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ISBN: 0755351576
Author: Karen Rose
Language: English
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (2010)
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 502
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It was a desperate plan. This is the first book by Karen Rose that went through my hands, but it certainly won't be the last.

It was a desperate plan  . I heard only good things about her books and now I have proof they were all true.

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Don't Tell is the first book in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense. The book was really well written and very suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the villain was truly horrific yet believable.

Don't Tell is the first book in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense. So why only 3 starts. I didn't really like the hero.

You have to tell him the truth, Caroline, before this whole thing with Max goes any further. Caroline kicked at a clump of soggy grass at the edge of the duck pond. READ BOOK: Don't Tell by Karen Rose online free. You can read book Don't Tell by Karen Rose in our library for absolutely free.

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Karen Rose (born Karen Rose Hafer in Baltimore, Maryland, United States) is an internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning romantic suspense author. Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin,. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rose wrote a dramatic and tension-filled story with real-life characters. I don’t understand why it was so hard for Caroline to tell him she’s still married. She told him about the abuse. I would have thought that would be harder. Homey characters (on the good side!) you wanted in your own family.

Dont tell by karen rose. It is a fab book really has u gripped made me cry a few times. A fantastic read and a great start to a great series of books! I love all the characters and the way you get to meet them again in later books. by laura on February 7, 2014. by Nikki on January 12, 2015.

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Voodoozragore
A woman and her son, Mary Grace and Robbie, escape her abusive husband and start a new life. Mary Grace becomes Caroline and Robbie becomes Tom. She moves on to get a degree and a job as a secretary at a college. Years later she develops a romantic relationship with her boss Max, a history professor, and struggles to move forward when her past is haunting her. Meanwhile her ex stews in bitter darkness until he is inspired to find his wife and son.

***** Minor Spoilers Ahead *****

Five Star Review:
The most positive trait about this book is that it was a page turner. It keeps a steady pace. The exploits of the ex were outrageous and kept me going through this book, following this evil character as he follows the trail of his wife. It is unusual that I read a book to follow the villain (and not the romantic couple) but this was one romantic suspense novel in which I did. I was engrossed with what was happening on the ex side and not as excited by the romantic couple.

Tom, the son, was a wonderful character. I normally skim over any kid in a romance as they usually detract from a romance instead of add to it, but Tom wasn't annoying or trite. He was more alpha than his mother's love interest and I found him to be compelling and interesting to read about. I was on his side most of the read, thinking he was a smart kid who had seen too much. One day maybe he'll have his own romance.

Two Star Review:
There was a lot not to love about this romance. The story line was extremely cliche and the characters were fairly two dimensional. Starting with the foundation of the romance itself, the romance happens way too quickly to be believable. It's not unusual in a romance for a couple to fall in love quickly or even based on lust, but this was one example that didn't make too much sense to me. The heroine has not dated a man in the seven years she's been away from her abusive husband and I found her sudden trust and willingness with Max, the hero, unlikely. They hardly speak to each other and they're both head over heels. I didn't understand their attraction emotionally or mentally.

There were some really awkward scenes in which you would have to really stretch your imagination to make it work. The couple is a couple before they are actually a couple. I guess we are just TOLD that they are in love (how? why?) and are supposed to go along with it. Example: When Max and Caroline first meet, he "looks her over" and she blushes.... pages later she is jealous and upset that he stays after class to talk to young, female students. Max is aware that she is upset and feels he needs to apologize for talking with the students. At this point the couple has not been on a single date or expressed their interest to each other at all besides one heated look and return blush. I was very confused about why she was jealous and why he was apologizing. The scene gets even more strange when he comes in to his office to apologize, full of rage, and she reacts (rightly so) to the rage, flinching and falling back. I was confused as to why he was angry? What is going on with these two?

