Dr. Charlotte Stone Books In Publication Order
- The Last Victim (2012)
- The Last Kiss Goodbye (2013)
- Her Last Whisper (2014)
- The Last Time I Saw Her (2015)
The Guardian Books In Publication Order
- The Ultimatum (2017)
- The Moscow Deception (2018)
- The Fifth Doctrine (2019)
Banning Sisters Books In Publication Order
- Scandalous (2001)
- Irresistible (2002)
- Shameless (2010)
Jessica Ford Books In Publication Order
- Pursuit (2005)
- Justice (2011)
Pirates Books In Publication Order
- Island Flame (1981)
- Sea Fire (1982)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Forbidden Love (1983)
- Amanda Rose (1984)
- Dark Torment (1985)
- To Love a Man (1985)
- Wild Orchids (1986)
- Loving Julia (1986)
- Night Magic (1987)
- Desire in the Sun (1988)
- Dark of the Moon (1988)
- Tiger’s Eye (1989)
- Morning Song (1990)
- This Side of Heaven (1991)
- Green Eyes (1991)
- Nobody’s Angel (1992)
- One Summer (1993)
- Maggy’s Child (1994)
- Walking After Midnight (1995)
- Hunter’s Moon (1995)
- Heartbreaker (1996)
- The Senator’s Wife (1998)
- The Midnight Hour (1999)
- Ghost Moon (2000)
- Paradise County (2000)
- To Trust a Stranger (2001)
- Whispers at Midnight (2002)
- Beachcomber (2003)
- Bait (2004)
- Superstition (2005)
- Vanished (2006)
- Obsession (2007)
- Guilty (2008)
- Shattered (2010)
- Sleepwalker (2011)
- Manna From Heaven (2012)
- Shiver (2012)
- Hunted (2013)
- Hush (2014)
- Darkness (2016)
- The Black Swan of Paris (2020)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Wait Until Dark (2001)
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Karen Robards Books Overview
England, 1810: When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family’s riches will pass to the next male heir a distant cousin and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks fast.
Which she does. Pretending that Marcus is still alive, Gabby arranges beautiful Claire’s London season. She’ll keep up the pretense just long enough for Claire to marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives at the door and claims to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. For if she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own. Bound by secrets and lies, Gabby and the roguish adventurer strike sparks off each other and soon London society is abuzz over the Scandalous pair of ‘siblings’ who appear to be falling in love…
With this beautifully rendered romance, bestselling author Karen Robards begins a sweeping series about three unforgettable sisters poised to take the ton by storm.
Claire Banning fulfilled every debutante’s dream when she married a rich nobleman. Soon, however, the celebrated beauty realizes she wed a dissolute wastrel. Bitterly hurt and desperately lonely, Claire vows nonetheless to take her expected place in society. Then on a journey home to her husband’s estate on the coast of Sussex, she is abducted, and her life and her heart are changed forever. Hugh Battancourt a dark and dangerous nobleman who long ago turned his back on the ton and now leads a life secretly dedicated to his country’s service is determined not to be swayed by his prisoner’s beauty as they share a cabin on a ship bound for France. Lives depend on his retrieving from her a letter full of secrets she intends to turn over to the enemy. But even as Claire and Hugh engage in a battle of wits and wills, captor and captive find themselves drawn irresistibly to each other. Is it possible, Claire wonders, that she could discover the true meaning of love that has eluded her with this handsome stranger? One who will lay his life on the line in order to protect her from someone who is intent on placing Claire in the path of danger? With this sensual and entrancing tale, bestselling author Karen Robards continues her wonderful trilogy of three sisters taking their rightful place as the belles of Regency England’s ton.
In Regency England, a beautiful young woman finds her life thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a handsome scoundrel. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the ton as a heartbreaking flirt. Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation. A man of no morals, devoid of compassion, he is a governmentsanctioned assassin. And his newest target is a man Beth holds dear. When the flame haired beauty thwarts his plan, Neil exacts his own brand of spicy revenge. Beth despises him. Neil doesn t care. But circumstances most unexpectedly throw them together, and with Beth s life in danger, Neil finds himself in the unexpected role of hero, racing to save her before it s too late. What he never expects is the twist fate hands him: instead of his saving her, Beth winds up saving him. When the ruthless organization he works for turns its agents loose on him, only Beth stands between him and a death he thought he didn t fear. In a fight for their lives, Neil and Beth travel the British countryside, fleeing the ruthless killers out for Neil s blood, the men after Beth, and theirgrowing attraction to each other. Can Neil forgive himself for his past and accept Beth s love? Can Beth overcome her fear and trust Neil? Will she have to choose between him and her family? And most important, can they both survive long enough to begin a new life together? The third in the Banning Sisters trilogy that began with the New York Times bestsellers Scandalous and Irresistible, Shameless marks a dazzling return to historical fiction for Karen Robards.
