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SHIVER by Karen Robards

SHIVER

By Karen Robards

Pub Date: Dec. 4th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4516-7867-3
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Samantha Jones, a repo driver, gets caught up in a dangerous FBI undercover operation when she inadvertently interrupts a torture in progress and must flee with the...victim? criminal? hero?...bloody guy in the trunk in order to keep her son safe.

All Sam wants to do is repossess the Beemer, collect her money and get home to her 4-year-old son, Tyler. But when the trunk flies open and she goes to investigate, she finds a wounded man, and the next thing she knows, she’s waking up next to him, apparently on the way to her execution. Lucky for Sam—and Marco, the bloody guy—she packs heat, so she’s able to save them both. Now, if only she could lose Marco, who for some reason is determined to keep her close. When she realizes that the bad guys have colleagues hellbent on finding them, and have gone after her son, she knows she’s out of her league. Against her better instincts, she and Tyler go into hiding with Marco, and the U.S. Marshals pledged to protect him. Against her better judgment, she finds herself falling for Marco and placing way too much trust in him. After all, he’s a former federal agent turned traitor, and now he’s ratting out the drug cartel he’s been working for in order to save his own skin. So why does that story not ring true, no matter what the Marshals say? And how could anyone so deceitful promise to protect her? Or worse yet, make her believe that he actually will? Undercover agent Danny Panterro wants nothing more than to end his dangerous “Marco” charade and tell Sam he's falling in love with her. But too much is at stake until the mission is truly over, and he's determined not to lose the woman he's been waiting for. Romantic suspense writer Robards grabs the reader by the throat in the first few scenes and doesn’t let up. A couple of abruptly handled twists slightly mar the last quarter of the book, but overall, this is a riveting, satisfying romantic suspense read.

Packed with fast-paced action, nail-biting suspense and blazing sexual tension, Shiver plays on a single mother’s tender love for her son and an FBI agent’s deep undercover assignment to keep the story taut and the romance conflicted.