Reckless Abandon (Stone Barrington Series #10) [NOOK Book]

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Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep within the witness protection program in this new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series-with a little help from beautiful Florida police chief Holly Barker.



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Overview

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep within the witness protection program in this new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series-with a little help from beautiful Florida police chief Holly Barker.



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Publishers Weekly
It's double the pleasure and double the fun as Woods brings series character Holly Barker, chief of the Orchid Beach, Fla., police department (of Orchid Blues, etc.), onstage to co-star with PI Stone Barrington (of Dirty Work, etc.) in his latest adventure. Holly's come to New York hot on the trail of Trini Rodriguez, a bad guy she thought she'd stabbed to death in an earlier adventure. He's currently wanted for (among other things) blowing up a dozen people by hiding bombs in the caskets of two of his earlier victims and detonating them at the funeral. But finding him won't be so simple: he's been placed in the FBI Witness Protection Program and is working with the Feds and the CIA to catch an Arab terrorist group trying to employ the Mafia in a money-laundering scheme. Shortly after Holly takes up residence in Stone's guest room, the two of them are hip deep in the dangerous case and likewise each other. They go at it so often it's hard to say what's going to kill Stone first: the Mafia, Arab terrorists or the athletic, all-night sex. Cross-pollinating all these characters from various books makes for some heavy-handed background exposition at times, but readers with no previous experience will still enjoy this amusing, full-throttle sex and crime romp. Stone's ex-partner and best pal, Dino Bachetti, head of the detective squad at the 19th precinct, sums up Stone's appeal, and that of the entire series, when he says of his friend: "Wherever you go, people drop dead, and women take off their underwear." That's it in a nutshell. (Apr.) Forecast: Woods' fans will flock to bookstores when they hear that their favorite series characters are doing some serious interacting in this installment. Perhaps sometime in the future, Woods will have Will Lee (of Capital Crimes, etc.) take time off as president of the United States in his own series to join Stone and Holly in a crime-fighting threesome. Now that would be interesting. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Police Chief Holly Barker of Orchid Island, FL, heads for Manhattan, but not, alas, to see popular Wood protagonist Stone Barrington. She's tracking a fugitive who soon starts tracking her. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Now that Stone Barrington, on a Florida trip, has helped nail the guy who killed Holly Barker's fiance (Orchid Blues, 2001), Orchid Beach police chief Holly comes to the Big Apple to involve him in her hunt for a mobbed-up fugitive from her brand of justice. Even though he's a killer many times over, second-generation criminal Trini Rodriguez (Blood Orchid, 2002) can't be brought to book because he's an FBI informant who's repeatedly called on to testify against higher-ups presumably even worse than him. (It's typical of Woods's disinclination to sweat the small stuff that neither these higher-ups nor Trini's relation to them is ever spelled out; Holly has just learned to take it for granted that every time she's about to come down on him, the feds will whisk him off into protective custody first.) Now that she's burned her former friend, Miami Agent in Charge Harry Crisp, currently cooling his heels in American Samoa, Holly's ready to go after Trini big-time. But the hunt for this heinous felon-requiring a chase to Santa Fe, the intervention of Stone's ex-father-in-law Eduardo Bianchi, and the interference of feckless photographer Herbie Fisher (Dirty Work, 2003)-is as uninvolving as the cookie-cutter killer himself. The real action here is Holly's far more successful pursuit of Stone, who puts his acquaintance and her Doberman up in his guest room at a moment's notice and then immediately sets out to prove his former partner Lt. Dino Bachetti's maxim: "Wherever you go, people drop dead, and women take off their underwear. "A skeletal thriller, evidently written on the back of a series of cocktail napkins, that's most notable, like Woods's other recent novels, as a pretext for bringinghis stable of stock heroes and villains into different permutations with nary a new idea in sight. Agents: Morton Janklow/Janklow & Nesbit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101210093
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #10
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 12,865
  • File size: 913 KB

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods
Stuart Woods was born in the small town of Manchester, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in sociology and moved to Atlanta, where he enlisted in the Air National Guard. In the fall of 1960, Woods moved to New York in search of a career in writing, and remained there for a decade working in advertising, with the exception of ten months spent in Mannheim, Germany with the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.



An attack of wanderlust drew Woods to London, where he worked in advertising agencies until the idea of writing a novel called him to a small flat in the stableyard of a castle in County Galway, Ireland. There, Woods completed one hundred pages of a novel before he discovered sailing, after which, “everything went to hell. All I did was sail.”



