Watch Your Back

Watch Your Back

by Karen Rose
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Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

When a cold case is reopened, a murderer re-emerges deadlier than ever in this thriller in New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose’s Baltimore series.
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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101639580
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: The Baltimore Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 21,839
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Rose is the award-winning, #1 international bestselling author of some twenty novels, including the bestselling Baltimore and Cincinnati series. She has been translated into twenty-three languages and her books have placed on the New York Times, the Sunday Times (UK), and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists.

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Watch Your Back 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Stevie Mazzetti is a ballsy woman, however she is also a woman that has spent 8 years grieving the loss of her husband and son. With the killer behind bars she has a path to follow and is desperate to rectify some things. Her ex-partner turned out to be a dirty cop and as Stevie starts to dig cases up, it seems her life as well as her daughters are now in danger. The danger levels are pretty high up from early in the book and to be fair don't drop until the very end making for a fast-paced and pretty tense read. This was a fast paced murder mystery that actually had a few surprises. Besides the main plot there were a number of sub plots that kept you continually putting the pieces of the puzzle together. I like Karen Rose because she combines the right amount of intrigue, romance and suspense to keep a reader turning the pages. Highly recommend Watch Your Back.  
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Watch Your Back is the latest book from romantic suspense writer, Karen Rose. With many reoccurring characters, all of Rose's books are inter-related and this one allows readers to catch up with several old favorites. Suspense is definitely this author's forte. At close to 600 pages this book reads like a wild fire, fast paced and dangerous from beginning to end. Readers who love police procedural's will love the 'dirty cop' aspect of this book and those who love strong female characters will quickly fall for Stevie. A great new book from a well respected name in the genre. What I liked: Stevie Mazetti is a character readers who have read Rose before probably have heard of, especially in the last few novels from the author. She is a cop who has been through a lot. She lost her husband and son to a murderer, her former partner turns out to be a dirty cop and it's understandable that she has a chip on her shoulder. It's been eight years since her husband's death and she has seen a lot of action since then, as far as her job is concerned, but not her personal life. She is closed off, unrelenting emotionally. She does not want or need another man in her life. That's ultimately why she continues to push away the one man who loves her in spite of her brassy nature. Clay Maynard is an ex-marine and he carries that commanding air of authority and overall male awareness that lots of readers really enjoy. He has loved Stevie for a long time. He has made other appearances in Rose books and readers will be happy that he finally gets his own main storyline. He obviously loves Stevie and wants to protect her and her remaining daughter. But living up to the memory of a ghost is a tough business. When Stevie draws the attention of a psychopath his protective instincts take over. I really enjoyed the rush of excitement this book provided. I was on the edge of my seat a lot with this one. I found myself thinking about what was going to happen next even when I wasn't reading. That's unusual for me. I can usually drop a book and pick up back up easily, but it doesn't generally follow me. That was unexpected and interesting. A mark of a great writer and a very well written book. Of course it might have something to do with the romantic elements as well. Stevie and Clay were obviously meant for each other. What I didn't like: Stevie was a little bit fatalistic in some ways. She clearly didn't care to some extent if she was the target of a killer or not. She didn't take the precautions I would have expected of someone who had lost family members in the past. She didn't take her safety or that of her daughter seriously and that was a bit out of character from what I would expect from someone facing this kind of danger. She also shoved Clay away with every opportunity. As a romantic myself, that was slightly frustrating, but neither point took away the overall enjoyment I got out of this one.  Bottom Line: If you are a lover of romantic suspense, you have to try Karen Rose. She writes her books with simple clarity and a lot of levity. The good guys may always come out on top, but how they get there is often a tortuous experience. Rose knows how to write a book that will make the hair on the back of her neck stand up and her villains are diabolical. You really gotta try this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Karen Rose's books, but she outdid herself on this was absolutely a fantastic page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! Another suspenseful book by Karen Rose. Every chapter kept you guessing. 519 pages was a great bonus.
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Icecrystal45 More than 1 year ago
Love reading this Author...
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acorley84 More than 1 year ago
Watch Your Back - Pulse-Pounding, Edge-of-your-Seat, MUST-READ!! For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals!  The more that I read Karen Rose's writing, the more I fall in love with it! I really must admit that she has got to be my favorite author. I've read several of her books, and I've enjoyed every single one of them! Watch Your Back was no exception. Normally I tend to stay away from the larger books, but when it's a book by Rose, it doesn't seem to phase me a bit! I love how each book in the Romantic Suspense/Baltimore series builds on each character. Each book focuses mainly on a character or two, but you learn even more snippets about the other characters that were introduced in previous books. Even though Stevie Mezzetti and Clay Maynard were introduced early on, this book really dives into their lives and unspoken feelings for each other. I love and get irritated with Stevie's character all at one time. I love that she's so strong and independent, but it drives me nuts how stubborn and independent she is! Clay seems to be the ultimate man, every woman's dream come true, so why can't Stevie realize that he is her dream come true? I really love the characters of this series!! Watch Your Back is full of intense, nail-biting, edge-of-your seat writing that will keep you flipping the pages way past your bedtime, and incredibly late into the night! I continually felt the need to devour up the story! This one was probably one of the most action-packed stories yet! Marguerite Gavin has become the perfect fit for the Baltimore series, and I have come to trust and love her narration! Some females tend to sound absolutely ridiculous when they attempt to portray a male character, but Gavin seems to fit to it pretty well! She is probably one of my favorite narrators! Overall, as with every other Rose book that I've read, I think she knocked it out of the park with Watch Your Back! I am only saddened by the fact that I am going to have to wait awhile for a new release in this series! I can't tell you that I can't wait for the next book and will be first in line to get the next release!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was exciting and kept my interest from page one until the end.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Watch Your Back by Karen Rose is another thrill a minute read.   Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has endured tragedy that would have taken down a lesser person. She vows to right the wrongs her former partner dealt the city of Baltimore. This brings her to the attention of some very dangerous people. Fighting the good fight has but Stevie and those she loves in grave danger. But local PI Clay Maynard has made it his job to protect Stevie and her young daughter.   Clay Maynard work as a PI and security specialist has him on alert 24/7. He sees the danger surrounding Stevie and will do anything in his power to watch over her. Clay sees so much more in Stevie then she sees in herself.  Clay had falling in love with Stevie from the moment he met her. Stevie has some major sorrows to overcome before she can let anyone into her world.   When the danger escalates Stevie is forced to put her life and the life of your family in Clay’s capable hands. Watching Clay put his life on the line for her is a real eye opener for Stevie. She knew Clay was an honorable man and his caring for her young daughter opens up her heart to a love worth fighting to keep.   But the people want to stop Stevie will stop at nothing in order to keep their long held secrets hidden. Will this new found love be able to flourish before the evil comes knocking on their door?   Watch Your Back is another exceptional book by Karen Rose. The tension is top notch and will have you unable to put the book down. The romance between Stevie and Clay is emotional as well as all out sexy. It was an added treat to revisit with characters from past books.  Karen Rose is tops on my list of authors I must read. 
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Loved yet another Karen Rose book! Fell in love with the main characters & their families. Enjoyed the fast pace but riveting storyline. The only issue I had is that there's so many secondary characters that I couldn't keep it all straight at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story but lots of characters to keep up with. Would make a very good movie.
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A great conclusion to the Baltimore series, action packed, heart-wrenching, and hot! Fabulous!
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sandisue More than 1 year ago
I like Karen Fose books and have read this and a couple others, they are good thrilers and I will read more. I give it a solid 3 maybe a smidgen more
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