Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Author: Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #15, Baltimore #4
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Pages: 592
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 4 Stars
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A cold case reopened. A murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before…

Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she’s still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she’s determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target.

It’s former Marine Clay Maynard’s job to see the risk in every situation, but he doesn’t have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted to protect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that. So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath, Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. That is, if he can stay ahead of a killer with everything to lose—and something terrifying to hide...

Elizabeth's Thoughts
Stevie Mazzetti is a tough cop, a single parent, and has a bullseye on her back. It seems the list of people wanting her dead is becoming longer every day. As she’s trying to recover from her latest near-death experiences, she is shot at in a restaurant on the anniversary of her husband’s and son’s deaths. She escapes with a graze but two people end up paying the ultimate price for being in Stevie’s vicinity.

Family, friends and coworkers keep telling her to lay low, but Stevie continues her quest for righting the wrongs of her ex-partner/dirty cop, Silas Dandridge. Will she back away from her job to protect herself and her daughter, or will Stevie continue to make enemies and eventually lose everything, including her life?

Stevie, Stevie, Stevie. This girl was really making me angry while reading this book. First, she pushes away Clay Maynard, a man who loves her and her child and wants to protect them. Then she continues to work as a cop with all these death threats around her. Stevie seems to put the needs of others above her daughter. In the end she did see the light, finally, but at what cost? I didn’t think it was worth it.

Then we have the very dreamy Clay Maynard. Clay is strong, protective and wants to be back in Stevie’s life. Stevie doesn’t want Clay in her life or to replace her late husband so she pushes him away. I really felt for the guy. But Clay hung in there and fought for Stevie and I was glad to see they were able to make it work.

Karen Rose sure knows how to write a villain. This person was cold, calculating and without remorse. This person is also fueled by vengeance against Stevie and their hate is a living, breathing entity that transmitted thoroughly. I’m always curious on how she does her research when constructing these bad guys/girls. Another great read from Karen Rose.

I was gifted a paperback ARC from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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