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Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Megan
  • BARNARD, VT, US
  • 02-24-16

Fixed the issue, for any who need the remaining hours.

Just delete and re-download the book, and you will have the extra hours!I was so mad when the book just ended without a conclusion. I immediately called Audible and explained what had happened. He found 6 hours were not downloading as part of the book. The problem has now been fixed. Thanks audible!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • SL
  • Bloomington, IL, United States
  • 02-11-16

Captured me

First, for those that have the problem with the missing chapters. That happened to me also, I had to remove it from my phone and re-download, that corrected the problem.

I enjoy Karen Rose and this was a little different from the others. Having so many bad guys caused the story to be a bit busy but I liked the story itself. I was missing Scarlet's problem resolution. Nothing happened with that story. It didn't really relate to the story and it didn't come up again. In other stories both the lead characters have issues that need to be resolved. Her's was touched on in the beginning then nothing, so what was the point?

I also didn't understand the point of the spoiled brat, her character was just plain irritating.

Two irritants not bad for 30 hours.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Missing last 6 hours of story

Any additional comments?

I am so mad....Audible is missing the last 6 hours of the book...I looked on other websites and the book is 30+ hours long and this one is just 24 hours....

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Okay at first.

In the beginning I did struggle with this book trying to understand who was who and as I gat further in the chapters then I started to pick up who was who a lot better. I was surprise how it ended I was looking for more to read I hope there's a book 3. The narrator was good I like how she changed her voice tones.

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Unfinished story

It abruptly stopped at the end and story not complete. If ending not provided I should get a refund.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 04-23-17

Great Addition To The Series

Marcus O'Bannion is an ex-army Ranger. He suffered serious injuries while he was trying to protect a woman nine months ago. Now, he suspects another woman is in serious danger. A chance encounter at the park leads him to fear for Tala's life. He convinces her to meet him and to tell him how he can help her. When Tala agrees he calls the woman who has been on his mind since the moment he woke up in the hospital bed and saw her eyes, Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop. Meeting Tala leads to him getting shot and Tala losing her life.

Scarlett Bishop knows that Marcus is hiding things from her. He's the editor of the newspaper the Ledger and due to the pieces he runs, his life has been threatened multiple times. When she goes to meet him, he has been shot once again, but thankfully he was wearing a kevlar this time. She has been thinking about him for the last nine months. She's attracted to him but she had a bad experience with a reporter before. Trusting Marcus is not going to be easy but she must do it before the people who want him dead try again.

Karen Rose is able to build such a formidable story. She gives you many details to get to know her characters inside and out.

Marcus has a threatening exterior but he had a good heart. He was carrying a lot of guilt and sadness over various events that have marked him. His interest for Scarlett was real. He wanted to protect her as much as he could without taking away her job as a cop.

After so much death, Scarlett was questioning everything. She wasn't sure if she was strong enough to be a good cop and remain in her job. Losing her best friend in college changed her forever and pushes her to want justice for victims but after years in the field, she wasn't sure she could continue doing it. She was thankfully for her partner Deacon and for the first time in a long time, she was willing to try a new romantic relationship.

As a bonus, I love that Faith and Deacon were very much part of the investigation and we get a glimpse at the next couple to fall in love.

Cliffhanger: No

Hillary Huber was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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I Loved it!

I just finished Alone in the Dark (Romantic Suspense 17/Cincinnati 02) so I was acquainted with the characters in the series. Although, I guess you could read this without having the prior knowledge of the rest of the series but it's a great series and even though they bring you up-to-date I always love having all the details. Plus, knowing the characters and their evolved connections whether through family, work or romantic relationships really helps bring you closer to the story, like you're involved. Makes it more intricate in my opinion anyway.

I Loved it! I really loved the series and this book was a great addition to it. They do bring you up-to-date in the series to get by as a standalone but the Romantic Suspense series is revolved around a group of characters and locations branching off into sub-series of the locations, in this case it's the Cincinnati series. So far I've read all 17 so I suggest you read them in order of the Romantic Suspense series so you don't run into spoilers. It's police procedurals - romantic suspense based around FBI & police colleagues turned very close friends and the tight circle of people evolves as the series moves on and grows.

It had me interested from start to finish. Great plot, excellent character building, interesting characters and very well written. I loved how it's written and that made me want more.

The narration was excellent and very fitting for the story.

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  • Carol
  • Saint James, New York, United States
  • 02-06-16

A little disappointed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they were a fan of Karen Rose yes, but understand that the first book in the series was much better. This book leaves you wanting more from the characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Some parts yes, but overall it needed more suspense.

Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

Both Scarlett and Marcus are well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I had to go back at certain points to try to make sense of the progression of the investigation. Then at other times it was too predictable.

Any additional comments?

It was unclear how some of the characters were related to one another. The human trafficking was never fleshed out enough. Seems the research was lacking details that I have come to expect from Ms. Rose. There is no background as it relates to why and how Ken and his group came together and deal in human trafficking. Too many unanswered questions at the end. A series should leave the reader with a hook wanting to read the next book, but this ending was a bit frustrating. I don't want all the threads wrapped up in a pretty bow, but some of the loose ends should have a satisfying conclusion.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Who swallows audibly that much?

Okay. I enjoyed the story. This author is entertaining, which is exactly what I'm looking for. I did notice, however, in this book, many of the characters "swallow audibly" or "gulp audibly" a lot. It's distracting. I mean, really? Aside from cartoons and comedy, do you really know anyone that actually swallows audibly on a regular basis?

I share this, because it was annoying. In the previous book, many of the characters said "oh God" repeatedly. This time, they all swallow really loud. I'm downloading the next book in the series now. Can't wait to see what new tick her characters have developed!

Oh, I did enjoy the story and the book (I skipped the sex scenes, because I don't require that much detail), I just find certain aspects a bit tedious.

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Too much

Descriptive sex was excessive and in no way added to the plot.. the mystery was good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful