'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.
Driven to desperate measures to uncover the truth, Ware stages a coup at a Christmas party for the New Orleans elite, including the mayor, the council chairman, the sheriff, and the superintendent of police, who just happens to be hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace's estranged father. Cool, calm, controlled. That's Caroline's reputation.
But when she's brought in to talk Ware off the proverbial ledge, she realizes no amount of false promises is going to placate this man, who looks even hotter than he did years ago when 17-year-old Caroline tried to seduce him. It was his duty to protect her family then. Now it's her turn…if she can think fast enough over the pounding of her heart. When Caroline becomes wrapped up in the drama, it's clear the sizzling tension she shared with Ware never let up. And the harder she tries to defuse the situation, the more she begins to wonder whose side she's really on.
©2013 Karen Robards (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
After "The Last Victim," I was afraid Karen Robards had left behind the formula that's worked so well for her: contemporary romantic suspense, not erotic but nicely spicy; a sort of Sandra Brown Lite. (I mean this as a compliment. I've long relied on both authors for fun, sexy reads with hot alpha heroes; if Robards doesn't delve as deeply as Brown into her characters' angst and the conflicts between them, that's not necessarily a bad thing when I'm looking for escapist fiction.
In "Hunted," an implausible but ultimately enjoyable premise sets the stage for the couple-on-the-run storyline: a "rogue" New Orleans cop takes the mayor and other bigwigs hostage, and winds up kidnapping the pretty hostage negotiator who had a crush on him when she was a teenager. There's chemistry between them, a bayou to hide in, a fishing shack with a single narrow bed, and one appealing side character who is conveniently moved aside by the plot just in time for things to heat up between H/h.
In other words, this is the Karen Robards I've relied on for fast, sexy suspense tales like Paradise County, Bait, etc. No fan of the paranormal, I was more than pleased to spend a credit on this enjoyable return to the genre Robards writes so well.
Nicely performed by male and female narrators, who alternate chapters as the book alternates between male and female points-of-view. The actress is quite good (she also narrates the audiobook of Gillian Flynn's brilliant noir novel, "Gone Girl." The actor is good as well, although I wasn't crazy about the way he voiced the female character. Both narrators do pretty well with hero Reed's N'awlins cajun accent. In contrast to the previous Robards' audiobook, "The Last Victim," these narrators sound like grown-ups. A huge relief.
More like this one, please, Ms. Robards. It's this kind of book, not a flirtation with paranormal romance, that will keep you on my auto-buy list!
Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.
Yes. Karen Robards has written a couple of my favorite books. She is definitely a goto author for me. And as for the MacLeod Andrews and Cassandra Campbell team go, I would listen to other books narrated by them. They did a good job with the characters. I'm pretty picky about narrators too. So, that means they were definitely better than most.
This one was good but not great. The story reminded me a lot of Walking After Midnight which is a favorite of mine. She wrote that one a long time ago and the audio is only available on cassettes. Which is too bad too because I would love to have that one in my library. That book was also about a cop that was being chased by the bad guys and bad cops and he had a kidnapped hostage along for the journey but it had much better story depth to it. I did feel like this one was as well written. I wouldn't mind the same basic plot so much except this story just seem to fall flat. Like it was rushed or something.
Yes. They did a good job
I'm not sure. But if there had been more to the main character's relationship, that would have helped. I get that they already knew each other but she had been a teenager and it was a long time ago. There could have been a much better build up to saying "I love you" than simply going from 0-60 in 2 seconds.
I normally love Karen Robards' books. She has made me laugh, cry, and want to reach out and comfort a serial killer in one of her books. But HUNTED doesn't have a story. It doesn't have character development. It's a series of scenes featuring two people on the run...but with very little growth or adventure along the way.
It opens with potential: A New Orleans detective finds proof of internal corruption, tries to stop it, and finds himself in the line of fire and on the run, kidnapping a police hostage negotiator in the process. The next nearly six hours are of Caroline the profile demanding to know why the detective, Reed, is on the run, and him telling her to mind her own business, all while they're desperately wanting to tear each others' clothes off. Huh?
Robards has many great books. Skip this one and try SHATTERED or THE LAST VICTIM.
happily ever afters
Those readers who enjoy more heat than meat from their main characters.
The author devoted far to much time to the opening hostage scene. At least 4 Chapters if memory serve correctly. Why? Because the hostage negotiator spent more time thinking about the hunky "rogue" police detective's attributes than she did actually negotiating. From there, you can pretty much figure out how the rest of this on the run story plays out.
Andrews did a nice N'awlins cajun accent. I had difficulty believing the voice of Caroline - narrated by Cassandra Campbell - fit the character's profession and actions. That voice is better suited for light-hearted romance or young adult books.
Unfortunately, no. I like more variety in my romantic suspense stories than to be on the run chapter after chapter after chapter. And I want to "experience" character growth along the way or what's the point.
Avid reader for 45 years
I have enjoyed several of Karen Robard's books in the past, so I'm not sure if I have outgrown this author or this book was meant for the 20 something crowd. Karen is capable of excellent writing, so I was baffled when she spent much more time describing the hunky male cop's "six pack abs" than the storyline. The plot had potential but the main characters were never developed; even while being hunted by murderers, lust seemed to trump survival.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Sexy, testy, determined. This is a simple story, nothing too deep. If deep is what you want, this is not it. This is a romance!
For those readers who are not familiar with this long time good author, she is a core romance writer who will give you a good story. Now if you want a true mystery, then this genre is not for you. There will be some stories that may give you more of a mystery than heat, but do not be disappointed if there is not as it is still a romance catagory.
I love MacLeod Andrews and this is my first CC listen. I own hundreds of audios and she is an AKA of another listen...she is good in this one. She could have read faster in the first 4 chapters, but that is because listeners want the mystery to unfold faster. This story is not about a mystery but the connection between two people who have an unfinished history. I have a couple of other listens to hear from each of these readers and I look forward to them. I will have to figure out what AKA name CC goes under as her male voice is familar.
I did as it was good and I am a long time fan of KR. Try One Summer if you like this one, that is a classic of KR and is recorded by the late great Anna Fields.
I was happily surprised at this book.
Yes, although I felt that it got slow in places a little too much time spent on romance of the the two main characters - other than that the story plot was enticing and the characters were interesting. Just slow about 3/4 way through.
Most interesting was the setting, location and the plot - it was a really good plot could not figure out "who dune it" for a long time. I liked that kept it interesting.
Least interesting is the back and forth romance thing....it got old after a while....
They both did extraordinary jobs - liked their voices and cadence.
I would read other books by this author, give it one more try. I really did like the plot.
This was not Ms Robards' best. Not enough suspense. I kept wanting to say, just get it on. It took her forever for them to mate (smile). But I will keep reading/listening to her books because I know there are better ones out there.
Need more suspense along with the romance.
I listened to this book - and it was okay.. I was not too happy that the girl cop who was kidnapped acted so stupid. -- I understand we were seeing things from her point of view but still.. f she made it to being a cop she could have been less whimpy.
all and all I liked it.
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