I read and reviewed the Hardcover copy, but thought I'd post my review for the MMPB version as well:
Yet another winner from Karen Rose!
Rating a 4.5 out of 5, Count to Ten has all those great things a good book must have: Strong competent heroine, an intelligent, capable (and hot) hero, interesting secondary characters, an evil villain who pulls you into their mindset and an overall story that keeps you waiting on tenterhooks just to find out how everything ends! And my favorite thing about KR's writing? She makes you care about each and very one of her characters!
Being a romantic suspense, this has more than enough of both elements to go above and beyond the category!
So why 4.5 out of 5 stars?
okay. Here's the thing. I love Mia (the heroine). If you've read Ms Rose's previous books , you know, Mia has been a minor character (and good friend) in, if not all than most of K.R's other books. So her finding her happily ever after is something I've been waiting for. Eagerly. Impatiently. Almost desperately (but not in a sad, pathetic way). While a widower not forgetting his first wife as soon as he meets someone new, is nice (and realistic) theoretically, I cant help but think Mia deserves a hero who doesn't spend a good chunk of the book with said wife in mind. Mind you, I liked Reed, more so at the end of the book, than in the beginning. He grows on you. Especially as he grows up as a person (Despite being older, he's still willing to learn and accept new things/ideas). And I'm sure Christine, the first wife, was a good person. But this is MIA'S story. I don't want to hear about freakishly close to perfect wife number one! Couldn't Mia have found someone without so much baggage? after all she has plenty of her own!
Plus I wanted more. More story with Beth, Reed's daughter. And maybe a few more moments of jealous hero? and more with Mia's sister? And more time spent going over Mia's dad, and other people's perception of him. *sigh* who says 500-plus pages is too long?
But I digress. Count to Ten is an awesome read. A definite Keeper. (Though if you're new to Ms. Rose, may I suggest startin with Don't Tell)