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by Karen Robards, Joyce Bean (Read by)

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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


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.…

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In this scintillating romantic thriller from bestseller Robards (Obsession), Kate White, a single mother and Philadelphia ADA, is embarrassed in court when her cellphone goes off during a trial. Just then the defendantA pulls out a pistol and starts shooting, killing the judge. The terror-stricken Kate fears for her life and the future of her young son, Ben, should she die in the melee. After being taken hostage, Kate escapes, supposedly by killing her captor. Kate soon discovers that her past as a troubled foster child has caught up to her. Someone tries to break into her home, while someone else follows her, threatening her and Ben. Det. Tom Braga, who investigates the courtroom shooting, is firmly convinced that Kate didn't kill her captor. Kate's vulnerability appeals to Tom's protective nature, drawing the pair together in a heated affair. Robards once again shows her flair for coupling first-rate suspense with multidimensional characters. (Apr.)

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Meet the Author

Karen Robards is the author of over thirty novels, most recently the New York Times bestseller Pursuit. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Guilty 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Karen Robard's latest Guilty, you meet up and coming ADA Kate White and super cop homicide detective Tom Braga. Kate has lots of secrets and Tom wants to uncover them all because some of them may kill her. This book is nonstop, action, seduction,suspense just name your favorite verb. It's keep you on the edge of your seat spine tingling reading. This is definitely a must read for all you lovers of great romantic suspense.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Kate White prosecutes her first case in court when embarrassingly her cellphone chimes. Judge Michael Moran ¿the moron¿ tells her to shut it now Kate worries her young son Ben needs her when the shots are fired by the defendant ¿Little¿ Julie Soto. Moran is dead with his head blown off and two other prisoners join in the melee. Soto abducts Kate to allegedly use as a hostage while escaping.-------------- Kate manages to escape while believing she killed Soto in doing so. However, she is not free as someone stalks her and Ben even breaking into their home. Philadelphia Police Detective Tom Braga leads the official investigation into the courtroom murder and its aftermath. He thinks Kate¿s escape was planned by her captors and that Soto lives. As he tries to keep the single mom and her son safe, Tom begins to connect the dots leading back to when 1994 Baltimore when fifteen years old Katrina Kominski was part of the foster care system.----------- This exciting urban thriller works because the audience believes that fully developed Kate and Ben are in deep trouble, and that Tom feels a deep need to protect them from Soto and who knows who else. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Kate¿s cellphone rings a Pussycat Dolls tune and never slows down until the final biting confrontation. Karen Robards provides a strong entertaining romantic suspense.----------- Harriet Klausner
KatKR More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Karen Robards books. I found this one extremely good. I like the suspense build up to the end. Try Karen Robards and I don't think you will be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of twists and turns which made it very interesting. The plot was very believable. I would definitely buy more books by Karen Robards.
23399 More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with a bang and never lets up. The plot is very interesting and it keeps you hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like thriller and pageturner, then you don't want to miss this one. It grabs you right from the getgo. Nice weekend or day at the beach book. No way to put this down
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real page turner, it grabbed you in the beginning and didn't let go. What a terrible bind Kate White found herself in when faced with her past. I finished this book in one day, couldn't wait to get to the ending. Intense all the way. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Karen Robards books and this one is another excellent book from her. I could hardly put it down. I consider myself very picky when it comes to reading Romantic Suspense because I've read so many. 'Guilty' is one of the best. It is definitely a keeper and I would recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about 200 books a year. This is by far one of the worst books I have ever read. Silly, unrealistic, with a lead character that is more annoying then interesting. 5 years out of my life that I will never get back!!!!! Can I rate this no stars?
Retired_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
This book simply annoyed me. The main character was supposed to be an intelligent, competent woman who made a life for herself in spite of a terrible childhood. And yet, the author has the "heroine" making one bad decision after another. Worse than that - although the heroine is supposed to be an attorney, a prosecutor - these bad decisions involve aiding and abetting criminals while hiding the truth from law enforcement. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who likes the main characters to be likeable and honest.
