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Hothouse Orchid (Holly Barker #6)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  4,156 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
Home gets hot for special agent Holly Barker.

Going home can be hard. But for Special Agent Holly Barker, it could be her one chance for justice against an old enemy...
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2009)
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Scott Rhee
Nov 09, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

That's pretty much my feelings toward Stuart Woods. I gave him a shot, having read three of his books now. One of them, "Chiefs", I can highly recommend. The other two I can't recommend. They suck.

That may be a bit harsh, because Woods can clearly write. The man who wrote as entertaining and suspenseful a book as "Chiefs" surely has it in him to write well. Unfortunately, the two other books I have read by him, including the most recent, "Hothouse Orchid", seem to me to be Woods merely "pho
Feb 20, 2010 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mature-reads
Stuart Woods writes two series,and although I'd have to go back and read the his initial books, I think he has dispensed with any attempt at literary writing. He has a formula which is apparently very popular: action, wealth, violence, sex and lots of well described rich foods from which no one gets sick or fat. His characters are one dimensional. His women, even the heroine of this series, act like men if they are good (lots of sex, bad language, and violence), and like the crazed women in Gree ...more
May 08, 2011 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin? I've never read anything by Stuart Woods, but I see his books occupy no tiny amount of shelf space in both the chain bookstores and the used paperback shops. Truly, a testament to the power of the lowest common denominator.

Every character in this book is a sociopath. They exist only to have sex, eat fatty foods and kill people, unecumbered by anything resembling real emotion. At one point, a character in this book is informed that the woman he has been sleeping with has just been
Nov 01, 2009 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Woods is lucky to be a world-famous best-selling author. I have absolutely no idea why I continue to read his books, because they are certainly no challenge and the stories are predictable. He cannot seem to use a compound sentence nor words with more than 2 syllables. His "language" is the exact same for his Stone Barrington novels as the Holly Barker books. Every time I read one of these books, I swear I will not read any more ... but, whoopsie, I seem to forget and read the next one pu ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. Horrible book.

In Woods' universe people hop in and out of bed with total strangers, drink seemingly allllll day long and everyone has unlimited financial resources with which they fulfill their every fleeting whim and fancy.

There was so much repetition within the book. Whole paragraphs and scenes of dialogue were repeated as if we were supposed to have forgotten what we just read five pages ago. And oddly, other seemingly important details were glossed over, or merely inferred (reveal of th
In chapter 7. Don't know why I am reading this. It's like a rough draft of ideas never edited together. So, it's been three years since holly and CIA was after teddy Fay. She has been so "amazing" that she has been promoted to asst. deputy dir of operations - in three years... Wow everyone else at the CIA with seniority must suck - but they are telling her to take a leave of absence because people are questioning her performance - what? Hmmm, oh ya, then they promote her giver her a raise, but p ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Dlora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure-action
I just read all six of the Holly Barker series by Stuart Woods. I owned three, Melissa lent me one, and I got two from the library (I hate to start on a series out of order!). I discover now that there are a couple more books in which Holly Barker co-stars or makes a cameo appearance that would have fleshed out a few things that confused me--and made me judge Woods harshly about continuity problems. Having read a Lee Childs book just before this series and found some similarities in the type of ...more
May 03, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one surprised me a bit, Better than the last four I read by Woods.

Holly Barker has come home for a month long investigation, getting into trouble almost immediately. A rapist has been attacking women, either a cop or pretending, drugging them with a quick shot of rohypnol, and leaving them to be found. Holly is lucky when he pulls her, someone coming along and forcing him to leave before he can do more than strip her.

Holly is further dismayed to learn the new police chief, Bruno, in Orchid
Jun 30, 2016 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just a complete mess. The only reason I finished it is because it was the only audiobook I had to listen to. The plot is nominally about Holly Barker being forced to take a vacation from the CIA because she is attracting a lot of controversy, right after being given a promotion (yeah that makes sense), and returning to Orchid Beach where a series of rape/murders is occurring. There is no depth given to these attacks or the people suspected of committing the crimes. Holly is attacked ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Min rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Stuart Woods knowing that it will be light, fluffy reading with a somewhat predictable plot. He will include gratuitous sex scenes in which the women fall at the men's feet (I imagine that he lives vicariously through these scenes), he will include flight scenes so he can show off his piloting knowledge, and he will include flirty quips by men that he most likely thinks his female readers delight at (gag).

All that being said, the plots themselves are JUST compelling enough that while I wo
Oct 30, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As most of you who read my reviews know, I love Stuart Woods. Don't ask me to explain it because it wouldn't make any sense, I just do.

Holly Barker is one of Woods better characters and this little story does not disappoint. Twists and turns galore and a snappy little plot which has an interesting way of adding depth to some known characters while cleverly introducing some new ones.

