Hired by a prestigious D.C. law firm after barely surviving witnessing the murder of the First Lady, attorney Jessica Ford is deliberately keeping a low profile as she gets a sensational rape case involving a senator’s son, whom she is defending, is abruptly dismissed because the victim recants on the stand. The problem is, Jess suspects that the victim recanted because she was threatened. Meanwhile, she has an uneasy feeling about the beautiful young associate she replaced: where is Allison Howard? No one has seen her since she left the firm.
Taking over Allison’s position, Jess becomes more and more haunted by her predecessor. Then she discovers that the victim in the rape case has also disappeared. With the help of her former lover, hunky Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan, Jess starts searching for both women. Soon she uncovers the case of a missing teenage girl who knew Allison. Is there a link? When someone tries to kill her, Jess knows she is getting too close to something — but what? She and Mark race to come up with answers before time runs out...
©2011 Karen Robards (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Robards is one terrific storyteller.” (Chicago Tribune)
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
For those of you who have been put off by the terrible reviews of the narrator of the previous book in this series ,Pursuit, (as I have been), don't let that put you off getting this book. While there are some references to what went on before, at no point will you flounder for not reading it. Justice is an enjoyable story, but I did find the mystery took back seat to the interaction between Mark and Jess. If you are in the mood for romance with a dash of thriller thrown then this is the book for you. As always, Angela Dawe knocks my socks off with her excellent narration.
Having read "Pursuit" prior to reading "Justice" I was looking forward to see how Jess and Mark's life together was going, only to find out they are not together any more. Mark's done something stupid, a fact of which he was well aware at the time he did it, and did it anyway (a passionate kiss with a former lover, who happens to be Jess's boss, knowing Jess could walk in, and she did). This kiss taking place after Mark had asked Jess to marry him and while they were still living together. Jess breaks off the relationship. Mark then begins accusing Jess of having "trust issues", saying it was only a kiss and she won't "commit" to a real relationship. Well........duh!
"Justice" then procedes similar to "Pursuit", bad guys trying to kill Jess, Mark trying to keep her alive (while trying to get her back), same senario as "Pursuit", different situations and different bad guys. If you liked "Pursuit" (and I did) you'll like "Justice".
Makes me wonder if there's going to be a third book with Jessica and Mark, just to get things worked out between them.
the fact that Jess (Jessica Ford, our heroine/main character) just can't help the fact that's she a crusader ~ for the underdog, for the less fortunate, for the weaker, whatever it might be, Jess is ready to stick her neck out there and fight. And if it means it might jeopardize her job, her relationship (or what COULD be a relationship w/ Mark) or whatever, with the exception of her family, she's willing to do it to find the right in the equation. It makes me like her so much as a character, even when she's a high $$ defense attorney. She's so...human and real.
Pursuit by Karen Robards, which actually is tied to this book...this continues to build the character of Jessica Ford, and on her and Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan's relationship. I miss the finalization of the relationship, I'll admit, but I love seeing Jess's character being built and fleshed out so much that it's worth it. And the case in this one was awesome, and totally had me stumped...thought I had it figured out, lol, and I was WRONG! And couldn't figure out how all the pieces were going to tie together...Ms. Robards did an amazing job, as always, of answering every small question and concern I had in satisfactory way. LOVED it.
She's an incredible narrator...nails EVERY voice. EVERY one. One that actually sticks out for me is Paloma, the woman who works in a shelter ~ I could actually SEE this woman's face and she came alive for me through Angela Dawe's narrative, while when I read it she was really just a passing meh.
An awesome narrator makes the characters more vivid, even the not notable ones ~~ Angela Dawe does that.
YES!! Laughed more than once, but also tugged on my heart strings, not only with Jess & Mark, but w/ Jess's young teenage sister being pregnant, Mark's worries over his young daughter, the cat Clementine...Ms. Robards pumps her pages full of emption!
Just if you are a suspense fan,and you haven't read and or listened to Karen Robards?
Oh, wow, you are SO missing out!
And this would be a fabulous place to start!
But I do have to mention, that while it's not in audio, as a romance fan at heart, an absolute favorite Karen Robards of mine is Night Magic. I will love that book always!!
lots of loose ends. No intrigue. Instead of a mystery unfolding, the mystery had to be solved though pure description and explanation...amateur plot work.
narrator better than book
Disappointment and anger
insults the readers intelligence
There is no way the author could have made it a five star. She is a romance writer, not a mystery thriller writer. I hate to be lured into purchasing what I think sounds like a good mystery just to be disappointed when I realize it is a romance. I hate romance stories! Same is true of science fiction and fantasy. Please label them correctly!
Reader sounds like she is reading, not giving the words realism.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
reader has matured and did a great job.
this is classic old Robards, think Night Magic and Walking After Midnight. Remember this is a romance with a mystery and chase. Nothing too deep, heavy or dark. A fun listen that gabs and holds you until you finish.
Ms Dawe did a great job on this one. She stopped turning up the end of her sentences and she made all the characters just really come to life. Our hero Mark, is yummy.
I did, but beware, author left this open to become a series. I just hope Ms Robards does develop it like J D Robb. Plenty of room to do more books.
It was a SHAME "Pursuit" got such bad reviews. I will have to now buy the book. Audible, when listeners say, great book, awful narration, please put the book on the $4.95 sale.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
The begining ready had me. But for me al the negitive middle was a turn off the end got better. Most people will enjoy this book is all I will say. I need a little more postive romancing why do couple always have to go thru so much before they figure it out 😏
I enjoyed the story and the premise was believable. It was easy to get wrapped up in the story and get excited to find out what was going to happen next. My only complaint regarding the story is that the author uses her usual "two beautiful people are in love, but won't admit it" routine again. I wasn't overly fond of the narrator. Her reading tone boarders on monotone, although it grew on my as the book went on and it wasn't distracting.
Almost did-listened to in a couple days
The heroine in this book got on my nerves so much I couldn't even finish it! All of her "I love you/I hate you" banter though out the whole book was irritating to say the least. she was also a little TSTL.. He repeatedly saved her life and tried to protect her but she was just so stubborn it was ridiculous! I really was scratching my head as to why the hero would even want her! I know he kissed another woman and I understand why she was upset in the beginning but COME ON! GET OVER IT or just don't date him!
This was far more a romance than a mystery or thriller. I thought if she commented one more time on how Mark's muscles rippled or how handsome he was I would have to give up listening to it.
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