Paradise County

Paradise CountyAlexandra Haywood had come to her fathers house in Shelby county after his suicide. She had come to close up his house and sell off the horses. Alex will be distracted by the man she had tried to fire, Joe, and the strange noises she had heard in her house.

Paradise County is a novel by Karen Robards. I loved this book. The story flew by as I wanted to read it as quickly as I could so I would be able to find out the killer.

I really liked Alex as a character. She was not a snob but a girl who had lost her father and was trying to do the best she could. I liked the humor of it when she tired to fire Joe but he would not allow her fire him. There was a sinister part of this book which was that someone was watching Alex. Everyone thought that she was imagining things but the killer was watching her and waiting. I liked Joe. He was a strong character. He was a tough worker and a great father. I liked his teasing ways but he could be a very serious man, he was someone perfect for Alex.

Alright now Neely was the little sister and a hell raiser. She does not deserve what happens to her but she is a troubled kid. I liked that towards the end she is a stronger version of herself which redeems her character.

The killer was very evil and sadistic with his victims. One of his victims was a surprise to Joe. I cringed at the idea of him getting his hands on Alex or her sister Neely. With the identity of the killer I was surprised by the person but it made sense that he was the predator as the facts were revealed.

In the book there was a very small part which was paranormal. Alex and Neely both at one point during the book had seen their deceased father. I liked that with each time he appeared he was trying to help his daughters. His last scene was a nice send off for the book.

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Bait

BaitMaddie Fitzgerald will find that her life is in danger again. She had done what she could to survive and now it looked like she would have to disappear again, but the FBI agent Sam McCabe was not letting go.

Sam McCabe was playing a cat and mouse game with a killer that was taunting the FBI. Sam has had no luck with catching the killer until they find one victim that survived. Sam will make it his mission to keep Maddie safe but will find that she is hiding her own secrets.

Bait is a novel written by Karen Robards. This book captured my attention right from the beginning. I like these suspense books that have twists and turns that you didn’t exactly see coming.

Now sometimes those twists were easy to see like with Maddie. You knew that she had experience with running since she had an escape route. What I didn’t know was what she was running from. Robards doesn’t leave you in the dark for long. I really liked Maddie’s character. I thought she was resourceful and smart. She was a survivor and it showed. Though she wasn’t superwoman so there was fear that she displayed throughout the book. Now Sam was a good man and FBI agent. He took his job seriously and was smart but was in a tough situation with the killer.

The killer was playing the game of cat and mouse but he was not being very fair with the FBI. He would give a clue like the first name or last name of the person he was going after. There would be no way the FBI would be able to find the killer or the victim in time. So it was a little unfair for the FBI, though I suppose the killer wouldn’t really care about that.

Whispers At Midnight

Whispers at MidnightCarly Linton was back in her the home where she moved to when she was a little kid. With the help of her friend they were opening a bed and breakfast for the town but a burglar will make things difficult for them. Carly will soon find out that the burglar was after her.

Matt Converse was sheriff in the small town. He had many responsibilities which included protecting his town, his sisters and now the woman that he had known twelve years ago. Matt will make it his mission to protect Carly and find the person who was after her.

Whispers at Midnight is a novel by Karen Robards. First off loved this book. I was pulled into the plot and could not put it down. I started this book right after dinner and did not stop reading until I reached the last page. There was a desire to find out the person who was after Carly and who killed those other two woman.

Matt is an interesting character. He is the sheriff and a big brother so he is over protective but he is sometimes a little too obtuse. Carly was a girl in love with the bad boy and was heartbroken. She gets the chance at heartbreak again when she lets him in. Together they had a certain sarcasm which played out between them. It was their way of talking it seemed but it fit as they were both too afraid to take that next step. They will get it right, it just takes some danger, a little jealousy and some honesty.

Alright the mystery of the man was not obvious when I was reading it. At first I kept thinking who would be after Carly and how were they connected. Well you find out it was the institution where children lived when they had nowhere else to go. That was the obvious connection but the thought of what happened stayed with me. I kept thinking about what could have happened and I didn’t really have a clue that is until the mystery was solved. I was shocked with what happened, it was pretty disturbing. Robards writes out those surprises well and it will keep you on your toes throughout the story.

Justice

JusticeJessica Ford was finding it difficult to work in a new firm especially when she is starting to feel that something is wrong. Jess will have to watch her back and find herself coming face to face again with Mark Ryan who broke her heart. She will be reluctant when he inserts himself in her life to protect her but when the danger gets too dangerous she will be accepting.

Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan will haveĀ  a second chance to get into Jess’s life as he will make himself her protector when danger comes too close. Mark will have to find the murderer who is after Jess and as they start to investigate things start to unravel quickly.

Justice is the second book to the series Jess and Mark by Karen Robards. So first off I really loved this book as a sequel. I was wondering how Robards would be taking Jess and Mark, and what they would need to be running from.

Now even though I said I loved this book there are a couple things I was pissed at which was namely Jess and Mark. I thought at the end of the first book they were going to be living happily ever after and then I found out he was found kissing her boss which pissed me off. I do know why it happened as Robards gives us a explanation namely Mark was afraid as things were moving to fast and wanted out. Stupid mistake on his part and I was pleased that Jess did not welcome him back in her arms right away. She made him wait and wait and wait some more. She was scared of a relationship as well and didn’t fight more but with how Robards ends the book I feel they were on the right track. Of course things could change if another book is written but for now I am content that they have that happy ending. And to be honest even though I didn’t like that they were broken up in the beginning it was good for the story as it gave more conflict and created that never ending sexual tension that was always sizzling between them.

