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Walking After Midnight

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,756 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
The nude male body lay on the embalming table, battered beyond recognition. Gingerly, Summer McAfee, chairman, CEO, and sole employee of Daisy Fresh cleaning service, reached out to touch an arm to reassure herself that she hadn't just seen the corpse move.Suddenly, shockingly, her hand was in the viselike grip of a man very much alive and desperate enough to take her capt ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Dell (first published January 1st 1995)
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I seriously enjoyed this book when I didn't think I would because the introduction to the hero is less than stellar. The heroine has been stood up by her employees(she runs a cleaning service) and is now alone cleaning up a funeral home, scared and singing songs when she finds the hero, who is not dead. He kidnaps her, is less than gentle with her and doesn't believe her when she tells him that she is not involved in what happened to him.

The heroine was a former lingerie model who returned home
This book starts out at midnight in a mortuary when a naked, beat up corpse suddenly grabs janitor Summer's hand and drags her into the middle of a life and death chase through the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Steve is not dead, but he is extremely frightening. She fights and spars with him and calls him Frankenstein and does every thing she can to get away from him. When she eventually gets back to her house she finds the men who tried to kill him are there and figures out they are a worse be ...more
2.5 stars

The book forced itself into insufferable cuteness and lost half a star from this reviewer. In any case it could never raise itself above the 3 star mark. Knew who the villain was almost from the word go and was surprised that the, supposedly, clever and brave cop could not see what was staring him in the face. The heroine was nothing more than your average annoying female, the bane of the genre (and can one tell me why when such heroines want to commit titanic stupidities the hero follo
This was a page-turning romantic suspense set in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. I just couldn't put it down, and stayed up way too late last night reading it. The book's spooky beginning puts Summer, cleaning service owner, alone at night in a funeral home where she is suprised by a corpse that isn't exactly dead yet. It takes off from there to the forests and small towns of the Smokies where everyone seems to be an enemy, and where the man who kidnapped Summer starts looking like less and l ...more
Nov 18, 2010 Jolene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Robards always manages to keep me on the edge of my seat with mystery, fast paced action and a fullfilling love story tucked underneath with some intense love scenes. I love her books and can't wait to get ahold of some more. Each story of her's that I have read (this is only my 3rd) are very unique. I love the storylines! Summer McAfee is an ex lingeree model who is divorced and trying to make it on her own. She has a cleaning company that she has built from the ground up. Taking over the ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This early novel by Karen Robards strains the reader's credulity, requires a map to keep all the loose plotlines straight, and wanders a bit--but it is breathtaking and awesome like a carnival ride turned up to speed "11". I'd read it before but long enough ago that this re-read was better than the first time, and I enjoyed it very much. Robards' characters are not squeaky-clean, stories are gritty in the extreme, and resolutions are not neatly tied for all eternity. I like that. And I really li ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Jazzygirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book won't be for everyone. It's got a pretty rough first meeting between the "hero" and the heroine. She calls him Frankenstein because his face is so battered. She can't really tell what he looks like. He kidnaps her and isn't very nice about it. Not that being kidnapped could be nice, but you get the idea. He was very rough with her in the beginning, but it was interesting how their relationship evolved. Ms. Robards didn't disappoint. It was nuanced and gradual, with a very happy ending.
Este es uno de los libros más raros que he leído nunca. Y cuando digo "raro", quiero decir muy, muy raro. Nada de peculiar o diferente, no, raro. Además, esta historia de secuestro y suspense con amorio fantasmal incluido no puede ni de lejos, llamarse romántico. La novela no fue lo que esperaba, mis expectativas se quedaron en nada. ¿Mas obras de Karen? Con todo mi respeto, pero no gracias.
Jan 17, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, I really enjoyed this book. It was a suspense, murder mystery that had a touch of humor in it and kept you reading page after page, never wanting to put it down. Summer McAfee ran her own cleaning company and ended up by herself at a funeral home late at night and the excitement started then. She found Steve Calhoun just before the bad guys had planned to cremate him and their four day trek across East Tennessee is what makes this story so good.

Great read and you will enjoy it from beginnin
Aug 15, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This book was really good, better than I was expecting actually. It starts out a little lame as the spooked heroine seems movie theme songs to herself and the spookiness escalates until she is FINALLY going to see if the man is alive. That took way too long to get to, IMO. But the suspense quickly escalates and literally forces you to keep turning pages hours into the night, when most people are long asleep.

I loved the general premise of the book. Two main characters forced to flee for their liv
Michelle Robinson
Jan 11, 2013 Michelle Robinson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this novel and to say that I was disappointed is an understatement.

A fellow reader told me that this was a great read and so my expectations were really high.

