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Karen Robards - Author

About the Author

Karen Robards is the internationally bestselling author of over forty romantic suspense novels, which have regularly appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others. She is the mother of three boys and lives with her family in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. You can find out more at www.karenrobards.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenRobards or follow her on Twitter @TheKarenRobards.

Featured books by Karen Robards

Hush

Hush

Author: Karen Robards Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2015

When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she's sure it's no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone's out for blood - specifically someone Jeff's father ripped off in one of the biggest financial fraud cases of all time. She suspects that someone is trying to send a message to Jeff's father: tell me where the money is, or everyone you care about will die. Riley's in-laws might be billionaires, but she's afraid that not even their dirty money can protect her from an irate investor who will stop at nothing to get his hands on his misappropriated cash. Enter Finn Bradley, Philly-based FBI agent and, once upon a time, Riley's love interest. Finn agrees to help Riley, and the two reignite sparks they both thought were extinguished long ago. But can they discover the killer's identity in time, before he resurfaces - and strikes again?

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Her Last Whisper

Her Last Whisper

Author: Karen Robards Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Now she's determined to stick to research - and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the 'Cinderella Killer', a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie's unique skills before it's too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane - and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland - Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena's sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate. But it's Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal lothario decides she's just his type ...

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The Last Kiss Goodbye

The Last Kiss Goodbye

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Dr Charlotte 'Charlie' Stone is a psychiatrist who explores the darkest territory of all: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It's a job she's uniquely suited for, thanks to the secret talent that gives her an uncanny edge - Charlie can see the spirits of the dead. This blessing - or curse - gives Charlie the power to hunt down madmen and murderers. It's also turned her love life upside down by drawing her into a hopelessly passionate relationship with the lingering ghost of a charismatic bad boy. But there's little time for romance when murder comes pounding at Charlie's door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie squarely in the sights of a sadistic predator nicknamed 'the Gingerbread Man.' Matching wits with this cunningly twisted opponent will require all of Charlie's expert skills. But even with her devilish 'guardian angel', not to mention her favourite flesh-and-blood Federal agent Tony Bartoli, watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man's horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees.

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Hunted

Hunted

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans Police Department's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different: the hostages include her father - the superintendent of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force in disgrace, and who is considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous. As police snipers arrive on the scene, Caroline has only a few moments left to persuade the hot-headed, reckless (and extremely handsome) Reed to turn himself in before anyone gets hurt. But when the SWAT team runs out of patience and launches an attack, Reed manages to escape - taking Caroline hostage in the chaos. He then tells her he's uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the police department and city government, and those involved will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing what he knows ...including murder. Now Caroline must question everything she thought she knew about her job and her city and join Reed on the run ...putting both her life - and her heart - in jeopardy.

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Hunted

Hunted

Author: Karen Robards Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans Police Department's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different: the hostages include her father - the superintendent of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force in disgrace, and who is considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous. As police snipers arrive on the scene, Caroline has only a few moments left to persuade the hot-headed, reckless (and extremely handsome) Reed to turn himself in before anyone gets hurt. But when the SWAT team runs out of patience and launches an attack, Reed manages to escape - taking Caroline hostage in the chaos. He then tells her he's uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the police department and city government, and those involved will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing what he knows ...including murder. Now Caroline must question everything she thought she knew about her job and her city and join Reed on the run ...putting both her life - and her heart - in jeopardy.

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Other books by Karen Robards

The Fifth Doctrine The Guardian Series Book 3

The Fifth Doctrine The Guardian Series Book 3

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2019

THE BRAND NEW ACTION-PACKED, FAST-PACED THRILLER FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLINGAUTHOR KAREN ROBARDS. PERFECT FOR FANS OF KAREN ROSE OR FILM RED SPARROW With her back against the wall, everything's on the line for Bianca St. Ives. She's either going to save the world-or die trying It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Ives, but now that they have, it's far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there's an offer on the table, a one-shot deal that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free as if they'd never found her. And all she has to do is run one last mission-the kind she might never return from. But if Bianca wants to go back to her normal life in Savannah, it's not like she has a choice . . . OR ORDER THE FIRST IN THE SERIES - THE ULTIMATUM - NOW

