by Karen Rose

October 2004
ISBN: 0-446-61447-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Prosecutor Kristen Mayhew spends her days trying to put some of the sickest criminals around behind bars, however, there are always a few who slip through her grasp and are back on the streets prowling for the next innocent woman or child. Now someone has taken it upon themselves to give these offenders what they never got from the judicial system. They are being killed off one by one and each murder is done in a way fitting to the crime they committed.

Mementos of each crime are left behind for Kristen to find along with a note that always lets her know that this killer is her humble servant and is getting justice for her. He also includes personal postscripts letting Karen know that he knows her every move and her darkest secrets.

Karen’s personal secrets have given her the name “ice maiden”. It is only when police detective Abe Reagan is assigned to the case that Karen feels safe enough with another person to share the secrets about her past and open herself up to possibly falling in love. Abe is the type hero that I always hope to find when I open up the pages of a romance. Not only is he handsome but he is also a gentle hero who knows just how to show a woman how important she is.

This book will keep your interest right up to the very last page when you finally get the chance to figure out who the vigilante murderer is. However be warned once you start this particular book, you won’t be able to function in the real world until you’ve finished it. It is that good!

This was my first book by Karen Rose and I want to just knock myself in the head for waiting so long to read this author. Her newest book left me wake until the wee hours of the morning reading. It was that hard to put down. It takes a special author to blend just the perfect mix of suspense and romance when writing a romantic suspense novel. Rose’s combination was perfect. I was dying to get to the last page so I could find out who the killer was but on the other hand I couldn’t wait for each section of the book that dealt with the romance between Kristen and Abe. I like my romance novels to build up to a fever pitch instead of happening within the first two minutes of meeting each other and that is exactly what Karen Rose did. The romance built up slowly but by the time things started happening, I found myself wiping the sweat from my brow. My only question is – when is her next book due out?

Reviewed in September 2004 by Shelby.

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