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Justice (Jessica Ford #2)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,518 ratings  ·  169 reviews
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 h
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ebook, 352 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Noelle
First off I want to say that I have marked this under my "Ghost" shelf and "cheating hero" shelf, though the ghost didn't play that big of a part in the story (she didn't solve any misteries,talk to anyone and barly made an apperence). Not being real big on the ghost theme myself I was kinda worried when it first made an apperence however I think that Karen Robards played nice and light. The cheating part was in thier past and the h had walked in on the H kissing another woman, to some people re ...more
Joy
I won this book in a Goodreads give away.

Who in what government agency was out to kill Jess for being in the car when the first lady was killed? There seemed to be so much back story that I wondered if this was second in a series.

I finished the book but I had to make myself. I was frustrated with Jess for being so smart and so stupid at the same time. She knows someone might want to kill her but she is not going to take any procautions no matter what.

And what was the ghost part doing in this bo
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Stacia
Had I known this would be a cheesy, and poorly written, romance.... Stuck on vacation. I curse supermarket novels everywhere!
Nicola
Wanted to give this 1/2 star! The story advertised sounded really good, and it was registered under the mystery/thriller genre. It's also the second book featuring the main characters, but while it refers to the first story it is not necessary to read it. As it was the audio book I knew I was up for 11 hours and 22 minutes, pity the story advertised didn't actually get started until I had suffered through 10 hours and 50 minutes of crap. The main story line featured Jess (the heroine) constantly ...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Angela Dawe
After listening to an hour of the newly released Justice, I was wondering more about the TSTL behavior of heroine Jessica Ford than the plot. She’s in the Secret Service’s witness protection program (of sorts) after witnessing the murder of the First Lady. Now that she is established with her new identity, she only takes the slightest of precautions and has more an attitude of “Why are you making me do this?” than anything else. But I digress because this is one good roma
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Quillracer
This book opens with Jessica Ford, the heroine of 'Pursuit,' in unofficial witness protection by the Secret Service. This consists of Jessica dying her hair blonde, swapping her glasses for contacts, and changing her name to Jessica Dean and continuing to practice law at a high profile law firm in her home town of Washington D.C.

Really?

Why not just put a target on her back and shout, "Come get her!" through a bullhorn from the top of the Washington Monument. But you know that won't happen. We ca
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Christine
First thing's first: This book is a sequel, but not to a book that called for a sequel. It's the sequel to a book I basically liked, and has managed to ruin any fond memories I might have harbored. Jessica and Mark had a nice little adventure in Pursuit after Jessica survived a car crash that killed the first lady of the US. They ran away from some bad guys, nearly got killed a few times, had some steamy sex, and got together at the end. It wasn't brilliant, but I enjoyed it.

Then I Picked up thi
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Sandra
This one was disappointing. I really enjoyed the previous book about Jess and Mark (Pursuit) but this kind of ruined it for me. They were broken up at the start (which took away the happy ending from Pursuit) and even though they get back together I now have absolutely no faith they will stay that way. I read romance because i want a HEA not realism. And I can't get past why they broke up. I have no faith in Mark. The author tried to make it like it was mostly Jess's issues that were keeping the ...more
Fre06 Begum
Mark just did not do it for me I really could not feel his love for her and seriously that excuse for kissing his ex was just dumb I can't believe that at some point he wouldn't cheat on her again' not a true hero for me
Diana
Robards has written some great books and I count her as a favorite author. Sadly, Justice fell flat on its face and ended with a whimper. I didn't care for the feisty, impulsive heroine who should have been a whole lot smarter to have achieved the professional success Robards gave her. Also, I was pretty much constantly annoyed with the mangling of DC geography, its ethnicity, and its neighborhoods. One does not go tooling through Friendship Heights when traveling from College Park to Foggy Bott ...more
Ana
I enjoyed this book up until the end when it seemed the author was bodysnatched by a lesser writer. Or maybe she hit a deadline and had to tidy it up real quick. Whatever, throughout the entire book we're reminded of how caring and compassionate the protagonist is, how strong her commitment to justice is. By the end, when called upon to make her biggest sacrifice she just sort of fizzles out. There's no explanation for her change in character just a sort of hasty conclusion to the action.
Sidney
I picked this book up by chance and had it sitting on my shelf for a while before I finally decided to pick it up and read it. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed reading this book and couldn't put it down. I ended up giving it to a family member who is currently reading it and so far enjoying it as well.

It appears that this is the second book in a series and I'm yet to read (or find out) what the first one is. Reading the book on its own, before reading the first in the series was fine so I'm assuming t
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Andrea Khrystyne
I loved this book as much as I loved the first one. I really really enjoyed the dynamic chemistry that was displayed between Jessica and Mark. I really really wanted them together. But I enjoyed their dialogue and the relationship that was developed throughout the second book. The suspense was thought out well. Robards really thought it out. The bad guy calling the shots at the end, I didn't see happening. I really enjoyed the surprise at the end. She kept the reader on their toes when it came t ...more
Linda
This was a very good mystery/suspense novel. I have not read the first book in this series but I liked this one very much. Young lawyer Jessica Ford has received a promotion to a prosecuting team on the 6th floor and she feels she has to be worthy of this job. She is replacing a lawyer who ran off to get married but Jessica wonders if she really did. She had been in loved with Mark before and thought she was over him until he had to protect her since she seemed to be the target of a killer. You ...more
Danna
I read Justice because I really enjoyed one of Robards's other novels--Shattered--which surprised me, because from the cover it looked like a very trashy book (and I didn't think the book was trashy at all!). However, I was mostly disappointed by Justice, which was the quintessential trashy womens' novel.

