Book Review: Hideaway by Nora Roberts

I am a huge Nora Roberts, JD Robb fan. My mother gave me four of the In Death series books a few years before she passed away and when I finally got around to reading them I fell in love. At the time I didn’t know JD Robb was actually Nora Roberts so when I found out I picked up an audiobook and fell in love again. This month her new book, Hideaway, was released, something I had been looking forward to so I thought I would review it here as a book by an author I would recommend if you want to get into adult romance novels.

The story is about Caitlyn Sullivan who is a member of the Sullivan family who are Hollywood royalty. The story starts with Cait being kidnapped from the family estate in Big Sur. She does escape and when she runs away she finds the Cooper ranch where she meets Dillion Cooper. Both of them are children and Dillion helps to calm Cait down and get help for her from his mother and grandmother. As the story goes on we follow Caitlyn and Dillion through their college years and into adulthood where they come together again.

This is an adult romance novel with a touch of mystery and suspense. I really loved this book. From the start I fell for Caitlyn and her big, loving family. I was right there with her when she was being held for ransom and rooted for her through the years that followed. 

Dillion is a great male lead. He is strong, knows what he wants, and loves animals (especially dogs). What’s not to love? He and his family have been ranchers for generations and even when he is forced to go away to college his heart remains with the ranch. 

The story is strong. It’s a typical Nora Roberts format in that boy meets girl and so on and there is an element of danger. Caitlyn becomes a fearful child but through the love of her family grows into a strong and loving adult. The supporting cast of characters are all well developed and everyone has a purpose in the story. There are no throw away characters. The mystery itself was a little easy to figure out but then this isn’t a James Patterson novel. Things are laid out logically but are very transparent. This does not take away from the enjoyment of the book. As a matter of fact it adds to the charm of the book. It’s lighter fare and meant to be candy for the brain.

As I said, I loved this book. It was like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. I felt uplifted and refreshed. I did listen to the audiobook and January Levoy, who does a lot of Nora’s books, was fabulous as always. She can really bring the story to life. I give this book a 5 out of 5 and if you’re looking to dip your toe into the adult romance genre then I highly recommend picking this one up.

Libby and I have really settled into a nice little routine. I will be sad when I go back to work and can’t spend the day with her but I will look back on this time with her with a great deal of gratitude. I’m waiting impatiently for the hair salons to open on June 15th. I am in desperate need of a haircut. I wear it short and it’s down to my collar now and driving me nuts. Soon. That is my mantra now.

I am currently listening to Marked by Benedict Jacka which will catch me up on the Alex Verus series. So far it’s good. I’ll review that next week. After that I’m not sure. I started to listen to The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab but the narration was horrible. I have the ebook on hold and I’m hoping to get it soon. 

That’s it for this week. I know the world is starting to ramp back up so I hope all goes well for you both professionally and personally. I’m curious to see what the new normal is going to be. Until next week my friends, stay safe and stay healthy.


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