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Looking for a distraction from the summer heat?

A romance with chilling suspense to keep you turning the pages into the cool night may be what you need! We’ve collected some suspenseful romances that recently hit shelves this year. Read on to find your next romantic suspense.

Her Mercenary by Amanda McKinney

She was supposed to be the mission. She became his undoing. When American schoolteacher Samantha Greene goes missing in Mexico, the US government calls on private military firm, Astor Stone Inc., to assist in finding her. Former soldier Roman Thieves volunteers for the case, seizing the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. After-all, no one knows the dark underworld of human trafficking like he does—or knows exactly how involved he is in their business dealings. When the mission falls apart, Roman finds himself on the run with the blonde-haired, green-eyed bombshell, seeking refuge in the untamed wilderness of the Sierra Madre Mountains—on a trail rumored to be haunted, nonetheless. With only a small bag of provisions, they must battle the elements, including scorching hot temperatures, and work together to outsmart the savage predators hunting them. As his motives become clouded by a fierce need to protect Sam, Roman must choose between avenging his past and saving the woman who snuck her way into his heart.

Tattered Stars by Catherine Cowles

Be brave. Just for sixty seconds. Twenty breaths. It took every ounce of my courage to return to the small town I fled all those years ago. But I should’ve known he’d hate me. How could he not when my father’s blood still runs through my veins? Yet here I am, desperate for a chance to make things right. Even if it means facing the family my father almost destroyed and the boy with the dark eyes—now grown—who still haunts my dreams. I never expected just how explosive things would turn between us. He’s the last person I should want. Yet, somehow, I keep drawing closer—so close I know I’ll end up burned. But Hayes is a good man, a noble one. Someone who channeled his pain into a career spent protecting those around him. So, when the threats begin, he steps in to keep me safe. And we discover that maybe neither of us knew the other at all. As the sparks between us ignite into something deeper, someone watches. And they’ll do anything to tear it all apart… Amazon Goodreads

Dark Rings by Lainey Delaroque Hana, Mathias and Connor meet in a BDSM club to do one thing – play. But when a twisted organization buries its claws into each of them, how far are they willing to go to protect their dynamic? 𝙃𝙖𝙣𝙖 Sedated women. Missing organs. Disappearing clients. My job as a social worked was never supposed to be about that. Now I can’t sit still. I need to know what’s going on. Luckily, I got gangster friends. I only have to make sure to keep the trouble away from Mathias and Connor. 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙖𝙨 I crossed the wrong person and lost my license. Now I’m back working in a hospital, but not as a doctor—as a spy. And I’m a terrible spy. But patients are going missing and my doctor’s senses are tingling – something’s horribly wrong here. Time to bring out the big brains. Trickiest part of the plan – keep Hana and Connor safe. 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙧 What’s the worst that can happen to the IT guy? Your boss gives you the shadiest client in the universe—a hospital that wants to erase patients’ records. I ain’t doing that. All I want is to play with Hana and Mathias, and stay out of trouble. But life never goes that way, does it?

Bratva Sweetheart by Sabine Barclay She thought it was only for one night… I’ve never let anyone into my life. At least not like her. Not until her. She sees a side of me that isn’t the bratva monster everyone else believes. Now that she knows, she’s mine. Mine to keep and protect. Mine to please. In return, it’s her love I crave. She’s my soulmate. Every kiss, every touch will take her to her limits, and I’ll be the one to catch her. The Bratva Sweetheart is an interconnecting, standalone Dark Mafia Romance with a HEA and no cliffhanger. It contains extra-steamy scenes that will make your toes curl and your granny blush. This is book two in The Ivankov Brotherhood, a six-book series that’ll keep you warm at night.

This Love Hurts by Nikita 𝔸𝔻𝔻𝕀𝕊𝕆ℕ Just when I thought things were finally going right for once in my life, the worst happened... one fateful night brought the devil to my door and life as I knew it changed once again.... The only question is, will I break free this time or have I finally found the person who would break me instead.... ℂ𝕆𝕃𝔼 Being the head of the Mancini family means that I have to rule with an iron fist. It also means protecting my family and nothing matters more to me except for my brother. When my brother goes missing I’ll make sure I raise hell just to bring him home. When I found him again it wasn’t the way I wanted and somebody is about to pay. I’ve got a name and it’s only a matter of time before I come for you. Tick tock little lamb, your time is running out.

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