It really seemed liked a very thin story line used to string together a bunch of sex scenes. Didn't like the male character. He was too close to a domineering selfish man lead around by his !!!!. A the female was too weak willed around him. She just wasn't really believable
I've been reading this book about once a year for the past 16 years. I wish Howard would write more like this. The story is mesmerizing from start to finish. Faith is extremely admirable and I love how she takes a stand. Gray is downright sexy, just as the author said. Ross's narration is fabulous.
great narrator love natalie ross and linda howard writes a interesting story. this is one of my favs of hers. sweet and steamy and able to bring tears to my eyes a few times.
Ok...my normal genre of choice is that of horror, thriller, suspense...things of that nature...I accidentally stumbled upon this book because I strictly went off a half read synopsis...had I researched more Linda Howard books...it's a high probability that I would not have listened to this book. But I did.
All in all, I can definitely see how these stories can become guilty pleasures. At first, I was distracted by dialogue as it just didn't seem to flow quite in a manner that suggested "if these 2 people truly existed, this is what they would say"...but, once the mindset of "this would never really happen" is put aside and the story is enjoyed for what it is "a work of fiction and does not NEED to be written or conveyed in a real life manner"...you sit back and allow yourself to be indulged by the guilty pleasure.
The leading female character was portrayed to be a balance of strength and ladylike. Directly implying that the author created what I would describe as being carefully balanced. She was strong, independent and courageous but still acutely aware of her frailties as person and as a woman. But my interpretation of the character never once led me to believe that she viewed her frailties as flaws. Which translates to, the character didn't compete with men simply because she was a woman.
The leading male character was a unique combination of arrogance, chivalry, strength and frailties. Again though, none of which were portrayed to be flaws in any way shape or form. But rather, the author created a man that is well balanced.
The story line was interesting...I really like the idea of an individual going back to face the demons that were built from the sins of the parents.
The environment/scenery was true enough...living in the south myself, I think that the author did a great job of trying to communicate and paint a picture of southern small towns and all that entails.
I am reading another story by this author right now. Am I hooked? I wouldn't say that. I may lose interest; I suspect that like any other genre, the story lines may change a little, but ultimately, the focus will remain the same. In this case, I expect every single book by this author to start out with a man and woman being attracted to one another. They attempt to resist the attraction and ultimately end up caving into the attraction. Although, I may not lose interest; yet again…I may continue to indulge in the guilty pleasure of “romance suspense”. Happy Reading!
This is NOT my genre. I looked at the reviews and thought I was getting a mystery or good story not a really bad romance story. The basic plot was really good but the romance made me embarrased that I got the audio version.
She did OK until it came to her "laughing" parts. They were really bad!
If you like cheesy romance novels, you will enjoy this. The story is good but I am not a fan of cheesy romance and so wished I never downloaded this book
Certainly not from Linda Howard. Possibly from Natalie Ross.
Created realistic characters, and a story to go with them.
The narration was insipid, but possibly that was the fault of the material. I would consider giving the narrator another try.
I didn't bother to finish it.
If I could give it a "10" I would ...It was awesome
OMGoodness ...Faith Hardy in my opinion was fantastic
MMM not sure but a movie for sure.
This was an unpleasantly disturbing story about injustice and the woman who happily sleeps with the man who perpetrated the injustice. No plot twists can make up for the fact that the heroine falls in love with an arrogant, powerful man who abuses his influence and tries to control her world.
I despise the author who writes about women and men without any integrity and who are ruled by their genitalia. These characters are both absurd and contemptible.