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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,137 ratings  ·  371 reviews

That's the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu's infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning - but what she doesn't see coming is the small jet plane that dr
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Gallery Books
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I've read quite a few books by this author and I found her latest book, Darkness a bit of a disappointment...yes, still on the "disappointing" reading stage right now!!!

The plot was interesting and I found the setting really great...but hell.........all that detailed info about the setting....all the flowers and birds and animals....and the storm and the "furious" sea waves....on and on!!!! All that telling drove me absolutely nuts!!!
And was all about the characters thoughts an
It is so surprising what risque things one can do with a bullet in the hip and only one Tylenol.

I'll get back to you on that one later.

Dr. Gina Sullivan is a renowned ornithologist working with a group on the remote island of Attu on the Alaskan coast. They are researching the effects of pollution on the bird population. Well, now you've got my attention with a woman scientist and anything to do with my beloved Alaska.

Gina is perched on the bow of her small boat with binoculars in hand. Suddenly
Book of Secrets
Oct 16, 2016 marked it as its-me-not-you-dnf
I'm quitting this book at 33%; we're just not clicking. Why is the cover bright pink?? The title is "Darkness," and the story is set in Alaska, in November, in a blizzard. *Head scratch* (Not the reason for the DNF, just curious!) The suspense part was promising, but unfortunately the romance part ruined it for me. Cal was an alpha-hole from the beginning. Luckily Gina did stand up to him, though she should have just left him bobbing in the Bering Sea. Trying to write in sexy chemistry between t ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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For me, it is a bit hard to write a review for an author that has literally hundreds of books under their belt. Ms. Robards clearly has the secret touch when it comes to iconic storytelling and this is one book that proves it over and over.

From the very first page, I was hooked hard into this book. The depth of description transports you right into the story and keeps you there throughout the entire novel. I literally read this in one sitting
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Written by Karen Robards
MARCH 29, 2016; 384 Pages
Genre: romantic suspense, thriller, mystery

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)


Dr. Gina Sullivan is a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. One day while she is gathering research she hears a BOOM and see a plane go down. When she goes to see the wreckage there is a survivor...a man named, Cal. Cal mistrusts Gina so will not share anything of his c
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in paperback by Hodder. There is a storm brewing in this story all right! I found Darkness very suspenseful. Dr. Gina Sullivan watched a pair of rare eagles disappear into the gathering storm clouds, when she see a small plane descending towards the sea. Battling the waves with her boat, Gina set off rescuing a man from the stormy sea. He could be dangerous. Their eyes locked. There was no mistaking his eyes were hard. Brutal. Deadly. Darkness has it all as a thriller-romance. I reco ...more
Darkness- A Thriller- by Karen Robards is a 2016 Gallery Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, as an XOXpert, the official street team of XOXO After Dark.

Karen Robards’ is one of those authors who writes across several romance genres. But, she seems to have settled into a nice groove with her romantic suspense novels.

Gina Sullivan is an ornithologist on the island of Attu, Alaska, along with a small group of researchers, when she witnesses the crash of a small
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romantic-supense
ARC provided by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The set up for this book is one of the "ripped from the headlines" setups. Then, the plot takes a very sinister twist. My beef is the narrative that marred the first 30% of the book. I prefer to get on with the story instead focusing on the minutia of details regarding the flora, fauna, the ocean, the approaching storm and the rescue after the plane crash. Add to that the survival details and it was a slow beginning. Ab
Mi problema con esta historia han sido las repeticiones. Han sido tan extenuantes que he hecho lo que jamás había hecho hasta ahora: contarlas.
Realmente no soy fan del insta-lust, pero si está bien hecho me gusta como al que más, este no ha sido el caso. He sentido como si me forzasen a tragar el romance con un embudo. Es todo tan superfluo y banal, todo tan superficial, tan físico, que los protagonistas parecen caricaturas. No me ha gustado la escena en la que él la cachea. No me parece románti

Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

I’ve been on a bit of a romantic suspense kick as of late (see Shattered Duty ), so Robards’ Darkness really appealed. Stranded on a desolate island in Alaska, plus a mysterious hot dude, what wouldn’t work? For me, something was missing. The setting and thriller elements were off the charts, but the romance was a little lackluster.

Dr. Gina Sullivan is an ornithologist studying the wildlife on Attu island and when a plane crashes pretty much right next
Luke Johnson
Jun 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Dr. Gina Sullivan is a ornithologist who is working in an island called Attu with her other colleagues when she sees a plane crash in the sea and she goes to rescue him. But she and James MacArthur Callahan aka Cal will be prove in the island and try to survive. But they don't know who is after them and why just know that if they are catch they will die.


Gina is a surviver she has some trauma in her past but she is still suffer.
I like her character she question Cal and of course try to help. She
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - rounded up...

This book starts out strong and I was immediately pulled into the story. Gina is a ornithologist on a research expedition with 11 other professionals. The worse thing they were supposed to be fighting was the unfriendly weather conditions of Attu Island. Instead Gina is faced with crash landing planes, rescuing a hunky stranger(Cal) and a large group of bad guys who murdered her friends and want her on the dead list.

