Read count to ten by KarenRose Online


In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday ahs never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires - devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem - his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined. Mia's instincts tell her the arsonistIn all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday ahs never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires - devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem - his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined. Mia's instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victims' tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster's desire for death and destruction is unquenchable ... and for Mia he's started the countdown to an early grave....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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count to ten Reviews

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2019-03-06 07:49

    4.5 Stars rounded upI was really pulled into this plot, much like I am for all of Ms. Rose's novels. I just love her writing style, her ability to move a plot along and the characters she develops in her books. This one is dark and the trigger for the serial killer is an unpleasant one. He's taking revenge on those who abused his brother and himself and those in the system who allowed it to happen. It would almost be sympathetic, except for the fact when he makes mistakes and somebody is in the way, he simply kills them too. There is no remorse and he enjoys the suffering of those he feels has wronged him. I can see where some readers would not want to travel the path of this plot. I'm not sure what that says about me as I really did enjoy the hunt for this killer. I liked Mia and Reed and really liked their first impressions of each other. Definitely falls into the "don't judge a book by its cover" category. There were times I got frustrated with Reed when he was holding onto a ghost and I really liked the way Ms. Rose developed Reed's daughter and her poetry talent.One of the abilities of a really strong writer is to develop the nuances of a character and their relationship in such a way that it moves along with the suspense plot of the books. Ms. Rose is excellent at this.I will definitely continue reading by Ms. Rose.

  • Christa
    2019-03-12 07:29

    This was another winner by Karen Rose. I found the book to be riveting, and I was immediately caught up in the characters and the storyline. Not unusually for a book by Rose, both of the main characters are carrying some baggage from their pasts. The heroine, Mia Mitchell, a Chicago homicide detective, has shied away from serious relationships due in part to her job, but mostly from an abusive childhood. The hero, Reed Solliday, a Chicago fire marshall who becomes Mia's temporary partner, was widowed years ago. He dearly loved his wife and believed that she was his soul mate. In many ways, his life is still a tribute to her. Both of these main characters have come through hardships that have proved them to be strong and resilient. They are both tough, protective, and caring. I have been looking forward to Mia's story after her appearance as a minor character in earlier books, and I hope to hear more about Mia and Reed as the series continues. A victim is discovered in a house fire that Reed Solliday has been called to investigate. When it is revealed that the death occurred prior to the fire, homicide steps in, placing Mia Mitchell as Reed's temporary partner. Mia, not at her best after both she and her partner were shot two weeks ago, does not make a great first impression. However, as the two begin to work together, they quickly come to admire one another. Reed and Mia work well together most of the time, and as they investigate, similar fires occur. Victims begin to pile up, and Reed and Mia work to stop this murdering arsonist. Reed and Mia decide to engage in a temporary, no strings, affair together. Mia quickly realizes that she wants more, but Reed is still stuck in the past. As the killer targets them, Reed and Mia have to find him, while deciding what they want from one another.This book was seemed to focus primarily on the suspense, but there was still quite a bit of romantic tension between Reed and Mia. Even though their romance didn't seem to get quite as much time as the relationships in the other books of the series, it was satisfying. The hero and heroine were sympathetic characters, and I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from previous books make an appearance. As usual, I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Pepa
    2019-02-23 00:36

    Yo no lo catalogaría como novela románticaEngancha. Me ha parecido un buen balance entre thriller y escenas de acción. Quizás me gusta encontrar al asesino más al final, de todas formas está muy bien llevadoEl tema del romance queda un poco a segundo plano. Me han gustado los dos, ella rompe el esquema de protagonista, algo dura, con un pasado complicado y él es un encanto.Recomendable si os gusta el thriller con un toque de romanticismo

