Top 10 Best Action Romance Books

Pamela Clare Archangel's kissIron Duke

Some people love to snuggle up with a long, slow read. Others with the latest tearjerker memoir. The rest of us love our books bursting with action, adventure and romance!

When I sit down to read, I want fast, furious, action-packed…and for the boy to win the girl in the end. Slow? No thanks. Tears? Well, only if they come with some action.

Last month I shared my Top 10 Best Action Romance Movies and today I’m sharing my Top 10 Best Action Romance Reads. Some are romantic suspense, some paranormal, others steampunk or futuristic but they all mix action with the romance:

  1. Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Series – My two favorite installments in this series are Slave to Sensation and Caressed by Ice.
  2. Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas – Not sure I can pick a favorite book, but definitely start with The Iron Duke.
  3. Sydney Croft’s ACRO Series – These books are hot, hot, hot and don’t skimp on the action.
  4. Pamela Clare’s I-Team Series – Romantic suspense set in my old stomping ground of Denver.
  5. J.D. Robb’s In Death Series – Set in futuristic New York, Eve and Roarke are two of my all-time favorite characters.
  6. Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark – Wisecracking paranormal action romance.
  7. Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series – Kickass vampire hunters, sexy vampires and uber sexy angels.
  8. Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series (and the linked Lords of Deliverance books) – More wisecracking, action-packed paranormal romance.
  9. Linda Howard’s Mackenzies – Oldies but goodies. These contemporary stories of action and romance are keepers for me.
  10. Merline Lovelace’s Code Name: Danger Series – More oldies but goodies. These category stories are great action romance reads. I especially love the very first four books in the series.

I also have a bonus action romance read…it isn’t classed a romance but it’s a thriller with some great romance mixed in: Wilbur Smith’s A Time to Die.

That’s just a list of my favs but if you still want more action romance reads, then check out:

Amazon Bestsellers in Action and Adventure Romance

Goodreads list: Popular Action Romance Books

Goodreads list: Popular Action Adventure Romance Books

Recommended Romantic Suspense at Dear Author

Recommended Adventure Romance at Smart B*tches, Trashy Books

Now, get reading! And if anyone has any more I should add to the list, let me know.



  1. Absolutely LOVE Meljean Brooks’ Iron Seas, especially The Iron Duke. Faye Adele’s narration of it is beyond excellent. Lindsay Buroker’s The Emperor’s Edge series and Dragon Blood series are also good action romance with a bit of steampunk flair. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Hi Cynde — sounds like you’re a steampunk fan! We must be due for a new Iron Seas book, I think? It’s been a while. Yes, Lindsay’s books rock too. Have you checked out her sci-fi romance (under her pen name) as well?

  2. I have read the he’ll squad books and I loved them. Can’t wait to read some more of your books like the he’ll squad remembers.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Hi Starr — Thrilled to hear you’ve been enjoying the Hell Squad books! Hope you find a few others in the list you like as well! Oh, and there is a new Hell Squad book out this week (-:

  3. Louise Corona says:

    I am hooked on Andy McDermott’s series about archeologist Nina Wilde and mercenary Eddie Chase. The action is non-stop but then the romance between the two leads is so clever I have to keep reading. Reading each descriptive story is like watching a movie on a big screen. I recommend starting with the first book, The Hunt for Atlantis, because each book increases the relationship from casual to intense. In the 9th book, when a serious illness intrudes, the feelings are very real. I like to guess who would be the actors if a movie was made.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Hi Louise! This series sounds right up my alley! I will absolutely be checking it out. Action, adventure, archeology, and romance…all the things I love (-: Although waiting nine books for the emotional payoff might test my patience (-:

  4. Great list, Nalini Singh is my number 1 too! I would add Tara Janzen’s Steele Street Series, hot men, fast cars, lots of kiss kiss bang bang ! Revolves around a Special Defence Force team that are based out of Denver, love them.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Hi Robyn — I just love all Nalini’s paranormal books. Ooh, Steele Street sounds right up my alley and I *love* Denver (I used to live there!) I’ll check it out — thanks for the rec.

  5. Patty Esack says:

    I love the In Death Series but I have to say I am waiting (not too patiently) for your next book I read the last one the first night it came out.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Hi Patty! I have to say I never get tired of hearing people are enjoying my books (-: I think I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read Naked in Death (and some of the other books in the series) — love it!

  6. Hi Anna…Nalini singh’s psy changeling series is one of my all time favourites and Linda Howard’s MacKenzies…love Nora Roberts / JD Robb. The only ones you missed of my list are Christine Feehan and a real old but goodie is Leslie Charteris The Saint series for some of the best humour. Will be looking into some of your others as i haven’t tried Kresley Cole and Pamela Clare

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Hi Jenny! Looks like our reading tastes are well aligned (-: I’ve spent many hours reading Christine Feehan’s books. Her Carpathian books got me into reading paranormal romance. Now, I haven’t heard of The Saint series…I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the rec.

  7. I love most of those on your list, especially Linda Howard and J D Robb. However, one author I am missing and who is really good at it, is M L Buchman. If you have a chance, give him a try.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      I’ve heard of ML Buchman’s books, Bettina, but not read any yet. Thanks so much for the recommendation!!

  8. A little late to this conversation, but I would add anything by Cherry Adair. Her action romances are hot hot hot and full of sexy, strong couples. Highly recommended!

  9. First, thank you for writing books! Your stories are always great reads!

    Second, I love to find new authors to follow, and this is a great list! I just wanted to add a recommendation. I love, Love, LOVE all of the space opera from Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. This series in the Liaden universe is a bit more Sci-Fi/Fantasy than Romance, but there are still a heroes & heroines who utilize their unique talents to save the company/the family/the planet, etc.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Thanks so much, Hope. Glad to hear you’re enjoying my books and thanks for the recommendation. I have heard of the Lee and Miller books but never read them…will definitely check them out 🙂 Happy reading!

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