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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brett ortiz
Riley has a hot as coals man in her life named Finn who doesn't believe much she says. But what a fire they have together. Best book I've read in a while. Loved every moment, every twist and turn looking for the money. But loved the hot flying sparks between these two. Goodness if he was only real and belonged to me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
fulya z
i did not see this as a "great" read - but an okay. Not even half way i just knew already who the villain was, it was too obvious (like, the butler did it, who else?) this was a simple, predictable story for me, - nothing "new" and while i ready it all the way through, because it was not that bad, it was disappointing for a Karen Robards book. Too easy a read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kelly barefoot
Karen Robards is one of my favorite authors. Hush did not fail to uphold this belief. The heroine was written as a strong character with enough flaws to be real while the plot evolved into an enjoyable romantic and suspenseful story.
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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I did not enjoy this book as much as I normally do her books. I found it slow getting started and then it rushed to the end. I usually read her books in one setting....staying up all night....this took me several days. Nothing like Walking After Midnight or some of her others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Too much explicit sexual content. The story line is good but the story would flow better without having to scan many pages to get past the sex and get to the story. I do like this author and her stories just not so much sex.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
teri lahmon
Karen Robards has long been one of my favorite and she doesn't disappoint with Hush. Love the story, love the keep-you-on-the-edge of my seat excitement. Ms. Robards has never disappointed and she hasn't started with this novel.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Tired plot, over-used descriptions, shallow characterization. I could barely finish this book. Robards books used to have a lot of humor, and this one had hardly any. Probably won't buy anymore of her books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
preston mendoza
I absolutely love Karen Robards' books. I have eagerly awaited each and every new publication. This one was just as addictive as the other novels. As soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down but I finished it! Thanks Karen!!!!! Now ..... more Charlotte & Michael???????!!!!!!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Not much here. Lots of discussion about how attractive Riley and Finn are and how attracted they are to each other. Sex scenes. Predictable "surprise" villain.
I've been reading Karen Robards' books for years. I should have learned my lesson sooner, but I think this will be the last be the last. A waste of money.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
gary bunker
Karen Robards, author of more than 40 books, got her start writing historical romances. Over the years, she has become a bestselling writer of romantic thrillers such as VANISHED and BAIT. Her latest novel, HUSH, seamlessly blends romantic tension with mystery and suspense.

Riley Cowan, ex-wife of Jeff Cowan, whose billionaire father George is now serving multiple prison sentences for executing one of the biggest financial frauds in history, has been summoned by Jeff to a late-night meeting at their now-government-owned (i.e. empty) family estate. It seems the two of them have remained close after their divorce, and Jeff has been in need of her guidance as he has been “investigating” what he feels are the suspicious deaths of four of his father’s business associates. Tragucally, what Riley finds when she arrives is Jeff’s dead body in what appears to be a suicide. However, she doesn’t believe for a second that Jeff would kill himself.

Thinking fast on her feet, Riley takes his phone and leaves the premises. What she doesn’t realize, though, is that she wasn’t alone in the house, and now her whereabouts are being tracked. Is it the good guys, the bad guys, or both who are tracking her? The action picks up from there, as Riley soon learns that her life is in immediate danger.

Enter Finn Bradley, an attractive and focused FBI agent (supposedly) whose primary objective is to find the hidden billions George siphoned off somewhere before going to prison. He happens to already know quite a lot about Riley as he has been gathering background information on her past, as well as following her, for several weeks. The two finally meet when he comes to her rescue after she is almost killed. To say they are attracted to each other would be an understatement, as there is an immediate connection between them. This attraction becomes a problem for both of them as Riley isn’t sure who she can trust, and Finn knows for a fact that Riley is keeping secrets surrounding George’s hidden money.

Events continue to become increasingly grave for Riley when she and Jeff’s sister, Emma, are ambushed and something dire happens to Emma. Riley is given no choice but to tell what she knows about the whereabouts of the hidden billions, or Emma pays the ultimate price. Riley isn’t sure she can trust Finn, but she quickly realizes that he may be her only chance to save Emma. You see, it seems that Riley has indeed played a significant role in the missing billions. Will she tell Finn what she did and risk being arrested, or will she keep quiet and quite possibly end up like Jeff? When the killer makes contact with a time deadline for Emma, it becomes a race against the clock for both Finn and Riley.

