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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,030 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards's latest heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, a reckless former detective knows too much, and a hostage negotiator is forced to join him on the run for his life.

Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 19, 2013 Katrina rated it it was ok
Sadly, this is my last book I read by this author. I had high hopes for this one because it started out really good. Then it went from mystery to Harlequin romance.

I skipped numerous pages at once after skimming them because it was very repetitive. I mean, at one point I thought the author had made a bet with someone to see how many times she could use the word nipple. I'm still not sure, even after reading it 30 times if Caroline's nipples were hard through the whole book. They were. I think.
3.5 So so, not bad, not too good either. Definitely not impressed. SB ruined the romantic-suspense genre for me.
Jeri Johnson
Jul 05, 2014 Jeri Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I found it fast reading and action filled. Sometimes I wonder what people want in a book. Maybe they just don't enjoy anything! I read for fun, entertainment and sometimes for escape. I don't need to analyze every book.
Jan 26, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok
I am partially at fault for not liking this book. Yet it had its strong points.

So it starts as a compelling crime novel. Reed Ware gets a call from a street kid named Hollis. Something bad is happening. The kid takes pictures of the crime and Reed is compelled to look into it. It seems that the New Orleans Police Department might have some corruption. Fast forward a day or two and Caroline, a professional cop and hostage negotiator is called onto a scene. Reed has entered a glitzy party and tak
Jackie Lane
This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely won't be the last. I definitely was hooked to this romantic suspense novel by her.

Reed Ware gets a call from Hollis that something bad is going down. He is even able to get pictures of what is happening, a shooting in the cemetery.

The action begins.......Reed holds some of the New Orleans elite hostage and a hostage negotiator is called in. The first surprise is that the hostage negotiator is someone that Reed knows. He was once
Dec 17, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it
I use to be a big fan of Karen Robards but now I feel that she has lost her IT factor and her books have just not been as good as her earlier stuff.
Now for this book. I really hated that it was all shoved in one day. I also hated the language. I am not a prude and I will drop the F bomb in a conversation on a regular basis but when an author uses the word that stars with a "t" and ends with a "t" to describe a part of a woman's body in a mainstream romantic suspense book it is a total turn off f
Wendy T
I absolutely loved this book. Love the suspense this book had right up the end. I love the relationship between Reed and Caroline. I could feel the tension coming off the pages between the two of them. I really didn't want this book to end.
Lisa O'Neill
I love Karen Robards, but felt that in Hunted, as with her previous romantic suspense offering (I believe it was Shiver,) the suspense plot was really just a very loose framework for the main couple to get it on. I have nothing against the main couple getting it on in romance novels (and if one does, romance probably isn't the best genre for them,) but it seemed that the physical descriptions of each character's hotness were exhaustive and repeated and became the focus at very odd times (like wh ...more
~♡ Unsolved Mystery ♡~
Jun 07, 2016 ~♡ Unsolved Mystery ♡~ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Above 18 only
Recommended to ~♡ Unsolved Mystery ♡~ by: Won in a GRs giveaway
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks so much! =)

Whoa! Those sex scenes were steamy! Best sex scenes I've ever read.
I really enjoyed this. It isn't high literature, but it delivers what it's designed to deliver: action, suspense, danger, interesting likeable characters and plenty of intense, sexy romance.

The story hits you with drama and action almost from the very beginning. The setup for the plot is not only an exciting and action-packed storyline, but given its setting in New Orleans, it's actually a plausible thing to happen, so you can absolutely get into the events the author's created and go along for
Sep 17, 2014 Kristi rated it really liked it
-I borrowed this book from the public library_

I remember when I was a teenager, I read a story by Karen Robards. I have no idea which book that was. Since she has so many now. But all I remember was that it was really, really good. That being said. This book was really really good. It got me out of my reading slump.

