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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  3,543 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Blazing romance and page-turning suspense - a hot holiday read from a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller It's a business trip that takes advertising agency owner Maddie Fitzgerald to New Orleans, but it is hardly business as usual when a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her. Barely escaping with her life, she soon finds herself face-to-face with FBI agent Sam McCabe ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 4th 2005 by Hodder Paperback (first published July 1st 2004)
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Linda C
I thought this book was horrible. However, to be fair, I didn't realize that it was "romantic suspense", which saved it from being a one star. I found the audio version on-line through my local library and downloaded it to my ipod. Based upon the brief review that the library network provided, the book sounded like a crime suspense novel focusing on the FBI's hunt for a serial killer crisscrossing the country taunting the agents with clues to the next victim.

So the story had such a good foundati
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 3, 2014: 3.8 stars
Narrator: Joyce Bean

I had put off reading this for years as I hadn't liked Robards' books that were written in the last ten years, apart from a few. I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised that this didn't end up a DNF, especially when the reviews haven't exactly been glowing.

The Story: The book starts off with a burst of action/suspense when Maddie escapes an attempted murder. It sagged somewhat after this despite my enjoying every scene that i
Maddie Fitzgerald, owner of a small advertising agency in St. Louis, travels to New Orleans in hopes of snaring a large account to save her struggling company. While there, a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her but Maddie manages to escape. Only to be followed by FBI agents, headed by Special Agent Sam McCabe, who's tracking a serial killer and thinks Maddie is his next victim. Maddie does not trust the FBI and refuses their offer of protection, but when someone shoots at her in ...more
This was a very good romantic suspense read. The main characters Maddie & Sam made for an interesting couple. At first they were like oil & water...then you could see the way they gave each other "the look", and so did everyone else. There was no hiding the attraction between them. I felt so sorry for Maddie, all the crap she had been through in her life and the terror she was experiencing in real time as well.

The love scenes between Maddie & Sam were hot and steamy to say the least.
*3.5 Stars*

I thought this was good. granted I think I liked it more because I listened to it on audio instead of reading it. When listening on audio I'm able to zone out a little bit when stuff gets boring. I think that the author spent too much time trying to lead us on about Maddie's past. I think more could have been done with letting us in on the secret much sooner.

The killer was whack! the whole reveal was so crazy. I felt a little let down with that.

Zelda the dog was my favorite character
Oct 27, 2010 Erica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Maddie has just been attacked by a man in her hotel room. Sam is the FBI agent who is investigating the attacks. She is not the only victim.

During the investigation Sam figures he could use Maddie as his bait to catch the attacker. Sam falls for Maddie, but resists getting close to her. Eventually he does get involved with her only later finding out that there is more to Maddie then meets the eye. Sam's team has run the fingerprints in the hotel room hoping to find the attacker and the only set
Andrea Khrystyne
I really enjoyed this book. I literally just finished this book like 10 minutes ago. I was very surprised at the ending! I won't ruin it for someone else, but it definitely wasn't someone that had even crossed my mind as the killer. I love it when authors do that. Karen Robards really pulled it off on this one.

Robards really has a gift for being a descriptive writer. In terms of setting and the description of a person, it gets really detailed. I enjoy that. You get a good visual of what she wan
FBI Special Agent Sam McCabe is tracking a serial killer who leaves one-word clues to the identity of his next victim. When the next clue is the name "Madeline", the search for the next victim starts. But, they're too late. In a New Orleans hotel, a woman named Madeline Fitzgerald has been murdered. But, surprisingly, there is a second woman with the exact same name staying at the hotel too. This Maddie was attacked in the middle of the night and somehow got away from the killer. In order for Sa ...more
This is the most boring book I've ever read. The main character, Maddie, is extremely annoying. The "hero" Sam is yawn-worthy and inept as an FBI agent. Please, pass on this snooze-fest!
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Sam McCade is an FBI Agent who has been on a killer's trail for a month, the killer likes to tease him with hints before the kill. This time the hint is that a Madeline is to be killed - the killer attacks 2 Madelines in the same hotel in one night. One dies - one lives. When Sam learns about the Madaline who lives he thinks he has his first break.

In the meantime, Madeline - who goes by Maddie - doesn't know if the hit was to be on her or not. But the FBI has already left her out to dry once, an
I really enjoyed reading this book. I always enjoy Karen Robards' books, but this one was really good.

