The Hunting Grounds

The Hunting Grounds

by Katee Robert

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The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.

For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.

As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503946705
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Hidden Sins Series , #2
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 418,107
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 book, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA Award finalist, and RT Book Reviews called it “a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginative games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The Hunting Grounds is the second book in Katee’s Hidden Sins series following The Devil’s Daughter. Visit her online at www.kateerobert.com.

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The Hunting Grounds 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Excellent romantic suspense. A lot of suspense, some good romance. Kept me guessing until the end. I recommend highly. You can't go wrong with any book from Katee Robert!
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
I love a good romantic suspense, so I kicked back and prepared myself to be intrigued, dazzled, and thrown for a loop. A serial killer in a national park loaded with cougars, mountain lions, and bears. What’s a ranger to do? Call in the FBI, specifically the BAU team (hello Criminal Minds), build a profile and get to tracking. Done, Done, and Done. I thought I knew who the killer was. I didn’t. Kudos to Roberts. More Kudos for the detailed descriptions that put me right in the middle of each scene. I felt the breeze, heard the howls and screams, smelled the decay (sounds gruesome, I know, but that’s what happens when a serial killer is involved). I sorta crushed on Vic. I have a weakness for alpha males that’s sorta the quiet type. The only issue I had with this story was the romance, which isn’t good since it’s…well… a romance. Don’t get me wrong, there is some romance; however, it’s not the main focus, but more of an afterthought. Like, wait, this is supposed to be a romance, so here’s a kissing scene. Oh, and now here’s some declaration of affection. At least that’s the way it comes across to me – less romantic suspense, more of a thriller with romantic elements. Nonetheless, a great story with a lot of suspense and twists and turns.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
This book takes off like a streak of lightning. We meet Vic and Maggie again but under much different circumstances. Maggie a park ranger in Glacier National Park, loves her job and the park. It's what she needed after leaving the BAU/FBI feeling like she couldn't handle the stress. Or Vic and the one kiss they shared. She's happy and content. She likes the backwoods so she doesn't have to deal with the tourists, people aren't her thing. When a body is discovered in the park, shot with a bow and field dressed strung up between two trees, Vic is called in. He's investigated two other similar killings in other parks. This is the first time they've seen each other in 6 years. The story weaves back an forth between the present with a short narration of the past by one of the younger characters who is among the hunted. Clearly they quickly discover a pattern to the killings and it seems someone is targeting a group of friends who have grown up in the area, hike the park often and want one last get together hiking into the mountains. They have given the rangers their route. Bodies are turning up, some seem unrelated until they get a break, albeit a small one yet Katee puts so many twists and turns into this story, just when you think you know who the killer is... forget it. You haven't got a clue. And neither do the investigators. This book is edgy, short on romance but worked well in this book and Katee hit her stride in this one. I liked this much better than book one. This is a page turner and keeps you on edge. Which is apparent that's where the author wants you. I had to give this 5 stars simply because it's so well written and the plot line is killer. No pun intended. Backstory is great, so you really get a feel for what's going on, and the setting... stunning. Glacier is a favorite place of mine. **arc from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for a fair review** (post release date)
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
THE HUNTING GROUNDS by Katee Robert. Book 2 in Hidden Sins Ranger finds a body at the campgrounds called it in saying "strung up. Maggie was hoping it would be something she would never have to do. Being a ranger the job was a mixture of things. Vic hadn't seen Maggie in seven years, and didn't expect seeing her here. Their past was with the FBI, until she left. Can they work together, and have the trust needed, with a killer on the loose. Katee gives us a detail plot of the murder and a little bit of romance. It grabs your attention from the first of the emotions of Maggie. Readers will enjoy this second book by Katee and can be read as a stand alone. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: THE HUNTING GROUNDS (Hidden Sins Book 2) by Katee Robert Publication Date: July 25, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 5 Stars Wow! I loved this fast-paced mystery. Serial killer, hot FBI agent, Glacier National Park….it had it all. Even though Maggie seemed a little whiney at times, I still liked her. Vic was solid, sexy and caring; a nice combination that worked well with the hot romance. The story never let up and kept me glued to the pages wondering who the killer was, and how the HEA would come about. I can’t wait for the next one. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Hunting Grounds is the second book in Katee Robert’s The Hidden Sins Series. I did read the first book and can assure you that this is a standalone read. As with The Devil’s Daughter, the mystery was difficult to figure out and the situation was rather intense. I really liked the fact that most of the action took place within Glacier National Park making for some impressive scenery. While tracking a serial killer through a couple of national parks, FBI Agent Vic Sutherland finds himself working with Park Ranger and former FBI Agent Maggie Gaines. Seven years ago, a very difficult case ended Maggie’s very short career as an FBI Agent and Vic’s partner. Over that time, Maggie has become a very adept Park Ranger. Maggie’s world gets turned upside down when she learns that the park is being taken over by a ruthless murderer who is gutting his/her victims and hunting them with a bow and arrow. To add insult to injury, Maggie is still lusting after Vic long after their last contact with each other all those years ago. In addition, Vic has had those same feelings for Maggie that she is not even aware of. As fate would have it, they get a chance to work together again and address their feelings in and out of the bedroom. Somehow, they manage to carry out a comprehensive investigation until the killer puts them both in imminent danger. Since there are a lot of twists and turns that I don’t want to ruin, I will just say that high school relationships will play a huge roll in everything that happens. I would call The Hunting Grounds the serial killer version of Beverly Hills 90210. There are a lot of unlikely suspects and the murders are gruesome in nature. By the time that I got to the end, I was thrown way off by motive and the big reveal of who the killer really was. Consequently, I had an issue with the motivation but I did enjoy the book. The hero and heroine were likeable and I couldn’t argue with the intensity. I look forward to the next book in the series. **Received a copy from Montlake Romance and reviewed voluntarily.**
DoveArt More than 1 year ago
"The Hunting Grounds" was a solid, well-paced suspense story with a touch of romance. The romance took a back seat, but it made sense for the story, more emphasis on the romantic aspects would have felt forced in the midst of trying to find a deranged murderer; I appreciated this realistic approach and still cared about Maggie and Vic's second chance at a relationship and in their career. The plot was engaging throughout and kept me guessing until the end. This was my first book by Katee Robert, but I will definitely have her on my radar from now on. Thank you to NetGalley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert Book Two of the Hidden Sins series Publisher: Montlake Romance Publication Date: July 25, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert. Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again. For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them. As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive. What I Liked: I'd not read too many romantic suspense novels before this year, and it never really seemed like it would be my thing. I get creeped out and freaked out easily, and suspense novels tend to get scary and creepy pretty quickly. But with Katee Robert writing this series, I knew I wasn't going to pass. Yet again, Robert has written an excellent chilling romantic suspense that is just as good as (if not better than) her previous novel, The Devil's Daughter. Vic Sutherland was introduced in The Devil's Daughter as a secondary character. In this book, he takes front row and center when he is called to investigate a gruesome murder at Glacier National Park. This happens to be the Park at which his former partner at the FBI works. Maggie Gaines left the FBI less than a year after joining, and she hasn't looked back. Seven years at the Park has made it feel like home. But one murder, and then another, and another, and another, has made the Park feel tainted and unsafe. Vic and Maggie were former partners once, and they'll have to work together to track down the deadly hunter who shows no signs of stopping the killing. This book has me shuddering a little! I get freaked out fairly easily but still, I have to say that Robert definitely sets the tone of this book. It is chilling and eerie, and I honestly can't say I ever want to go to a National Park to hike. Visit, yes, but not hike. The atmosphere of this book is perfect for a suspense/mystery novel. It is clear that Robert has done her research! Everything from Glacier National Park geography to a park ranger's duties to the BAU of the FBI... this book may be fiction but Robert made the story incredibly authentic. Her efforts showed and I appreciated how much detail she thought to include. I don't want to go into too much detail about the murders and the case, but I will say that Robert had me guessing who the unsub was until the very end. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Revenge is a dish best served cold . . . Wow, Katee Roberts has written an unforgettable serial murder mystery, filled with suspense and liberally sprinkled with romance to make this another superb read from this highly talented author. This is definitely one of those select few books where I suggest you forget reading any reviews and go straight to read the book, it is brilliant IMHO! Maggie Gaines was top of her class whilst training to become an FBI agent but the horrendous first case had her leaving the job. Now she’s working as a ranger in the Glacier National Park when the body of a woman is discovered in the Park . . . a woman who has been murdered, then treated like she’s just a piece of meat. After this horrific discovery Vic Sutherland is brought in to investigate. It turns out this is the third such killing, each in a different National Park, apparently by the same perpetrator. Maggie was Vic’s partner during her time in the FBI and she was very attracted to him, but he was married then. Now he’s divorced and the attraction between them is mutual but there’s a serial murderer to apprehend before he can find more victims . . . . can they survive the deadly archer? With danger in the wilderness, it isn’t only the bears they need to avoid! This is another superb, action packed suspense thriller that has so many twists, it is a real roller coaster ride! I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and have no hesitation in highly recommending it – definitely one of my favourite reads this year and one I hope you don’t miss out on reading! If you do read it, hope you enjoy it as much as I did – definitely a 5* read for me! I requested and was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it – I just couldn’t wait to do so!
Rules640 More than 1 year ago
