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Review: Count to Ten by Karen Rose

Count to Ten
Count to Ten by Karen Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, when I was told that the books by Karen Rose were Romantic Suspense stories I thought “No Way” these are pure murder-mystery with a lot of suspense anyhow it doesn’t matter because they are Attention-Grabbing, Scary and Downright Gripping, Karen Rose is a stylish teller of tales.
I have not as is usual for me read them all in sequence, it does not spoil it as such but as there are characters in the books that make appearances in all the books it is better to read them in order, I found myself reading some for a second time just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything or anyone.
“Count to Ten”, In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday has never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires—devastating, vicious, and, in one case, homicidal. He has another problem—his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She’s brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined. Mia’s instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victim’s tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster’s desire for death and destruction is unquenchable…and for Mia he’s started the countdown to an early grave.
This book had the ideal blend of crime, thriller, romance, but not the mushy romance this was almost pornographic at times. There is a good background narrative to cause you to feel tenderness for the villain just as much as you want to kill him yourself.
Even with insightful parts to the plot Karen Rose doesn’t go economical and give squalid details just to embellish, She places the precise words in the correct places without causing you feel awkward but, she keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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