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Publisher's Summary

SUSPICION. It burned through every nerve and fiber of Julie Carlson - the heartbreaking, infuriating suspicion that her husband was having an affair. To the rest of the world, Sid Carlson was a wealthy contractor with friends in highly influential places. But to Julie, he was a man who had cheated on their marriage vow. Heartbroken by her husband, Julie turns to a handsome stranger.

Mac McQuarry knew better than to mix women and work. And he had enough trouble of his own: The disgraced former cop had been demoted after an explosive shakedown of the Charleston police department. But when Julie Carlson hires him, Mac can't resist. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but her husband was a player in Mac's inglorious downfall.

But what begins as a run-of-the-mill assignment spiced by a fiery flirtation suddenly spirals into a harrowing race for survival. Tracking the Carlsons' car down a lonely road one night, Mac witnesses an incredible hit that targeted Julie. Suddenly Mac and Julie have become the hunted. With the mob and the police in hot pursuit, they can rely only on each other as they crash their way through a maze of buried secrets and deadly deceptions.

©2002 Karen Robards (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"A top-notch romantic suspense writer....[A] steamy novel." ( Booklist

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  • Anne
  • 05-01-2013

Fast paced...could not wait for next chapter

What made the experience of listening to To Trust a Stranger the most enjoyable?

Grabbed interest from start to end

What other book might you compare To Trust a Stranger to and why?

Stands alone with story line,

Which scene was your favorite?

Before the end when the characters were hiding in the tree with the gators were in the water. Just waiting to see if they could manage to evade capture.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Trust, deceit and lies. Who is the enemy- who is your friend

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Great listen. Hard to take a break

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  • L.W.
  • 26-08-2012

What Fun!!!

This is a fun story...I didn't get that from the introduction of the book. But it was really really funny in places. I loved these characters. And they were characters alright!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-2016

TSTL(Julie)

OMG- The main character - Julie is TSTL ! I wanted to kill her myself ! The narrator's southern voice for Julie ,her mother ,sister and Mac's partner about drove me up the wall ! I love Mac and his dog - I would love to take them home with me.

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  • Elaine
  • 12-09-2013

Good story; poor narrator

To Trust A Stranger is one of Robard's better RS books from earlier days. There are some funny lines from the H but the h is less impressive, her character made even less attractive by Hick's awful narrating voice. She gives Julie a high, almost-whiny voice, making her sound like a silly schoolgirl.

Since this book leans strongly on the male lead's POV, a male narrator would have been a better choice than the squeaky Hicks. There is an older, abridged version narrated by Kate Forbes who did a much better job. She gives Julie a warm, husky voice which makes her sexy and easier for me to get what Mac sees in her. It is a pity that the unabridged version which I wanted very much, turned out to be such a disappointment!

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  • Alice W
  • 07-06-2021

Good story…great narrator

Lost patience with the drawn-out love scenes, but enjoyed the suspense & action. Laura Hicks did a great job on the narration.

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  • James
  • 01-04-2021

Another great listen

If you enjoy the premise of Karen Robards then you will enjoy this. Well presented characters and story line flows, keeping your interest until then end. Really enjoyed it.

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  • jenz
  • 24-02-2021

I love a good enemies to lovers.

...but this one comes with some southern charm and alotta suspense. I had a teeny bit of a hard time with some of the voices, but have already listened to this twice.

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  • Iva
  • 29-09-2019

Bad narration.

Bad narration. Basic good story but too much unnecessary sexual details. Author said to compare to Sandra Brown. Not even close.

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  • Brenna Nance
  • 03-07-2019

Engaging story and plot.

let me get the bad news over first. 1) Female lead Julie had several " to stupid to live moments". 2) Narrator did this weird crescendo voice raising thing when reading love scences. Otherwise, I loved the story. I loved the Male lead. I loved the romance . I loved the ending.

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  • amanda elaine austin
  • 20-06-2019

Great book!

I love the book. I didn't much care for the narrator. 😔 she could have been a little less monotone.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 21-04-2012

Daft thriller

So this was daft, but it was fun! The wife is convinced her husband is two-timing her, so she enlists the help of a PI to catch him out. Of course the PI is a hunka chunka so she falls for him, but he has a previous history with the husband, so is he only using her?

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