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3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,432 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
A tragic childhood and a doomed marriage have forced Emma Sands to do what she does best -- run. Now, she and her young daughter have arrived in Washington Stale's Port Flannery, a remote fishing village where no one knows who she is...or where she is going.Big-city cop turned small-town sheriff Elvis Donnelly is six and a half feet of bruising muscle and solid hurt. The v ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 319 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Zebra (first published 1996)
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Saly
Rating 3.5 stars
I enjoyed the book, the heroine was a pretty fiery character and I loved her adorable daughter and the mischief she could get into. The heroine is on the run ever since she found out that her father like figure in her life has been keeping tabs on her, creepily and may have killed her loved one's to keep her to himself.

The hero has the funniest name ever Elvis and is the Sheriff. He came back to town after he lost one of his arms in an explosion. I loved his self-doubts, the roma
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SheLove2Read
Dec 26, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok
I had heard so many good reviews of this book that I was excited to get it and read about Sheriff Elvis and his romance with Cajun chick Emma. By the time I was finished with it I was just glad it was over.

I never really got a good sense of what Elvis looks like, other than big and tall with a prosthesis. Emma started to grate on me with her Cajun slang and constantly switching to the French language. Don't even get me started on her daughter Gracie. I have never been so annoyed by a child in a
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Carrie
3.5*

This was an interesting romantic suspense with characters who were a little different from the average. I enjoyed the romance, and even thought the little girl, Gracie, was well done. The characters lacked development, and the suspense was somewhat weak, as well, but still this was an enjoyable read.
Pamela
Nov 10, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm in the minority here when I say that this book is absolute crap. I hated everything about it: the characters, the story, and the way it's written. I know 18 month-old toddlers who speak more clearly than the stupid child in this book. It would have been fine had the toddler was part of the background, but no, she was up-front and center and so annoying. I don't enjoy giving books bad reviews, but in my opinion, this one is so beyond bad. I cannot believe I actually finished it. What a piece ...more
D.G.
Feb 21, 2015 D.G. rated it liked it
Recommended to D.G. by: Diana
This is the second book I've read by this author and the premise was similar: woman on the run from obsessed man. But this book wasn't just as good. There was too much background missing from both characters and the heroine's 3-year old daughter took way too much of the limelight.

Emma runs away with her daughter when she discovers that the man she always considered like a father has an unhealthy obsesssion with her. Then she ends up in Port Flannery, an island in the Pacific Northwest and meets
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Mikka Gottstein
Jun 15, 2013 Mikka Gottstein rated it it was ok
(Deutsche Kritik weiter unten.)

Let me start my review off by saying that when I bought this book, I had no specific expectations - I'd never read anything by this author before. The blurb promised a nice thriller with a healthy dose of romance, but the book left me vaguely disappointed and even a bit bored in some parts.

Susan Andersen is NOT a terrible writer, don't get me wrong! The plot has a decent structure, there are no glaring errors, nothing that would make this book a chore to read.

But
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Lovetoread
Oct 01, 2015 Lovetoread rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Exposure was the first book I read by author Susan Andersen. This book took me a bit before I warmed up to the story and felt a liking for the main characters in the story.

This is a story of Emma Sands and her little girl Gracie. Emma doesn't seem to get a break in life. She had a tragic childhood then a doomed marriage. Then when she thought she was safe and protected she finds that her trust has been horribly betrayed in the most vile and disgusting way possible. Whish forces Emma to do what
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Lovedaisy
Dec 09, 2015 Lovedaisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
although it's been nearly 20 years after this book was first published, i find that it still relevant n enjoy reading it..quite reminds me of 'safe haven' (mind u, the movie, still not have a chance to read the book) bcoz of the woman run away from an obsessed man..n for the characters, i choose jaime king as emma coz of her accent in 'hart of dixie', not quite the same, but still every time i read, i would think of lemon...heeee...while for elvis, he would be manu bennet..still the influenced o ...more
Norma
Cute, mostly predictable quasi-suspense. There's no real mystery as we know who the "bad guy" is from page one. It's told to us. But I guess it's not a straight contemp either. Either way, I enjoy Susan Andersen's writing and I did like the characters. I'll be looking to read more by her I think.

Reread--i started this and was 1/2 half way before realizing iI'd read it. Enjoyed it again. 3 stars.
Diamond
May 05, 2016 Diamond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read May 2016

I read this book years ago
The following quote from this book stuck in my memory since then

"She loves to dress up," Emma confided. "I was such a tomboy when I was a kid, it always startles me I could have given birth to someone so feminine."
Mary stared at the tall blonde in wonder. To her eyes, Emma Sands was all that was feminine. She looked like a model to her, from the sophisticated chin-length wavy bob, to the simplicity of her stark white T-shirt with its three-quarter-lengt
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Gamatst
Jan 16, 2010 Gamatst rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
My first book by Susan Andersen and still an all time favorite. Gracie winning over big gruff Elvis was priceless. I could "hear" Emma's French accent. There were a couple of real LOL moments too. I'd say this was Susan Andersen's cross over book from her darker romantic suspense to the humorous contemporaries she writes now.

Danielle Taylor
Oct 21, 2015 Danielle Taylor rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars! This was the first romantic suspense books by Susan Andersen that I have read and I really enjoyed it, in fact I stayed up past midnight to finish it.

