Just finished this book. It was a page turner. Only complaint that I have about it is that the ending felt rushed. The built up so much suspense that it ended slightly flat for me. Otherwise, it definitely kept my attention and the romance between the main characters Kate and Tom was very believeable.
This was my first Karen Robards' book and will probably be my last. I don't care for her writing style (run-on sentences galore, painstaking detail ex: "she went to the fridge, got out a glass, poured the milk, drank the milk" etc...). As far as the story itself, things start out very fast-paced, but somewhere along the way it lost steam. It picked up again about half-way through and I couldn't put it down. Once I finished, I was left thinking WTF??? That was it?? That was the ending?? Without giving away too much information, I just prefer books that have that "ah-ha" moment in the end when you tie everything together. For me, this just didn't deliver. What a waste!
A single mother becomes a prosecutor despite a wrong start in her early teens. Then her past catches up with her. I enjoy Karen Robards books although just recently "found" her. This is only my second book by her, but certainly not my last.
Karen Robards latest novel is the best one in quite a while. Her last two novels have been some of her worst, but this one had all of her trademarks in it. I really enjoyed it and am thankful she has finally gotten her act back togather. When you pay for a hardback you expect to get your money's worth.
Kate White is an ADA in Philadelphia, she is a new lawyer. She has fought and worked her way from poverty to where she is now. She has a 9 year old son and as she starts work in the DA's office her life finally looks rosy. Raised in the foster child program, she has been alone until she married at 18 and had Ben. Her husband left her when Ben was born and he was later killed.
Tom Braga is a homicide detective at the PPD, his brother works for the Sheriff's dept. as a deputy. He comes from a large family, he is the oldest. Divorced and alone he has decided to protect the tender parts of himself. But during a shootout in the courtroom he makes a connection to the woman held hostage.
On the first day of her new job she is in court, when everything goes to ****. The defendent somehow gets a gun and the killing begins, at the end she is held hostage by the defendent in a hall way where he has demanded a helicopter for her life. The unexpected happens when a former member of the gang she ran with when she was 15, turns up. He is one of the crimimals held in one of the holding rooms, he also is part of this escape. He quickly kills her tormentor and tells her she better help him out and get him out of jail or he will reveal her presence at a murder of an off duty cop, when they were young.
She is stunned not just to be saved, but by Mario, the thug, who killed the cop. That was the reason she left Baltimore and ran away at 15. Her life is totally messed up again by the same person and for the same reason. She must protect her son and herself, anyway she can.
Tom's brother is the deputy shot and left for dead in the room Mario was in. When he wakes up he tells Tom there were two men in the hall with her. She has admitted to killing her abductor. He and his partner feel something is not right. However, nothing can stop the desire for her that he feels. He knows there is something wrong but can he trust this woman who lies to him with every breath.
Dropping by her house late one afternoon to question her again, he saves her and her son from someone who seems to be confronting them. Once again he knows she is not telling him the truth. But he spends the night on her sofa anyway.
The story is fast-paced and doesn't get draggy, the plot is involved and the romance is hot. Everything you expect from a Karen Robards story. I really enjoyed it and encourage you to get it. Good Reading.
Book moved very quickly - page turner - I've never read anything by Karen before but will try another one of her books.
A good story with romance and lots of suspense. Kat's past has come back to haunt her and endangers the new life she has made for her and her son. Innocent in a jail escape, she is forced to tell lie after lie to protect her youthful secret. A good cop knows she is afraid and tries to unravel the whole thing. Of course, they fall in love and the child is put in danger. A real page-turner.
Another solid romantic thriller from Robards. The suspense was mostly psychological, with some action thrown in at the end. The mental tension was actually tighter than the true danger. Kate's a likable heroine and her motivations are believable. The romance between her and Tom is touching and emotional. A good choice for any romantic suspense fan.
Great book. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen.
Fast paced, good story. Enjoyble to listen to in my car for several hours.
In all this was a great book. The only one small problem I had was at the end. I felt a few more pages would have made it a great ending.
One cold November night when Kat White was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught.
Sixteen years later, Kat-now Kate-has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with an eight-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA's office. But her dark past rears its head when she walks into court one day and discovers that she is to prosecute Mario Castellanos, one of her friends from that terrible night.
Kate is in a bind: even though Mario was the one who probably did commit the crime, he's counting on Kate to make sure he's not convicted. If she convinces the judge of his guilt, he'll claim that she was the one who killed the off-duty cop. Before real despair sets in, Mario is found dead-in her apartment, and with her pistol. When homicide detective Tom Braga shows up to investigate the murder, Kate is far from relieved; the two have clashed since she started working for the prosecutor's office. But when another man who knows the secret of Kate's past gets involved in the investigation, she learns that her life-and her son's-are in danger. Frantic, she realizes that she has nowhere to turn. Except, maybe, to Tom . . .
I really liked this one! Fast paced, great characters - - will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end....and what's more, a wonderful ending!
Characters were interesting, with a plot that takes them from wild teens to meet years later on opposite sides of the law. Loved the author's descriptions especially.Great romance woven into the plot.
Not my all time favorite Karen Robards book, but still a good one.
I thought Kat was a little wimpy in not figuring out that she could
solve her problem on her own. (She was an attorney, hello, anyone heard of
Why did it take the hero to figure that out for her?