Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Come Sundown

A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession…The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen...

Title:Come Sundown
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ISBN:1250123070
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:466 pages

Come Sundown Reviews

  • Jonetta

    I listened to this story without reading the book blurb and highly recommend doing it this way as I think too much is revealed in the setup. It's enough to know that this story involves the Bodine family of Western Montana, which includes four generations of women. The main character is Bodine Longbow, the youngest who runs the family's high-end resort. Her older brother runs the adjacent family ranch. Her childhood crush, Callen (Cal) Skinner returns back to

    I listened to this story without reading the book blurb and highly recommend doing it this way as I think too much is revealed in the setup. It's enough to know that this story involves the Bodine family of Western Montana, which includes four generations of women. The main character is Bodine Longbow, the youngest who runs the family's high-end resort. Her older brother runs the adjacent family ranch. Her childhood crush, Callen (Cal) Skinner returns back to the area following a stint in Hollywood and begins working for the family.

    The span of the story begins in 1991 and transitions to the present day for the first half of the book. It begins with the 1991 disappearance of Alice Bodine, Bodine's maternal aunt. It is a terrifying event and readers should be forewarned that there is a sexual assault though not graphic. In the present day, the bodies of two young women are discovered right around the time Cal returns so suspicion is cast his way. Therein lies the main conflict of the story.

    This was more of a mystery than suspense as I was challenged to figure out how the past influences the present, which I found more compelling. Even though my main hypothesis was correct, there were still some details I didn't get right. And, the characters were so well developed, typical of a Nora Roberts story, my early discovery didn't lessen my pleasure. The romances (there were a couple) took a back seat to the mystery element but were pleasant enough, also fine by me.

    What I found outstanding was the narration. This was my first time listening to Elisabeth Rodgers and I was extremely pleased. There were a LOT of characters, accents and ages she had to accommodate and I always knew who was talking. The voices of the primary characters were so distinctive and consistent. Well done!

    I liked this story and decided some time ago that I'd only listen to Nora's single titles, which are all romantic suspense. Best decision I ever made as her narrators are always really, really good and elevate the reading experience. That was definitely the case with this story, one that I very much enjoyed.

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

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    **Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for an arc of this book.

    is a powerful, compelling story showcasing the healing power of love and the amazing ability of the human soul and spirit to survive and recover from unimaginable, mind altering pain and sadistic evil.  It’s also the story of family doing what family does . . . loving unconditionally, making and cherishing memories, surviving loss and pain, building a future on hopes and dream

    *Reviewed at

    **Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for an arc of this book.

    is a powerful, compelling story showcasing the healing power of love and the amazing ability of the human soul and spirit to survive and recover from unimaginable, mind altering pain and sadistic evil.  It’s also the story of family doing what family does . . . loving unconditionally, making and cherishing memories, surviving loss and pain, building a future on hopes and dreams.  Nora Roberts is a master at writing about close-knit families bound by strong emotional ties whether related by blood, friendship, or romance, and we see that once again in this book.  Four generations of Bodine women, working together with the heart, gut, and grit of the pioneer women who first came west, lay the foundation for this story.  A strong, rich support cast including family, friends, and co-workers cements this epic saga of perseverance and triumph, with the added bonus of a friends to lovers romance (times 3). 

    Two stories play out in

     with one revealed through a series of flashbacks up until the point where the stories and timelines merge.  Two stories - One family - A span of twenty-five years.  The stories become one later in the book when prayers are finally answered, but is it too little, too late?  Alice Bodine was only eighteen the night she slipped away from home heading toward California.  After brief, spotty correspondence, she vanished like a ghost in the night and was later presumed dead.  But readers know that after three long years away, a weary, homesick Alice was homeward bound toting a backpack full of broken dreams when she made a fatal mistake.  Now she fears she'll never go home again as there's no escape route from hell.

    I won't reveal any spoilers, but I have to say that Alice's story was the big draw for me in

    .  Brilliantly written, her plight is what takes this story to another level as it unfolds in tragic bits and pieces - so horrific, so raw and graphic, so physically and mentally devastating that it left me reeling time and time again.  Roberts's villains are often sadistically evil and cruel and this one is no exception, ranking high on the depraved, psychotic killer list. The theme of nature vs. nurture often used by this author is prevalent as true identities are revealed near the end.

