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Death is Not Enough by Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #21
Published by Berkley on October 2, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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In his work as a defense attorney in Baltimore, Thorne has always been noble to a fault--specializing in helping young people in trouble just as someone did for him when he was younger. He plays the part of the bachelor well, but he secretly holds a flame for his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver, a woman struggling to overcome her own demons. After four years, he thinks he might finally be ready to confess his feelings, come what may.
But his plans are derailed when he wakes up in bed with a dead woman--her blood on his hands and no recollection of how he got there. Whoever is trying to frame Thorne is about to lead him down the rabbit hole of his past, something he thought he had outran long ago. Thorne must figure out who has been digging into his secrets, how much they know, and how far they will go to bring him down .
Well everything I said in my review for Edge of Darkness is still true. Karen Rose does write amazing characters grabbing my heart and stomping on it, a frighteningly realistic world of criminals, law enforcement, and those who help the victims. It was great to go to Baltimore and see all the people and circle of friends with their changes, and babies! since the previous book there.
I loved learning more about Thorne and Gwyn and their backgrounds. Particularly, the story is entangled with Thorne’s past and present. There is more detail on his defining life choices than on Gwyn’s history. Primarily, Gwyn had a boyfriend gone bad, very bad; and before that, as a teen, she decided to do what she wanted rather than her parent’s path. Thorne and Gwyn are partners with Lucy in a nightclub. I enjoyed seeing JD and Lucy in this story, also.
It is a little difficult to see so many people who have had horrific childhoods (or events) and the depraved minds of some of the villains. Why do the bad guys think they should be able to do whatever they want? At least, there is a balance here of people who are truly caring and have sacrificed much to help others. I cried a few times during Death is Not Enough because of the wonderfulness of some people.
I highly recommend this Romantic Suspense series. I look forward to every book, knowing each one will be very good, if not amazing. I love how smart and careful and trained these characters are. Each one is a new couple we get to know and love but often we also get to see old favorite people. The romances are carefully crafted with realistic human feelings and issues. I went right on after finishing this book to Say You’re Sorry, which I am so lucky to have, and is releasing February 2019. It is about a family member we meet briefly in this book and starts a new Sacramento California set of stories.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge