I had to hurry up and finish this book this morning in time to post today. Karen Rose is probably my ultimate ‘guilty pleasure’ author, but I don’t feel guilty for reading anything. I’m not a big fan of the romance genre though I’ll read it on occasion. I was given one of her books in a bag of used books from a friend, and it’s the first time in a long time that I stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish something, on the first day I picked it up.
While Karen Rose is shelved in Romance, she would be equally at home in the Mystery section. There is romance and a few gratuitous sex scenes, plus the main couple falls in love over the course of days, but that’s all a subplot to a murder mystery that could come straight out of Law and Order: SVU. It’s the exciting, down-to-the-wire tension and suspense that keeps me reading these books.
In Closer Than You Think, Faith Frye needs a fresh start. She’s changed her name and moved to Ohio from Florida to get away from her ex-husband and the stalker trying to kill her. Little does she know that she has been followed… or is it just a coincidence that the murder attempts continue?
Deacon Novak is the FBI agent assigned to the case Faith stumbles across, or almost hits with her car. He has his own family issues to deal with, but those issues become intertwined with the case and Faith’s problems, until the resolution of the case brings every thread to a swift conclusion.
The best part about these books is that they’re formulaic (the killer is almost always someone we know all along, they always figure out who it is right as the killer puts his or her final plan into action) yet they always keep you guessing. Plus, we get to keep up with the characters after the end of the book because every book is connected to the others, yet they all stand alone and you can read them in any order.
If you like mysteries and don’t mind a little romance, you might want to try Karen Rose.