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The Hunting Grounds

(Hidden Sins #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  144 reviews
For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a r
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Published July 25th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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Katee Robert Hi Wendy! The Hunting Grounds features Vic as the hero. He was Eden's partner in the first book, so it's loosely connected that way. They function as …moreHi Wendy! The Hunting Grounds features Vic as the hero. He was Eden's partner in the first book, so it's loosely connected that way. They function as stand along books, though.
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is making me shudder a little! Good suspense right here. =)

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert
Book Two of the Hidden Sins series
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Maggie Gaines used to b
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I’ve enjoyed hiking, backpacking, and camping over the years, but I must confess on some of those trips I’ve gotten more than a little spooked at night imaging how easy it would be for a madman/killer to sneak up and take us out. Eeeek! The Hunting Grounds seemed to be just the kind of story I’ve envisioned happening at one time or another, so I knew I had to pick it up. Crazy, right? Well, I’m the kind of girl who loves to tell scary stories by the campfire and freak everyone the heck
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2017

Another very suspenseful book by this author. The plot with a killer hunting hikers in national parks was VERY gripping and quite disturbing at times because when I say hunting I mean HUNTING, stringing up the prey and sometimes field dressing them O-O. And the really great thing about this book was that I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was so very wrong which was just excellent.

The romance on the other hand was lacking. Not many authors manage to get the balance right between the su

I’ve been intrigued by Katee Robert’s move into the more hardcore romantic suspense/thriller-type reads. Since ‘The Devil’s Daughter’ didn’t seem to be a bad debut, ‘The Hunting Grounds’ looked even more enticing because of a serial killer hunting in national parks and how that brings a second-chance romance into play.

Yet I wasn’t pulled in as I thought I’d be, despite the theories that kept flying and the case of teenagers-turned adults who never quite managed to get their screw-ups resolved.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hunting Grounds was an edge of the seat read that not only kept my attention but also kept me guessing. I loved how it was crafted. My only complaint was I felt the romance aspect of it needed to be a bit more pronounced.

I definitely recommend this book to those who love Romantic Suspense.

ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review

4 all about the plot stars.

I enjoyed the first book of the series, they are loosely interconnected with one another therefore the book can be read as standalone.

I’m indifferent about Maggie and Vic, the main characters in the book but as I mentioned I loved the plot. The way the tone for the book is set leaves you on the edge of your seat while reading. I felt as if the book came to life and I was part of the scary arsed plot. It all felt so realistic, the ruggedness of the wild that was creat

Title: The Hunting Grounds
Series: Hidden Sins #2
Author: Katee Robert
Release date: July 25, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Maggie Gaines' life as a ranger at Glacier National Park isn't the life she planned on, but it's one that brings her peace. Seven years ago, her first case in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI had broken her. BAU agents are tasked with finding the most heinous serial killers imaginable. The stress and mental anguish had been too much to bear an
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
An OK read that had the potential to be quite good, but veered towards predictable instead.
Revenge is a dish best served cold . . .

Wow, Katee Roberts has written an unforgettable serial murder mystery, filled with suspense and liberally sprinkled with romance to make this another superb read from this highly talented author. This is definitely one of those select few books where I suggest you forget reading any reviews and go straight to read the book, it is brilliant IMHO!

Maggie Gaines was top of her class whilst training to become an FBI agent but the horrendous first case had her
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This just didn't hit the spot for me. Fell pretty flat, actually. I don't think Romantic Suspense is quite Roberts genre. The basic bones of the plotline is decent; but the characters were bland and there was so much cliche and overused tropes. There was far too much descriptive writing and various characters spending time in their own heads.

There were numerous and pointless flashbacks, and the hiking group and their issues were just soap opera drama. (view spoiler)
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so it was a no brainer to read this one. Both books can be read as standalones as there is very little that interconnects the two.

Let me start off by telling you that if you are hoping for a romantic suspense, don't expect much romance in this book. This is definitely more suspense with a tad of romance added in. Her first book was very much the same way, so I was not shocked to find the same with this one. However, I still enjoyed the o
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book takes off like a streak of lightning. We meet Vic and Maggie again but under much different circumstances. Maggie a park ranger in Glacier National Park, loves her job and the park. It's what she needed after leaving the BAU/FBI feeling like she couldn't handle the stress. Or Vic and the one kiss they shared. She's happy and content. She likes the backwoods so she doesn't have to deal with the tourists, people aren't her thing.

When a body is discovered in the park, shot with a bow and
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.
I enjoyed Katee Robert’s first foray into romantic suspense, The Devil's Daughter earlier this year, even though I felt that the balance between the two elements wasn’t quite right and that the suspense plot worked better than the romance. I’m afraid I have similar reservations about The Hunting Grounds, which, while it is well-written and has an intriguing plot about a serial killer who is hunting and murdering his victims in national
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glacier National Park has always had animal predators living in its forest but now it has a human one. A particularly cunning one with a gruesome MO for their kills..

Maggie Gaines is the park ranger called to the scene of a murdered woman strung up in the forest of the park. The gruesomeness of the scene is not something she'd ever thought she'd see as park ranger. Eight years ago she walked away from her job with the FBI BSU unit due to not being able to handle the things she saw on the job an
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Maggie Gaines resigned from the FBI after she fell apart during her first high profile case and she got a little too close to her married partner. Now a park ranger in the Glacier National Park, she has found some semblance of peace, but a series of murders in her park threatens to destroy that peace when she is forced to work with the one man she ran from all those years ago.