  • Mojca
    2019-03-17 01:30

    An arson investigation soon involves dead bodies and IFO, and Homicide have to work together, forging a temporary partnership between arson investigator Lieutenant Reed Solliday and Detective Mia Mitchell and as the arson/murderer escalates, so does the tension between the two partners…Well, the string of good-book-bad-book has ended with two good books in a row. This should be commemorated.You’ve probably deduced I loved this book. The pacing was spot-on, the plot well-developed, the characterization was wonderful, the suspense chilling, the villain strangely fascinating, and the little romance subplot perfectly balanced the tension-filled suspense.I absolutely loved Mia, which is a great exception in my usual I-hate-the-heroine “demeanor”. In fact, the hero was the one frustrating the heck out of me. I just wished someone would’ve smacked him upside the head or something. Because his sticking to the past was bloody annoying. Lucky for Mia and the readers he saw his error in time, before I started ranting about my hero-hate to the world.There were many subplots in this book, some previous characters paid us a visit (“whew” for Abe, and “congratulations” to Dana and Ethan), but the story didn’t seem clogged and crammed with too much of everything. All this little cameos, and even the part involving Reed's daughter, provided some much needed respite between the suspense scenes.Absolutely loved it!

  • Sharon
    2019-02-21 01:39

    I think I've been overindulging on Karen Rose's books- I was not as impressed with this one as I had been with her earlier works. I still like the mix of romantic suspense, and the action does keep jumping along. I suppose my expectations were too high for Mia's story, since I got to "know" her through some of Rose's previous novels. I guess hearing the male main character described as resembling Satan with a soul patch didn't do it for me, and I'm getting a little bit tired of all these perfect female characters who kick butt and overcome devastating personal obstacles while still managing to be socially conscious and save children and teens on a regular basis. It's enough to give an ordinary female a complex. I'm going to give this series a break for a while and see if my enthusiasm rebounds with some time.

  • Zeek
    2019-03-23 00:29

    Good book!Mia is back on the force after being shot by a local gang banger. She got away just being winged- more or less- Her partner Abe, (I'm Watching You), was not so lucky. (He survived, but just barely it seems.)While waiting for him to return to work, Mia is paired with Lt. Reed Solliday, an investigator for the Chicago Fire Department, on a case that has the two depts. working together to catch an arsonist. Not only is the nut job setting blazes, he's killing- with intent.Mia has baggage. Her father was a former cop and a private abuser. She doesn't want another partner and she certainly doesn't want the feelings of attraction she's feeling for him. Despite her abusive father and apathetic mother, she's turned out okay- she's truly an honest, decent person. She longs for a loving relationship like the ones modeled around her but she's sure she'll mess it up somehow.Reed doesn't like the pull he's feeling toward Mia either. Married once to a woman he considered his "soul mate", that last thing he wants is a relationship with strings.But as they get closer to finding the bad guy, the temptation grows stronger and when the villain starts going after Reed and Mia and their loved ones- they find their desire for each other something that can't be denied.Like the previous book by Karen Rose that I read (Die For Me- and yes, I read them out of order!), I found myself enjoying the story despite the fact I'm all but burnt out on the "Serial Killer" plot.Ms. Rose is a very detailed author. She writes in a way that makes you believe she's done her research- thoroughly- but doesn't bore you with the details.She also has a way of writing empathetic characters that draws you in to their lives and makes you feel like you get them. (I totally understood Mia despite the fact I never experienced the things she's experienced.) That's good character development in my eyes!Reed is sexy and sensitive yet retained enough of an edge to appeal to even this Alpha Male loving reader!The sizzle between these two worked and I found the sex worked better than Die For Me, imo. (HOT!)Karen Rose is fast becoming my favorite Romantic Suspense writer right now . If your looking for something along those lines, you can't do much better than Count To Ten!4.5 out of 5 from me!

