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Shiver | [Karen Robards]

Shiver

If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.
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Publisher's Summary

If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

Daniel Panterro was certain he was going to die. Instead, by a stroke of luck, he was beaten to within an inch of his life and left for dead. But if he’s having a bad day, Sam’s day is about to get way worse. Danny knows he hasn’t seen the last of the vicious drug runners who kidnapped him from protective custody. His only recourse is to take his pretty savior hostage and force her to help him. There’s no going back for Sam and her four-year-old son, Tyler. They’re in way too deep.

With ruthless killers stalking their trail, Sam’s only choice is to trust this handsome, menacing stranger. But as she relinquishes control, Sam feels an unmistakable desire. Could she be tempted by Danny, who seems intent on protecting her and Tyler from even his own darkest secrets? And what is the price of falling in love with a man who operates on the edge of danger — her heart, her life... or both?

©2012 Karen Robards (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    missy london, OH, United States 12-19-12
    missy london, OH, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "story dragged"
    What did you like best about Shiver? What did you like least?

    suspense between main characters


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Shannon McManus?

    maybe


    Do you think Shiver needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    story line was good but dragged out too much to follow actual storyline

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 12-17-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers

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    "BORING"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So boring, I couldn't finish it, I tried but couldn't.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    Don't think so.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon McManus?

    I think she was probably ok, the story was so boring she didn't have much to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope, Nada,NO.!!!!!


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New Mexico 01-02-13
    Amazon Customer New Mexico 01-02-13 Member Since 2015

    zen52

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    "More a Shake-up than a Shiver"

    My review of Shiver must begin with a disclaimer. I read only the first few lines of the summary before buying it. As a result, it wasn't until I was about 20% through it that I realized, to my dismay, that I was trapped in a ROMANCE NOVEL. However, I didn't stop listening and what follows are my reason/s why.

    From the outset, Karen Robards does a skilled job of writing a piece of pulp fiction. The story sets its course solidly; twenty-three year old single mom, devoted to her child, mature beyond her years, works third shift driving a tow truck, repoing cars to support her child. The setting is the seamier side of East St. Louis, and the streets are mean streets. Sam is fearless and resourceful until the night she picks a late job. Easy enough, its a BMW and prime for the picking. UNtil the trunk pops open and inside is a guy, wounded and beaten. In the brief moment that Sam hesitates, the same hit man who plopped this guy in the trunk now adds Sam to his haul. Just like that, Sam and Danny are thrust together -no pun intended of course- and off goes the story.

    I think what kept me going from this point on was the fact that each time the reader feels a romantic moment coming on -Sam oogling Danny's butt or muscles, or what not- the story explodes into some wild act of violence. A particularly taut scene is when Danny, on Sam's phone, listens to the torture of her son's babysitter by the cartel hitmen. In fact, the novel goes on like that until the conclusion.

    The performance is also really excellent. The reader expertly captures the attitude, the savvy, of Sam's character. Never mind the proposterous storyline; Danny is not a former federal agent who went over to the cartel and has become a protected witness to save his butt. No, he is actually an FBI special agent pretending to be a protected witness while the real witness is providing the FBI with testimony. Its all a weird melodrama and romance that works because the author, helped immensely by the reader, has a flair and a sense of how pulp fiction (the style, not the film) works and uses that with a skilled hand.

    I think having finished listening to Shiver, my only question for the author is who she and the publisher planned to market this to. Fans of Jack Reacher will turn this off about a third of the way through, though they shouldn't, and fans of romance are going to be a little unnerved by the level of violence. Actually, this story has its best chance when someone buys the option for the film. Can't miss. So, give it a chance, like me, you may not be able to turn it off.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Hammarland, Finland 12-30-12
    Marianne Hammarland, Finland 12-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Suspence romance by/ for a teenager"
    Would you try another book from Karen Robards and/or Shannon McManus?

    Shanon McManus did a good job of it. If she hadn't read so well, I wouldn't have finished listening.








    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    No, never.


    What three words best describe Shannon McManus’s voice?

    Shannon has a youthful and nice voice, easy to understand for a foreigner.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The beginning was promising and it wasgood that the female main character had a typical "male" job, towing cars.


