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Risky Business

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  2,412 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
She was a maddening combination of mystery and innocence. But Liz was the key to finding her brother's killer, so cynical Jonas Sharpe had to stick close - too close for comfort.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Silhouette Books (first published 1986)
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Lisa Kay
★★★★✩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.
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
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.
Jan 03, 2010 Dee rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Review haiku:
Murder brings lawyer
To diving business owner.
Love in Cozumel.
Jun 29, 2014 Melodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
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
Tania Martins
Oct 21, 2014 Tania Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei tanto desta história, para além das paisagens de Cozumel de sonho gostei da forma como Jonas e Liz se apaixonam a par de tudo o mistério inerente ao crime em questão e aquele final foi mesmo cute com a filha dela de regresso aos braços da mãe na ilha!
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.
May 01, 2015 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the setting, Carribbean. Again, some romance, a d some mystery. Good combination !!!

May 16, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  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. She winds up creating a successful business and a comfortable life for her and h
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
Sep 03, 2011 Mirjam rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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.
I actually think I wanted this to be shorter, which is not something I say about a category length title very often.
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Ben blijven lezen, dit boek leest lekker weg in gezelschap van zon. Net echt ;)
Theresa Cloud Eagle
Nora Never Disappoints

Intrigue, adventure, heart pumping suspense, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed Risky Business, written as only she can do. I highly recommend it as a good read!
Candice Terrell
Dec 31, 2016 Candice Terrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great read

This story is different than the usual romance it had danger, intrigue, romance, love scenes but the greatest part was the characters...they were both strong and stubborn but the man instead of being all crazy possessive running over the female to get his way was patient and caring....definitely awesome love story
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Aurian Booklover
When Liz Palmer was a young student in college, she became pregnant. The father, a law student, suddenly did not love her anymore, and when his wealthy family threatens her, she flees the country to make a new life for herself in the Caribbean. Somehow they convinced her that her own family would not want her either. So now her daughter is 10, and is living with her parents as she goes to a good school in Boston. Liz lives for the holidays, when her daughter is home with her. For the rest of the ...more
Lindsay Boitnott
Apr 30, 2015 Lindsay Boitnott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read Risky Business because I was drawn in by the promise of SCUBA diving and a grisly murder mystery. I can't say no to a goodmurder mystery and Liz, the leading lady, actually finds her missing dive master by seeing his body through the bottom of her glass bottom boat. I was hooked with that scene! What can I say? I guess I'm morbid.

Unfortunitely, that is where my enjoyment of the story also died a grisly death. I'm still going to start with the few positive notes. I loved the mys
Dorothea Müller
Oct 10, 2014 Dorothea Müller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ist schon einmal veröffentlicht worden unter den Namen Sommerträume Band 4 - Heiße Affäre in Mexiko

Seit zehn Jahren sind Liz und ihre Tochter auf Cozumel zu Hause. Eine herrliche Trauminsel inmitten der Karibik, Sonne, Beschaulichkeit ! Als Liz mit einem ihrer Boot mit Tourist raus fährt findet sie, den neue Tauchlehrer Jerry tot auf - einen Anker um den Körper geschlungen. Beim ersten Treffen von Jonas Sharpes, Jerrys Bruder kommt zu einer Überraschung. Denn Jonas ist Jerry Zwillingsbruder und
Mar 14, 2011 Anna-Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Dec 04, 2012 Chris added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Nora roberts what else :-)

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
Kristiana S
Feb 26, 2013 Kristiana S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-a-long, re-read
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 >,<'!
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
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
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
Sep 05, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Liz Palmer ran away from everything she ever knew. Finding herself pregnant at 17 and unwanted by the father, Liz left the states and moved to Mexico. In Cozumel, Liz has flourished. Opening a dive shop where she takes tourists out, Liz is content. Missing her daughter that spends most of the year in Houston with her parents, Liz has never really let go of the hurt the father put her through.

When Jonas Sharpe comes to town looking for revenge for his twin brother's murder, he involves Liz in a d
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
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 1986
Length: 208 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Cozumel
Sex: Infrequent and reasonably frequent.
Hero: Lawyer
Heroine: Single mother and dive shop owner

It’s a mid-1980s Nora Roberts. Romance. Strong, independent heroine. Strong hero who accepts her for who she is.

It works.

Author's website:

(Read in The Business of Love ISBN 9781743559987)

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 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
I enjoyed the story although I figured it out rather early. It was still interesting to see how it all fell into place. I chose the book from a list of e-readers (actually an audio) and didn't really pay attention to the author. I love the mystery component and enjoy a bit of light romance mixed in, but for me this story was too heavy on the romance side. One chapter in particular was too much for my personal taste. I would have skipped it but since it was an audio-book I couldn't tell if it was ...more
May 16, 2014 Ann-marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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