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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Robards Narrator: Shannon McManus Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781455887545
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If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

Daniel Panterro was certain he was going to die. Instead, by a stroke of luck, he was beaten to within an inch of his life and left for dead. But if he’s having a bad day, Sam’s day is about to get way worse. Danny knows he hasn’t seen the last of the vicious drug runners who kidnapped him from protective custody. His only recourse is to take his pretty savior hostage and force her to help him. There’s no going back for Sam and her four-year-old son, Tyler. They’re in way too deep.

With ruthless killers stalking their trail, Sam’s only choice is to trust this handsome, menacing stranger. But as she relinquishes control, Sam feels an unmistakable desire. Could she be tempted by Danny, who seems intent on protecting her and Tyler from even his own darkest secrets? And what is the price of falling in love with a man who operates on the edge of danger—her heart, her life…or both?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robards never leaves lust behind in this entertaining romp.”

    People

  • “Classic romantic suspense by a genuine master!”

    Romantic Times Book Reviews

  • “Robards pours on the suspense while portraying a compelling couple who complement each other’s strengths.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Kass | 2/19/2014

    " Not a great book. The writing seemed poorly done to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Morey | 2/18/2014

    " This book was recommended and I thought the cover looked interesting, but it was a little too much romance for my taste. I was expecting a better mystery. The concept and beginning of the book caught my attention. The story is about a young unwed mother, trying to provide for her son by driving a tow truck. She makes her money repossessing cars and finds a man in the trunk of one of the cars. Sam, the mother, was a tough young woman, and I don't believe that she would have fallen for a criminal. This is the first book that I read by this author and I may read another if I only want fluff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 2/9/2014

    " Too predictable. I am a Karen Robards fan but this book was a bit on the 'bla' side. Won't go into more details. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 2/3/2014

    " I got through the first half of the book, the rest I skimmed (at best). The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I didn't accept the premise...How did the bad guys know about Sam? Also, Sam's son, Tyler, is said to be 4 years old, but acts like he's 8 years old. By the way, I am a huge Karen Robards fan, but this did not feel like her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/26/2014

    " One day read. Predictable is all I am going to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris Meredith | 1/24/2014

    " Karen Robards writes a wonderful romantic suspense with lots of sexual tension but no sex until the reader both knows and empathizes with the characters. Nor does she shirk on the suspense in favor of the romantic elements. SHIVER provides enough action that endangers Samantha Jones, tow truck driver, single mom, and innocent victim, to keep the reader turning the pages. When Samantha finds a bound and bloodied man in the trunk of the fancy BMW she is repossessing, she has no idea that discovery will lead to murder and endanger the lives of her and her four-year-old son. After a hard luck childhood and a terrible judgement in men, Samantha doesn't trust easily. She certainly doesn't trust Marco, the man she rescues from the BMW's trunk. He's a corrupt cop who has has been kidnapped from protective custody by the Zeta drug cartel, the very gang he did business with before turning them into the FBI in exchange for a place in the Witness Protection Program. To Samantha, Marco is a turncoat twice: once to his oath as a FBI agent, and then to the Zeta Cartel he joined. Not that she blames him for turning on the drug cartel, but betrayal seems to be a habit of behavior to Marco. Most of all Samantha is furious that he embroiled her in his battle with the Zetas. Despite the fact that Marco seems to be a better man than his behavior indicates, despite the fact that she feels a very unwelcome attraction to him, and despite the fact that her son thinks the man is the most wonderful thing since the invention of Legos, SHE DOES NOT TRUST HIM. Even when he and several federal marshals save her from capture by the cartel, she doesn't trust him. Or is it herself she doesn't trust? An entertaining romantic suspense written in Robards's usual rapid and lighthearted style, a modern fairy tale without the grim overtones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent book. I had stepped away from Robards' books for awhile but after reading Shiver I am asking myself what I was thinking. This book was excellent from start to finish. I could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayren Horvath | 1/19/2014

    " Boring! I really tried to get into it! Read about half way through and gave up! very predictable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miko | 1/19/2014

    " It was good, not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gklass | 12/4/2013

    " good quick read. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney 'Thompson' Jenkins | 11/26/2013

    " A great thriller. You definitely could feel the pain and passion between these main characters... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annhenning | 11/24/2013

    " Karen Robards is an author i have read for years and ususally like very much, this one seemed to be a little "formula" like, just seemed very predictible. Still a good read with some twists and turns, just not her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolee Kunz | 11/19/2013

    " Not generally my genre, romantic suspense, but I read a review in People or something and thought I'd try it. It was a good "candy bar" book. Didn't rock my world, but I got some pleasure out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/8/2013

    " This is a spine chilling action thriller, the story was great and the characters real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Moyle | 7/30/2013

    " When I'm in the mood for romantic suspense I turn to Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb. Linda Howard, Karen Robards. They never disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 7/27/2013

    " I liked the storyline, but it was a bit too slow-paced for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiloh Walker | 7/18/2013

    " Read it, liked it. Doubt I'll read it again and the mystery was easy to figure out...but the hero is pretty damn hot and the story was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 7/14/2013

    " This is the first book that I've read from this author, so I don't know how it compares o her others. I liked the story, the setting was different and it was fast paced throughout. The ending was a bit abrupt to me though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 4/27/2013

    " Very good in typical Karen Robards style! Sometimes it's nice to have a bit of predictible action, romance, unexpected twists with, of course, an unpredicted outcome, as well as "happily ever after!". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garryvivianne | 4/16/2013

    " Started out really exciting & was hard to put this book down. When it got to all the cheesy "love" interest, that could have waited till all the excitement was over. Overall tho, liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Season | 2/10/2013

    " I never really did connect with this one. I thought it took a long time to get anywhere. It felt very wordy to me and not enough dialog and I didn't feel the connection between Sam and Danny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Alexander | 1/2/2013

    " I've read several of Karen Robards' novels and have always considered her to be one of my favorite female authors. 'Shiver' was a great read, but not quite up to the level of some of her previous works, in my humble opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/19/2012

    " Enjoyed this thriller; fast read! "

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About the Author
Author Karen Robards

Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books as well as one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Shannon McManus, award-winning narrator, is a Los Angeles–based actor, writer, and voice artist. Her natural vocal abilities and extensive theater training have led to work in audiobook narration, commercial voice-over, and animation. Critical praise includes an Audiofile Earphones Award and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up! Award in children’s and young adult fiction.