Release Week Celebration for THE HUNTING GROUNDS by NYT Bestselling Author, Katee Robert!
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
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.
"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
Reese's Review:Katee Robert has my heart. No lie I fell in love with her books a long time ago and her books have only gotten better. I read The Devil’s Daughter when it was released and loved it. I never knew what was going to happen next, or who was going to die. The perfect mystery/suspense story. I was a little disappointed when I thought The Devil’s Daughter would be a stand along, but lucky for me it wasn’t. The Hunting Grounds was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t put it down for even a few minutes.
Maggie Gaines left the FBI after her first case went bad. She was top of her class and ever since she left seven years ago her biggest regret has been not being good enough. Now Maggie is a park ranger and she thought the bodies and murders were behind her. That’s when the first body shows up and so does her old partner Vic Sutherland.
Maggie is a no nonsense kind of girl. She harbors a lot of resentment over not being able to “cut it” in the FBI after her first case went terribly wrong. She also had a huge crush on her partner Vic Sutherland, who was married at the time. I loved Maggie’s character. Kate Robert did a great job making both the characters seem so real, like Maggie and Vic were people we knew. Maggie doesn’t really enjoy interacting with people, but she cares about the people under her protection. One of my favorite aspects of this story was when Maggie started slowly using her FBI training and how well she did under pressure using her park trainer along side her FBI trainer.
Vic Sutherland was interesting as well. I got to meet him in The Devil’s Daughter and was glad he got his own story. Vic has a lot of his own demons from his divorce and how things went wrong with Maggie. Vic does a lot of worrying in this story about Maggie and I enjoyed how much he began to kind of lose his cool whenever Maggie was involved.
Overall The Hunting grounds was an amazing story. I was constantly left guessing about who was who. Everything was a little terrifying and I felt along with the characters which is just indicative of good writing. This is definitely a must read.
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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.”
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
Other Books in the Hidden Sin Series
THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER
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.