Author: Karen Robardsshiver
Publisher: Ballentine
Date: 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9781410454430
Price: 25.00
Number of Pages: 384
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, E-Book, Audio

Rating Scale: 3Q, 4P

Links to Author’s Website and Interviews

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Reader’s Annotation

Sam knows Marco is dangerous, so why can’t she fight her attraction for him?


Sam is a struggling single mother trying to make ends meet for four-year-old son, Trevor. She repossesses cars, which is a dangerous job, especially as she does it at night. One night as she is repossessing a car, she finds a man tied up and injured in the trunk of the car. Before she can do anything, she is hit in the head and placed in the trunk with the man. As they are taken to the impound lot, Sam manages to help them escape by shooting her captors with a gun that she had hidden on her person. Sam is afraid of the man because she thinks he must be caught up the cartel, so she tries to take off with her tow truck. However, before she can get there, he manages to capture her at gunpoint and forces her to take him with her. As the two are driving, he tells her that his name is Marco and that he is in the witness protection program for whistleblowing about the cartel. However, the reader learns that, in truth, he is an FBI agent named Daniel sent to uncover a leak in the U.S. Marshall’s Office. Sam manages to escape and goes home to find that the cartel have found her and killed her babysitter. She’s about to be killed when Daniel, along with some fellow agents, manage to rescue her. Daniel, still under the guise of Marco, is back in the witness protection program and makes a deal to include Sam and her child in the program. As they spend more time together, they begin to feel a strong attraction to each other but Sam is conflicted because she thinks he’s a bad guy.

Critical Evaluation

Robards excels at creating chemistry between her two likeable protagonists. Their scenes together are very steamy. Sam’s son Trevor is also a cute character, although he acts more grown up than his age. The problem with this book is its mystery storyline. It becomes fairly obvious who the villain is once Sam goes into the witness protection program. The reason behind the leak is a bit thin and convoluted. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. You really have to suspend your belief in order to enjoy the book, even more than you would usually do for a romantic suspense novel. Some of the action scenes are also a bit ridiculous and unrealistic. However, it was a fun, easy read. I just think that Robards could have done better with the storyline.

Significance of Book

Karen Robards is a big name in the romantic suspense genre and is well known for her steamy romances and compelling characters. Shiver is a good example of Robards’ skill.


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Discussion Ideas

  • Discuss Sam’s past failed relationships and how this has shaped her character
  • Discuss Daniel’s persona as Marco.

Justification of Selection

What drew me to this book was the premise of a man and woman meeting under threatening circumstances and being on the run from very bad guys. I’ve always been intrigued by stories that involve the witness protection program and I like romances where the protagonists are at odds with each other.


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