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Risky Business

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,118 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A New York Times BestsellerLiz Palmer is raising her daughter alone because the child's father didn't want her. She hires a new diving instructor, Jerry Sharpe, but within two weeks of working for her, he turns up dead -- leading Liz to ask some questions. Then Jerry's twin brother Jonas shows up, asking questions and making trouble for Liz. As each learn about what happen...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Silhouette Books (first published 1986)
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Lisa Kay
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★★★★✩Well narrated by Gabra Zackman. Difficult to rate this book NR wrote way back in 1986. Twenty-five years ago! Parts of it definitely dipped down to 3 stars, but others were excellent. At certain times the pacing is off. Neat to see the romantic suspense writer she will become, but hard not to compare it to the best of to her current work. I love a good treasure hunt and a diving story, so I’m going with four stars.
Steelwhisper
Okay, so now I've read a Nora Roberts. I'm rather thankful that this was a library lend and not something I bought.

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The book is dated, severely dated in fact. The hero is smoking without any comment by anyone around him, he simply goes ahead and not only visits the parents of the heroine without her knowledge, he even takes her ten-year-old daughter alone out to the zoo and buys her stuff. Today this comes over as rather skeevy, just as his comments about said dau...more
Melodie
Risky Business is another one of Nora Roberts earlier books,circa 1986. And she combines mystery and romance very well.Her focus character, Liz Palmer,was easy to relate to. Single mom, jilted by rich boyfriend while pregnant, starts over in Cozumel.Works her way up from hotel maid to owning her own business. Fiercely independent and determined not to expose herself to the hurt of romantic involvement again. I liked her.
A murder mystery begins almost immediately, so this is a page turner for t...more
Mojca
Another good NR oldie. Wonderful suspense with the drug-trafficking ring, great pacing, and wonderful hero. The heroine bugged me, though, which came as a huge surprise. And it’s because of her indecision, her insecurity, and her inability to face the truth about herself, that lowered the rating for this story. I could’ve done without all her “angst”.

Still, it was a pleasurable, quick, exciting, and intriguing read.
Natalie
I've read so many Nora Roberts books over the years, I'm really out of compliments on her work. However, I'll give it a shot. *LOL*

This is a typical Nora Roberts book. A little different in my opinion than her usual stuff, but nevertheless excellent. You have a heroine who became pregnant in college and for reasons explained in the book, she leaves her home and even her country to start a new life with her daughter. She winds up creating a successful business and a comfortable life for her and h...more
Duncan Mandel

Liz Palmer runs a dive business in the quiet tranquility of a Caribbean island. Tranquil, that is, until a routine trip over the reef reveals the body of her newest employee - diver Jerry Sharpe. But when his brother, Jonas, shows up asking questions, Liz can't see how she can help. She barely knew Jerry. Then someone breaks into Liz's apartment, intent on her murder. Liz realizes that she is already more involved in Jonas' quest to unravel Jerry's murky past than she wanted to be. And now Jonas

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Mirjam
Risky Business is one of Nora Roberts' earlier works, which shows. It's a nice book with lots of suspense, but it lacks the superb quality of her later works. I find it difficult to refrain myself from comparing it to her current works, which would not be fair. The characters are likeable, the suspense is well-done and the mystery well thought out. I enjoyed reading it, but I don't think I will re-read this book as I often do her other works.
Alexis-Morgan Roark
These were some REALLY DUMB villains! Aside from that, it was a good read for what it was: an 80s romance. You know what to expect and you get it...although, the hero wasn't NEARLY as big a jerk as I've read from other books in the same time period.
Romanticdryad
Meh, another tale of an overly dominant man and the reluctant, independent woman he bullies and cajoles into a relationship. I suppose it's supposed to be romantic that he insinuates himself into her life and refuses to leave but this seems to go beyond "fancy running into you here, look at what we have in common" and lands straight in manipulation territory especially at the end.

Not one of her best.

