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In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards's latest heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, a reckless former detective knows too much, and a hostage negotiator is forced to join him on the run for his life.

Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jackie Lane
This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last. I definitely was hooked to this romantic suspense novel by her.

Reed Ware gets a call from Hollis that something bad is going down. He is even able to get pictures of what is happening, a shooting in the cemetery.

The action begins.......Reed holds some of the New Orleans elite hostage and a hostage negotiator is called in. The first surprise is that the hostage negotiator is someone that Reed knows. He was once...more
Sarah
I use to be a big fan of Karen Robards but now I feel that she has lost her IT factor and her books have just not been as good as her earlier stuff.
Now for this book. I really hated that it was all shoved in one day. I also hated the language. I am not a prude and I will drop the F bomb in a conversation on a regular basis but when an author uses the word that stars with a "t" and ends with a "t" to describe a part of a woman's body in a mainstream romantic suspense book it is a total turn off f...more
Katrina
Sadly, this is my last book I read by this author. I had high hopes for this one because it started out really good. Then it went from mystery to Harlequin romance.

I skipped numerous pages at once after skimming them because it was very repetitive. I mean, at one point I thought the author had made a bet with someone to see how many times she could use the word nipple. I'm still not sure, even after reading it 30 times if Caroline's nipples were hard through the whole book. They were. I think....more
Wendy T
I absolutely loved this book. Love the suspense this book had right up the end. I love the relationship between Reed and Caroline. I could feel the tension coming off the pages between the two of them. I really didn't want this book to end.
Lisa O'Neill
I love Karen Robards, but felt that in Hunted, as with her previous romantic suspense offering (I believe it was Shiver,) the suspense plot was really just a very loose framework for the main couple to get it on. I have nothing against the main couple getting it on in romance novels (and if one does, romance probably isn't the best genre for them,) but it seemed that the physical descriptions of each character's hotness were exhaustive and repeated and became the focus at very odd times (like wh...more
Nancy
I am partially at fault for not liking this book. Yet it had its strong points.

So it starts as a compelling crime novel. Reed Ware gets a call from a street kid named Hollis. Something bad is happening. The kid takes pictures of the crime and Reed is compelled to look into it. It seems that the New Orleans Police Department might have some corruption. Fast forward a day or two and Caroline, a professional cop and hostage negotiator is called onto a scene. Reed has entered a glitzy party and tak...more
Lainy
Time taken to read - 9 days (on and off)

Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton

Pages - 336

Goodreads blurb

Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This time, the hostages include her boss - the chief of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force disgraced, under investigation by Internal Affairs, and worst of all,...more
Christa
I really enjoyed this latest romantic suspense by Karen Robards. I found the main characters, Reed Ware and Caroline Wallace to be very sympathetic, and the storyline was fast paced and kept me intrigued. I thought the book was a great balance of suspense and romance.

When Caroline Wallace is called in to negotiate during a hostage situation, she is stunned to find that the hostage taker is Detective Reed Ware. It soon becomes apparent to Caroline that nothing about the situation is quite what it...more
Gerry Bartlett
This book was marketed as a thriller. Okay, when police detective Reed can't get justice, he goes haywire and takes hostages. Bring in negotiator Caroline whose father is one of the hostages and one of the bad guys in the police department. She knows Reed from when he guarded her family when she was 17 and she had a crush on him then. One thing leads to another and they end up on the run from the police while Reed tries to get justice for the young men he wants to help. Plot sounds okay and migh...more
Neil Mudde
This is my first book by Karen Robards, I found it difficult to get into, and was considering to stop reading, but at the time I had nothing else to read so plotted through, it starts off discussing a corrupt New Orleans Police Department Off course the hero is a detective who has found a major ring run by some police officers on his team when he reports them he gets thrown out of the force hence the kidnapping plot, the author has to have the plot set in the upper class of New Orleans, Mayor, C...more
Kelly
This was a book of two very different and distinct - but not good - halves.
The first was full of action and the introduction of a fairly complex plot. I had good expectations based on this unique plot. Boy, were these expectations demolished quickly. There was a lot of action - bombs, kidnappings, murders, corruption... but it was all so repetitive, so flatly written and uninteresting. If Caroline asked Reed to "surrender" once, she asked him a gazillion times. Bad writing and horrific reading....more
Brown
Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This time, the hostages include her boss - the chief of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force disgraced, under investigation by Internal Affairs, and worst of all, considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous. As police snipers arrive on the scene and manage...more
Jeri Johnson
I really enjoyed this book. I found it fast reading and action filled. Sometimes I wonder what people want in a book. Maybe they just don't enjoy anything! I read for fun, entertainment and sometimes for escape. I don't need to analyze every book.
Cathy Ryan
I gave this 2.5 stars

