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Say You're Sorry

(Romantic Suspense #22)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,155 ratings  ·  763 reviews
Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.

Daisy Dawson has had
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Headline (first published February 12th 2019)
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Nimy Sarah Alex All of Karen Rose's books are stand-alone. This apparently is her new series. Even if there is an appearance of any previous characters, there will al…moreAll of Karen Rose's books are stand-alone. This apparently is her new series. Even if there is an appearance of any previous characters, there will always be an explanation. She has a remarkable talent to incorporate the other characters without disrupting the story. so you should be good :)(less)
Norma Smith I was able to buy her books on Amazon in paperback. Read The Cincinnati series. There are five books in this series. Get them and enjoy! I Did! P.S. T…moreI was able to buy her books on Amazon in paperback. Read The Cincinnati series. There are five books in this series. Get them and enjoy! I Did! P.S. They are also in audio book form too.(less)
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How I’ve managed to miss this author over the years... I have no idea!
This was my first read by Karen Rose. Romantic suspense is not my go-to genre but I do like to dip a toe in that direction every once in a while.

This book is 600+ pages and there are a lot of moving parts from start to finish. Religious cults, serial killers, and of course, a dash of romance!

What more can you ask for in one book?!

Will this be the beginning of a new series by this author? I sure hope so! I’m quite curious to s
Susanne  Strong
4 Stars! A High-Octane filled Romantic Suspense!

When Daisy Dawson is assaulted by a bald man with a stocking over his face she fights back and gets away. She is the first woman ever to do so. Before getting away she grabbed a locket off of his neck. Turns out it’s significant as the locket is linked to past crimes. FBI agent Gideon Reynolds recognizes it. It has a name engraved on the back: Miriam. He knows who it belongs to, someone he used to know. His sister Mercy wore one just like it. The
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose is a 2019 Berkley publication.

Quintessential Karen Rose- Taut, edgy, steamy, and suspenseful!!

Special Agent Gideon Reynolds ran away from a religious cult in his early teens, but still bears the physical and psychological scars. He manages his life with discipline and control. But, when Daisy Dawson manages to escape from a vicious masked attacker, she pulls a locket from his neck, one that Gideon instantly recognizes.

It looks exactly like the one his sister us
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Smart, suspenseful, and sexy romantic suspense story!

Karen Rose is definitely the queen of romantic suspense... I felt this book was the perfect balance of both romance and suspense... The romance was sizzling and swoon worthy while the suspense was dark and nail biting.... Karen Rose doesn’t pull any punches, both the romance and suspense in this book are gritty, graphic, and raw... this is not for the faint of heart, so if you don’t like all the intimate details, this one might not be for yo
Holly  B
I've heard great things about Karen Rose and liked the sound of this one. I wasn't disappointed. This is the first book in the Sacramento series. 

The characters were well-developed and intriguing. I enjoyed the chemistry between Gideon and Daisy and was rooting for them to take it to the next level. He is an FBI investigator and is assigned to her case. They both have a history that haunts them, and as we learn the pieces of their past, we learn what makes each of them tick. I will be reading th
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose
Sacramento book 1. Thriller with a touch of romance (mostly in the epilogue).

High Intensity and suspenseful with alternating chapters between an FBI agent, a victim and an unhinged serial killer. Complex and faceted character building.
Edge of your seat reading. Over 600 pages so not a quick read, but worth the time.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
A different genre for me, and I had fun with it!

I had no idea Karen Rose has such an extensive backlist of well-loved works. Say You’re Sorry is part of her Romantic Suspense series, but it’s also the first in her new Sacramento series. At first glance, this book is a whopper, but it never felt like it! I’ll tell you why!

Gideon Reynolds is a special agent with a past. He was brought up in a cult, and once he escaped, he used routine to keep himself safe. His highly structured world is shaken up
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose is her 22nd book I've read but the first in the Sacramento series and it's just as sexy, thrilling and pulse pounding as the last 21 books 😍
There's a killer who's just crazy (as you expect) and there's a side story interwoven about a cult called Eden which I can't wait for the next book to found out if they catch the evil sods who run it 😤
If you want an intense sexy romance with plenty of suspense with the right amount of crime then this is the book you need to rea
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

Thriller A Thon: Thriller with the best cover
50 States Thriller Challenge: California

As you should all know by now, I like to keep my expectations low.

