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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Alone in the Dark (Romantic Suspense #17) (Cincinnati #02) by Karen Rose {Audio}

Alone in the Dark (Romantic Suspense #17) (Cincinnati #2) by Karen Rose
My Rating:  5 of 5 Butterflies

Title:  Alone in the Dark
Author:  Karen Rose
Series:  Romantic Suspense #17Cincinnati #2
Narrator:  Hillary Huber
Length:  Unabridged; 30 hours and 23 minutes
Publisher:  Blackstone Audio
Published:  February 2, 2016
Source:  Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
Genres:  Fiction; Mystery; Romantic Suspense
Subjects:  Police; Veterans; Human Trafficking
The New York Times best-selling author of Closer than You Think returns with a breathtaking new novel of suspense that crosses the line between danger and desire and justice and revenge.
Homicide detective Scarlett Bishop has seen enough bad guys slip through the cracks and too many innocent victims go unavenged to know that good doesn't always prevail. So far she's been able to lock away her rage and her vigilante fantasies. That lock is about to break.
Former army ranger Marcus O'Bannion is a fierce champion of victims' rights. His secret past gives him good reason. He believes he's seen the depths of human depravity, but then his investigation into the murder of a young girl who once asked for his help lures him and Scarlett down a dark, dark road - and straight into the crosshairs of a dangerous, powerful underground ring that deals in human trade. To stop them Scarlett and Marcus have to be just as cunning and just as ruthless. But first they have to make it out alive.
©2016 Karen Hafer (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
My Review:
Karen Rose has quickly risen to be one of my absolute all-time, go-to, favorite authors!  I have never read a book of hers that has left me disappointed or wanting more.  Actually, quite the opposite happens, and I finish her books feeling complete but anxious for the next, newest release!

I cannot think of enough good things to say about Karen Rose's books, especially Alone in the Dark.  She has a special way of taking characters and a story, and making the reader feel as if he or she is directly involved in the story, waiting with abated breath for the end result, because nine times out of ten, the conclusion of the book isn't anything that you had already previously guessed!  This book will leave you breathless and shocked, trying to pick your jaw up off the floor!

I can never get over how impossibly perfect Rose's hero and heroine's always end up being!  You'd think after 17 books in a series, that characters would start to become flawed, but I must say Karen Rose's characters are like a fine wine, they just get better with time!  I admire such strong female characters such as Scarlett Bishop and thoroughly enjoy getting to know them through the stories that Rose writes.

I really enjoy listening to Hillary Huber as a narrator, and love that Karen Rose and her publishing team picks such solid, dependable narrators.  There is nothing boring about Huber's narration skills, as she fully takes you through the whole experience of Rose's books with such exquisite grace!

Overall, Alone in the Dark is just like it sounds, a thrilling, suspenseful romantic suspense that you can't go wrong picking up!  I find myself getting easily distracted from books, but even for a book that is 30+ hours long, I was able to continually listen without interruption with ease!  I can't wait to continue with this series and see where Karen Rose will take us next!



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Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book by Blackstone Audio (Publisher), via Audiobook Jukebox, in return for an honest, unbiased review.


Closer Than You Think (Romantic Suspense #16) (Cincinnati #01) by Karen Rose {Audio}

Closer Than You Think (Romantic Suspense #16) (Cincinnati #02) by Karen Rose
My Rating:  4 of 5 Butterflies

Title:  Closer Than You Think
Author:  Karen Rose
Series:  Romantic Suspense #16Cincinnati #01
Narrator:  Hilary Huber
Length:  Unabridged; 28 hours and 36 minutes (Audio)
Publisher:  Blackstone Audio (aka Downpour)
Published: February 3, 2015
Source: Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
Format:  Audio
Genres:  Fiction; Mystery; Thriller
Subjects: Women Psychologists; Stalking; Criminal Investigation
From the New York Times best-selling author of Watch Your Back and Did You Miss Me comes the newest novel by "the queen of romantic suspense" (Crime and Punishment).

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year--desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare for far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.

She has no idea, however, just how close to home her fears still are...

