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I nabbed this book a whim in one of the surprise specials, and I wasn't disappointed. This book has great characters, mystery, chemistry, love, and much more. I loved Faith Devlin's character! She is so strong spirited and willing to stand up to anything or anyone no matter the danger to prove herself. The relationship between her and Gray was great, and the witty banter and sparks between them was so fun to listen to...it was what I most enjoyed and looked forward to.
I felt the story was somewhat predictable as Faith tries to uncover a mystery that is twelve years old while trying to be clear minded and avoid getting to close to Gray. However, despite that, I thought it was a good listen, and Natalie Ross did a GREAT job narrating, one of the best I have listened to! She has a really amazing voice and acted along with the characters ...laughing and sighing in all the right parts...and giving each character their own personality! I feel that she really made this audio book as good as it was, and would recommend her narration anytime!
I loved the lead characters (especially Grey), loved the story line, and yet there was potential for it to be so much better. Maybe a bit more resistance or hesitation to the relationship, which would have seemed more realistic to their situation. Don't get me wrong, I loved them as a couple, but it was just a little too easy..
Also, the marathon love making session when she should have been telling Grey about his dad was irritating. Knowing what she knew and that it was finally the right time to tell him, but blowing it off for a day or two of love making just seemed disregarding.
I'd love to read more stories with characters like Grey though. His accent, his charm, his grit were all so unique and alluring. The only thing that kept him from being a ten was that he fell for her easier than I would expect a man like him would - and faster than he should have, considering his history, her history, and their history...
Yes. Liked the story kept me guessing to the end.
Enjoyed the narrator she is very easy to listen to. I would listen to this book again.
I was surprised, not expecting a "romance" (I should be more careful), but certainly not expecting one of Howard's favorite characters to be an abusive, bullying, stalker who terrorizes women until they just beg for more. He uses his physical size and local influence to dominate, assault, and tyrannize, in a way only a masochist would call sexy. His actions often descend to the level of criminal offenses, and the "strong" heroine merely flutters. Faith is lamentably inconsistent: her character is supposed to be capable and successful, yet she makes one stupid and dunderheaded decision after another.
Amazingly, unchallenged throughout the book is the way Faith as a child is held responsible for the sins of her mother, while the sins of Gray's father are (reluctantly but casually) accepted, and never reflect badly upon his own children, and no one ever notes the hypocrisy. This incongruity, while perhaps unremarkable in the 50's or 60's, is both glaring and repugnant in a book published in 1995.
While I understand that the point of romances is for women to fantasize taming and winning the erstwhile unbreakable beast (perhaps why girls like horseback riding), this chauvinist pedophile was merely a sadistic terrorist with intermittent explosive disorder, no conscience or self-awareness, and absolutely no long-term relationship value. The concept of "romance" was entirely absent from this plague chronicle. I do not have enough thumbs to turn down on this travesty.
I generally like Linda Howard's books and think she is a good author. This book had a story line and characters that I just couldn't get over. The main female character is a complete idiot with no back bone. No one in their right mind would put up with the cruelty of "the love of her life." I almost stopped listening for good many times. However, the book keeps you wanting to know what happens next and the writing style is strong. I managed to finish it and once the main male character stops being a complete JERK, the book gets really good. However, I still couldn't get over how he had treated her in the past and rooted for her to leave him the whole time.
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
I was very disappointed in After the Night by Linda Howard; although I will say that Natalie Ross gave a decent performance with her narration.
I found the book to be disturbing because it seemed to glamourize abuse. The lead male, Gray was the "rich kid" in town, who had a lot of influence and basically bullied his way into getting whatever he wanted, when he wanted it, whether it was right or wrong. Good looking, and athletic, described in the book as basically a town hero, but his actions were not that of a hero. As a young adult, he was sexually attracted to a 14 year old girl. He yelled at women, and used his strength to get what he wanted while convincing his victim that, "you know you want it." I just don't see him as being worthy of "hero status", just because he is suppossedly good looking. No matter how you packkage it...abuse is abuse.
The female lead had a better character than Gray, although she idolized him so much that she couldn't seem to recognize his bad behavior for the abuse that it was.
Unexceptable behavior. I found it difficult to engage with these characters. This will probably be the last Linda Howard book that I purchase.
I would put this in one of my favorites
I thought it was a great story & the sex scenes were very hot
It is pretty close to the top. I love this story it was told a such a way that it kept me on the edge of my sit.
How the character is a cute bad ass and from the description of her put you at aw.
If she has read for Ms Howard before. I loved her voice it was emotion packed and really draws you in.
PLOT: Faith Devlins returns to the home town where her family was "ran out of town" years ago is still a very unforgiving place.
the DEVLINS family are considered the "white trash" of the parish where young Faith Devlin and her family live. RUN out of town by the rich ROUILLARD famly. Now an adult Faith returns the town where she is still is treated like dirt. Her youthful passion for HUNKY Gray Rouillard who also LETS her know HE wants her gone one way or another. Grays father and Faith's mother had an affair and skipped town years ago which lead to the DEVLINS being ran out of town on a rail no less. Faith hires a detective for find her mother and the secrets build. Gray wants Faith gone AFTER he has a sex with her in that order. The passion and lust builds and soon Gray cannot keep his hands off of Faith and a very fun and HOT scene in a bathroom has you laughing this hot couple. The ADDED shock of a 15 year old murder has you glued to very good mystery. This is of the VERY best Howard couples. The READER is also first RATE. I give this one solid 5s for Story, romance, reader and great Howard Audiobook.
yes,but if it reads as this one did more of a romance novel I would not pick this writter again.
I would have put this book into the Romance section not the mystery section.