'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.
Driven to desperate measures to uncover the truth, Ware stages a coup at a Christmas party for the New Orleans elite, including the mayor, the council chairman, the sheriff, and the superintendent of police, who just happens to be hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace's estranged father. Cool, calm, controlled. That's Caroline's reputation.
But when she's brought in to talk Ware off the proverbial ledge, she realizes no amount of false promises is going to placate this man, who looks even hotter than he did years ago when 17-year-old Caroline tried to seduce him. It was his duty to protect her family then. Now it's her turn…if she can think fast enough over the pounding of her heart. When Caroline becomes wrapped up in the drama, it's clear the sizzling tension she shared with Ware never let up. And the harder she tries to defuse the situation, the more she begins to wonder whose side she's really on.
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"Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!"
After "The Last Victim," I was afraid Karen Robards had left behind the formula that's worked so well for her: contemporary romantic suspense, not erotic but nicely spicy; a sort of Sandra Brown Lite. (I mean this as a compliment. I've long relied on both authors for fun, sexy reads with hot alpha heroes; if Robards doesn't delve as deeply as Brown into her characters' angst and the conflicts between them, that's not necessarily a bad thing when I'm looking for escapist fiction.
In "Hunted," an implausible but ultimately enjoyable premise sets the stage for the couple-on-the-run storyline: a "rogue" New Orleans cop takes the mayor and other bigwigs hostage, and winds up kidnapping the pretty hostage negotiator who had a crush on him when she was a teenager. There's chemistry between them, a bayou to hide in, a fishing shack with a single narrow bed, and one appealing side character who is conveniently moved aside by the plot just in time for things to heat up between H/h.
In other words, this is the Karen Robards I've relied on for fast, sexy suspense tales like Paradise County, Bait, etc. No fan of the paranormal, I was more than pleased to spend a credit on this enjoyable return to the genre Robards writes so well.
Nicely performed by male and female narrators, who alternate chapters as the book alternates between male and female points-of-view. The actress is quite good (she also narrates the audiobook of Gillian Flynn's brilliant noir novel, "Gone Girl." The actor is good as well, although I wasn't crazy about the way he voiced the female character. Both narrators do pretty well with hero Reed's N'awlins cajun accent. In contrast to the previous Robards' audiobook, "The Last Victim," these narrators sound like grown-ups. A huge relief.
More like this one, please, Ms. Robards. It's this kind of book, not a flirtation with paranormal romance, that will keep you on my auto-buy list!
"Whatever happened to theater of the mind?"
Was the author paid by the word? First download was good. In the second download it was chapter after chapter of sexual description. A textbook in case there is anyone who hasn't already read one. I didn't bother to finish. After six chapters ( I repeatedly skipped ahead) I got bored. It's nice to leave something to the imagination.
"Defiantly a Romance."
I really like most of Karen Robards mystery/romance books and this one I liked, but I didn't love it. Not my favorite book by this author but still a good romance anyway. My favorites by Karen Robards are One Summer and Whispers at Midnight, but I tend to like all of her newer books she has written. My only problem with Hunted was that I love the movie The Negotiator and I watch it every year or so. So I kept comparing this book to the movie. Luckily the story moves away from the negotiating part and goes into the swamps so I didn't compare them too much. So if you’re a fan of Karen Robards you won't go wrong with this book. Narrators both are excellent narrators that I have listened to before and have enjoyed them.
"Not the best but not the worst either"
Yes. Karen Robards has written a couple of my favorite books. She is definitely a goto author for me. And as for the MacLeod Andrews and Cassandra Campbell team go, I would listen to other books narrated by them. They did a good job with the characters. I'm pretty picky about narrators too. So, that means they were definitely better than most.
This one was good but not great. The story reminded me a lot of Walking After Midnight which is a favorite of mine. She wrote that one a long time ago and the audio is only available on cassettes. Which is too bad too because I would love to have that one in my library. That book was also about a cop that was being chased by the bad guys and bad cops and he had a kidnapped hostage along for the journey but it had much better story depth to it. I did feel like this one was as well written. I wouldn't mind the same basic plot so much except this story just seem to fall flat. Like it was rushed or something.
Yes. They did a good job
I'm not sure. But if there had been more to the main character's relationship, that would have helped. I get that they already knew each other but she had been a teenager and it was a long time ago. There could have been a much better build up to saying "I love you" than simply going from 0-60 in 2 seconds.
This was not Ms Robards' best. Not enough suspense. I kept wanting to say, just get it on. It took her forever for them to mate (smile). But I will keep reading/listening to her books because I know there are better ones out there.
Need more suspense along with the romance.
"Nearly six stagnant hours"
I normally love Karen Robards' books. She has made me laugh, cry, and want to reach out and comfort a serial killer in one of her books. But HUNTED doesn't have a story. It doesn't have character development. It's a series of scenes featuring two people on the run...but with very little growth or adventure along the way.
It opens with potential: A New Orleans detective finds proof of internal corruption, tries to stop it, and finds himself in the line of fire and on the run, kidnapping a police hostage negotiator in the process. The next nearly six hours are of Caroline the profile demanding to know why the detective, Reed, is on the run, and him telling her to mind her own business, all while they're desperately wanting to tear each others' clothes off. Huh?
Robards has many great books. Skip this one and try SHATTERED or THE LAST VICTIM.
"Much more lust than suspence"
I have enjoyed several of Karen Robard's books in the past, so I'm not sure if I have outgrown this author or this book was meant for the 20 something crowd. Karen is capable of excellent writing, so I was baffled when she spent much more time describing the hunky male cop's "six pack abs" than the storyline. The plot had potential but the main characters were never developed; even while being hunted by murderers, lust seemed to trump survival.
"Romance Rather Than Suspence"
I really enjoy Karen Robards. Her writing style makes for easy, engaging reading. "Hunted" is not one of her best books, but it is still enjoyable, nonetheless.
Detective Reed Ware is a good cop, but hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace is called to the scene when Ware is found holding a houseful of prominent people hostage. There really isn't a great surprise at the end, as the reader is not really kept in the dark as to Ware's motivations. I would have preferred it had Robards kept me in the dark like she keeps Caroline Wallace in the dark. I enjoy a suspense novel more if there's actual suspense to it.
"Hunted" is a romantic suspense novel, and Robards knows how to write romantic suspense. She weaves in the romance seamlessly, and in a believable fashion. Her writing kept me reading the book, despite the fact that there wasn't much mystery to the plot - Robard is that good a writer. I read the book in two days - it wasn't quite un-put-downable, but it was an entertaining read. Had there been more of a mystery to the plot, the novel would have been of the 5-star level.
MacLeod Andrews , Cassandra Campbell narrated well but again unless the female and male narrate the parts of the story related to them it is pointless.
"Good for a drinking game"
This is in desperate need of a thesaurus. If you take a shot every time the word "sexy" or "hot" is spoken, you will be plastered before you get halfway through. Narration is great, but story is weak. Didn't help that the female lead is annoying.
"worth the listen"
I don't listen to many books by Karen Robards but this one wasn't to bad. I thought the switching between male and female readers was a little much for me but I tolerated it. The story line was good and the characters were developed well. There isn't much I would change about the book its characters or the story so all in all it was easy to listen too
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