Whispers at Midnight
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Whispers at Midnight

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,606 ratings  ·  70 reviews
From "New York Times" bestselling author Karen Robards, whom "Newsweek" magazine calls "one of the most popular voices in women's fiction," comes a thrilling new novel of romantic suspense set in a sultry small southern town. Carly Linton is hell-bent on starting over. After a bruising divorce, she moves back to her tiny hometown of Benton, Georgia, to start up a bed-and-b...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Atria Books
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Tammy Walton Grant
I am such a sucker for the "second chance/I've loved you since I was a kid" theme. What this says about my own deep-seated psychological issues I'm afraid to guess, but I gobble these romances up like candy.

Whispers at Midnight is one of my all-time favourites - a comfort read that I know will keep me entertained for a few hours. Every time I read it I wish that I lived in Georgia and had a 6'1", black-haired, coffee-eyed slice of serious hotness to fight/flirt with. My GR friend Catherine used...more
Catherine
This was a fun read. It had a light suspense plot running through the background, but overall its tone was light and fun. Thanks, Tammy, for the rec!

The hero and heroine of the book used to be childhood friends, but then things went a little far on prom night and their friendship ended. The hero, Matt, was completely uncomfortable with introducing sex into their relationship (although the heroine was all for it) and decided to deal with the issue by ignoring it. Unfortunately, that meant that he...more
Carrie
I get the distinct impression Robards couldn't decide whether she wanted to write a humorous contemporary romance or a gritty romantic suspense. The book is mostly a contemporary romance about a bad boy (Matt) that takes the virginity of the starry-eyed hometown girl (Carly), then never calls. Years later a now divorced Carly with a major chip on her shoulder returns to town, complete with a haughty cat and a comic-relief sidekick (Sandra). Hijinks ensue. Snappy, snarky Carly spars with commitme...more
Nikki
3 stars.

I just couldn't get into this. The premise of the book was so good that I was really excited to pick it up but unfortunately it fell flat for me. I think Susan Elizabeth Phillips has ruined me for other contemporary romance. Seriously.

The book starts off pretty well with a bit of action and suspense and then we meet our hero, Matt, who is the county sheriff. So far so good. Then it introduces the heroine, Carly, who seems smart and funny and we get thrown straight into the action which I...more
Vettech
My mom read this one right before I did. She kept asking me if I guessed who the bad guy was yet....Well, I never did!! I was very surprised who it was though.

Another great murder mystery/romantic love story from Karen Robards. Hunky Sheriff verses head strong stubborn female future in keeper. Matt & Carly made for some really great fireworks. Matt's three sisters were a real hoot in this one too. I do think the real stars of this story were Hugo the cat and Annie the little dog!!

I recomme...more
Mademoiselle Charlotte
I usually like Robards' books(not usually,it was always up until this one)but this book felt like a chicklit-clashes-with-thriller book written in few hours...:/

