You know you’re a romantic suspense writer when dead bodies show up in your romance. I know this one from experience. I started out wanting to write a good old fashion romance, along the lines of Harlequin Presents. All those years of watching, cops and soldiers and cowboys with my brothers reared it's not so ugly head and dead bodies kept showing up. It took a while but I finally listened to my muse and began writing romantic suspense.
RWA defines romantic suspense as "Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot." What I call, crime interfering with the romance as opposed to romance interfering with the crime.
The operative word there is elements. Yes, you have suspense, mysteries or thrillers with romantic elements. Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series comes to mind. Another one is Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series. They both have a romantic element, or two that runs throughout all the books. But the main emphasis is not on the romance. There in lies the difference
In a romance the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love, the happily ever after. In the books I mentioned earlier, along with others, there may be a happily ever after but it takes longer, sometimes books longer, to get there.
However that makes it no less satisfying.
So what are some of your favorite Romantic Suspense books?