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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,221 ratings  ·  344 reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards's latest heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, a woman must track down her husband's murderer—or risk being the next victim of a vicious killer.

When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she's sure it's no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone's out for blo
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published December 2nd 2014)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I have read most of this author's books and this one was rather disappointing.

Long winded, slow paced.....some scenes just dragged on and on.

I wanted to like the 2 main characters but jeez....they were just so goody two shoes for me......

Also the dozens of baddies running around had me shaking my head a couple of times....are they for real....?????

An okay read for those who like romantic suspense......
Riley Cowan discovers her ex-husband's dead body when she goes to meet him at his request. The authorities are calling it a suicide but Riley knows he was murdered. Her ex-father-in-law was convicted of fraud and there are billions of dollars missing that people would kill for. Finn Bradley is a man of mystery and shows up in time to save Riley when a man attacks her. She is forced to trust Finn but not totally.

I really liked this fast paced romantic suspense. I did have a few issues with the t
Susan (the other Susan)
Her heart skipped a beat. Her blood ran cold. His blood ran cold. His heart stopped. Her heart felt like it would explode. He felt a surge of savage anger. He felt a surge of protectiveness. His blood ran cold again. She felt her heart leap into her throat. She felt her blood drop to her toes. Shots rang out. Fear tasted sour in her throat. She almost collapsed where she stood.They would have to go through him to get to her. His heart stopped beating (same chapter as that other time). He felt hi ...more
Paula Brandon
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Riley Cowan discovers the dead body of her ex-husband, Jeff. She takes his phone, which is observed in secret by CIA agent Finn Bradley, who is tracking billions of dollars that has been laundered by Jeff's father, George. It seems Jeff was killed by people after that money. Finn wonders if Riley might know where the money is, especially since she took that phone, and immediately inserts himself into her life. Of course, Riley is a target, and Finn must protect her.

I quite like the Harlequin Int
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Am I the only reader who thought this writing was of poor quality? Yes, the story is enjoyable, yes, I was curious to see how it would develop, yes, the sex scenes were very hot. I wanted to like it. But oh, my, so much repetitions... How Finn is so handsome and so strong and so masculine, how Riley is beautiful and intelligent and incredibly sexy, how she needs to hang on to him so she won't collapse on the floor, how his stubble feels on her skin (didn't I read that, like, 10 times in the book ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

I was approached by the authors publicist to ask if I would like the chance to read this latest book by the author Karen Robards.
Of course, I couldn't say no.

I knew I had every chance of liking this read because I have read and reviewed subsequent books by this author.

I loved this. I loved the cover first off, I am quite a sucker for a good cover and this one caught my eye.
There are plenty of family enemies within these pages.

Riley's father in law committed financial fraud, was arrested becau
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Wow, way disappointing. It's not the Karen Robards's writing I'm used to. The story was just flat and it was like she started to find herself against a wall and then couldn't get herself out. I started to see it in the last Charlie Stone book....but this one was hugely disappointing.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I am always anxious to read anything by Ms. Robards. I absolutely love the Charlotte Stone series and snatched this ebook up the day it came out. But this book fell a little flat for me. Maybe it was partly post holiday let down but after an exciting start the book seemed to take an excessive amount of time with the characters simply dancing around each other and admiring each other's physical attributes. The last 60 or so e pages stepped up the action and drew me in again but the end seemed a b ...more
Lynsey A
This was an excellent Romantic Suspense by Robards. Definitely her best in awhile. The romance was not pushed to the back in this one but I felt was right, front and center. The attraction between the two leads was obvious and I loved how Robards played it with them in this book.

The ending was super sweet and ended just as I suspected and I loved it! Great romantic suspense from Robards. It is a fast read too.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I have read quite a bit by KR and have only been disappointed once or twice. I connected to both the H & h. Oooolala Finn! I did not figure on the outcome of who dunnit. Never crossed my mind....this rates 4 stars :)
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Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading books from a lot of incredible new authors lately, but I can't tell you how great it was to read one from an author who has been a favorite of mine for years. Karen Robards has never disappointed me before and she certainly didn't with Hush either! It was a completely new story, but it still had all of components I love: strong characters, danger, mystery, steamy times, an awesome couple, and a HEA ending. It was familiar, like catching up with an old friend, but at the same ti ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hush is New York Times best-selling author. The story is an intense romantic suspense.

Although Riley and Jeff had been divorced for a year and a half, she was still her ex-husbands keeper. Jeff had texted Riley I got trouble. Meet me at the house ASAP.

Houston House was huge. Dark. Deserted. Rooms with the size of a football field, giant crystal chandeliers dangling overhead. Riley found Jeff limp and pale suspended in midair.

Jeff Cowan,was the twenty-nine-year-old son of disgraced financier Ge
Jacqueline J
Solid read from KR. It was fast paced and both the hero and the heroine were interesting characters. There was quite a bit of sexual tension between them which was well done. Dialogue and pacing were both good. KR is one of those authors who does a good job with the show not tell business and you always feels as if you are right in the middle of the action. The heroine keeps secrets from the hero but here unlike many other books I've read, they were really justified and were really important for ...more
Audiobook review

This book is par for the course for Robard's suspense books. Enjoyable entertaining for the moment, but nothing that will stick with you after you finished it.

The narration was ok but very slow, so be prepared to speed it up - a lot.

Christi Snow
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
While I already own several of Karen Robard's books, they are all on my tbr shelves. So this is the first book of hers that I've ever read and wow...why have I waited so long to read one of her books? This book was fabulous!

