Realized: I love thrillers/suspense, I love romantic stories… but I very rarely read romantic suspense. When a coworker recommended that I check out something by Karen Rose and this one popped up on Netgalley, well, it seemed like fate.
Introducing the first book in the new pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.
FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds did not have a conventional upbringing. Raised in a cult in Northern California, his mother smuggled him out when he was thirteen, and he never saw her again. It is not a bit of history he is keen on sharing, but being guarded has not gotten him any closer to what he really wants: a family.
Daisy Dawson lived a sheltered childhood. Her father, a former military man, believed that the woman he loved and her daughter were being hunted, so he took extreme measures to keep his family safe. But despite his best efforts, Daisy is done being scared. New to Sacramento, she is ready to jump headfirst into life–until she is attacked one night.
Gideon is caught unawares by Daisy, who is unlike any victim he has ever met. But the attacker is far from finished, and tracking him will threaten to pull Gideon back to the world he fought so hard to leave…
I absolutely TORE through this book – which is saying something, because it’s over 600 pages long. Religious cults, serial killers, dogs… honestly, I was hooked at “religious cults.”
Daisy was an amazing character IMHO. Regardless of the genre, when a female is caught up in some unbelievable, tragic, terrifying circumstance, they’re shown as a damsel in distress. They’re waiting on their knight to come riding in on his white horse to rescue them. Yes, Daisy is flawed – between her nontraditional upbringing and her coping mechanisms, she’s not “perfect.” But she’s strong, intelligent, witty and sarcastic, and basically someone I could see myself being friends with.
Similarly, I loved hearing Gideon’s perspective. His role was slightly more stereotypical-the male role that feels obligated to be the caretaker for all the women in his life.
It took a while for me to be able to distinguish the varying POVs. In addition, (and this is just a personal perspective) I would rather have a bit less spice, a touch less *clutches pearls.*
I’m so glad this is the start of a new series by Rose, and I truly can’t wait for her next release! In the mean time, I’ll be grabbing some of her earlier publications! Thank you so much to Berkley for providing my review copy. It’s always a privilege to share my thoughts and opinions!