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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Sleepwalker by Karen Robards

TITLE: Sleepwalker 

AUTHOR: Karen Robards
PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
FORMAT: Softcover, 370 pages
GENRE: Romantic Suspense, Mystery


It’s not that Micayla Lange is afraid of the clinking she hears coming from the first floor of the empty McMansion she’s housesitting for her uncle Nicco. She’s a cop, after all. It’s just that finding out her boyfriend was cheating on her was enough drama for one night. Now she’s alone on New Year’s Eve, wearing flannel pajamas and wielding a Glock 22 as she zeroes in on the unmistakable source of the sound: Uncle Nicco’s private office.

Jason Davis steals things for a living, so unexpected developments are a natural part of the job. Getting caught red-handed by a hot, pigtail-sporting police officer in what is supposed to be a gangster’s deserted house is just one more twist in the game. Kind of like finding incriminating photos in Nicco Marino’s safe, only to discover the cop—and the security cameras—have gotten a real good look at his face.

Unfortunately for Mick, she also got a good look at the damned pictures. Her “uncle” might love her like family, but if he knows she’s seen evidence that implicates him in the murder of a city councilman, she doesn’t like her chances. Which is why she’s having a hard time reconciling her professional instincts with what she is rapidly concluding is an inescapable fact: She’s about to help a criminal get away with a suitcase full of stolen money. And she’s going with him.

Mick and Jason’s race for their lives hurtles them through the dangerous Michigan wilderness on speedboat and snowmobile. As their adventure heats up and their enemies close in, Mick is torn between her duty to the force and the combustible passion engulfing her and her unlikely partner in crime. She’ll have to turn Jason in sooner or later…if they survive. But will they ever get a second chance at love?


I received this book for review from the publisher. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. 

I am a sleepwalker, so I was immediately intrigued by this book. I am not a screamer like Mick, but I have been known to open doors, put the stereo on, run in the house, and even talk!

Micayla “Mick” Lange, a cop, is house-sitting her “Uncle” (family friend, not related by blood) Nicco’s house on New Year’s Eve. Having broken up with her boyfriend, she shows up a day early and a heist takes place that night when the house is supposed to be empty. The thieves have removed three cases of cash, a half million in each to be exact. During her attempt to take down the thieves, Mick finds photographs in the safe implicating her Uncle Nicco in a multiple homicide. She stuffs the photographs in her pocket and realizes that her life would be in jeopardy if her uncle finds out that she saw them. The security camera in the room has likely recorded everything! When her uncle’s goons arrive on the scene, Mick recognizes that she has no choice but to flee with the thieves.

I like books where cops end up on the wrong side of the law, and especially ones with strong female heroines. Robards created an amazing character in Mick: She’s feisty, tough, and no-nonsense. As much as I loved her character, I had a little bit of a “disconnect” with her for the first half of the book. Even though the pace of the story was fast, I wasn’t swept away in the plot until the last half. By this point, Robards had peeled back more of Mick’s layers and I was able to finally feel that “connect” with her that had been missing earlier on.

The chemistry between Mick and Jason (one of the thieves) is fiery and palpable. I loved their banter! And, Jason...what’s not to love about this bad boy with a heart of gold? Yes, he is completely swoon-worthy!

Robards is a new-to-me author, but I plan to read more of her work. I love the Romantic Suspense genre, and this book had lots of both.

MY RATING: 4 stars!! I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to review this book! 

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  1. I love Karen Robards! I'll be watching for this one.

  2. This sounds like a great romantic suspense.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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