While Jonas and Liz didn't thrill me, I did enjoy the murder mystery. I think it was handled well...more
Ann-marie
The man Liz rented a room to has been found dead on her boat. All eyes are on Liz wondering if she's involve including the dead man's brother Jonas. When Jonas and Liz meet for the first time she nearly faints since he looks like his dead brother(they are twins). Jonas ends up renting the same room from Liz wanted to find out who the killer of his brother. What eventually follows is an adventure where Jonas takes Liz along as he unofficially cat and mouse chase to seek out his brother killer. Lo...more
Anna-Lisa
Liz Palmer hat Amerika vor langer Zeit den Rücken gekehrt und sich mit ihrer zehnjährigen Tocher Faith ein Leben auf Cozumel aufgebaut. Dieses Lebeng erät aus dem Ruder, als einer ihrer Angestellten ermordert wird. Dessen Zwillingsbruder Jonas kommt nac Cozumel, um den Mord aufzuklären und herauszufinden, was passiert ist. Doch weder Liz, noch Jonas haben damit gerechnet, dass ihre Begegnung und das Schicksal sie für immer miteinander verbunden haben....

Meine Meinung: Dieser Liebesroman ist ein...more
Chris
Dec 05, 2012 Chris added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Nora roberts what else :-)
Shelves: nora-roberts

Natalie
May 16, 2012
Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars false · review of another edition
I've read so many Nora Roberts books over the years, I'm really out of compliments on her work. However, I'll give it a shot. *LOL*

This is a typical Nora Roberts book. A little different in my opinion than her usual stuff, but nevertheless excellent. You have a heroine who became pregnant in college and for reasons explained in the book, she leaves her home and even her country to start a new life with her daughter...more
Kristiana S
Ehem, hihihi.. *ngekek duluan*
Diingetin teman, harusnya nulis review di kolom review. Kalo menurut perasaanku sih, kemarin aku udah nulis dikolom review, ternyata malah di kolom status, heheh.. Jadi malu >,<'!
Jadiiii..
Setelah insiden si buku pake acara ngumpet entah
dimana, dan baru ketemu beberapa hari lalu, selesai juga aku bacanya..
Baca ulang novel ini, sekali lagi aku dibuat terkagum2 pada keindahan Pulau Cozumel, Meksiko.
Cozumel (dari bahasa Maya yang berarti pulau walet; bahasa Maya m...more
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Jika ada yang mengatakan kembar identik memiliki karakter yang berlawanan, walaupun memiliki postur, bahasa tubuh, raut wajah bahkan intonasi dan suara yang sama. Saya mungkin akan membenarkan pernyataan tersebut. Membaca buku2 yang menceritakan tentang karakter yang saling berlawanan dan anak2 kembar identik, kadang2 sangat menarik. Termasuk tokoh Jerry yang mati terbunuh dan tokoh Jonas saudara kembarnya.
Ada bagian yang hilang dalam diri Jonas saat Jerry mati dan dia bertekad untuk menemukanny...more
Nancy
She was a maddening combination of mystery and innocence. But Liz was the key to finding his brother's killer, so cynical Jonas Sharpe had to stick close...too close for comfort.

Liz lives in Mexico and runs a dive shop. She left Texas as a pregnant teenager and her daughter, Faith, lives with Liz's parents during the school year. When Jonas arrives she is shocked, because he is the identical twin of Jerry, who used to work for her and board with her. Jonas assumes Liz has something to do with Je...more
Rachel Maloney
To a point, I can understand why this story is so offensively patriarchal; the book is from the late 80s - things were different then. However, a weak-willed heroine plus an over-bearing-to-the-point-of-ridiculousness hero with a completely unrealistic masculine pov, multiplied by an unbelievable (in a bad way) love story, equaled lots of skipped pages. I enjoyed the mystery/suspense portions so much more than the 'romance,' as the latter had me stopping multiple times to groan or roll my eyes....more
Jinky
If you like romance stories with a hint of mystery and danger then this might be for you. The vacation setting was a nice treat as well. Plus, the narrator did a wonderful job at performing this novel. She gave distinct feel to the characters. As far as storyline, it had its good and not so good. The concept was interesting but the nine lives of Liz and the not so smart villains made the read a bit "unrisky". In other words, the mystery part wasn't so intriguing. However, the romance part was ni...more
Laddie Black
Entertaining romp. Murder, drugs, and love in Mexico.

Lots of twists and turns. I loved the twin angle, the diving and love story in Couzimel. Great strong female heroine.
Erica
I love Mexico and this book features a lot of picturesque description of Cozumel and Acapulco. It took me a bit to get into it, and it is staying pretty true to the Nora Formula, but the characters are interesting and I like Liz and her dive shop. I learned something new...you can scuba dive at night? Wow. Kind of scary! But I really loved loved loved the scuba diving scenes...I have only snorkeled off Isla Mujeres and thought it was awesome. The romance and angst was very captivating and I love...more
LJ
Risky Business - G
Roberts, Nora

Liz Palmer is raising her daughter alone because the child's father didn't want her. She hires a new diving instructor, Jerry Sharpe, but within two weeks of working for her, he turns up dead -- leading Liz to ask some questions. Then Jerry's twin brother Jonas shows up, asking questions and making trouble for Liz. As each learn about what happened to Jerry, they fall in love, both having to reopen their hearts to the pain of love after failing the first time arou...more
Kristie (fabk)
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was an older Nora Roberts book, but it never felt dated like some of them can feel. It took place in Cozumel and made me wish I could go on a vacation somewhere warm in the sun. The characters were interesting, and stayed with you. It did leave me wanting to know more about what happend after the HEA. Which I don't always feel at the end of a Nora Roberts book. I wanted to know more about the secondary charcters more than anything. Overall I wa...more
Evelyn
Running a dive shop in Cozumel, single mother Liz Palmer is shocked when her recently hired assistant Jerry Sharpe is found murdered. Jerry's twin brother arrives to find out what happened and sparks fly.

This is a good, solid early (1986) romance from Nora Roberts. A couple instances showed its age--like when DNA tests weren't mentioned to show who her dauther's father was, but overall is was OK. The story was good way to spend a rainy afternoon--and brought back some nice Cozumel memories for m...more
Ike
Jun 20, 2014 Ike rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
One word = sappy
Suze
A good solid Nora read - feisty, independent heroine and strong, determined hero with flaws and a twisty plot as well.
I have this as a book as well as the ebook version just read and was surprised to see its over 25 yrs since it was written! That does explain some of the smaltzy scenes that I tended to skip through, as I think her more current stand alone stories are much better.

However, always like a good Nora story and it does deliver
Lindsey
Risky Business

Liz Palmer, a single mother who owns a dive shop in Cozumel, employs Jerry Sharpe, who is murdered soon after. She meets Jonas Sharpe when he comes asking questions about his brother’s suspicious death, assuming she may have something to do with it. As the mystery begins to unravel, the two adults must face danger if they ever want the chance of a future.

Not my favorite Nora Roberts book, but still a good read.
Mafi
Gostei de tudo. Adorei o cenário, as personagens, o romance, o final, tudinho sem tirar nem por. Apenas achei que podia ser mais longo e que o insta-love dos protagonistas tivesse sido menos instantâneo que o puré de batata que se faz em minha casa.

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Book Him Danno
A sweet quick romance with a bit of intrigue and thrill. Wondering who the bad guys was? Who killed his brother? Why was he drawn to her? Lots of things brought together to make a good suspense filled romance with a ending I love. I'm a sucker for a happy ending. I'm making my way through books on my shelf so I can take them to the next library sale. Some oldies but goodies left to read.
Yessyamarilis
Pertama kali baca buku ini kayanya sekitar 5 ato 6 tahun yll, jaman2nya rajin ngrental. Benernya si ceritanya biasa aj khas romance gt deh. Tapi berhubung bacanya sekian tahun yg lalu, dan blm pny banyak referensi romance jd suka aja bacanya. Dan ini jadi salah satu favorit, buktinya mpe skarang juga masih inget cerita dan tokohnya gimana xoxoxo
Jennifer Newman
With any of Nora Roberts books I find it hard to criticise. She writes an amazing love story. And this was no exception. Once I picked up the book I found it hard to put it down.
Loved the characters and the building of emotion throughout. Overall great story but I have to admit not my favourite :)
Miso
Jun 27, 2014 Miso added it
It's my first time reading Nora Roberts, I enjoyed reading this book. Full review to follow
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her...more
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