I Dare You Throw Down – Sophia’s Top Five Thrilling Reads

Posted January 26, 2019 by Sophia Rose in I Dare You Event / 8 Comments

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Each book on this list represents an author’s backlist or the whole series because these were not flash in the pan favorites of one and done for me.   They also represent a mere tip of the iceberg, so to speak. The order is random and I restrained myself from gushing ad nauseum for your sake.

Black Amber by Phyllis A. Whitney

I was addicted after my first one and I hold her responsible for giving  me a few thrills and my love for romantic suspense.  Atmospheric and slow build to a crisis point. These are older and come from a different time so for those who wish to venture in, they will feel dated and what I consider  a modern historical time/setting.

Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

My first M/M with a strong thriller element that took me and two snarky, opposites FBI agents on the trail of a cunning serial killer.  The series only got better and provided a new thrilling adventure each time for Garrett and Grady.

Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose

A sadistic serial killer stalking the shadows of Cincinnati’s streets and has targeted psychologist Faith Corcoran.  I got the heebie jeebies in this nail biter and became a fast fan of the dark, gritty psychological thrillers paired with police procedural in these books.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

I’m a relatively new fan of this series having only started them in January 2018, but I love these gritty futuristic police procedurals with the tough female cop spearpointing a team of equally great people.  And, Roarke! Who wouldn’t love reading about him?

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

Another new fan love with my first reading of this book in August 2018.  Morgan and Lance were instant favorites as a team of criminal lawyer and private investigator proving a young man’s innocence while up against a ruthless killer.

Are any of these on your favorites’ list?
What are some of your favorite thrilling reads?
Do Tell!


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I love the Cut & Run series. I’ve read some great stand alone thrillers (Those Who Wish Me Dead, Before The Fall, The Lucky Ones). I’ve also read some good series (Bone Gap Travellers and Rockton/Casey Duncan). I’m going to have to try some of these on your list.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes! I loved Before the Fall and I really want to try your Bone Gap Travellers after reading your review. Recently read my first Casey Duncan. I’ve enjoyed exploring some new to mes lately.

2 years ago

J.D. Robb would definitely be on my list. Have you read The Eve Duncan series by Iris Johanson? I read it for years and it was excellent for the most part.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

No… but I need to look those up, it sounds like. 🙂

2 years ago

I have Cut and Run on my TBR, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, hopefully soon!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Reese

How fun! This team is quite the pair. Hope you like it, Reese!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I haven’t read any of these yet but do plan to read JD Robb in the next year or two. I read a lot of books that I would consider thrilling – anything by Sandra Brown, the Casey Duncan series, and anything Harlan Coben.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I still need to read Sandra Brown and Harlan Coben. I have a Brown so maybe I’ll get to that one in this year. 🙂 Oh yes, I agree about Casey Duncan and look forward to your thoughts on Robb.