I loved the characters Reed and Caroline: They were good cops. They were good main characters of the story. The hostage situation I had no idea where they were going with it. How they
Jun 10, 2016 Helayna rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars
The only reason this book got 2.5 stars was the plot. The added romantic parts to the books just annoyed the living daylights out of me and made me want to scream. Honestly, I just wanted to know what was going to happen in the book plot wise. I didn't need to now how beautiful and sexy Reed thought Caroline was for about the millionth time......
Jun 29, 2015 Kobi rated it really liked it
Shelves: jumanji
The book summary is not a very good reflection of the book. It makes it seem as if the mayor and Caroline's dad are in serious danger, they're not, like at all. I somewhat enjoyed the action with the kidnapping/running away from cops/corruption, altogether it got really repetitive at times. I hated how conflicted Reed was with himself, he wanted Caroline and the next second he didn't. Caroline was the same way she seemed like she fully trusted Reed then at other points she tried to get away. The ...more
Cathy Ryan
May 04, 2014 Cathy Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I gave this 2.5 stars

The story concept was an interesting one and promised suspense and action, or so I thought. NOPD deceptive Reed Ware finds out about corruption and murder in the police force and the next thing we know he’s holding the city’s main players to ransom. The hostage negotiator, Caroline, gets taken hostage herself. What happened to make Reed flip? Caroline had a teenage crush on Reed and can’t understand why he’s turned into someone who, she believes, will blow up a roomful of pe
Feb 27, 2014 Lainy rated it it was ok
Time taken to read - 9 days (on and off)

Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton

Pages - 336

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Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This time, the hostages include her boss - the chief of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force disgraced, under investigation by Internal Affairs, and worst of all,
Jan 02, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I really enjoyed this latest romantic suspense by Karen Robards. I found the main characters, Reed Ware and Caroline Wallace to be very sympathetic, and the storyline was fast paced and kept me intrigued. I thought the book was a great balance of suspense and romance.

When Caroline Wallace is called in to negotiate during a hostage situation, she is stunned to find that the hostage taker is Detective Reed Ware. It soon becomes apparent to Caroline that nothing about the situation is quite what it
Sep 12, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This time, the hostages include her boss - the chief of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force disgraced, under investigation by Internal Affairs, and worst of all, considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous. As police snipers arrive on the scene and manage ...more
Jane Thomson
Dec 01, 2014 Jane Thomson rated it liked it
I enjoyed this novel, but felt that the author really needed to consider more severe editing. Karen Robards has written many tightly woven thrillers; in my opinion, this one was not up to that standard. I found the first half of the story to be much stronger than the section that takes place at the fishing hideaway. The plot moves along nicely enough, but the repetition about the attraction between the two main characters bothered me! For the first time ever, I found myself skipping over descrip ...more
Gerry Bartlett
Jun 09, 2014 Gerry Bartlett rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
This book was marketed as a thriller. Okay, when police detective Reed can't get justice, he goes haywire and takes hostages. Bring in negotiator Caroline whose father is one of the hostages and one of the bad guys in the police department. She knows Reed from when he guarded her family when she was 17 and she had a crush on him then. One thing leads to another and they end up on the run from the police while Reed tries to get justice for the young men he wants to help. Plot sounds okay and migh ...more
Neil Mudde
Mar 26, 2014 Neil Mudde rated it it was ok
This is my first book by Karen Robards, I found it difficult to get into, and was considering to stop reading, but at the time I had nothing else to read so plotted through, it starts off discussing a corrupt New Orleans Police Department Off course the hero is a detective who has found a major ring run by some police officers on his team when he reports them he gets thrown out of the force hence the kidnapping plot, the author has to have the plot set in the upper class of New Orleans, Mayor, C ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Brown rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans PD's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different. This time, the hostages include her boss - the chief of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force disgraced, under investigation by Internal Affairs, and worst of all, considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous. As police snipers arrive on the scene and manage ...more
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Aug 08, 2014 Awilk -never sleeps- marked it as did-not-finish
I'm not rating this one as I just can't be bothered finishing it. Karen Robards is an author I have enjoyed in the past, but something was missing for me with this one. I may come back to it at a later date, but I am not holding my breath for that to happen.
Jun 24, 2014 Roxann rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, mystery
I had high hopes for this book. It was listed as a thriller. My sister bought it for me on my birthday because she knew I liked mystery/thriller type books. I always expect a little romance in the mystery but this was too much. I saw recently that people have it placed under suspense romance. The mystery of the book should have been good. It's been done in other books also. In this case a detective finds out about a group of police and others murdering citizens. The 'bad' citizens of the city. ' ...more
Sara Mitchell
Feb 19, 2014 Sara Mitchell rated it liked it
Detective Reed Ware stumbles upon something big that involves police corruption. Caroline is a hostage negotiator who is called in when Reed takes a group of big-wigs hostage on Christmas eve. Caroline had a crush on Reed when he was younger and she's also the daughter of one of the men held hostage. Detective Ware ends up taking Caroline hostage once he escapes and along the way the two fight sexual tension and fall in love.

