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Count to Ten (Romantic Suspense #6)

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Librarian's Note: This is a new edition that shares and ISBN with the previous edition - ISBN 10: 0446616907; ISBN 13: 9780446616904)


In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires---devastating, vicious, and, in one case, homicidal. He has another probl
Mass Market Paperback, 550 pages
Published 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2006)
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
4.5 Stars rounded up

I was really pulled into this plot, much like I am for all of Ms. Rose's novels. I just love her writing style, her ability to move a plot along and the characters she develops in her books. This one is dark and the trigger for the serial killer is an unpleasant one. He's taking revenge on those who abused his brother and himself and those in the system who allowed it to happen. It would almost be sympathetic, except for the fact when he makes mistakes and somebody is in the
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksfree-com
This was another winner by Karen Rose. I found the book to be riveting, and I was immediately caught up in the characters and the storyline. Not unusually for a book by Rose, both of the main characters are carrying some baggage from their pasts. The heroine, Mia Mitchell, a Chicago homicide detective, has shied away from serious relationships due in part to her job, but mostly from an abusive childhood. The hero, Reed Solliday, a Chicago fire marshall who becomes Mia's temporary partner, was wi ...more
Yo no lo catalogaría como novela romántica

Engancha. Me ha parecido un buen balance entre thriller y escenas de acción.
Quizás me gusta encontrar al asesino más al final, de todas formas está muy bien llevadoEl tema del romance queda un poco a segundo plano. Me han gustado los dos, ella rompe el esquema de protagonista, algo dura, con un pasado complicado y él es un encanto.
Recomendable si os gusta el thriller con un toque de romanticismo
An arson investigation soon involves dead bodies and IFO, and Homicide have to work together, forging a temporary partnership between arson investigator Lieutenant Reed Solliday and Detective Mia Mitchell and as the arson/murderer escalates, so does the tension between the two partners…

Well, the string of good-book-bad-book has ended with two good books in a row. This should be commemorated.

You’ve probably deduced I loved this book. The pacing was spot-on, the plot well-developed, the characteri
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I think I've been overindulging on Karen Rose's books- I was not as impressed with this one as I had been with her earlier works. I still like the mix of romantic suspense, and the action does keep jumping along. I suppose my expectations were too high for Mia's story, since I got to "know" her through some of Rose's previous novels. I guess hearing the male main character described as resembling Satan with a soul patch didn't do it for me, and I'm getting a little bit tired of all these perfect ...more
Good book!

Mia is back on the force after being shot by a local gang banger. She got away just being winged- more or less- Her partner Abe, (I'm Watching You), was not so lucky. (He survived, but just barely it seems.)

While waiting for him to return to work, Mia is paired with Lt. Reed Solliday, an investigator for the Chicago Fire Department, on a case that has the two depts. working together to catch an arsonist. Not only is the nut job setting blazes, he's killing- with intent.

Mia has baggage.
The sixth in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense series. Detective Mia Mitchell is a homicide cop just back from recuperating from being shot. Her partner is still out and she is temporarily assigned to partner with Lieutenant Reed Solliday of the Chicago Fire Department who is investigating a homicide along with a house fire. Things get complicated when it looks like the villain isn't finished killing.

I still say Karen Rose writes some of the most creepy villains ever! Why I stay glued to the pages
Meljean Brook
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was just adding another Karen Rose to my TBR, so I rated this one -- it's my favorite of hers. Always a solid romantic suspense writer, her books are connected, but can stand alone (except for maybe the 2nd and 3rd Vartanian books, but those are my least favorite of hers ... the kind of books you don't regret reading/spending the time on them, but if I ever go back for a re-read of hers, they won't be the first (or the second, or sixth) that I pick up.)
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
"Count to ten, and go to hell"

Another thrilling and steamy tale by Karen Rose! I love how well she mixes the thriller and romance aspects perfectly, its not too rushed and definitely not forced. The characters in each novel are not only unique and amazing but the way the books all connect together with characters knowing main characters from other books brings a real nostalgic feeling to the reader, although they can be read individually, you may find some spoilers to other books if you read
Karen Rose is, quite simply, one of the very best romantic-suspense authors writing today. If you like your romantic-suspense heavy on the suspense you will love this series. To truly appreciate the world she had created, you need to start at the beginning and read in order. You also need to harden yourself to the body count, it gets pretty high and the heroine is not safe, unlike most other novels of this genre. Although I can detect a formula going on throughout the book, it doesn't detract fr ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a killer on the loose and he's out for revenge and using fire to exact it. It brings Reed Solliday, Fire Marshal in the Office of Fire Investigations (OFI) and Detective Mia Mitchell, Abe Reagan's partner, together as they're trying to solve the arsons and murder. Abe's still recuperating so for the time being, Mia has a new but temporary partner.

I keep thinking the new stories cannot top the old but keep being proven wrong. This sixth story in the series packs a wallop as the villain i
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-me-shiver
Another violence-fest from Rose: enormous body count, many rapes of both women and boys, and inventive tortures. The writing is not really explicit, but suggestive enough to be pretty upsetting. Why do I subject myself to this? Because she’s a really good storyteller, and writes excellent tough but wounded characters.

