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Bestselling Robards (Vanished, Superstition, etc.) adds psychological spice to a familiar love-on-the-run plot. While FBI Special Crimes Unit agent Nick Houston goes undercover to track down the drug dealers who killed his sister, ski-masked burglars break into the Alexandria, Va., townhouse shared by Katharine Lawrence, special assistant to the CIA deputy director of operations, and her boyfriend/boss Ed Barnes. The intruders kill Katharine's friend Lisa and almost kill Katharine, who cannot convince them she doesn't know the location of the safe they came to rob. Despite wounds and a concussion, Katharine flees into the arms of good-looking neighbor Dr. Dan Howard, who drives her to the hospital where she wakes up unsure of her memory or who she is. Not knowing which of her protectors she can trust, questioning clues that don't make sense, unfamiliar even with her own face and figure, Katharine has nothing to go on but her instinct, which tells her to run. Nick, meanwhile, reveals his true identity (to Katharine's surprise but not to readers') just in the nick of time. A page-turner that moves too fast to dot every plot-related i, Robards's 23rd novel again spins satisfaction out of appealing characters who fall in love and bad guys who get justice. (Apr.)
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Katherine Lawrence is in real trouble. Two men have bound her and her friend with duct tape in the kitchen of her upscale Washington, D.C., townhouse. They keep asking about the location of a safe she knows nothing about, and they seem willing to kill. When Katherine regains consciousness, her neighbor, Dr. Dan Howard, is in the hospital room. Her memories are vague. She recalls that her boyfriend, Ed, a very powerful and scary man, is also her boss at the CIA. She knows that she was living at his place and that her best friend was killed in front her eyes. She knows that she is in danger but not the identities of her stalkers. When Ed calls, Katherine decides to run, but at every step of the way, good old gorgeous Dr. Dan appears. Unsure if she can trust him or even herself, she starts to believe that she is not who everyone believes she is. Robards delivers an intense romantic suspense novel that links an out-of-the-blue beginning with a dynamite ending in riveting and unexpected ways. With vibrant characters and a great plot, this is one of best-selling Robards' best, and a must-read for fans of Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222732
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By SheReads on April 23, 2007
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What a convoluted mess. There are some good moments, especially the nail-biting chapter during which we are introduced to the heroine, who is being brutalized during a home invasion. But later revelations make the events in that earlier chapter utterly implausible.

Also incongruous is the way the hero and heroine seem to need no more than a nanosecond to recover from the most horrific events. He bites back a grin of amusement, moments after rescuing her from torture; she contemplates his powerful shoulders while the cigarette burns on her arm are still fresh. I'll admit I've never been tortured and rescued, but I suspect it would be at least an hour before I'd appreciate being teased.

An ambitious idea that suffers from overplotting.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Macpherson on June 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't agree with most of those who reviewed this book. First, it's not meant to be a "romance" story. That's secondary to the main story. Or perhaps it's even third in line. And I liked the ending a lot---just don't understand what all the fuss is about.
I loved this book. I thought it was sitting on the edge of your seat and nail biting exciting. In fact, I found myself holding my breath during some of the excitement. I started this book before bed and lost a lot of sleep. I finished it long before 24 hours after starting. And to me---that's an awesome ride.
As you read this, Katherine isn't who she thinks she is----Dan isn't who Katherine thinks he is-----Ed isn't who anyone thinks he is----you spend the entire book wondering what the truth is about everyone and everything. It can be a bit confusing and far fetched. But I think it's truly a nail biter to the end. It keeps you guessing and I doubt too many readers can figure out what happens near the end before you get there.
It's not a romance novel, it's an action packed twisting and turning adventure into the land of the FBI/CIA and other alphabet soup organizations. Perhaps it's not as far fetched as one might think. But it is entertaining.
Karen Robards might be known for romance but not this time---it's an action packed roller coaster ride of a story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Lawrence wakes up in the hospital after a deadly encounter with masked gunmen in search of the contents of a mysterious lock box located somewhere in her townhouse. The lover of a top ranking CIA official, Katherine doesn't know who to trust, and doesn't even recognize her own reflection. When neighbor Dan offers to help her elude authorities, she reluctantly chooses to trust him, only to discover that he might not be who he says he is either. With memories that don't add up, and only peripheral memories of the event itself (including the death of her best friend), she wonders how close to sanity she is.

Robard's latest thriller is a roller coaster ride of plot changes that really require a reader to pay attention and suspend belief. I had to skip back a couple times to catch up, which normally would annoy me, but I pretty much will read anything Robards writes. It reads like a fast-moving espionage movie, letting the reader in on the secrets at the last second. The romance is pretty limited and undeveloped (most of Robards novels appear to be going in that direction), but what little romance there is, it's crucial to the story. It kept me glued from page one, mostly trying to figure out what was going on. If I hadn't already been a fan of Robards and like her writing and plotting, I probably would have given up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SunMoonStars on December 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have NEVER written a review on a book before. I came on here thinking ok, maybe it's just ME who feels that this book is just a complete waste of time... but upon reading some of these reviews I can see I'm not the only one with that mentality. I didn't read the book, I checked the audio book out at the library. I have heard many different types of books on cd so I know it wasn't the narrators fault. The book is just so wordy and so descriptive about things that are totally not important. Who cares about the people at the supermarket? Who cares about the design on the couch at her apartment? The characters are so boring. I find Katherine a complete idiot who I feel absolutely nothing for. She's dumb, has no kind of character and just flat out annoying. I haven't even finished the book yet. I'm on cd 5. I find myself answering a call and leaving the cd playing and finding that I've missed absolutely nothing important. I've rolled my eyes countless times over the banter between Katherine and Dan. I don't even know if I will complete the book and if I don't that will be a first for me. I'll probably skip to the last cd and find that its just as easy to skip 6 cds and still have missed nothing of substance. This is my first time reading/listening to this author and I never will pick up another one of her novels. I'm just glad I didn't spend MY money on this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Kirkland on July 30, 2007
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I read to "get away from it all" and I really enjoyed this book. It is very easy reading . I agree with another reviewer that it's not meant to be a "romance" story. Romance is there, but certainly not the priority of this story. I thought it was sitting on the edge of your seat and nail biting exciting. It was a quick read for me--shows how interested and enjoyable it was as I am very limited on time to myself to read.
As you read this, Katherine isn't who she thinks she is----Dan isn't who Katherine thinks he is-----Ed isn't who anyone thinks he is----you spend the entire book wondering what the truth is about everyone and everything. It can be a bit confusing and far fetched. But I think it's truly a nail biter to the end. It keeps you guessing and I doubt too many readers can figure out what happens near the end before you get there.
It's not a romance novel, it's an action packed twisting and turning adventure into the land of the FBI/CIA and other alphabet soup organizations. Perhaps it's not as far fetched as one might think. But it is entertaining.
Karen Robards might be known for romance but not this time---it's an action packed roller coaster ride of a story.
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