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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,102 ratings  ·  533 reviews
Samantha Jones is the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of a flashy new BMW is a different breed entirely.

Daniel Panterro knows he hasn’t seen the last of
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published December 2012)
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Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Karen Robards' books, but I think things are starting to blend a bit. Now she just adds in a quirkier job (tow truck driver) for the woman and a few more layers to the man's job, but everything else is pretty much the same. Sam Jones will be described as impossibly beautiful a whole bunch of times so you understand why Danny/Trey/Marco can't possibly resist her even though he has a girlfriend you'll only hear about once in passing. Oh, and Tyler the four year old is written much o ...more
Lisa O'Neill
I love Karen Robards, and when she's on (Beachcomber, Whispers at Midnight, To Trust a Stranger) she's one of my favorite authors. One thing I have noticed is that she occasionally has a tendency to go into too much detail, and to repeat the same details in different scenes, which tends to slow down the pacing of an otherwise suspenseful plot. That's in full effect in SHIVER, with the two main characters spending an awful lot of time thinking detailed thoughts about the other's hotness at seemin ...more
Normally I like Karen Robards' books, but I too found this one formulaic. The author has a tendency to write the same characters over and over (dark haired gorgeous strong tough stubborn women) along with the same type of plot (said woman falls into trouble and ends up connected with a hunky FBI agent, has torrid sex with him while under stressful conditions, and they ride off into the sunset together at the end). This book started off okay, but the main character Sam just became more and more a ...more
PRE-REVIEW (Or more accurately, MID-WAY REVIEW)

Every now and then there comes a time where I am reading a book and I NEED to tell you about it before I've finished it. Shiver by Karen Robards is one of those books.

First off, let me say that, not only do I LOVE this book so far, but I actually won it in a giveaway on Goodreads. I didn't even know that I'd won. It arrived on Christmas Eve of all days.

Furthermore, when I entered to win Shiver I had NO IDEA what it was abou
Lynsey A
This was a delightful book to read...once it got more into the romance. Surprisingly, this Robards RS had much more romance than some of her previous RS books.

The book was fast paced and a fun read. Our hero goes by three names in this book, one, his real name Danny as the undercover FBI agent, Trey, the nickname he had in college which he gives to the little boy who he's never met but is trying to protect, and Marco, the traitor ex-federal agent he is pretending to be to get the bad guys. This
I found this at the local Friends of the Library sale. I've read Karen Robards before and her books are hit or miss with me. This was a hit for the most part. Samantha (Sam) Jones drives a tow truck and repos vehicles for a living. She is a single mom doing the best she can. One night she goes to repo a BMW and discovers a man bound and wounded in the trunk. Before she can help him she is knocked out and thrown into the trunk too. Together, Sam and Marco/Danny escape the bad guys.

Olga DiLenge
Really wanted to give this 1 1/2 stars. I usually like her books but this just irritated me. Gorgeous single girl meets gorgeous single guy and they live happily ever after. Ok, they went over a few bumps
but they were completely predictable. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Don't bother!
I HATE to do this because Karen Robards is one of my favs and always a sure thing for me but this one feels like this one was written by someone else.

Sam (h) was a product of the foster care system, street smart wild teenager......until she found herself pregnant at 18 and the father of her unborn child taking off to places unknown. Now she's a 23 year old single mother who is working her self into the ground and going to school to be an EMT to make ends meet and put food on her tabl
A. Bookzilla.
3.5 stars but GR won't let me. I picked this up because I needed something different to read. And I loved the cover, it's gorgeous (even if I learned that it doesn't actually match the MC. She has black hair - it's mentioned quite a few times.)

