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Wild Orchids

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,913 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A blistering romantic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit. Far from her sensible life as an English teacher in Kansas, Lora looks forward to a relaxing vacation in Cancun. But fate thwarts her careful plans when a darkly handsome American named Max jumps into her car with a loaded gun.
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 15th 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1986)
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Maldivianbookreviewer
Reading Wild Orchids by Karen Robards for the 3rd time doesn’t seem to have diminished my enjoyment factor of the novel by even one iota. Call me crazy but even with the massive amount of books I have on my review pile, I just had to pick this one up and read it in one sitting yet again because the magic that is Max and Lora is an unbeatable one for me.

37 year old John Roberts Maxwell (Max) is a man hardened by the reality of war that had been his way of life when he had been enlisted in the Vie
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Lizzie
Nov 14, 2010 Lizzie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book? Firstly, it is utterly ridiculous. Quite terrible actually. I picked up Wild Orchids at Walmart looking for a quick weekend read, and I figured I could trust one of Robards' books to be relatively enjoyable. Oh man was I wrong.

The premise? Teacher Lora Harding's dream vacation to Mexico takes a horrible turn for the worse when a tall, dark, and muscular stranger commandeers her car at gunpoint taking her hostage, forcing her into a world of danger. Max, our hard
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Saly
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Sarah
Jan 03, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
2 stars. The whole story line is really unrealistic, but even getting past that I didn't like the characters. Except Tunafish :)

Lora is just....dumb? Falls in love with her kidnapper, who is running from the law and for his life, within nine days. He threatens to kill her (and later a family with small children), rape her, he humiliates and terrorizes her. He steals all of her money and eventually leaves her stranded. Such an awesome guy, right? Of course her reasoning is that a "bad" man would
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Lucie "a heart so wild"
Wow! I always dream to read this kind of book! & YES..I got it! one of the best with 'kidnapping' theme around...Luckyly I buy this without even considering the 'not high' rating

A story of Stockholm Syndrome between the Kidnapper and His victim. It's so good that once I get started, I don't want it to end. Both characters are great. Hero is ruthless in the beginning, reserved but not brooding. Heroine is brave & witty. She try to escape several times, but seems can't escape from him and
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Sarah
This romance had everything I love wrapped up into one great book. Starts off with the heroine being kidnapped at gunpoint by our scary, bad-boy hero. Then the story takes off into adventure in the jungle, plane crashes and jail-breaks, stand-off's at gunpoint - even the heroine gets the chance to kick butt a time or two, when she isn't soothing our tortured hero from his nightmares because his time spent in 'Nam. *Sigh* it was just a great story overall. Page-turning suspense and adventure. Goo ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


1.5 Stars

Lara has been looking forward to her vacation to Cancun, but what should be a dream holiday turns into a nightmare when she is kidnapped by the mysterious and sexy Max. The heat rises between them, even as their situation gets worse, winding up with them both being stuck in the jungle with two bad guys and seemingly no way out.

It took hard work and lots of discipline, but I did manage to finish this book. Not matter how exasperated I get with a book, I don't like to leave them unread,
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Sanya
Oct 16, 2014 Sanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still luuuv this book!
Chelsea
First off I feel it's only fair to say that the rating came from the mostly action oriented plot line. I mean there was a lot of action. There was a plan crash, car crash, gun fights, and much more. Too much action for me.
The book starts with Lora on her vacation in Mexico when a frightening man jumps into the cars passenger side and orders her at gun point to drive the car. So she does. Very badly, trying to draw attention to herself and the situation going on and he doesn't like that. So he t
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Hilly
0 stars. Really awful.

I wrote a review and lost it (I thought it posted, but it's not here now), so as a placeholder, here are my status updates on this book. There was much more that aggravated me as I was reading it, but I didn't make posts on everything.

"It's sad: the entire time I'm reading this, I'm wishing that I am reading Night Magic instead. :( "

"They've "done it" and she also knows his full name and that his given name is actually "John". So why is she still calling him "Max" (his la
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Amy
Jan 10, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I really enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting and difficult to put down. What's really cool is that the action was always moving and you were never sure where it was going to go next. I liked max a lot so I thought he came off a bit strong in the beginning. I also like Lora. She had a lot of spunk and really kept a good head on her shoulders. There were a few times she took risks that I may not have but then again who knows what you would do in that situation. Generally it was a great ...more
Teresa
Mar 06, 2010 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
finished it only to get it finished
Loretta Harris
Loved it of course
Jazzy
Feb 23, 2013 Jazzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gamma-anti-hero
Technically 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the premise and for the most part I liked the lead characters.