I've read Karen Robards books in the past and have liked most of them,
Susannah Carleton
Sep 13, 2016 Susannah Carleton rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. New Orleans homicide detective Reed Ware uncovers evidence that cops are killing drug dealers. When he takes his information to the NOPD Superintendent of Police, he is suddenly fired and told that Internal Affairs is investigating him for taking a bribe. When a young teen he has looked out for over the years is arrested the next day for possession of crack, a charge that's as bogus as the one against Reed, he takes a desperate gamble, taking the Superintendent of Police and other c ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Mei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The synopsis read better than the actual story. Having said that, the story started off interestingly enough on Christmas eve. It being Christmas holds no significance to the story however. I like Reed but I can't stand Caroline, aka "Ms. Stars-In-Her-Eyes". Holly, the stereotypical "punk kid", was quite annoying and I didn't care for him much either and was glad when he supposedly got shipped off to Mexico! I like that the setting was in the Big Easy (post Katrina) which is a character in and o ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Christy rated it did not like it
If you've read Walking After Midnight by Robards (written in the 90's) then you've read this. Pretty much same premise. Cop wrongly accused, bad cops after him, corruption at highest levels, kidnapped damsel in distress, ending between all the alphabet soup guys and the bad cops, oh, (SPOILER ALERT) and just like Walking after Midnight, the best friend is a really bad guy. And in Walking After Midnight, the father-in-law was the chief of police, but in Hunted it's the father who is the chief of ...more
I think Night Magic and some of Karen Robards' historicals made me a fan - astonishing to think that was way back in the 1980's. But I've been a faithful reader and continued to enjoy her ever since; some books more than others. This book begins with a tense murder, then an even tenser stand-off. Just-fired-and-in-Big-Trouble-because-of-what-he's-stumbled-across ex-police detective Reed Ware is holding an entire Christmas party hostage, with the Who's Who of New Orleans present. Caroline Wallace ...more
Cardyn Brooks
Jan 30, 2014 Cardyn Brooks rated it liked it
Here's what has me feeling torn about Caroline and Reed's story: Caroline's inappropriate obsession with how "sexy" Reed is given the seriousness of their circumstances. Even though Hunted is a romantic thriller, Caroline's thoughts and behavior make it hard to believe that she's an exceptional police hostage negotiator.

Many passages read more like a spoof with shades of the Keystone Cops, but it is an enjoyable, lighthearted read despite the serious themes of family dysfunction, addiction, gri
Gloria Cangahuala
Jan 11, 2014 Gloria Cangahuala rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Karen Robards. Her writing style makes for easy, engaging reading. "Hunted" is not one of her best books, but it is still enjoyable, nonetheless.

Detective Reed Ware is a good cop, but hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace is called to the scene when Ware is found holding a houseful of prominent people hostage. There really isn't a great surprise at the end, as the reader is not really kept in the dark as to Ware's motivations. I would have preferred it had Robards kept me in the dar
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She 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 FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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