Woods took his sailing to a higher level, competing in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, and the catastrophic Fastnet Race in 1979 in which fifteen competitors died. In October and November of that year, Woods sailed his friend’s yacht across the Atlantic, calling at the ports of Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, before finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.



The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, where Woods wrote two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper, an account of his Irish experience and the subsequent transatlantic race; and a travel guide entitled A Romantic Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, which Woods says he wrote “on a whim.” W.W. Norton in New York bought the rights to Blue Water, Green Skipper, and published Woods’ first novel, Chiefs, in 1981. Chiefs won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America that year, was nominated for Palindrome, and was made into a six-hour television drama starring Charlton Heston for CBS. In 2006, Woods had two New York Times national bestsellers with Dark Harbor and Short Straw, and repeated the feat in 2007 with Fresh Disasters and Shoot Him If He Runs.



Woods, who has written thirty-three novels, currently resides in Florida, New York City and Maine.









Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

Good To Know

Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
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ELAINE'S, EARLY.

Stone Barrington had just walked through the door when his cell phone vibrated in his jacket pocket. He dug it out, while Gianni led him back to his usual table. Dino wasn't there yet.

"Hello?"

"Stone?" An unfamiliar female voice.

"Yes."

"It's Holly Barker."

It took only a nanosecond for Stone to display her image on the inside of his eyelids-tall, light brown hair, sun-streaked, well put together, badge. "Hello, Chief, how are you?"

"Confused."

"How can I help?"

"I'm in a taxi, and I don't know where to tell the driver to take me. Can you recommend a good hotel, not too expensive?"

"In what city?"

"In New York. I'm headed for the Midtown Tunnel, I think."

"Why don't you stay at my house? There's a guest room."

"I have a friend with me."

"Male or female?"

"Female."

"My secretary is there right now, working late. I'll call and tell her to expect you." He gave her his Turtle Bay address. "There are three guest rooms-two with king beds and one with twins, all on the top floor. You choose."

"Are you sure? I don't want to put you to any trouble."

"No trouble at all. That's what the guest rooms are for."

"When will I see you?"

"Have you had dinner?"

"No."

"Drop your luggage, freshen up, and meet me at Elaine's-Second Avenue, between Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth."

"Sounds great. We're at the tunnel now. How long should it take me?"

"If you're quick, half an hour, but you're a woman..."

"Half an hour it is, and don't ever put a 'but' in front of that statement." She hung up.

Gianni put a Knob Creek on the rocks in front of him, and Stone took a sip. "Better get him something, too," Stone said, pointing at Dino, his partner when he had been an NYPD detective. Dino spoke to a couple of people at the front tables, then came back and pulled up a chair. His drink had already arrived.

"How you doing?" Dino asked.

"Not bad. You?"

"The same. You're looking thoughtful."

"I was just trying to remember everything about my trip to Vero Beach, Florida, last year, when I was picking up my Malibu at the Piper factory."

"Why?"

"I was in a bank in the next town, a place called Orchid Beach, getting a cashier's check to pay for the airplane, when a bunch of guys wearing masks walked in and stuck the place up."

"Oh yeah, you told me about that. They shot a guy, didn't they?"

"Yes. A lawyer with a funny name-Oxblood, or something like that."

"Oxenhandler."

"How did you remember that?"

Dino tapped his temple. "I do The New York Times crossword every day. Calisthenics for the brain."

"Funny, it doesn't seem to have muscled up."

"I remembered the name, didn't I? While your brain has apparently turned to mush. Why were you thinking about the bank robbery?"

"Not the robbery so much, the woman."

"Ah, now we're getting to the nub of things. I'll bite. What woman?"

"She's the chief of police down there, name of Holly Barker. She was supposed to marry Oxenhandler that very day. I met her at the police station."

"You went to the police station?"

"I was a witness, and I didn't have a shirt."

"You're losing me here."

"I took off my shirt and held it to Oxenhandler's chest wound, not that it did much good. He died shortly after reaching the hospital."

"So you were bare-chested in Orchid Beach, and you met this girl?"

"Woman. We're not supposed to call them girls, remember?"

"Whatever."

"A cop loaned me a shirt. Holly arrived and took over the case. I remember how cool she was under the circumstances."

"Pretty bad circumstances."

"Yeah. After I came home I called her with some information, and we had a couple of phone conversations after that."

"So why are you thinking about this...person?"

"She's in town. In fact, she's at my house right-Jesus, I forgot to call Joan." Stone dialed his office number and got his secretary on the phone. "There are a couple of women coming to the house-one is named Holly Barker; I don't know the other one. Will you put them in whichever of the guest rooms they want, and give them a key?"