Max was my favorite kind of hero - tough, seemingly disreputable and a touch crude on the outside and emotionally wounded with a marshmallow core of emotional sensitivity on the inside. About 40% of the way through the story I had the niggling fear that he was going to turn out to be a REALLY, really good guy (my own personal preference, I hate the bait and switch where I am promised a "bad boy" and w
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Winona
Mar 18, 2014 Winona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of boring. :-/ The romance between Max and Lora was almost laughable, it was very lust-y. The only thing binding them together was their physical attraction towards each other. I felt that they were disconnected emotionally. C'mon, romance is suppose to be about emotions! Other than that, the suspense was good enough and the only thing that was interesting was the part about Mei Veng.
Zakia
Jan 09, 2016 Zakia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sigh... I am dissapointed with Lora. She is not what I imagine heroin should be. Lora is....dumb. She always act stupidly.Easily panicked and....scream.

I cannot brain when Lora looked at Max dreamily for his hot body in the middle of dangerous situation. How can a person at the point of a gun do that is beyond my imagination.
Teresa
Apr 17, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
This is a book from the 1980s that I've read a few times, because it's just good fluff. A relatively innocent teacher from the midwest USA goes on a vacation to Mexico and is kidnapped. Moderate action ensues and of course the good girl falls for the bad guy. It's fun.
Quirky Omega
Even though the publication is pretty old by my standards, the romance is hot. It made me all tingly at times. The typical alpha male character of Max must have been the hot guy in a lot of women's dreams at one point of time.
Anna Mcfadden
Sep 27, 2014 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After taking care of her mother for 10 years, just days after her mother's funeral Lora takes a dream trip to Cancun. She is then kidnap by a criminal name Max, but as time goes by she gets to know the real Max and falls in love
Donna
May 08, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Karen Robards so when I picked up this book, I thought I would really enjoy it. I didn't realize this was an older works. You can tell because it is not up to her standards. The characters are likable, but the story was forced. The journey to the end was not smooth. A lot of scenes did not really tie into the story. Sometimes it seemed they had sex just because there was a need for "filler" pages. The twist and turns just didn't make sense most of the time. If you are a fan, go ahe ...more
Christine
Exciting and fast-paced, but the romance didn't quite resonate with me.
Cindi
Aug 03, 2010 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to get through. Not a bad book, just not something that I couldn't put down. For me, the conclusion was kind of rushed. It was probably better than most books written during that time. The language and sex weren't as "careful" as other books from that time. That made it somewhat better I guess.

Neat story, just a tad silly at times. Max was a total jerk through most of it. Lora was a little too accommodating while he was being that way.

Again, not bad. Definitely not great.
M
Nov 25, 2012 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an older book that I just re-read. Yes, scenarios are improbable, but there are moments of great humor and the sex scenes were good. This was one of those early attempts at introducing an alphahole as the lead and it worked! It was back when things were implied more than described so I do remember appreciating Robards willingness to go further than her contemporaries. I think this book still holds up nicely!
M.A. Levi
Aug 16, 2012 M.A. Levi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was electric! The Story was well rounded, well written and very very captivating! The description and details that went into "setting the stage" made the story so vivid and so real. It spun you into this world filled with danger, passion,exotic places, made you cringe with pain and excited for more. It was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was utterly amazing! A must read!
Kookie9200
Apr 24, 2015 Kookie9200 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book less than one star, I would. It took me forever to read, and frankly just made me angry. The whole woman falls in love with her captor after he abuses her, humiliates her and so on just because he's hot thing does not appeal to me at all. I didn't see where Max had any redeeming qualities except for being "hot" and Lora was a disaster. I do not recommend.
Renee
May 14, 2014 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me conflicted the whole time, I wanted to like it. But I didn't. The characters were close-minded and presumptuous. Lora was wishy washy and meek until the last few chapters. And Max was a jackass, he did have a few redeeming qualities though. Overall not a great read in my opinion.
Billie
DNF, didn't care for writing style. Only read 2 chapters.
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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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“Lora followed his eyes to the subject of their conversation. He was such a masculine man, tall and strong and sure of himself, cocky almost. A male chauvinist to his toenails, she suspected, as incapable of admitting to feeling hurt and lonely and afraid as a pig was of flying. But he was vulnerable too, enormously vulnerable. More than many people who openly asked for it, he needed love. He needed someone to hold him in her arms and convince him that what he had done was not so bad, was not unforgivable, did not put him beyond the pale of normal society. To convince him that he was lovable. And loved. And she meant to be that someone.” 5 likes
“(Max) He shook his head impatiently. “You’ll be all right. I’ve got to go. Lora…” he hesitated, then with a muttered, “Hell!” swooped over her. Before she knew what was happening, he had her pinned back against the seat and his mouth was on hers, hard and hot and almost brutal in its demand. His hand was rough and warm on her breast. Lora’s senses exploded. She forgot the men outside the car, her anger with Max, everything as she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back with a hunger that had been building inside her forever…” 2 likes
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