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Justice (Jess and Mark Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Robards
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards is back with an exhilarating romantic thriller that will leave readers breathless.

Feisty criminal attorney Jessica Ford has done her best to comply with the orders of the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program ever since she became the lone witness to the First Lady’s murder. She changed her name, dyed her dark hair blonde, and traded her sturdy black-rimmed glasses for contact lenses. Unfortunately, winning her first high-profile case for prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm Ellis Hayes, and subsequently landing her face all over the news, is not exactly “keeping a low profile.” Or so says hunky Secret Service agent Mark Ryan, whose newest assignment—despite Jess’s stubborn protests—is keeping her safe at all costs. It just so happens he’s also her ex-boyfriend.

The trial earns Jess a permanent spot on the firm’s elite legal defense team, replacing an associate who eloped suddenly and never came back. It’s the chance of a lifetime. But Jess’s mind has raced with questions from the moment the prosecution’s star witness shocked the courtroom with an electrifying revelation involving the handsome son of a powerful U.S. senator. Was the pretty, young mother intimidated into changing her story on the stand? Why will she not return Jess’s calls? Did Jess’s ambitious predecessor on the case really just abandon her successful career? Or did both women mysteriously disappear?

After Mark rescues Jess from an attacker outside her apartment, she begins to consider the possibility that she is a target. Maybe it’s not so bad to have her irresistibly charming and hard-bodied former lover around for protection. Maybe. The question is, which of the many inadvertent enemies Jess has made recently is he protecting her from? The investigation leads her to some startling coincidences—and to a teenage runaway who may just hold the missing link . . . if Jess can find her.

As Jess hurtles closer to the truth—and the sexual tension between her and Mark grows hotter than ever—she finds herself in a race against the clock to find the answers before what she doesn’t know gets them both killed.


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'The action rarely lets up ... The plot ...will keep the readers turning the pages.' Publishers Weekly Using her patented blend of humour, drama, passion and suspense, Robards aces another novel ... Terrific as always Romantic Times Book Club on BAIT Robards is one terrific storyteller Chicago Tribune on WHISPERS AT MIDNIGHT 'A feast of menace and mystery' Woman's Day on SUPERSTITION 'Fans of Tami Hoag ... and Kay Hooper will love SUPERSTITION ... Ms. Robards always delivers a thrilling reading experience' Midwest Book Review

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'The action rarely lets up ... The plot ...will keep the readers turning the pages.' -- Publishers Weekly 'Using her patented blend of humour, drama, passion and suspense, Robards aces another novel ... Terrific as always' -- Romantic Times Book Club on BAIT 'Robards is one terrific storyteller' -- Chicago Tribune on WHISPERS AT MIDNIGHT 'A feast of menace and mystery' -- Woman's Day on SUPERSTITION 'Fans of Tami Hoag ... and Kay Hooper will love SUPERSTITION ... Ms. Robards always delivers a thrilling reading experience' -- Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 5244 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439183708
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QTHU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better July 26, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I started reading Karen Robards several years ago, when I picked up a copy of Bait at my local library. I fell in love with her style of romance and suspense, but what compelled me to find and read her other works were the characters she created that really drive the story. Since then I've begun purchasing her new books almost on auto-pilot, as soon as I see she has a new one coming out. Pursuit I loved. Justice... not so much.

There were a couple of things that bothered me about this book. First, the characterization of some of the principals surprised me, Mark in particular. I had a hard time understanding his motives and that made it difficult for me to champion their relationship. He proposes marriage to Jess, and then betrays her by kissing her boss, one of his many ex-lovers, in what he later describes as a "hot, salacious kiss," but she's supposed to forgive him because it was only a kiss, not an affair, and really it's her fault for pushing him away, and she has screwed up attitudes about men... Really? (Is it any wonder why?) In terms of relationships, he comes across as completely unsupportive and untrustworthy to me, a huge departure from his character in Pursuit. Consequently, I completely understood Jess's reluctance to renew her relationship with him, even at the end of the book, refusing to commit to any sort of permanent arrangement. Thankfully, his willingness to protect her and the lengths he goes to for her keep him from being completely irredeemable.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Suspense! July 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This was a good, twisting read! Jess is supposed to be keeping a low profile because as the only witness to a major murder, she doesn't need the media attention. The problem is with her first big win at a new firm, she is photographed along with the whole defense team. This media attention brings Mark back into her life. Mark is her ex boyfriend and also the secret service agent who has been assigned to protect her. Questions start piling up like why did the victim recant on the stand? Was she forced? Where did the attorney that Jess replaced really disappear to? And last, why is someone now targeting Jess?
I thought the first chapter was perfect! It set the stage for the entire book so well. Jess is such a strong character but she does have her vulnerabilities...such as Mark. Mark is determined to keep Jess safe from whoever is trying to kill her but the distraction she presents is amusing to 'watch'. There are plenty of plot twists and surprises to keep you turning the pages all night!
I rate this a 4/5. I really liked it but be warned it isn't a 'clean' read by any stretch of the imagination.
Thank you to Gallery Books for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Pursuit August 20, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book was a great follow up to Pursuit. It was a good stand alone book on its own so I wouldn't call it a sequel, but it dovetailed nicely with the first book.