The two week romance they share goes on like that - with interactions that would work for a contemporary couple who had been dating for months OR that had really gotten to know each other in just the couple of days they spent time together. It's awkward to read their fights (omg the fights, that's another review) and conversations as it reads like they are really, really intimate emotionally... but they are not. They are strangers just going through the motions. Caroline decides she can trust Max and, yes, loves him, based on very limited information. Max decides he loves Caroline and wants her within a couple of days of meeting her, though she literally has not told him ANYthing about herself except that she has a degree and a son.

The son, meanwhile, is the only character who is questioning the craziness of his mother rushing into a relationship with a complete stranger. He gets no support from Max, his potential stepfather, who has decided he wants to MARRY this woman less than two weeks after meeting her. It all left me feeling hollow with the romance.

Max, the hero, wasn't too inspiring as a romantic hero. His backstory (injury/car wreck/bitter lost dreams/icy ex fiance) just didn't seem that sincere. He came across more whiny than tortured. He had an annoying temper and was too generally grumpy to enjoy. He has sweet moments with the heroine here and there, but the couple argues more than they talk so I just saw him as temperamental. His back story is pretty lame and and the story line with the fiance is pretty dropped. I'm not sure if it was necessary to the plot at all. Ultimately he was too beta for me.

Mary Sue, I mean Mary Grace (Caroline), was generally okay as a character. There is little to go on with her besides a general perspective that she had been abused, had the courage to escape and has worked hard to improve her life and the life of her son. She is the Perfect Mom and "everyone loves her" (said over and over). I was disappointed that she didn't do more to protect her son and herself more as the years go by (besides not dating). There's no mention of self-defense courses or steps of awareness.

I read romance because I love romance. It's interesting that this book made me more interested in the detective action, the villain and the kid than the actual couple but I can't count that as a positive. If I wanted to read a detective thriller, there are many I can pick up that do not have a romance to bother with. I pick up romance because I want to be carried away by a love story and this one just didn't have one to root for.
Slowly writer
Don't Tell is the first book in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense. The book was really well written and very suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the villain was truly horrific yet believable.

So why only 3 starts. I didn't really like the hero. He fell into the self-pity trap too many times and along with having a terrible temper where he'd fly off the handle he just didn't work for me. I also didn't buy into the romance of the Lauren and Max being in love within two weeks of meeting each other.

However, as I mentioned I really thought the book was well written and the suspense aspects were right on. I will definitely be checking on the next book in this series since I think this one just wasn't as good due to the hero for me.
Dianantrius
At first, I questioned the author's level of skill, because of things that seemed unpolished and or amateurish - like stopping the action too long for descriptions (esp. when the hero and heroine first meet), instead of working in the information in smaller chunks. The day and time stamp headings of the chapters were also an irritant. They weren't needed. The author did a good job of running the scenes concurrently - bouncing between them to give us a clear picture of what was going on in each city and with each group of characters as the story unfolded.

The only time I looked back and counted the hours was when the heroine was abducted, to see how long she'd been enduring what the villain was dishing out, but that could have been worked into the story. (And no. That's not really a plot spoiler. You know it's coming.) After the first two chapters, the city headings would have been enough. If Rose wanted to emphasize the passage of time, then headings like '[location], 2 hours later' would have been preferable to the actual time. I HATE having to turn back pages in my Kindle to 'do the math.' It not only pulls me out of the story, but it's a LOT of button pushing. Grr.

Other than some minor plausibility issues, like a heroine with a battered wife past getting up in a man's face and provoking him, the book seemed plausible enough that I was able to maintain my suspension of disbelief and enjoy the story. (Had the heroine done it impulsively, and then been shocked at herself after, figuring it was because she felt safe around Max, I could have bought it. But the way the author had her rationalize it beforehand didn't work for me.) I'm sure if I went digging, I could find more, but I was in it mostly for the romance.

Although I kept picturing Max and Caroline as older than they were, the characters were likable (one of my favorites, brother David), and the chemistry between them was good. The romance and love scenes, too. Rose also throws in a lot of humor, which was a needed blessing for this dark and sometimes-violent story. I laughed out loud many times.

All in all, the story was very enjoyable, especially once I got about 1/3 of the way into the book. A solid 4 stars.