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards weaves a complex tale of a political conspiracy at the highest level of government, with a steamy love affair between protector and prey. When rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets the call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at the illustrious law firm for which she works, she can tell he is well on his way to being drunk. He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer, at a Washington, D.C., hotel. Jess is thrilled: this high profile assignment must mean that she’s earned her boss s trust and she s on her way to bigger things. But unfortunately, bigger isn t always better. Jess doesn t remember much only that in the course of the late night meeting with Annette Cooper, she ended up in the backseat of a car, speeding off into the darkness. All Jess knows is that the car crashed en route, and the other three passengers were killed, including the First Lady. Badly injured, Jess is the only survivor of what is trumpeted around the world as a tragic accident. Although she has no memory about the events leading up to the accident, Jess is still bothered by one question: Was it really an accident? The Secret Service agent on the case, Mark Ryan, gets the feeling that Jess is hiding something. As his suspicions grow, Jess s world starts falling apart. First, she is brutally attacked in the hospital, barely escaping with her life. Then her boss dies under questionable circumstances. In fact, everyone who might possibly know the details about the First Lady s last few hours starts turning up dead. And then Jess understands: If she remembers that night, she ll be dead too. Terrified and certain that the First Lady s death was no accident, Jess has only Mark Ryan to turn to…
New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards is back with an exhilarating romantic thriller that will leave readers breathless. Feisty criminal attorney Jessica Ford has done her best to comply with the orders of the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program ever since she became the lone witness to the First Lady s murder. She changed her name, dyed her dark hair blonde, and traded her sturdy black rimmed glas*ses for contact lenses. Unfortunately, winning her first high profile case for prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm Ellis Hayes, and subsequently landing her face all over the news, is not exactly keeping a low profile. Or so says hunky Secret Service agent Mark Ryan, whose newest assignment despite Jess s stubborn protests is keeping her safe at all costs. It just so happens he s also her ex boyfriend. The trial earns Jess a permanent spot on the firm s elite legal defense team, replacing an associate who eloped suddenly and never came back. It s the chance of a lifetime. But Jess s mind has raced with questions from the moment the prosecution s star witness shocked the courtroom with an electrifying revelation involving the handsome son of a powerful U.S. senator. Was the pretty, young mother intimidated into changing her story on the stand? Why will she not return Jess s calls? Did Jess s ambitious predecessor on the case really just abandon her successful career? Or did both women mysteriously disappear? After Mark rescues Jess from an attacker outside her apartment, she begins to consider the possibility that she is a target. Maybe it s not so bad to have her irresistibly charming and hard bodied former lover around for protection. Maybe. The question is, which of the many inadvertent enemies Jess has made recently is he protecting her from? The investigation leads her to some startling coincidences and to a teenage runaway who may just hold the missing link…
if Jess can find her. As Jess hurtles closer to the truth and the sexual tension between her and Mark grows hotter than ever she finds herself in a race against the clock to find the answers before what she doesn t know gets them both killed.
Bestselling, award winning author Karen Robards brings to life two extraordinary characters an aristocratic beauty and a notorious pirate in a love story that sizzles with passionate adventure and unbridled desire…
. Lady Catherine Aldley was en route to London when pirates attacked her ship. Just in time, Captain Jonathan Hale rescued her from his own men, sweeping her into his arms, staking his claim on the pampered daughter of England’s ambassador to Portugal. All Catherine had were her wits and the will to beat her captor at his own game. His searing kisses kindled unfamiliar passions, but she vowed to make him her prisoner of desire…
. He was a legendary pirate, daring, triumphant, free. Jonathan Hale never took captives and always escaped until he saw the headstrong beauty he couldn’t leave behind. She was fire and ice, a lady outraged, a tigress in his arms. Cathy refused to be treated like chattel, yet yielded to his sensual invasion as she conquered his body and soul. She made loving truly dangerous, exposing his deepest fears and his mutinous heart…
The tempestuous saga of Lady Catherine Aldley and the pirate Jonathan Hale that began in Island Flame now continues in Sea Fire…
What can a beautiful captive say to a handsome, ruthless pirate?He was her husband, her lover, the pirate who seized her body, then stole her heart. Lady Catherine Aldley fled England to make a home with the infamous Jonathan Hale in Carolina. But their perfect life was shattered when Cathy was summoned to England to her ailing father, and discovered that her marriage to Jonathan was a sham. He was a wanted man, one step from the gallows. The only way she could save him was to wed her despised cousin, to let Jonathan think she had betrayed their love. Anything but ‘no.’With a price on his head and vengeance in his soul, Jon Hale led a mutiny aboard the prison ship Cristobel and recaptured his faithless wife. Cathy could rile his blood as no other. The fire in her eyes infuriated and beguiled him. Cathy said she hated him, yet melted at his touch even as Jon tried to despise what he most desired. Then fate threatened to part them forever and Jon risked his life to rescue the woman he could not live without…
. Bestselling, award winning author Karen Robards once again brings us dazzling adventure and unforgettable characters in a searing saga of passion, seduction, and dangerous love. Karen Robards is the author of twenty two novels. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, their three sons, and a sizable menagerie.
