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You Belong to Me (Romantic Suspense #12)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,825 Ratings  ·  347 Reviews

A killer is branding his victims with numbers. How many will he kill before he's stopped? YOU BELONG TO ME is a fantastic thriller from bestselling author Karen Rose, and the first novel in her Baltimore series.

When forensic pathologist Lucy Trask stumbles across a mutilated body in her local Baltimore park, its face unrecognisable, her sole concern is that it might be

Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Paige  Bookdragon

5 reasons why this book is bloody good. (Pun intended)

1. Despite having 480 pages, the pacing is fast that I didn't even notice that it's longer than usual.

2. The mystery is mysterious. It leaves you hanging and wondering who the fuck is butchering up people.

3. The romance is good. It's not overly done, it's not the center of the story and it's not the "I'll-roll-my-eyes-this-is-shitty" romance that we usually see in a romantic suspense books.

4. Blood and pieces of dead bodies everywhere...

5. T
Jun 24, 2011 Auntee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic suspense
Wow. This was a lot of book to get through (494 pages), but well worth the time it took to read it. This is the start of a new series of connected books for Karen Rose taking place in Baltimore, so expect to meet a lot of characters and read plenty of details about them. As expected with the first book of a series, all that set-up can slow the pace of the book down a bit, and I thought this book lagged just a bit in the middle. But once everything started coming together, the last third of the b ...more
3 stars – Romantic Suspense

Karen Rose is definitely the master when it comes to creepy killers, eerie chillers, and dark thrillers, and this was certainly no exception. You Belong To Me is an edgy, intense romantic suspense that introduces a new cast of characters based in the Baltimore area. I really liked the hero, sexy widower and former military sniper and vice cop, Homicide Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick. The romance between J.D. and medical examiner with a troubled past, Dr. Lucy Trask, is em
Jan 24, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Rose knows exactly how to write a story that will grab you and not let go. This story revolves around a lot of secrets. It twists and turns all the way to the end. There is a lot of violence in this book so if that bothers you than I suggest you do not read it.
I'm a big fan of Ms. Rose and as far as KR fare goes, this doesn’t disappoint. It holds her usual cocktail of chilling, thrilling suspense, wickedly insane serial killer, dark pasts, deep-buried secrets, traumatic upbringings, and a side-dish of hot romance.

On the other hand, I was rather disappointed with the slowness of the pace (I became a fan because her books were always fast-moving page-turners), and the annoying heroine (which came as quite a surprise, since this was a Karen Rose book).
Jan 15, 2011 Steffi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
4 stars for You Belong to Me by Karen Rose

First of I have to say, that I'm a big fan of Karen Rose. I've pretty much read all her books.
You Belong to Me is about Lucy Trask, an ME ,who discovers the dead body of a good friend,while on her morning run. Or so it seems....
The story has quite a few twists and we learn, that there is something even bigger going on, something from Lucy's past.
And let me tell you, Lucy does have a lot of secrets...

The killer is a brutal one, I would say even m
After reading 500 pages of this book in what seems like an eternity, I only have one thing to say: "Thank God I'm finished with it!"

And I had such high hopes...

It looked like an interesting book. The reviews were good. The title was good. I liked the blurb. I liked the cover. And it was so bad for me. I struggled to finish it. In the end all I had was a headache.

I can't even start to talk about what it was about and what didn't work for me. The headache is getting in the way of my thoughts.

Allison (The Allure of Books)
I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Karen Rose is literally as good as it gets in writing romantic mystery/thrillers. No one can do what she can. She puts you straight into the lives of the MCs and victims, making them feel like characters you've been reading about for years. At the same time, she puts you in the mind of the killers with chilling success. As you continue to bounce back and forth between different POVs you'll become so addicted to her books that you won't be able to stop ...more
Mar 07, 2011 ~Megan~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Rose is one of my favorite romantic suspense writers...mainly because she doesn't hold back. Her characters always have been through and continue to go through horrible things, and they make it through all of them. The characters in her novels always resonate with me because they're survivors.

While this particular story wasn't my favorite of hers, it was still a solid book that had me enthralled from the getgo. JD and Lucy feel an instant connection that the reader immediately picks up on
Jun 10, 2013 Goge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took this book to read without much of a expectation. And I was wrong. Great, great read! Mystery with everything you want from one: JD is a homicide inspector with a past and beautiful MD Lucy who has all kind of secrets about her. And a killer who has a personal motive. The rhythm of the story is fast and furious. The murders are bloody, gruesome and monstrous, so this book is not for people with weak heart or stomach because the author portrayed them vividly and true to the reality. Bodies ...more
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin

THE NARRATOR: 3 stars.
Her narratin' version of Lucy was not to my likin'. Lucy's accent, in the words of the book, 'It wasn’t quite Southern, but she wasn’t from the city. At least not originally.” so I guess I can't fault Gavin for makin' Lucy drop her 'g's when she talking. Do ALL Southerners drop their 'g's? Anyway, that did make me pause and revise my perception of the heroine as in my mind, she was 100% a big
The first book in Karen Rose's Baltimore series. During her morning run, Baltimore Medical Examiner Dr. Lucy Trask finds a dead body. The investigation leads the police to believe that Lucy is connected to this killer in some way. Homicide detective J.D. Fitzpatrick is on the job to help connect the dots and keep Lucy safe.

