Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
I've a few of Linda Howard's books in my audio library (After the Night, Kill & Tell) and for the most part, I have really enjoyed her writing style. She brings a good balance between, action, mystery & romance to her novels. The romance aspect of the book is typically well done with a level of sensuality but in good taste.
I have to say thought, that I found Shades of Twilight's description of incestuous relationships very disturbing to say the least. The author didn't do a good at describing those relationships in a more critical light, but rather they are presented to the reader as almost normal and acceptable.
Ms. Howard is a great writer and she always does a good job at transporting you to the time & place where her characters are located but this one is by far my least favorite of her books.
Natalie Ross has become one of my favorites narrators, she brings the right level of emotion to the story without overacting. She also is one of the few female narrators that has a perfect pitch to handle both male & female voices (Let's face it; some female narrators sound very creepy when doing male voices!!)
If you are a fan of Linda Howard, you'll probably enjoy this book. If this if your Linda Howard book, I suggest you start with something a little lighter than this...Cheers and happy reading!!!
Terrific story with lots of plot twists and turns. The narrator was fabulous in giving each character a distinct voice and that gave such depth to the story. One of the best narrators I have heard.
I bought this book a few years before purchasing the Audible recording. This is about the fourth time I've listened to it. I can't decide if my FAVORITE book of Linda Howard is Now You See Her,Shades of Twilight,Son of the Morning,or Dream Man.....but,then there's Heart Breaker,Diamond Bay,Mackenzie's Mountain,Duncan's Bride,and on,and on and on.....
I read the reviews of this book before purchasing it. Several of the reviews said this had book was one of Linda Howard ' s best and that there was humor in the story along with a great story. I disagree ! This story was sad almost a dark storyline.With very little humor. I was surprised at the "who dunnit ", though.
I enjoyed "Mr. Perfect", "Open Season","All the Queens Men", and the Blair Malory books (2). These books had me laughing out loud and had a great story/plot. I just started listening to Linda Howard ' s books a month ago. I'm also a Huge fan of Julie Garwood ' s books.
I am 45 years old, married 25 years next June to my wonderful husband, and the proud mother of two boys.
This is easily one of my favorite book of her's. The story had a wonderful plot, with characters that easily become friends the more often you read it. 💔💞👌👏👏👏👏👏
Thank you, Linda!!! Xoxo
I can't say, I am not a writer; however, it would have been better knowing before hand that this particular novel was written during the author's misogynistic period.
I want to like the characters that I'm supposed to like. So I was disappointed to find that I really, really disliked the characters that I'm supposed to like.
Nothing, Natalie Ross did her typical exceptional job. She simply had nothing to work with.
I wish Nora Roberts had written more novels.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
this is one of my all time faves and I have re listen many times. N.R. and our hero are just plain steamy. Do not miss this one or After the Night by this author. Enjoy as I have.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
So here's what matters. The narration was superb! I have just added Natalie Ross to my fav list. She is easily in my top 10. I think it had a good storyline (in general).
What I didn't like? Yes, as everyone else has said the incest was creepier than a haunted house. There are just some things that I am not used to (thank goodness), do not want to get used to, and don't even want to think about...and incest is right up on the top of that list. I mean creepy...
And not that I'm trying to continuously tell you how much I am frazzled by that (which is obvious), but whats up with the whole cousin thing? Um 2nd cousins are not distant cousins. Geesh 2nd cousins come over for dinner and not just on holidays. I mean who lives with cousins their whole lives... only to grow up and sleep with them? This could not be normal.
With that being said, I don't understand why the main character couldn't have been like a God-daughter who was adopted by the family and just grew up with the other kids. I mean did they really have to be cousins though? I mean in my eyes you are only distant cousins when you can't exactly pinpoint how you are related lol.
OK so back to the story. I really liked Webb. I thought he was interesting, firm but kind hearted, and masculine. I liked Roanna too but geesh she was a bit obsessed with Webb. I mean who harbors that type of obsession over a span of 20 years??
I think it had a good storyline (in general) and I really enjoyed this read. Shocking I know, but seriously if incest was taken out of the picture I would have rated this book a 5 and loved it. Even still I recommend it. And to top it off I did learn something from this book...I could never be a private investigator because not once could I correctly guess who the real killer was.
I read a different book of Linda Howards earlier this year and loved it, hoping to find another great hit I ran down the list of her books with high ratings and chose this one for my next read.
There is a short short scene in the book where one of the side characters has sex with her father, and if that's not bad enough, she's married to her cousin. The cousin later marries the main character, who is his *other* cousin...
This did a lot to drag down the book. Incest just isn't my thing.
Even if you ignore the incest which is only brought to your attention a few times, I just didn't think this had a great story line. The narrator Natalie Ross was great as always though.
I would recommend skipping this book altogether and checking out Linda's book "After the Night"