I read this entire book on the four legs of my just finished trip to Dallas, Texas. All that is to say that this is
Nov 18, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of the Holly Barker character but this time Stuart Woods needs be shot for the execution of this story. Pure laziness & not giving a damn is how I'd sum it up. First, the many (MANY) coincidences he had to shoe horn in just to have a story...Holly has one month off from the CIA & goes to Orchid Beach. In the first few days she finds that her attempted rapist from the army now has her old Chief of Police job. Apparently, nobody vets him or at least Googles him until afte ...more
Kate MacKinnon
I'm not sure what to say. First, I'll preface by saying that I fully understand fiction is fiction. I love fiction. Its almost all i read. However, the enormous leaps of logic (if I can use the word logic at all) these characters took was ridiculous. Also, the utter lack of professionalism of Holly, Lauren, Jimmy, Hurd - all of them - was astounding! To discuss the suspects with anyone as if it was common knowledge. Lastly, the ease with which they flip flopped on the suspects and the lack of an ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
I needed a break from some of the heavier reading I've been doing lately so I turned to one of my comfort zone authors. When in need of a quick read with a good story Stuart Woods has never let me down. He came close this time. This was a decent story, a continuation of past books of this series, but this one left me flat. The story had zero suspense, no action, and was predictable. Not that I knew who the villain was, but I was certain it was not the man Holly and the gang were targeting. This ...more
Kathy jenkins
Dec 29, 2011 Kathy jenkins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why I prefer to read story lines from the first book, not the middle. This was in the bargain bin at the store and I see why. The main character a female just happens to have enough money in the bank to buy a plane and falls into bed with the ER doctor who attended to her after her rape attempt and can manage to sunbathe topless to "even out her tan" yet she doesn't recognize the nemesis when she dines at his dinner table? plausibility zero but I gave it a star for keeping my attention long enou ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly Barker is on an imposed vacation so she heads to her home in Florida for some R and R. Upon her arrival she meets and falls for a doctor and discovers that her army colonel with whom she has serious issues from her past. A series of rapes/murders is rapant in the Orchid Beach area and Holly throws herself into the case to catch the culprit.

Meanwhile someone else Holly seeks is in the area posing as someone else right under Holly's nose and manages to get away with murder.

Hothouse Orchid is
Judy Ward
May 09, 2015 Judy Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly Barker goes back home to Orchid Beach, Fl. for a rest. While there, she finds that the man who raped her and got away with it is back in town. She thinks he is back at it, as there have been a few women killed and raped in the area. A trap is set for the rapist only to find he is dead and left a suicide note. Did he really kill himself or was this murder? Holly sets herself up as bait to find out if someone else is the rapist/killer. A real page turner.
Oct 04, 2009 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Enjoying Holly Barker books better than the Barrington ones, I got through this one quickly. But not quickly enough to miss all the errors that Wood's books are famous for. You would think that with all the $$$ he and the publisher makes that he could hire a good proof reader!
May 28, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a quick beach read for the weekend, and this book was available to download. This book is terrible. I can say no more.
Linda Foos
While I enjoy reading another Holly Barker story, this was not one of Woods' best. I find it hard to believe people jump into "relationships" as quickly as these characters.
Nov 03, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the Holly Barker series. Her stories are okay, but I like Stone Barrington the best!
Jun 01, 2017 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly Baker #6
Some repeat characters Teddy Fay moves to Vero Beach and leaves at the end of the book.
Very out of character Holly's boss at CIA, Lance Cabot orders Holly to take a vacation.
Reluctantly she agrees to go visit her parents in Florida. She meets up with Hurd Wallace, her chief deputy when she was chief of Orchid Beach PD, and succeeded her when she moved to the CIA.
He shares the news that he is leaving OBPD, and James Bruno, US Army colonel, now retired, will become chief.
Holly knows
Ann Bickle
Holly Barker is my favorite character from Stuart Woods, but I think I preferred her as a police chief...instead of her current position at the CIA.
Jun 15, 2017 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I renewed these books as being better. I skimmed most of this one.
Mar 01, 2017 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like this.....just too graphic. The mystery was good, but too much detail and sexual references. Wouldn't recommend.
Matt Schiariti
the synopsis of this book has been given many times in the reviews..Holly Barker has some unused vacation time coming to her at the CIA, Lance Cabot more or less orders her to take it. Holly ends up back at Orchid beach where she was chief of the local police at the beginning of the series.

Holly stumbles into a crime while she's down there. As it happens, someone posing as a cop has been raping and killing local women. In fact, Holly almost becomes a victim herself! Of course she meets tall dark
Dec 13, 2009 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Orchid series is the first one I ever read by Stuart Woods, and once I found it, I read through the whole series pretty quickly. I like the setting and the characters. Her father is especially funny in this one. To my delight, the character of Teddy Faye, a cross-over character from the Stone Barrington Series reappears in this book. I love Teddy; although an assassin, he has a lovable side and is more like a Robin Hood type which makes you want to root for him. Holly has a soft spot for him ...more
This is definitely one author that I wasn't happy to read nor do I personally want to read any of his other work after this one. I started off where I had to say the book was only 1 Star if even that but I shoved a 2nd star into the ranking since the author did keep my attention for just a bit since I wanted to see how closely some of the other reviews matched up from other readers.

First of all this book is a part of a series the author has about a main female character he has known as Holly B
Synopsis: After Special Agent Holly Barker lets international terrorist Teddy Fay slip through her fingers for a second time, the CIA thinks she might want a long vacation, at least until Teddy is captured and the bad publicity has blown over. So Holly returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida, where she had been police chief for many years.

But a very unpleasant surprise awaits her. Many years earlier, Holly and another female army officer had brought charges against their commanding offi
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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Holly Barker (6 books)
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