Spotlight on: Harlequin Romantic Suspense

All About Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Harlequin Romantic Suspense stories are romance-focused stories with a suspense element. Powerful romances are at the heart of each story, and the additional elements of excitement, adventure and suspense play out between complex characters.

Key Romantic Suspense elements include:

  • Big, sweeping romances amid dangerous and suspenseful settings. Harlequin Romantic Suspense novels are fueled by the romance and not the suspense.
  • Classic themes, including revenge, women in jeopardy, espionage, family, Westerns, military and law enforcement.
  • Vivid conflicts and stories set throughout the world.
  • An emotional payoff fitting with the larger-than-life stories.
  • A range of sensuality from high to low, as well as romantic and sexual tension.
  • Word count of 70,000 providing a wider breadth of story and potential for subplots.

Listen to Senior Editor Patience Bloom talk about the series in depth in this video:

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