The book was just a good solid romantic suspense read. Marc and Jess's relationship seemed more realistic in this book and, again, meshed nicely with the book in which they first met. Their relationship began under extremely trying circumstances and, afterward, each of them had baggage to work thru in this book.

A disconcerting note about the book was the odd bit at the end where the youth detention center was being investigated for wrong doing. In the beginning, the two young girls at the heart of the story escape from the center and we are only told that "it is a bad place to be at night". Nothing else is brought out about the center but at the very end of the book, Ms. Robards seems to be tying up a loose end that really didn't exist.

An enjoyable read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Justice July 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Criminal attorney Jessica Ford is the Secret Service's witness protection program after being the only survivor and witness to the murder of the First Lady. But she doesn't relocate and after replacing a former associate that left on a high profile case that gets her notice, someone is out to kill her. Little does anyone know (except two runaway teenagers), the associate was murdered also.

Karen Robard's tale of legal intrigue and the powers that be makes for one gripping novel. There is tense moments, romance and lots of action. I was a little let done with the climax but the ending made me let that pass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting legal thriller August 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Attorney Allison Howard agrees to marry her lover Greg Sullivan. They race to her house so she packs a suitcase and has something to wear as they go to Vegas to tie the knot. Unknown to both of them, two runaways from juvenile institution Shelter House are hiding under the bed when Greg snaps Allison's neck. The youngsters flee from the house, but Greg sees them.

Jessica Ford is in court working a high profile rape case in which the accused is a senator's son. While questioning the victim Tiffany Higgs, she suddenly admits to lying; saying she had consensual sex with Rob Phillips. The lawyers are so pleased with Jessica's win that she is transferred to the sixth floor working on a high profile layer's team. Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan returns into Jessica's life because one of the men who knew the First Lady's death was murder has been killed. Mark fears someone is tying up loose ends with Jess and him the remaining witnesses. He plans to keep her safe and hopes she gives him a second chance as several attempts on her life occur.

This legal thriller is filled with action yet readers get to know and understand the myriad of emotions of the prime protagonists. The key to exhilarating tale is that the readers senses the romance in the air everywhere the pair appears, but it is cleverly kept in the background of the suspense as a deadly assassin is coming for Jessica and Rob. With several other strong subplots that blend into the prime story line, Karen Robards provides a superlative thriller.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought the first novel with Jess and Mark was fantastic but picking...
An outstanding and action-packed thriller that will have you gripping at the seat of your pants starting with the very first chapter! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Linda Murphy on
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book
This book was a disappointing read. I grew immensely tired of Jess's disfunctional family filled with a group of women who were not particularly interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Jo Neyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Book
Published 2 months ago by Mag
4.0 out of 5 stars As always Karen Robards is a fantastic writer. Love the plot and the...
As always Karen Robards is a fantastic writer. Love the plot and the characters. Love the way it all comes together in the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like her style
Roberts is a fast read. Her characterization is good. Storyline keeps you going. I like her style. She is different and up there with Tammy Hoag.
Published 3 months ago by Maggie Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed
Published 4 months ago by D. Setters
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I like anything Karen Robards writes
Published 4 months ago by kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great plot, fun and fast
Published 4 months ago by Kathy
3.0 out of 5 stars book was O. K.
book was O.K.
Published 5 months ago by Maryann K. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exccellent
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Eickelschulte
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Karen Robards is the New York Times bestselling author of forty-seven novels. The winner of six Silver Pen awards for favorite romance novelist, as well as numerous other awards, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, Doug, and their sons Peter, Christopher, and Jack. She says, "I read, I write, and I chase children. That's my life."

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