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Hideaway A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts emotional new suspense novelCaitlyn Sullivan, a daughter of Hollywood royalty, was already a star at ten, but still loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur It was during one of those games that she disappearedDespite her glamorous background, Cate was a shrewd, scrappy survivor, and she managed to escape her abductors Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bruised and terrified girl huddled in his ranch house kitchen but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge and comfort, reuniting her with her loved onesCate s ordeal, though, was far from over First came the discovery of a betrayal that would send someone she d trusted to prison Then there were years away in Ireland, sheltered and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul Then, finally, she returned to Los Angeles, hoping to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life What she didn t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long ago night one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance Hideaway is the latest standalone novel from bestseller Nora Roberts I didn t realise it was romantic suspense but I enjoyed it despite not being into anything romance based Caitlyn Sullivan, a daughter of Hollywood royalty, was already a star at ten, but still loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur It was during one of those games that she disappeared Despite her glamorous background, Cate was a shrewd, scrappy survivor, and she managed to escape her abdu Hideaway is the latest standalone novel from bestseller Nora Roberts I didn t realise it was romantic suspense but I enjoyed it despite not being into anything romance based Caitlyn Sullivan, a daughter of Hollywood royalty, was already a star at ten, but still loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur It was during one of those games that she disappeared Despite her glamorous background, Cate was a shrewd, scrappy survivor, and she managed to escape her abductors Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bruised and terrified girl huddled in his ranch house kitchen but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge and comfort, reuniting her with her loved ones Cate s ordeal, though, was far from over First came the discovery of a betrayal that would send someone she d trusted to prison Then there were years away in Ireland, sheltered and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul Then, finally, she returned to Los Angeles, hoping to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life What she didn t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long ago night one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance This is a high stakes contemporary love story with lots of action and a decent pace Cate is an interesting protagonist who is gritty with a strong and charismatic personality, even at the tender age on ten, and as the book unfolds theintense it becomes it has you hanging on every word desperate to know what happens I loved that I immediately felt a subtle darkness and sinister atmosphere and it is so sophisticatedly done that it puts those opposite to subtle thrillers to shame this is what Ms Roberts excels at It addresses the issues of family ties, the unremitting desire for revenge, and the complications of love This is the perfect escapist read for those looking for something easy and unchallenging as it requires no thinking at all The cast of characters, however, do feel a little cliche or stereotypical, which was a shame I will pick up her next book written under this nom de plume as so many people rave about them but I think my favourites will always be the ones written as JD Robb This will appeal mostly to those who enjoy women s fiction chick lit and or those into lighter suspense novels rather than those that are full on Many thanks to Piatkus for an ARC When Caitlyn Sullivan was ten years old, she was kidnapped from her family s home in Big Sur Due to her scrappy and tenacious nature, she was able to escape and was found by Dillon and Callan Cooper in their kitchen From that day on, it became clear who loved her and who was willing to use her for financial gain.Even after being whisked away to Ireland, she returns to the states to resume her acting career Have things changed since she was last in California Will her return be met with happi When Caitlyn Sullivan was ten years old, she was kidnapped from her family s home in Big Sur Due to her scrappy and tenacious nature, she was able to escape and was found by Dillon and Callan Cooper in their kitchen From that day on, it became clear who loved her and who was willing to use her for financial gain.Even after being whisked away to Ireland, she returns to the states to resume her acting career Have things changed since she was last in California Will her return be met with happiness or something else Love, Family and Vengeance are the themes of this book I enjoyed this book and found it to be a fast yet predictable read This is labeled as suspense, but the reader is told early on who the bad guys are so for me this wasn t suspenseful at all A strong point is the closeness of the Sullivan family and their love for one another The romance element is nice but again predictable This is a book that I would label a good airplane or relax by the beach type of book It doesn t require much thought but