    After the opening flashback introducing Alice and cueing readers into her fate, the story moves to the present where we meet Bodine Longbow who runs the upscale Bodine Resort and her brothers who operate the Bodine Ranch - both offering guests an exclusive western cowboy experience.  This part of the story moved a little slow for me as it centers on the day to day operations while introducing readers to all the players.  It took me awhile to settle in and feel the connection between Bodine and Callen (her childhood crush and now love interest) who has returned home to work at Bodine Ranch.  The pace is slow and easy as the couple flirts around each other, exploring the sparks flying between them while figuring out where they're headed in the future.  The discovery of two brutally murdered women raises the stakes and intensity as the town now knows there's a serial killer in their midst.  From this point forward, I was on the edge of my seat, flipping pages trying to figure out the "who" and "why".  And after a connection is made to Alice - I couldn't put the book down. 

    is a heart-wrenching story of devastating loss and unbearable pain, but at the same time it's a story of hope, perseverance, unlimited love and faith and like the awe-inspiring sundown that appears again and again - the promise of another day.  The vast western Montana landscape, rich in gorgeous sunsets and cold, snowy winters adds a beautiful yet harsh element vital to this story.  Like a curvy backroad,

    unfolds through a series of twists and bends before ending on a shocking reveal that I didn't see coming.  Another intense, spellbinding Romance/Suspense story by Nora Roberts.  A Must Read!

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}

    Review to come...

    My reaction to this book is very mixed. On one hand I could be really immersed in the story line of Alice and on the other hand I would get really bored by the day to day minutia of running the Bodine Resort. Still sorting out my thoughts...

    Even though it was dark, I really liked the story line of Alice and that's the part of the story that I was really pulled into.

    The trilogy aspect of NR gets old but I did like each of the characters within the 3 couples. I agree with a couple

    Review to come...

    My reaction to this book is very mixed. On one hand I could be really immersed in the story line of Alice and on the other hand I would get really bored by the day to day minutia of running the Bodine Resort. Still sorting out my thoughts...

    Even though it was dark, I really liked the story line of Alice and that's the part of the story that I was really pulled into.

    The trilogy aspect of NR gets old but I did like each of the characters within the 3 couples. I agree with a couple of other readers that a little more development around them would have been good. Each of the three romances were fairly tepid and there wasn't really any conflict to create interest around. I think I would have preferred more about the characters and less on the day to day running of the resort. The resort itself was only a backdrop to the plot so the pages and pages on running it didn't seem necessary.

    And the killer and the relationship was way too easy to figure out. And since it was so obvious, I almost would have preferred seeing more of his story so that he would have been more fleshed out.

  • Wendy

    I won an Advance Readers Copy of this book from the publisher, St. Martin's Press. Thank you!

    Another wonderful Nora Roberts read! A suspenseful and intriguing saga involving twisted passions and based upon family ties.

    Set in Montana on a ranch/resort owned by the Longbow/Bodine family this is the story of a family coming together to settle issues of the past and to protect their own when a madman is on the loose abducting women to become his wives.

    In typical Nora Roberts fashion this romantic su

    I won an Advance Readers Copy of this book from the publisher, St. Martin's Press. Thank you!

    Another wonderful Nora Roberts read! A suspenseful and intriguing saga involving twisted passions and based upon family ties.

    Set in Montana on a ranch/resort owned by the Longbow/Bodine family this is the story of a family coming together to settle issues of the past and to protect their own when a madman is on the loose abducting women to become his wives.

    In typical Nora Roberts fashion this romantic suspense will captivate you throughout.

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    Every year I'm waiting impatiently for the the standalone hardcover by Nora Roberts. Every year the topic delves into something new and different. This author excels at researching new themes to such a depth that I finish the book with a sense of accomplishment and enrichment.

    Some of these books have been all time favorite novels and have earned a spot on my keeper shelf, others have been wonderfully entertaining - but every single one of them stood out because of the authors impeccable writing

    Every year I'm waiting impatiently for the the standalone hardcover by Nora Roberts. Every year the topic delves into something new and different. This author excels at researching new themes to such a depth that I finish the book with a sense of accomplishment and enrichment.