He was her guardian, absentee landlord of her neglected life until Megan Kinkead returned to Maam’s Cross Court, determined to make Justin Brant notice her. She finally commanded the attention of the sixth Earl of Weston when she burst into his room and caught him stark naked in the tub. Suddenly she knew a woman’s hunger and a woman’s needs…
. Forbidden Kisses…
When had the scrawny brat from hell become a fiery, raven haired, violet eyed temptress? Justin told himself she was still a child as she offered him a seductive yet innocent kiss. He tried to remind himself that he was her guardian, her protector. But the flashfire desire that blazed between them ignited a love neither had ever known before. Then he told her he was married…
. Forbidden Secrets…
Bestselling, award winning author Karen Robards sweeps us into Ireland’s lush landscape in this spellbinding novel of a headstrong young beauty and her aristocratic guardian, torn between passion, propriety, and…
Impetuous English beauty Lady Amanda Rose was determined to escape the loveless marriage that her cruel stepbrother would impose on her. She never imagined that a mysterious rogue from the new world would be the man to change her destiny.
Gentle, highborn Sarah Markham is not prepared for the proud Irish rebel to burst into her life. Sentenced to exile for acts perpetrated against the Crown, Dominic Gallagher will do anything to convince this timid Australian lady that only he can fulfill her hopes and dreams. Reissue.
To Love a Man
Hunting for a hot story in Africa, journalist Lisa Collins finds more than she bargains for when masculine and rugged Sam Eastman comes to her rescue after she is attacked by terrorists. Reissue.
A blistering romantic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit. Far from her sensible life as an English teacher in Kansas, Lora looks forward to a relaxing vacation in Cancun. But fate thwarts her careful plans when a darkly handsome American named Max jumps into her car with a loaded gun.
You’ll have to learn to speak, to dress, to conduct yourself as a lady’. Sebastian, the Earl of Moorland, icily intoned his orders to the cockney commoner who eyed him defiantly. Fate had brought the saucy Jewel Combs far from her shivering, dockside existence to the mansion on Grosvenor Square. Now she was about to be renamed ‘Julia Stratham’, in the Earl’s outlandish stand against his domineering mother. His plan: to transform this diamond in the rough into a glittering gem worthy of the family name. But even as Jewel is swept up in all there is to know and the critical gaze of her handsome patron she unknowingly imparts a few lessons of her own. The Earl of Moorland is about to learn that although his ‘Julia’ is no lady, she is all woman…
and one with whom he can’t resist falling madly, unexpectedly, and passionately in love.
An exciting and passionate contemporary romance about novelist Clara Winston, a woman who creates strong heroes and hopes to meet one someday. But after members of the KGB appear at her door thinking that she knows CIA agent Jack McCain who has the same nickname as one of her fictional heroes, she finds herself on the run with Jack and her life really turns into an adventure.
Desire in the Sun
Joss San Pietro was raised a gentleman but was cruelly betrayed. Held captive and enslaved, the proud man’s fate now rests in the gentle hands of an extraordinary lady Lilah Remy, a beautiful pampered daughter of privilege. For a strange destiny has cast them together on tempestuous seas, and shipwrecked and alone they must courageously face desperate trials and dangerous truths and a bold, forbidden love that can only blossom in paradise.
Dark of the Moon
Caitlyn was an orphaned beauty with no future until the rugged outlaw nobleman rescued her from the streets. And now they ride together in the shadows of the night on the run from corrupt minions of the law emboldened by the exhilarating heat of the chase…
and by a love as wild and free as the wind on the moors. Caitlyn has vowed she will never forsake Connor, her brave champion, her sensuous lover. But to save Connor, she must now betray him. Yet the proud lady can never betray the passion that joins their hearts…
and draws Connor into harm’s way to rescue his cherished love once more.
Lady Isabella St. Just is shocked to learn the identity of the daring champion who comes to her aid for the man who rescues her from desperate felons is none other than Alec Tyron, the notorious king of London’s underworld. Now she is beholden to an outlaw who is respected and feared throughout the city and stunned by her own intense desire for this dark man of mystery. Fate has united these strangers from opposite lives the beautiful aristocrat and the brazen criminal outlaw. And now that the flame has been lit, no power on Earth will quench the fire of their passion…
or destroy a love that society cannot allow.
An innocent Mississippi wildflower in the early bloom of womanhood, headstrong Jessie Lindsay will do anything to thwart the charming, enigmatic fortune hunter who has come to wed her widowed stepmother. But there is far more to Stuart Edwards than Jessie first imagines. And in the heat of a blistering Southern summer, the handsome riverboat gambler will awaken feelings she has never known and share with her his dangerous secrets as reckless, undeniable desire propels them both toward scandal, possible ruin…
and impossible love.