is enjoyable.I received a copy of this book from Piatkus and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own My reviews can also be seen at the years I ve enjoyed many books by Nora Roberts Her last two novels, Undercurrents and Shelter in Place were both very good reads After reading the description for Hideaway, I was excited to get started.The Sullivan s were a talented family Liam Sullivan was an icon whose career spanned decades Liam s great granddaughter, Caitlyn Ryan Sullivan Cate made her movie debut at just 21 months old She starred in anoth My reviews can also be seen at the years I ve enjoyed many books by Nora Roberts Her last two novels, Undercurrents and Shelter in Place were both very good reads After reading the description for Hideaway, I was excited to get started.The Sullivan s were a talented family Liam Sullivan was an icon whose career spanned decades Liam s great granddaughter, Caitlyn Ryan Sullivan Cate made her movie debut at just 21 months old She starred in another movie at age six, delivering her lines with ease That movie had been her great grandfather s last film At age 92, Liam died in his sleep with his beloved wife of sixty five years next to him.Three weeks after Liam s death everyone gathered at his Big Sur estate to celebrate his life It was a large affair with music and laughter Ten year old, Cate was organizing a game of hide and seek with her cousins She knew the perfect spot to hide She s on her way to her hiding spot when she sees a man in a server s uniform She tells him she s playing hide and seek He moves quickly and she doesn t see the needle coming.It isn t long before Cat s family realizes she s gone They are terrified Where could she be Then the phone rings Cate wakes up in a strange room Although she is scared, she manages to escape Her family is relieved she s safe But who was responsible for her kidnapping Cate changes after the incident She used to be very independent but now she s afraid to be alone The ramifications of what happened that day, will stay with her for many years to come.Time passes and just when things seem to be going well for Cate, something happens that brings the nightmares and anxiety flooding back.Then the phone calls start, taunting and terrifying A voice tells her it s far from overSomeone wants vengeance against Cate and her family.Will Cate ever have the life and love she wants and deserves I thought this was a good read, though it wasn t my favorite novel by Nora Roberts The story is broken into four parts and takes place over many years I found part one and part four most enjoyable, but I thought the middle parts were long winded There was some suspense though I did find it a bit predictable However, I still liked the story, many of the characters, and I wanted to see how things turned out for all of them.Overall, I thought this was an interesting story about family, betrayal, vengeance, and love.I d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel All opinions are my own. 2.5 Sullivan Stars Again, I wish Goodreads would let us put half stars in our ratings as it wasn t exactly a two star read and it didn t quite make the three star rating but I am feeling a bit generous so will up it to three I can be nice sometimes Talk about a letdown I know some of you might think I choose books with Irish themes just to slate them but that is not true I have read and enjoyed many books by Nora Roberts granted, some I have not enjoyed But this is a new re 2.5 Sullivan Stars Again, I wish Goodreads would let us put half stars in our ratings as it wasn t exactly a two star read and it didn t quite make the three star rating but I am feeling a bit generous so will up it to three I can be nice sometimes Talk about a letdown I know some of you might think I choose books with Irish themes just to slate them but that is not true I have read and enjoyed many books by Nora Roberts granted, some I have not enjoyed But this is a new release not one of her earlier books which were usually a miss for me I do sometimes feel she is just churning out stuff to make a deadline she puts out one or two IN DEATH books per year plus a standalone usually Romantic Suspense I know she was in Ireland last summer so maybe that sort of egged her on to have a bit of an Irish theme with this book but, c mon, don t just put in every fucking Irish stereotype you can just to appease an audience that is looking for that, as I am sure there is such an audience I, for one, am not one I am Irish, I visit Ireland regularly, I hate the stage Irish shite that is thrown out there by some authors Characters with red hair, Irish soda bread, every Irish person drinks alcohol It does my head in.I couldn t even warm to Dillon, our hero The setting was nice, Monterey Spent some time there Would love to revisit.My last few books have been duds Maybe it s me, not the book It will get plenty of great reviews and folks will love it I didn t Even the ending felt a bit rushed and a bit silly, to be honest I just couldn t buy the characterisation of Jessica I did roll my eyes a few times My review isn t going to affect the sales of this book or any of her other books Good for her for being able to write at least three books per year I wish some of my favourite authors could would do that Then again, if they did, the standard might not be very high Sorry to be a Negative Nora excuse the pun but, you know me, I will tell it as I see it or should I say read it

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