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.
So many books...so little time! :)
The tension between Sam and Danny really kept me going. It is obvious from the very beginning that there is something there, but it kept you on the edge of your seat just waiting for something to happen between the two of them. I had listened to the sneak peaks audible released...and they kept releasing another chapter from week to week, until finally I had to buy it because I was hooked! I ended up finishing this book in one day!
I would have to say Sam was my favorite. She just continues to surprise you throughout the story while you learn her history and everything she has been through and goes through in this book. A really great character!
I think this is the first time I have heard her before, and I thought she did a good job! She has a good voice and acts out the characters well, allowing you to understand who is who.
Not one specifically. There were quite a few intense moments...not to give anything away. ;)
Overall a great story...with a twist at the end that I honestly didn't see coming! Worth the credit!
The good: Suspenseful story, likeable and realistic characters with some depth and mortal flaws, room for multiple characters to have strengths, reflects pretty good research into the realm of the US Marshall service (except for a few flubs like having 14 rounds in a six-shooter revolver).
The bad: starting in Part 2, Robards apparently thought she needed to lengthen the book and relied on two strategies: repeating the same phrases ad nauseum and, for a change of pace, she apparently invited "Mr. Obvious-man" to add his two-bits, to the detriment of the book. With some good editing it could have been a great suspense and action novel.
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I downloaded the free first 2 chapters because I wasn't sure this would be a story I would like. I LOVE Sam; she is a gutsy, loving, mother and she starred in this show. The storyline was so well done. I loved the dialog. I am so impressed when an author can bring you into a story so you are experiencing it as is unfolding. This is not my first Karen Robards book but I think it one of the best. She kept me involved all the way through. The romance, I thought was perfect timing.
I admit this is my first listen with narrator and I have trouble until I adjust to a new person. She was good and professional.
For me this was a good story, worth the credit, by an author who knows how to "give" us the story. I recommend. Thank you!
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I expected more from this book. I was slightly disapointed mostly because i thought this book was going to be a thriller not a romance novel. However, I have to admit It was entertaining. The author did a great job and for the first time in who knows how long I was able to read (listen) to a book that really kept me guessing. This is a book tht i will be listening to again.
I thought the blurb for this story didn't match it.
Many moments of this story 'jumped the shark...' Surviving a plane crash on a snowy mountain after their safe-house blew up? I couldn't suspend my disbelief.
It was fine.
Author kept repeating the same things throughout the book. The plot could have made a great book.
Not Karen Robards
Shiver is the story of Sam, a hard working single mother who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The book follows her frantic efforts to keep herself and her young son one step ahead of a ruthless drug gang. Thrown into this mix is the undercover FBI agent who Sam must learn to trust in order to stay alive.
This is a great storyline but the writing itself is so wordy and slow that it had me to the point of frustration. Every facet of the story is described to the nth degree - it was so frustrating listening to a ten minute description on the furnishings in the lounge room. At times the description of a scene was so long that I lost track of what the story was actually about.
I really enjoyed the narration - Shannon McManus was excellent and I look forward to listening to more of her work
Shiver is an exciting book that keeps you wanting to know what's happening next - it is just such a pity that the book has been spoiled by being padded out with some much unnecessary dialogue.
Would not try another book from Karen Robards I dont have that much time to waste.
The first of the book was good and the last part was good but the 8 hours in the middle are torture. If I had n't had so many hours invested in it at the end of the first part , I wanted to quit.
Professional Madwoman, lulled to an acceptable level of social behavior only by the constant, continual, susurrants of the spoken word piped in my ears through the magic of small, discrete, wireless headphones. OK, maybe I do sometimes laugh in inappropriate situations, startle an unwitting audience by gasping at nothing, and elict stares when I drop expletives in a silent void, it's all good.
Someone looking for a syrupy romance with an impossibly heroic manly man, and can overlook a plot with more holes than baby swiss, might enjoy this book. The ratio of romance to actual story is about four to one. Someone who has difficulty following something more complicated than P.D.Eastman, might find this book enjoyable.
I lost interst in the story after I got bored by poorly written, relentless sex, sex, sex!
Shannon did not perform, she read.
This book was BORING!
What a diapointment because the free first chapters did not indicate it was full of mindless drivel.
Aside from being rather boring the dialogue given to the 4 year old child was ridiculous. It sounded more like a 10 year old kid.
"Bit saggy in the middle"
The first couple of hours of this title are the most exciting book opening I've ever read and I read a lot of thrillers! Not a whole lot goes in in the middle of the book except for her PMSing at "Marco" but its quite steamy ;)
Altogether a very good read, I raced through it.
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