It's not bad at all, I was on the edge the whole time, it keeps you interested to see what and how it goes down and I definitely didn't see the ending coming. Though I have to say that the whole fairy tale ending was just over-the-top. I know t
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danny Pantero is an undercover FBI agent who's posing as a bad guy, in order to draw attention away from the real bad guy who's singing like a bird. Sam Jones is a single mom, working as a tow truck/repo specialist to support her 4 year old son. She's barely making ends meet, but is determined to give her child the the security she never had. She's on a routine repo of a BMW when she pops the trunk and finds Danny Pantero, tied up and badly wounded. And before she knows it, she's in the trunk wi ...more
Sher Marie
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
"Sam saw him walking toward her from the pine forrest, its then that she noticed there was the smell of pine in the air along with fuel from the wreckage"! Gosh, this book sucks! Its like the writer felt she had to qualify every action or description taken by the protagonist. The overkill with dumb details and the shoehorning of unnecessary curse words was too much. Poor writing, amateurish product, and Gosh Darn It did I really need to get a full anatomical description of the similarities betwe ...more
Jacqueline J
Beautiful cover! I have been in a 3 week reading slump which equates to ten years probably for anyone else. I needed something to kick start my reading and this suited very well. I really liked it. Nothing new or ground breaking just some pretty solid romantic suspense. Loved the gutsy heroine and the hot hero. Some parts might have been implausible but what the hey? Sometimes you just have to go along for the fun ride without tearing stuff apart.

A solid entertaining read.
Aina Winky
For a single mother to four years old son, being in the middle of danger is the last thing that Sam ever want. With little hope and trust, Sam have to reliant on a stranger who is the main reasons that put Sam and her son in jeopardy in the first place. This thriller-romance will keep you shiver till end.
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Samantha Jones never thought her life would change when she answered a call for a repo. A young single mother who works and lives for her young son, Sam does what she can to try and make a better life for the both of them. When she pops the truck on the BMW and sees a man inside, beat up and shot, she has no time to react and finds herself sharing the tiny space with him.

Daniel Panterro is convinced this is his last stand. Kidnapped from protective
Jane Stewart
Good story. Lots of suspense and action. But I did not like the heroine being angry all the time.

The author artificially stretches out suspense scenes which bothered me. For example: someone is coming and Sam has to do something fast, but she stops to talk, the other guy says hurry, she thinks about something else for a minute, and then finally she gets back to doing what she is supposed to do. The reader is thinking come on come on get it done. The author drew it out to prolong anxi
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, drama, my-ebooks
40% complete-I like the premise of this book but find it has two annoying romance formulas-
#1- when you re in a life and death situation- think about how sexy the person with you is..Really?? Main Character has been hog tied, shot and stuffed in a trunk of a car. A woman is dumped in the car with him, he is excruciating pain, but he notices how sexy she is. Not buying it.
#2- Female character is stubborn to the point of stupid, and as a result of her stupidity endangers both of their
Mar 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish this book. I thought the main character was boring and idiotic, and generally pretty childish. She sounded more like a fourteen year old who wants to rebel against her parents than an adult with a son. Generally, I prefer books that have a 3rd person POV that switches between characters, but in this book it was frustrating because the main character does things that are not in her best interest, and we know about it (due to knowing the other character's POV). This makes her lo ...more
Tawnya Robledo
This book reads like a Harlequin :( and I don't read that kind of "literature" I didn't rate this book very well. It was the first time I've read anything by this author. I wanted to read a thriller. On a good note the thrilling and suspenseful parts of the novel were very well written. I would recommend this book to a person who likes thrillers and doesn't mind sexual content. It's just not for me.
Alex is The Romance Fox
I like this author's work but this was not one of my favourites.

I liked the heroine....a truck driver.....and the hero was okay...but the plot was just so similar to her other books.

I was so irritated with the repetition gorgeous the hero was, how the heroine had black hair....

Not a bad romance suspense but not a great one either.

What I loved was the cover.....although it's nothing like I imagined the heroine to look like!!!!
Shawna Monroe
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Karen Robards book I ever read. Picked it up in the airport and never regretted it. Good characters and good storyline that was fast paced. Very enjoyable.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 - This novel is exactly how I like my romantic suspense books—fast-paced, believable, with some sexual tension, but leaving the consummation of the relationship until the end where it belongs.

