff to ensure justice is served.

But Mercy soon learns her former military pal had plenty of secrets. Her search for the truth brings unwanted exposure to the county’s dark side and risks deadly repercussions for the entire community.

Visit Lori’s Website.

And finally we come to my most recent top seller, Cold Day in Hell, Book 2 in the Security Specialists International series.


Calista Meyers is a world-famous, soon-to-be-ex-supermodel. After arriving for a fashion shoot in Cartagena, Colombia, she realizes her agent has misled her about the nature of her last modeling assignment.

Paramilitary leader Jaime Cruz paid her slimy agent a lot of money to get Callie to his part of the world. Cruz has threatened to kidnap and kill her younger brothers if she attempts to leave the country.

What’s a Marine brat to do? Callie calls on her childhood friend Keely Walsh-Maddox and Keely’s husband Ren, the owner of Security Specialists International, to help her.

SSI sends operative Risto Smith to rescue Callie. The former Marine has had a thing for the model ever since he’d first seen her picture on a magazine cover. But he knows he isn’t nearly good enough for a lady like her. She’s an assignment and can be nothing else.

Callie knows Risto is just the man for her and decides to use the close quarters of their escape from Colombia to convince the stubborn male. When Risto leaves her in Panama and disappears, Callie is upset but not defeated. But after two months passes with no word from Risto and with her enemy Cruz in the US and back on her trail, Callie once again turns to Risto for protection.

This time, it would be a cold day in hell before Callie allows Risto to turn his back on their love.

To find out more about my books?  Check out the book pages on this blog or go to my website.
Thanks for visiting my little piece of the blog tour — please comment and share your favorite romantic suspense/thriller/mystery, and I will award one person a FREE download of Cold Day in Hell!
Have a book-filled rest of the summer! — Monette

40 thoughts on “Great Romantic Suspense Beach Reads

  1. Dream Man and Kill and Tell by Linda Howard are 2 of my favorite books. I would love to win Cold Day in Hell! Thanks for the chance!


  2. I love Heather Grahams books. Your book looks great too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  3. I’m just starting to really get into romance, and I don’t think I’ve ever read any romantic suspense. But I do love thrillers, and I love romance, so what’s not to love about a hot little story full of twists and turns?

    cunninghamfan AT outlook DOT com

  4. Monette, what a great line up you have on the panel. I also love the names for the discussion! Thanks for a chance to win your book it looks fantastic. Carin mawmom at gmail dot com

  5. Your book looks amazing. And the other authors on your panel are some of my favorites. I always love to pick up a paperback thriller for the beach so the sand doesn’t hurt my ereader.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  6. It’s so hard to pick favorites! I do love Pamela Clare’s I-Team series. Thanks for the hop!

    smwr324 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Hey, thanks to all the early hoppers for visiting and commenting on my blog. And CJ!! Woot! One of the fabulous authors featured here. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, this will be a hot panel — not to be missed.

  8. Right now I am loving Ava Gray’s Skin series and Caitlyn Kittredges Black London series and yes they came to the beach with me this summer. So loving this hop.
    clarkac64 AT yahoo DOT com

  9. I love Elizabeth Lowell’s books as well as Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops series, Stella Cameron’s Body of Evidence,

  10. I enjoy Amanda Quick’s Arcane series. Thanks for joining the blog hop and for the giveaway.

  11. Nice excerpt…I can’t think of just one favorite. That’s like asking which of your kids is your favorite, LOL……Thanks for the Hop!

  12. I havent read any of ur books but they sounjd awesome i do love me some linda howard fav book of all time by her is after the night lori armstrong cj lyons and heather graham are also amazing authors ty for the chance

  13. Oh, I would love to go to Boucheron! But thanks for sharing a bit of what will go on during the panel. As for my favorite mystery read, I so couldn’t choose! That’s too hard! But my latest fave is the Sloane Monroe mysteries.


  14. I enjoy many of the authors already mentioned, as well as anything by Brenda Novak.
    Thanks for the hop!

    emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  15. I really like the plot line of Cold Day in Hell, Monette! Sounds like a thrilling and steamy read.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  16. I loved Giving It Up by Amber Lin and Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter, They are so far my favorites this summer. I love the cover for Cold Day In Hell. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  17. I don’t read many suspense/thriller books, but the one I did read was fantastic Blood Orchids by Toby Neal. It was definitely a page turner.
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  18. Love the cover of cold day in hell. all those books and authors have me wanting to read their books. I would suggest the KGI series by Maya Banks and the Elite Ops or the Tempting Seals series by Lora Leigh. I”m not much into the suspense/thriller/mystery series. One mystery author that I do like is Joanne Fluke. She has the recipe/mystery books. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  19. I don’t feel that I have read enough to pick a favorite, though after reading the blurbs above, I will have to add some of these to my TBR pile. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing them and also for the opportunity to read one of your stories.
    trb0917 at

  20. Suspense romance is not normally my preferred genre. However, I have read a few that keep my attention. I am avid reader so am willing to read most anything once. These look like great reads Monette. I’ll be reading a few in the future. Thanks!


  21. I’m a long-time Heather Graham fan !!

    Thanks for another amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  22. I love all genre of books, but my faves are paranormal romance, there is just something about a creature that is not quite human, lol, x x

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