I have always enjoyed Ms Howard's stories and I especially liked this one. It has the angst of family, mystery disappearance, and strong attraction between offspring of two parents. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrator just enhanced it. Well done.
Mid 40's. Single father raising two daughters. Texan
narrator did a fantastic job. had a difficult time putting it down. an enjoyable, somewhat steamy mystery
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!