To Trust a Stranger Mass Market Paperback – 15 Sep 2003
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"The Pilot" (Southern Pines, NC) You'll be snagged on the first page....Robards neatly combines the elements of suspense and romance.
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Karen Robards is the author of more than forty 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 and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
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As Julie has Mac investigate her husband, she will not know Mac's hidden agenda. That agenda will cause problems between them, as both Julie's and Mac's lives are threatened.
TO TRUST A STRANGER has one of the best prologues I've ever read. And, the relationship between Julie and Mac is believable, and very tempestuous and sexy. There's some interesting secondary characters, and some really scary bad guys. The story moves very quickly, and made this book a real page-turner. Oh yes, and before I forget, there's a dog, Josephine, who is a real scene-stealer.
There's only a couple of things that keep this book from being a 5-star read, for me. The book seemed a little too short, the romantic relationship between Julie and Mac, a little too quick. Still, it's very much worth reading, and maybe rereading.
Former South Carolina beauty queen Julie Carlson suspects that her mega-bucks husband, Sid, is cheating on her. As she follows him one night, a farcical set of circumstances leave her clad in skimpy pajamas, stranded in Charleston's red light district without a car and with a transvestite named Debbie as her only companion.
Debbie is really Mac McQuarry, a P.I. who went undercover to locate a client's cheating husband. When Mac aids Julie out of the jam she is in, Julie discovers that Debbie is really a man, but she assumes that he is gay. Not bothering to correct her, Mac lets Julie think what she will, adding an element of humor to this intense read as Julie finds herself fantasizing about Debbie aka Mac.
Soon, Julie discovers that her life may be in danger, and Mac is probably the only one that she can trust. Swallowing her pride, Julie tries to overlook the fact that Mac omitted the truth about his sexuality and his previous association with Sid. In a heart-stopping race for their lives, Julie and Mac are on the run from the police, the mob, and a hit man. Can they find safety before they both end up dead?
Combining the excitement of a mystery with the spice of a romance, Ms. Robards has, once again, firmly established her position in the genre of romantic suspense. And all the characters, most especially Mac and Julie, are so realistically written, thereby increasing the credibility of this read. A MUST READ!
This is the first book that I have read by the author. The book is a combination of mystery and romance. It is simply amazing how the author had a seemingly perfect family involved with so many secrets. Julie Carlson and Sid Carlson marriage was based on a lie from the beginning. Julie ended up trusting a total stranger, Mac, who was a private investigator. One of the best parts in this story was about the love for Mac's dog named, Josephine. If you love a good story, you just have to read this book. The reader plans to go back and read Mrs. Robards previous novels. Recommend her to your friends!!!
Private Investigator Mac McQuarry was on a case--a case that required him to dress as a drag queen. When he encountered Julie Carlson in the parking lot of the bar he just exited, he thought his luck was about to change. Here is the wife of a man he tried to put behind bars when he was on the police force years earlier. His effort cost him his job. Mac is convinced that Sid Carlson is involved with the MOB and knows what happened to his brother, Daniel, who disappeared fifteen years ago. With Julie's help, maybe he would succeed this time investigating Sid.
Mac eventually convinces Julie to hire him to tail Sid but soon he becomes her bodyguard because someone is trying to kill her.
Robard's latest effort is not as dark as some of her previous novels. In this book, she has left behind the psycho killer in favor of a hit man and instead of having animals tortured she includes a poodle who is bad but adorable.
After reading the prologue, I think you will agree that you just have to continue on. The suspense is good; Mac's stint as a drag queen is amusing; the sex is steamy; the pacing is well done. I really enjoyed Mac's character. He is simply loyal and so protective of Julie especially after discovering her life is in danger. He refuses to leave her side and thanks to his vigilance, he saves her life more than once. I have to say that I think this is one of the best romantic suspense books I've read so far this year. I hope you will enjoy it also.