The Fifth Doctrine The Guardian Series Book 3

The Fifth Doctrine The Guardian Series Book 3

Author: Karen Robards Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2019

THE BRAND NEW ACTION-PACKED, FAST-PACED THRILLER FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN ROBARDS. PERFECT FOR FANS OF KAREN ROSE OR FILM RED SPARROW With her back against the wall, everything's on the line for Bianca St. Ives. She's either going to save the world-or die trying It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Ives, but now that they have, it's far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there's an offer on the table, a one-shot deal that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free as if they'd never found her. And all she has to do is run one last mission-the kind she might never return from. But if Bianca wants to go back to her normal life in Savannah, it's not like she has a choice . . . OR ORDER THE FIRST IN THE SERIES - THE ULTIMATUM - NOW

The Fifth Doctrine The Guardian Series Book 3

The Fifth Doctrine The Guardian Series Book 3

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2019

THE BRAND NEW ACTION-PACKED, FAST-PACED THRILLER FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN ROBARDS. PERFECT FOR FANS OF KAREN ROSE OR FILM RED SPARROW With her back against the wall, everything's on the line for Bianca St. Ives. She's either going to save the world-or die trying It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Ives, but now that they have, it's far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there's an offer on the table, a one-shot deal that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free as if they'd never found her. And all she has to do is run one last mission-the kind she might never return from. But if Bianca wants to go back to her normal life in Savannah, it's not like she has a choice . . . OR ORDER THE FIRST IN THE SERIES - THE ULTIMATUM - NOW

The Moscow Deception The Guardian Series Book 2

The Moscow Deception The Guardian Series Book 2

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

Action-packed, fact-paced thriller perfect for fans of KAREN ROSE and the RED SPARROW movie. Clever. Cunning. Highly skilled. There's only one Bianca St. Ives. And for her enemies, that's one too many. 'Move over, James Bond and Jack Reacher . . . ' Kingdom Books Bianca St. Ives - a highly skilled con-woman and thief - is in trouble. A revelation about her past has left her reeling, as well as making her the target of a network of assassins. Bianca was raised a fighter. She'll try and outsmart her pursuers, but if it's kill or be killed, she's got her finger flush against the trigger. But then Bianca's father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recovering a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen during World War II, and return it to Germany. The price paid if she succeeds - intel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury her for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you're already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow. ORDER THE NEXT IN THE SERIES, THE FIFTH DOCTRINE, NOW

The Moscow Deception The Guardian Series Book 2

The Moscow Deception The Guardian Series Book 2

Author: Karen Robards Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Action-packed, fact-paced thriller perfect for fans of KAREN ROSE and the RED SPARROW movie. Clever. Cunning. Highly skilled. There's only one Bianca St. Ives. And for her enemies, that's one too many. 'Move over, James Bond and Jack Reacher . . . ' Kingdom Books Bianca St. Ives - a highly skilled con-woman and thief - is in trouble. A revelation about her past has left her reeling, as well as making her the target of a network of assassins. Bianca was raised a fighter. She'll try and outsmart her pursuers, but if it's kill or be killed, she's got her finger flush against the trigger. But then Bianca's father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recovering a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen during World War II, and return it to Germany. The price paid if she succeeds - intel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury her for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you're already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow. ORDER THE NEXT IN THE SERIES, THE FIFTH DOCTRINE, NOW

The Moscow Deception The Guardian Series Book 2

The Moscow Deception The Guardian Series Book 2

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

The second electrifying novel in the Guardian series, by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards. Clever. Cunning. Highly skilled. There's only one Bianca St. Ives. And for her enemies, that's one too many. Bianca St. Ives was recently put through the wringer, but she came out the same way she always does-the way her father trained her to-hungry for a fight. Still navigating the fallout from a shocking revelation that's left a network of assassins' crosshairs trained on her, Bianca's ready to take fate into her own hands. It's kill or be killed, and she's got her finger flush against the trigger. But as Bianca races to outmaneuver her tireless pursuers, her father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recover King Priam's Treasure, a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen by the Russians during World War II, and return it to Germany. Impossible? Maybe for some, but a high-risk heist is all in a day's work for Bianca St. Ives, especially when there's intel on the line-intel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury Bianca for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when you're already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow.

