Death Is Not Enough by Karen Rose – REVIEW & EXCERPT
Gwyn Weaver is as resilient as anyone could be. Having survived an attempted murder, she has rebuilt her life and reclaimed her dignity and strength. She’s always known about her feelings for defence attorney Thomas Thorne, but as her friend and a colleague there could be no chance of anything more … or could there?
Thorne has known violence and pain all his life. He’s overcome the hardships that have been thrown at him thanks to his own steel, and the love of his loyal friends. Now he’s thinking it might finally be time to let his guard down, and allow himself to let in the woman he’s always admired from afar.
Then Thorne’s whole world is torn apart — he is found unconscious in his own bed, the lifeless body of a stranger lying next to him, her blood on his hands. Knowing Thorne could never have committed such a terrible crime, Gwyn and his friends rally round to clear his name.
But this is just the beginning — the beginning of a brutal campaign to destroy Thorne, and everything he holds dear…
“She was finally emerging … the woman who loved life, loved music, loved to laugh. She was still there, but stronger now. More beautiful. A survivor.”
Karen Rose is an auto-buy author for me so when I had the chance to take part in the blog tour for her most recent release I jumped at the chance. Thanks to the wonderful people at Headline, I received an early finished copy which I flew through in a couple of days. I’ve loved every romantic suspense book written by Karen Rose and they always feel like visiting old friends as I know what to expect. The protagonists of Death Is Not Enough are Thomas Thorne and Gwyn Weaver, who readers will recognise from prior books in the Baltimore series, especially JD and Lucy’s You Belong To Me.
“Sarcasm was both her weapon and her best shield, and she wielded it as bravely – and as often – as she could.”
My favourite thing about these books is that we get to meet past characters and see what they’re up to now. It was such fun to hear about old characters such as JD and Lucy, Sam and Ruby, and Stevie and Clay. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of them all. I love the supportive friendship they share and how they’ve formed their own extended family over the years. The fact that the characters range in age also adds another layer of depth as readers are able to identify with certain characters more than others.
“She had learned that there was no such thing as true safety. There was hiding and there was living.”
The love story in this book between Thomas and Gwyn is formed on a foundation of long-standing friendship. I felt the romance was more believable because of how well they knew each other and the troubled pasts they’ve both experienced. This was definitely not a case of insta-love. As well as the romance, this was a solid thriller that was twisty enough to grip me from start to finish. It was fast-paced and kept me turning the pages as I desperately needed to know what happened next. I can’t wait for the next book which features Daisy Dawson who readers briefly met in this story (I also really need Dani and Diesel’s story though!).
Thanks to the publisher, I have an extract from the book to share so that you can see why I love this author so much. Click on this link – Death Is Not Enough – Extract – to read the prologue and let me know what you think of it in the comments.