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What to Read when TV Crime Drama Disappoints

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Are you one of the 11 million Castle viewers patiently waiting for the relationship between Beckett and Castle to become more intimate? Do you enjoy the TV crime dramas but can figure out the mystery before the first commercial break? Have you given up on the promise of romance between Brennan and Booth in Bones and watch it for the forensic science?

If your favorite television shows are not fulfilling the promise of mystery, thrills and romance, consider reading a romantic suspense. These stories have intriguing mysteries or suspense plots as well as a strong emphasis on the romantic relationship. The stories can be scary, funny or sexy, but the strength of romantic suspense is the characterization.

Not sure where to start? Try one of these authors:

Kate Brady: If you want to read something dark and scary, try a story from this author. The villain in her debut book, One Scream Away, freaked me out.

HelenKay Dimon: Love snappy dialogue, non-stop action and a strong mystery? I recommend reading this author. You will fall in love with her heroes.

Tara Janzen: This author is known for her fun and sexy romantic suspense. Her stories are action-packed with lots of adventure. Think bad boys and fast cars.

Want more recommendations? The Romance Writers of America recently announced the finalist for the 2011 RITAs. This award celebrates the best in romantic fiction. The nominated romantic suspense books this year are:

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden

Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire

Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb

Kill Me Again by Maggie Shayne

Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan

Silent Scream by Karen Rose

Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon

The next time Bones or Castle airs a repeat, pick up one of these books and enjoy a winning combination of romance, mystery and thrills.

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