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Samantha "Sam" Jones is a single mom of a four-year-old boy, barely making it financially. During the day she takes classes to become an EMT, while at night she repossesses cars using the tow truck she inherited from an uncle.

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Sheila Majczan
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this on sale for $1.99 so I got my money's worth! I don't read a lot of books in this genre, but the book description sounded good.

I will say that it kept me turning pages and had to force myself to put my kindle down last night and go to bed. But I picked this up instead of my morning newspaper with breakfast! And finished it by early afternoon.

I found it thrilling, suspenseful, fast moving and with just enough sexual tension to please my more romantic side. You
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredibly hard book to read through for various reasons.
1) This is the main reason, which I think heavily influenced my feelings for this book. I read thrillers once in a while, but I enjoy the ones that are focused on families and psychological ones. This has a lot of FBI agent, top secret mission blah blah blah that I could barely focus on. Couldn't stand it.
2) I didn't care for any of the characters. Not a single one.
3) Tyler would have been a more effective characte
Jody Hart
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never enjoy giving a negative review so before I do let me just say this: I still love this author. I've read other books by her so I'm willing to put this one behind me and move on.

This whole story did not work for me for so many reasons. The plot could have been stronger as well as the development of all the characters; even the romantic element felt dull. I read to the very last page hoping something would change but nothing. I was left with no connection to the characters, no reason for m
Gloria Cangahuala
Well, I'm not sure why so many readers gave this book only one star. I like Karen Robards; I think she is a very good writer. And I liked "Shiver." It's a highly entertaining book that goes at breakneck speed. The action never stops, and yet the romance that is woven in has time to develop in a believable way. Samantha Jones is single mother to four-year-old Tyler, trying to make ends meet by running a towing company and repossessing cars in the dead of night. One night the car she repossesses h ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good. I rush to finish reading Karen Robards stories and then when I am finished I remember I probably have to wait a year for the next one. Shiver is about Sam. She is the single mother of a 4 year old boy, trying to make a living towing repossessed cars with a half broken down tow truck she inherited, while taking classes to become an EMT and hopefully a better life for herself and Tyler. She almost at the end of her night, the last car almost hooked up to her truck when she noticed the tru ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads giveaways. I must say that I have never read a romance suspense book before. After reading this one I must admit that if they are anything like this one I have a new genre to read. This book was easy to read and I was totally involved with the story (the typical I couldn't lay it down applies here). I recently made an observation to a fellow Goodreads reader that I have discovered that the earlier the author reveals the reason for the title of a book the worse t ...more

This book started out strong, with immediate action and a strong yet vulnerable female protagonist. Then about 1/3 of the way into it, Tyler is introduced and throws me off. He's SUPPOSED to be (4) years old, but says lines like "So how did you two meet anyway?". Really? His whole dialogue, his actions, everything about him was NOT (4) and it was irritating and distracting. And since he was a major part of the book, it ruined it for me.

Marco/Daniel/Trey was the best
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a disappointing book. I happen to like some of Karen Robards books, but this one stinks.
The main character has a 4 year old child named Tyler, but clearly Robards (and her editor) have never been around a child that age. He was written more like an 8-10 year old. No way the dialogue and actions of a 4 year old.
Truly shallow characters. In one of the final scenes as the 'bad guys' have them tied up, the main character FBI agent is thinking, "He knew her well enough now to guess, she was
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. It had some good exciting moments and was a fun read, but ... The romance didn't quite click with me and I kept hoping that Sam would be a harder kickass than she was (although there was an excellent moment at the beginning). I just feel like she gave control over to others way too easily, considering what her life was like. Didn't quite work for me.

Aside from that, the mystery-suspense part of it kept me reading - not the most suspensefu
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Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLA
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