Getting away from the romance aspect lets get to the action. There was some good plot deception with what was going on with these murders and how it relates to the trial that Jess was working on. I guess I wasn’t too surprised with what was going on. Certainly some of the characters you are surprised at for being part of this conspiracy but it was a little predictable. Now that being said I didn’t care about that because the story kept you interested, kept you wanting to know more. I liked the build up of the plot and how it all was connected. For the ending I was kind of shocked, not of how Jess and Mark ended which was great, it was how the murderer was going to be getting away with murder but with one last paragraph Robards will change that and give justice. Robards is a great storyteller and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Pursuit

PursuitJessica “Jess” Ford was sent by her boss to help out the First Lady when the unthinkable happens they are in a serious car crash killing all but her. Jess will find herself in immediate trouble and doesn’t know who she can trust. She even has doubts about Mark Ryan who came to her rescue but will find out he might be the only one she could trust to keep her safe from the people who want her dead.

Mark Ryan is a secret service agent and is torn with guilt as the First Lady has been killed in a car crash when it was on his watch. He is on a mission to find out what happened and that will lead him to a woman, Jess, who was in the accident and it looked like the danger of that night might not be over for her.

Pursuit is the first book of the series Jess and Mark by Karen Robards. This book was really fantastic. I love thrillers that have that nonstop action, mystery and a bad guy they have to get. For meĀ  Karen Robards writes those kind of books well. Every time I pick up a book from hers I am flying through the pages engrossing myself into this world.

So the plot is simple with a horrible car crash, people died and one survived but that is only the starting point. The mystery is why was the First Lady running, who was chasing them, and who is after Jess now that she survived? These were all questions that were running through my mind as I was reading the book and Robards gives us subtle clues about what is going on and who the bad guy or guys might be. The nonstop action will be throughout the entire book as Jess and Mark have to hide from who might be after them which could be the people who were swore to protect when they took their oath.

I liked the character of Jess as she was very realistic with all the thoughts that were running through her head. Worrying about who to trust and how she was going to survive. It was frantic and realistic and I liked that she doesn’t go running into Mark’s arms and trust him completely even though he was one of the good guys. She didn’t know if he was part of this and could not chance walking into a trap. Mark’s character was a man mourning with guilt for that he wasn’t there to protect but that guilt has to be pushed aside as trouble was not over.

I can’t wait to read the second book which is Justice and I am reading that next. At the end it looked liked a happy ending was there for Jess and Mark so I will have to see what trouble comes next for these two.

Shameless

ShamelessLady Elizabeth “Beth” Banning had made her own scandal when she left two suitors at the alter. She was going to make her third scandal with another suitor but was helped by a man coming through the windows. She will soon learn that he was not your average gentleman.

Neil Severin was on a mission coming to the Duke’s house but was sidetracked by a young woman who seemed to have knocked out a man who was attacking her. He knew that he should kill her for he had to stay hidden but he couldn’t. Neil will let her live knowing that he could use her in his plot but the tables will turn as they will need each other to survive.

Shameless is the third and final book to the Banning Sisters series from Karen Robards which was a fantastic read. Once action, adventure, mystery, romance and danger all packed together in one punch.

I will say that this one was a little darker with the man Neil. He was not a man who was a spy but an assassin and would do his job no matter what. He was cold hearted but you soon found out that there was a good man buried deep, very deep. I liked that Robards gave a little more with Neil by having more of a darker side and having Beth be the one to help him. Beth has so far been always the child in the book. Now that she is grown she is taking her time in society only making a lot of mistakes with leaving her suitors at the alter. Beth had a secret with being afraid and Neil will show her that there is nothing to be afraid of. I liked that he played protector of Beth and she of him. There were some lighthearted moments that had you smiling especially when Neil had to play hero to all the girls that fled with Beth. You would not think that a trained assassin would put up with all of this drama.

Our villain is one of many. You could even say that Neil is a villain especially as he was contemplating killing Beth or using her for kidnapping. Neil, happily, was not the real villain but someone who helped stop them with a little help. Neil had to have a redeeming quality as he was our misguided hero.

So overall this was a fantastic series to read and a great finish for the Banning sisters.

Irresistible

IrresistibleClaire Banning was on her way home when her carriage was stopped and she was grabbed. Claire fought hard to get away only to be taken by a different man. She is thrust onto a ship and finds they think her to be spy.

Hugh Battancourt grabbed the woman he thought was a french spy but as he spends time with this woman he is not so sure. Soon he will believe her and let her go but he knows that he will be seeing her soon.

Irresistible is the second book to Banning Sisters series from Karen Robards. I loved this book. It was definitely romance but not an easy one where nothing bad happens. There was more mystery and a lot of adventure that flowed through the book, which I loved reading.

Claire was the beautiful one of the sisters but probably at this point the most miserable one of the sisters. She didn’t love her husband and was now kidnapped. I liked that she didn’t give up and kept trying her best to tell them that they were not the woman they were looking for. Hugh was a mystery. He was a spy for one thing and took his job very seriously. He was hard but had a sense of humor and a seductive way about him that made Claire melt eventually. The spying played more into the story than the first one and it was well done. Chemistry was also really well done by Robards. It was steamy between them once they were through with the kidnapping but it was not instant as they were both strong characters and did not give up easily.

I was not sure how this book was going to continue when Hugh was to be out of her life but there is a twist with who Hugh really is which was well done. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a happy ending with the two since Claire was married but there will be once again a twist that will give Claire and Hugh a happy ending.

Now the villain in the book would have to be the person who was attempting to kidnap Claire in the first place or it is really the person who ordered the men to kidnap her. I was surprised by the villain but Robards explains why they were doing this to Claire.

Beth’s story is next and I can’t wait to read how her story will go.