Two college girls have gone missing in the area, and FBI special agent Deacon Novak is called to work on the case. When his inquiry unexpectedly leads him to Faith, he finds a beautiful and brave woman for whom he can't help but fall. Soon they'll discover that this seemingly simple investigation is anything but. Reaching back decades into Faith's own past, it will shatter everything she believes to be true and will give terrifying new meaning to flesh and blood.


©2015 Karen Hafer (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

My Review:
I have not found a Karen Rose book that I haven't loved and I don't think that I ever will, for that matter!  Of course, Closer Than You Think was absolutely no exception.  The woman sure can write a long novel, but somehow, she manages to do so without the reader feeling like they just finished a marathon read!  She is able to capture your imagination so thoroughly that you don't realize how long you've actually been reading or listening!

Karen Rose never ceases to amaze me when she presents new characters.  She is so unique in writing her characters, and writes such strong, passionate characters that stand above any other and I love that about her writing!  You never have to worry about finding a weak, boring character in any Karen Rose book!

This book has many twists and turns and will keep you guessing clear through the end.  The narrator is also a welcome voice to listen throughout and keeps you sitting right on the edge of your seat.  She helps keep the book at an excellent pace so that you have no clue that you just listened to an almost 29 hour book!

Overall, I love Karen Rose and all of her books and Closer Than You Think is absolutely no different.  I always anxiously await her newest release and try to get my hands on it as soon as I possibly can so I definitely look forward to see where Karen Rose is going to go with the Cincinnati series!


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Kingdom Come (Elizabeth Harris Mystery #01) by Jane Jensen {Audio}

Kingdom Come (Elizabeth Harris Mystery #01) by Jane Jensen
My Rating:  4 of 5 Butterflies

Title:  Kingdom Come
Author:  Jane Jensen
Series:  Elizabeth Harris Mystery Series #01
Narrator:  Rachel Fulginiti
Length:  Unabridged; 7 hours and 32 minutes (Audio)
Publisher:  Blackstone Audio (aka Downpour)
Published: January 5, 2016
Source: Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
Format:  Audio
Genres:  Fiction; Mystery; Thriller
Subjects: Women Detectives; Murder Investigation; Amish; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
In Kingdom Come, the first in a new mystery series from Jane Jensen, an ex-NYPD detective seeks escape in Amish country and finds darkness instead.

When a beautiful, scantily clad "English" girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Detective Elizabeth Harris knows she's uncovered an evil that could shatter the peace of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Even though Elizabeth's boss is convinced this was the work of an "English", as outsiders are called, Elizabeth isn't so sure. Now Elizabeth must track down a killer with deep ties to a community that always protects its own - no matter how deadly the cost.

©2016 Jane Jensen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.


My Review:
I absolutely love Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder series, so when I came across Kingdom Come, I was very interested to see how another author would approach an Amish Murder Series with another female detective.  I was a little apprehensive at first, but was able to quickly get lost in the story of Elizabeth Harris, a former NYPD detective that has recently relocated back to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and has quickly found herself embattled in a murder investigation among the Amish.  While listening, I would think about things stated in the Kate Burkholder books, and would have to remind myself that this wasn't a Kate book, so I was able to get past that rather quickly!

I am very interested to see where Jane Jensen will go with this series!  It is very similar to Linda Castillo's series, but she does appear to be going into a different direction with her books and I can't wait to see where that directions leads to!  I really believe that this Elizabeth Harris Mystery series has great promise!

It is true when said that a narrator can make or break a book, so I am thankful that Rachel Fulginiti was able to make this book!  There's nothing worse than wanting to like a book, but being unable to do so because the person reading it to you drags it along.  No worries with this narrator, she's spot on and seems to be a good fit for Elizabeth Harris.  This is my first time listening to her narration, but I certainly wouldn't hesitate to pick up any future titles from her!

Overall, I felt Kingdom Come had good, strong characters with a solid storyline that moved at a perfect pace!  There is a great setting as a backdrop that isn't often used, so it definitely takes readers on a journey they aren't used to!  Jensen really set herself up for success when writing Kingdom Come and I feel she has really left herself plenty of room to develop a much-successful mystery series!  I can't wait to see what the next book has in store for Elizabeth! 



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