The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is another fine example of romantic suspense. I'm really enjoying "Takedown Twenty" (I'm reading out of order, having already finished "Top Secret Twenty-One", but it doesn't matter in this case).
Here's the blurb:
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess
with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi
goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle
Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody
wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend,
not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop,
Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the
godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands
that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing
everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security
specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top
client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s
Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side
with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer
on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe
named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have
to up her game for the ultimate takedown.