    Any additional comments?

    This story would be more suitable in a teenagers' magazine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Sparta, GA, United States 01-28-13
    Randy Sparta, GA, United States 01-28-13
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    "Did not hold my attention"
    What would have made Shiver better?

    To discriptive and wordy on non important story lines


    What could Karen Robards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure, maybe make me shiver.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very dull performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. French Tennessee 08-17-15
    S. French Tennessee 08-17-15

    S.French

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    "Amazing fast paced action!"

    Absolutely loved it!
    Amazing fast paced action!
    Amazing fast paced action!
    Amazing fast paced action!
    Amazing fast paced action!
    Amazing fast paced action!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori H. Byrd NC ,USA 06-08-15
    Lori H. Byrd NC ,USA 06-08-15 Member Since 2012

    Lori

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    "Non stop action"

    This was an action packed book. Just the right amount of romance and intrigue. Great summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-02-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story. Lots of suspense and action."

    But I did not like the heroine being angry all the time.

    The author artificially stretches out suspense scenes which bothered me. For example: someone is coming and Sam has to do something fast, but she stops to talk, the other guy says hurry, she thinks about something else for a minute, and then finally she gets back to doing what she is supposed to do. The reader is thinking come on come on get it done. The author drew it out to prolong anxiety, which is ok as a writing technique, but this was excessive. I didn’t like it. Another example: a killer enters the house. The good guy is aware of the killer and needs to escape out a rear window. But the author goes on and on for several minutes inside the good guy’s head thinking and pondering instead of quickly fleeing out the window. I’m thinking come one come on get out of there. I think reading the physical book might be better than the audiobook, so you can skip over these ponderings.

    Bottom line, there’s a lot of suspense and some good action. It’s mostly one long chase. Drug cartel thugs are chasing and torturing people. They are after Sam and Marco. Sam does some neat things. So does Marco.

    You need to suspend disbelief at the end. I’m usually willing to do that, but this one bothered me.
    CAUTION SPOILER:
    Two characters’ hands are bound with plastic zip ties. They are in a helicopter which crashes. They both are thrown from the helicopter with no injuries and the zip ties were conveniently gone. I’ll accept the no injury part, but I think the author should have had them find something to cut the zip ties. Those things are stronger than seat belts. I can’t believe the zip ties just fell off - with no injuries to the wrist. Also Dan had some help nearby that seemed too convenient.
    END SPOILER.

    The thing that bothered me the most was Sam. She was angry, annoyed, and sarcastic toward Marco and others for 99% of the book. It was not fun to read. Here are some of the words ascribed to her: vibrating with hostility, fierce look, stern look, dark look, dirty look, stiff, irritable, truculent, scowl, glaring, tense, angry. Sure, Sam had good reasons to be angry, but I would have preferred a different way of reacting or different conversations.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    I had problems with the narrator Shannon McManus. Her reading was fast and kind of staccato. She didn’t use enough emotion or pauses. She needs to perform, not read. The weakest parts were the passionate scenes. She showed no feeling, like she wanted to quickly read through it. Also, her voice sounds like a teenager which is not bad but might not be the best fit for this book.

    Genre: romantic suspense

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Scott 02-13-14
    Carol Scott 02-13-14 Member Since 2015

    critterden

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    "cry baby, why me"
    What three words best describe Shannon McManus’s performance?

    her voice is good. the action in her voice is fun.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    the start was good, then it bombed. and did not come back. so I am disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    try again, but stick to the start. kill the sex. everyone has sex in there try it without. I thing that is what throw the author.
    the little kid was cool

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcy 02-04-14
    Marcy 02-04-14
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    "I couldn't put this one down!! Part II is needed"
    Would you listen to Shiver again? Why?

    This book was on the edge of my seat, and I just couldn't believe the ending. It left me wanting a book II.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shiver?

    The best memory ever in this book is how tender hearted this man was to her son.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they could not take the desire between them anymore and always wanting more to happen such as a future between these two lovers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me almost cry at times when they were on the run and nearly got themselves killed. It was so awesome how they would fight their passion. The ending was more than I could ever have hoped for that she finally will get a good life with a man who deserves her and will she marry him already!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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