Moscow Deception

Moscow Deception

Author: Karen Robards Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2018

Clever, cunning and highly skilledtheres only one Bianca St. Ives and dont you dare forget itBianca St. Ives was recently put through the wringer, but she came out the same way she always doesthe way her father trained her tohungry for a fight. Still navigating the fallout from a shocking revelation thats left a network of assassins crosshairs trained on her, Biancas ready to take fate into her own hands. Its kill or be killed, and shes got her finger flush against the trigger.But as Bianca races to outmaneuver her tireless pursuers, her father loops her in on a job that might just do the trick: recover King Priams Treasure, a collection of heavily guarded, priceless artifacts stolen by the Russians during World War II, and return it to Germany. Impossible? Maybe for some, but a high-risk heist is all in a days work for Bianca St. Ives, especially when theres intel on the lineintel that could finally bring down the shadowy forces seeking to bury Bianca for good. Faced with threats that circle closer with every move she makes, she knows the stakes have never been higher, but when youre already living on borrowed time, you have to hustle if you want to live to see tomorrow.

The Ultimatum The Guardian Series Book 1

The Ultimatum The Guardian Series Book 1

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2017

Action-packed, fact-paced thriller perfect for fans of Karen Rose and the RED SPARROW movie. The second book in the series, The Moscow Deception, is available to buy now Bianca St. Ives is smart, talented and beautiful. She's also a high-end thief, a master manipulator, a card shark, and a genius of disguise. A femme fatale Robin Hood running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole and giving it back to those who should rightfully have it, keeping a little for herself of course. Her father has prepared her well to carry on the family business, and now the prodigy has surpassed the master. Their latest mission didn't go to plan - millions of dollars and top secret government documents went missing, and her father was supposedly killed. But not everyone believes in his death, including the US government. They'll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives - a high-value target who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world - even if it means using Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminals for backup and her life on the line, it's up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened . . . and set it right, before it's too late. BUY BOOK TWO, THE MOSCOW DECEPTION, NOW

Ultimatum

Ultimatum

Author: Karen Robards Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2017

Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you willBianca St. Ives is the best in the business.Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls' hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.She's known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stoleand she's damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. But her latest gig had a little hiccupif you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the US government doesn't believe he's really dead. They'll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it's up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happenedand set it right, before it's too late.

The Ultimatum The Guardian Series Book 1

The Ultimatum The Guardian Series Book 1

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2017

The first thriller in the Guardian series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, perfect for fans of Karen Rose and Sandra Brown. Bianca St. Ives is smart, talented and beautiful. She's also a high-end thief, a master manipulator, a card shark, and a genius of disguise. A femme fatale Robin Hood running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole and giving it back to those who should rightfully have it. Her father has prepared her well to carry on the family business, and now the prodigy has surpassed the master. But her latest mission didn't go to plan - millions of dollars and top secret government documents went missing, and her father was supposedly killed. But not everyone believes in his death, including the US government. They'll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives - a high-value target who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world - even if it means using Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it's up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened . . . and set it right, before it's too late.

Darkness

Darkness

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2016

Beautiful, brilliant Dr Gina Solomon is one of a handful of scientists stationed on a remote island off the Arctic Circle. Out conducting research in the last few days before winter wraps the area in months-long darkness, she witnesses a small plane crash over the Bering Sea, and rescues a survivor from the wreckage - Mal Connolly. With a snowstorm stranding them unexpectedly, it's at least twenty-four hours before they return to the research station. When they do, Gina is horrified to discover that the rest of her party has been murdered. Whoever killed the scientists is still on the island, hunting Mal, who is a military weapons expert with a terrible secret. Someone will do anything to stop him from revealing what he knows. And now Gina is in danger too. With no escape until the plane comes for them the following week, Gina and Mal try to stay one step ahead of the killers, and discover a potent sexual chemistry... But will they get off the island before they are swallowed up in darkness forever?

The Last Time I Saw Her

The Last Time I Saw Her

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

In this world, Dr Charlotte Stone is an expert psychologist, helping to catch serial killers. In the next world, Charlotte's ghostly lover - wrongly executed killer Michael Garland - is facing death yet again: the ultimate annihilation of his soul. Can Charlie prove Michael's innocence and rescue him from total oblivion? A stranger has turned up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia - a man who could be Michael's identical twin. But the resemblance is only skin deep - behind the handsome face lurks the twisted mind of the real Southern Slasher, whose heinous crimes sent Michael to death row. Charlie intends to draw the truth out of the mysterious killer . . . whatever it takes. But Michael will move heaven and hell - even make a devil's bargain - for the chance to save Charlie's life, and feel her touch once more . . . maybe for the final time.

