Say No More (Romantic Suspense #24; Sacramento #2)
Mercy Callahan thought she'd escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series...Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult's—and their victims'—whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon's closest friend—homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult's secrets. And now he'll do anything to take her back to Eden—dead or alive.

Say No More (Romantic Suspense #24; Sacramento #2) Details

TitleSay No More (Romantic Suspense #24; Sacramento #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 11th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984805300
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Contemporary, Mystery Thriller, Adult

Say No More (Romantic Suspense #24; Sacramento #2) Review

  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSAY NO MORE (Romantic Suspense #24, Sacramento #2) by Karen Rose is the second book in the Sacramento romantic suspense series. I loved the first book “Say You’re Sorry” so I was very excited to get book #2 and it did not disappoint. It is just as action packed, intense and suspenseful with another great H/h pair.Mercy Callahan escaped a cult seventeen years ago and has moved on with her life. She still feared that Ephriam, who too Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comSAY NO MORE (Romantic Suspense #24, Sacramento #2) by Karen Rose is the second book in the Sacramento romantic suspense series. I loved the first book “Say You’re Sorry” so I was very excited to get book #2 and it did not disappoint. It is just as action packed, intense and suspenseful with another great H/h pair.Mercy Callahan escaped a cult seventeen years ago and has moved on with her life. She still feared that Ephriam, who took her as his wife at the age of twelve and abused her, would never give up looking for her. She did not know that the man who killed her mother and almost killed her told Ephraim she was dead.During the FBI hunt for a serial killer, Mercy and her brother, Gideon reconnect and Mercy meets his closest friend, Rafe Sokolov. Mercy has returned to Sacramento to apologize to Gideon for running away after being saved from the serial killer and see if her feelings for Rafe are real. While at the airport, Mercy is almost abducted by Ephriam who has discovered she is alive and her death faked.Mercy and Rafe are determined to find and uncover the cult’s secrets as Ephriam leaves a trail of dead bodies and will do anything to take Mercy back to the cult dead or alive.Karen Rose always writes longer books that go in depth into the hero and heroine and their personal connections with an action filled and suspenseful plot that weaves everything together into a great romantic suspense read. I was looking forward to reading more about Mercy after meeting her in the first book. She had misunderstandings that needed to be revealed. Her character has been through so much and yet she still has the capacity to trust and love. Rafe has had his own personal loses and it let him understand Mercy better than anyone else. The romance builds very slowly due to Mercy’s abuse, but you know it is going to be strong and solid by the HEA. All the secondary characters are as fully fleshed as the H/h and even with the different and large family units on both ends of the country, it is never confusing. You can read this book as a standalone, but I believe you will enjoy it more if you read “Say You’re Sorry” first.This book has everything I look for in a romantic suspense. I know I will get action, suspense, unexpected plot twists and an H/h I will fall in love with. I am always excited to get a new story from this author to catch up with all the families and the previous main characters.I highly recommend this romantic suspense and the Sacramento series!
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKI didn't think it was possible for this author to make me love her writing more than I already do but that's what happened while reading Say No more. This book was so captivating and it quickly became one of my favorites from Ms. Rose. The story followed Mercy and Rafe, who we met in the first book Say You're Sorry, and it also continued the storyline of the Eden cult that we learned of in the previous book. Even though this was a continuation of what we already lea NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKI didn't think it was possible for this author to make me love her writing more than I already do but that's what happened while reading Say No more. This book was so captivating and it quickly became one of my favorites from Ms. Rose. The story followed Mercy and Rafe, who we met in the first book Say You're Sorry, and it also continued the storyline of the Eden cult that we learned of in the previous book. Even though this was a continuation of what we already learned it felt like a brand new story and we really got to dig deeper into Mercy's past and what growing up in Eden was like for her.Mercy as a character was amazing for me and I loved her from start. When I was first introduced to her in the last book she was a little standoffish but I could tell she had a very interesting story to tell and I was right. She broke my heart at times but her determination and strength that had her pushing through all the hard moments made me admire her and I loved that she learned to lean on others for support to get through everything.There seems to be a new trend with Ms. Rose and doing some heavier romance storylines, which I'm certainly not mad at. Mercy and Rafe were great together and their story together blended perfectly with the craziness and suspense that was going on around them. Overall, this is definitely a recommended read. Even though most of the previous story is recapped and I don't think anyone starting with this book would be too confused I do think Say You're Sorry should be read before starting this one. Also there's a little bonus for any OG Karen Rose fans and we get to see an old character make an appearance which had me more than a little giddy. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy and her brother Gideon were raised in a commune their mother was duped into joining when she had no where else to go. Their childhood was isolated and filled with lies about the outside world. Even worse they were abused and barely escaped with their lives. Mercy’s tormentor, Ephraim Burton, her “husband” forced upon her at the age of twelve, thought she died in an escape attempt, but now Ephraim knows she’s alive and he’s hell bent on getting her back to the commune. Both to prove that on Mercy and her brother Gideon were raised in a commune their mother was duped into joining when she had no where else to go. Their childhood was isolated and filled with lies about the outside world. Even worse they were abused and barely escaped with their lives. Mercy’s tormentor, Ephraim Burton, her “husband” forced upon her at the age of twelve, thought she died in an escape attempt, but now Ephraim knows she’s alive and he’s hell bent on getting her back to the commune. Both to prove that one of the members lied about Mercy’s death and to punish her for the audacity to leave! Fortunately, Mercy has Rafe Solokov, a Sacramento Homicide Detective, in her corner. Mercy can’t stop thinking about Rafe, but the investigation into Eden and the thought of dredging up the past sent her running back home to New Orleans (in the previous book). Rafe for his part thinks he scared Mercy off with a kiss, but his hopes for more are ignited again when he hears she’s returning to Sacramento. I wanted to castrate Ephraim with a rusty butter knife! Yes, yes, I do realize he’s a fictional character, but seriously, this guy was evil! Most of the book is spent trying to stay one step ahead of this monster, evade his attempts to abduct or murder Mercy and her friends as he wreaks havoc on the city of Sacramento. Determined and ruthless, I have to say this guy scared me! I was sad that Mercy and Gideon suffered at the hands of these charlatans, masking as tools of god, when they were nothing of the sort! More like tools of the devil preying on vulnerable people. It’s sad that there are actual cults like this in the world, which makes Say No More an even more chilling tale. I’m so happy Mercy wasn’t one of those TSTL heroines, reckless, and frustrating! Mercy wanted to nail Ephraim and the players at Eden, but she made sure she had help and protection while doing so. Say No More was an action-packed thriller with a side of spicy romance. I was captivated and on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next! The whole Solokov family provided a great cast of secondary characters. Fierce, loyal, and there for support! I loved that both Mercy and Rafe had a solid base of friends and family to battle for them or cheer them on when they could do no more.Mercy’s story began in the last book with her brother Gideon’s story, and while I don’t think you necessarily need to read the previous book, it does provide background for Mercy and Rafe’s story that you’d miss otherwise. A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Really long story. Plenty of suspense, drama, and best of all, sweet love. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I think I said it several times as I was writing my notes during the review process – this book is massive. It’s almost like it is three stories in one when you look at the page count.Not that I’m complaining. But fair warning, it’s also a huge time investment.The author has an intricate, complex story to tell. One that is intriguing and a bit violent. The story surrounds members and ex members of a cult. Really long story. Plenty of suspense, drama, and best of all, sweet love. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I think I said it several times as I was writing my notes during the review process – this book is massive. It’s almost like it is three stories in one when you look at the page count.Not that I’m complaining. But fair warning, it’s also a huge time investment.The author has an intricate, complex story to tell. One that is intriguing and a bit violent. The story surrounds members and ex members of a cult. There’s a lot that happens.The author does an excellent job keeping the interest high throughout the story. There is a lot going on because there’s also a lot of conversation and many, many characters to keep track of and follow their involvement too.But there’s also a lot of action in the story and plot itself. Constant movement. A lot of thrills including violent action and crime. Intense moments that can heighten the pulse. Flip those pages faster, especially from the last half on.But surrounding that we have a romance building. Delicate and tentative, but we get to watch it grow throughout the book. Until it becomes strong and solid to stand many tests.Rose wraps it all up with a surprising twist at the end that doesn’t really leave us hanging but keeps the door open for more to come.Overall, the story has a lot of action, drama, romance, but also it tends to be filled with a bit more chatter making it a little tough sometimes.Definitely intriguing, intense, and captivating with that romantic suspense element for a nice blend to the senses. This series is creepy and twisted in many ways, but Rose balances it nicely with awesome character development and tenderness too.* copy received for review considerationhttps://amidlifewife.com/say-no-more-...
