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Hot Rocks

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  4,606 ratings  ·  165 reviews
When her notorious past catches up with Laine Tavish, proprietor of the antique shop Remember When, it's up to her and an enigmatic stranger named Max Gannon to find out who's chasing her-and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that will change Laine's life...
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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HOT ROCKS is the first book in a two book series that covers aspects of the same crime but set 50 years apart. The first book, HOT ROCKS, is written by Nora Roberts and the second, BIG JACK, is written by her alter-ego J.D. Robb. The two books originally appeared under one title, ‘Remember When,’ and this is clearly written on the front cover of this volume.

HOT ROCKS is romantic mystery and is set in a small town called Angel Gap in Maryland. Laine Tavish runs an antique store called ‘Remember W
Jacob Proffitt
While I liked this book pretty well, little pieces of it would bother me enough to keep me from fully engaging with it. Laine is a delight, for example. She's tough, brave, and smart. But when she dips into her past, or does something reckless and illegal, it doesn't feel like it fits her character, very well. And I really disliked her support for her larcenous father.

Indeed, like the pieces from the perspective of the bad guy, this book has jarring bits dangling off of it that poke at me enough
Lisa Kay

This one was fun ! Susan Ericksen does another wonderful job of narrating Ms. Roberts’ story of a missing share of a $28 million diamond heist. It has all the required characters: the unsuspecting heroine propelled into a mystery maelstrom, the location clue uttered by a dying man, the sinister mastermind who wants it all, the loyal – and very pregnant – friend and co-worker, the unrepentant charming professional con – who happens to be the heroine’s father, and **sigh** the hunky southern in
I don't like the cover. Sue me, but I really judge a book by its cover when I am a fan of the author, haha.

The beginning was intriguing and direct to the point. A mystery was presented within the first few pages so there was no beating around the bush. The consequent pages easily pulled me into the small town life of Laine Tavish and, later on, to the mystery that started in the first few pages.

The protagonist Laine is a typical Nora Roberts heroine. She's an independent businesswoman with a sha
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
A serviceable romantic suspense that was mostly enjoyable to read. I liked the characters a lot. They were witty and fun. And we get a Heroine who basically (view spoiler). The biggest problem with the story was Laine and Max's insta-love on speed. They went from meeting each other to engaged in, literally, three days. Errr...

Still, though I continually scoffed at their declarations of love and excitement over their engagement, I still bought their relationship more
Living her own life, her own way was really all Laine Tavish wanted. When a stranger was hit by a car in front of her store, she found it was the man she used to call Uncle Willy. After his death she was confused by seeing him as much as by as she was by his final words to her. Arriving in Angel Gap Maryland too late to talk to Willy, Max Gannon had to figure out why he was there as well as what he had done with this portion of the $28 million in diamonds that he, Big Jack and Alex Crew had stol ...more
I really hated the heroine at first, but then she smartened up enough for me to not hate her. Unfortunately, then I kinda hated everyone else. I wouldn't say there's anything wrong with this story, but I just didn't dig it much. I'm not sure why, but I'm just kinda "meh" about it.
By the age of ten, Elaine O’Hara was already an accomplished pickpocket and a well-trained beard for her con-man father, Big Jack O’Hara. Realizing that Elaine was on the same path to prison as her husband, her mother divorces Big Jack and flees. It takes years, but Elaine’s mother finally gets their lives straight.

Elaine, now legally known as Laine Tavish, has spent the last eighteen years trying to build for herself a stable and normal life, both personally and professionally. The owner of an
2.5 Stars

I liked both characters (Max and Laine) and thought their romance was sweet. The major issue I had with this story was the suspense element involving the jewels and Laine's father. I just felt like it went on too long and it bored me. The audio narration from Susan Ericksen was wonderful as always though.
Mar 24, 2015 Stacy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacy by: Tara V
Love the characters and the plot! Fast paced. First Nora Roberts book for me!
Duncan Mandel

When her notorious past catches up with Laine Tavish, proprietor of the antique shop Remember When, it's up to her and an enigmatic stranger named Max Gannon to find out who's chasing her-and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that will change Laine's life...


About the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic s

good. didn't realize this was part of book Remember When a Roberts/Robb duo from several years ago. but it was fun to reread (listen).
Delia Binder
This, the first half of Remember When (In Death, #17.5) by Nora Roberts Remember When, Nora Roberts Nora Roberts's "collaboration" with her J.D. Robb J.D. Robb pseudonym, is a typical Nora Roberts Romantic suspense thriller. It's got stolen diamonds; a gang of thieves with a deadly psycho who's willing to kill everybody in his way To Have It All; the daughter of one of the thieves, Lanie Tavish, trying to hide from her father's con man/thief past; the insurance investigator, Max Gannon, who forces her to confront her past - and falls in love with her in the b ...more
It didn't take me long to remember that I'd previously read "Remember When" by Nora Roberts, but as it had been so long I decided to continue with the re-read. Hot Rocks is a typical Roberts book, with the same Irish-roots characters and speaking patterns. It is interesting to look back and see the similarities between Max and Roarke because the follow-up to HR is Big Jack by J.D. Robb. The continuity between the two will be smooth.

