Sunday, April 29, 2012

Romantic Suspense Series: For When You Can’t Let Go

Congratulations to Marijane D., the winner of Elle's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m one of those readers who simply cannot let go.  If I fall in love with a character, I want to see them again.  Or at least hear what they’re up to from other characters.  This is why I’m so drawn to romantic suspense books that belong to a series.  

Single titles are great, but sometimes I feel like they work better for straight-up mysteries and thrillers, where the romance might not be as prominent (or is non-existent).  There’s a case or threat, the characters solve said case or remove said threat, and then the story is over.  When a book is more plot-driven, I’m not as invested in the characters, and therefore, I can easily say goodbye to them when the story ends.

But if I’m reading something that’s character-driven?  God help that author because I will be DEMANDING more.  I am obsessed with authors whose books have recurring characters, like Iris Johansen, Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan to name a few.  Whether it’s a group of sexy heroes who belong to the same black ops unit, or characters who work for a PI company, or whatever the premise, I love when an author includes strong secondary characters who later serve as the heroes and heroines for future books.

My newest series, KILLER INSTINCTS, definitely has that core group of characters.  Not only is there a group of hot male mercenaries, but there’s also a team of female assassins who are just as strong as their counterparts.  Kane and Abby are the hero and heroine of MIDNIGHT RESCUE, but the characters you’ll meet—Luke, Trevor, Isabel, D, Noelle, etc—will make appearances in the second and third books of the series.  It was really fun creating this cast of characters, and I hope that readers welcome them into their hearts, the way I have!
So tell me, do you prefer series books or one-shot single titles?  Anyone who comes by and comments today will be entered in a draw to win a copy of MIDNIGHT RESCUE.

Also, be sure to stop by my website, “like” me on Facebook  or follow me on Twitter (@ElleKennedy).  I love chatting with fellow readers and writers, so don’t be a stranger :)

Giveaway ends 10pm EST April 29th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email justromanticsuspense @ with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage.

And she’s the good guy.

Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has—nerve, resilience, strength, sex—to come out on top. Her only rule: never trust anyone.

Abby’s latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.

The last thing Kane expects is to feel primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.


  1. I definately prefer series books. When I read a really good book and close the last page, i want to immediately re-read it. Series books let me stay in their "world" for a little bit longer. Sometimes you just hate for it to end. Love to win a copy of your book. gator_trish at msn dot com

  2. I prefer a series to a single title book most of the time, because I also fall in love with the characters and want to see how they go on with their lives - get married, sometimes get pregnant, etc. I loved watching Eve and Roarke grow so much together in JD Robb's in Death series. I also like a heroine that can kick butt, so your new series sounds very exciting! Thanks for the post and the opportunity for a giveaway.

    amy at remus dot net

  3. I must confess that I really enjoy them both. A well-written standalone title strikes the perfect balance between character development and plot and gives a satisfactory sense of closure at the end-- but the truly great standalones are few and far between! I feel like series give the author a bit more freedom: fantastic secondary characters that you know are going to get (and are clamouring for, from the moment they appear on the page) their own story; less pressure to wrap everything up neatly for the main couple (and more believability, since even a HEA isn't neat in real life!); the ability to give fan (and author) favourites cameos in some subsequent book and check in on them, etc.

    I'm a streaker (in the reading sense!), so I'll read all the books in a series consecutively when I discover a new author or series. The only thing I hate, when I'm reading an ongoing series, is waiting for the next book to come out! I finish one and want to know what happens next RIGHT NOW! :)

    Your new series sounds great-- definitely adding it to my TBR queue! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Um, yeah, forgot:


    2. I'm a streaker too! I'll find a new series, read all the books super fast, and then get really angry having to wait for the next book to come out every year. Nowadays I'll wait for a few to come out, and stockpile them.

  4. Definitely series. I am reading a number of tbem by favorite authors, including but not limited to, Christy Reece, Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin, Cindy Gerard, Karen Rose, Jamie Alden, and Catherine Mann.

    It can be trying to keep up with all of these series as opposed to single titles, but I love keeping up the characters from earlier books so it is worth it!

    Marijane Diodati

  5. Series all the way. You meet so many characters in a suspense book - FBI, forensics, corener, sheriff, us marshall's that you want to see them have there own book.

  6. I definitely prefer a series. I love keeping up with all the characters from previous books!

  7. It all depends on how involve the secondary characters are in the original books as to whether or not I want to read a single book or a series. I the characters are fairly well involved in the books then I want to know what happens to them.

  8. I LOVE your explanation about the advantages of series, and I have to agree. You also listed some great series. For anyone who hasn't tried them, I would also add Christy Reece's LCR series, Pamela Clare's I-Team series, and Marie Force's Fatal series. All top notch and all providing the reader an ongoing relationship with great characters.


  9. I love series with the main characters but at the same times, I also like to have them stand alone. It's hard to read a book out of the series without knowing something about the story. There are some series such as J.D. Robb's In Death series that has the main characters moving and yet the story keep changing as the reades discover a little bit more about the main characters. That would makes a series with stand alone work.


  10. I enjoy both... I love meeting characters and revisiting them in a series... seeing someone we met earlier have their own adventure and finding a HEA... and also love standalones, so I do not have to worry about missing a book here or there. Thank you for sharing... this sound like a great series and an interesting group of characters!

  11. Oh, it IS a series for me. I enjoy seeing a character over again. The longer the series the better.
    I would be interested in reading yours, please enter me in the draw.


  12. Hi Elle.

    Love your books and I enjoy both series and stand alone books.

    yenastone at aol dot com

  13. Congrats on the new release and series, Elle. I enjoy both, but I do love series because many times we get to revisit with characters in the previous books.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  14. I am really torn between a single book or series. Sometimes a quick read is fun when you don't have a lot of time to commit to reading. I also love when I can continue on with characters in a series. I find that sometimes I get so involved that I have to force myself to remember that it is just a book. At the end of a series, I find myself missing the characters and that they have become a part of my life. That sometimes makes me sad. Best cure....move onto a new book/series.

    1. I would have to agree with you! After I read a series it is nice to switch to another author and usually a single title. I too get a little caught up in the books, so a single title to balance out the series books work well!

    2. The exact same thing happens to me. The characters become real people for me, and I think about them and their story for days after. And sometimes (don't make fun of me!!!) I actually sink into a bit of a depression because I'm so sad the book is over. That's when I usually need to pick up a different author, ASAP!

  15. I don't think I could choose between them. I like them both. What really matters to me is the story. Sometimes a couple's story seems complete with a single book and others, the world, secondary characters and plot is so good, I want more stories. If it's a series I like when some things do get resolved along the way so that it's not dragged out. Though I don't mind leaving some things hanging so it can lead nicely into an upcoming book.


  16. I enjoy both. In a series, it's always fun to catch up with characters from a previous book. Some of the authors I read have also written stand-alones which I enjoyed.

    The only problem with series is not being able to find all the books. I have a need to read them in order.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  17. I like both types of stories. Series are nice because you come to know the characters more since you see them in multiple stories. I like the stand alone stories because I feel like the author has doesn't have to worry about making sure so many characters have romance hero and heroine qualities.

  18. I like both kinds of stories.


  19. i dont mind because i love both of them : series or single story :)

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