I loved reading about the grudging relationship forming between McCabe and Maddie, and I also enjoyed the chemistry between. He wants to save her, she wants him to go away...even after she is attacked, she wants him to leave her alone. She is hiding something from him that she is terrified he will discover. Maddie's past, always a mystery until near the end of the book, was intriguing and had m
Anna Mcfadden
Maddie Fitzgerald, owner of an advertising agency, is in New Orleans for a business deal when some attacks her in her motel room. She finds out that there is another lady staying at the same hotel, on the same night, with the same name. FBI agent Sam McCabe, has been following this killer from town to town. Now when Maddie gets attack again at home in St. Louis Sam and his team makes her use her as bait to catch the killer, at the same time Maddie and Sam become close
This book was, sadly, the reason why I had to create a "disappointing" shelf. I, unfortunately, had to force myself to finish it out of respect for the writer and people who put so much work into it, but it wasn't with much enthusiasm, I tell you. It felt like it had so much to offer and yet I didn't get any real feeling from it.
The plot, the characters, everything looked like it would be the perfect setting for an awesome adventure but it wasn't.
The je-ne-sais-pas factor wasn't of the interes
Oct 08, 2010 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Gina
This is the first book I've read by this author, recommended by Gina's goodreads comments, and I have to say that I am impressed. There were some slight oddities, places where I wasn't convinced that the plot was possible, but they were few and far between. Her writing is compelling, her characters appealing, and the plot phenomenal and I particularly appreciated the ongoing battle between the two leads. They don't just jump into bed with each other. They actually fight the attraction because of ...more
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This was a pleasant lil read! The plot wasn't earth shattering though.

I wasn't a fan of the meshing of her old life with the killings already taking place. See this guy was mob, but the heartless killings, and the calling of Mc Cabe and taunting him with clues made me think the killer was psychopathic, rather than sadistic. So it conflicted badly! Both Mc Cabe and Maddy were very likeable, and I enjoyed the descriptive words used throughout.

The romance scenes were HOT!! But the story!! The kille
Barbara Blanc
You cannot go wrong with Karen Robards books. Always keeping one on their toes. Not knowing where she is going with the story till it hits you straight on. Love her stories.
I love action movies and books but like all things they follow some sort of formula, if you really pay attention to the details you know who the killer is one third through the book/movie. I felt that this book rambled on way more than necessary. Don't get me wrong details are very VERY important but a lot of things could have been cut out in the book,but I love the story the whole alpha male FBI protecting a "wimpy" women who shows a lot more strength then she knows she has, against the mob. I ...more
This is a great story. The use of humor as well as suspense and a romantic story combined make the story entertaining. It's similar to Castle on ABC as far as mixing in humor with a seemingly unsolvable mystery.
I really look forward to reading this book because the story sounded great. Unfortunately the book focused too much on Sam and Madeline and not enough on the crime to my taste. In the middle of the book I even felt as if the crime was just some background info instead of the focus of the story. Because of that everything had to be solved rather quickly at the end.
Also the revelation about Zelda at the end of the book was a bit of an anti-climax.

Don't understand me wrong, it's not a bad book, bu
The suspense kept up very well all through the book. I was glad that when Sam found out the truth about Maddie they didn't stay mad for the rest of the book, only to reconcile in the last five pages of the book. The story with the dog and french fries was funny. I listened to this book and the one part that got on my nerves was also mentioned by someone else's review here as well. Then referring to the unsub they kept spelling it U-N-S-U-B instead of just saying the word. It is a small thing and ...more
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Shelves: comfort-food
Pretty satisfying, but not my favorite.
Jake Shimanek
Exciting story. I got a little tingly inside during the steamy forceful love scenes.
Page turner!
Stephanie Tuell
just when you think you know someone, it's time to think again. that's what you'll be saying after you read this breath-taking romantic suspense. maddie thinks her attack was just a random act of violence. but when sam enters the picture, things begin to change. maddie can't stand the thought of him being around, but she soon realizes, she can't stand the thought of him NOT being around. robards has you at the edge of you seat waiting to see what will happen, a real page turner.
Pr Latta
The suspense takes a back seat in the KR Romantic Suspense novel: Maddie is driving and Sam seems only along for the ride. Solving the case is not the main plot: protecting Maddie, who Sam believes is the bait, is while the FBI ignores "the game" of trying to prevent two more people from getting murdered. I didn't classify this as a police procedural because Sam, Win and Gardner don't seem to follow much procedure but the crew is likable and I had a fun time riding along.
Good read, entertaining and funny. It's worth buying:)
The book had really good suspense but the only reason for not giving 5 stars is that this book was too descriptive. After reading few pages or so I starts skimming and reading. But a total thriller.
This book was better than Superstition. The connections in this book worked much better. The problem I have with this author is that she really just tries to hard to make this bizarre complicated plots, when all she really needs to do is concentrate on developing her characters and her writing and the rest will come much easier.

Of course, with that said, she is a best selling author, so whatever she is goind is making her the monies.
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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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