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'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.

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  • Susan
  • 12-12-13

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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  • Linda
  • 18-01-16

Whatever happened to theater of the mind?

Was the author paid by the word? First download was good. In the second download it was chapter after chapter of sexual description. A textbook in case there is anyone who hasn't already read one. I didn't bother to finish. After six chapters ( I repeatedly skipped ahead) I got bored. It's nice to leave something to the imagination.

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  • Diana
  • 23-12-13

Nearly six stagnant hours

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.

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  • Teresa
  • 05-11-15

Defiantly a Romance.

I really like most of Karen Robards mystery/romance books and this one I liked, but I didn't love it. Not my favorite book by this author but still a good romance anyway. My favorites by Karen Robards are One Summer and Whispers at Midnight, but I tend to like all of her newer books she has written. My only problem with Hunted was that I love the movie The Negotiator and I watch it every year or so. So I kept comparing this book to the movie. Luckily the story moves away from the negotiating part and goes into the swamps so I didn't compare them too much. So if you’re a fan of Karen Robards you won't go wrong with this book. Narrators both are excellent narrators that I have listened to before and have enjoyed them.

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  • Debbie W. Rayl
  • 20-03-17

Really enjoyed

What did you love best about Hunted?

The story wove an intricate storyline without ever dragging or becoming boring. Reader was ver y good, also. Enjoyed it enough to look for others by this author.

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  • Emily
  • 08-12-16

Perfect for a road trip!

Would you consider the audio edition of Hunted to be better than the print version?

No, I always prefer reading when I have the time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunted?

Trying to figure out how they were going to get out of the situation alive!

What about MacLeod Andrews and Cassandra Campbell ’s performance did you like?

The really brought the charaters to life. The one thing that was anoying was the accent. If you can't do the accent properly, just. don't. do. it!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it was interesting...but no feels -_-

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  • Jacqueline Taylor
  • 14-09-16

Good for a drinking game

This is in desperate need of a thesaurus. If you take a shot every time the word "sexy" or "hot" is spoken, you will be plastered before you get halfway through. Narration is great, but story is weak. Didn't help that the female lead is annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-16

A miss for me...

I normally greatly enjoy KB books. This one as others have said started out great... But then fell flat with chapter after chapter in the middle either describing the "hotness" of each character, stupid "see I can get away" ploys or sex. I'm all for sex but when it becomes the story..well that's a problem. The ending ...well it was ok.. But it was too quickly and neatly wrapped up.. Too convenient ... I guess I just think it would have worked so much better if the reader could have been on that ride ..the unravelling of the bad guys... maybe drawn the timeline out.. Seen the progression of the "solving" rather than told ...anyway it was ok but I much prefer other books by this author.

As an aside... The narration was good ..loved having a female/male playing the roles but for god sake you can't have the female narrator become the hero's voice every other chapter when a male narrator is being used when speaking from the hero's POV. It's very distracting and takes away from the listening experience. Better to have only one narrator if you can't consistently keep the male and female voices with the same individual ...

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  • Empress Karen
  • 16-10-14

Good Robards, Fans!

If you could sum up Hunted in three words, what would they be?

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!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

I was happily surprised at this book.

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  • JC
  • 01-09-14

Not the best but not the worst either

Would you try another book from Karen Robards and/or MacLeod Andrews and Cassandra Campbell ?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Karen Robards before, how does this one compare?

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.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. They did a good job

What would have made this romance irresistible?

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.

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