I have read several of Karen Robards’ books, and while HUSH may not be her most suspenseful as far as plot goes, I enjoyed the characters a great deal. Robards does a good job of keeping readers involved in the actions and motives of her characters, who we find ourselves rooting for. The level of romantic tension is raised throughout the novel as we are never quite sure if Finn and Riley are going to tell each other the truth, and, if they do, what will happen then. There is also a nice dose of humor mixed in, which I appreciated.

In good romantic suspense, there is always a question of whether or not the two characters will get together or stay together. HUSH has elements of both, along with a solid mystery that is sure to please whodunit fans.

Reviewed by Renee Yeager.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hush is a suspense novel by Karen Robards. Karen has a knack for writing romantic suspense novels that are so interesting that you have a hard time putting the book down. This book was everything you expect a book by Karen Robards to be.
Riley Cowan wanted nothing more than to be left alone; but that was not happening. Her ex-father-in-law was in prison for financial fraud and his family was paying for it. She just had a call from her former husband, Jeff, to meet her at his Father’s former mansion. She had crept through the neighbor’s yard to get there and avoid any police who might be watching. The electricity was off so she went only with the light of her phone and her knowledge of the house. She called for Jeff but received no answer. Blindly she entered the gallery and she found Jeff, hanging from the second floor gallery. Horrified, she checked to make sure he was dead and then took his phone which she knew he always carried and in which he kept his life story and she left. She called the death in as she headed for his Mother’s home to be there when the news of her son’s suicide came. She didn’t want his Mother, Martha, or his sister, Emma, to be alone when they found out. Although she was divorced from Jeff, they were her family and had accepted a poor girl into their family when Jeff brought her home.
Jeff had believed that people close to his Father were being killed and were not just having convenient accidents. Riley now believed him because he would never contemplate suicide. It all had to do with the billions of dollars which are missing. She had to find out who was behind this and to find the money to get Martha, Emma, and herself out of the line of fire. When Finn Bradley, FBI agent, keeps her from being killed, Riley reluctantly accepts his help. Can they find the money and keep everyone from wanting to kill them or will they fail? Can Riley protect Martha and Emma from people they don’t know are their enemies? What had Jeff uncovered?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
heather porter
I was approached by the authors publicist to ask if I would like the chance to read this latest book by the author Karen Robards.
Of course, I couldn't say no.

I knew I had every chance of liking this read because I have read and reviewed subsequent books by this author.

I loved this. I loved the cover first off, I am quite a sucker for a good cover and this one caught my eye.
There are plenty of family enemies within these pages.

Riley's father in law committed financial fraud, was arrested because of the consequences.

She discovers that all the family money is gone, along with the family status.

Riley grew up in a working class background but married into money. So she had experience of both sides.
However, her ex husband Jeff and his Mother cannot deal with all the terrible loss.

Riley adapts and takes odd jobs to make ends meet.

There is more to this as one day she gets a text, wanting her to meet up with her ex.
She goes there only to discover that he has hung himself. She is not at all convinced that he committed suicide, Jeff was not the type.

Remembering the loss of money and fraud, she thinks its all connect and someone wanted him dead.

While he is hanging there she reaches for his phone in his pocket. The trouble is, shes not alone there. Someone also sees her.

There begins the chase.

Its a fast paced thriller with plenty to keep you interested.
It has intrigue, mystery, secrets and some sexual chemistry thrown in.

*Thank you for my copy to read and review*
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joe miguez
I loved this book. I am a sucker for a murder mystery and this book had it all. Murder, money trails, and secrets, secrets, secrets! I had a lot of fun trying to untangle the web and solve the mystery before the truth was revealed. This was definitely a thriller! When we finally get our answers??? WOW! That is all I can say. Just Wow… I wasn’t wrong, I wasn’t right. I was just… wow. Such a great book.

Robards did a fabulous job painting a picture. I was right there beside the characters as I read. Descriptive and realistic, each scene jumped right off the page. The alternating POVs between Riley and Finn only added to the mystery and excitement! I would find myself in one of their minds just dying to know what the other was thinking.