The book starts with Riley finding the body of her ex-husband in an apparent suicide...something she doesn't believe for a moment. Her FIL was a bad man who stole billions of dollars. He's gone to jail, but no one knows where the money is...and LOTS of people want i
Judy Collins
A long time fan . .

Great to catch up with Karen Robards' HUSH, as been a while since I have read her books. Nice front cover which drew me in.

Riley Cowan’s father-in-law has many enemies, due to being a part of financial fraud with his investment business, and was arrested for a Ponzi scheme. Now Riley’s ex-husband is found dead.

At the beginning of the book, Riley Cowan receives a text from her ex-husband requesting her to meet him at the old family home. They have lost all their money and soc
Gloria Cangahuala
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
It takes great skill to write a good romantic suspense novel, to ensure that the sexual chemistry between the protagonists isn't gratuitous but fits into the plotline, to ensure that the mystery part of the novel is actually a challenge for the reader to figure out. Usually Karen Robards is such a writer. But not with this book.

Protagonists Riley Cowan, the heroine, and Agent Finn Bradley, the hero, were very stereotypically and woodenly characterized - stunningly gorgeous woman who went from ra
Jason Edwards
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not much one for reading romance novels, so you'll have to take everything I write here with a grain of salt. It may be the case that all of the things I plan on complaining about are actually the stuff that draw folks to these kinds of books.

For example, the number of times I had to read what an amazing ass the main character had. The number of times she swooned over how manly her love interest was. The sheer predictability of how and when these two people who didn't like each other were go
Linda Strong
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Riley Cowan finds her ex-husband, Jeff, dead by hanging. Everything points to suicide, but she and his family don't believe it for a minute. Jeff's father is in prison for fraud ...and billions of dollars are out there... and all kinds of nefarious people want to know where the money is. And they are all prepared to kill to get it.

Along comes Finn Bradley, an FBI Agent, charged with finding the money. But he has a big secret and Riley becomes the primary suspect of hiding the money. When someone
May 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Jennifer Margeson
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I am a *big* fan of Karen Robards' earlier work. I got through the 1st two Charlotte Stone books with a fair amount of eye rolling but loved #3. Hush started off sooo slowly - i bought 3 new releases Dec 30, and chose to start this one, and it took 12 days to complete.

about 1/3 to 40% (ebook) through the plot picks up, zooms around and ends about 2 pages after the climax. wwhhhhaaaa???? i liked the characters but a little more about Finn early on could have helped. there was enough romance in t
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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549 pages lg print, I am blind
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story begins with Jeff hanging from the ceiling in his families Texas mansion. Where Finn an FBI agent has looked over his body and hides in the shadows as he watches Riley find her dead ex-husband hanging. She takes Jeff’s cell phone and the story officially begins. Riley, Margaret, and Emma (Jeff’s mother and sister) show great courage at Jeff’s funeral but Riley notices Finn at the funeral along with all the other onlookers gawking at them. A lot of things happen but what gets me the mos ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Couldnt put the book down. Enjoyed the characters but thought the ending was a bit disappointing. Really like her writing style.
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I loved this book. I am a sucker for a murder mystery and this book had it all. Murder, money trails, and secrets, secrets, secrets! I had a lot of fun trying to untangle the web and solve the mystery before the truth was revealed. This was definitely a thriller! When we finally get our answers??? WOW! That is all I can say. Just Wow… I wasn’t wrong, I wasn’t right. I was just… wow. Such a great book.

Robards did a fabulous job painting a picture. I was right there beside the characters as I read
Susan Swiderski
I was fortunate... and delighted... to win Karen Robards' newest book through a Goodreads giveaway. I'd read a couple of her many, many books in the past, but it had been a while, so reading this one was like reuniting with an old friend.

The author's writing is still natural and fluid, which makes for a very pleasant read, and her easy-flowing prose makes this 405-page book a quick read, as well. Although the genre is characterized as romantic thriller, I can't honestly say it was the most roman
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, audiobook
Hush was a fairly entertaining read. I did enjoy it for the most part. I just didn't love it. The premise of the story is that Riley finds her ex-husband dead having seemingly committed suicide. His father has been recently exposed in a money fraud scandal and they have lost everything. Riley is convinced he was murdered because there are billions of dollars missing and someone desperately wants that money. Enter Finn Bradley, a government agent who also wants to find that money.

The reason I th
Gerry Bartlett
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
I could have added one more shelf for this one: thriller. I was in the mood for something fast-paced and I got it. Robards has been around for a long time and it shows in this well-written story of the family of a Madoff-type billionaire who steals money from investors and ends up in prison. What happened to all that money? And how does his family fare after all the dust settles? Riley is the woman who divorced the man's son before the fraud came out. She came from a poor family and is the only ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
This was a re-read for me as I couldn't remember if I had read it not. Now, I'm not sure why I didn't remember it as I really did like it.

After her father-in-law is imprisoned for embezzlement with billions missing, her ex is murdered by the bad guys looking for the money, Riley finds herself as the next target. Not only is she a target by the bad guys, but the "good guys" want to know what she knows.

In this book we had both a strong heroine and a strong hero and it worked. Goes to show both ch
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of my favorites

I did not enjoy this book as much as I normally do her books. I found it slow getting started and then it rushed to the end. I usually read her books in one setting....staying up all night....this took me several days. Nothing like Walking After Midnight or some of her others.
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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 FLAME, wh
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