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    Whew, this follow up to the first book in this Sacramento series really delivered! Off the bat, please be aware of strong content warnings for sexual assault, child abuse, and abusive religious figures. This book does not pull its punches, so you will want to be in the right headspace if any of those content items are hard for you. That said, I appreciate how frankly these books tackle those topics & how that is integrated into the plot and into the characterization. The pacing in these books is Whew, this follow up to the first book in this Sacramento series really delivered! Off the bat, please be aware of strong content warnings for sexual assault, child abuse, and abusive religious figures. This book does not pull its punches, so you will want to be in the right headspace if any of those content items are hard for you. That said, I appreciate how frankly these books tackle those topics & how that is integrated into the plot and into the characterization. The pacing in these books is pretty unique: there is a LOT of hanging around and talking, punctuated by intense action scenes. This works for me, but I could see that not being for everyone, and I do think you need to have read at least the prior book in the series, or else these "hang out" scenes with unfamiliar characters will not be enjoyable. I personally preferred the trope combo & overall tension in the first book, but this was similarly thrilling. Still, all in all, I really enjoyed this as a cult related thriller & I'm excited to see what happens next in the investigation!!
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  • Abookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    Before I start this review , I have to say Karen Rose is one of my favourite Authors. I have every single book she has published and will always one click buy without reading the blurb. I had no doubt I would love this book and it held every I knew it would and more, she knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.I waited a while for Mercy and Rafe’s story. After reading say you sorry which was Daisey’s and Gideon’s story I was really excited for this and knew it would be great, It held up t Before I start this review , I have to say Karen Rose is one of my favourite Authors. I have every single book she has published and will always one click buy without reading the blurb. I had no doubt I would love this book and it held every I knew it would and more, she knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.I waited a while for Mercy and Rafe’s story. After reading say you sorry which was Daisey’s and Gideon’s story I was really excited for this and knew it would be great, It held up to all my expectations and kept me on the edge of my seat like all her books do.I really loved the main characters in this story you have Mercy and Rafe who you meet in Say your sorry in the previous book and I have to say I literally couldn’t wait for their story, you get to see some characters that return like Gideon and Daisy and and some other characters from the book Say Your Sorry. You also get new characters that are introduced from Mercy life in New Orleans.I was routing for Mercy and Rafe throughout this story, I love how there is a element of romance in Karen Roses book but how she also manages to keep you on the edge of your seat and bitting at your nails with the thriller side of the story.I find Karen Rose’s writing really unique and easy to follow and I honestly can’t wait for the next book in the Sacramento series and I’m secretly hoping it’s Tom’s book that’s next.Say No More picks up after Say Your Sorry , it has Dark scenes and a perfect mix of mystery, thriller and romance that keeps you turning the pages.I really loved and enjoyed this book and want to thank netgalley, the publisher and Author for this Arc.
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  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW POSTED AUGUST 26, 2020Karen Rose started the Sacramento Series out with a powerhouse introduction in Say You’re Sorry and, once again, she is at her best. The second installment is every bit as good as the first – maybe even better. Heads up to those who need a trigger warning!! This is a searing story of murder and mayhem that includes severe abuse and damaged people, but also points to their resilience, strength and survival.If you’re familiar with Rose’s romantic suspense, you kno FULL REVIEW POSTED AUGUST 26, 2020Karen Rose started the Sacramento Series out with a powerhouse introduction in Say You’re Sorry and, once again, she is at her best. The second installment is every bit as good as the first – maybe even better. Heads up to those who need a trigger warning!! This is a searing story of murder and mayhem that includes severe abuse and damaged people, but also points to their resilience, strength and survival.If you’re familiar with Rose’s romantic suspense, you know that she writes explicit and graphically detailed brutal and tragic storylines. Say No More doesn’t detour from this pattern and meets each nightmarish torment with its own excruciating intensity. And the author never lets up from start to finish as the body count rises. Readers can always expect endless surprises – both disturbing and mind-bending – with chilling twists and turns that promise you’ll be guessing throughout to the very end. On the brighter side, the heart of this story is steeped in family, friendship and love. And I loved being thrown back into the Sokolov family mix – such a great diversity of wonderfully drawn characters. And it's this big happy family that brings some balance to an otherwise dark storyline. I'm still imagining all those luscious meals that Mrs. S cooks for the entire bunch -- even packing up leftovers to send home with her grown "babes." Even with a more-than-satisfactory completion of Rafe and Mercy's love story, it won’t be the end of this couple or the Sokolov family adventures. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Pastor’s cult and the secrets still untold within the gates of Eden. I’m keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that Rose has plans for Tom Hunter, the son of Caroline in her first romantic suspense, Don’t Tell, to be the featured hero of the third book. Tom is a character who has intrigued and haunted me from years ago when he was first introduced as a young boy named Robbie. It was certainly a welcomed surprise when he showed up in Sacramento all grown up, sporting an FBI badge and assigned to the Eden cult case. An unexpected and unwelcomed surprise from this seasoned author was the number of minor and easily fixable editing problems. Too many slip-ups that coulda-shoulda-woulda been easily fixable with a final deep proofread. Can’t remember ever encountering this problem in any of Ms. Rose’s other books – and I have them all! She'll get a pass this time -- but I hope it doesn't become a habit.Even though this book can easily be read as a standalone, I think you’ll appreciate it much more by reading the first installment in this new series where the cult arc begins. And now let the agonizing year-long countdown begin for the next installment in the addictive and thrilling “Sacramento Series.”