Another intense, gritty, suspenseful and entertaining read by Ms. Rose. I've said it before and I say it again, Ms. Rose writes the creepiest villains out there. The story spe
Aug 10, 2014 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sevdiğim polisiye yazarlara bir yenisi daha eklendi. Bir Lisa Gardner değilse de gayet heyecanlı ve güzeldi. Yalnız Gwyn'in hikayesine devam etmiş mi anlayamadım. olayı nasıl atlatacağını okusak güzel olabilirmiş.
Melia Danielle
I could not put this down. It was very fast paced and an excellent read. The characters were very interesting and realistic. Lucy and J.D. had great chemistry and the romance flowed really nicely. Perfect balance of suspense and romance.
Aug 21, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While jogging, Medical Examiner Lucy Trask finds a body outside her apartment building. The man had been tortured, his face unrecognizable. Lucy is shocked when he is identified as Russell Bennett, a man who she had once dated. More mutilated bodies turn up. They tie back to Lucy's hometown. Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick believes Lucy is the key to the murders. Someone wants her to find the bodies. Someone wants to terrorize her, then add her to the growing list of victims. J.D. and his partner Det ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somebody is killing acquaintances of Lucy Trask. During her early morning run Lucy discovers what she thinks is the body of her friend and old teacher Jerry Pugh. But Lucy, a medical examiner soon realises that the dead man is not her friend but another acquaintance from her past. It doesn't take Lucy or the homicide detective leading the investigation, JD Fitzpatrick, long to figure out she's central to the murder puzzle.

Most authors have a signature writing style and Karen Rose is no differen
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When I received KR's latest book I wasn't surprised to see it was a humdinger of a hardback at 480 pages. This was actually something I relished, a meaty book that I could get my teeth into.

In the past Karen Rose has been criticised for her style of writing with some saying that the romance element shouldn't be there. I disagree and see nothing wrong in a crime or thriller novel having a splash of love about it.

In this particular book it took me no time at all to get straight into the heart of t
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

Sometimes going home again isn’t always what you think it would be. Home can be the place of our childhood dreams and it can also be the place of our greatest nightmares. Only the strong at heart can walk away and never look back.

Beginning a new series set in Baltimore, Karen Rose introduces brings to life a new set of characters and sets us up for a thrilling experience in suspense as only she can. Meet Dr. Lucy Trask, the local ME with a scarred history that is about to com
Manda Collins
Mar 16, 2011 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manda by: Kathleen Young
Another chilling, sexy romantic suspense from Karen Rose. The villain in this one is a serious baddie--and if you've read previous Rose books you'll know that's saying something. The relationship between Lucy, a medical examiner who is being targeted by aforementioned villain, and JD, the detective who is trying to catch the guy, is sexy and sweet. As usual, even the most insignificant secondary characters are memorable, and I've definitely got my hopes for which ones will show up in forthcoming ...more

Despite the overuse of -ly adverbs with dialogue tags (she said grimly), I enjoyed my first jump back into the romantic suspense world after a decade of absence. Will need to get more.
Black Butterfly
Aug 25, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Holy crap! What a book! This is by far my favourite of hers, and one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in awhile. The storyline was complex and thorough, and kept me literally hooked - honestly I finished it within 36 hours of starting it. The plot was intricately interweaved with such precision that this book is impossible to fault. Sensational!
Apr 13, 2012 Marie80 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ми се допадна, навистина!!!!А и сакам приказни со happy end, барем кога станува збор за љубовта!
Anyone who has read a book by Karen Rose knows that her heros and heroines are mostly deeply wounded characters. They usually work together to catch a serial killer. The herione is always somehow a target of the killers. Almost always at the end the hero rescues the herione from the killer. Still, knowing her basic plot I have read almost all her books to date and find them fast paced and entertaining reads. They are usually interelated so you can follow secondary characters into other books.

Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I love a good romantic suspense, and Karen Rose really is one of the best. I’ve read the first four of her romantic suspense series, and hadn’t gone back to get the others yet, but the blurb on this one appealed so I jumped right ahead skipping about 10 books! Not to worry, this is the start of her Baltimore series and you don’t have to have read any previous books to go into this one and the next two out so far. She has on-numbered all her books, but this one is actually the start of new series ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Boof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over twenty years ago, a young school girl was raped and murdered on her prom night. Several people witnessed the crime and not one of them helped or came forward. Twenty-one years later and those who were present that night start dying in horrific ways it seems that someone wants young Medical Examiner, Lucy Trask, to not only find each body but to pay for her part in it (only Lucy has no idea what part she actually played).

Despite deciding a long time ago that Karen Rose is probably an author
Amanda Evanson
Aug 18, 2011 Amanda Evanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As the story begins, Baltimore Medical Examiner Lucy Trask arrives home to discover a body, left right where she would find it. It turns out it's someone who was connected to her in the past. And so was the second body. Each of the bodies has a number branded on it, making it clear that they're not isolated incidents, and the killer is not finished. And what's also clear is that something in Lucy's past holds the key to the solution.

Karen Rose was a revelation when I first discovered her books,
Oct 01, 2014 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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one word that appeared in my mind.... MARVELOUS... ! i would say that this book totally got me a hangover ... i just couldn't stop read it even when i finished it...

and again, i felt deeply grief for the Villain, i know he did the murder brutally and extreme tortures...but he had all the reasons to do it.

when he told Lucy the reason why... the part was tearing me down. still i disagree of what he'd done.

after all, about the Hot-Narcotic Det. J.D. Fitzpatrick, i love him.... i fall in love with h
Very high body count in this novel. If the vengeance driven killer wasn't trying to decimate an entire small town outside of Baltimore, the author piled up a buncha dead people in the hero/heroine's past.

Lucy--dead brother, dead fiance
JD--dead wife
Stevie--dead husband, dead son

Like any good Lifetime novel, though, once I got sucked into the plot I had to finish. There were some good plot points despite the repetitive writing. Naturally, the pretty Medical Examiner with the dead brother and fianc
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Internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen worked as an e
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