Finn was great he was so strong and determined. He was shadowed with a dangerous side that I couldn’t resist. I was hooked on him from the beginning. Finn was great on his own but he really shined when he started to fall for Riley.

Riley quickly became one of my favorite heroines. She was tougher than nails. By the time she meets Finn she is so strong and independent that she doesn’t know how to trust or depend on another. Her family situation forced her into the position of being everyone’s everything and she has no one to lean on. I think what makes Riley’s character so relatable is that many times women do take on everyone else’s issues and tend to put their own last. She just threw her shoulders back, held her head high and did what she had to do to take care of her own. My kind of gal.

One of my favorite facets of this book was that the romance was well balanced with the mystery. There wasn’t an insta-love. There wasn’t a weird or unrealistic relationship happening when it shouldn’t. Riley and Finn were attracted to each other, but they fought it and kept their eyes on the ball. Their attraction felt appropriate and natural as the story progressed.

My only complaint about this book is that it felt a bit slow at times. But just as I started to get bored, BAM! Something crazy would happen and pull me back in. Also, I quickly discovered many things that seemed insignificant were, in fact, very important. Clever. Very clever.

4.5 Stars and an Old fashion for this mysterious thriller! Can’t wait to see what Robards come up with next!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa james
When I first learned that Karen Robards had a new book coming out I can to the store to read the description and didn't think I would be buying this book. Then on March 15 Karen put this experpt on facebook: "Like I said, I was taking a bath." Riley's thoughts raced a mile a minute as she pulled the bedspread more closely around her, appreciating its weight and warmth. She was shivering, long tremors that racked her body. Her throat hurt and her head hurt and she had various other aches and pains as well, but none of those were her biggest concern at the moment. Far more urgent was this: How much should she tell him? How much could she tell him, without causing herself all kinds of trouble? "I looked up, and there was a man in my bathroom. He tried to kill me."
"Why?" FBI Agent Finn Bradley asked. The blunt question, coupled with the look that accompanied it, was disconcerting. His expression was all kinds of suspicious.
"You know, I didn't ask him. I was too busy trying to stay alive."
Now THIS was a book that sounded like a thriller I'd want to read. I checked the title and came to the store to make sure and was AMAZED to discover this was the book I had half decided not to buy!
I began reading HUSH late one evening after getting of my computer. I was planning on reading just a little to pass the time before trying to go to sleep. Next thing I know it's midnight and I have to force myself to put down the book because I have to get up in 4 hours! I ended up finishing HUSH 26 hours after I started it. This is a great book that is fast paced and riveting! Be sure to have plenty of time when you pick this book up to read because once you start reading it you're not going to want to put it down until your done!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
max elman
A crooked investment adviser has swindled a vast amount of money from his clients. His family is paying the price as they are hounded, threatened, strong-armed by bad guys and government agents who believe they -- and particularly the adviser's daughter-in-law-- know where the money is. Throughout the book a particularly hunky agent and the daughter-in-law struggle between mistrust of each other and growing lust for each other. And so it goes. While this push-pull relationship between these two gets repetitive after awhile, the book accelerates to a fast-paced, action-filled ending. Not perhaps Robards best book, but far from her worst.

That being said, I found it easy to guess who the ultimate baddie was, since Robards failed to set up enough characters who could possibly fill that role. Early on, it was obvious who it had to be, because there wasn't anyone else. Additionally, there are some details left hanging at the end that I would have liked to have answers to.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Riley Cowan finds her ex-husband, Jeff, dead by hanging. Everything points to suicide, but she and his family don't believe it for a minute. Jeff's father is in prison for fraud ...and billions of dollars are out there... and all kinds of nefarious people want to know where the money is. And they are all prepared to kill to get it.

Along comes Finn Bradley, an FBI Agent, charged with finding the money. But he has a big secret and Riley becomes the primary suspect of hiding the money. When someone tries to kill her, he feels obligated to protect her. But Riley also has secrets and she and Finn seem to be at a crossroads. And it doesn't help that there is an electrical attraction between them.

Karen Robards writes a great Romantic Suspense. I have read many of her books and they are all filled with mystery, danger, and passion. The characters are bigger than life.

Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a very good Romantic Suspense.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I was fortunate... and delighted... to win Karen Robards' newest book through a Goodreads giveaway. I'd read a couple of her many, many books in the past, but it had been a while, so reading this one was like reuniting with an old friend.

The author's writing is still natural and fluid, which makes for a very pleasant read, and her easy-flowing prose makes this 405-page book a quick read, as well. Although the genre is characterized as romantic thriller, I can't honestly say it was the most romantic, or the most thrilling book I've ever read. However, it does deliver nicely on both counts. Some of the romantic scenes are verrrry, um... shall we say "stimulating"? And there are definitely bursts of danger-kissed action, too, but I'd characterize the scenes of titillation and thrills as being more like a generous smattering of freckles than an all-over tan. (But that's okay. I like freckles.)

It was somewhat annoying the way some points were repeated and belabored. (I mean, I GET it, already: the dude's well-hung, but the esteemed author did NOT have to reiterate the fact a dozen different ways. I got it the first time.) The story's resolution was a teensy bit facile, and I would have liked to have seen more surprises, especially at the ending, but all-in-all, this is an entertaining book, and worth your time. Chances are, you'll enjoy the heck out of it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ann aka iftcan
When Jeff Cowan’s body is found in his bankrupt family’s former mansion, the police rule his death a homicide. His ex-wife Riley, however believes Jeff was murdered because he was attempting to track down missing money his imprisoned father swindled out of thousands of innocent people and looking into the suspicious deaths of several associates.

Not realising her own life will be at risk, Riley removes evidence to ensure the safety of Jeff’s mother and sister. These actions result in her crossing paths with Finn Bradley – seconded to the FBI to help recover the Cowan family’s missing fortune.

I often talk about the romance / suspense balance and – fans of the former will be thrilled that Karen Robards‘ novel firmly falls in favour of the first. Indeed, I can’t remember a time I saw the word erection (or a substitute) used more often in a novel.

Fans of Robard will enjoy this latest novel as will readers of romantic suspense looking for some reading fodder for the holidays! This is my reading bread and butter – the kind of book I can literally inhale!

3.5 - 4 stars

Read the full review in my blog:
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
First you wrestle with the longest, most tangled run on sentences you'll ever find outside of a grade school writing contest. Next you see dots everywhere: this author seems to think colons can be used just about anywhere she darn well feels like putting them. The crescendo is the three chapter sex scene for all you sex starved gals who will be sure to get the message (repeated ad infinitum) that he has stubble, a log, and makes her insides go all quivery inside. Get ready to suspend your disbelief at a televised funeral (it wasn't JFK) and a walk by the heroine through a male prison (doesn't happen, dear). Silly, one-dimensional characters unsupported by a sketchy, unconvincing plot.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ewa wisniewska
Riley came from a poor background, but seemed to grab the gold ring when she married Jeff. Life changed quickly after her father-in-law went to prison for investment fraud.
It comes to light after Jeff and some business associates are killed, that George may have hidden a huge sum of money rather than spent it.
Riley, her sister-in-law and mother-in-law fear for their lives and don't know who to trust. Is Finn, a government agent their saviour or someone else to fear.
In HUSH author Karen Robards creates non-stop action and some steamy romance. The reader will need to plan some uninterrupted reading time because one you start HUSH you won't want to stop.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dale elster
I am a Karen Robards fan and have been for many years so when she has a new book out I am one of the first in line. Hush is more of a thriller than romance although there is a romance. The characters spend the book trying to keep away from the bad guys including everyone from police, FBI, CIA, mobsters and the list goes on. Riley is the female character her husband has been murdered and she is on the run. Finn seems to be the one she needs. He makes her feel safe and that goes a long way. I'm not going to give any more of the story away you will have to pick it up. I definitely recommend it, you won't leave the edge of your seat until it is done.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alexander barbosa
Karen Robards
Gallery Books, Dec 30 2014, $26.00
ISBN: 9781476766584

FBI Agent Finn Bradley breaks into the dark Houston mansion seeking Jeff Cowan, son of disgraced and imprisoned financier George, who scammed billions from his customers. Instead of confronting Jeff, Finn sees his still warm body hanging in what looks like a suicide. He also finds Jeff’s separated wife Riley at the scene.

