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The Moscow Deception

(The Guardian #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,216 ratings  ·  251 reviews

The second electrifying novel in the Guardian series, by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards.

Bianca St. Ives makes her living as a high-end thief and a genius of disguise, conning criminals out of the money they stole - and all for the greater good. A femme fatale Robin Hood, she's learnt everything she knows from her father. Now that she's taken over runni

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
2.5 stars rounded up but almost rounded down as it hard to call one heist, three escapes and a cliffhanger ending a story - little lone a book. Not much more happened in this one than the first book. The characters are still undeveloped, the plot is MIA and there is a whole lotta fluff that you may want to skim read.

Aside from calling Mason, her "not-father" way too many times to count, we don't learn anymore about him.

We don't really learn any more about the project that created her.

We get anot
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
absolutely fan-freaking-tastic!!!!!!!! what a creative and suspense filled, well written journey...can't wait for book 3! ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not having read the first book in this series, I had some difficulty with getting used to the style. The book starts with a very well written chapter in which we, besides the action, learn who Bianca is and what has happened in her (recent) past. The story goes on with telling us more about what she is doing for a living, her friends and so on. As soon as she discovers there is a price on her head, she needs to come into action and it is - of course - inevitable that her past plays a role again. ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Second book in the Guardian Series and most likely my last. Story is okay but don't like the writing and things that are obvious are explained making the book feel stilted. The explanations make everything tedious. The author's voice is always present and because of this I can't involved in the story or the characters I just feel like the reader is observing events rather than participating in or becoming invested in them. ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Song for summary: It Ends Tonight by The All-American Rejects

This is the second novel in the Guardian series and the storyline picks up just a few months from where the first one left off. Although I found the start a little slow, the second half quickly veers into the author's signature explosive action scenes and intricate swindles. The Moscow Deception is a riveting addition to the series and I am looking forward to reading the next one!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was just as good as the previous book. In fact I found it to be better. She left us hanging so I look forward to reading #3 in the series next year! :)
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Ultimatum and really enjoyed that. However I missed The Fifth Doctrine. I must say that The Moscow Deception I enjoyed as much as the first novel in this series.
Chris Conley
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a bit to get back into the rhythm of Bianca’s life. Once I did, it was an exciting adventure. I hope the next installment wraps up this story line. She deserves a rest.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Robards is having fun with The Guardian series featuring super-human Bianca St. Ives. The sole survivor of a Government-led genetic experiment, she was raised by her ‘father’ Mason to become a human weapon in his high-stakes, high-risk heists. Needless to say, he is not really her father, but a self-serving thief.
This offering has Bianca evading CIA hit teams, assassins interested in earning a million dollar award if they can kill her (and prove it), and Interpol (who presumably wants her father
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Cheri Ramirez
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robards does it again.

like all her books I read it thru in one sitting. No give away synopsis - just read and enjoy.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate cliffhangers but it is totally ok with this series. I know I have another great book coming up. Love this series!

Gasp! I just checked. The next one is not out until March 19! 😮☹️😢
Shannon Houser
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Ehhhhh. Hoping that this story really picks up in the next book. It was overdone with government blah blah blah. Just get to the story already!
Romantic Suspense / Action / Contemporary
Series: The Guardian, Book 2
Publication Date: June 12, 2018

You never see the bullet that takes you down.

I am really enjoying The Guardian series. Its action-packed series with plenty of twists and turns that kept me reading on.

Most romantic suspense novels have a strong alpha hero, and a helpless female protagonist who needs to be protected and rescued from dangerous situations. Not in this one! Bianca is strong, skilled and kickass heroine who has f
Sadly, Not the Robards Book I’ve Looked Forward to....

This book series is probably interesting and intriguing to some new Robards fans. But, for her long time faithful devotees, this is not the Robards book I look forward to and I suspect you look forward to, for a year! Typically she writes one book per year. I attempt to wait patiently for the next year for her next book. I know it will be worth the wait! Robards is one of the few authors that has always been my “I’ll buy whatever she writes w
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. This was one of those books I liked better in theory than practice. You see despite being keen to read about a genetically engineered thief/super spy I found it a little boring in places. The descriptions, set-up and explanations for each of Bianca’s actions were too drawn out and often repetitive. I found myself skimming in a lot of places to get to the somewhat limited action and character interaction. Also if you actually want us to care about the supposed love interest then they n ...more
Sep 19, 2018 marked it as dnf
I was so lost reading this book that I gave up. I probably needed to go back and re-read the first book. I couldn't remember what happened, so I spent a lot of this book lost. Usually, I can power through and it comes back to me, but that never happened here. I didn't love the first book enough to re-read it, so I'll be giving up on this series.

Jeff P
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I stuck with this one for quite a while hoping it would get better, but it hasn't yet and I've moved on. For a genetically engineered super soldier that was trained in spy craft and martial arts since birth, the main character sure seems to whine a lot. Also, it was over half way through the book before the Moscow part started. ...more
Nicole Luiken
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as book one, but still very enjoyable, fast-paced, assassins and heists book. I especially enjoyed Bianca's brief encounters with Colin AKA Mickey. ...more
Janet Robel
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of action and twists. Bianca St. Ives is a kick-butt heroine who is on the run for her life. I definitely want to read more of Biana and Colin.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
So far over the top it became annoying. Very cheesy dialogue.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good! I don't want to wait for the next one. ...more
Kris Rafferty
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. If book three isn’t written yet, please count me on the “please make book 3 a romance” camp. I want the payoff to this 2 book tease.
I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads.
I could not put this book down towards the end. I cannot wait for the next installment in The Guardian series.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, arc, mystery
Bianca St. Ives is literally one of a kind, thanks to the genetic experiments that led to her birth. In The Moscow Deception all of her skills, training and natural talent will be put to the test. With a $1 million price tag on her head, Bianca is going to have to take the offensive if she wants to come out alive and have the normal life she has tried to build for herself in Savannah as owner of a security consulting firm.

Bianca manages to help out neighbors and friends, all while looking over
Kathy Davie
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
Second in The Guardian action thriller series and revolving around a thief who moonlights as a security consultant.

My Take
What disappointed me about The Moscow Deception is that The Fifth Doctrine , book #3, isn't coming out until 2019. Nooooo... I wanna read it nowwwwww. Especially after this ending!!

This was so amazing, and Bianca is such a softie, when needed *grin*. That first chapter is like a short story, as Bianca sails in to save the day. It's such a simple ploy for all the complexity
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ehhh. I wish Karen Robards would go back to doing what she does well. Book two had little plot. Bianca is on an international hit list. She’s avoiding assassins and trying to figure out a way to bargain herself off of the hit— which is by a huge heist. There is virtually no character development. The writing is all “telling” instead of “showing.” If you didn’t read book one, forget it— you’ll have no idea what’s going on or why. But for me, this was just boring. Just Bianca being terrified of wh ...more
Margaret Devaux
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Her last three books are just not what they used to be. This book, about a test tube baby adult who the CIA is trying to kill so no one will no about the test tube project, is too descriptive and just did not hold my attention. It was a long,boring book.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 at best. I just couldn't really get into this one. Maybe it's me, but all of the descriptions of clothing, etc. left me bored to death. It just seemed to contain so many fillers that the book left me wanting it to end, and soon; however, it just seemed to drag on and on and I wondered why I continued reading it when there are so many other wonderful novels out there. ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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