This book centers around Emma who after finding some very disturbing tapes in the office of the man she considers a father she goes on the run with her 3 year old daughter. Emma ends up on one of the small San Juan Islands in Washington state and ends up renting a room for the week in a boarding house. She doesn't plan to stay but finds
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Victoria

Rounding up to FOUR STARS -I liked Exposure. I love a good woman on the run/damsel in distress story so that part really worked for me. I also loved that the hero, Elvis, was disabled but still sexy and capable. The writing was good. I thought Gracie was really cute and added a lot to the story. There were a couple things I just thought were a little odd. Example: when the the hero takes Gracie to the bathroom with him and the conversation that comes after that. Maybe it's just me but it just se
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Virginia Campbell
Dec 26, 2011 Virginia Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, suspense
This fun and involving romantic suspense story from Susan Anderson features a hunky hero with a hook--that's right, one hand and one hook. Sheriff Elvis Donnelly (we need more heroes named Elvis) is six-feet-six of solid muscle with laser-blue eyes and thick, dark hair. He also has a metal hook in place of one hand, and an angry, jagged scar on his handsome face. When a car bomb ended his big city law enforcement career, Elvis returned to his Washington state hometown of Port Flannery and became ...more
Anna Marie
Jan 24, 2014 Anna Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jae
The romance was sweet and fairly believable, the moppet was adorable, the dudely dude was foxy, and the lady was smart/nice/not-a-pushover. The villain, however, was a both cipher and a cardboard cut-out. For all that a small part of the story is told from his p.o.v., I never got a sense of why he was who he was and crazy is not a sufficient motivator for me. Lots of people are "crazy" and manage not to be murderous jerk-wagons. On the plus side, while the dudely protagonist was disabled I never ...more
Anita
Oct 03, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-supense
I don't know why Susan Andersen doesn't write more romantic-suspense books like this one. Exposure is really good. A great blend of romance and suspense.

The hero, Elvis, is a great, brooding, almost tragic figure. He lost his left hand and received a scar on his face in a car bomb explosion. He came home to Port Flannery, WA to be the sheriff after being the town bad boy.

The heroine, Emma, is on the run with her daughter. She lands in Port Flannery and is taking a breather from the run. She has
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Veronica
Nov 24, 2014 Veronica rated it really liked it
First read: at publication
Reread: Often
Most recent reread: November 2014

One of two of her books that stay on my keeper shelf!
Joy
Apr 13, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it
A quick read....romance, light suspense and I loved that one of the main characters was a small- town sheriff called Elvis.
Hannah
Jan 16, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok
So I enjoyed this book I guess but I also found it kind of irritating. I just didn't feel that drawn in by the relationship between the hero and heroine and I found the kid plain annoying! Especially having to constantly read her 3 year old lingo, which seemed a wee bit overdone and I just wish she hadn't talked so much.

I would have like to have learned more about what happened after the conflict was resolved, like an epilogue or a few sentences about what happened with life after conflict too b
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teatotaller
I've always thought that Susan Andersen must have cried when she saw the cover they put on her book. I would have. Exposure does not have anything to do with hookers, despite the legs on the cover. Instead, it's a fairly satisfying romantic thriller. The characters are memorable - who could forget a one handed man named Elvis? And most of all the main characters work together to solve their dangerous situation. I've always appreciated that.

Wish Susan Andersen still wrote romantic suspense. I th
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Vivian
Sep 27, 2014 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 star read
Jen
May 15, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.75)
SweetSue
Dec 24, 2015 SweetSue rated it did not like it
DNF The writing was clunky, the characters were 2-dimensional - wounded man, in-trouble bombshell woman, cutie-pie kid, creepy villain. I just couldn't get behind the story enough to care what happened to any of them.
Nicky
Dec 27, 2013 Nicky rated it really liked it
A fairly decent romantic suspense. I actually enjoyed watching the hero fall for the heroine's baby girl more than watching him trying to get with the heroine. That was oddly the better relationship. I didn't really understand why the bad guy was going what he did. His crazy possessiveness was too random and just didn't make much sense. Other than that, this was an interesting, fairly satisfying read.
Jocelyn
Feb 08, 2014 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Very good read:) First time I have read this authors book:)
Donna
Jul 10, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it
I've been re-reading all of Susan Andersen's older books and I have been enjoying them. This one was pretty good. Again, I was annoyed by the "N'Awlins" accent/dialect. And I had a little trouble believing the speed that Elvis and Emma and Grace fell in love/became a family. The whole "Elvis is a social outcast but a good sheriff" thing was also a stretch for me. But, I did really like it and was really rooting for Emma and Elvis to work it all out!!
Donna
Aug 30, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
I liked Exposure a lot, because the characters were so appealing. So often in books, the kids are too cute or just annoying plot devises. I found this little girl (Gracie) to be a rare exception. She was adorable and her relationship with Elvis, the hero of the book, was charming. I would recommend this book to readers who like scarred heroes and/or stories about single moms.
ElaineY
I'd passed on this book several times, unable to bring myself to accept a hero named Elvis who's the sheriff of a small town. It was highly recommended to me one day and I did buy it. Didn't regret it at all. Elvis is adorable. Sweet heroes aren't my turn-on but Elvis won my heart. One of Andersen's better romances.
Ashley♥Alexis
2.5 stars

This is going to sound sick but the best part of this book was when Emma thought Elvis was diddling Grace. I just thought that whole scene was funny.

Grace really annoyed me. I think what bothered me about her character was that she was 3. She was portrayed as much younger.
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