"You're doing two at a time now, Stone?" Joan Robertson asked.

"I should be so lucky. Just get them settled. I'll explain later."

"Whatever you say, boss." She hung up.

"What's she doing up here?" Dino asked.

"She didn't say. She called from a taxi on the way in from the airport."

"Nice of you to offer her a bed," Dino said slyly.

"Oh, shut up."

"Did you offer the two of them your bed?"

"I offered them a guest room; that's it."

"So far. Well, I guess it's how you keep your weight down, isn't it?"

"Dino..."

Gianni put some menus on the table.

"We'll be two more," Stone said. "And we'll order when the ladies arrive."

Gianni brought two more menus and a basket of hot bread. Stone tore into a slab of sourdough.

"Carbing up for later?" Dino asked.

"Get off it. I just want to get something in my stomach with the bourbon."

"Mary Ann and I worry about you, you know."

"Mary Ann has enough to worry about with you on her hands."

"We want to see you settled with some nice, plain girl."

"You just want to drag everybody down with you," Stone said. "And what do you mean, 'plain'?"

"A beautiful woman demands too much of a man."

"You're married to a beautiful woman."

"I speak from experience. Their care and feeding is a full-time job."

"Mary Ann cares for and feeds both of you, and without the slightest help from you, as I recall."

"She's an exceptional woman," Dino said. "You'll never do that well."

"Thanks a lot."

They finished their drinks and had just ordered another round, when Dino nodded toward the front door. "I'll bet that's your lady cop," he said.

Stone looked up to see a tall woman, more striking than he remembered, striding toward them, smiling.

"Hey, there," Holly said, offering her hand.

Stone and Dino were on their feet, getting her chair.

"This is my friend Dino Bacchetti, my old partner. He runs the detective squad at the Nineteenth Precinct."

"Hey, Dino."

"Hey, Holly."

"Where's your friend?" Stone asked.

"Oh, Daisy's exhausted," Holly replied. "I put her to bed."

"Can I get you a drink?" Stone asked.

"What are you drinking?"

"Bourbon."

"That will do nicely," she said.

Gianni brought her the drink.

"So what brings you to the big city?" Stone asked.

"I'm in hot pursuit of a fugitive," Holly said.

Stone handed her a menu. "Let's order dinner, then you can tell me about it."

--from Reckless Abandon by Stuart Woods, copyright © 2004 Stuart Woods, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    So, so

    I've been reading Stuart Woods (Stone Barington) in the order written, which by the way, I recommend. Generally they are fun and easy to read, as well as, entertaining. Reckless Abandon was one of Woods' weaker books in the series. Most Stuart Woods books tend to end abruptly, as if he stops when he gets to the 225-250 page limit. I have become used to this but, with some books, I was hoping for more. I was somewhat thankful, however, when the end had come for this one. Reckless Abandon is OK, but certainly not what I expect from Woods. It's so so.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Highly recommend you read this one

    Its a very good read. Stone Barrington and Holly Barker are a matched pair. Always getting out of trouble helping each other.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    To people looking for Streakfeather

    Add three.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    Quite Boring

    I have been reading all of the Barrington series in the order they were written and when I was reading this book, I began to wonder if this is the kind of material I will be reading in the future, should I quit while I am ahead. This was by far the worst book I had read in this series. Holly seemed to be dragging Stone by the nose (or whatever) during the whole book in the endless, humdrum search for one man. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I have to say, it is a good thing I went ahead and read the next book because it was back to the Barrington we all know and love.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Don't Waste Your Time with This!

    I have to admit I did not finish reading this book. But after getting about halfway through it, I thought, "what's the point?" It is basically "talking heads"...and not much action...except for those verbalized by the characters. The main character, Stone, is self=absorbed and not all that appealing. Holly, for a woman heading up a police department, comes off like a teeny-bopper in her dealings with Stone especially. This was a real disappointment. And I still have not figured out why the character, Dino, was needed for.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Thumbs up for another good Stone Barrington read

    Nice combo of Stone Barrington and Holly Barker

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

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    Definitely not my favorite of Woods

    I'm a fan of Stuart Woods Stone Barrington series - albeit as far fetched as sometimes they seem to be. But this one hammered the search for Trini way too much. I like the Barrington series because they are a good escape - not too heavy in the drama area, but this one could have used a lot more drama and less of Holly & Stone getting personal...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    great book

    this book was a grat book to read. It was hard to put down. the fastest i have ever read a book of that length.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Disappointing - at best

    I've read nearly all of Stuart Woods' books, including the Holly Barker series, but this one was very disappointing. I enjoy both characters, Stone Barrington and Holly, but they don't work together. Did flying to NY change Holly's intelligence and personality? She came across as unprofessional and unintelligent. Go back to Florida, Holly, and take care of business there! Evidently NYC has a debilitating effect on you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    A disappointing effort...