This Side of Heaven
Defiantly beautiful, Caroline Wetherby stepped ashore in a land so wild and fierce, she trembled. She had come seeking refuge with the last of her family, but her sister was dead. Waiting to greet her were pious Pilgrims, warring Indians, howling wolves, a boisterous household of men and boys…
and him, her rugged, unwelcoming brother in law, Matt Mathieson. Caroline wanted to hate Matt as she hated all men. After her father’s death, she’d been eager to escape England. But as daughter of a gambler and a gypsy, her flamboyant ways and healing skills tempted disaster in the sanctimonious Connecticut Colony. And putting herself in the hands of a big, handsome stranger tempted something far more dangerous emotions she couldn’t resist, kisses she couldn’t forget, and a future that could bring ruin…
or a journey to heaven on earth in his arms.
Anna Traverne will never forget that evening back in England when a bold intruder stole into her chambers a dark and daring jewel thief who came for treasures and inflamed her passions with a brazen caress. She thwarted the dashing rogue then. But now Julian Chase has followed her halfway around the world. Julian has come to take what he believes is rightfully his. And he has vowed to have his tender, sensuous revenge on the enchanting, silver blond angel who robbed him of his birthright…
and purloined his heart in a single, unparalleled moment.
In Carolina Colony, the community admired Susannah Redmon, plain eldest daughter of the preacher. Her herbal healing skills made her an angel of mercy, her determination held together the family’s farm, and her strong will always got her what she wanted even the buying of a man. But no suitor had ever courted her…
Ian Connelly, Marquis of Derne, had been betrayed, branded a criminal, and beaten. Still defiant, he had been indentured and transported to the Colonies, where a bossy, primly proper woman had bought him! But he alone saw the strength of her character, the gold in her tawny hair, and, in her eyes, the fire of her long hidden desire…
Now Susannah ‘owned’ this magnificently handsome rogue, but it was his passion that could free her imprisoned, lonely heart. From the frontier South to society London or even to hell itself, with her body she would worship him and with her soul she would love him, for she was…
He was pure, unadulterated trouble. Johnny Harris is home again, his too tight jeans and damn your eyes belligerence honed to perfection by a ten year stretch in federal prison for murder. Now he’s out on parole and ready for the job Rachel Grant has promised to help him begin a new life. Unlike the rest of the town, Rachel has always believed in her former student’s innocence. But one thing has changed…
The sullenly handsome boy she remembers is still sullen, still handsome…
but no longer a boy. And now the small Kentucky town is alive with gossip and whispers of a scandal, as friendship turns to passion and Rachel abandons a lifetime of propriety in the ex con’s arms. Then the killer strikes again. All evidence points to Johnny Harris, but Rachel knows he is innocent. And she knows she is next…
as a shattering truth is uncovered and dark passions explode in the relentless summer heat. From the Paperback edition.
She was Mrs. Lyle Forrest now, the coolly elegant wife of Louisville’s most prominent publisher, the slum girl whose dreams and nightmares came true the night she married the multimillionaire old enough to be her father. For twelve years Maggy played the role of beautiful, devoted wife, the burnished jewel in Lyle’s crown, mother of the child he adored. She did it for David, the son who could never know the price she paid to protect him, would never see her scars…
Suddenly Maggy’s hard won control shattered when Nick King came back to claim her. It was twelve years since they’d parted, twelve years of fear and loathing at the hands of Lyle Forrest. She couldn’t afford to remember the soul searing passion she’d known so long ago in the arms of the only man she’d ever loved. She must think of David, her son, Lyle’s most potent weapon, and not of the man she could never forget, Nick, who’s returned to set her free…
A riveting novel of love, lust, and savagery in Kentucky’s bluegrass country a spellbinding story of a mother’s sacrifice, a dynasty’s power, and one man’s passion to reclaim the woman who was born to be his.
Walking After Midnight
The nude male body lay on the embalming table, battered beyond recognition. Gingerly, Summer McAfee, chairman, CEO, and sole employee of Daisy Fresh cleaning service, reached out to touch an arm to reassure herself that she hadn’t just seen the corpse move. Suddenly, shockingly, her hand was in the viselike grip of a man very much alive and desperate enough to take her captive on a no holds barred run from cops, killers, and his own decidedly complicated past…
Summer’s former life as a New York lingerie model had gone south with her marriage, leaving her, at thirty six, single and back home in Tennessee, on her hands and knees scrubbing other people’s bathrooms. But the drab present vanishes in a flash as she’s forced to flee into the Tennessee wilds with the stranger she calls Frankenstein, first as his captive, then his companion, as they run from the enemies determined to destroy them both straight into a raging passion that could only be the last laugh of fate…
Molly Ballard was desperate. It wasn’t easy caring for two brothers and two sisters, and keeping a roof over their heads. She needed money more than ever. Yet in a fit of anger she quit her job as a groom at the posh Wyland Farm in Kentucky’s rich turf and then stole out of the tack room with $5,000 in FBI cash. So when Agent Will Lyman catches her in a lie, she agrees to cooperate in a sting. She’ll do anything to protect her family, to shield the secrets of her past, and guard her heart from further hurt. Molly will even spy for Will and let him pose as her lover. But soon the passion they pretend becomes searingly real as they court danger in bluegrass country and cross the path of a killer who will stop at nothing under a Hunter’s Moon.
