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TV anchorwoman Lynn, on a horse-riding expedition in Utah, meets Jess, a former agent of the ATF. Separated from the main group, they run into a religious cult planning to detonate nuclear bombs.
325 pages
Published 1997 by Delacorte Press (first published 1996)
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May 16, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Lynn Nelson's teenage daughter, Rory, and fellow schoolgirls go on a vacation camping trip in the mountain wilderness of Utah, Lynn goes along as one of the chaperones. Jess Feldman, owner of Adventure Inc. along with his brother Owen, are the tour guides for the girls' adventure into the wilderness. Rory has a crush on Jess, but it's Rory's mom that Jess is interested in. Jess and Lynn start off on the wrong foot, but after Lynn and Rory plummet from a crumbling cliff edge, it's Jess who c ...more
With the end of the world stuff circulating around the Internet and the world media, I picked up quite a fitting read for the occasion, and I promise you that it was all by coincidence. Karen Robards is a favorite author of mine and every now and then I pick up something of hers just to get my fix of Ms. Robards who delivers kick-ass romantic suspense with a superb dose of sensuality in almost all of her novels of the genre. Similarly Heartbreaker is a contemporary romantic suspense packed with ...more
Aug 31, 2013 ~M~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really detested the beginning of this book. I HATED the bitchy main character, and her bitchy, spoiled brat daughter. The main character actually thinking to herself - SMUGLY - that at least her ass isn't as big as the other moms - WOW. Meanwhile she is SMOKING to keep her weight down.

Does she wonder why she has NO FRIENDS AT ALL?? No, she doesn't care. As long as she is smarter and better looking.

I detested her. I wanted her to die in the damn avalanche.

Of course, the hot main dude is comple
Lynsey A
This was an interesting story line but the heroine annoyed me way too much. Even when Jess was saving her life she was all about how she was going to sue Adventure's Inc. and it was constant, I think even after they made love. Wow. Talk about a b*itch. Didn't like it.

Then what really tipped it over the edge for me was when the man she loved hurled himself out the window right before a house blew up, she's being a reporter and reporting on the story. She didn't run over to him and kiss him or hug
Lynn Nelson is an anchorwoman in Chicago. Her relationship with her 14 year old daughter, Rory is rocky to say the least. When Lynn books a vacation in hopes she can bond with Rory, she has no idea she'll be right in the middle of murder. Plenty of twists, turns and a bit of romance. I really had a hard time putting this down. I love this author's Romantic Suspense!
Dec 24, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
So this book really throws you for a loop as it progresses.

The characters are pretty well-rounded, but we get to know them a little too suddenly. They literally tell their life-stories and backgrounds in a few pages about half-way through, which kind of kills the tension between Lynn and Jess.

Lynn. I literally hated her character for the first hundred or so pages. All she does is bitch and whine about every. single. little. thing. She whines about the whole vacation, down to the people there who
Taylor Grace
Jul 27, 2015 Taylor Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked out Heartbreaker on the recommendation of the store clerk in the used book store. I was heading for a flight and I needed something to read. I had never read Karen Robards but with those waiting lines at the airport facing me, I grabbed the book and dove in.

