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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

REVIEW - Deadly Games (Dallas after Dark #2) by Karen Rock

Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .


If you want to spend several hours in a relaxing way, then Deadly Games by Karen Rock is a pleasant choice.

The beginning sets the serious and quite terrific atmosphere any suspense story needs, but don’t be scared, the story is mostly a romance, not a gory suspense. Even if the danger remains a constant presence, the suspense is the second violin. Several clues and red herrings, possible more victims and the tension brought by the attempts for their salvation intertwine with the main thread of the story: the relationship between the main characters.

A relationship that starts in a somehow unorthodox way (that depend also on the readers’ opinion), but motivated enough in order to be plausible and acceptable. After the first meeting, it sways back and forward under the influences of their own past, expectations and, of course, of the activity of the sadistic killer. Until the end, the romance flows nicely and satisfactorily, its protagonists make a great couple, the "sweet & spicy" author fulfilling her scope.

That is the reason that I have my doubts boys and suspense aficionados will enjoy too much the story, because, even if there are present elements of the suspense and criminal investigation, Deadly Games is a book for girls, or in more general terms, for a romance reader. 


Release Date: July 17th, 2018

Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .

Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer.

Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .

About the author:
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great book.


Thank you for your honest opinions of Karen's novel.

Linda Romer said...

Looking forward to reading the Dallas after dark books. Thank you

Karen Rock said...

Thanks so much for your awesome review and hosting my blog tour! I’m glad to live up to the “sweet and spicy” ;)

Rose-Marie said...
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Anna Josefin Bergman said...

Thanks for the chance!

Nikolina Vukelic said...

Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

Jolanda LovestoRead said...

Thanks for the chance!