• by Karen Robards
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'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.


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Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!

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!
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- Susan "No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail."

Romance Rather Than Suspence

I really enjoy Karen Robards. Her writing style makes for easy, engaging reading. "Hunted" is not one of her best books, but it is still enjoyable, nonetheless.

Detective Reed Ware is a good cop, but hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace is called to the scene when Ware is found holding a houseful of prominent people hostage. There really isn't a great surprise at the end, as the reader is not really kept in the dark as to Ware's motivations. I would have preferred it had Robards kept me in the dark like she keeps Caroline Wallace in the dark. I enjoy a suspense novel more if there's actual suspense to it.

"Hunted" is a romantic suspense novel, and Robards knows how to write romantic suspense. She weaves in the romance seamlessly, and in a believable fashion. Her writing kept me reading the book, despite the fact that there wasn't much mystery to the plot - Robard is that good a writer. I read the book in two days - it wasn't quite un-put-downable, but it was an entertaining read. Had there been more of a mystery to the plot, the novel would have been of the 5-star level.

MacLeod Andrews , Cassandra Campbell narrated well but again unless the female and male narrate the parts of the story related to them it is pointless.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio