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Nothing To Fear

(Romantic Suspense #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,849 ratings  ·  266 reviews
As director of an inner-city woman's shelter, Dana Dupinsky safeguards many secrets. Some are new identities; some are new addresses; and some are even hidden truths about herself. Passionately dedicated to Hanover House and the women she protects, Dana has always been reluctant to look for love. But now, just as a case puts her and a child in mortal danger,
Mass Market Paperback, 515 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Warner Books (first published August 1st 2005)
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May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We first met Dana Dupinsky in the first book of this series, Don't Tell. This story focuses on her as she continues to provide safe haven for battered women and their children. She meets Ethan Buchanan at a bus station where she's waiting to meet another woman who is seeking help at Hanover House, the women's shelter where Dana serves as executive director. Ethan is in Chicago trying to track down the woman who has abducted his godson from his vacation home in Wight's Island, Maryland.

This is th
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
"Adapt, Adapt and improve"

This book was alittle different than Karen Rose's other novels, this time instead of having to work out who the killer is, we have to work out why they are doing it, knowing right at the start who is committing these crimes. I loved that she bought Detective Abe Reagan into this novel, having read his story in "I'm Watching You" i really enjoyed getting more of this character. Which is another reason why Karen is awesome, characters from other novels reappear, buil
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Nothing to Fear was another great romantic suspense story by Karen Rose. I have enjoyed the entire series, and the fourth book was just as good as the others. I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between the hero and heroine, and was glad to revisit characters from earlier in the series. This has become one of my favorite romantic suspense series.

Ethan Buchanan, former Marine and now co-owner of a Security Consulting business, is called by his friends, the Vaughns, when their deaf son is
I'm Afraid I Struggled With This One
Dana Dupinsky gives everything to and would sacrifice anything for Hanover House, the woman's shelter she runs in Chicago. Despite a shoestring budget and the need for the utmost secrecy, her tragic past commits her to a perilous calling, taking in abused women and their children and offering them sanctuary and a new beginning. The toll on her is mighty, but her dedication is superseded only by her determination to prevent as many as she can from ending up as
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this 4th book in her Romantic Suspense series!!!!!
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
The fourth novel in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense/Chicago series and despite having my reservations about this series this instalment was definitely more enjoyable with improvement in plotting and even a couple of minor twists to counteract the improbable elements of the storyline. (view spoiler) And meeting characters from previous books and including them in the current storyline also adds cohesion to the series. I ...more
Paula Brandon
It's been about three years since I've read a Karen Rose book, as the last two I read (Did You Miss Me? and Watch Your Back) were not very good. It seems that the longer her books get, the less that actually happens in them! I decided to give one of her earlier efforts that I hadn't read yet a try, and was quickly reminded why I took such a long break. The same issues are there:

There is absolutely no reason for this romantic thriller to be 593 pages long. None at all! The first 300 pages were pr
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"After kidnapping 12-year-old Alec Vaughn, Sue Conway poses as an abused mother at a shelter for battered women. However, the more shelter director Dana Dupinsky gets to know Sue, the more alarmed she becomes. The only hope may be security expert Ethan Buchanan, who has joined the search for the missing Alec--his godson." (From Amazon)

OMG -- Sue scared the stuffing out of me! A great suspense novel and even better as a romantic suspense story. I like that we meet up with Dana again and vi
Jo Ann
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book club read for April 2018.
Lots of glowing reviews for this book so I'm just going to say "It's not you, it's me". Yet another Karen Rose book that falls totally flat for me.
This is the story of Dana, Caroline's best friend from the first book of the series, and Ethan,a security expert who crosses her path when he's in town following the trail of his godson's kidnapper.

The villain in this book is a woman, which showed a whole new side of cruelty, and being in her head was interesting and disturbing at the same time.

The plot was engaging, with different threads interweaving to bring out a whole pattern near the very end, explaining the links behind the victims and th
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one intense chilling read. A kidnapped child, a crazy high body count, and the fact that the villian was a woman made it even more horrifying. I'm still creeped out a couple of days after finishing. This series is wild. 5 stars.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense
Recommended to Julianna by: Christa
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Karen Rose is one of those seemingly rare authors who has not failed me yet, but probably because her books tend to be longer and harder for me to fit into my reading schedule, I only seem to get around to reading one every couple of years. I really need to rectify that, because her books always impress me with their expert plotting and taut, edge-of-you-seat suspense. But even though the suspense and mystery tend to be more of the focus in her stories, she doesn’t skimp
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 4.95 // Action: 5 / Emotion: 4.5 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 4.5 / Suspense: 5 // Humor: 4 / Teary: 3