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2019-02-27 05:36

    The sixth in Karen Rose's Romantic Suspense series. Detective Mia Mitchell is a homicide cop just back from recuperating from being shot. Her partner is still out and she is temporarily assigned to partner with Lieutenant Reed Solliday of the Chicago Fire Department who is investigating a homicide along with a house fire. Things get complicated when it looks like the villain isn't finished killing.I still say Karen Rose writes some of the most creepy villains ever! Why I stay glued to the pages and continue to read cannot be explained except that its just good writing. While the story concentrates mainly on the crimes and investigation, Ms. Rose does manage to throw in some romance. I will recommend to Romantic Suspense fans but be aware this is heavy on the suspense and light on the romance.

  • Meljean Brook
    2019-03-10 01:49

    I was just adding another Karen Rose to my TBR, so I rated this one -- it's my favorite of hers. Always a solid romantic suspense writer, her books are connected, but can stand alone (except for maybe the 2nd and 3rd Vartanian books, but those are my least favorite of hers ... the kind of books you don't regret reading/spending the time on them, but if I ever go back for a re-read of hers, they won't be the first (or the second, or sixth) that I pick up.)

  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    2019-02-21 03:50

    "Count to ten, and go to hell"Another thrilling and steamy tale by Karen Rose! I love how well she mixes the thriller and romance aspects perfectly, its not too rushed and definitely not forced. The characters in each novel are not only unique and amazing but the way the books all connect together with characters knowing main characters from other books brings a real nostalgic feeling to the reader, although they can be read individually, you may find some spoilers to other books if you read them this way. A string of fires, burned bodies, rapes and a plan for revenge by someone who will stop at nothing to get the justice they deserve. Chicago fire department veteran and widowed father, Reed Solliday has jurisdiction over the fire, until they find the bodies, now he has to team up with a homicide detective to help solve this horrific and escalating case before he himself is in danger.Detective Mia Mitchell is on the case only a short time after her partner and herself were shot at in the line of duty; her partner Abe still recovering, the guilt of what happened still fresh and raw for Mia. The idea of a new partner doesn't sit well with her, Abe is her partner and no one can replace him, especially some Chicago fire fighter.With body after body piling up in the morgue , the pressure is on to find the culprit of these horrific crimes. Putting the pieces together, while fighting off the press, repressing painful memories of the past as well as dealing with a new partner, Mia really has her work cut out for her on this one.When evidence points to a juvenile rehabilitation centre with some dark secrets of its own, Mia will discover just how smart and sly her culprit really it and just how far he will go to see his plan through till the end.. Count to ten.I really enjoyed this novel, the aspects of arsonists, murder, revenge plans and dark secrets really pulls this tale together, making it a thrilling and enticing read. Karen Rose always writes her books with a little something different, its never the same , the plot, the secrets, even the characters are completely different so you will never see what is coming no matter how many of her books you read- which i love, it keeps you wanting to read more from her.My favourite character in this one was probably Reed Solliday, he is smart, handsome, sure of him self and hello! a fire fighter, the muscles on this guy, pheww! He has the whole satan goatee going on which in some cases can be very attractive, and in others very creepy. Reed however falls into the very attractive. He still deals with the passing of his wife, and is struggling to deal with his daughters teenage hormones and mood swings. He is a good father and a compassionate man, although he is very lonely, haven't having any solid relationship since his wife's passing.If you haven't read anything by Karen Rose, then i highly recommend her. Her writing, her plots, her characters none of it will disappoint. Her books are not only gripping but can appeal to lovers of both thrillers and romance novels. If you want to read these novels in order then head over to her Bio, which has the Romantic suspense series in order of how they should be read so nothing is spoiled.Recommended for: Romance/ Suspenseful Thriller