Riley explains to the Fed that Jeff feared for his safety and that of his family after several of his dad’s associates “accidently” died at a time when irate volatile clients demand their money returned immediately; but he also failed to name names. HPD rules suicide, but Riley believes otherwise as she concludes her teenage sister-in-law Emma and her mother-in-law Margaret remain worthwhile targets of violent scammed investors who demand George reveal where he hid the loot. Finn and his partner trail Riley hoping she leads them to the missing money. Thus he intercedes when mobsters assault Riley. Neither trusts the other, but their misgivings are made worse by their attraction even as the irate adversary snatch Emma to force George to talk.

Hush is a tremendous romantic suspense starring two refreshing beloved enemies who spend much of the thrilling storyline lying or concealing the truth. The fresh relationship between Riley and Finn make for an intriguing romantic subplot that enhances the prime suspenseful storyline of keeping safe the Cowan women while locating those responsible for the attacks on them.

Harriet Klausner
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This thrilling little page turner captured my attention from the first page, and held me hostage until every last word was devoured.... and boy was it a tasty little literary treat!! Ms. Robards does not disappoint with this one the story line is full of suspense, romance, and an constant edginess that kept me teetering on the edge of my seat! Highly recommend this one, it's sure to satisfy!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
trish leja bloom
Spoilers ahead...Ok I'm giving this book 2 and 1/2 stars because it was well written and I did want to finish to see what would happen, but I have to say I hated Riley, the heroine of this book. She was a liar, a cheat, and a thief, and through most of the story she whined about the hero and how she couldn't trust him or his motives. He made no secret about who he was, his job, or what he was after and she kept acting like he was being dishonest with her and couldn't be trusted when she was the one who basically lied throughout the whole book. I wanted to throw my kindle off a wall several times she made me so angry. Ugh what an attitude! She had this sense of entitlement like he had no right to question her or be suspicious of her when they were dealing with a billion dollars of stolen money and countless ripped off people, when she actually did have all the info he needed and had actually stolen some of the money! I mean justify it to yourself all u want, yes Margaret had supposedly brought 10 mil into the marriage but hello that was 20 years ago and from the way it sounded that money had been spent several times over due to their extravagant lifestyle. She continued to live with her husband and maintain that lifestyle off stolen money, so as far as I'm concerned her 10 mil is history whether or not she knew what he was up to. I don't understand why Finn was attracted to riley in the first place. He knew she was a liar and a sneak from the start. I guess physical attractiveness outweighs any kind of personal integrity. I really do love Karen Robards but I found nothing redeeming about Riley.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My Review:
While I already own several of Karen Robard's books, they are all on my tbr shelves. So this is the first book of hers that I've ever read and wow...why have I waited so long to read one of her books? This book was fabulous!

The book starts with Riley finding the body of her ex-husband in an apparent suicide...something she doesn't believe for a moment. Her FIL was a bad man who stole billions of dollars. He's gone to jail, but no one knows where the money is...and LOTS of people want it, including several governments. Yes, ours too. That's where Finn comes in. He's working for the US government under the guise of the FBI to locate that money too. Riley knows she can't trust him, but with hit man after her at every turn, she doesn't have much choice.

This is a great romantic thriller. I was seriously on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could. It's one of those books that gets your adrenaline pumping just through the act of reading it. But it's not all about the suspense. This is a great romance too. What makes it so good is that neither the hero nor the heroine is sure that they can trust the they are completely unwilling to go to that place mentally or physically. BUT they are thrown together constantly and their chemistry is stuff happens. ;)

I also found the backstory between Riley and Jeff's family fabulous. Riley was dirt-poor growing up and met Jeff when she was bartending. The billionaire world was never one she felt comfortable in, but Jeff's mom and sister accepted her and welcomed her in. When the government arrested Jeff's dad, they seized EVERYTHING and he went to jail. Jeff, his mom, and his sister had no idea what to do. They'd always had that wealth and Riley became the backbone of their little family even though she and Jeff had divorced...they stayed friends. That right there was a huge example of how strong she is. She's the one moving this family forward and getting them to where they need to be. She's a great character!