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Say no more is the 24th in the Karen Rose romantic suspense series, but 2nd in the new Sacremento series. I’ve read every one before this and so when I got a chance to read this early I was so happy. Karen Rose is one of my favourite authors and I buy everything she publishes. This was no exception to her fabulous record.In the previous book, Say you’re sorry, we met Mercy Callaghan, as the sister of Gideon Reynolds. We only briefly got to hear her story and this new book was the continuation of Say no more is the 24th in the Karen Rose romantic suspense series, but 2nd in the new Sacremento series. I’ve read every one before this and so when I got a chance to read this early I was so happy. Karen Rose is one of my favourite authors and I buy everything she publishes. This was no exception to her fabulous record.In the previous book, Say you’re sorry, we met Mercy Callaghan, as the sister of Gideon Reynolds. We only briefly got to hear her story and this new book was the continuation of that story.Mercy and Gideon were members of a cult called Eden and managed to escape, 13 years apart. Once reunited mercy has to deal with her guilt at having felt anger toward Gideon for the mistaken belief that he left her and her mother in Eden as he was lazy and ran away because he didn’t want to work. He was in fact abused and nearly killed so had to escape. This book confronts these feelings of misplaced resentment, grief at the shared loss of their mother, reluctance to visit old memories and anger at the betrayal of people they believed were good.Karen Rose writes her books so well, it is very detailed and the book comes in at over 500 pages. My only criticism of this book is that there was a lot of information to take in and a lot of bits to remember that if you hadn’t read the previous story you may not have followed as well.My favourite thing about Karen Rose books in that they include so many faces from previous books. The Sokolov’s are a firm favourite of mine and I love to read about their tight knit family and how much they love each other and welcome people into their home. Linking all the books together through these beloved characters makes them so special and leaves me wanting to go back and read them all again.I 100% recommend this book to anyone looking for thrills, suspense, romance, Cults and drama. Not for the faint hearted, there is some gore and some raunchy sex scenes, but it wouldn’t be a Karen Rose romantic suspense without it!https://thebeautifulbookbreak.com
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Say No More follows Say You're Sorry, the first book in the Sacramento series. In the first book readers met Gideon, who escaped a dangerous cult when he was a teen. It is now years later, and in this book we meet Mercy Callahan, Gideon's sister. They both escaped the cult back then. Well, there is a dangerous cult member who will stop at nothing when he discovers that Mercy is alive and well. In keeping Mercy safe, she is brought back into contact with Gideon, but also with Gideon's ver Say No More follows Say You're Sorry, the first book in the Sacramento series. In the first book readers met Gideon, who escaped a dangerous cult when he was a teen. It is now years later, and in this book we meet Mercy Callahan, Gideon's sister. They both escaped the cult back then. Well, there is a dangerous cult member who will stop at nothing when he discovers that Mercy is alive and well. In keeping Mercy safe, she is brought back into contact with Gideon, but also with Gideon's very good friend, Rafe Sokolov.This history is clearly explained for readers who haven't read the first in the series. However, I do think readers would benefit by reading the first book before taking this one one. This book focuses on Mercy, but also on Ephraim Burton, leader of the cult. Ephraim hurt many people over the years, including Mercy. Now Ephraim is intent on finding her again, leaving a trail of bodies at every turn. Mercy doesn't back down when given the opportunity to stop Ephraim once and for all, no matter the danger. She never stopped rooting around for ways to end the cult, and this makes Ephraim none too happy. Rafe agrees to help Mercy in her search, and vows to keep her safe. Meanwhile the pair have an undeniable chemistry. I was touched by Mercy and Gideon's reunion. It was very sad to see why they were pulled apart, but gratifying to see them together again. Another impressive thing to me in this story was Rafe's attraction and attention to Daisy. He knew she was fractured, and while their feelings grew for each other, Rafe's caring and patience was remarkable. While readers are getting to know more about Daisy and Rafe, as well as his large family, they also get to see the very dark side of Ephraim and how relentless and brutal he is. I love how this book was written, and found it to be a much stronger read than the first in the series. I think it was because of the cult connection, which while being painful to read about, was equally rewarding to see that so many people escaped.I hope this series continues, because both Mercy and Rafe have a lot of people that love them, and those very ones were often mentioned in this book. So, as a greedy reader, I am asking for more. Kudos to Karen Rose for writing such an intense and addictive story. Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • julia ☆ [owls reads]
    January 1, 1970
    #1 Say You're Sorry: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars*5 stars! * Surely Goodness and Mercy. Say No More was such a good read! The book followed along the previous novel's general story arc regarding the cult, but this time with different characters as the protagonists--Mercy and Rafe. They were both such wonderful narrative voices and I loved loved loved how well developed and complex they were.Karen Rose has such a knack for writing well developed mystery stories. The plot progression here was fanta #1 Say You're Sorry: ★★★★☆ | 4 stars*5 stars! * Surely Goodness and Mercy. Say No More was such a good read! The book followed along the previous novel's general story arc regarding the cult, but this time with different characters as the protagonists--Mercy and Rafe. They were both such wonderful narrative voices and I loved loved loved how well developed and complex they were.Karen Rose has such a knack for writing well developed mystery stories. The plot progression here was fantastic the way things slowly came together was so well done. Some aspects of the mystery were already familiar to us because of the previous book, but Rose did such a wonderful job at expanding that universe and making this a bigger and way more complex puzzle.I also loved just how real the characters were and how Rose wrote pretty much all of the relationships. They weren't without struggles--Mercy and Gideon's scenes broke my heart--but it was so lovely to read about friends and family coming together like that and supporting each other. The way the characters dealt with and Rose decided to address sexual assault and abuse in the novel was also so so well done and touching.And the romance! The open support and respect Mercy and Rafe showed to each other was so beautiful. I loved how they checked and respected each other's boundaries and talked things out and were always willing to help each other. The light steamy scenes between them were also so important in the context of Mercy's past experiences and I was so happy with how Rose wrote that.The ending was a tiny bit rushed, though, but I did love how it all came together! The final few chapters gave us quite a few big twists and revelations that make me really curious to see what direction the series will go in the next installment. I recommend this to anyone looking for engrossing new mystery stories with a wide range of characters and the best found families! * Series: #2 in the Sacramento series.POV: Told mostly from Mercy and Rafe's POVs.Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[Rape. Childhood sexual abuse. Forced marriage. Physical abuse. (hide spoiler)]Steam: Light steam!Cliffhanger: No.HEA: (view spoiler)[For now, yes! (hide spoiler)]Up Next: TBA.
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  • Becky Baldridge
    January 1, 1970
    Say No More is the second book in the Sacramento series, and it does feel like the story continues from that first book. Nevertheless, the author does give enough information that I didn't feel lost as I was reading even though I haven't read that first book. Now, I don't know if the first book is as long as this one, but the length surprised me. In a time when most are looking for instant gratification, this is one very long book. A very long book that is surprisingly light on any lags in the s Say No More is the second book in the Sacramento series, and it does feel like the story continues from that first book. Nevertheless, the author does give enough information that I didn't feel lost as I was reading even though I haven't read that first book. Now, I don't know if the first book is as long as this one, but the length surprised me. In a time when most are looking for instant gratification, this is one very long book. A very long book that is surprisingly light on any lags in the story, which says a lot about the author's talent for storytelling. There is a lot going on as well as quite a few characters to keep track of, but the further into the book I got, the easier it was to keep up with who was doing what. The story does have some violence and it touches on some touch subject matter, but any time a cult is involved in the plot, I kind of expect things to be dark. What it all boils down to is that this one held my interest from start to finish, and while it may be my first read by Karen Rose, it will not be my last.