A woman. Her teenage daughter. A handsome, laid back, chauvinistic rancher. And the savagery of unseen forces at large in the mountain wilds of Utah. New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards is here at her passionate best as she tracks the perils of the wilderness, the hidden face of violence, and most awesome of all the powerful feelings that evolve between men and women when lives are at stake. Lynn Nelson is beautiful, harried and divorced. A thirty five year old single mother, she agrees to help chaperone her teenage daughter Rory and nineteen other girls on a wilderness trip. It seems pretty simple at first: the trip is sponsored by Adventure Incorporated, the weather is fine, and nothing is more troublesome than the minor skirmishes that sometimes flare up between girls and their mothers. Except that there’s more lurking along these mountain trails than adolescent hormones. Lynn and Rory find themselves set apart from the rest of the group, with only outfitter Jess Feldman for protection he with the blazing baby blues, and the more than slightly macho attitude that women can’t handle the outdoors. Normally Jess would be protection enough, but surrounding the trio is a danger far more menacing than any of them realizes the face of an unknown and all too real evil is at large. As this terrifying ordeal plays itself out, the sparks that fly between Jess and Lynn make for a passion every bit as dramatic as the twisted trails of the majestic Uinta mountain range.
The Senator’s Wife
A public scandal. A private torment. A love that changed everything Ronnie Honneker is The Senator’s Wife. When she fell for the dashing politician, the stars in her eyes kept her from seeing his flaws. And when she discovered his constant need for other women, it was already too late. Now all the glamour of politics can’t make up for Ronnie’s loneliness or her husband’s affairs. Especially the one that explodes into a media sex scandal. Pursued by reporters, Ronnie reluctantly lets handsome political strategist Tom Quinlan clean up the mess. She agrees to publicly stand by her man until after the next election. Privately, she is in turmoil, and falling passionately in love with Tom. As Ronnie and Tom seek shelter in each other, suddenly the unexpected happens. The senator’s violent death thrusts Ronnie into the spotlight as the leading suspect in his murder. Now only one thing can prove Ronnie’s innocence: the whole shocking truth…
The Midnight Hour
Called ‘one of the most popular voices in women’s fiction’ by Newsweek, author Karen Robards follows up The Senator’s Wife a bestseller on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today lists with her heart stopping new novel, The Midnight Hour.
Judge Grace Hart seems to have it all: a successful career, a bright, beautiful teenage daughter, and a comfortable home in a quiet Ohio suburb. But beneath the placid veneer, darker truths lie waiting: Her daughter is testing the limits of Grace’s patience, exploring a world of liquor and drugs, and a stranger has begun lurking about, threatening their safety and peace of mind.
Unnerved by the prospect of a stalker, Grace calls the police and that’s where Detective Tony Marino comes in. But his presence creates as much confusion as it does security. While outwardly they seem to be opposites, the undercurrents of a romantic attraction between them are undeniable. When it becomes clear that the stalker has the power to destroy all that Grace holds dear, Grace and Tony join forces to stop him, soon learning that any hope for their future will require a reckoning with the past.
Karen Robards pulls out all the stops to create her most nerve shattering book to date, keeping readers breathless and guessing what will come next until the very last page.
From the Hardcover edition.
Karen Robards, the New York Times bestselling author of The Senator’s Wife and The Midnight Hour, has written her most compelling novel yet in Ghost Moon, a mesmerizing, powerful tale of forbidden love, family intrigue, and a proud woman’s return to the dark secrets of her past. Olivia Morrison, raised by her affluent stepfather John Archer on a lavish estate in Louisiana, enjoyed a life of privilege until she ran off with a cowboy and left the wealthy Archers behind. Years later, with her eight year old, Sara, in tow, Olivia returns to that long ago estate a prodigal daughter returning home, unsure of what she’ll find there. Olivia thinks she is prepared for a chilly reception, but she doesn’t expect the emotions that churn when she comes face to face again with Seth, her older stepcousin, to whom she had once been so close. Seth, himself the father of a daughter and engaged to be married, is still disturbingly, dangerously, attractive. Olivia must contend, too, with the powerful emotions evoked by the past, and with a flood of dreams about her mother’s death by drowning so many years before. When a new danger threatens her and her daughter, Olivia must face down her old demons, and find the courage to confront her new ones, in order to rebuild a new life with her little girl and with the man she loves.
