I really wanted to review this book after I read it but there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done and now it's been too long sincI really wanted to review this book after I read it but there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done and now it's been too long since I finished. So just a few short comments: I really loved this book. Great characters, great storyline. It really sucked me in from the first page to the last. It came across to me much more like some of NR's great older books than some of her good-but-not-great newer ones. It's definitely one I can see rereading, which hasn't been true of most of the recent hardcovers.
(p.s. I'm a bit surprised by the number of lower reviews for this book. I thought the hardcore NR fans would love it)...more
I haven't been on Goodreads or written a review in about a million years but I just finished Karen Rose's latest book and had to drop in and write a rI haven't been on Goodreads or written a review in about a million years but I just finished Karen Rose's latest book and had to drop in and write a review.
Series: All of Karen Rose's books are part of the same universe and have various character connections. Some of the books have deeper plot connections. I think you could probably read this one on its own but you may wonder about past characters and what happened to them. And because she is such an awesome author I'd really suggest starting at the beginning.
Summary: State's Attorney Daphne Montgomery is prosecuting a high-profile murder trial that has resulted in multiple threats against her life and the lives of her family. But what Daphne doesn't know is that there is someone behind the scenes pulling all the strings. Someone with a deadly vendetta against her with motives Daphne could never have imagined.
FBI Agent Joseph Carter has yearned for Daphne for months. And he's not about to let anything happen to her. Then Daphne's son goes missing and the bodies begin to pile up and asDaphne, Joseph and the rest of the Baltimore crew dig deeper, things only get more convoluted. Secrets that Daphne has long held close are about to be ripped open. It's a race against time to figure out what's going on and who wants Daphne to pay.
Review: I'm a huge romantic suspense fan and Karen Rose is one of the masters of the genre. And this book. Wow. Just wow. Maybe not quite OMG WOW! that Die For Me (Romantic Suspense, #7) was but still a really fabulous book.
I'm always so amazed at how detailed and cohesive a story Karen Rose can tell. The suspense plot is really wonderfully crafted. It's such a complicated story and Rose manages to twine it all together perfectly with every detail fitting together and making perfect sense. It's really kind of awe-inspiring how she can tell such complex stories.
I enjoyed the suspense plot of this book. It takes you on twisted path that starts you at one point, leads you to another, then dives into the past to tie it all together. I was totally hooked into the story, trying to figure out how everything tied together, why it happened, how it would all turn out. Rose really kept me reading and wanting to uncover all the details. The depth of the plot is really so well done. Every time you blink new details emerge then sends the story winding down another path that you never really predicted.
I also liked the fact that the plot wasn't really a whodunit - you know the who from the very beginning - but rather part of the suspense of the plot is about the connections. How it all tied together to create the situation Daphne and Joseph found themselves in. I had a pretty good idea of how it all tied together, but there was enough doubt, enough possibility to lead me to other conclusions. I love books that keep me guessing. And for a while, this one did.
On the romance front, things are admittedly bit on the low key side. The focus of the book is definitely on the suspense aspect but there's still a nicely developed romance to keep the romance lover in me satisfied. The romance, though, is not really about the building of feelings, the push/pull between two people. Daphne and Joseph both already have feelings for each other and the situation they're in forces them to finally confront them. There's really not a lot of angsty will they/won't they. But more about will their new-found love survive the twisted situation they are in. Still, I enjoyed these two and liked both characters.
Another great aspect to the book is the tie-ins to past books/characters - of which there are quite a few. You get the obvious reconnection with the other Baltimore book characters - Grayson and Sophie, and JD and Lucy. Plus the continuing saga of Clay's unrequited love for Stevie. But Rose also delves back further and brings back Vito Ciccotelli (and referencing his wife and how they met), mentions Dana, Ethan, and some other past characters, plus reintroduces a young man (who was a boy in a previous book). And I just absolutely love these kind of intertwining stories. It creates such a wonderful cohesiveness and it also lets you take a peek at characters that stuck with you in the past. It just really adds a great ambiance to the story.
Did I have any criticisms? Ummm...nope. None that I can think of. I was perfectly satisfied with every aspect of the book. Does that mean everyone else will be to? No, obviously not. This book is more a suspense/thriller with a strong romantic element which may not be enough for some romance fans. It's also rather dark at time which could bother some. And it's also, as mentioned above, very complicated. There are tons of plot twists, a whole lot of characters, and just a lot to keep track of in general. Not everyone likes that kind of story. Me? It's the perfect combination.
I will be eagerly awaiting Rose's next book. I can't wait to find out what happens with Stevie and Clay. I'm hopelessly intrigued by Deacon. And I'd really like to one day revisit Daphne's son Ford. I just wish Rose published more than one book a year. It'll such having to wait till 2014 to get my next Karen Rose fix....more
A little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth bookA little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book in the "Raines of Wind Canyon" series, and third book in the second trilogy of the series. I don't think you have to have read the other books first. They stand pretty well on their own.
Summary: Sage Dumont, one of the vice presidents of her family's Marine Drilling corporation, is about to close on a huge deal to buy some used drilling equipment from Saudi Arabian sheik. Unfortunately, some people are not happy about the deal and her grandfather hires Jake Cantrell to be Sage's bodyguard until the negotiations are complete.
At first, Jake and Sage set each other on edge, but attraction quickly takes over. The more they learn about each other, the more they want each other. Unfortunately, someone doesn't want Sage to make her deal. And to make matters worse, they learn some disturbing information related to the sheik's visit to the U.S. Jake and Sage have to race to find answers. And when its over, neither is sure they'll be able to walk away from each other.
Review: I liked this book for the most part. I thought it had a more interesting plot than the last book in the series.
The plot is is dual-faceted in that there are two different things going on that Jake and Sage have to find answers. But the two aspects work well together very well. I thought the author did a good job building a fairly realistic, well-developed storyline that kept me interested and reading.
I also enjoyed the two characters. Jake's a sexy loner with a big heart. Sage is a woman with a strong sense of loyalty to her grandfather. And thankfully, she's mostly lacking the TSTL gene the heroines of the previous two books had. These two together had good chemistry and the internal battles they faced over whether they could be together gave the relationship a lot of realism.
Overall, it was a pretty well done story. Nothing absolutely great but above average, definitely. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading, wanting to know how everything would work out. And the author did a good job of setting up the characters for the next trilogy. I'll be looking forward to reading about them....more