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December 8, 2023

Beneath Dark Waters by Karen Rose ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Public prosecutor J.P. "Kaj" Cardozo has only lived in New Orleans for six months, and he's already working on a high-profile celebrity sexual assault case that's made headlines all over the country. But when his son becomes the target of a kidnapping attempt as a threat to Kaj, he is desperate to keep him safe and turns to a private investigative firm famous for their protection services.

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book cover of romantic suspense novel Beneath Dark Waters by Karen Rose
August 2023; Berkley; 978-0593336328
audio, ebook, print (592 pages); romantic suspense

Beneath Dark Waters
 is book 2 of the New Orleans series, but it can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. I did read book 1, Quarter to Midnight (read my review) but I don't really recall much of the story.

Karen Rose is about the only romantic suspense author I read regularly because the suspense and tension is so good that I can usually overlook the more romance novel aspects. However, I struggled with Beneath Dark Waters

It might be because when I started the book I could only snatch a few minutes of reading time. I got more into the story when I was able to sit down for longer periods of time with the book. Still though, I just wasn't as sucked into the story as I usually am. 

The characters well-written, but I didn't really connect with any of them. The descriptive sex scenes were also more annoying and I really could have done with it.

I mentioned in my review of Quarter to Midnight that Rose's stories are a bit formulaic or cookie cutter and I may just be growing tired of the formula. Though I did put her last book Cold Blooded Liar (San Diego series) on my best read of the year list. So it might just be this series that I'm not a fan of.

I didn't feel like the tension was there but again that might be because I didn't really care about the characters. 

If you love romantic suspense, you should give the book a chance. There is plenty for fans of the genre to love about this book.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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