Christy Petrino is originally from New Jersey and a family that is tight with the Mob. She thought she escaped that life by becoming a lawyer and working in Philadelphia with a colleague whom she believed was also tired of the gangster life, only he wasn't. Now she's in a beach house in a small tourist town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, following mysterious instructions so that she and her family don't suffer the wrath of the Mob. As if that weren't enough pressure, she seems to be the target of a serial killer, and then there's Luke, a surfer neighbor who may or may not be as innocuous as he seems. Luke acts suspiciously, yet he keeps popping up and saving her life because he is actually an FBI agent sent to tail Christy and arrest her former boss and fiance. Not only is he trying to keep Christy alive, he's also fighting his attraction to her. Prolific and reliable, Robards delivers a perfect summer read with two dynamic main characters and a healthy dose of tension mixed with a dash of humor. ((Reviewed August 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist ReviewsReview by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Mob honeys and Jersey capos populate this frothy, fast-paced offering from bestselling Robards. In the beachfront town of Ocracoke on North Carolina's Outer Banks, 27-year-old lawyer Christy Petrino hurries along the dunes to her rental cottage after running a risky errand for her "Uncle" Vince, a made man and her mother's on-again, off-again boyfriend. She thinks she's alone, but after growing up in a mob family in Atlantic City-her dad was killed by a hit man-Christy expects the worst. Her fears are promptly confirmed when she stumbles over an injured woman sprawled in the sand. Alerted by her screams for help, Luke Rand, an FBI agent disguised as a tourist looking for his cat, turns up, followed promptly by elderly Rosa Castellano, the year-round resident on the other side. When the police arrive, they find the woman on the beach dead, her throat cut. Was Christy herself the intended victim? Is her ex-fiancé, a mob-connected lawyer, out to get her? Or is the murderer a serial killer on the loose? Robards's engaging heroine in this thriller-romance is alternately a "hot little chickie" and the personification of true grit, tough and resourceful when she's cornered and as aggressive as Luke in a series of titillating sex scenes. An abundance of humorous asides-the exploits of a cat called Marvin; the makeover of Luke's nerdy partner; an encounter with an eco-group earnestly observing sea turtles-are the candy coating on this toothsome treat. (Aug.) Forecast: This is one of Robards's best in recent years, and should enhance the franchise. Nine-city author tour. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Taking the summer off from a high-stress job, Christy travels to a cozy Carolina beach where she falls for a handsome drifter, but when she realizes that the women in a string of killings all resemble her, she fears she may be next.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Taking the summer off from her high-stress advertising job, Bonnie travels to a cozy Carolina beach where she falls for a handsome drifter and begins enjoying her time off, but when she realizes that the women in a string of killings bear her resemblance, she fears she may be next.Review by Publisher Summary 3
From New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards comes a thrilling new novel of suspense and steamy seaside sensuality set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, where a serial killer combs the beaches filled with beautiful female tourists for his next victim. Christy Petrino hadn't planned on a vacation on Ocracoke Island, but when she learns her fiancé and boss, suave Michael DePalma, is a "made man" and the Philadelphia law firm where she works is a front for the mob, she breaks her engagement and quits her job. But no one walks away from the DePalma family business so easily....Only if she delivers a locked briefcase to a motel on Ocracoke Island will she -- and her mother and sisters -- be free. But after clandestinely making her drop-off late at night, Christy suspects she is being followed on the moonlit beach -- and unwittingly runs into a new kind of terror. Now a witness at the center of a homicide investigation, Christy learns the police are hunting a serial killer they refer to as the "Beachcomber" because beautiful young women -- women who in fact resemble her -- have disappeared recently while vacationing at nearby beach communities. Christy doesn't know whom to fear more -- a serial killer who believes she might be able to identify him, or the DePalma family, whose tentacles she can't seem to escape. Only when she's with Luke Rand, her big surfer-dude next-door neighbor, does she feel safe. But with Luke's asking so many questions about her ex-fiancé and his showing up almost too conveniently whenever danger strikes, she can't help but wonder if his interest in her is due to more than sexual attraction. Can she trust this handsome stranger to help her survive a hot and deadly summer? Karen Robards creates a tour de force of passion and suspense in this scintillating page-turner, the quintessential summertime read.