Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Congratulations to "Deborah H." the winner in Becky's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Face it, where danger lurks, romance certainly follows. At least between the covers of most romance novels. But why?

Let’s break it down; take out the romance and what’ve you got? Suspense.

Any book with a suspenseful plot engages the reader. You become emotionally invested in the outcome. Your heart pounds as the hero/heroine approaches the door behind which you know the villain waits. You cheer when the villain falls. Happiness abounds.
It’s not unlike the emotional phases of falling in love.

Per an article in Psychology Today from February 2013, the physical reaction to falling in love includes the release of neurotransmitters narrowing your focus and dopamine to make you happy you did.

Sound familiar?

Add an element of romance and not only are you reading about two people falling in love but thanks to the suspense you’re FEELING it too.

Or maybe they’re just a lot of fun to read.


Comment with your opinion below and will select someone at random to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

Old secrets, new threats...What are they willing to sacrifice?

Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.

Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.

Even when his secrets threaten them both.


Spring in the city brought people out of winter hibernation like a siren song, but as the temperature rose, so in turn, did the crime rate. Cops had to be sharp as they walked the streets of Philadelphia. In her ten years on the force, on these streets, she’d seen a lot of crazy and often stupid criminals do a lot of crazy and often stupid things. But to be so brazen, or so plain dumb, as to do a hand-to-hand drug buy right in front of two uniformed officers rode high on her list of top ten.

“Tell me you saw that?”

“Saw what?” Hunks of half chewed soft pretzel fell from Sherman’s mouth.

Pete Sherman’s not a bad cop, just not an observant one whose paunch portrayed his love of all things fried and his reupholstered recliner. He hadn’t seen a thing in the last six months. But he took direction well, despite the fact he had seniority.

“There, across the street.” She pointed. “The junkie walking east just scored off the guy in the leather bomber heading west. I swear the dealer looked right at us before the exchange. Call it in, Pete, and grab the junkie. I’m going after the dealer.”

Sherman didn’t argue. She took off into a quick lope, kept her footsteps light so as to not alert the man she pursued. The spring day had drawn people out and the complaints of the pedestrians she weaved through grew loud. The guy glanced over his shoulder, and the edge of his mouth tipped into a grin before he sprinted around the corner.

“Cocky jerk.” She turned the corner, and shouted, “Stop! Police.”

She ran clean and fast, closing the distance between them with little effort. The dealer ducked into an alley she knew to be a dead end. She slowed and put one hand on the butt of her service pistol as she approached. He had his back to her, his hands on his hips as he stared at the brick wall in front of him.

“Philly PD, you’re under arrest. Slowly put your hands above your head and against the wall to your left.” She closed the few feet between them, using her free hand to release the handcuffs from her belt, the other remaining on her weapon. She cuffed him, with practiced efficiency, and then read him his rights before leading him out of the alley, preferring to do the pat down with her partner present.

“Kylee Parker, I’ll admit I daydreamed a time or two about you cuffing me, but it was never in this context.”

Purchase from:         Amazon US / Amazon UK / Smashwords / Kobo / Apple / Barnes and Noble

About The Author:
Becky has been writing stories since kindergarten. But it wasn’t until she found her very own knight in slightly tarnished armor that she took the leap in to publishing. And hasn’t looked back once. In addition to being a wife, mother and grandmother, she works as a legal professional when she’s not writing, reading or dancing. And Becky’s proud to tell people she’s making her own dreams come true one happily ever after at a time.

• Find Becky Online •

A Love Restrained

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST October 5th. 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 with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. I think the "suspense" adds the intensity of the intimacy between the couple.

    1. sorry, forgot my email address amie_07(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. I think it works because it allows the couple to go through good and bad times

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  3. I love it and it works because the romance part lets of steam and brings them closer together...would love to

  4. Once the adrenaline starts pumping, everything is more intense. I read romance books for the HEA. Romantic suspense makes that journey so much more exciting. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  5. A suspenseful situation makes emotions stronger. So that when a couple goes through a dangerous situation together, they are even more attracted to each other.
    JoAB4424 AT

  6. Hi Becky,
    Romance & Suspense attracts both Readers also there are readers that look for the combination.

    janet_kerr at msn dot com

  7. Romance Suspense intensifies the attraction, desires and intimacy of the characters throughout the journey of their relationship.

  8. I can't find fault with a single opinion; in fact, I completely agree with you all! I love the romantic suspense genre for all those reasons. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

  9. I think you learn so much more about another person during difficult times. If a couple who is falling in love can overcome something "suspenseful" together, they become much closer and know that they can overcome anything.


  10. I love that bit of danger or action that adds more to the book with the growth of a romance...

  11. depends how it's written

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  12. I can't think of anything that hasn't already been mentioned.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  13. Suspense has always been a favorite since I read Nancy Drew in grade school. I didn't find romances until many, many years later. Suspense itself is a strong, enjoyable genre. Add in romance and it expands and enriches the story. It helps show protective nature of the individuals to come out and shows so much more about personalities of the characters.

    library pat AT com cast DOT net

  14. Romantic Suspense gives you such a great balance of relationships and excitement. Always a page turner. The thrill and danger tends to heighten characteristics - for good or ill.


  15. I think suspense works because it shows how the couple can interact in bad times and how it creates a strong bond for them.

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  16. Aww Gee. I'm a winner! Very rarity for me. However,I thank you Becky. Looking forward to reading your novels.


Sign up to receive our newsletter