The best romance books that keep you on the edge of your seat

The Books I Picked & Why


By Melissa Copeland

Book cover of Solitary

Why this book?

This is the first book I read by Melissa Copeland, and it fits perfectly on my checklist for suspense and strong ladies. Her writing keeps you on the edge of your seat, dying to find out who Paige, the heroine, can trust. The plot twists were on point, and the chemistry between Paige and Sean had me over the moon. The strength she writes through Paige resonated with me and made it easy for me to accept all her choices. I highly recommend this novel as an example of a woman's survival and ability to find love in hard places.

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By Diana Gabaldon

Book cover of Outlander

Why this book?

Yes, Diana Gabaldon is a phenomenal award-winning author, but her first book in the Outlander series is one of my favorites. Besides the fact that Jamie Fraser is my ultimate book boyfriend, the story surrounding Claire Randall is full of intrigue and perseverance. Claire’s skills and independence are introduced in the very beginning while working as a WWI nurse. Then once she was thrown back in time, she faces many uphill challenges that allow her true strength to shine through. Add the earth-shattering romance between her and Scottish warrior Jamie, and I’m hooked! This book gave me even more with the fantasy of time travel and the description of the Scottish countryside. Truly amazing.

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Pros & Cons

By Sydney Logan

Book cover of Pros & Cons

Why this book?

This book still fits into my niche of romantic suspenseful thrillers, but has an air of fun Rom-Com style writing and not the dark gritty suspense of my other recommendations. I loved this story. Sydney Logan was very creative with building the lust and desire between two professional thieves that are typically out to rival each other. A book about con artists may turn some off, but the sweet sassy relationship built between Ethan and Jenne will suck you in. Just when you think it's all flowers and chocolate, Logan has Ethan hiding Jenne away from a bigger threat until they join forces and take revenge. Suspense, intrigue, angst, and sass… This book is a homerun! 

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A Stone in the Sea

By A.L. Jackson

Book cover of A Stone in the Sea

Why this book?

This book is the first in A.L. Jackson’s Bleeding Stars series and I can’t say enough about how much I love it. Two very broken people, Sebastian Stone and Shea Bentley, kept me on the ledge, knots tight in my stomach, waiting for their story to unfold. Jackson does an amazing job at building the depths of these characters and developing the consuming, can’t-live-without, love affair. I’m a true sucker for a story that is gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Both the characters have deep secrets, but Shea shows great courage and control over her life which I admire. Quick disclaimer: Jackson leaves a major cliffhanger so be ready to read book 2!

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By Colleen Hoover

Book cover of Hopeless

Why this book?

This book… Wow! I read it in one night. No joke. Could not put it down. Colleen Hoover has hit the mark with many #1 selling novels, but this particular novel was a favorite for me. Not many YA romances are this thrilling but Hoover’s writing and story building have a way of drawing you in. The flashback memories give you snapshots of why Sky Davis never feels anything for a guy, without giving away the BIG reveal. When she meets Dean Holder, her attraction to him is jarring because she’s used to feeling nothing. The reason why she’s drawn to him was such a thrill ride of suspense, drama, pain, and real love. If you’ve never read a Colleen Hoover novel, start with this book.

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