    I'm not sure what Stuart Woods was trying to accomplish by writing this book. Was he under contractual obligations and just rushed something out to meet a deadline? I've been a fan of the Barrington and Barker series', and while neither have been groundbreaking stories, they were always fun to read. This is just excruciatingly horrible. In fact, I couldn't even force myself to finish the book, a rarity for me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Readable, but barely...

    I have read everything the author has ever published, but this one will probably be my last. Holly Barker WAS a likeable character. Too bad she left Orchid Beach. Upon arrival in the Big Apple, Holly seemed more like someone from Sex in the City, than a cop. Stone has also lost much of his appeal, and become a boring, nouveau riche, snob. Enough about hanging out at Elaines'! He refers to a FBO (which I believe is a 'fixed base operation')...I wonder how many of Wood's readers who are not pilots or owners of private planes, knew what he was talking about. By the middle of the book, I really didnt care what happened to any of the characters. I just wanted them all to be doomed to flying commercial and eating fast food for the rest of their unbelievable careers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Simply supeerb

    When Holly Barker, Chief of the Orchid Beach Police in Florida travels to New York to apprehend a fugitive, she contacts Stone Barrington who invites her to stay at his home. They met when Stone witnessed a bank robbery in which Holly¿s fiancé was killed. Trini Rodriguez, who is part of the Mafia, is wanted in the murder of over a dozen people after he bombed a church. Holly couldn¿t keep him behind bars because Trini was a very important informant who the FBI put in the Witness Protection Program.............................. Holly hopes to find him in New York City and arrest him on a fugitive warrant but the FBI wants her to hold off on serving it until Trini¿s infiltrates an Arab terrorist cell so the government can arrest them on information the thugs delivers. After the cell is broken up the FBI spirit Trini away with Stone and Holly trailing them all over the country to hand down the warrant. While perusing Trini and company, Holly and Stone begin a hot and steamy affair that gets her mind off of her obsessive need to find her criminal............................ In RECKLESS ABANDON, the FBI comes across as bumbling idiots who can¿t shake a tail or keep their informant hidden. The fact that they are willing to protect him after he killedg over a dozen innocents will enrage readers as much as it does Holly. The teaming up of the protagonists from Stuart Woods¿ two series works so well together, it is to be hoped that they will pair up in future novels.................. Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

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    Goodreads lists this book as book #4 in the Holly Barker series, however, it is mainly listed as Book #10 in the Stone Barrington series. As I was preparing this review, I found that if you look on the Stuart Woods website, he only has this book listed under the Stone Barrington series, and not at all under the Holly Barker series, which really makes sense given that the whole time I was listening to this book, I kept telling myself, man this book is more about Stone than Holly, and getting agitated with that fact.




    I found myself not really liking this story. Now I've never read any of the Stone Barrington books, so maybe if I had a little more background of him, I may have enjoyed it a little more, but I haven't, so I didn't. Even though I didn't care for Reckless Abandon, it won't stop me from finishing the Holly Barker series. It appears that the last two books in the series are back to Holly, and she is a character that I have really come to like, so I'm glad to hear that!




    Previous Holly Barker books have had two narrators, a male and a female, but Reckless Abandon did not. I did not care for that at all! I believe that book 1's narrator was a single female, and she did fine, but having a single narrator as a male, in a female series book, just didn't work out well, in my opinion. It wasn't that Tony Roberts was a bad narrator, because he wasn't, but I didn't feel that he tried at all to distinguish between the characters, especially the different gendered characters. I was disappointed with this audio version.




    The plot was different from which I am used to reading, so it was nice to have the uniqueness, however, I feel like the story drug on quite a bit. I almost think that this could have been a novella and still equally entertaining. There just didn't seem to be much to work with. There were also other sub plots going on that took the lime light away from the main plot at hand, finding Holly's fugitive from justice. I just didn't feel like that particular part of the story developed very well!




    Overall, I really didn't care for this nearly as much as I have the past three Holly Barker books, but I do look forward to book 5, Iron Orchid, and hope that it focuses more on Holly! I don't typically read male author's, and I feel that the plots and characters always have a more masculine feel to them, but change is good and I have come to appreciate the writing of Stuart Woods. I believe that Reckless Abandon could have solely been a Stone Barrington series book, so I look forward to getting back to more Holly Barker soon!

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