I liked the mystery.
Though the suspense part was wonderful, thrilling, chilling, intriguing, and keeping the reader on the edge of the seat, the characterization and all those little sideline stories bothered me. I know, I know, his behavior was explained, and I got it, really, I did, but still, Ms. Rose went a little over the top with the jerk. Anything to keep my mind off the erratic behavior and mentality of the two leads.
I love a book that grabs you from the start.
It is the second book in the series, and the hero, Steven Thatcher, also appeared in the previous novel,Don't Tell. I enjoyed the way that the relationship developed between the hero and heroine, Jenna Marshall, and even though Steven Thatcher made serious mistakes in his interactions with Jenna, it wasn't difficult to sympathize with him due to insecurities caused by his past. I thought that the hero and heroine were both wonderful characters, and I was rooting for them all of the way. As they try to carefully explore the possibility of a relationship, Steven's past causes him to misjudge Jenna's actions on several occasions. If Steven wants to have a future with Jenna, he must deal with the issues in his past while he races to find a serial killer whose actions are escalating.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good suspense/mystery/crime book!!
"And the message is?" "Don't get into cars with strangers and monsters don't always have fangs" Karen Rose is such an amazing author, her slow plot build up, character perspectives, romance and mystery pull you right in, making for an amazing read. I never pick the killer out, its always the least suspected person committing the murder or crimes, even though sometimes the evidence points to someone and im sitting there thinking i know whats going on, in reality i have absolutely no idea, Karen Rose mindfucks the shit out of the reader like that. Steven has more on his mind than just this sick serial killer, being a widowed father to three boys is hard enough and now his son Brad has started acting strangely, he is detached from the family, lacking personal hygiene and sits in his room brooding. When Brad's grades start slipping his teacher Jenna Marshall decides to contact his father and try to get an understanding of why the bright star pupil she knew is turning into a failing mess before her eyes. After failing a star Quarterback and getting into a row with the students father about passing him anyway so he can play football, Jenna's now become a target to sick games but is this the serial killer, or an angry students revenge?
However I still love the way this author writes RS, even though the romance is usually more on the light side and I would definitely recommend her books if you are looking for a good thriller.
4 stars Romantic Suspense This was my second read by author Karen Rose, and it's a very good romantic suspense; but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as her first book, Don't Tell. is a good romantic suspense read, and Im very impressed with this author.
I think this one was worse mainly because you can no longer say well its a first book You know who the killer is the very first time you meet him, but then I thought no it cant be too obvious, so I kept reading hoping to be wrong. The romance was farfetched, both Jenna and Steven have had absolutely no interest in anyone else for years - and then they are both ready spend eternity together within 5 seconds of meeting each other.
Meanwhile, he's trying to deal with his problems at home as his oldest son has had a personality change and is failing chemistry. When Steven meets with his teacher, Jenna Marshall, there is plenty chemistry to go around. She and Steven are trying to explore their feelings in the midst of his career demands and her challenges with the vandalism.
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. Her novels, I'M WATCHING YOU and SILENT SCREAM, received the Romance Writers of America's RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense for 2005 and 2011.