If you keep expectations low, than you're more likely to have an enjoyable experience. Say You're Sorry is the first Karen Rose novel I've read and until I won this book I hadn't even looked at any of her other books. So I based my expectations off of the fact that her series were described as Romance Suspense. I
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Steamy, heart-pounding, and engrossing—Karen Rose’s latest novel of romantic suspense has a little something for everyone! I find romantic suspense to be an incredibly difficult genre to write. For me, romantic suspense novels tend to tip too heavily towards the romance, and leave the suspense part feeling rushed. Say You’re Sorry doesn’t feel that way at all! With the skill to handle the delicate balance between two strong genres, I can see why Karen Rose is so beloved!


I want to dedic
3.5 stars

I think most of all I was really surprised by the amount of romance in this novel. I expected it to be a very light romance, minimal even, since it’s a romantic suspense thriller, but that wasn’t the case at all. The couple’s relationship was fully developed and I really enjoyed how much quality time they had throughout the book.

Even though the story’s timeframe covered only a little more than a week, the author filled those 544 pages with a thrilling plot. And although the antagonist o
DNF at 250 pages
I was going to attempt to read this 600 pages book in 6 days. I wanted to do 100 pages a day and I was fully committed to doing so, but I could not get into this book. I tried for three days to read this and I just can't do it anymore. This is a romantic thriller that I was super stoked to read that is about a serial killer in Sacramento, CA. It also follows from the POV of this girl Daisy Dawson who was attacked by the serial killer and who is also a radio host, and it follows t
Helen Power
When a serial killer targets Daisy Dawson, he doesn't expect her to fight back. But she does, and she manages to grab the locket he wears around his neck during the struggle.  This locket connects to a cult that Agent Gideon Reynolds of the FBI escaped when he was only 13 years old.  He is driven to find that cult and expose them, saving the women and children from their psychotic leader's tyranny.  This serial killer is Gideon's one tangible connection to the cult.  He's assigned to Dai
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Say You're Sorry brings us to another city with a story full of suspense and mystery. Daisy has a connection to the Baltimore series but this can be read as a complete standalone with no confusion. Which, I just have to say, I absolutely love how Ms. Rose has been able to connect twenty some books together in some way or another and yet it's never in a confusing or pointless way. If you haven't read her previous books you won't even know that there's a cha
Good god!
I thought this book would never end! It just went on and on with over the top and extremely implausible scenarios. I gave up being rational and just trudged on because well... I sometimes like to torture myself that way :-/
Don't have the patience to list out all that irked me about the plot, characters, dialogues etc
I'l just say am definitely sorry to have read this book. Pun totally intended. Meh
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read a ton of romantic suspense, which is sorta weird because I like both suspense and romance separately, but not often together. I often find that there’s usually too much romance and not enough tension, I never really find the right balance for my personal taste. And then I was browsing Netgalley and saw the cover/blurb for this and I just couldn’t ignore it and I am thrilled that I gave it a try, it was excellent.

I have to warn you guys that this
Daisy Dawson and FBI Agent Gideon Reynolds connect when she’s attacked, and she wrenches off a locket from the man. Gideon is called in after his friend tells him of the engraving that appears on the locket that connects to Gideon’s horrid past. Being raised in a cult was a nightmare that he and his younger sister barely escaped, and he’s made it his mission to track down the cult to bring the members to justice and free any other’s like him and his sister that are at the mercy of this awful gro ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm in the minority with my review. Sometimes that happens....and I guess this is one of those times.

I've given this 2 stars, and that somehow seems extremely generous. As I started this one, I really thought it was going to be my first 1-star rating this year. I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish. I actually did start skimming larger and larger sections. Some of my pet peeves (and I really don't have many) were counted for and in full representation. I won't cover all or go into spoiler alert d
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
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SAY YOU'RE SORRY (Sacramento #1, Romantic Suspense #22) by Karen Rose is an edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense with a hero and heroine who are both damaged and yet extremely strong and a twisted serial killer who is only discovered when he picks the wrong victim. Every page of this dense thrill ride kept me guessing, surprised, tense and turning the pages. I love Karen Rose books and I feel this is the best Karen Rose romantic sus
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Wow crazy story with loads of gruesome details. But really good! 4.5 Stars
This book had me wound up for two days straight. No, it doesn’t normally take me that long to read a book, but this story is quite a bit longer than normal novel in the same genre. Plus it was darn good!

So completely different, the story is about a serial killer and the hunt to catch him while he’s on the hunt for the one that got away.

