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The serviceable latest from Roberts centers on Fiona Bristow, a professional canine search-and-rescue trainer, who moved to Orcas Island in Puget Sound eight years earlier, just after barely escaping from a serial killer. The story opens with Simon Doyle, an artisan cabinetmaker who arrives on the island with a puppy in tow. It's the puppy that brings Fiona and Simon together, and the romance gets off to a rocky start; he's grumpy and plainspoken; she doesn't scare easily. Then a serial killer begins operating within striking distance, and all Fiona's hard-won peace and equanimity begins to wobble: the man who almost killed her is in prison, but he's got a disciple on the outside. The serial killer plot is very familiar and without much to distinguish it, but the romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop. (July)
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'A thrilling read that leaves you wanting more' **** THE SUN 'American writer Nora Roberts is the most-borrowed adult fiction author in Irish libraries, and her latest, The Search, sucks you in right from the off with a page-turning mix of romance and impending tragedy' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'Roberts blends romance, crime, sex, drama and escapism in this page-turner IMAGE MAGAZINE 'Drama and romance mingle with beautiful scenery and Roberts' easy, relaxing style is perfect escapism. Like the best of guilty pleasures, warm a cup of hot chocolate, rug up and enjoy this all afternoon and into the evening' WEST AUSTRALIAN 'A genuinely gripping ride' AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515149489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515149487
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (711 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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245 of 257 people found the following review helpful By Tester on June 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reading a book by Nora Roberts is like gaining a whole set of new friends.

Fiona Bristow leads a quiet and fulfilled live on Orcas Island. She runs a dog school, leads a canine search and rescue group and adores living with her three dogs. When she meets Simon Doyle and his dog Jaws (you have to adore him!) she doesn't want to be interested in the moody and blunt wood artist. Ever since she nearly became the vicitm of the Red Scarf serial killer who later murdered her fiance she has been staying away from relationships with men. Simon is also not really interested in starting something with Fiona. Living on small Orcas Island and with his playful puppy is a new experience for him and he enjoys being single. However the more time Fiona and Simon spend together through obedience training for Jaws the more the attraction between them grows.
When a copycat killer starts to murder young woman and it seems that Fiona might be his final victim everything changes. Staying back is no longer an option for Simon and he will do everything to make sure that Fiona stays safe.

Once again Nora Roberts created a great and very entertaining novel. What I enjoyed about "The Search" are the likable, realistic characters and especially the detailed description of Fiona's job, her life on Orcas Island and her relationship with Simon.
IMO this book is the perfect choice for a quiet weekend when you have time for yourself and can really dip into the story. It took me some pages to get into the book but then I loved it. I always appreciate it when an author describes her characters and what is important to them in detail so I enjoyed reading all the little things about Fiona's life and her business. At the end of the book I felt like Fiona, Simon and co. were like friends.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm so glad each one of is different and weren't made in cookie cutter molds. I read through the other reviews and it seemed readers either loved "The Search" or disliked it for a myriad of reasons. That is as it should be, at least in my opinion, especially with a strongly romance-based novel. We all don't like the same things in our love lives so why should we in the books about romance. Yes, this is a mystery, too, and a thriller but when it comes down to it, it's a romance.

I loved the book. I loved the very strong female protagonist, Fiona. She wasn't the shy, retiring type at all. And because of that, she was able to stand up for herself with the male protagonist, Simon. Yes, he is egotistical, selfish, rude but NOT always. And the rare moments of tenderness are that much more appreciated because they are hard won.

I loved the dogs in the book. Warning: If you are simply not a dog person, you really might have a problem liking this book. But I enjoy the companionship and loyalty of the canine species and enjoyed all the doggish characters in the book. Fiona is a dog trainer so that is a strong component of the book but Roberts is knowledgeable and handled the training sequences well; I even learned some tidbits to use in the future. Fiona is also part of a K-9 Search-and-Rescue team and I truly enjoyed the different SAR adventures.

This actually turned out to be one of my favorite Roberts novels and I am sure I will read it again in the future (which is my standard for a good book - I read SO many books that rarely do I go back and reread one).
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Romance Addict on October 2, 2010
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WOW, this book is really a stinker. I've been an NR fan for years and years, and have been disappointed with her last 10 or so novels. I just chalk it up to the fact that the poor woman has written close to 200 books; she has become almost a parody of herself by now. I think her best work was in the '90s, post-category series novels, when she got into writing excellent single-title novels and trilogies.

So I went into "The Search" expecting it to be a bit disappointing. Instead, I found myself actually grimacing as I read it. The "hero," Simon Doyle, is pretty much the WORST antihero I have ever read in a romance novel. What a total @#$ he is! He seems downright abusive, controlling, bullheaded (not in a charming way), and withholding of affection. Fiona, the heroine, is appealing -- except in her scenes with Simon, in which she comes across as an apologetic doormat who is thrilled with the crumbs he sometimes tosses her way. Repeatedly, he grabs her, pushes her, uses foul language against her (and I am a major cusser, so I normally don't have a problem with the f-bomb, etc.)... He even has a would-be-rapist moment when he basically tells her they are going to go inside and have sex, and she says something coy about "What if I weren't in the mood?" His response is something like, "Do you think, if you said no, that would make me back off? Because it wouldn't." Ugh. Disgusting.

I don't know if NR thinks this level of abuse, control, etc., is erotic; but I sure don't. And though her books have been tending in this direction for a while, this one really is a departure for her. Boo. Hated it. I don't think it qualifies as a romance novel. Sure, they get engaged in the end, and say "I love you"; but for this reader, that absolutely is not enough to make their "love story" believable, palatable, or anything I can feel good about.
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