The rolling fields of Shelby County are home to some of the finest horseflesh and bluest blood in Kentucky. With its rural beauty and tranquil lifestyle, it is easy to see why the locals call it Paradise County. But beneath the serene exterior lies a dark underside, and an evil that threatens everyone who touches it. Alexandra Haywood and her younger sister, Neely, have always loved Whistledown, the family’s magnificent Shelby County horse farm. After their billionaire father’s sudden and tragic death, the devastated Alex returns to Whistledown to try to make peace with her memories and to oversee the selling of their gorgeous home. For the family fortune is now a shambles and, like almost everything else the Haywoods own, Whistledown has to go. But Joe Welch, the sexy, handsome farm manager, refuses to cooperate. When Alex fires him, he tells her he has an unbreakable contract and can’t be let go. For years Joe has worked to make Whistledown’s stables flourish while he struggled to keep his own dreams alive, and no rich rhymes with witch is going to threaten his livelihood or his family life. Ever since his wife betrayed him years ago, Joe has raised his three kids alone and did it damn well. Now, his always dependable sixteen year old son Eli has become hopelessly infatuated with teenage wild child Neely. Joe refuses to let his boy get caught up with Neely a nose stud and penchant for illegal substances among her less desirable traits and he tells Alex in no uncertain terms. Sparks of rage give way to a fiery attraction when Joe and Alex meet head on. But just as a volatile passion begins flaring between them, the discovery of a shocking murder with ties to the past rocks the county and cuts frighteningly close to home when Neely and Eli disappear. Alex and Joe have only each other to rely on as they search frantically for their loved ones. What they don’t know is that they are racing against time, too. Because the evil that lurks beneath the bucolic surface of Paradise County has once again raised its gruesome head and now Alex is targeted as the next victim.
To Trust a Stranger
Karen Robards, who delivered ‘a racy read’ Cosmopolitan in her acclaimed besteller Paradise County, once again electri es the page with hardwired passion and thrilling suspense in this heart pounding new novel. Suspicion. It burned through every nerve and ber of Julie Carlson the heartbreaking, infuriating suspicion that her husband was having an affair. To the rest of the world, Sid Carlson was a wealthy contractor with friends in highly in uential places. But to Julie, he was a man who had cheated on their marriage vow and she knew she had to take desperate measures. Who can she trust? Heartbroken by her husband, Julie turns to a handsome stranger. Mac McQuarry knew better than to mix women and work: the private detective had tracked enough cheating spouses to know unbridled desire usually has no good end. And he had enough trouble of his own: the disgraced former cop had been bumped way down to his current status after an explosive shakedown of the Charleston police department. But when Julie Carlson hires him, Mac can’t resist. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, but her husband, a longtime enemy, was a player in Mac’s inglorious downfall and he’d love nothing more than to catch the corrupt jerk with his pants down, so to speak. But what begins as a run of the mill assignment spiced by a ery irtation with beautiful Julie suddenly spirals into a harrowing race for survival. Tracking the Carlsons’ car down a lonely road one night, Mac witnesses an incredible hit that targeted Julie and suddenly Mac and Julie have become the hunted. With the mob and the police in hot pursuit, they can rely only on each other as they crash their way through a maze of buried secrets and deadly deceptions.
Whispers at Midnight
From New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, whom Newsweek magazine calls ‘one of the most popular voices in women’s fiction,’ comes a thrilling new novel of romantic suspense set in a sultry small southern town. Carly Linton is hell bent on starting over. After a bruising divorce, she moves back to her tiny hometown of Benton, Georgia, to start up a bed and breakfast in the old house she inherited from her grandmother. The whole town remembers her as the proverbial good girl, but Carly is tired of being good she’s ready to walk on the wide side, and she knows exactly where she wants to start. Matt Converse, the town’s former bad boy, is now the local sheriff and a pillar of the community. But he hasn’t forgotten his wild days, or the magical night of the senior prom he shared with Carly years ago. When Carly’s dog unearths a dead body on her property, Matt is forced to spend time there, and Carly decides to use her newfound wiles to seduce him. But when someone breaks into Carly’s house and tries to take her away, Matt is the only person who can protect her from a mysterious enemy who’s making it all too clear that Carly should never have come back to Benton. Richly suspenseful, tightly plotted, and deeply sensual, Whispers at Midnight is Karen Robards at her scintillating best.
From New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards comes a thrilling new novel of suspense and steamy seaside sensuality set in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where a serial killer combs the beaches filled with beautiful female tourists for his next victim. Christy Petrino hadn’t planned on a vacation on Ocracoke Island, but when she learns her fianc and boss, suave Michael DePalma, is a ‘made man’ and the Philadelphia law firm where she works is a front for the mob, she breaks her engagement and quits her job. But no one walks away from the DePalma family business so easily…
. Only if she delivers a locked briefcase to a motel on Ocracoke Island will she and her mother and sisters be free. But after clandestinely making her drop off late at night, Christy suspects she is being followed on the moonlit beach and unwittingly runs into a new kind of terror. Now a witness at the center of a homicide investigation, Christy learns the police are hunting a serial killer they refer to as the ‘Beachcomber‘ because beautiful young women women who in fact resemble her have disappeared recently while vacationing at nearby beach communities. Christy doesn’t know whom to fear more a serial killer who believes she might be able to identify him, or the DePalma family, whose tentacles she can’t seem to escape. Only when she’s with Luke Rand, her big surfer dude next door neighbor, does she feel safe. But with Luke’s asking so many questions about her ex fianc and his showing up almost too conveniently whenever danger strikes, she can’t help but wonder if his interest in her is due to more than sexual attraction. Can she trust this handsome stranger to help her survive a hot and deadly summer? Karen Robards creates a tour de force of passion and suspense in this scintillating page turner, the quintessential summertime read.