I have at least 3 of Karen Robard's former releases on my shelf right now. I NEED to go get them out and read them. I definitely recommend this one if you're a lover of romantic suspense!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shreevar goel
Karen Robards is, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. So far, all her books keep me reading long past 'sensible' reading hours. She is able to write in such a way that it pulls you into the story and you're afraid you'll miss something if you put it down before you're through. I really like the way she inter twines mystery, suspense and romance into her stories. This book is such a good read I would recommend it to anyone. It will definitely get you hooked on her books if you aren't already.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
reagan kempton
It takes great skill to write a good romantic suspense novel, to ensure that the sexual chemistry between the protagonists isn't gratuitous but fits into the plotline, to ensure that the mystery part of the novel is actually a challenge for the reader to figure out. Usually Karen Robards is such a writer. But not with this book.

Protagonists Riley Cowan, the heroine, and Agent Finn Bradley, the hero, were very stereotypically and woodenly characterized - stunningly gorgeous woman who went from rags to super riches and back to rags but maintains her air of dignity, super hot federal agent with intense, unreadable eyes. Riley and Finn were very superficial characters. There was little depth to them; only toward the end do we find out a little bit of Finn's personal background - had Robards expounded on that, Finn's character would have been more well-rounded. Riley's and Finn's mutual attraction was, however, believable. I mean, it's two beautiful people.

What really bothered me about this book was that there really was no mystery to it. I had the killer pegged from the beginning, and I was incredibly annoyed to find out at the end that I was right. I was hoping I would be proven wrong and would experience a "wow" moment. But no.

Also, what happened to the good writing that I have come to expect of Ms. Robards? Descriptions were repeatedly used in the exact same words over and over - "Her bones turned to water." C'mon, Ms. Robards, use that particular description one time, fine. But to use those exact words THREE TIMES in the span of about 50 pages? Ugh.

This book had potential, but it was never realized.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
When Jeff Cowan’s body is found in his bankrupt family’s former mansion, the police rule his death a homicide. His ex-wife Riley, however believes Jeff was murdered because he was attempting to track down missing money his imprisoned father swindled out of thousands of innocent people and looking into the suspicious deaths of several associates.

Not realising her own life will be at risk, Riley removes evidence to ensure the safety of Jeff’s mother and sister. These actions result in her crossing paths with Finn Bradley – seconded to the FBI to help recover the Cowan family’s missing fortune.

I often talk about the romance / suspense balance and – fans of the former will be thrilled that Karen Robards‘ novel firmly falls in favour of the first. Indeed, I can’t remember a time I saw the word erection (or a substitute) used more often in a novel.

Fans of Robard will enjoy this latest novel as will readers of romantic suspense looking for some reading fodder for the holidays! This is my reading bread and butter – the kind of book I can literally inhale!

