Karen Rose writes romantic suspense novels and since the characters are all interlinked, with some appearing in multiple books, they are better read in order. The series begins in Chicago, then Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Cincinnati, with the Vartanian trilogy taking place between the Chicago and Minneapolis books.
Closer Than You Think (Cincinnati #1) | My Review
Deacon Novak has returned home to work on Cincinnati’s Major Crime Enforcement Squad, but the greater challenge will be saving his younger brother before he becomes the kind of criminal Deacon is chasing. Faith Corcoran has a chance to build a new life in the empty old house her grandmother has left her. What Faith doesn’t know is that a killer has made the house his playground, taking girls into the basement and murdering them. And now Faith is about disturb his fun.
Alone In the Dark (Cincinnati #2) | My Review
Former Army Ranger Marcus O’Bannion and homicide cop Scarlett Bishop have met only briefly but when Scarlett receives a phone call in the middle of the night, she immediately recognises the hauntingly smooth voice asking her to meet him in one of Cincinnati’s roughest areas. On arriving, Scarlett finds the body of a seventeen-year-old Asian girl and Marcus injured. As they investigate, Scarlett and Marcus are pulled into the dangerous world of human trafficking where they soon realise they are going to have to become as ruthless as those they are hunting.
Every Dark Corner (Cincinnati #3) | My Review
When FBI Special Agent Griffin ‘Decker’ Davenport wakes from his coma, he is desperate to find the missing children he knows are in danger. At the end of his last investigation, when he thought it was all over and justice had been served, he discovered that not everyone had been rescued, but was shot before he was able to tell anyone. Special Agent Kate Coppola has recently moved to Cincinnati and when she finds the recordings from Decker’s last investigation, she stays by his side at the hospital while she tries to put together the pieces. Together they will search every dark corner to find the kidnapped children and bring their captors into the light.
Edge of Darkness (Cincinnati #4)
Homicide detective Adam Kimble is no stranger to battling demons. But Meredith Fallon is a different kind of weakness: one that could actually be good for him, if only he would let himself depend on her. Meredith has loved Adam for a year, and seeing how hard he’s worked to deal with his PTSD makes her feelings only stronger, but she respects his needs. Her work keeps her busy anyway: she counsels sexually abused women like Mallory Martin to help them reintegrate into the world. But someone doesn’t want Meredith helping women like Mallory, and Meredith finds herself the target of a very determined killer.