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Without a Trace

(The O'Hurleys #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,297 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Disillusioned spy Trace O'Hurley has nothing left to lose or prove, until the beautiful Gillian Fitzpatrick asks him to save her family in this compelling O'Hurley novel from "the queen of romantic suspense" ("The Columbus Dispatch").
"Without a Trace" includes an exclusive preview of Nora Roberts's new book "The Witness."
Paperback, 249 pages
Published December 25th 1995 by MIRA (first published October 1st 1990)
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Carrie Felton
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story. The ending was a little bit rushed but over all, there was good pacing and an interesting plot line. I also REALLY enjoyed taking a look at Trace O'Hurley. None of the other books really had very much about him because none of his family knew much about him. This was a great conclusion to the series, pulling everyone together. I recommend reading Waiting for Nick from the Stanislaski series after reading this series. Nora Roberts is brilliant and connects to this serie ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I must admit, the only reason I started listening to this book was because I had no other choice. I was driving to Nashville and forgot to load anything decent on my phone. I'm not a fan of Roberts' earlier stuff, especially Harlequin. It was cheesy and oversimplified and downright pathetic. But I finished it just to add another book to my 2011 goal. So there's that... if you like Harlequin, you might like this. But if you're a fan of Roberts' yearly hardbacks and her "In Death" series, don't ex ...more
Kiki Miranti
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is a really good book to the end the series with. it felt right, because Trace is the very secretive sibling and i thought his story was perfect to close off the series, also a kinf of closure for himself as well.
and the fun thing about this book is how we got a glimpse at all the members of the family.
my favorite part of the book was definitely the proposal. it was awkward but so romantic at the same time.
The missing brother's story and it was kind of meh. He's in espionage and burnt out, the h needs his help to find her kidnapper bro & niece, reluctantly he agrees.
Honestly, I didn't get into it much since it seemed I have read a story like this a million times before. I did like the family reunion at Chantel's wedding & the father & son mending their fences.
Sheila Samuelson
Another great book by Nora Roberts!! Suspense, Drama, Mystery, Romance all make for such a great read!!

I'll definately be reading more by her in the future!!
Ambrosia Waives
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A government agent wants to retire while a woman tries hire him to find her brother & niece
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trace O'Hurley escaped his family's expectations years ago by running away and by a chance of fate, getting involved in special intelligence work. Now his mentor is dead and he's burnt out, yet can't resist doing one last job to help doctor Gillian Fitzpatrick find her abducted brother and niece.

He is reluctant and jaded, but his need for revenge can't be denied and leads him and the courageous doctor in a journey that changes both their lives forever and eventually brings him what he was always
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
For some reason I have not found the two O'Hurley books I have read that enthralling. I could not somehow sympathise with the characters. Trace the brother and main character in this edition was just too hard and disinteresting initially and later completely changed his persona
Dec 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trashy
I'm really trying to stop reading so many trashy romances. This really was a wasted few hours.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Still love this book.
Mariana Americano
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
While reading this book, I felt my heart beating faster. I did not want to Gillian ran out the Trace. He is super brave.
Anna Serra i Vidal
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Each summer starting a few years back, I decided to read a few romances, and Nora Roberts tends to grab my attention. She's smart, her characters are rounded and interesting and both the settings and the jobs characters hold seem interesting and believeable.
In this case, it shows it's an early story, but I can see some glimpse of the later Roberts. When I started this one, I wasn't aware it was the fourth in a series, so I read it as a stand alone and it does read like that until the very end w
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4th book in the series and a great ending to it. Trace O'Hurley wants to retire now from his dangerous life of intrigue and secrets. He walked away from his family years ago and now wants to just go and find an island, woman and booze. Dr. Gillian Fitzpatrick has been given Trace's name to help find her brother and niece that were kidnapped by a terrorist for a secret formula .Gillian has the passion and Trace has the connections and fierceness to get it done. Trace only wants the money so he ca ...more
The last story of the O'Hurleys is about their only son, Trace. He had a big fight with his father when he was 18 and really harsh, hateful and cruel words were said by both. Trace left and was told to never come back. He hadn't for 12 years. He works for a company that is into world wide espionage
trying to protect the world from the bad guys. He's burnt out and on vacation when a beautiful red head wants to hire him to find and rescue her brother and his daughter. This story takes you all over
Lauren Roberts
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second Nora Roberts book my friend has lent me and i am beginning to see a theme. Take one independent, self empowered woman and throw her into mild peril so she needs the services of an erstwhile male hero and whilst saving the world they save each other.

I liked this plot line as it read very much like an Indiana Jones /romancing the stone film script with exotic locations out in the Morocco desert.
Gillian Fitzpatrick is a physicist who's father and brother have been working on an antidote to nuclear exposure. When her brother and niece are kidnapped in Ireland, she searches out Trace O'Hurley, an American working for the ISS. He's planning on quitting but takes on this last assignment. They fall in love, rescue the captives, and she reunites him with his triplet sisters and family.

Good story.
Kart Kerkel
Rating 3/5

Easy read, flowing story with many twists and turns, not just romance, but also a bit of action.
Unfortunately even though it was a good book for passing time lying on the beach, it still somehow failed to leave a lasting impression.
Worth a read though if looking for interesting romance book.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading Trace's story was a good ending to the O'Hurley family saga .We're left at the end with everyone together and father and son reconciling but not the complete ending to Trace and Gillian story . I wish there was more to the ending as an epilogue as Trace and Gillian get married and the sisters had their babies .
Patricia  Bonham
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual the story carried you along at such a pace that you didnt expect what was round the corner. Wonderful story line, I didnt want it too end. Would love a continuation of the O'hurley family.

Exciting story that carried you along at a fast past. Left you wanting more from the characters. Good read again
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was very exciting . But i really hated how Trace treated Gillian in some situations and how he always shouted and screamed at her . But other than that his character was fine . And I loved the family reunion at the end .
Parinita agarwal
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read a romantic thriller after quite a long break. liked this read for the way Trace was characterised. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Trace and Gillian. although I didn't like the end much, yet it was a fun change for me.
a quick read, you can definitely give it a try. For Nora Roberts
J.W. Ellis
Ooooh. I really enjoyed this one. The only brother. The runaway. The spy. Lol. N the sassy irish lass. His n Quinns past was a nice twist too
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It read like a cross between a James Bond aNd J.B.Robb book. The grand finale went to smoothly to be believed in my opinion.
Angela Jr.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
DNF at 160
Brenda Allen
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
My least favorite of the 4 in the series and I really wanted Trace to have a good story. Oh well.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The last book from The O’Hurleys saga. I liked both the male and female protagonists and how the stories end with the reunion of the family.
Sep 20, 2019 added it
I e joyed this book. It was a slow start, but the characters terrified develop ent and storyline. Was, as usual with Nora Roberts--- Excellent!
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the worst of Nora Robert's early books. Early Roberts tend to be more porn than plot, even though her characters are usually engaging. This one is a stinker.
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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