Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Thriller
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I did not read the previous book in this series. However, I didn't feel that I was ever missing anything.

Megan and Vic have history. They were partners when Vic was a senior field agent and Megan was just a newbie out of the gate. While they had one stolen moment, the case they were working on devastated Megan and turned her out from the BAU.

When they meet again, someone is doing very bad things in the national parks. I think that this was a great story of past meets present. The flashbacks were well placed, informative, and really painted a picture of the past.

Then, when you would flash to the present, it was an edge of your seat, who done it story and I loved it!

I don't want to write too much because the thriller is great. The romance was definitely back burner, but I think that made it better.

This story had me seriously frightened and more than a little bit jumpy. The tale of a serial killer hunting hikers in a national park is definitely not a story to read in a tent by flashlight. I loved the gorgeous descriptions of Glacier National Park and I really enjoyed the two main characters.

Park Ranger Maggie and FBI agent Vic make a great investigative team. Maggie is a former FBI agent and her and Vic’s relationship is complicated. While they try to stop the killer, Maggie and Vic face threats from the harsh environment, the unpredictable weather, and the predatory animals living in the park. I enjoyed Maggie’s physical and mental strength. She’s not a typical leading lady but she’s certainly an inspiring and engaging woman. Her survival skills give her an interesting edge over Vic’s years of experience as an agent and they work well together. There is a little bit of romance between Vic and Maggie, but the main focus of this story is the criminal investigation.

The reason I’m awarding four, not five stars is that some of the clues given throughout the story don’t help readers attempting to identify the killer. We get constant flashbacks to a hike that happened five years earlier but I’m not sure they were always necessary and they didn't always provide useful information. The author does a good job keeping readers guessing up to the very end but I’m not sure enough was offered to allow readers an accurate guess. And I still had unanswered questions at the end.

However, this is an incredibly exciting read. While Maggie and Vic track the killer through the enormous park, the deaths become increasingly gruesome. I enjoyed the mix of physical and cerebral action and investigation in this book. Vic’s partner’s investigations in town feed Vic and Maggie information they use as they hunt their killer.

Even if I lost some sleep, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I’m looking forward to the next story in this series.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins #2) by Katee Robert to read and review.

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