The story has a lot of psychological twists and two seemingly sep
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Say You're Sorry is the first book in the new Sacramento series, and although I am not that fond of reading about romance I found that it was very organic, so I was able to get behind it due to that. There are plenty of twists and turns and non-stop action to keep you enthralled and engaged throughout, and though it's quite lengthy it never feels that way as it's easy to read through it in a fun-filled single sitting. Violence makes up a large part of the plot, so if you're not up for that I wou ...more
Lady Heather

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

"4 - What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger Stars!"

This is the first book I've read by Karen Rose and I really enjoyed it.
I'm a huge fan of the suspense/thriller/romance genre, in fact, suspense/thriller was one of the only genres I used to read before discovering romance.

This story had all the things I love in a suspense/thriller. It had a great storyline, writing, strong characters and excellent dialogue between the protagonists.
The story was smart and it
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this book at all. When compared to some of KR's other Romantic Suspense books, this really falls short. For starters, it drags on and on, there doesn't seem to be a point to half the things that happen in the middle of the book.

Then on top of that, the H comes off as weak and useless, especially for an FBI agent. Here's a taste of the kind of person he is:

"“Yes, he sexually assaulted me. But not with his . . .” Zandra grimaced. “. . . penis. He had . . . implements. Some sex toy
Anne OK
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads


Jeepers Creepers! Karen Rose rolls out a new series with Say You’re Sorry — introducing a host of new characters, along with a few honorable mentions from previous books. Using a masterfully-crafted dual plotting scheme, our talented author merges two separate arcs: the case of a psycho-serial killer on the loose with his eyes on our heroine will be solved in this book, and the other introduces a mysterious religious cult with dark undercurr
Anne - Books of My Heart
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2018
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
4.5 hearts
I started reading immediately after finishing Death is Not Enough, the previous book in this Romantic Suspense series .  It worked out well as the main character, Daisy is introduced there. I thought I would not like a new city Sacramento. How silly of me not to trust Karen Rose.

Daisy was not my favorite ch
Welcome to the Golden State, Karen Rose! I can't wait to read a really good book set in my state of California. "Say You're Sorry" takes full advantage of the scenic area of NoCal and does an excellent job of making the area part of the suspense, which is a steady simmer throughout the book. The romance is two misfits who find each other and is wonderful. My only problem was with Daisy and her constant need for her therapy dog to help control her anxiety. She isn't even 30 and has never worked a ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Convoluted and over the top with the number of tropes in this book...alcoholism, cult, serial killer who operates throughout the country, dog rescue, child abuse, PTSD, car thefts, disguises, and on and on with highly implausible scenarios. This was my first and last book by this author.
Kat Dietrich

Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose is the first in the Sacramento romantic suspense series.

Series Information:

Rafe Sokolov is a homicide detective with the Sacramento PD.  His partner is Erin Rhee.  Rafe's family is close, and in the habit of picking up strays and including them in their family.  One of those strays was Gideon Reynolds, who grew up in a cult, but who is now with the FBI.  Another is Daisy Dawson, whose family life was a little strange as well.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I’ve been reading Karen Rose books since 2014 and have enjoyed them. As with all authors, some books are just better than others, and Say You're Sorry (Romantic Suspense #22) by Karen Rose, was a great beginning to a new spin-off from her Baltimore series. The book is lengthy, complex, suspenseful, gritty, and sexy.

The story is about 3 damaged people whose lives cross and become entwined after a botched abduction attempt. The book has 3 main characters (Gideon, Daisy & the killer) several seco
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
This was not what I was expecting, but I absolutely loved this book & couldn't put it down. This is NOT (as I expected) something I would characterize as cozy suspense, but rather a full on, serial killer suspense with a strong romance subplot running throughout. I'd describe this as brutal, engrossing, & propulsive - it was a book I was annoyed to have to stop in because I really wanted to know what would happen next. I do think it's about 50-100 pages too long in the front half, but overall, w ...more
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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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“Had she escaped the nightmare of Eden only to have fallen prey to another? God. Please let her be alive somewhere. Please. ‘Gideon?’ Daisy’s voice broke into the turbulent stream of his thoughts. He glanced away from the road, surprised to see a laptop resting on her knees. He hadn’t even noticed her taking it out of its case. Of course, the sight of Brutus curled up in the open collar of her coat was no surprise at all. ‘Yes? What’s wrong?’ ‘Your” 0 likes
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