The Hunting Grounds is filled with suspense and plot pulls you into the story right from the beginning. The Hunting Grounds is told through three point of views that is Vic, Maggie and Madison. Maggie is a strong, brave and determined park ranger who doesn't fear risking her life to save someone. Her character was my favourite character from this book. It was a very well built character. And then the next person I would like to talk about is Vic, his character was also good. Like Mabgie he is also brave and strong. Along with that he has an awesome ability to remain calm in most situations and he is somewhat a control freak too, but not in a bad way though. Madison's part was short, and mostly told to convey the past and what might have caused the crime. The romance between Maggie and Vic made up only a small part of the plot but still it was beautiful and it was just the perfect dose of romance that this novel needed. This novel was filled with suspense and lot of unpredictable twists and turns. The plot kept me at the edge of my sit until the criminal got caught. The mystery was so gripping that it was very difficult to stop reading the book. I loved The Hunting Grounds and I guess it is my best mystery read of this year till date. I would definitely like to recommend this book to all the suspense lovers.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE HUNTING GROUNDS is the second installment in Katee Robert’s contemporary, adult HIDDEN SINS murder/mystery, romantic suspense series. This is FBI agent Vic Sutherland, and former FBI agent and park ranger Maggie Gaines’s story line. THE HUNTING GROUNDS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Vic Sutherland, and his boss at the FBI Britton Washburne were first introduced in book one THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER. Told from several third person points of view including Maggie and Vic, with flashbacks to the past THE HUNTING GROUNDS focuses on the search for a killer who is targeting hikers at various National Parks. When the most recent victim(s) is discovered in Glacier National Park park ranger Maggie Gaines comes face to face with her past-FBI BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) specialist Vic Sutherland-her former partner and the man with whom she had fallen in love. What ensues is the search for a killer, as Maggie and Vic analyze the path of jealousy and revenge. THE HUNTING GROUNDS is a story of mystery, murder, suspense and retribution. As the number of victims grows, Vic and Maggie begin to break down the potential who and why of the killer’s murder spree. The relationship between Maggie and Vic is one of mutual attraction but seven years earlier Vic Sutherland was a married man, and our heroine walked away from a career in the BAU when her first case went all to h*ll. Their attraction for one another has never waivered, and Maggie and Vic are wiling to reclaim what was lost years before. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the head of the BAU Britton Washburne, Vic’s FBI partner Tucker Kendrick, park ranger Ava Boyle, seasonal ranger David Downey, coroner Dr. Katherine Huxley, and Maggie’s current boss Wyatt Thornton. There are also a large number of hikers who become targets for a psychopath h*ll bent for fury in the name of betrayal and revenge. The superb and detailed world building focuses on the sights and sounds of life on the trails; the geography of Glacier National Park; and the search for a killer who will not stop until everyone is gone. THE HUNTING GROUNDS does not focus so much on the romance aspect of the leading couple but focuses more on the hunt for a killer so I hazard to label THE HUNTING GROUNDS a true romantic suspense. The relationship between Maggie and Vic is a little more than a bi-product of working together but a relationship that has the potential to resume when all is said and done. The premise is intriguing but predictable although the killer’s motivation needed a more thorough explanation; the romance is limited and secondary to the overall story line; the leading characters are reserved and fell a little flat. THE HUNTING GROUNDS by Katee Robert is an imaginative tale of murder, suspense and revenge.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This was a great, suspenseful thriller, and it was very exciting! 4.5 Stars! Maggie Gaines used to be a FBI profiler. For a year, she was at the top of her game, working for the Behavioral Analysis Unit, and hunting down serial killers, until she flamed out. Her first case was a doozy, and it caused her to quit the FBI, and run away. From everything, and everyone, including the partner she had no business wanting. She ended up in Glacier National Park, as a park ranger. She loves the park, and mostly, she loves her job. But all the tourists, not so much. She spends most of her time in the back country, and she likes it that way. Until a mutilated murder victim shows up in her safe place, and she knows everything is about to change again. Vic Sutherland is a well-trained FBI agent with the BAU. He's been tracking a serial killer who's been murdering their victims in different National Parks over the last many months. He gets the call about the body in Glacier, and he knows that he's going to see his old partner again. Maggie. The one that got away, both in work, and in life. He is anxious to see her again, but he doesn't think she'll be thrilled to see him. He is trying to remain professional, and put the case first, but he knows it will be difficult. He's been chasing this un-sub through 3 different National Parks, and he has a bad feeling the killer isn't done with Glacier just yet, so he has to be at the top of his game. This was a very exciting thriller, and it was scary and suspenseful. It was all you'd want in a murder mystery. There were many suspects, and it was difficult to decide who I thought the killer was. As soon as I had a thought, I'd think I was wrong, and maybe it was someone else. I ended up being right, shortly before the reveal, but I still wasn't quite sure, and I loved that, and it kept it a surprise. Vic and Maggie worked great together, and their connection was obvious to everyone else too. While I loved their chemistry and banter, I will say this was along the lines of book 1, where it was 85% thriller, 15% romance, which is much less than I usually prefer. The author deftly handled the switch from her prior contemporary romance, and romantic suspense, to a true murder thriller, with just a hint of romance. I will say I wish we'd had a little more closure on some of the characters' romantic relationships in the end, but that's the romance reader in me pouting a bit. I also wish we'd had a little more info about the killer, and their motives. It seemed there had to be a lot more going on below the surface, and I would have liked to delve into that a little more. That must be the cop show viewer in me pouting as well. I don't want to say much more since this is a mystery thriller. I truly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it!