I liked the plot of this book and the pace moved along
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was expecting an adventure mystery and i ended up with a cheesy romance that wasn't even well written.
Surely the author could have come up with something better than the repetitive use of "he's so masculine" "he's all male" "he's huge"over and over and over again.
The romance was annoying, it was totally not're being hunted by Russian assassins with tracking dogs, but you have time to stop and make out. OH an d you've been shot but you're gonna carry some dumb woman around?


This is the first book I've read by Karen Robards which is a little surprising since I adore the romantic suspense genre. Well, looks like I've found a new author that I'll be following because this book was BAD. ASS.

I love this genre because you're never really sure how the book is going to play out. Sometimes it really focuses on the suspense, sometimes it really focuses on the romance and sometimes it's both. You're never totally sure which way it's going to be spun until you're white knuckl
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I recently became a fan of Robards writing and this one definitely sounded interesting from the blurb. From the beginning of this book I was captured into the world that was created but I had some mixed feelings when it was over.

We meet Gina who is on the island of Attu, Alaska with a team of other researchers. While in the middle of a study she witnessed a small airplane going to crash which brings back memories of her own crash that happened 5 years earlier. Knowing their could be survivors s
Lynsey A
I can say with perfect honesty that Robards writes a better RS these days than historical romance. The last historical romance I read of hers had me completely bored. Her RS books, on the other hand, always keep me interested. I have skipped over the Charlie Featherstone books because the first one skeeved me out too much, but I still enjoy her stand alone suspense novels.

Darkness was no exception. This book had me hooked from the first page. It starts off with a horrible tragedy which sucks yo
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seriously surprised how much I enjoyed this one. There's a theme of plane crashes that runs through the book. The setting: an ornithologist and a 'private contractor' stranded on an isolated, icy island in Alaska trying to stay away from the bad guys while battling the elements. I was wondering whether there would be enough there to make this into a gripping romantic suspense story considering the majority of the plot involves the two main characters interacting. But wow, Karen Robards surely di ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Darkness is a sexy, action-packed book that grips you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go. My only complaint is that the ending was a bit rushed (although that could just be me not wanting it to end).
Gina and Cal are both strong characters. Gina is an ornothologist who gets caught up in a storm while following an eagle that's recently been released. On her way back to camp she witnesses a plane crash where Cal is the sole survivor of a mission gone terribly wrong. Gina saves him but
Gerry Bartlett
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Gina sees a plane shot down out of the sky, she's horrified. That she's in the frigid waters off a remote Alaskan island makes this even more difficult. She manages to save the lone survivor, Cal, and the adventure begins. This fast-paced thriller kept me turning the pages. And, of course, it was a romance. The characters are interesting but I sometimes felt that the sexual tension was a little forced. Okay, so we've all realized sex sells. But don't push it just because we think readers ex ...more
Jacqueline J
I generally really enjoy Karen Robards. This book happened over two very long days and nights. But since romantic suspense books usually are a lot of intense action over a short period of time I will give it a pass on that. I did feel like there was a lot of interaction between the two leads so their romance doesn't really seem too brief to be believable. (view spoiler) ...more
Very good story with likable MC's. It was interesting and exciting. The author's writing and description of the weather and surroundings made me feel as if I was there, experiencing the deathly cold and fear that the characters would have felt.

Although I enjoyed this, it reads like a Harlequin romantic suspense story only longer. I'm just not sure I would recommend anyone purchasing this book for $12.99. I guess it costs so much because it is written by a big name author. I would recommend check
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Fast paced, great storyline & loveable "real" characters. Reeeealllly enjoyed this! :)
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Where to start with the nonsense that was this book... because it was ridiculous from its pointlessly pink cover to its unrealistic and stupid ending. Let's start with the not one, not two, but THREE plane crashes, the threat of a potential fourth plane crash, and the asinine and unbelievable plane theft (that could very well have been another crash since they stole the plane during an ice storm while being shot at).

We'll follow that with the unlikely event that one would be down to fuck a comp
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trash-i-ve-read
This is odd to say, especially considering Robards is conventionally a romance novelist, but this story would have worked so much better without the romance. As it was, the romantic moments felt awkward and forced. And the problem was compounded by the unnatural sounding dialogue, and trite one-liners. My personal favorite (or rather, least favorite) was: He loved her back to sleep. And no, that was not some kind of sexual innuendo. Just a crapload of sappy bullshit.

Honestly, I could see th
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: standalone
So vanilla.
I had a hard time getting involved in the story because the characters were not believable in the least.
The story was very straightforward, without tension, mystery or action.

An ok way to pass the time during a long train trip, but I'm not keen on investing further money and time on this author.
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Started of interesting, very suspensful and captivating. However, it kinda tapered off towards the end... The resolution was kinda - "mehh" ... and the romance/passion turned into endless love overnight! The guy was talking about "getting it on" one moment, and the next he's thinking to himself how "he won't let her go and this just became something permanent" > after one night together!!?? Ok ...
Bethany Kraeplin
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story line and suspense to keep me interested. Lots of repetitive love scenes, but overall one of the best books I've read all year.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you feel like you are right there in the story you know it's a good book. Great characters & storyline!!
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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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