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.4.5 heartsI really enjoy the  Romantic Suspense series. I've read them all. I started the series with the first Cincinnati book, with Faith and Deacon.  It was actually #16 overall. Then I went back and read the previous 15 books.  Say No More continues the story in Sacramento.  Say You're Sorry was the first Sacrament This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.4.5 heartsI really enjoy the  Romantic Suspense series. I've read them all. I started the series with the first Cincinnati book, with Faith and Deacon.  It was actually #16 overall. Then I went back and read the previous 15 books.  Say No More continues the story in Sacramento.  Say You're Sorry was the first Sacramento book and #22 in the series.  It featured Gideon, who escaped from a cult, paired him with Daisy, his sister Mercy,  and his best friend Rafe, who is from a large family.Now we get Rafe's story, along with Gideon's sister, Mercy, who also escaped the cult.  I was so happy to see Gideon and Daisy, and Rafe along with his big family.  Mercy also brought along her best friend, Farrah from New Orleans.  In Say No More,  Mercy and Daisy are kidnapped by a serial killer. Gideon is an FBI agent. Rafe is a homicide detective.  Mercy comes back to Sacramento to deal with unresolved feelings about her brother.Unfortunately, the publicity from the serial killer brought Mercy into the spotlight and now the cult people are after her. More than one of the cult "brothers" is more than willing to kill anyone in his way.  Mercy and Gideon face a search for them, as they also try to keep all their loved ones safe. We learn much more about the cult and their family history.This author does an excellent job of developing her world and building characters with realistic emotions and growth.  Rafe and Mercy are both facing emotional issues and change in their lives. They are such good people but it is so hard to let yourself be vulnerable and honest.I would not jump into this in the middle of the series. One could start at the beginning of a city since those stories connect well, and they seem to be labelled on Goodreads. For example, Say No More is only the second book in the Sacramento series.  There are cool connections though. Tom Hunter who is a newer FBI agent came from Chicago and we know his family there. I bet Tom is the focus of the next Sacramento book. Some of the cult is still out there.I really enjoy the action and strategy used by both the good guys and the criminals.  I was naturally horrified by these cult types. They mask their money greed and sexual depravity in religion and give religion a bad name.  There is plenty of action and a tender romance. As dark as they stories are, it is comforting to see criminals captured and a happily ever after.Excerpt (from Chapter 2):Amos Terrill rubbed his thumb over the lines of the script he’d just carved into the lid of the hope chest. He was almost finished with it, this special project on which he’d been laboring for the past five months, mostly in secret. He’d made countless hope chests, coffee tables, kitchen cabinets, armoires, and jewelry boxes over the thirty years he’d lived in Eden. All of them had been gifts for the membership or items to be sold to bring money into the community coffers.This was the first time he’d ever made something for himself. Something he didn’t intend to share with anyone.No one except his Abigail. His heart.A splinter caught at his thumb and he pulled it out, sucking at the small wound before returning to his task. He could sand the hope chest later. He didn’t have much more time to himself. Everyone knew he stopped working at suppertime, and then people would start dropping by. Amos, can you fix this? Amos, a minute of your time? Amos, need a pair of strong hands to help with… It didn’t matter what. It was all the same after thirty years.He picked up the detail blade, his favorite of all of his carving tools. He’d brought it with him to Eden, when he was young and full of hope, ready to change the world.Now he knew the truth and every day had become a struggle, each harder than the day before.He had to stay positive. Had to keep smiling. Had to stay patient. Had to nod and pleasantly reply that all was well when he was greeted in passing.In other words, he had to lie.He finished carving the last word and took a look at his work. It had become something of a trademark, a personal signature he’d added to all the larger pieces of cabinetry he created.The words were carved in a scrolling, old‑fashioned script: Surely Goodness And Mercy Shall Follow Me All The Days Of My Life. Psalms 23:6. Anyone in the community would think it simply a beautiful Bible verse, one that matched the song that used to be in his heart.But it wasn’t. It was a tribute. Penance, even. His way of trying to make it up to a beautiful little girl whom he’d failed. So utterly. Mercy. He thought of her often, especially after the birth of his Abigail, whose name meant father’s joy . As with most things in his life, Abigail’s birth had been bittersweet, losing her mother just minutes after they’d held their baby for the first time.He’d thought he’d lose them both. Like he’d lost his first family. Mercy. Gideon. Rhoda. Dammit, Rhoda, I’m so sorry. You tried to tell me, but I wouldn’t listen. He hadn’t wanted to listen.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Rose can grab you by the throat of your emotions, give you thrills and chills as you go into some gritty, dangerous places with the investigation teams, and invite you to fall in love with her complex characters with each new installment. I was excited to discover this was Gideon's story and a little wary about it also being Mercy's, and rightly so, but well worth it.Say No More is the twenty-fourth of the overall Romantic Suspense series, but second in the books focused in Sacramento. It Karen Rose can grab you by the throat of your emotions, give you thrills and chills as you go into some gritty, dangerous places with the investigation teams, and invite you to fall in love with her complex characters with each new installment. I was excited to discover this was Gideon's story and a little wary about it also being Mercy's, and rightly so, but well worth it.Say No More is the twenty-fourth of the overall Romantic Suspense series, but second in the books focused in Sacramento. It probably could be read standalone in a pinch, but definitely works best read after Say You're Sorry, at least.Say No More opens with a fragile Mercy returning to Sacramento after fleeing the city six weeks before in the aftermath of a serial killer being caught and that kiss from Rafe. Running with no word to her brother, Gideon, and Rafe, was a cowardly and wrong thing to do and it didn't even help. Her work in the forensic lab is distracted to the point of making significant errors and she's put on leave so she determines to make things right with the brother she held hate and blame for all these years and the man who stirred her up with scary emotions particularly since he took a bullet for her. She needs to help Gideon find Eden and end what goes on there and find the strength to face it all including growing feelings for Rafe.Unfortunately, her name came up in a TV interview that gets seen by the wrong person. Brother Ephraim from the Eden Cult spots Mercy and knows that dragging her back to Eden will kill two birds with one stone. She can help the cops identify him and she is his big chance in the power struggle for leadership of the cult after the Pastor passes on. DJ, the other main contender swore he killed Mercy and Ephraim can catch him in his lie by producing Mercy. While the FBI hunts him, he is hunting her and he doesn't care how many necks he needs to snap or bullets he needs to fire to get what he wants.Other narrative threads weave through these and all eventually intersect for a big ending that leaves room for more work from the group of law enforcement people in Sacramento.Generally, I am not one for darker stories, but there has always been something about Karen Rose's writing that pulled me in and keeps me there- willing to walk the dingy alleys, shadowy streets, and dark places with those who are real heroes both the ones who survive terrible odds and those who serve and protect because