  • Anita
    2019-03-13 02:25

    Karen Rose is, quite simply, one of the very best romantic-suspense authors writing today. If you like your romantic-suspense heavy on the suspense you will love this series. To truly appreciate the world she had created, you need to start at the beginning and read in order. You also need to harden yourself to the body count, it gets pretty high and the heroine is not safe, unlike most other novels of this genre. Although I can detect a formula going on throughout the book, it doesn't detract from what is really a great plot.Mia is back on duty after being shot. Her partner, Abe, is still in the hospital. Mia believes that her inattention is what got them both shot and she has been ducking everyone she knows because of that. Her first case back is an murder and arson. She is partnered with Reed, a fire investigator. Holy sparks! Reed has issues. His wife, his soul-mate, died 12 years ago leaving him with a daughter and a lot of grief. He is drawn to Mia, but has a no-strings policy because he still loves his dead wife. No-strings works for Mia as well, so everything is good to go, right? Not so much.This murderer/arsonist is not just doing this indiscriminately or for money. He has a purpose and a plan and is very effective at not leaving any clues. You haven't a suspension as to his identity until well into the book. His backstory is heartbreaking, but that doesn't make him any less of a monster.

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-24 01:28

    There's a killer on the loose and he's out for revenge and using fire to exact it. It brings Reed Solliday, Fire Marshal in the Office of Fire Investigations (OFI) and Detective Mia Mitchell, Abe Reagan's partner, together as they're trying to solve the arsons and murder. Abe's still recuperating so for the time being, Mia has a new but temporary partner. I keep thinking the new stories cannot top the old but keep being proven wrong. This sixth story in the series packs a wallop as the villain is particularly vicious and elusive as the body count keeps climbing. And, the budding relationship between Reed and Mia isn't underwhelmed because of the hugeness of the murder storyline. These two characters are wonderfully outlined and you feel like you know who they are, what drives them and how they would behave instinctively. Their love affair is poignant and credible. Nothing suffers in this story and the tension and suspense level is pretty brutal. Recurring characters play solid roles in this story, too, which is another great aspect of the series. I loved this one and have to keep looking to find a book in this series that doesn't deliver. Good mystery, high level of suspense and a really great romance. It's a winner.

  • willaful
    2019-02-26 08:31

    Another violence-fest from Rose: enormous body count, many rapes of both women and boys, and inventive tortures. The writing is not really explicit, but suggestive enough to be pretty upsetting. Why do I subject myself to this? Because she’s a really good storyteller, and writes excellent tough but wounded characters.I thought the romance was particularly strong in this book, although it gets less page time than the suspense plot. Reed is a fire inspector who's never quite recovered from the loss of his wife; Mia is a cop with a lot of painful history. Both fiercely resist love and commitment, but they can't seem to resist each other.This was a real page-turner and I enjoyed it a lot, though I wish Rose would turn the violence down a notch.

  • Melanie Chabrol-
    2019-03-02 02:50

    it was a page turner. had me up all night. here I thought Kevin O'brien and Lisa Jackson was guilty. count to ten has an arsonist on the lose. when Mia comes back she is temporarily teamed up with Reed a specialist in fires and a former fire fighter. they have disagreements on which way to run things quickly learn how much they learn from each other. can read each others mind. realize one has the other back

  • Katherine
    2019-03-17 06:51

    I never really liked Mia - I was just plain annoyed by her and her characterization.

  • Anica
    2019-03-17 04:44

    I have to say, I wasn't quite sure what to think of this book once I started it. In fact, knowing that Mia und Reed Solliday were the main protagonist didn't make me uber-happy. I thought yeah well, Mia was kinda cool in the previous book but now as a lead? Meh.And, it took some time to get to "know" here. She wasn't my fave here. Nor was Reed. But somehow they did win me over as far as the book proceed. I really liked their interaction, how they behaved and how they got to know each other and all that stuff. Of course, the book is full of problems (family, death, loss, drama, ...) but in the end, you just finish it with a smile. With a good feeling. And that is all that counts.Plus, the book probably wasn't perfect but it kept me entertained very much. And that's a lot. After all those meh-books lately. Even if it wasn't perfect, especially since I had a feeling who the killer was (and I was right) pretty early. It was still excited, you know. In fact, I am really looking forward for Olivia's and David's story now. I just love that guy! *sigh*All in all, another winner from Karen Rose. Her books always keep me entertained and didn't disappoint me. Very good!