The story concept was an interesting one and promised suspense and action, or so I thought. NOPD deceptive Reed Ware finds out about corruption and murder in the police force and the next thing we know he’s holding the city’s main players to ransom. The hostage negotiator, Caroline, gets taken hostage herself. What happened to make Reed flip? Caroline had a teenage crush on Reed and can’t understand why he’s turned into someone who, she believes, will blow up a roomful of pe...more
Roxann
I had high hopes for this book. It was listed as a thriller. My sister bought it for me on my birthday because she knew I liked mystery/thriller type books. I always expect a little romance in the mystery but this was too much. I saw recently that people have it placed under suspense romance. The mystery of the book should have been good. It's been done in other books also. In this case a detective finds out about a group of police and others murdering citizens. The 'bad' citizens of the city. '...more
Sara Mitchell
Detective Reed Ware stumbles upon something big that involves police corruption. Caroline is a hostage negotiator who is called in when Reed takes a group of big-wigs hostage on Christmas eve. Caroline had a crush on Reed when he was younger and she's also the daughter of one of the men held hostage. Detective Ware ends up taking Caroline hostage once he escapes and along the way the two fight sexual tension and fall in love.

I've read Karen Robards books in the past and have liked most of them,...more
Cardyn Brooks
Here's what has me feeling torn about Caroline and Reed's story: Caroline's inappropriate obsession with how "sexy" Reed is given the seriousness of their circumstances. Even though Hunted is a romantic thriller, Caroline's thoughts and behavior make it hard to believe that she's an exceptional police hostage negotiator.

Many passages read more like a spoof with shades of the Keystone Cops, but it is an enjoyable, lighthearted read despite the serious themes of family dysfunction, addiction, gri...more
Gloria Cangahuala
I really enjoy Karen Robards. Her writing style makes for easy, engaging reading. "Hunted" is not one of her best books, but it is still enjoyable, nonetheless.

Detective Reed Ware is a good cop, but hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace is called to the scene when Ware is found holding a houseful of prominent people hostage. There really isn't a great surprise at the end, as the reader is not really kept in the dark as to Ware's motivations. I would have preferred it had Robards kept me in the dar...more
Judy Goodnight
I'd actually call this a 3.5 star book but I bumped it up to 4 because, for the most part, I've always enjoyed Karen Robards books.

I liked the main character Detective Reed Ware a lot. He was smart and had the ability to think quickly on his feet. That was a characteristic he needed because he was definitely in deep trouble. The main female character was adequate. Some of the plot action seemed implausible. but it is fiction.

If anything, I felt the concentration of sexual action in the center of...more
Elizabeth
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Christine
I have been a Karen Robards fan for years, and I was so pleased when I found a copy of "Hunted" at the library!

And...I liked it. It really shows off Robards' mastery of romantic suspense. Who is at the center of a ring of dirty cops? New Orleans Detective Reed Ware goes rogue in an effort to find out, and Caroline, a hostage negotiator, gets pulled (literally) into his desperate plan. There's a longstanding attraction between Reed and Caroline and it flares back to life while they're on the run....more
Judy Collins
Loved Hunted! It was very sexy, hot, steamy, fast paced, and full of suspense! Lots of chemistry between Reed (homicide detective) and Caroline (cop and daughter of police sergeant).