FBI agent Vic Sutherland has been hunting the Nat
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and publisher for advancing me a copy of “The Hunting Grounds” by Katee Robert in exchange for an honest review.

I was going to rate this novel two stars but I can't. I can only give it one as it sucked. Sorry folks, but I was bored out of my mind. Most definitely not thrilling or suspenseful. Half-way thru I had no choice but to start skimming thru just to end my misery. So long and so boring. I wanted to bang my head against the table it sucked so bad. The story, the ch
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great, suspenseful thriller, and it was very exciting! 4.5 Stars!

Maggie Gaines used to be a FBI profiler. For a year, she was at the top of her game, working for the Behavioral Analysis Unit, and hunting down serial killers, until she flamed out. Her first case was a doozy, and it caused her to quit the FBI, and run away. From everything, and everyone, including the partner she had no business wanting. She ended up in Glacier National Park, as a park ranger. She loves the park, and mo
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

The Hunting Grounds is the second book in Katee Robert’s The Hidden Sins Series. I did read the first book and can assure you that this is a standalone read. As with The Devil’s Daughter, the mystery was difficult to figure out and the situation was rather intense. I really liked the fact that most of the action took place within Glacier National Park making for some impressive scenery.

While tracking a serial killer through a couple of national parks, FBI Agent Vic Sutherland
***4 Stars***

After finishing The Devil’s Daughter I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series and when it was announced that Vic would be the male lead I was thrilled since I wanted to know more about what made the man tick. And while I enjoyed The Hunting Grounds I found it to be more murder mystery/suspense than romantic suspense. The romance between Vic and Maggie just wasn’t there for me, but considering how invested I was in finding out who the murderer was I found it
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Every bit as complex as book one but with a totally different storyline, The Hunting Grounds once again proved Katee Robert is more than capable of spinning a thrilling romantic suspense tale that will keep readers on their toes.

I’ve read and enjoyed several books by Katee Robert over the years and was happy to see her new endeavor, romantic suspense, has been just as well written as her contemporary romances. The characters were still genuine and flawed, le
Sandy S
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 25, 2017

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But w
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, ku

On my summer breaks from teaching, I usually find myself binge watching TV on netflix. No matter how many times I have seen every episode of Criminal Minds, I watch them again. What drew me to The Hunting Grounds was its similarity to an episode of Criminal Minds!

Maggie was a member of the BAU years ago. One case sent her over the edge and she left the FBI and became a park ranger. Things were great...until she finds a mutilated body in her park. Vic, her former partner at the BAU, has bee
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This story had me seriously frightened and more than a little bit jumpy. The tale of a serial killer hunting hikers in a national park is definitely not a story to read in a tent by flashlight. I loved the gorgeous descriptions of Glacier National Park and I really enjoyed the two main characters.

Park Ranger Maggie and FBI agent Vic make a great investigative team. Maggie is a former FBI agent and her and Vic’s relationship is
Kathy Martin
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent until a high-profile case caused her to burn out. She had remade herself as a park ranger at Glacier National Park and is happy with her life. But when a body is discovered, her nice quiet life changes.

Vic Sutherland was Maggie's former partner. He has been hunting the unsub who is killing people in national parks and comes to investigate the crime at Glacier. Maggie had a crush on him when they worked together but he was married. Now he's divorced and seems
The first book in the Hidden Sins series, The Devil’s Daughter, was one of my favorite reads of the year. The Hunting Grounds, the second book in the series, just put itself on that list as well. I knew it was going to be good…it’s suspense, a little romance and Katee Robert for crying out loud, but I didn’t expect it to get to me the way it did. This book was awesome and creepy from the very beginning. Thinking about a human being who literally hunts other humans gives me the willies, but in a ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just like the prior book about the FBI agents in the BAU The Hunting Grounds is a an edge of your seat thriller. I was guessing who the killer was up until the very end. The only thing I found lacking in this story was the romance. That brings this book down to a 3.5 stars for me. I just didn't connect to Vic and Maggie as a couple. I know there is history between but it still felt instalovey. I just felt like the balance between the mystery and the romance was missing in The Hunting Grounds. It ...more
Cynthia Daniel
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Katee hit it out of the ball park with suspence with this one. They were hunted in the woods VERY scary. Although I wish them was more romance, there really wasn't time to get any. I am now going back to read the first book in the Hidden Sins series and can't wait to read further in the series. I will definitely put Katee Robert on my read more list.
(I won this book from Goodreads)
3.5 stars. ARC Review. This is a tightly written murder-mystery that will keep you on your toes. Weaving together stories from the past and present, Katee Roberts gives us a taut thriller that had me guessing to the very end. My only beef is that the romance fell flat. The relationship lacks chemistry and feels forced. I would call this an ace mystery and romance-lite.
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Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins #2) by Katee Robert
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller
Triggers: Murder, torture
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I did not read the previous book in this series. However, I didn't feel that I was ever missing anything.

Megan and Vic have history. They were partners when Vic was a senior field agent and Megan was just a newbie out of the gate. While they had one stolen moment, the case they were working on devastated Megan and turned her out from the BA
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 5/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

I really enjoyed this case especially trying to figure out who the killer is. Its a pity that the romance is a bit lackluster.
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her child ...more

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