Title: Alone In the Dark
Author: Karen Rose
Series: Romantic Suspense #17, Cincinnati #2
Release Date: February 2, 2016
The New York Times bestselling author of Closer Than You Think returns with a breathtaking new novel of suspense that crosses the line between danger and desire, and justice and revenge.
Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop has seen enough bad guys slip through the cracks and too many innocent victims go unavenged to know good doesn't always prevail. So far she’s been able to lock away her rage and her vigilante fantasies. That lock is about to break.
Former Army Ranger Marcus O'Bannion is a fierce champion of victims’ rights. His secret past gives him good reason. He believes he’s seen the depths of human depravity, but then his investigation into the murder of a young girl who once asked for his help lures him and Scarlett down a dark, dark road—and straight into the crosshairs of a dangerous, powerful underground ring that deals in human trade. To stop them, Scarlett and Marcus have to be just as cunning and just as ruthless. But first they have to make it out alive.
“ I couldn’t leave her alone in the dark ”
Nine months have gone by when Alone in the Dark begins. Both characters were introduced in Closer Than You Think.
Marcus O'Bannion is an ex-army Ranger. He suffered serious injuries while he was trying to protect a woman nine months ago. Now, he suspects another woman is in serious danger. A chance encounter at the park leads him to fear for Tala's life. He convinces her to meet him and to tell him how he can help her. When Tala agrees he calls the woman who has been on his mind since the moment he woke up in the hospital bed and saw her eyes, Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop. Meeting Tala leads to him getting shot and Tala losing her life.
Scarlett Bishop knows that Marcus is hiding things from her. He's the editor of the newspaper the Ledger and due to the pieces he runs, his life has been threatened multiple times. When she goes to meet him, he has been shot once again, but thankfully he was wearing a kevlar this time. She has been thinking about him for the last nine months. She's attracted to him but she had a bad experience with a reporter before. Trusting Marcus is not going to be easy but she must do it before the people who want him dead try again.
Karen Rose is able to build such a formidable story. She gives you many details to get to know her characters inside and out.
Marcus has a threatening exterior but he had a good heart. He was carrying a lot of guilt and sadness over various events that have marked him. His interest for Scarlett was real. He wanted to protect her as much as he could without taking away her job as a cop.
After so much death, Scarlett was questioning everything. She wasn't sure if she was strong enough to be a good cop and remain in her job. Losing her best friend in college changed her forever and pushes her to want justice for victims but after years in the field, she wasn't sure she could continue doing it. She was thankfully for her partner Deacon and for the first time in a long time, she was willing to try a new romantic relationship.
As a bonus, I love that Faith and Deacon were very much part of the investigation and we get a glimpse at the next couple to fall in love.