I found the mystery pretty thin. I also am always amazed when supposedly intelligent women have spontaneous, unprotected sex with men they hardly know. Especially in a case like this when the guy is completely unknown and could possibly be a murderer. Even if he wasn't, at the time this book was written, I like women who are
I have thoroughly enjoyed many of Ms. Robards novels, however, this one seemed to me a total aberration. The lead female character is annoyingly stupid, the dialogue is hackneyed, the writing facile, there are way too many insignificant details which add volume to the text but do not contribute to any real characterization or plot development and I consistently had the feeling that the author wrote this during a long nap. The more of it I read, the cheesier it became. Not sure if I'll make it pa ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
NOTE: Taking the Lord's name in vain is the thing I absolutely can't bear to read, so I finally put this book down and stopped reading it --- in spite of the fact that it was so darn intriguing! I would love to know how it ends (what unusual, yet engaging, protagonists!) but the profanity just keeps on keeping on. Sad. :(
Allyson Abu-hajar
I read this some time back, it was the first book I've read by Robards, that made me a fan! Laugh out loud funny! A sole owner of a cleaning service, is in a mortuary, and thinks she saw a body on an embalming table move. She's all alone, and braves touching the body...only to get grabbed! Suddenly, she's a captive!
Jul 10, 2015 Kay-em rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay-ish
Okay-ish for a KR novel. It contains the usual humorous twists and turns plus a credible suspense story that kept me wondering what would happen next. My only peeve is that midway through the book, the romance took over and the suspense kind of vanished. Then it came rushing back towards the end with a few surprises.
Apr 02, 2012 Lhenry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple by Robard and this is my favorite so far. Her characters, especially Steve, have a life that has gone so far off course, the HEA is very satisfing, and the plot and characterizations make the outcome believable. Both Steve and Summer are imperfect people but their flaws are human and often rather endearing. They also both become better people through the course of their adventure.There is a ghost character in this one, who I liked too.

And their adventure is exciting, lots o
Feb 14, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
picked this up at clubhouse bookshelves...cute little mystery, but caught off guard by rather graphic sex scenes toward end...kind of reluctant to share!
Fay Risner
Feb 22, 2016 Fay Risner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. Humorous and lots of suspense which kept me reading to see what was going to happen next.
Nov 27, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorites. Laughted out loud when she sang Ghostbusters.
Crystal Karre
Apr 10, 2015 Crystal Karre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! Read it straight through. I thought it was captivating.
Oct 24, 2014 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns to the plot, but a very good read.
Susan Ritter
Oct 06, 2014 Susan Ritter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Adventure, thriller, hot, and some comedy!
Brittany Pair
Jan 11, 2016 Brittany Pair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Definitely a page turner!
Feb 17, 2014 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Jun 23, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THis book is one of those books that captures "thoughts" that anyone might experience during a daily routine, but when they happen while cleaning a mortuary, that is just hiliarious.

A fast moving read it kept me laughing while keeping me on the edge of my seat in suspense. I hated to put it down to go to sleep.

The characters were real, and the situations were believable. If you like suspense with quirky situations, this book will not be a disappointment.
Jan 31, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cassettes, 1996
Jul 09, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The beginning was pretty funny.
"Who you gonna call?! Ghostbusters!"
I'd have wet pants, too, if I were stuck at a funeral home at two in morning, cleaning toilets and whatnot, and then suddenly you find yourself attacked by the corpse on the embalming table, who turns out not to be dead at all. Plus, I loved Summer's spunky attitude. And the story was a pretty thrilling ride. It sure helped passed the time.
Sharon A.
Oct 24, 2013 Sharon A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Sometimes when you read an older book the situation and general interaction of the characters is dated; sometimes offensively so. I had to keep plowing through the beginning of this book; the (albeit mostly mild) violence between them at the beginning of the story was off-putting. I kept after it though, and once past that it was a cute story with a nice happy ending; just what I was looking for at the time.
Kerry Allen
I held onto this for years because it was a hell of a meet-cute.

Upon rereading, everything after that makes my teeth gnash.

"I've known him eight hours, and I've thought he was a bastard for seven hours and fifty-eight minutes of our acquaintance, but I looooooooooove him."

"I'm having a juvenile hissy fit because you've ever spoken to another woman!"
"Good. I like my women jealous."

Double gag.
Aug 12, 2012 Hope rated it really liked it
the book is very interesting and a page turner
in the beginning i was (this is a romance novel !!!! WTF)
but then it's getting together love the action :)
well !!! at the end i loved the action more :D
this is really a good book and i loved the way they were thinking to get out of this situation
i wasn't disappointed
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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