THE STORYLINE

Benton is a small town,filled with gossip,busybodies but amongst all,innocent people.So,when Carly arrives to her hometown,with her friend,Sandra,and her house is burglarized,no one suspects anything,especially not Carly.However,enter Matt Converse,Carly's best friend/crush/love-of-her-life from her childhood,and the burglar...more
Rissa
Feb 13, 2008 Rissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance/Suspense lovers
Fast-paced romance/suspense that made me too anxious to go to bed. The Characters were hard not to like, especially when the love interest is hott. :) took only 2 days for me to finish reading. If you love reading romantic suspense books with more romance like me, then you'll want to read Whispers at Midnight.
Lita Bouquard
I reread this a few times because it is funny and sexy. Robards also manages to include important topics in her books with out depressing the reader. Love that the friends are black and white and afraid together. Back in her old hometown Carli revisits past emotions when she sees the bad boy she had a major crush on. He's the law in town and a confirmed bachelor. As she and her friend try to open a B&B they encounter mysterious setbacks. Matt helps Carli and is charmed by her again despite h...more
gina~*
For my favorite author, this book really tanked in my opinion. First off the heroine had fake boobs and dyed her hair blonde. If you like that sort of lead female then disregard this review... I can't stand women who try to turn themselves into barbie no matter the reason and it really soured a great story for me. Another thing that ticked me off was that the killer owned a "Ford Silverado" I'm not kidding. It really says that. Chevy makes Silverados. NOT Ford!! Great mystery and steamy sex scen...more
ErinReadsTooMuch
This was the first book I read by this author, and I really liked it!! The characters are great, with just a hint of ridiculousness in some scenarios. The attraction, history, and tension between the Hero and Heroine is fun, and you just gotta love the supporting cast. She kept it interesting, fresh, and with just enough suspense in there to really keep the pages turning as well. I will definitely look into more of her books.
MuchAdo
This book suffers from an unfocused direction, it tries comedy (and fails), it tries romance (so and so) and it tries suspense (dreadful). The hero is endearing to me while he does not want to marry but then he is destroyed by the genre's conventions and he has to go from the former state to 'marry me' within the space of two paragraphs. The heroine I disliked for the greater part of the book, she starts as that kind of irritating brass that would make any normal person run a mile every time she...more
Robin
Sheriff Matt Converse is investigating a call about a prowler when he stumbles into his old friend, Carly Linton, who has returned to her small hometown to open a bed-and-breakfast. Carly isn't so happy to see him. She still remembers their one magical night at her senior prom. She also remembers Matt had avoided her ever since. Now Carly needs to decide whether to forgive Matt and be friends, or tell him what she thinks of him. But, she may not have a chance because someone is trying to kill he...more
Willow
My second Karen Robards book, and I have to say I get it. I see her style, and I really like it. This is romantic suspense that doesn't sacrifice either. Much. Some scenes drag on, yes, but when crazy/scary/murderous things are happening they're cut throat and blend perfectly with the romance that she does not skimp on. Charged, super sexy scenes between the leads; Matt and Carly who grew up together. Matt was the town's bad boy, from the bad side of town, a house full of sisters, and a Mexican...more
Sarah

**************Warning!! Spoilers in this review!!!!*************

This wasn't one of my favorites of Karen Robards. I liked Matt some, but he seemed a little rude to Carly, and for no reason, sometimes. I understand he is commitment-phobic, but jeez cut her a break. One minute he was caring and affectionate and the next he was feeling sorry for her and proposing. Carly annoyed me to no end in the beginning of the book. She repeatedly, as in on nearly every page, called him a "no good dirty rotten...more
Jane Stewart
He likes her but rejects her because he wants his freedom and he doesn’t want to hurt her. It was ok, a little different.

STORY BRIEF:
Carly was abandoned by her mother when 8 years old. She was placed in an orphanage for a short while until her grandmother came to get her and raise her. As a teenager, Matt worked odd jobs to help support his single mother and sisters. He was around Carly a lot since he worked for her grandmother. He and Carly were good friends growing up. He was always like a big...more
beppy
synopsis:
carly is divorced, and coming back to the town that she grew up in with her business partner to open up a bed&breakfast. their first night back, they find someone who looks like a prowler hanging around the place. it turns out that he is worse than that. when carly finally sees him in some light, she realizes it's matt, the guy that she had a crush on growing up, and who she willingly gave her virginity to on prom night, but then never heard from again. carly holds some resentment a...more
Karen Keyte

Karen Robards is a best-selling romantic suspense novelist and books like Whispers at Midnight are the reason why. An interesting collection of characters, an intriguing and well-crafted mystery, humor, danger and a satisfying romance all serve to make this a top notch read.