I listened to the audio book and it was right on with the slow southern New Orleans Big Easy accent. I adore Cassandra Campbell and this was my first time listening to MacLeod Andrews (Narrators)-they were a perfect pair –listening to the wee hours of the morning to see how it ended!

Reed lost his ex-wife and son in a...more
Anna Mcfadden
'Hunted' by @TheKarenRobards---Detective Reed Wade gets a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard from the scene of drug deal turn murder that he was a witness of, thar leads Reed takes New Orleans mayor, sheriff, council members and superintendent of police as hostages. The hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace is call in and she finds out not only is the perp is an old friend she try to seduce 10 years ago but her father the superintendent , is in there. As Caroline try to talk Reed down she ha...more
Ipah Ariff
From the start, we were introduced first to the leading male character which could be the reason why I seemed to have sympathise with him more than the leading female character. That was not a problem, because sometimes those things are acceptable. What was not acceptable was the way Caroline was constructed, which in my opinion, was not in a very good way. She felt... flat. It seemed to me that she was a contradiction, saying first one thing, then another. I just could not like her. The whole t...more
ElaineY
REVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIO; JANUARY 9, 2014
Narrators: Cassandra Campbell & Macleod Andrews


The Story: A 5-five star story for the first half. After that, it was ruined by the '80s Harlequin-style heroine (don't-you-dare-touch-me-ooh-fuck-me-or-I'll-combust).

If not for that, Hunted would be about the best Robards I've read, though I can't say I've read a lot of them. I have not read anything she wrote in the last ten years because I had the impression she'd moved away from romantic suspense t...more
Sharon Kurtz
The premise of this book, that TPTB would form their own posse of modern day off duty police officers to get the lowlifes off the streets of New Orleans by executing them in cold blood, is spine chilling. That was the only thing that was believable about this book. The entire story takes place in the space of about one week. The H/h knew each other ten years ago, are now both cops, and fall in love in the space of two days? Karen Robards has lost her mojo. When I compare this to her earlier work...more
Joy
In my (very humble) opinion Karen Robards is one of the best authors of the genre in which she writes.

You know a story-teller is great when your mind's eye can almost "see" the characters and their environment. When you can almost smell the food or the air they breathe. Robards obviously did a great deal of research on Cajun lifestyle, mannerisms and speech to impart "authenticity" to the story. It reminded me somewhat of the movie, "The Big Easy" (1986; Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin). A movie wort...more
Donna
I listened to this book on cd. I like the narrators, both did a good job. Even though I like the story, I had trouble getting through the first few chapters. Karen Robards has started to use too many adjectives to describe character feelings and attitude. I stopped reading the Charlie Stone series because of this. In this story, she either cut back on using so many or I got so into the story that I didn't notice as much. I really liked Reese and his background. He is strong and caring. Caroline...more
Cathy Ryan
2.5 stars
The story concept was an interesting one and promised suspense and action, or so I thought. NOPD detective Reed Ware finds out about corruption and murder in the police force and the next thing we know he’s holding the city’s main players to ransom. The hostage negotiator, Caroline, gets taken hostage herself. What happened to make Reed flip? Caroline had a teenage crush on Reed and can’t understand why he’s turned into someone who, she believes, will blow up a roomful of people if his...more
Linda
I enjoyed the book and found it to be suspenseful. There were a few slow parts but overall, it was a good book.

New Orleans police detective Reed Ware feels responsible for two boys who were left homeless when their mother was shot and killed. When Hollis calls him one night and says some serious stuff is going down, he is exasperated at first because the boy always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When he see what Hollis has captured on the cell phone, he doesn't believe what he...more
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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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