yes, these stories offer both of those viewpoints. Mercy is both a survivor and a member of the law enforcement community. My heart ached through her story and those of others who were abused in the Eden cult. Her panic attacks and withdrawals inside herself left me feeling helpless and scared for her though I was glad her best friend came along with her for support. Eden was a heinous place run by evil people and it fired me up to see the group led by Gideon and Mercy going after the place. It isn't just a cult and the leaders aren't benign religious types as they slowly discover. I was stressing out and getting pretty emotional at times as things came out or happened. I'll offer a trigger warning to those who struggle to read about abuse or violence associated with it.As usual, the author did her due diligence with the backdrop of the story whether it was cult practices, abuse victim/survivor behavior, police procedures, and even the local setting. It all makes for a well-layered story.The action-suspense plot offers several points of view including the villains which adds tension. I had to set the book aside a few times when it got intense (I'm not a tough, hard-core thriller reader, keep in mind), but it was still an amazing read with a few breath-taking aha moments.I enjoy the level of romance that is in each book that balances with the suspense. I felt this one had a little more focus on Rafe and Mercy's slowly-progressing relationship than past books. And, it got a little spicier. I thought it made sense because their romance was also an indicator of healing taking place when Mercy could get to a place where they could be in bed together without sending her into a panic. Rafe was so patient and gentle with her and supported her as she worked and struggled with the demons inside. Mercy was good for Rafe, too. He wanted to get back to work at the police department and be a part of things instead of on leave and an invalid. She was smart and loyal, had her own skills that she could bring to the table besides her past experience with the cult. They were a great match. Rafe's large, supportive Russian family and the larger circle of friends including Tom from Chicago (hopefully he gets his book next) were so wonderful. I loved them from the moment they appeared in Gideon and Daisy's book.All in all, it was another absorbing, gut-wrenching, and abso-fabulous romantic suspense that I can breeze through the hefty amount of pages without noticing for the most part. If you like your romantic suspense girtty and action-packed while still getting sensational character and romance development give these a go.My thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica (the naptime writer)
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Rose is the author of thick, intensely layered, & sexy romantic suspense books, so when Berkley invited me to join a Blog Blitz for her latest release, Say No More, I internally did 🤸🏻‍♀️ 🤸🏻‍♀️.After being forced to take a short leave from her job with the Louisiana PD Mercy Callahan is returning to California to tell her biological brother Gideon something he should know about their family.Raised in a cult named Eden where people live off the land, some of the people there are mauled by “ Karen Rose is the author of thick, intensely layered, & sexy romantic suspense books, so when Berkley invited me to join a Blog Blitz for her latest release, Say No More, I internally did 🤸🏻‍♀️ 🤸🏻‍♀️.After being forced to take a short leave from her job with the Louisiana PD Mercy Callahan is returning to California to tell her biological brother Gideon something he should know about their family.Raised in a cult named Eden where people live off the land, some of the people there are mauled by “wolves” if they go off-land, & girls like Mercy are forced to “marry” at 12, Mercy and Gideon have had trouble re-connecting & dealing with their past trauma (shared & separate) in the outside world 13 years after Mercy’s escape.But while in the airport Mercy is almost kidnapped by Ephraim, the man she was “married” to at 12. He has his own reasons for wanting to return her to Eden & he’s willing to murder almost anyone to do it.While I enjoyed SNM & found a lot to appreciate about it, I do want to be clear that this is not a light read. The opening itself—which focuses on Mercy’s escape from Eden as a teen—is very disturbing & violent. There are references made to rape (child & adult, the latter of which happens on the page in the Prologue), lots of murders, & a plot line that revolves around a video of college age Mercy being sexually assaulted after she was drugged.Plus there are so many other things Ephraim does in this book to try to capture Mercy, and honestly, I started to feel like it was too much for the heroine to have to go through.And while it’s engaging to see a mystery unfold from multiple perspectives, there are times the disjointed narration momentarily took me out of the story, or when certain characters started to feel like they were taking on too much prominence. (I’m talking about you, Jeffy.)But as always Rose writes mystery adeptly, moving all these pieces around the board & managing a behemoth of a book like a wizard. The story of the siblings is so emotional & Rose boldly explores their feelings, portraying Mercy’s complicated view of the brother she was told abandoned her & their mother.For this romance reader, Mercy’s relationship with Detective Rafe Sokolov is satisfying & adds more lightness to a story that gets pretty dark. Their dynamic is sensual but I also didn’t doubt their emotional intimacy.In the end, this was a 3.5⭐️ for me. It was an enjoyable read that got even better for me the deeper I got into the story & I’m glad to see Mercy get the Happy Ending she deserves.​Say No More is available now. Thanks to Berkley & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
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  • Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been awhile since I last read a book from Karen that when the opportunity presented itself to be part of the blog tour for Say No More, I jumped at the chance. Cults are a subject that I find so fascinating, so I was immediately drawn to it.Say No More is the 2nd instalment in the Sacramento series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I don’t recommend starting with this one. The story is a follow on from the 1st in the series, Say You’re Sorry, which is where Karen first introduces t It’s been awhile since I last read a book from Karen that when the opportunity presented itself to be part of the blog tour for Say No More, I jumped at the chance. Cults are a subject that I find so fascinating, so I was immediately drawn to it.Say No More is the 2nd instalment in the Sacramento series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I don’t recommend starting with this one. The story is a follow on from the 1st in the series, Say You’re Sorry, which is where Karen first introduces the reader to the Eden Cult and briefly, Mercy Callaghan. I had no troubling in following along, but would have gotten more from the story having started with book one.It is a story that is just best going in with the blurb so I don’t need to rehash anything here, but I will say that it does deal with some hard hitting topics in the story which includes sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse as well as child abuse, which may be triggers for some readers. Karen doesn’t gloss over these topics, but does handle them with sensitivity.It didn’t take me long to reacquaint myself with the breathtaking brilliance of Karen’s work and how through her vivid prose made me feel like I was part of the story experiencing it all and watching from the sidelines. What I mainly took out of this story, is how much I have missed Karen’s books and I now have some major catching up to do with the ones I have missed!Say No More is a heart pounding, edge of your seat gripping read that at times takes on a slower pace, but there is enough action, tension and suspense to hold your attention and keep you engaged. There are also twists and turns aplenty as well as some romance thrown in, which balances out the more macabre parts of the story quite nicely. All up this is a very satisfying read and I look forward to more in the series.