I thought the romance was particularly strong in this book, although it gets less page time than the suspense plot. Reed is a fire inspector who's never quite recovered from the los
Melanie Chabrol-
it was a page turner. had me up all night. here I thought Kevin O'brien and Lisa Jackson was guilty. count to ten has an arsonist on the lose.
when Mia comes back she is temporarily teamed up with Reed a specialist in fires and a former fire fighter. they have disagreements on which way to run things quickly learn how much they learn from each other. can read each others mind. realize one has the other back
I never really liked Mia - I was just plain annoyed by her and her characterization.
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I wasn't quite sure what to think of this book once I started it. In fact, knowing that Mia und Reed Solliday were the main protagonist didn't make me uber-happy. I thought yeah well, Mia was kinda cool in the previous book but now as a lead? Meh.

And, it took some time to get to "know" here. She wasn't my fave here. Nor was Reed. But somehow they did win me over as far as the book proceed. I really liked their interaction, how they behaved and how they got to know each other and a
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A horrific house fire leads firefighters to a dead body. Finding that the young victim was dead before the fire was set, Chicago Fire Department Lt. Reed Solliday requests assistance. After recovering from an injury, Detective Mia Mitchell returns to work in time to be assigned a new case and a new partner. As the fires escalate and the bodies pile up, Mia and Reed must work together to stop a mad man. But when they draw his attention, they just might be his next target.

Another winner from Karen
Count to Ten
4 Stars

After a series of deadly arson fires, Detective Mia Mitchell must work with fire marshall, Reed Solliday, to catch a killer set on revenge and not afraid to kill anyone who gets in the way.

Count to Ten is a solid thriller with a suitably despicable villain but the romance is not as satisfying as those in previous books.

Mia and Reed are both interesting characters struggling with personal issues and although there is a great deal of potential in their initial love/hate relatio
Ash ♡
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2015
Ah yet another amazing read by the fantabulous Karen Rose. I was a bit wary of starting this book because I'm Watching You had been so good I didn't want to be disappointed but in the end I loved it. Mia and Reed's relationship was a bit rocky and probably not something I would have entered into but in the end it was beyond cute.

I do have to give a shoutout to my favourite character Jeremy because he was such a cutie and basically had me 'awwing' every time he was in a scene. The mystery behind
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down. Even though it was quite lengthy with 550 pages, there wasn't a single page wasted with unnecessary rambling. Count to ten truly had me on the edge of my seat. This was my second Karen Rose novel, the first being Die for me. When I read Die for me I was wanting romantic suspense...after all that's what it says on the books' spine....though I found little romance in that particular book. When I picked up Count to ten, I did so intending just to read a good suspense ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love red hot romantic suspense, you'll enjoy Count to Ten by Karen Rose. Set in Chicago, Detective Mia Mitchell is back from disability and is paired with OFI's Reed Soliday, after they found a dead body in the fire. Between the two of them, they've gotten off the wrong foot, when they discover what makes this person tick. As they get closer to the truth, more bodies are burned in the fire, and suspicion's been uncovered at Hope School. With Mia's excess baggage of family ties and Reed's ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2015
I really like this series. There are seriously mistreated victims so the bad guys are really bad. Converse, the good guys are awesome. The law enforcement folks in this series do interesting and decent work. The characters are realistic, some rich some poor, most in the middle. The people feel real. That's a high compliment.

The mystery and suspense plots are good without being see-through. I don't really try to guess, but it's better when it's not obvious to me. The romances also are mostly well
Zézinha Rosado
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido-e-trocado
Um policial emocionante e carregadinho de suspense!
Uma trama muito bem construída à volta de traumas de infância, que se podem arrastar até à idade adulta e provocar o caos na personalidade de cada um.
É engraçado ver a forma controversa como a detective Mia e o seu parceiro Reed convivem: uma relação que à partida parecia condenada ao fracasso, mas que com o desenrolar da história evolui bastante.
Mais uma vez esta é uma autora que não desilude em nada os seus leitores!
Lesley Book Lover
Another re-read. Really enjoying reading all Karen Rose books again.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
4.5 Stars. I will be rereading this novel as I read this series in order and will review it at that time.
Roz Curney-Sherod
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Karen Rose, "Romantic Suspense" addition to this series. This is the last installment for the Chicago series but the series does go on and thank goodness! I love this series, when I started reading these books, I was unaware that it was a series, so some of the books were read out of order. This was another great read that had you wanting to finish in one sitting. Had to find out the who and the why because this villain is particularly vicious and elusive. Our heroine is Detective ...more
Tammi Looney
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read from start to finish. Lots of suspense and thrills with each page. Loved the characters. Lieutenant Reed Solliday is with the Chicago Fire Department. He is called out to investigate a fire/arson at a residents house. Upon inspection, a body is found inside, murdered. Called in for the homicide is Detective Mia Mitchell. At first they clash. Reed is use to a certain order and decorum whereas Mia is a bit brash and doesn't hold back. As they team up temporarily to investigate the arson ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Karen Rose and have been reading the Romantic Suspense series back to back.
So far i find this one to be one of the most disappointing.
One there was way too much of the angst of child abuse. Normally Romantic Suspense is a genre where you want it to be an engaging fast read, a page turner. You don't really want it to be dark and leave you feeling a little disgusted. So the too much child abuse did'nt work for me.
Also the chemistry between the lead characters in my opinion did no
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was twisted. It was just a little too close to home for me though. It's sad to say that there are sick individuals, like the villain in this story, who're deranged and who are living among us. Who NEVER stop to see or care about the devastation they leave in their wake.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just couldn’t get into this book.
4.5 stars
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