  • Robin
    2019-02-27 06:33

    A horrific house fire leads firefighters to a dead body. Finding that the young victim was dead before the fire was set, Chicago Fire Department Lt. Reed Solliday requests assistance. After recovering from an injury, Detective Mia Mitchell returns to work in time to be assigned a new case and a new partner. As the fires escalate and the bodies pile up, Mia and Reed must work together to stop a mad man. But when they draw his attention, they just might be his next target.Another winner from Karen Rose. I guessed the villain early in the story, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. I've been hoping Mia would get her own story since she was introduced in the third book of the series. Mia blames herself for her partner's injury and isn't happy about getting a new partner for this assignment. Likewise, Reed thinks Mia came back from her disability leave too early and isn't thrilled with the situation. But as they work the case, investigating the murders and getting closer and closer to the truth, they must work together to stop a killer bent on revenge. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-20 03:38

    Count to Ten4 StarsAfter a series of deadly arson fires, Detective Mia Mitchell must work with fire marshall, Reed Solliday, to catch a killer set on revenge and not afraid to kill anyone who gets in the way. Count to Ten is a solid thriller with a suitably despicable villain but the romance is not as satisfying as those in previous books.Mia and Reed are both interesting characters struggling with personal issues and although there is a great deal of potential in their initial love/hate relationship, something is ultimately missing and the emotional connection just isn’t there. The arson plot is gripping and although the killer’s identity is quite predictable, the motivation, climax and resolution are intense and suspenseful. It was also good to catch up with characters from the previous books and I look forward to continuing with the series.

  • Ash ♡
    2019-02-21 08:44

    Ah yet another amazing read by the fantabulous Karen Rose. I was a bit wary of starting this book because I'm Watching You had been so good I didn't want to be disappointed but in the end I loved it. Mia and Reed's relationship was a bit rocky and probably not something I would have entered into but in the end it was beyond cute.I do have to give a shoutout to my favourite character Jeremy because he was such a cutie and basically had me 'awwing' every time he was in a scene. The mystery behind the romance was incredible. I have never read, or even heard of, a story that includes arson and murder as a part of its antagonists go to technique to break the law (I honestly couldn't think of how else to describe it then). Cant wait to read the rest of Karen Rose's books as I know I will because my best friend mum has them all and together we are working our way through them!

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-19 05:54

    I could not put this book down. Even though it was quite lengthy with 550 pages, there wasn't a single page wasted with unnecessary rambling. Count to ten truly had me on the edge of my seat. This was my second Karen Rose novel, the first being Die for me. When I read Die for me I was wanting romantic suspense...after all that's what it says on the books' spine....though I found little romance in that particular book. When I picked up Count to ten, I did so intending just to read a good suspense novel and I was pleasantly surprised that the romance with this book was close to being on equal footing with the suspense. Karen Rose is brilliant. I wasn't even finished with this book when I came to the B

  • Kristen
    2019-03-23 08:54

    If you love red hot romantic suspense, you'll enjoy Count to Ten by Karen Rose. Set in Chicago, Detective Mia Mitchell is back from disability and is paired with OFI's Reed Soliday, after they found a dead body in the fire. Between the two of them, they've gotten off the wrong foot, when they discover what makes this person tick. As they get closer to the truth, more bodies are burned in the fire, and suspicion's been uncovered at Hope School. With Mia's excess baggage of family ties and Reed's teenage daughter, Reed and Mia fall in love and learn to learn each other. As they discover who and why, both lives are in danger. An enjoyable read!

  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    2019-03-07 04:32

    I really like this series. There are seriously mistreated victims so the bad guys are really bad. Converse, the good guys are awesome. The law enforcement folks in this series do interesting and decent work. The characters are realistic, some rich some poor, most in the middle. The people feel real. That's a high compliment.The mystery and suspense plots are good without being see-through. I don't really try to guess, but it's better when it's not obvious to me. The romances also are mostly well done. I recommend this author.