Carly Linton is moving back to her hometown in Georgia after twelve years in the big city of Chicago. With both the rat-race and her rat of an ex-husband behind her, Carly is planning on opening a bed-and-breakfast in the hou...more
Mary
Jul 22, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure fans, Karen Robards fans, romance lovers
Recommended to Mary by: It's a Karen Robards!
Shelves: romance
Cute, cute, cute! Carly comes back to take over her inheritance, a grand old house from her grandmother. She grew up here, and the first person she runs into is an old friend, now the town sheriff. There is a mystery mixed in, and a villain to end all villains. I love how Sheriff Matt begins falling in love with her despite his best wishes not to. This one has a place on the shelf next to my bed, so I can read it whenever I feel like it!
Juuli
The beginning was amazing. It was so exciting I couldn't stop reading. But after that I got bored because nothing happened - Matt and Carly were only talking and fighting, talking and fighting. And I really didn't like Carly. She had a foul mouth and the names she used talking about Matt... well I really started to despise the woman. And after all that slander she still had some nerve to say she loved Matt. Get real.
Now after finishing the book, I still can't understand what Matt saw in her. She...more
Anna Mcfadden
"Midnight Whisper" by @TheKarenRubards After Carley divorce she moves back home only to find someone is out to killer her and her childhood best friend bad boy turn sheriff is the only one to keep her safe, Matt recalls the one night he spent with her and discovers that he wants her in his bed but he is afraid of long term so he try to fight their attraction. Can he keep hersafe, can she make him realize forever is worth it. ☆☆☆☆
Jessica
I'm not going to rate this because I really don't have anything good or bad to say about this book. I've spent the past three days trying to read this and at. 20% I gave up. For some reason I just couldn't get in to this and so I quit trying. Dnf
Brandy Hankinson
This book was surprisingly good. I wasn't expecting much since I randomly picked it. Its abouta women named Carly who is starting over after a divorce from her lawyer husband. She moves back to her home town to turn her grandmothers house into a bed and breakfast with a friend. Thats where the hokiness ends. She is haunted by memories of a girls home she spend time in when her mother abandoned her at age 5 or 6. She doesn't connect that to the recent stalker who is trying to kill her. She is slo...more
~M~
Now THIS was a fun book! I loved her relationship with Matt. I loved his sisters and how the cook friend kept everyone coming around. There were so many great characters and subplots going along. I loved that Matt had no excuse for his behavior, just being a jerk.

My favorite heroines are the ones who are a little bit insecure. Not the beauty queens or stunning rich girls, but the regular girls who can't believe this guy is interested. I love those books.

I remembered I must have read this one l...more
Kaitlin
this book was a little bit better than the other two books I read from this author
Cherie Phillips
Really good read kept me guessing till the end as to who the killer was. Carly could be a little whinny but the interaction between her and Matt was great, it didn't matter if they were fighting or all over each other it was fantastic. My only complaint with this book was it seemed to be a little drawn out with really detailed discriptions of everything I understand that it's good to set a scene but some things were discribed repeatedly, take some of that away and the book probarbly could have l...more
Drucilla
Surprisingly, the romantic suspense/thriller does a great job balancing both parts. Just when you start getting tired of the romance, the bad guy does something that puts the brakes on any romance for a while. There are really likeable characters and the main characters do have that chemistry that so many romantic leads seem to be lacking now, for some reason. I gotta admit the bad guy starting his thing right when Carly comes back to town is really coincidental, but you gotta have some kind of...more
Nora
This was another good read. Kept you guessing right up till the end.
Beanse
I am trying to figure out if I reading an abridged version of this book. Or if this is a short story? It is so poorly written... it is terrible.

It jumps from one thing to another, then back tracks, then there is a flashback, then, oh yeah there is a bad guy who is after them but no explanation why?

Mostly, I have no idea why I am still reading this.

Save yourself!!! Find another book.
Ariel
This is one of my favorite books by Robards even if it was a little freaky . I really liked the characters: the main girl , Carly , was fiesty and sweet . &the sisters were really funny . I especially loved Matt and Carlys history together though , a lot of it good and some bad , it really made the story for me . I likke this one a lot :D
Caroan
Interesting book. I gave it a 4 because I did like the plot. I liked all the secondary characters in the story. It had alot of chemistry in it and some very funny moments!..........Now for the bad points. Did not like the h/h. She was very childish and he was downright crude. Not my idea of a happily ever after couple.
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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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