3.5 - 4 stars

Read the full review in my blog: [...]
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
rofayda khaled
I should have read the book rather than listening to this endless audio book. Every detail and repeated detail made the story take forever. I like Karen Robards and the story (once I got past the reader) was good. Eleven disks-just too much. I am glad it was a loan from the library.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Now this is the kind of book I love by Karen Robards!! What a ride. Didn't want it to end. The beginning, the middle, & the ending is what it's all about with her books. She has a way of making you feel as if you are watching a scene instead of just reading about it. She is my all time favorite author and really have a hard time waiting in between books. This one definitely deserves 5 stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jacob adams
This is an excellent novel filled with suspense, action, lies and a developing hot romance with some humor too! I really enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game Riley and Finn played with each other throughout the book. The author did a great job mixing suspense and romance for a fantastic read! I'll be looking up more of her books for sure.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I picked up this book on tape to keep me occupied on a road trip. Boy, was I disappointed to find it so bad. The writing - the descriptions were over the top, I'd fast forward through yet another repeat of inane descriptions. Like describing the bathroom of a totally basic house - how could things like that add to the story line? And it read like a soap opera, trying for the sexy encounter/drawn to this stranger but missing the mark. The female was supposed to be a strong female lead but came off as something of a ditz. This because the author couldn't keep her personality straight. A bad reflection on a female writer and a female protagonist.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
april woolley
This book has plenty of action, suspense and twists. It also has romance which doesn't usual appeal to me, but in this story it works.
The plot is good and character development is excellent.
I did find a couple of errors that should have been caught in editing.
Still this is an excellent read that I'd heartily recommend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
crystal allen
TOO MUCH SEX! Some may like it but I don't. I was listening to this book so couldn't skip over it. I listen while at cardiac rehab and today, disc 9, had to listen to it while exercising and hated it. Can't believe that almost the entire disc was explicit sex. The book is great and really doesn't need all the porn!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kate harding
As always, strong suspense mixed with a touch of romance. The characters were appealing and reasonably intelligent. The villain was fairly obvious to everyone but the heroine. The heroine continually made wrong choices that were somewhat baffling for an otherwise intelligent character, but the hero was great.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
harry maxwell
Thin plot about a federal agent tasked with finding where the billings of dollars are after a Madoff-type scheme. The daughter-in-law knows something but won't talk nor will the imprisoned former billionaire. About every other paragraph contains her rapt descriptions of the agent's physique. Boring.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
aleksandar rudic
Worth your time. Lots of plot twists, lots of action, lots of romance. a hard book to put down. Only mild criticism is that the villain is readily apparent. However, the plot moves forward so well that it makes no difference in enjoying in the story.
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holly anderson
Awful! winey weak heroine, way too unbelievable hero! Oh, you're so strong and masculine. Easy to guess plot twist! Way too much harlequin romance sex! I only listened to it via audible for my book club. Won't read another Karen Robards!
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Wow talk about thrilling , what can you do when your ex had been killed and his father has been scamming and laundering money from different agencies some of them not as clear as water , you keep hushed and try to keep alive.
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lori cunningham
This novel tells the story of Riley. Her ex-husband is dead by what looks like a suicide, but Riley believes he was murdered. His billionaire father concocted a financial fraud and is in jail, but the money he was able to get is out there somewhere and everyone wants it! Riley is in great danger and the CIA has assigned agent Finn to recover the money. Can Riley trust Finn and what secret is Riley keeping? This is a really great book with good action which kept me turning pages. I LOVED IT!
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christine beverly
I got this book because I thought the storyline was interesting. Turns out the story is more like the plot line in a porno film - uninspired and nearly nonexistent. This book is a total bodice ripper, with a strong, buff, inscrutable man and a delicate, vulnerable woman who needs his protection (delicate, buff, strong, vulnerable, the author's words, not mine; inscrutable is beyond her vocabulary). Cliched and boring. Skip this one!
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This is an outstanding story. I purchased the audio book and the narrator was excellent!! The way she represent each character voice, WAO!!! I do recommend this story that mix, action, suspense and romance.
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I love Karen Robards, she keeps you glued to the pages The only problem I have is the language I wish I could get all my favorite authors' books , but with the curse words and taking God and Jesus' name in vain, out.
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valerie gallup
This book grabbed me from the first page. I wanted to read it straight through but things like my family and job prevented that. :) Hush is full of romance (sizzling), mystery and witty conversation. Karen Robards is one of my favorite authors and books like this one is why. You won't be disappointed.
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megan frampton
I was engaged enough to stick with it and finish it. The best part was toward the end when everything got going. But...

I found the "heroine" incredibly irritating -- don't know why -- she just grated on my nerves. And a lot of heart "clenching" and "thumping" and other "heart" references to communicate how scared she was -- it was "over-kill" in my opinion -- kind of got repetitive especially in the beginning.
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Unbelievable scenarios, sex scenes out of a porn magazine, formulaic writing, trite idioms, predictable outcome: this Harlequin Romance read-alike got the author on a best seller list...really?? If you have a low IQ and no life, you may enjoy this piece of junk.
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patrick riviere
Where exactly were the characters? When the bad guy came out at the end with the gun, I had to refer back to the beginning to figure out who he was. And what about those metaphors and similes. Please. Something about coming together like peanut butter and jelly? Did I read that or just imagine it. I was not thrilled. I was embarrassed to be seen reading this triteness.
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elahe amini
Very disappointing. Poorly developed characters that I didn't care about or believe were real. The plot was obviously inspired by headlines and the author didn't add much to it. Stock characters (every ethnicity of mob except the Japanese Yakuza) and stilted conversation. Poorly edited (for example, sometimes the main character was spelled Riley other times Rily). I used to look forward to Karen Robards' books.
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