    Some of these books have been all time favorite novels and have earned a spot on my keeper shelf, others have been wonderfully entertaining - but every single one of them stood out because of the authors impeccable writing and unsurpassed storytelling.

    Come Sundown by Nora Roberts was no exception.

    This time the author took her novel to a Montana Dude Ranch/Resort. I've always wanted to go and spend a week at a Dude Ranch, so the topic couldn't have been more perfect for me.

    As it has been with many of her other books, the suspense kept me guessing until the very end. She has a talent of keeping the tension high and me on the edge of my seat. But the suspense alone wasn't what kept me turning the pages like crazy. Come Sundown had an overflowing amount of fantastic characters. From close family to friends, employees and most of all an incredibly smart and well trained horse - the characters were the gems in this book. All of them were fantastic and lovable personalities that enriched my reading experience and left me wanting more. And even though the novel was 466 pages long, time flew by and I never once felt bored or wished it to be over - rather the opposite.

    The only thing I would have changed was the amount of time that Bodine and Callen spent together - it wasn't enough for my taste. Because of the all encompassing storyline that spanned generations, and truly had the feel of a saga, their relationship felt almost like an afterthought. I needed more Bo and Cal.

    That was especially hard to swallow since I truly enjoyed both Bodine and Callen. Bodine was an incredibly strong woman. She ran the family resort with efficiency, dedication and devotion. I was in AWE!!!

    And Callen was awesome in a very understated way. I loved his silent but strong demeanor and found his confidence sexy and incredibly attractive. And his way of standing behind a strong woman and supporting her in every way was unbelievably HOT!!!!

    Add a truly amazing and spellbinding storyline and Come Sundown easily kept me glued to the pages and I had a hard time putting it down.

    But that's something that can be expected from a Nora Roberts novel. She is one of the only authors I can rely on to deliver thrilling and captivating novels again and again.

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  • Celeste

    For years, Nora Roberts has been my feel-good author. If I’m sick or depressed or just stressed, she’s my go-to fiction author. She’s my literary popcorn. Her books are a bubblebath for my brain. There’s something about her writing that just absorbs me from the first page, and her characters always feel like family. The work ethic of Nora Roberts astounds me. Every year, she puts out at least three (often four) new books. These

    For years, Nora Roberts has been my feel-good author. If I’m sick or depressed or just stressed, she’s my go-to fiction author. She’s my literary popcorn. Her books are a bubblebath for my brain. There’s something about her writing that just absorbs me from the first page, and her characters always feel like family. The work ethic of Nora Roberts astounds me. Every year, she puts out at least three (often four) new books. These are books that have never before been published. And no, she doesn’t have a team of writers working under her name. If a book says it’s written by Nora Roberts or her pen name, J.D. Robb, then she wrote it herself. And she’s not doing this for money; with over two hundred books published, the woman is set for life. No, she writes because it’s her passion, and I respect her immensely. Yes, her work is formulaic, but it’s supposed to be!! I don’t pick up her books to be surprised; I pick them up for their familiarity and the comfort that brings.

    Okay, end my gush-session over Nora. On to this actual book!

    Come Sundown is, like all of Nora’s books, a story with family at its core. Whether borne of blood or forged by friendship, family is always the central theme of Nora’s novels. This book takes place on the Bodine Ranch and Resort in the heart of Big Sky Country, otherwise known as Montana. Bodine Longbow is our female main character and manager of the resort side of her namesake. Callen Skinner, her brother’s best friend and her own childhood crush, has returned home after leaving at eighteen to make a name for himself in Hollywood. He’s the best horseman around, and owner of the most unique horse around, Sundown. This trick horse is more than just a horse to Cal; he’s Cal’s brother and friend. The relationship between the two is so sweet to read about, but the relationship between Cal and Bo is even more fun to watch blossom. As always, Nora is the queen of romance, and in this book we have one central romance, with two more budding romances on the periphery.