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  • Lainy
    January 1, 1970
    Time taken to read - In and out over 4 daysPages - 480Publisher - HeadlineSource - NetgalleyBlurb from Goodreads Mercy Callahan thought she'd escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series...Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.When her Time taken to read - In and out over 4 daysPages - 480Publisher - HeadlineSource - NetgalleyBlurb from Goodreads Mercy Callahan thought she'd escaped the cult decades ago, but its long fingers are reaching out for her again in this electrifying novel in the Sacramento series...Seventeen years ago. That was the last time Mercy Callahan saw Ephraim Burton, the leader of the twisted Eden cult where she was raised. But even though she escaped the abuse and terror, they continue to haunt her.When her brother Gideon discovers new evidence of the cult's—and their victims'—whereabouts, Mercy goes to Sacramento to reconnect with him. There, she meets Gideon's closest friend—homicide detective Rafe Sokolov. From Rafe, she receives an offer she never knew she needed: to track down Ephraim and make him pay for everything.But Ephraim, who had thought Mercy long dead, discovers she is in fact alive and that she is digging around for the cult's secrets. And now he'll do anything to take her back to Eden—dead or alive.My Review I LOVE Karen Rose books, I am sure I have gaps in the series and need to go back and buy up those I have missed. This is book two in the Sacramento series, go and read book one if you haven't already as there is a lot of the story is follow on from book one. We focus on Mercy and Rafe, with all the side characters in between but these two are our main focus. Mercy wants to make amends with her brother Gideon, for years she hated him for leaving her and her mum in the cult. Suffering abuse, brain washing, manipulation and female children as young as twelve being married off in the commune Mercy has a lot to be angry about. Book two is about her facing the realities of Gideon's life, the long reach/scars from the commune and that sometimes you cannot outrun your past, not matter how long you have broken free from it.Be warned guys, this has a lot centered around the cult, murder, rape, abuse, brain washing and what is at the heart of most of these "communities" money and power. Mercy quickly realises she will never be truly free from her past and instead on putting her head in the sand she needs to face it. Before more people are hurt, killed or even risking her own life. Her brother and Rafe are cops, she should be safe as houses but these people stop at nothing and we see from the very beginning how far they will go. Action packed, pacey, shocking, enraging, romantic, healing empowering an d huge character growth for some of these guys. Hard truths, overcoming inner demons and learning to trust, Rose intertwines all of this in a tale of death, murder, abusers whilst bringing in love, friendship, trust and family.Despite being in double figures with these books she manages to bring fresh stories and lets the reader get to know more of the characters and keeping the stories new and shocking, 4.5/5 for me this time. Already impatiently waiting on the next book in the series!
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Headline for an advance copy of Say No More, the second novel in the Sacramento series, featuring Mercy Callahan.Mercy escaped a cult known as Eden at thirteen and recently a serial killer and now she has returned to Sacramento from her home in New Orleans to make her peace with her brother, Gideon Reynolds. Peace eludes her, however, when her nemesis from Eden, Ephraim Burton tries to kidnap her at the airport. Fortunately Rafe Sokolov, Gideon’s best friend a I would like to thank Netgalley and Headline for an advance copy of Say No More, the second novel in the Sacramento series, featuring Mercy Callahan.Mercy escaped a cult known as Eden at thirteen and recently a serial killer and now she has returned to Sacramento from her home in New Orleans to make her peace with her brother, Gideon Reynolds. Peace eludes her, however, when her nemesis from Eden, Ephraim Burton tries to kidnap her at the airport. Fortunately Rafe Sokolov, Gideon’s best friend and Mercy’s suitor, is able to thwart the attempt but can he keep her safe in the face of escalating danger?I thoroughly enjoyed Say No More which is a high octane romantic thriller with plenty of action and a high body count. It should be noted that this is escapist fiction so realism doesn’t have any noticeable role to play. Who cares? It is a long time since I read the previous novel, Say You’re Sorry, and am now a bit hazy on the detail so when I first started this one I thought I’d already read it as it begins with the story of Gideon and Mercy’s early life and their experiences of Eden. Then it diverges as this is Mercy’s story whereas Say You’re Sorry is Gideon’s. I would recommend reading them in order but it’s not essential as the salient points are recapped. The plot is not particularly complicated but there is a host of characters, motives and action to keep up with so it requires concentration. In addition, the narrative has several voices to keep track of, but with the main ones being Mercy and Ephraim Burton the reader gets a broad view of events and it’s a great help in keeping up. It’s an exciting read with some genuinely tense moments, not an easy feat in such a long novel. The novel leaves some loose ends surrounding Eden and its denizens so I guess these will be the backbone of the next novel, although I think there’s little room for guessing about the protagonists.I can’t say that I took to Mercy and she is probably one of my least favourite Rose heroines. I know, she’s had a rough life and is traumatised but she’s too much of a snowflake for me, making weird decisions and clinging too hard to those around her.Say No More is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Karen Rose book and I really enjoyed it. The book centres around Mercy who wants to make amends with her brother Gideon, as for years she hated him for leaving her and her mum in Eden, a restrictive cult. Suffering abuse, brain washing, and manipulation in the commune Mercy has a lot to be angry about.With the story of the cult being in the media, Ephraim tracks Mercy down and nearly gets to kidnap her to take her back to Eden. Mercy is terrified but Rafe is nearby and saves her This is my first Karen Rose book and I really enjoyed it. The book centres around Mercy who wants to make amends with her brother Gideon, as for years she hated him for leaving her and her mum in Eden, a restrictive cult. Suffering abuse, brain washing, and manipulation in the commune Mercy has a lot to be angry about.With the story of the cult being in the media, Ephraim tracks Mercy down and nearly gets to kidnap her to take her back to Eden. Mercy is terrified but Rafe is nearby and saves her from a fate worse than death. Mercy quickly realises she will never be truly free from her past and instead of trying to hide, she needs to face it. This is an action packed romantic thriller that I really enjoyed. Thanks to Headline and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • WTF Are You Reading?
    January 1, 1970
    I am literally writing this review as I listen to this book on my Kindle. I have been up all night.Spending hour after hour immersed in Mercy, Ephraim, and Gideon's world.This story is at once complete within itself and a perfect continuation of the tale that began in Say You're Sorry. With Ephraim Burton taking of the psychotic torch passed to his character at the end of the first book.Leaving readers to travel further down the rabbit hole that is Mercy and Gideon's past in Eden.The journey int I am literally writing this review as I listen to this book on my Kindle. I have been up all night.Spending hour after hour immersed in Mercy, Ephraim, and Gideon's world.This story is at once complete within itself and a perfect continuation of the tale that began in Say You're Sorry. With Ephraim Burton taking of the psychotic torch passed to his character at the end of the first book.Leaving readers to travel further down the rabbit hole that is Mercy and Gideon's past in Eden.The journey into Gideon's and Mercy's past is a difficult and often tragic one. The treatment of which is both compelling and riveting. Making the characters more human and more relatable as the pages turn.The fact that the sister and brother, as well as all of their extended family are now coming together in the effort to protect her from the man that is more than determined to have her back at all costs.Priceless!Then there is the second part of the story.The part that takes place inside Eden With Amos and Abigail. And Amos' discovery of all of the betrayals lies, and murder that had been perpetrated by the people that he had believed that he could trust. Now he knows that he must do all that he can to get his daughter out.Alive.In as much as this book is about dark and life altering pasts. It is more about hopeful and love filled futures.With Mercy and Gideon daring to find their "happily ever after's" with people who, because they have shared in the same tragedy.Know their pain on a more personal level.Daisy for Gideon and Rafe for Mercy.This is a much longer book then the 300+ that most readers may be used to. But the detail and fully expressed and detailed wholeness of the book and therefore its burgeoning series. Is one that will make you want to read it forever.I would like to thank Berkley and NetGalley for the review copy on which my unbiased critique is based.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    I am soooo disappointed. I wanted this book to be Tom's story :(
  • Joy Novel Thoughts
    January 1, 1970
    I've been waiting for Say No More since I finished reading Say You're Sorry and it was just as good as I anticipated! This is not a quick read, in fact it's probably the longest book I've read all year around 500 pages, but even with it being so long I devoured it in a matter of days.The intensity and the almost jump scares are what make this book so hard to put down. Every chapter has you longing for more, and wanting to unravel that next secret. Our killer is viscous and I lost count of how ma I've been waiting for Say No More since I finished reading Say You're Sorry and it was just as good as I anticipated! This is not a quick read, in fact it's probably the longest book I've read all year around 500 pages, but even with it being so long I devoured it in a matter of days.The intensity and the almost jump scares are what make this book so hard to put down. Every chapter has you longing for more, and wanting to unravel that next secret. Our killer is viscous and I lost count of how many people he killed just trying to get to Mercy.When I was working on my must read summer suspense list earlier this year I knew without a doubt that this would be a must read, and I was proven 100% correct. If you have any inkling that you want some more murder in your life, then you need to take a chance on this series! I have no doubt that you will be satisfied.There was more romance in Say No More than the first book, which I had a love and hate relationship with because they would be doing the deed and I would get all itchy that they would get killed in the middle of a romp, and I'm over here yelling in my head, "THERE IS A CRAZY KILLER AFTER YOU! WHAT. ARE. YOU. DOING!!!It was worth it though, because you could feel their connection and not just with them but with Mercy's friend and family group that surrounded her. They took protecting her to heart and it showed which made things even more difficult when things took exceptionally violent turns.I think I've said all I can say without giving anything away, so take me word for it. Say No More is the romantic suspense of 2020 that will light you up and have you ready to take down a horrid cult led by the most evil of men!