I would love to try and do a count of how many times Robards describes character Mark Ryan's chest as "broad" or "wide." My head was screaming, "give me a break!" the whole time I was reading t
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Lauren
Justice
3.5 Stars

Synopsis
Criminal attorney Jessica Ford is trying to get her life back on track following a near escape from death. After winning her first high-profile case, Jess has her reservations about the outcome and when she is attacked outside her apartment her suspicions as well as those of her ex-boyfriend, Secret Service agent Mark Ryan, are aroused. What has Jess stumbled upon and why is she be targeted by an assassin?

Review
A solid romantic suspense but not as thrilling as it could ha
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Beverly
Jess Ford has just won a high profile case -- the son of s senator was accused of rape. They seemed to be in trouble when the "victim" recanted on the stand. She should be celebrating but she saw Tiffany being accosted on the street and Jess believes she is in trouble. On her way home, Jess is mugged and if not for the intervention of her former boyfriend and FBI agent Mark, she probably wold be dead. Mark and Jess think this attack might have something to do with what brought them together in t ...more
Brenda
Aug 05, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense thriller lovers
This book is absolutely gripping! It's only my second Karen Robards and I'll definitely be reading more!

Jessica Ford, a criminal lawyer, is under Secret Service protection, as she was the only witness to the First Lady of the US being killed in a car accident, deemed suspicious. But she refuses to 'go into hiding' choosing instead to change her appearance and get on with her life. Upon winning a high profile case, her photo was on the front page of the papers, and from then on, things began to g
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Ashley Dawn
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 f ...more
Susan
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 “k ...more
Nikki
I was disappointed with this one. At first I thought it would be interesting to read a follow-up book by K.Robards. Sadly I was let down by the fact that the two main characters of the previous book (Pursuit) had ended their relationship and were no longer together at the start of this book. So this was like history repeating itself. If they got together or not at the end of the book was irrelevant to me, because I have no faith it would remain that way. By the end of this story I didn't much li ...more
Jeane
This is a follow up to Pursuit. Jessica Ford is the only survivor of an accident that killed the
First Lady and was being protected by the Secret Service since the people who caused the death of the First Lady might be after Jessica. She changed her name to Jessica Dean,dyed her hair and got contact lenses. This was the first implausible thing to me. That's not much disguise at all,
especially when you refuse to leave D.C. and then go to work for the very elite legal firm of Ellis Hayes. How could
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Bea
"Justice" is a follow up of sorts to 2009's "Pursuit". We first met Jess and Mark in that book when Jess was the sole survivor of a car accident involving the First Lady of the US. You can read this book as a stand alone but I would suggest reading "Pursuit" first to get a handle on why exactly Jess and Mark believe that she is in danger in this book. I enjoyed this one more than I did "Pursuit".

Because of the events in "Pursuit" Jess is supposed to be keeping a low profile. She is in the Secret
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Francesca Rock
I am currently in a daze of loving mystery novels. Must have murder and mayhem and this book certainly fit the bill! I have read a few Karen Robards novels in the past and have always enjoyed them - and this one was no different.

The story was quickly paced, if a bit predictable. There was something a bit concerning to me about it though - there was kind of a magical element going on in the story with Allison (the woman who eloped) that never got explained. Why did Jess see her? Where did that ph
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Addie Calvitt
This is Robards' second book in the Jessica Ford series. The story line is similar to the first: somebody wants Jessica Ford dead. In the first book, Jessica is protected by Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan, and along the way of unraveling the mystery in the first book, Jessica and Mark fall in love.

In the second book, we learn that Jessica and Mark are no longer together, but because someone (again) wants Jessica dead, Mark is there to protect her once again. I admit that I did not care for the a
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)

Jessica is in a pseudo witness protection program, but she just won her first high profile case and is now all over the news. Her ex Mark is assigned to keep her safe, he still wants to be with her, and she wants to kill him. Jessica gets a spot on the legal team and she can’t get over how the victim of a rape recanted on the stand. She thinks the witness has been threatened and she can’t let it go. The woman who she replaced, who just up and married, has her worried to. Jessica gets attacked by
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Samantha
Justice begins with a woman dying, two young runaways being the only witnesses, and an unexpected conclusion to a rape trial. Jess is a young, hard-working lawyer that is moving up in the ranks of the law firm where she works as she has just won a high profile case. But instead of celebrating Jess is trying to figure out why the prosecution's main witness recanted her story on the stand. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, Mark Ryan, Jess begins to investigate more into the case that she has just ...more
Diane
the author is very descriptive and i am not crazy about that. one character may ask a question then there is 2 huge paragraphs before the questioning in answered. by that time, i forgot the question a page ago. some things didnt make a lot of sense either. the drowning in the pool in the middle of a party was weak. not strong characters and the manin character, Jess is like a spoiled teenager in my mind.
Peggy
Just finished the egalley from Simon and Schuster. It was free, but this does not influence my review.


After reading a bunch of free stuff on Smashwords, I was looking for something on a higher level. This delivered. I could not put it down. I had to force myself to stop so that I could make dinner for my kids (and it was one of those 'quick' dinners).


I would give this a four out of five stars. It would have gotten more but I dislike foul language - especially the f-bomb. It also has some descri
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drey
drey’s thoughts:
Karen Robards’ Justice is a gripping read that you will not be able to put down. It starts off with a woman getting killed while two teenagers are hiding under her bed. And moves to a courtroom scene where Jess is surprised by the outcome because, well, she’s absolutely certain her client is actually guilty.

Then danger shows up on her doorstep. Literally. And Jess has to figure out who’s trying to kill her, and why. Luckily she has Mark to watch out for her, and luckily he has s
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Karen was born on 24 August 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was a teenager. She sold her first short story, when was very young, and was published in the December 1973 Reader's Digest, but she cannot sold her first romance novel until 1981, when she was 24. After it, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today, a regular on the New York Times ...more
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