Blazing romance and page turning suspense a hot holiday read from a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller It’s a business trip that takes advertising agency owner Maddie Fitzgerald to New Orleans, but it is hardly business as usual when a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her. Barely escaping with her life, she soon finds herself face to face with FBI agent Sam McCabe. Unnerved by his questions and his good looks Maddie is told she’s been targeted by an elusive killer whom McCabe has been tracking for weeks. Yet when a woman with the same name, staying at the same hotel is found murdered, and it appears her attack was a case of mistaken identity, a shaken Maddie is given the all clear to go home. McCabe is ruffied, not just by Maddie’s sexiness, but by an inescapable feeling that’s she’s got something to hide. So when she is attacked for the second time, McCabe insists that the only way to catch the killer is to use her as bait. Maddie is far from happy about it, but has little choice. Reluctantly, she allows McCabe to shadow her…
Such close proximity causes their obvious chemistry to develop into a romance. But can they mix business with pleasure and still keep an eye on the ‘trap’. And can Maddie’s secret remain a secret forever? A sexy, suspenseful new thriller from ‘one of the most popular voices in women’s fiction’ Newsweek
Sparks fly between a police chief and a reporter who are thrown together when a brutal killer comes out of hiding after fifteen years. Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Sunny, idyllic, and picture perfect, until a tabloid news program airs a splashy segment about the community’s only unsolved murder the grisly stabbing of teenager Tara Mitchell and the subsequent disappearance of her two best friends, both thought to be long dead. In the years since the murders, several families have moved into the mansion where the crime occurred, each claiming that the dead girls still haunt the house. Beautiful redheaded reporter Nicole Sullivan, sensing the story that could be her big break, arranges for her mother, a renowned psychic, to contact the three victims via a live siance on the show Twenty four Hours Investigates. But something goes terribly wrong during the segment, and a young woman is murdered in the exact same manner as Tara Mitchell was fifteen years earlier. Pressured by her producers to get the inside story, Nicole is ordered to continue to investigate. As an attraction grows between Nicole and police chief Joe Franconi, another identical murder occurs, along with a menacing note warning that the original killer is back to claim three more lives. The body count rises, and so does the danger to Nicole, who is attacked, barely escaping with her life. She and Joe are forced to join forces as it becomes clear that the killer has set his sights on Nicole as his next victim. Tightly plotted and deeply suspenseful, Superstition is Karen Robards’s most captivating work yet.
Seven years ago, Sarah Mason’s five year old daughter Vanished during an outing at a park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Despite a frantic search, little Lexie was never found, and Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and go on the best she could. Then, one hot August night, Sarah comes home to hear the phone ringing. When she picks it up, a child s terrified voice whispers, Mommy, help, come and get me…
The call is cut off, but not before Sarah s heart goes into overdrive: she is sure the voice belonged to Lexie. Five year old Lexie. Though seven years have passed, she sounds exactly the same. Frantic, Sarah turns to the police, the FBI, and her co workers at the County Prosecutor s office, none of whom takes the call seriously. The only person she can count on to help her is Jake Hogan, her closest friend in the world, the man who has provided a strong shoulder for her to lean on throughout the long search. A former FBI agent, Jake is now a P.I., and though he is skeptical about the authenticity of the call, the attraction he feels for Sarah pushes him to help her. He is convinced someone is deliberately tormenting the grief stricken mother. Their long friendship explodes into a romance as they try to figure out who, and why and what happened to Lexie. When the torment escalates to murder, Jake is the only one who can keep Sarah safe. Together, they are caught up in a nightmare search for Lexie that just might end with Sarah s death.