Felicia92 More than 1 year ago
The first part is fantastic but it seems to go on way too long without much happening. I found myself very irritated at the main character. I just found it going way too slowly for my taste and not at all typical of Karen Robards' other books.
JudyBookLover More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this one was as good as other Karen Robards books but its been a long time since I've read her books. Maybe I don't remember very well. This one is about a woman attorney Kate who is blackmailed into helping criminals because one of them knows something bad from her past. I see below that Other readers have noticed the same problem! The blackmail does not work because she (Kate) has not done anything wrong! It seems like a pretty silly mistake for an attorney to make! I have heard that sometimes books are rushed to print so an author will have something out by an important selling season. That's what this book feels like! Rushed and a little sloppy! I give it three stars because I do like suspense romance books and even though the romance between Kate and the hunky detective is kind of sameold same old, it still kept me interested. Kate gets in deeper and deeper but I think if she had just been smart and told the cops her problem right away then everything would have been fine. The action gets some better by the end. Kate has a son Ben who she is very devoted to. He becomes embroiled in the action and the little boy is pretty smart in the way he handles his captivity to help the cops. But Robard's earlier books are better!
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time connecting with the main character of this story. The story begins with Kat as a teenager who gets caught up with a bad crowd and bad choices that result in the death of an off-duty police officer. Kat pulls her life together and in spite of being a single parent, she puts herself through law school and is new prosecutor. Ordinarily, this would be a success story, but when her past catches up to her, Kat begins telling lie after lie, even when she is blatantly confronted, she continues to lie. I quickly became annoyed with her and had a hard time feeling much sympathy for her. The story improved when Kat’s son, Ben, is in mortal danger from some very bad people and Kat finally comes clean to Tom. I really liked Ben and Tom. I thought Ben was very precocious and adorable. Tom was a great character who is carrying some very painful baggage, but manages to keep his heart open to the possibility of a new relationship. In spite of the lies and deception Kat throws at his feet, he continues to be there for her. Overall, this story was just OK for me. The ending fell flat with little closure and a lot of gaps. Fans of romantic suspense may be able to overlook the lack of character development and enjoy the story but if you are a reader who needs the characters in their stories to be realistic, then this may not be the book for you.
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I loved the characters both the hero and the heroine. The story was great and was filled with excitement. It was a fast and awesome read. I must read for people that love mystery and romance.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/Unabridged/Romance: This book was so bad. Surprisingly bad. And after everything was said and done, our heroine isn't punished for being complicit in a murder. Here are my updates from Goodreads: 03/13 10.0% "I'm just about done with the first disc and I am already seeing problems. Our "smart" heroine is in debt for $100K in college loans,only to get a paycheck-to-paycheck job? Really? Were you a C student? For a $100K, you should have gotten into a different branch of law!" 03/13 10.0% "Then there was the cliche "talking toddler in the courthouse gallery" during an all day assault trial. Really? Who does that?" 03/14 10.0% "On disc 2 and police procedure was thrown out the window. Letting civilians, including paramedics and reporters into a unsecured crime scene? Seriously? And Kate can take her briefcase out of the crime scene? NO! It is evidence at a crime scene now. Kate, as an officer of the court you should damn well know that." 03/18 20.0% "Middle of disc #3: So you're telling me you had all that tragic drama you witnessed and you can sit in a car and have a calm heart-to-heart with your 4 grader? Seriously?" 03/31 70.0% "Disc 8: Dude uses the "dead baby card" to get the chick in bed...and doesn't use a condom! For someone who doesn't want a commitment and doesn't trust her, he just made a potential 18-year mistake. And another thing, [paraphrasing] "You can tell me what's in your juvenile record or I'll just get a warrant." Dude, get a warrant! She lies like a dog!" 04/01 80.0% "Stop listening to her. She is a liar." 04/02 80.0% "Disc 10: Rolled my eyes so high, I almost got them stuck. You can't get DNA results in ONE DAY no matter what your pull is. Give me a break." Skip it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very formulaic, stereotypical characterization, played plot...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book! Finished it in 2 days! I could not put this book down.
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Dawn Ross More than 1 year ago
Great story line! Lots of excitement!
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