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Round up to 4.5 stars. Review to come at AAR.
  • Sue Plant
    January 1, 1970
    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this brilliant bookoh my word where to start with this exciting book in the series....mercy is going back but at the airport she is confronted by the man of her nightmares...her so called husband from eden..how he has tracked her down she doesnt know but she goes all zombiefied and is being led out by him.. but luckily for mercy rafe is there this is a fast paced book with so much happening that i dont want to give to much away would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this brilliant bookoh my word where to start with this exciting book in the series....mercy is going back but at the airport she is confronted by the man of her nightmares...her so called husband from eden..how he has tracked her down she doesnt know but she goes all zombiefied and is being led out by him.. but luckily for mercy rafe is there this is a fast paced book with so much happening that i dont want to give to much away but its bloody, gruesome and so addictive with so much tension that at times i had to walk away to catch my breathe.....there are bodies galore being stacked up with mercy and rafe racing against time to find out where eden is, but can they find the answers before another person is killed...only time will tellcant wait for the next book in this exciting series...
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  • Lindsey Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Content warning this book deals with some very difficult themes including: murder, cults, child abuse, abuse by a religious figure, and sexual assault. Rose is excellent at handling these topics with an amazing amount of honesty and compassion, but readers should be warned this book is darker in nature.Overall - 4Heat - 3Say No More is the second installment in Karen Rose’s latest romantic suspense series. The story is about Mercy, a woman who escaped the horrible cult of her childhood seventeen Content warning this book deals with some very difficult themes including: murder, cults, child abuse, abuse by a religious figure, and sexual assault. Rose is excellent at handling these topics with an amazing amount of honesty and compassion, but readers should be warned this book is darker in nature.Overall - 4Heat - 3Say No More is the second installment in Karen Rose’s latest romantic suspense series. The story is about Mercy, a woman who escaped the horrible cult of her childhood seventeen years ago. Though the horror is in her past she still lives with the aftershocks of the trauma in the present day. Mercy gets word from her brother, Gideon, that there’s new evidence in finding the cult and the cult’s current victims. So she goes to Sacramento to help. Once she lands in California she’s confronted by a man from her past, Ephraim, and she’s paralized with fear. Lucky for her, she’s saved before he can take her back into the fold. Once they get Mercy to safety Gideon’s friend, Detective Rafe Sokolov, offers to let her help track the cult. This work may be healing, but it’s also going to be dangerous for Mercy. Thankfully, Rafe will do anything to keep her safe and make sure that justice is served. The budding romance between Rafe and Mercy was a sweet and poignant counterbalance to the tension of the mystery. These two meet in the previous book and Rafe thought he’d lost his chance with her, so he’s anticipating another chance. I loved how caring and tender Rafe was with Mercy, especially considering her background. Rose always writes such compassionate men, it’s one of the reasons I love her books. Even though I am not a fan of slower paced romances the feelings between these two felt exactly right.Rose’s books are always filled with twists and turns that keep the readers guessing and this book is no different. Several plot threads are weaved together in a masterful way. This may be confusing for some readers since the book does also have a long word count, but I didn’t find this a problem for me. The tension is interspersed with Mercy and Gideon working through old hurts, or Mercy and Rafe falling in love. This may make the pace seem slow to some readers, but I like that Rose gives us breaks from all the action to see these real slices of life. The content of the mystery was hard to read and there are some gory bits, but I trust Rose to always write these scenes well. Also, this story has ties to the first book, Into the Dark, so some readers may want to check that out first. I personally think this story can stand on its own and was wrapped up well enough for most romance readers to get their HEA. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that loves romantic suspense and mystery.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    Say No More will blow your mind! Mercy escaped a cult as a child, but even now, years later, she is danger. The cult aspect of the story makes everything even creepier in my opinion because it was just so horrid. The prologue starts with Mercy's escape and the whole thing left me shook. (see trigger warnings if you have any)Mercy has a chance to confront her past thanks to her brother and his best friend, Rafe. Together Mercy and Rafe attempt to locate Ephraim, the man who "married" twelve year Say No More will blow your mind! Mercy escaped a cult as a child, but even now, years later, she is danger. The cult aspect of the story makes everything even creepier in my opinion because it was just so horrid. The prologue starts with Mercy's escape and the whole thing left me shook. (see trigger warnings if you have any)Mercy has a chance to confront her past thanks to her brother and his best friend, Rafe. Together Mercy and Rafe attempt to locate Ephraim, the man who "married" twelve year old Mercy and from whom she escaped. I loved that Mercy wanted to face her past. I can't say that if I was in her shoes I would do the same. That takes a supreme amount of courage and strength. Rafe was a great hero for her as well. Both characters were endearing and I enjoyed their romance.Now, her is my only real issue with the story. Sweet baby Jesus its long. SO LONG. I love Rose's writing and its very detailed and the plot is intricate, but be prepared to invest a lot of time into the book.Fans of shows like Criminal Minds or pretty much anything on Investigation Discovery will love Say No More! Karen Rose is a master of romantic suspense and you can't go wrong with any of her books! Also, I listened to the audio for about half of my read and its fantastic! If you are an audio fan, Say No More has a wonderful narrator and I highly recommend it.
