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Whispers at Midnight

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,434 Ratings  ·  83 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
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Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
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
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
Sep 09, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nikki by: Tammy
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
Jul 24, 2013 Vettech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Head in the clouds
No no no no no no no no no no!!!

I need to wash my brains - I need to read me some Linda Howard - this is NOT how a romantic suspense should be done; I want to read about adults not teenager-like angsters who can't keep their pants on; what love? what? Noooooooo I can't believe the time I wasted on this. Arghhhhh! Not happy!

Feb 13, 2008 Rissa rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Jun 22, 2011 ErinReadsTooMuch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Aug 03, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Marie Freeman
Oct 19, 2015 Marie Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite Robard's book to date-even though it is the oldest one I have read to date. I really liked the dynamic between Matt and Carly, especially Carly's new found ability to stand up to him. Their long history, and the complexity that is inherent in that, lent a richness to their relationship that is hard to duplicate in other relationships. The mystery of who was after Carly was also well written-I was surprised by who the culprit was considering I was certain it was another ...more
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
May 23, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012

**************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
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.

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
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
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
Jul 22, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
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
A thriller. Well, a girlie thriller, I guess. I liked it. It was a thriller but written light heartedly for the most part. A man who committed an act in the past is now trying to get rid of those who might remember that act. Carly is his last victim. But, of course, there is the love interest. Carly is in love with the town sheriff. So all this love stuff is the light hearted side. I enjoyed this authors style of writing and my stars are really 3.5.
I thought this romantic suspense could have been a bit shorter, although it did pick up during the last 100 pages or so. The main thing that bothered me about this book was that most of the main character's (Carly Linton's) dialogue was spent expressing her anger at her prospective love interest, Matt Converse. He just couldn't seem to do anything right from Carly's perspective, although she was secretly head over heels in love with him.

Carly had moved back to her home town of Benton, GA, after
Anna Mcfadden
Jun 12, 2014 Anna Mcfadden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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. ...more
Enjoyable. I like romance mixed with suspense. Even better seconds chances. Carly is cute and sassy but still needs someone on her side. Matt like to take care of people but does not see a future involving love. Add a missing woman, a burglar who makes return visits and a dog & cat to the mix and life gets interesting for Carly and Matt.
Oct 04, 2015 Kay-em rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boring
This reminds me of why I generally dislike reading books where the hero and heroine knew each other in the past. It often feels like I'm starting a book in the middle. Anyway, I decided to put aside my reservations and give this a try when I felt like I wanted a dose of KR. Sadly, it was a disappointment. The romance especially was way off, I ended up skimming most of it. I especially couldn't get the heroine, she just came across as petty and immature most of the time. The only redeeming qualit ...more
May 22, 2016 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best murder mystery book I've read. The author couldn't decide if this was romance novel or a murder mystery. I solved the case within the first few chapters and it took the sheriff the entire book. It would be a great beach read.
Misty Pascoe (Red's Romance Review's)
I have yet to find a book by this author that I haven't completely loved!! This one is no exception, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through!! It has the perfect blend of romance and mystery!! Highly recommend!!
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
Jul 19, 2015 Liza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Liza by: no one
At the beginning of this book I think it had a lot more potential that it did. I had trouble deciding whether to give it two or three stars for average. I don't think this is Karen Robards best book.
May 06, 2015 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was interesting and I liked the mystery, I just felt like there were to many unnecessary descriptions, and it make things drag out a bit.
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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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