As with previous Rose books, Nothing To Fear has all the requisite characteristics to make it a must read. {1} An intelligent, determined, flawed, hunky alpha hero, who immediately falls under the spell of {2} a likewise strong-willed, attractive heroine, who is determined to help right some of life's injustices; {3} amazingly well-written, well-developed, realistic supporting ch
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May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Karen Rose is one the best romantic suspense authors out there, hands down. Nothing to Fear, is a 2007 copyright, with over 500 pages,you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Dana has a women's shelter. She meets battered women and their children at the bus station,escorting them to the shelter. One night an elderly lady is being mugged and Dana jumps in to help. So, does Ethan. There is an instant connection between them. But, Ethan lives in D C, and is only in Chicago to look for his godson who ha
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Style-wise, this wasn't bad--at least on romance novel terms and it flowed well. It was particular turns of plot that had me give up on it after Chapter Six, 117 pages into this contemporary novel of "romantic suspense." Strike One: at the start of this novel a child is kidnapped, and not only don't the parents call the police because of the kidnapper's demands, the friend they bring in who is a security professional goes along with that--even though it means covering up someone was also murdere ...more
Sophie Disley
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh where to start with this? Plot generally pretty good and gripping. Enjoyed the way the two elements gradually came together and the unexpected plot twists.
Was not expecting all the sex. I’m not adverse to sex but I found it completely unnecessary and the language used made me cringe and laugh in equal measures. I found myself thinking “here we go again” every time the people in question met.
So despite it being a pretty good crime thriller I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. I’m not a
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, karen-rose
Wow, scariest bad guy ever! I found the book quite riveting but very disturbing and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. This villain is insanely diabolical.

I love the plot and the romance was quite good. Their first meeting was beautiful and I also thought the way Ethan described the meeting to Clay was quite something. That being said, I found that I didn't like Dana and found her quite irritating in last part of the book.

It was good that most of the cast were people we met in previo
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
GREAT story which i whizzed through. The sex scenes were a bit much and a bit too often but entirely forgivable considering the how good the plot was.
This was good as far as the mystery/suspense portion of the novel, but again I felt that the romance portion was good, but was not smoothly incorporated into the storyline. The mystery was very suspenseful - even though we know who is involved, the author takes her time giving us all the details as to why Sue selects her victims. The story alternates between Maryland, where there has been a grisly murder and the kidnapping of a disabled boy, and Chicago, the eventual destination of the kidnapper ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The plot in this book is unpredictable even so are a long story but entertaining.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book in this series but an awful lot of murders.
Susanne Leist
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This story didn't hook me like her other books in the series. The plot moved at a slow pace. There were so many murders that I forgot who was killed by the end. And I didn't care if the person got caught or not. The killer wasn't a secret. The readers were told who it was at the beginning. Therefore, there was no mystery. There was only the question of when the serial killer was caught.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one
Recommended to Janine by: No-one
Shelves: thrillers, 2009
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Nothing to Fear
4 Stars

A fast past read with a sizzling romantic element, however, the suspense plot is a somewhat contrived and leans toward the far-fetched.

Dana and Ethan's love at first sight romance is engaging if unrealistic. She is a likable heroine although her self-sacrificing martyr deal becomes tiresome after a while, and Ethan is a gorgeous ex-marine with some heavy emotional baggage. There is no real conflict between them and all issues are resolved quite easily, which places most of
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nothing to Fear was #4 in Karen Rose’s romantic suspense series. (For some reason, my library only offers ebooks for a few of Rose’s books, and this happens to be one. After taking a look at the “series” I noticed you really didn’t have to read them in order – although some of the characters are introduced in prior books, each book in the series doesn’t need the back story of those characters.)

I thoroughly enjoyed Nothing to Fear – a female serial killer, a romantic relationship brewing between
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I started this book back in, oh, January? And I was a bit skeptical about it. I had just finished another mystery/thriller by an author new to me and hadn't found it that great. So my expectations weren't very high with this book. And then I started to read...and got pulled in quickly. Sue is, there's no other word, evil. Really, that's about it. The mystery is threaded between the pages of the book, and it isn't until close to the end, the last 100 pages that everything is finally revealed -- a ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Security Expert Ethan Buchanan has been tasked with finding his godson, Alec, a deaf-mute 12-year-old who has been kidnapped. With the help of his partner, Ethan has tracked the woman who took Alec to Chicago. Sue Conway vows to make the people who put her in prison pay. The first step is kidnapping Alec. Sue and her "son" hide at Hanover House, a home for battered women and children. The home's director, Dana Dupinsky, has no reason to doubt her. When Ethan meets Dana while checking out a lead ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one creeped me out so much, mostly because I hated how Sue preyed on people's goodness. The thought that she hid out in a hidden home for abused women and kids makes me so made, let alone all the damage she did along the way.

I couldn't believe how the bodies dropped, it seemed like with each new page there was another one biting the dust. Some of the secrets that came out stunned me, some I agreed with, some just plain hurt people.

I do like the choice that Dana made at the end, it was time
I am going against the majority of reviews of this book, I see. I honestly could lower the rating to 2.5 stars and not flinch. I thought the book began extremely well, then the story got bogged down in way too much detail and dragged at least two hundred pages too long.

There were few, if any, characters I truly admired. I'm reading this series with a group, and I will probably continue to see if the next one comes back up in quality, imho.
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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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