    But as stated previously, the core of this book isn’t romance; it’s family. And this family has a skeleton in their closet, one that reasserts itself in a brutal and heartbreaking way as the story progresses. I won’t get into what this skeleton is, as it’s a central plot point that I don’t want to spoil, but it was harsh. I know terrible things happen in life, and that those terrible things can (and should) make their way into fiction. But at times, the experiences of one character were incredibly hard to read about. There should be a couple of trigger warnings with this book (especially for rape). But, though there were aspects of this book that were uncomfortably realistic, I knew that everything was going to be okay. The best part of Nora’s books are the happy endings, and this book definitely delivered that.

    All in all, this was a great standalone offering from one of my favorite authors. It had romance and horse and gorgeous sunsets and family dinners filled with laughter. It had love conquering all and good triumphing over evil. If you’re in the market for a romance with a surprising amount of substance but a guaranteed happy ending, I highly recommend this book.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I finally popped my

    cherry! :) I'm not sure why it's taken me so many years to pick up one of her books, but I'm sure glad I won this one, otherwise I may never have gotten around to reading it.

    is a perfect way to ease into her books; it's a standalone, so no worrying about committing to a series with 92 entries to date, and it is completely captivating with a fast pace alongside a dark, mysterious overtone. The thing that set this book apart from others of romantic su

    I finally popped my

    cherry! :) I'm not sure why it's taken me so many years to pick up one of her books, but I'm sure glad I won this one, otherwise I may never have gotten around to reading it.

    is a perfect way to ease into her books; it's a standalone, so no worrying about committing to a series with 92 entries to date, and it is completely captivating with a fast pace alongside a dark, mysterious overtone. The thing that set this book apart from others of romantic suspense was the life she breathed into these deep, realistic characters. Roberts clearly knows how to produce a novel that is full of everything you want in domestic suspense, but her characters are what stole the show in my humble opinion. There were a few spots that felt a little fluffed up and I felt maybe 50 pages or so could have been shaved off, but otherwise this was a near perfect read. Highly recommended for fans of romantic suspense that don't want to sacrifice on characterization!

  • Taryn Pierson

    Nora Roberts’ books are like cookies made with Grandma’s recipe: sweet, satisfying, and positively foolproof. There is no more surefire pick-me-up or slump buster. Her books sell like hotcakes because she knows how to give people what they want, and she somehow manages to crank out more than one a year. I guess it’s no wonder she’s so good, with that much practice under her belt.

    Come Sundown is the perfect escapist read, set on a Montana ranch and resort owned by the kind of family you wish you

    Nora Roberts’ books are like cookies made with Grandma’s recipe: sweet, satisfying, and positively foolproof. There is no more surefire pick-me-up or slump buster. Her books sell like hotcakes because she knows how to give people what they want, and she somehow manages to crank out more than one a year. I guess it’s no wonder she’s so good, with that much practice under her belt.

    Come Sundown is the perfect escapist read, set on a Montana ranch and resort owned by the kind of family you wish you were a part of. Multiple generations live and work on the grounds, and everybody has a role that fits their nature perfectly. They’re joined by a handful of outsiders who quickly become like family as well. Sound like too much of a lovefest to be believable? Enter the second storyline: Aunt Alice left home years ago in a fit of teenage rebellion, but ends up being held captive by a kidnapping sadist just a few miles away from the family that alternately misses and resents her. The descriptions of Alice’s captivity and her treatment at the hands of her tormentor are hard to read (trigger warning for sure), but I could deal with it because I knew Roberts wouldn’t leave a girl hanging. That bastard would get what was coming to him, and I couldn’t wait to see it happen. In the meantime, there are delightful, gentlemanly cowboys to swoon over, the tough but feminine gals they fall for, and one very talented horse who steals the show.

    This was my first time trying Nora Roberts in audio, and I highly recommend it, with one caveat: the family only has about three or four ideas as far as names for their children, and they just keep using those names over and over, generation after generation. Thus you get multiple characters (I counted at least three) named Rory, some characters for whom Bodine is a last name and another for whom it’s a first name, etc. It’s confusing, but if you focus up a little bit when each character is introduced, you’ll be fine.

    As an aside, I never thought I’d find a barfight sexy, but Nora Roberts knows there’s something deeply attractive about righteous anger. Right on, girl.

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