Darkness

Darkness

Author: Karen Robards Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2016

New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for 'fantastic storytelling'(RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life - and that of a handsome stranger - before they're swallowed up in darkness forever. BOOM. That's the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu's infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning - but what she doesn't see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there's a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina's help. The stranger is James Cal Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame. Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed - until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force on the Alaskan island. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

Darkness

Darkness

Author: Karen Robards Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for fantastic storytelling (RT Book Reviews) with this heart-pumping and nail-biting tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her lifeand that of a handsome strangerbefore theyre swallowed up in darkness forever.Ornithologist Dr. Gina Solomon, PhD, cant believe her good fortune when shes picked as one of a small group of Stanford University scientists lucky enough to be allowed to conduct research on Attu Island, Alaska. But a dream come true soon turns into a nightmare when she witnesses the horrifying break-up of a small plane. As the pieces rain down around her into the frigid waters of the Bering Sea, Gina heads toward the crash site looking for survivors and discovers James "e;Cal"e; Callahan. But when the two realize the plane crash wasnt an accidentand that the individuals responsible are still on the islandwill they escape before theyre swallowed up in darkness forever?Set against the harsh wilderness of Alaska, Darkness is yet another of Robardss scintillating romantic thrillers (Publishers Weekly) featuring the well-paced suspense and twists that has made Robards an icon in the romance genre.

Foc si gheata

Foc si gheata

Author: Karen Robards Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

Niciodata supusa unui viking... pentru totdeauna stapana inimii luiLady Brenna Carmarham, o tnA rA AYi frumoasA celtA , a fost mereu mai preocupatA de ndeletnicirile potrivite pentru un rA zboinic, dorindu-AYi sA fie pentru tatA l ei fiul pe care acesta nu l-a avut. nsA este se dovedeE te neputincioasA cnd pA rintele ei ncheie un pact cu un trib viking, prin care ea este promisA ca soA ie pentru fiul cA peteniei, n schimbul menA inerii pA cii. Dar toate planurile sunt date peste cap cnd, n urma unui raid neaAYteptat, Brenna este rA pitA AYi dusA pe tA rmurile ngheA ate ale vikingilor, ca sclavA pentru bA rbatul cA ruia credea cA i va fi soA ie. Brenna nu este femeia care sA accepte fA rA crcnire vitregiile sorA ii, aAYa cA jurA rA zbunare AYi promite cA niciodatA un stA pn barbar nu i va supune inima mndrA de celtA .Garrick Haardrad, puternicul fiu al cA peteniei vikinge, AYi-a pierdut ncrederea n femei AYi n dragoste cnd cea care urma sA -i devinA soA ie a ales cA sA toria din interes n locul iubirii. nsA captiva celtA oferitA de tatA l lui i trezeAYte sentimente pe care le credea dispA rute pentru totdeauna. Garrick AYi promite sA mblnzeascA frumuseA ea sA lbaticA , dar descoperA cA propria lui inimA este cuceritA de inteligenA a AYi de mndria tinerei celte.Brenna AYi Garrick trebuie sA treacA prin focul suferinA ei AYi al ndoielilor, ntr-o ncleAYtare a voinA elor de fier, nainte de a culege fructele unei iubiri pA timaAYe care va depA AYi toate barierele.

Hush

Hush

Author: Karen Robards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2015

When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she's sure it's no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone's out for blood - specifically someone Jeff's father ripped off in one of the biggest financial fraud cases of all time. She suspects that someone is trying to send a message to Jeff's father: tell me where the money is, or everyone you care about will die. Riley's in-laws might be billionaires, but she's afraid that not even their dirty money can protect her from an irate investor who will stop at nothing to get his hands on his misappropriated cash. Enter Finn Bradley, whose mission is to recover the money. Keeping Riley alive plays no part in it. But when Riley becomes his chief suspect, Finn finds himself playing bodyguard to the one woman who might know the truth - and at the same time can touch his life-hardened heart. Then the question becomes, will they discover the killer's identity in time, before he resurfaces - and strikes again?