Friday, July 28, 2017

Release Blitz with Review: The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

Release Week Celebration for THE HUNTING GROUNDS by NYT Bestselling Author, Katee Robert!
"Katee Robert has definitely picked up the romantic suspense genre and made it her bitch. I can’t wait to see what we get next. Given some of the books I see she’s been using for research, I know it’s going to be frightening and amazing at the same time."—Goodreads Review

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Title: The Hunting Grounds
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Hidden Sins #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Print Length: 318 pages
Format: Digital and Paperback
ISBN: 978-1503946705


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.

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The Hunting Grounds Excerpt

Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert

Vic’s gaze fell on his phone. Maggie’s number was now in the contacts folder. It would be easy to dial it, just to check on her.

Except it was late, and she hadn’t asked for him to babysit her.

He’d gone years without seeing her, and now that they were in the same general area, it was like they were two magnets that could barely resist the pull. He wanted to hear her voice, to sit her down and share a meal that wasn’t military issue, to actually talk.

His phone rang, which startled him so much he almost dropped it. Vic stared at the screen for several precious seconds, wondering if he was more tired than he’d thought, because it sure as fuck looked like Maggie was calling him. “Sutherland.”

“It’s me.”

He sat on the edge of the bed, suddenly painfully aware that he wore only a towel. It shouldn’t matter. She couldn’t see him, didn’t know what he was or wasn’t wearing, but it did matter. “Hey, Maggie.”

“I have to apologize.” He could almost feel her soft sigh. “You were right, and I was acting like a stubborn kid. This whole thing—the murders in the park and having to deal with my past and you—has got me all twisted up.”

Maybe it was the events of the last two days, but he was so goddamn tired of doing the noble thing. He never put himself or his personal shit before a case. Not once.

He’d never wanted to before.

“I twist you up?”

“As if you didn’t know. I had something of a crush on you when we were partners—which I’m sure you knew after I threw myself at you—and apparently I didn’t outgrow it as much as I thought.”

The dimness of the room evoked an intimacy he didn’t deserve. Was Maggie sitting in her bedroom in low light, too? He liked the picture that made. “You have nothing to apologize for.”

“I’ve been making an ass of myself since you stepped off that helicopter.” She shifted, the sound painfully loud in the near silence. “And I’m doing it again, apparently. My whole point was that I’m sorry and I’ll be professional from now on. You don’t have to worry about any breakdowns or hissy fits.”

If he was smart, he’d take her apology for what it was and allow it to move them back to solid ground. There were lives on the line and a condensed timeline that was only going to get more condensed with each body that popped up.

But when Vic spoke, he didn’t move them back to firm ground. He threw them right over the edge of the cliff. “Fuck being professional. I want you, Maggie. Not the former FBI agent. Not the park ranger. I want you.”

Praise for The Hidden Sins Series

“…a captivating read, made all the more rewarding when good triumphs.” —Washington Post

“Robert shows off her impressive versatility in this fast-paced and inventive new Hidden Sins series. The small-town setting is a masterful blend of quaint and oppressive, which ratchets the menace and thrill factor. The protagonists carry the full weight of their pasts with them, making their growing relationship as compelling as the mystery element in The Devil’s Daughter. With plenty of twists and betrayals, this is a book that is sure to earn Robert a wealth of new fans.” —RT Book Reviews

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        About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named 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 imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Maggie Gaines' life as a ranger at Glacier National Park isn't the life she planned on, but it's one that brings her peace. Seven years ago, her first case in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI had broken her. BAU agents are tasked with finding the most heinous serial killers imaginable. The stress and mental anguish had been too much to bear and she cut her losses. She thought she had put her old life behind her and buried it. But when a grisly murder scene is discovered in the park, she realizes old ghosts are about to be resurrected.

Vic Sutherland is called in to investigate the murder, and the prospect of coming face to face with Maggie is leaving him unnaturally rattled. He's known for his iron tight control, but his old partner left quite a few unresolved feelings that now must be confronted.

It was more than the unsub potentially being close enough to be a threat. It was the fact that the last time he and Maggie were alone, she'd been in his arms. Even with the case hanging over their heads, the memory stood between them almost like a living thing.

To be honest, I liked the idea of these two together, but the romance fell short for me. Vic and Maggie had an interesting past, but I feel as if we only barely broke their surface. Individually, we know that Vic's marriage didn't work out because of his inability to show emotion and their incompatibility. We know that Maggie's parents were controlling and disapproving of her life choices, but it didn't stop her from following her own heart. But as a whole, I would have liked to have seen them drawn out in more depth. And due to the number of murders piling up, their relationship build was pretty non-existent.

After the first murder, a group of friends hike into the forest together and all hell breaks loose. More bodies are found, and Maggie and Vic must race against the clock to hunt down the unknown predator in the forest. Clearly, there seems to be a personal connection to the victims, because the tally is escalating at an alarming rate. Through flashbacks from the hikers' POV and the investigation, we learn that these young friends are not who they appear to be. Secrets and jealousy run rampant, and just when you think you've pegged the unsub, you're given new facts that lead you away in another direction.

Typically I like a heavy dose of romance in what I read, but I didn't need it here. I still enjoyed their dynamic together and I could easily see them flourishing. Vic was very protective and caring, but he didn't coddle her. He had faith in her ability to contribute to the case and didn't prevent her from stepping into the danger for fear of her safety. He saw her as an equal. Maggie seemed to understand his quirks and accepted him as he was. She was also a straight shooter just like him, and they weren't the type to play games. Though their future was unresolved in the end, I was optimistic that they would find happiness together in the future.

Though this is the second in the series, but it's a very loosely connected standalone so it's completely safe to read out of order. I would recommend this to readers who love a good mystery. This book had my guessing the entire way and in the end none of my theories were correct. Well played, Ms. Robert. Well played. I look forward to reading more of this series in the future.

Her park had been tainted. They said one never escaped the sins of their past, but she hadn’t realized she’d bring that truth with her when she made her home in Montana.


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