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  • Gemma McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Say No More has the perfect mix of romance, mystery and thriller that kept me turning every page. If I didn't need to sleep I would have finished this book in one sitting, but sleep made it a two sitting book.Say No More does pick up after Say You're Sorry. It deals with dark themes of sexual assault and abuse that has previously been covered. The book deals with more with what Mercy went through once Gideon has escaped Eden. You can read Say No More as a stand-alone. But you will get more out o Say No More has the perfect mix of romance, mystery and thriller that kept me turning every page. If I didn't need to sleep I would have finished this book in one sitting, but sleep made it a two sitting book.Say No More does pick up after Say You're Sorry. It deals with dark themes of sexual assault and abuse that has previously been covered. The book deals with more with what Mercy went through once Gideon has escaped Eden. You can read Say No More as a stand-alone. But you will get more out of the story is you read Say You're Sorry first.The Leading Lady in Say No More is Mercy Callahan a survivor of a cult and abuse. One thing that Karen Rose does well in her books is showing the different ways that her characters deal with trauma. And everyone has a different level of trauma. Also, it's ok to ask for help when you're ready.  mercy strength grows throughout the story, more so when she allows herself to be happy.One of my favourite characters in Irina the matriarch of the Sokolov family (Rafe family.) She is strong and caring and accepts any into her home that needs help. She cooks when she is stressed and loves feeding people. I love her Russian swearing her special tea.Say No More is a multi-narrative book. Although the main point of view is Mercy. We also get to read other characters point of view that impact Mercy story. There are two points of view that I really enjoyed as they both had to do the right thing in a different situation.Karen Rose has again written another amazing story. I always enjoy picking up her books as it like speaking to an old friend who has a juicy new story to tell.My Rating for Say No More is 5 out of 5.Thank you to Netgalley and Headline for supplying an E-ARC for a fair and honest review.
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  • Rolé
    January 1, 1970
    -- Read this review, and others, on my blog at www.hookedbythatbook.com -- I love this series, and I love Karen Rose. She writes excellent and complex characters, and interesting and captivating plots. And Say No More is no different. Mercy returns to Sacramento to finally make up with her brother, Gideon, and to help with the search for Eden and its inhabitants. She also reconnects with Rafe, and his family, and it is clear that there are still very strong feelings between the two of them. This -- Read this review, and others, on my blog at www.hookedbythatbook.com -- I love this series, and I love Karen Rose. She writes excellent and complex characters, and interesting and captivating plots. And Say No More is no different. Mercy returns to Sacramento to finally make up with her brother, Gideon, and to help with the search for Eden and its inhabitants. She also reconnects with Rafe, and his family, and it is clear that there are still very strong feelings between the two of them. This story is very long, with a lot of things happening. It never gets confusing, though, and I always knew what was going on. But it was hard for me to get through. Mercy and Gideon, and so many others, have suffered greatly, and they still carry the scars with them. I felt pity for Mercy at the start, but also admiration. The author certainly knows how to evoke certain emotions around certain characters. There is also a lot of violence, which isn’t anything knew in this series, but it did feel a bit too much after a while. I just want the search for Eden to end, so that all this heartache can end as well. I think I most enjoyed the scenes with Amos and his daughter, Abigail.Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Whew that was a long ride. This author does not skip on content or pages. Say No More picks up where Say You're Sorry left off except this time Mercy Callahan is the main character. We'd learned about her and Gabriel's upbringing in a cult in his book and how it ripped apart their worlds. When Mercy was finally reunited with her brother Gabriel years of being told he left her and their mother with the cult to suffer along with being taken by a serial killer had her running from him and his best Whew that was a long ride. This author does not skip on content or pages. Say No More picks up where Say You're Sorry left off except this time Mercy Callahan is the main character. We'd learned about her and Gabriel's upbringing in a cult in his book and how it ripped apart their worlds. When Mercy was finally reunited with her brother Gabriel years of being told he left her and their mother with the cult to suffer along with being taken by a serial killer had her running from him and his best friend Rafe who she was starting to have feelings for. Now that some time has past she makes the decision along with her best friend to return to Sacramento to try and make amends with her brother and to ask Rafe's forgiveness in how she left him. Problem is an evil from her past with the cult once he found out she is alive is hellbent on taking her back and has no problem in leaving a very large line of bodies in his wake. There is so much that happens in this book. Besides the suspense and the bodies piling up there is also a lot of emotions as Mercy and Gabriel deal with their past and learn to forgive the other along with themselves. Rafe and Mercy's journey also is an emotional one. This isnt the end of the cult thread. I figure there is at least one more with Tom Hunter as the lead. Long time fans of the series (as in 24 books ago) will remember that Tom was Max Hunter's son who is now all grown up and a FBI Agent.
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  • Bambi Unbridled
    January 1, 1970
    I really love Rose's suspense plots, they draw you in and hook you from the very beginning. I also find cult storylines interesting, and this one was no exception. I only wish there had been a short summary of what happened in the previous book, as I was having a hard time recalling. I loved Rafe and the Sokolov family - they were endearing and you could feel the love they all had for one another. You might think that having a second family of a similar type in the same story (the Romero's) woul I really love Rose's suspense plots, they draw you in and hook you from the very beginning. I also find cult storylines interesting, and this one was no exception. I only wish there had been a short summary of what happened in the previous book, as I was having a hard time recalling. I loved Rafe and the Sokolov family - they were endearing and you could feel the love they all had for one another. You might think that having a second family of a similar type in the same story (the Romero's) would've been too much. But these two large close-knit families were exactly what Mercy and Gideon needed after their traumatic childhoods. I was really proud of Mercy for facing her fears and joining the investigation to find Eden and the evildoers. I thought the plot was laid out at a really good place and it had me wanting to pick up the book again and again. I was glad the big bads plans didn't always work out, as sometimes there is too much evil and not enough thwarting in stories like these. But this was a very good balance. I'm very interested to see what happens next in this spin-off series.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC. I love books by Karen Rose and was so pleased to be approved for this. This is the 2nd book in the new Sacramento series and it is just as riveting as the first one. If anything I I enjoyed it more. The main characters here are Rafe and Mercy who were more side characters in the previous book. They are so very believable, feisty and I really liked them. Some characters return from the first book and new ones are introduced from Mercy Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC. I love books by Karen Rose and was so pleased to be approved for this. This is the 2nd book in the new Sacramento series and it is just as riveting as the first one. If anything I I enjoyed it more. The main characters here are Rafe and Mercy who were more side characters in the previous book. They are so very believable, feisty and I really liked them. Some characters return from the first book and new ones are introduced from Mercy’s New Orleans life. Initially it took me a while to get used to all the characters and how they fitted into the story. The book starts 2 months after the first one with Mercy’s return to Sacramento to face her fears and her past. Karen Rose always manages to create characters I either love or hate. She has a wonderful style of writing that draws me straight in, she captures her characters moods, feelings and vulnerabilities so well and always holds my attention from beginning to end. I was hooked from page 1 here and love that the story is told through different characters. As always there is an element of romance and I was rooting for Rafe and Mercy throughout. I found this a thrilling read which kept me on the edge of my seat. One thing I particularly like is that in a couple of her latest books characters from previous books/series have featured in a small way and it’s been great to have little glimpses of their lives. I don’t think this book could be read as a stand-alone, there are a lot of references to events from book 1 that carry on in this book, so I’d recommend you read the books in order. Can’t wait for book 3 which I hope 🤞is Tom Hunters story. Loved, loved, loved this.
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