Katharine Lawrence has no idea what hit her. The attack came out of nowhere. Only hours earlier she had been enjoying a girls only weekend with an old college friend. Now she finds herself lying bound and gagged on her kitchen floor, staring with terrified eyes at her friend Lisa while two masked gunmen search her house for what? She doesn t know. She knows only that, unless they can escape, whatever it is they are searching for could end up getting both her and Lisa killed. But Katharine’s nightmare is just beginning. When she awakens in the hospital, her nose crushed, her body battered, her brain tells her that things aren t right and it s not the attack that s disorienting her. She doesn t recognize herself when she looks in the mirror: her slim body, her manicured hands, her blond bob. And the smiling, handsome doctor at her bedside Dr. Dan Howard is familiar, but in a totally unfamiliar way. Perhaps the trauma of the attempt on her life has given her some kind of weird amnesia. She s twenty nine, the special assistant to the head of the CIA, and she s lucky to be alive. She also knows she can trust no one. Acting on instinct, Katharine runs for her life, with Dan, her newfound protector, at her side. By turns grateful and unnerved by his presence, and unable to shake a feeling of profound dread, she allows him to spirit her to a secluded safe house. Instead of finding a haven, they stumble into a tangled web of government conspiracy, and Katharine is left confused, frightened, and desperate to uncover the truth. As the pair is drawn further into this shadowy world where almost nothing is as it seems, as fear gives way to a firestorm of attraction, the cat and mouse game grows more deadly, and soon both their lives are at stake.
One cold November night when Kat Kominski 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. Thirteen years later, Kat now Kate White has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with a nine year old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA’s office. But her dark past returns to haunt her when she walks into court one day and has a devastating encounter with a prisoner, Mario Castellanos, one of her companions from that terrible night. Hardcore criminal Mario is facing a possible sentence of twenty years. He lets Kate know that he is counting on her, his old friend turned prosecutor, to make sure he goes free instead. If Kate doesn t do what he wants, he ll claim she was the one who killed the off duty cop. Kate is in a bind: If the truth about her past gets out, she stands to lose everything, including her son. But she can t do what Mario wants, either. As Mario ups his demands, blackmailing and terrorizing her, she is forced to turn for protection to a sexy homicide detective, Tom Braga, who suspects her of something. The two clash repeatedly as Tom keeps digging into her past, trying to learn the truth. Then another, far more menacing, threat rears its head, and Kate realizes that her life and her son s are in terrible danger. Frantic, she sees that she has nowhere to turn. Except, maybe, to Tom .
The past is never over. It just gets dusty. Lisa Grant was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, when the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, she takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job was Scott’s fond feelings for her mother, who treated him well when he was just a farmhand on the Grants’ large horse farm while Lisa was growing up. After she misses an important court date, Lisa doesn’t get any special treatment from Scott. As punishment, he sends her to organize cold-case files in the baseme*nt of the courthouse. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but that when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family – father, mother, and two children – disappeared without a trace more than twenty-eight years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin. Before Lisa can learn more, a series of catastrophes strikes close to home, and she realizes that finding the photo has put her in terrible danger. Determined to uncover the truth, she confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something beyond that of employer and employee. Together they unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could shatter what Lisa knows of her past. And it’s clear someone will go to shocking lengths to make sure certain secrets stay hidden.
It’s not that Micayla Lange is afraid of the clinking she hears coming from the first floor of the empty McMansion she s housesitting for her uncle Nicco. She s a cop, after all. It s just that finding out her boyfriend was cheating on her was enough drama for one night. Now she s alone on New Year s Eve, wearing flannel pajamas and wielding a Glock 22 as she zeroes in on the unmistakable source of the sound: Uncle Nicco s private office. Jason Davis steals things for a living, so unexpected developments are a natural part of the job. Getting caught red handed by a hot, pigtail sporting police officer in what is supposed to be a gangster s deserted house is just one more twist in the game. Kind of like finding incriminating photos in Nicco Marino s safe, only to discover the cop and the security cameras have gotten a real good look at his face. Unfortunately for Mick, she also got a good look at the damned pictures. Her uncle might love her like family, but if he knows she s seen evidence that implicates him in the murder of a city councilman, she doesn t like her chances. Which is why she s having a hard time reconciling her professional instincts with what she is rapidly concluding is an inescapable fact: She s about to help a criminal get away with a suitcase full of stolen money. And she s going with him. Mick and Jason s race for their lives hurtles them through the dangerous Michigan wilderness on speedboat and snowmobile. As their adventure heats up and their enemies close in, Mick is torn between her duty to the force and the combustible passion engulfing her and her unlikely partner in crime. She ll have to turn Jason in sooner or later…
if they survive. But will they ever get a second chance at love?
Wait Until Dark
When the sun goes down, the mood is right for heart pounding romantic suspense! Wait Until Dark A sizzling, stay up all night anthology featuring the national bestselling and award winning talents of four sensational storytellers! KAREN ROBARDS Danger and desire ignite when Charlotte Bates drives straight into a DEA agent’s hot pursuit of a drug smuggler. But when the lawman takes Charlie hostage, an electrifying adventure begins…
. ANDREA KANE An architect inherits the house of her dreams a mansion by the sea only to find that someone will do anything to keep her away…
. LINDA ANDERSON When a killer targets her book club friends, a small town librarian sees a handsome visiting professor in a new light: is he her happy ending? Or a fatal attraction? MARIAH STEWART Coming home to Montana after a stalker’s attack, a model finds an old love rekindled and a safe place for healing. Until her attacker finds her…