For some, Valentine’s Day brings to mind thoughts of love and romance, wine and roses. For others, it makes visions of gingerbread men dance in their heads, because at least that’s one man whose head you can literally bite off. So, if you happen to be one of the latter, and Valentine’s Day has you wanting to pick up a nice little book full of artistic blood spatter, loud explosions, and body counts higher than the number of blondes in the Playboy mansion, here’s a list of a thriller author’s favorite “romantic” thrillers, just for you:
When Tess married Jim Beckett, she thought he was everything she’d always wanted, but she soon found out her dream marriage was a nightmare. Once a decorated police officer, Jim pulled over a total of ten women and killed them while Tess was still married to him. She helped put him behind bars, but he vowed that one day, he would get revenge. Now, he’s on the loose, and Tess must be ready to fight him when they meet again.
Every man wants Nora Sinclair. She’s smart, beautiful, witty…everything a man could desire, right? Except for the fact that Nora might be a black widow. Now, Detective O’Hara is investigating the tragedies that seem to happen to every man Nora Sinclair becomes involved with, but even he finds himself strangely attracted to this charming woman. Can he figure out the truth about Nora and prove she’s innocent after all, or is he just falling into her trap?
Best friends Erin and Darcy move to the city after college to pursue their respective dreams. Darcy finds her passion in TV producing, and she talks Erin into helping her with a piece on people who place personal ads in newspapers. But the fun and games end when Erin’s body is found on a New York City pier, one foot encased in a high-heeled dance shoe. Now, the personal ads seem like the only way to find Erin’s killer before he can claim his next victim.
Do you prefer romantic reads for Valentine’s Day or do you prefer to read books that help you pretend it doesn’t exist?
Writer by day, ballroom dancer and choreographer by night, Colby Marshall has a tendency to turn every hobby she has into a job, thus ensuring that she is a perpetual workaholic. In addition to her 9,502 regular jobs, she is also a contributing columnist for M Food and Culture magazine and is a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Georgia with her family, two mutts, and an array of cats that, if she were a bit older, would qualify her immediately for crazy cat lady status. Her debut thriller, Chain of Command is now available, and the second book in her McKenzie McClendon series, The Trade, is due for publication by Stairway Press in June 2013.
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