Narrator: Marguerite Gavin

Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

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Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen RoseWatch Your Back by Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #15
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on February 4, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 20 hours, 11 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads

A cold case reopened and a murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before

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, and 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.


After Stevie Mazetti learned of her former partner’s corruption, it became her mission to seek out those who had been unfairly incarcerated because of him, beyond what he had acknowledged prior to his death. Her investigating has made her a target and attempts are now being made on her life and her daughter, Cordelia’s. Clay Maynard is pretty much glued to her side as protection and because he still holds out hope for a much more personal relationship.

One of the things we don’t have to guess about here is who’s trying to kill Stevie. The mastermind behind the attempts is identified early on and I liked that we got his point of view throughout. That allowed me to just fully immerse myself in the book. It really was the Stevie and Clay story and their developing relationship was as rocky as I thought it would be. Even though she was maddening at times, her behavior was true to character. It was worth the exasperation.

The efforts to identify and nab the killer were interesting and exciting. There were a few surprises despite already knowing his identity. My only quibble was how often he and his team were able to elude and overpower law enforcement. I couldn’t suspend my belief system enough to buy it, which prevented this from being a 5-star rated book.

I continue to love this series and my decision to switch to the audio format. Marguerite Gavin is excellent!


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About Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career, and has over four hundred titles to her credit.

About Karen Rose

Internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. 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. Karen worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company, earning two patents, but as Karen says, “scenes were roiling in my head and I couldn’t concentrate on my job so I started writing them down. I started out writing for fun, and soon found I was hooked.”

Her debut suspense novel, DON’T TELL, was released in July, 2003. Since then, she has published fourteen more novels and two novellas. Her fifteenth novel, WATCH YOUR BACK, was released in 2014.

Karen’s books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, London’s Sunday Times, and Germany’s der Spiegel (#1), and the Irish Times, as well as lists in South Africa (#1) and Australia!

Her novels, I’M WATCHING YOU and SILENT SCREAM, received the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense for 2005 and 2011. Five of her other books have been RITA finalists. To date, her books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

A former high school teacher of chemistry and physics, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of more than twenty years, her two daughters, two dogs, and a cat.

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