Heartbreaker is non-stop action, which is the best sort of book to have while you’re waiting to board a plane. I couldn’t care less that the person behind me just jumped ahead of me in line because I just kept reading. And it’s got h
Dec 27, 2011 Sarah.W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Set in some bizarre alternate Utah, I enjoyed the story, but thought the setting was a deal breaker. These people would have been dead of hypothermia in the freezing cold Uintahs in June, slushy trails, freezing run off. Plus Wilderness areas are specifically areas where there are no roads, no off-roading, no jeeps, no mining. It did make me realize that the books I read that are set in places I'm not familiar with are probably terribly inaccurate and I just don't know it. I'd give three stars f ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Josephine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got to Chapter 34 and was really disappointed where the book went from there (although I see that this was to develop Jess's story but I think it would have been stronger if there were more scenes in his POV), so I skipped to the HEA. However Lynn was incredibly judgemental and unlikeable, and when she and Jess had four rounds of sex on a rocky ledge after he was shot and she sent her daughter off, I really struggled to buy into their story any longer. What happened to Rory at the end? She was ...more
Nora aka Diva
Honestly I don't care much for romance novels of any kind, so why did I read it? Well it was in the bag of books my sister dropped off. Bad sister!! lol. Anyway it was rather predictable but aren't all romance novels so? This followed the man and woman meet she doesn't like him, he pretends not to like her... danger follows, they have to trust each other and help each other to survive and of course fall in love in the process. Yay?
This novel was well written, you could tell the author had though
Pr Latta
I almost returned this library book unread -- couldn't get past the first couple chapters of Lynn's (Chicago TV anchorwoman) whining and complaining which was more annoying than humorous. I never did find her a particularly sympathetic character. Nor did I find Jess, an adventure tour guide who is solid in a lot of ways, to be a consistent character. But I got sucked in to the suspense. The Waco-like cult / bomb / end of the world plot felt dated as did the descriptions of computers (and the lac ...more
First time reading this author and I liked it for the most part. Lynn is on a wilderness adventure with her 14 yr. old daughter in order to have bonding time. She is brittle, bitchy and overprotective. Her daughter Rory is deservedly pulling away. After an accident leaves Lynn and Rory stranded with Jesse, one of the leaders of the adventure, she is forced to trust someone to help her. Lynn is a difficult character to like throughout the whole book and the choices she makes are often strange. Th ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Sabah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my type of book and I really had to force myself to finish it. I was quite disappointed as this is not what I expected of Robards. I don't see the title of the book fitting anywhere with the plot as it seemed to be about religious fanatics. Characters seemed to get lost along the storyline and all this with a bit of romance thrown in here and there. It was like everything was thrown in together haphazardly. If I had not read any other books by Robards, I would have stopped right here but tha ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 06, 2013 Lhenry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun story. Lynn really wasn't very nice or even rational at the beginning, but you could see where she was coming from and she was strangely likeable, as Jess found. The romance developing as she dropped her rather silly assumptions about Jess was very enjoyable.The action scenes were very exciting and the funny bits, like the kayak and the donkey made me laugh out loud. Karen Robards is author who alays seemed to deliver a story that fits my preferenes
Nov 08, 2009 Maryann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: romance, favorites
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Heartbreaker - G+
Karen Robards
When divorcee Lynn Nelson, a beautiful single mother, agrees to help chaperone her teenage daughter Rory's wilderness trip, she and Rory become separated from the rest of the group, surrounded by an unknown menace, with only outfitter Jess Feldman standing between them and the mysterious evil.
Jan 27, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, the suspense was good and the characters were well developed. The mother, Lynn, complains alot in the first few chapters, but redeems herself. I probably would have complained too in those conditions. I love stories about surviving in the wild, throw in a few bad guys and I'm hooked.
Leslie Mesmer
Oct 24, 2014 Leslie Mesmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a thrill ride. The story starts off a little irritating but then the ride begins and does not let up or slow down until the final pages.
I really enjoyed this book. The intensity keeps you going page after page.
Although the characters are not really done in depth, the suspense more than makes up for it.
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a vacation turns out much differently than expected, due to an unstable cliff and murderous cultists intent on destroying the world, anything can happen...and it does. Lynn gets even more adventure than the outfitters promised...and more than she ever dreamed of.
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Despite the title, this was a hilarious book. The situations, and the characters reaction to them cracked me up. I wouldn't have minded the daughter falling prey to a mountain lion (she was beyond obnoxious). The hero and heroine were absolutely terrific.
Anna Mcfadden
Jun 22, 2014 Anna Mcfadden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lynn, a TV reporter goes on a horse back class trip with her 14 year old daughter Rory. As they looking at a rainbow they fall off a mountain cliff. Hot cowboy Jess climbs down to rescue them. soon they find them running for their life from a religious cult.
Jun 26, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read by Karen Robards!!!!!!! Great suspense, suprise around every corner, pager turner, romance, sensual, feels like your with the characters!!!!! A Great read!!!! Contemp, suspense, romance!!
Jan 10, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was just bad. The beginning was mildly interesting, mom and daughter go on wilderness vacation and encounter trouble. However,once the romance and end of the world story lines start, you have to put your common sense on a shelf.
Aug 18, 2015 Petrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Really good book! I love the ending statement that when a man does battle with a dragon sometimes the Dragon wins. This book shows the beauty of when the Dragon loses. I love this author and this book just reaffirmed that. Great read.
Jun 11, 2012 PepsiGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little dated in the fact that there were trying to get to a phone couldn't use a pay phone, situations that don't exist today. Lynn(main character) was annoying at times, Jess was of course lovable, and more than what she gave him credit for. Overall I liked it.
Newsreporter (Lynn) & ex ATF agent Jess
Diane Saxon
Feb 21, 2015 Diane Saxon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. It rather struck a chord with the whole teenage daughter, dealt with very humorously. Great read.
Feb 04, 2015 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really keeps you involved till the end.
Crystal Karre
I lost some sleep on this one, I could not put it down. Wow!
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Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen 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, wh
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