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by Karen Robards

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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


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 glasses 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.

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Gallery Books
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6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Karen Robards is the author of thirty-four novels and one novella. A regular on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, she is the mother of three boys, ages 12, 17, and 23, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Justice 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
sherlock43 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. Maybe for those under 25 years old it would be good. It's the same old girl hates/loves guy, she's nasty to him, he keeps coming back for more, etc. etc. That dialogue is almost 3/4 of the book. Geez............
kadydid More than 1 year ago
I am halfway through this novel and still dont know what is going on nor do I care. The 2 main characters are so busy playing "come here, go away, I hate you but love you' that there is no room for plot. Not a very good mystery, not a very good romance. This book is good for the shut-in who is low on choices.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Criminal attorney Jessica Ford is the Secret Service's witness protection program after being the only survivor and witness to the murder of the First Lady. But she doesn't relocate and after replacing a former associate that left on a high profile case that gets her notice, someone is out to kill her. Little does anyone know (except two runaway teenagers), the associate was murdered also. Karen Robard's tale of legal intrigue and the powers that be makes for one gripping novel. There is tense moments, romance and lots of action. I was a little let done with the climax but the ending made me let that pass.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy this #2 novel as much as I did #1 Pursuit which read a while back. The book leads off with a murder witnessed by two runaway girls. It then jumps to a trial continued from the first book. Jessica, criminal attorney has been in witness protection program since the witness to First Lady’s murder. Her secret service agent Mark (ex-boyfriend) is cool, but Jess is drama queen. She wins the case after the girl on the stand backs off from the rape case of the son of US senator. Goes back and forth between the two and back to the runaway teens who hold the key.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ROBARDS is a great writer, this book was not her best. It seems as if she is trying to write two books and then merge , taking a long time to connect the two plots into one. I will always recommend the author, as her goodbooks outweigh her bad.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
This book had such an interesting premise that I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked most of the book but the ending was a bit too far fetched and I felt disappointed with how everything was tied up so quickly at the end. I also thought some of the characters actions were too unbelievable or out of character. Definitely not her best book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for this book either,I thought it was boring and I really didn't like the heroine. I love Karen Robards but this is not a book I would recommend. Sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a Silhouette novel and at this price was not worth the read. Shattered was outstanding but Justice was just repetitve dialogue with very little intrigue and other than the drowning scene held very little suspense.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
The first few pages of this novel, wherein a character was agreeing to marry a man she had known for one week, let me in on the fact that this book was not for me. The dialogue (as was the situation) was just silly. And then the Secret Service agent is the ex-boyfriend of the woman he is assigned to guard? Not in real life. Glad the other reviews, bar one, agree with me for the most part on this novel. As you can tell, I didn't get a free advance copy!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Attorney Allison Howard agrees to marry her lover Greg Sullivan. They race to her house so she packs a suitcase and has something to wear as they go to Vegas to tie the knot. Unknown to both of them, two runaways from juvenile institution Shelter House are hiding under the bed when Greg snaps Allison's neck. The youngsters flee from the house, but Greg sees them. Jessica Ford is in court working a high profile rape case in which the accused is a senator's son. While questioning the victim Tiffany Higgs, she suddenly admits to lying; saying she had consensual sex with Rob Phillips. The lawyers are so pleased with Jessica's win that she is transferred to the sixth floor working on a high profile layer's team. Secret Service Agent Mark Ryan returns into Jessica's life because one of the men who knew the First Lady's death was murder has been killed. Mark fears someone is tying up loose ends with Jess and him the remaining witnesses. He plans to keep her safe and hopes she gives him a second chance as several attempts on her life occur. This legal thriller is filled with action yet readers get to know and understand the myriad of emotions of the prime protagonists. The key to exhilarating tale is that the readers senses the romance in the air everywhere the pair appears, but it is cleverly kept in the background of the suspense as a deadly assassin is coming for Jessica and Rob. With several other strong subplots that blend into the prime story line, Karen Robards provides a superlative thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading all the way through, but ending was abrupt and felt incomplete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really liking this book, until I got to the last two or three chapters. **SPOILER ALERT** There is no way that the killers could have been who she said. No way. It was completely implausible. I know that talking implausibility with a book about ghosts is a little silly, but the ghost plotline fit seamlessly into the story. Who the killers turned out to be- ridiculous. I felt like she got to the ending, realized she didn't know who the killers were, and just picked some characters. It was stupid. Also stupid, the two page epilogue at the end. It was badly written and pointless. Why was that in there? We had the entire story be in Jess and Mark's point of view but the ending was . . . not. Why? It just made me mad. I read that she wanted to make this a series but that epilogue was just pathetic. How can you make a series out of that? Just let it go. It tied nothing up. Ugh. The ending of the story and the epilogue ruined my good will towards the book, but I had really enjoyed it until then.
gmagus More than 1 year ago
I've always been a big fan of Robards books,but seriously,it was a srtuggle to get to page 75 before I finally stopped wasting my time.In the past I've always bought her books without even reading the front flap summary.It's disappointing to take her name off my favorite author list.
Patricia Delgatto More than 1 year ago
Story lines barely developed. Reminded me of teenage romantic novel.
Lisa Ridenour More than 1 year ago
I am surprised at the number of negative reviews for this book! I confess,.I am a pretty big fan but I really, reaaly liked this one (as most of her others). If you are thinking about giving this book a chance, my advice is first, IGNORE PLEASE, THE REVIEWS THAT ARE DEDICATED TO RETELLING &/or SPOILING THE STORY! I IMPLORE YOU, Fellow Reader to leave that type of "review" (attempting to retell the story), to THE PROS/Editorial Reviews. Secondly, the sample is free an may be enough to help you decide. I've read Robards for years; the good, the outstanding and the so-so. None have been true time wasters to me & i feel thid one was really, really good. Don't let any of us make or break it for you and to all co-NOOK? fans, I wish you many happy words! Smiles...@NurseLisainOhio...twitterverse ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Karen Robards , and I really loved this book...it was nice to see characters from other books! The only thing that I did not like was how she ended the story...even so I really enjoyed revisiting these characters and I thought it was well worth my time!!
Robynn More than 1 year ago
This was a choppy, hard to read book. The characters never fully developed and it was so boring. Yikes! The story did not flow and the characters were stagnant. Really a lousy read.
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FYI, I RPed TawnyClaw. BrookClan was an obvious clan to raid, being small yet active. I, myself, did not kill Tawny, but he, as well as most of the killed cats, have remade cats. BrookCla is no weaker than it was before, though you did cause trouble taking Ripple. I would say you are the trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May I join? My name is Squirrelfrost meows the brown and white she cat. This is my brother Weasleleap. She flicks er tail to the ginger tom with whit forepaws. We would like to join.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really now. Ripplebeam...how could you betray us like this! You are officially exiled from Brookclan. If any of my warrior finds you on our territory, you are nlonger protected...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
{All may join.} <p> <p>She glanced around, anxiously searching for HeatherStar.
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