Elaine O'Hara didn't want to bring any part of Big Jack, her con
This is my first Nora Roberts book. Maybe not my last, but I’m not going out of my way soon for more. There are too many other author and books I’m interested in pursuing.

I really was surprised to find myself liking the book as I started reading it. I wish I could describe how it seemed to me, but I don’t think I can. The writing just seemed to flow. The lead character is a complex woman, which intrigued me as well. While she has built a respectable life for herself, her early upbringing was an
Sarah Eiseman
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Nora Roberts is always a favorite author of mine, but I’ve found many of her books of late to be a little formulaic. I had pretty low expectations when I picked up this book, so I was pretty excited when it turned out to be one of my favorites. It’s actually a reissue of an earlier novel titled Remember When, named after the heroine’s store.

One of Roberts’s strengths as an author is to really bring you into the story and this book really does that. It’s a
Julie Barrett
Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts
Willy comes into Lane's shop gives her a card and leaves. He gets hit and dies but as she knelt down and covered the rain
from hitting him he whispered a few things to her that made no sense. She recalls him but not the name at all.
Max was trying to follow Willy and the $28 million but Willy had died in the car crash.
Lane and Max have dinner and she learned Willy was a jewel thief.
She returns after dinner with him and finds out her house has been burglarized but nothing i
Maria Fernanda  Gonzalez
The first part is a classic Nora Roberts' story, but then comes part two with Eve Dallas (from Nora's "In Death" series) trying to solve a crime left unsolved in the first part, which is a great bonus. Maybe is because I read a lot of Nora's books in a short period of time, but I really liked the way this book is composed, shakes the monotony out of the reading. Really, Nora combined with J.D. Robb is winning combination.

(my only problem with this book is: 1. the fact that the main characters i
I didn't realize I'd read this already. It was part of a hardback "dual" release with the first book by Nora and the second by J.D. Robb (who is Nora.) This is the first book, in which the heroine, who is the daughter of a small-time con artist and thief, is targeted by both a private investigator working for an insurance company looking for some stolen diamonds, and the bad guy who masterminded the theft. Her dad is involved. She's trying to hide her past, knows she shouldn't get involved with ...more
Kelly Stine
I loved this story - and to think I originally wasn't going to read it. I've been reading my Mom's J.D. Robb books, and had found Big Jack in paperback, so I thought I didn't need to read the first part of the story (Big Jack and Hot Rocks make up the complete novel Remember When). But shortly after beginning to read Big Jack, I realized that it would probably make more sense if I read the first part.

I loved the characters and the story/plot. Laine and Max were great characters, and I liked the
I read this quite some time ago. I always enjoy Nora's work. Some more than others, but I have never been disappointed. This author amazes me with her talent. What an imagination! She is on my "I will read anything they write" author list along with her JD Robb nom de plume.

Recommended. Highly recommended. Every book she's ever written :)
Regina Woods
Nice story

Very good mystery with a side of romance. It starts quickly to hook your interest and keeps it well. I always thought of Nora Roberts as mostly a romance author. I know she writes mystery s as J. D. Robb . So this book was a pleasant surprise
Sabra Kurth
I wanted to read a Nora Roberts book and came across this at a library sale. It was mildly entertaining, with predictable twists and turns, some sex, not a lot of violence. It was a good plane read--don't know that I would read another, but it passed the time.
Again, this book was a book that was lent to me. If I had seen it on display somewhere I would have disregarded it completely. And I did for awhile as well on my own bookshelf until last weekend. And then I tore through the book in a couple of days. It was just what I needed. An intriguing story, romance, danger. . .it was like watching a Lifetime movie but with more (and better) sex scenes. Of course everything was tied up into a neat little package in the end but for a moment there was hope th ...more
Am I the only one that got confused by the fact that this book was already published under a different name > "Remember When" Remember When by Nora Roberts only a few years earlier (2003)... Nowhere does it mention that this is a reprint of the SAME book... I was excited about "Hot Rocks" and started reading it with enthusiasm, only to realize that I have already read it under a different name - "Remember When"! Obviously - I returned the book!

5* because I really liked the book the first time around, but "booooo" for t
Barbara Winstead
Great Book

Now this was a great Nora Roberts novel. Suspense and romance all rolled In to one. Highly recommended. Would make a great movie
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Really enjoyed this story.
Strong, smart female protagonist as well as charming and intelligent male protagonist.
Laine is running from her past. Her Father is a thief and when she was little he taught her how to be a thief. Her mother saw the road she was headed down and left and took Elaine with her. Since then Elaine changed her name to Laine and her and her mom have lived a straight life ever since. Laine thought her life was normal but her past found her. Her father hit a big score and somehow Laine has gotten caught in the middle.

This is not one of my favorite Nora Roberts book but I still enjoyed it
This is the first half of the omnibus *Remember When*, and the prequel to *Big Jack*
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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
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