  • Zézinha Rosado
    2019-03-17 07:55

    Um policial emocionante e carregadinho de suspense!Uma trama muito bem construída à volta de traumas de infância, que se podem arrastar até à idade adulta e provocar o caos na personalidade de cada um.É engraçado ver a forma controversa como a detective Mia e o seu parceiro Reed convivem: uma relação que à partida parecia condenada ao fracasso, mas que com o desenrolar da história evolui bastante.Mais uma vez esta é uma autora que não desilude em nada os seus leitores!

  • Lesley Book Lover
    2019-03-13 03:31

    Another re-read. Really enjoying reading all Karen Rose books again.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-03-20 01:42

    4.5 Stars. I will be rereading this novel as I read this series in order and will review it at that time.

  • Roz Curney-Sherod
    2019-03-05 00:49

    Another great Karen Rose, "Romantic Suspense" addition to this series. This is the last installment for the Chicago series but the series does go on and thank goodness! I love this series, when I started reading these books, I was unaware that it was a series, so some of the books were read out of order. This was another great read that had you wanting to finish in one sitting. Had to find out the who and the why because this villain is particularly vicious and elusive. Our heroine is Detective Mia Mitchell, Chicago Police Department and our hero, Lt. Reed Solliday, Fire Marshall (OFI, Office of Fire Investigations). There are a few subplots that keep you asking, why are we seeing/hearing the actions of this character, what do they have to do with the story but that's the suspense part! You get a lot of backstory about almost each character and even some about the walk-on characters. The love story between the hero and heroine took some time before they just hopped into bed, much more realistic. Even the secondary characters, i.e. Abe Buchanan (Mia's partner), Dana (Mia's best-friend), Lauren & Beth Solliday (Reed's sister and daughter, respectively). Were three dimensional characters with backstories. Both of our main characters carried lots of baggage which made you pay attention to how they were going to catch this arsonist/murderer while the reader is trying to figure out who it is. Good story, great characters and lots of edge of the seat suspense.

  • Tammi Looney
    2019-03-19 05:47

    Great read from start to finish. Lots of suspense and thrills with each page. Loved the characters. Lieutenant Reed Solliday is with the Chicago Fire Department. He is called out to investigate a fire/arson at a residents house. Upon inspection, a body is found inside, murdered. Called in for the homicide is Detective Mia Mitchell. At first they clash. Reed is use to a certain order and decorum whereas Mia is a bit brash and doesn't hold back. As they team up temporarily to investigate the arson/murder, the killer strikes many times over. They are in a race against time to discover who he is, why he is doing it, and who is in his sights next. The two were thrown together as partners but soon develop feelings for one another neither is willing to admit due to painful pasts. The killer places Mia in his crosshairs and Reed comes to grips quickly with his heart. Definitely a thrill ride with twists and turns.

  • Deepa
    2019-02-21 00:33

    I am a big fan of Karen Rose and have been reading the Romantic Suspense series back to back.So far i find this one to be one of the most disappointing.One there was way too much of the angst of child abuse. Normally Romantic Suspense is a genre where you want it to be an engaging fast read, a page turner. You don't really want it to be dark and leave you feeling a little disgusted. So the too much child abuse did'nt work for me.Also the chemistry between the lead characters in my opinion did not really work. Some of the other books are done so much better

  • Danielle
    2019-03-19 05:55

    Wow! This was twisted. It was just a little too close to home for me though. It's sad to say that there are sick individuals, like the villain in this story, who're deranged and who are living among us. Who NEVER stop to see or care about the devastation they leave in their wake.

  • Sammie
    2019-03-23 08:43

    Just couldn’t get into this book.

  • LibraryLass
    2019-02-27 03:25

    4.5 stars