It was gripping. Couldn't stop listening.
The ending with Jane & Sam. That's all I'll say.
I listened to this book because I've listened to or read just about everything Linda Howard has ever written. Up against some of my favorites like "Kiss Me While I Sleep" and "Death Angel", this book is definitely not one of Ms. Howard's best. It is an odd mix of humorous romance entwined with a plot that features a psychotic serial killer. I couldn't decide if I should laugh or feel edgy. The reader did a good job with voicing the multiple characters, which made it easy to listen to. This is a fun 'read' and a good one if you are a true Linda Howard fan. If this is your first time with this author, try my favorites first.
PLOT: 5 women make a list of the "perfect man" leading a serial killer to hunt them down.
Janine Bright is one of the 5 friends who meet every Friday for a drink and "rag" on men session. After a few drinks they make up a list of the "perfect man" in each womans eyes and the list is HYSTERICAL AND DETAILED "~ SOON the List is bringing UNWANTED attention and fame to the ladies of the List as it hits GOOD MORNING AMERICA and the internet. An abused killer is SET off when HE reads the list and soon is stalking one by one the ladies who wrote the list. Janine has RUDE nasty neighbor who has the disposition of a RABID skunk~ is DETECTIVE SAM DONOVAN~ oh THE fun AS Janine and Sam goes toes to toes in this one~ BEST character development by Howard we have read. the slant is on HUMOR and intrigue as Janine suddenly is *involved* with Sam in and out of bed.~ as the KILLER slowly tracks down the LIST ladies SAM is doing his very best to keep Janine alive.
I give this plot 10 stars but 5 is as high as they go. We also get inside the mind of the KILLER who was very abused as a child who is driven to "GET even". The mystery is first rate~ the romance is hot hot hot~ the humor is grand because this couple IS FUN~ and the great surprise ending is excellent. this was unavailable on audio for many years in the un abrided form and audible has been able to give this oldie but goodie GEM by Linda Howard. The READER is excellent and this over all is one of the BEST by Linda Howard. also see All the Queens Men and Now You See Her and Open Season all released again in audio after many years and were very hard to find RELEASE IN UNABRIDGED FORM~ thank you audbible~
The storyline was good, not great (a bit predictable). The narrator completely grated on my nerves. Her male voices all sounded like a grumpy old man who has smoked for 40 years, and her elderly lady voice sounded like the wicked witch of the west. Too bad really, because I would have enjoyed the book much more with a different narrator.
I have been looking for this audiobook for years after getting it from the library long ago. As soon as I saw it in audible's listing, I downloaded it. I noticed right away that it was not the narrator I remember. Researching this, I found that the original narrator that made me love the book so much was Jenna Stern. Laura Hicks is fine. I have no real complaints, but I didn't find her Jaine quite as funny and engaging. I think if I had never heard the original I would have given this narrator a higher rating. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her, I would listen to her narrate any other books, I just preferred Jenna Stern on this one, having had that comparison. But other than that, the book was as good as I remember. The perfect combination of murder mystery, suspense, romance and my favourite part - humour.
The author should have taken more risk - and used more of her personal experience.
She seemed to match her delivery to the writing style, which meant to me it remained primarily the author's work - thanks to Ms Hicks.
The policeman; a rubber duck with a hole in it would have more personality.
I don't think the author knows much about police procedure, nor violence, neither depraved nor overt; her steamy sex came across as a dying snail she was keeping good distance from by poking at it with a long stick.
I understand that the golden rule in writing fiction is to write about things you know about. The author, I firmly believe, does have real talent but, please! Write about something that has meaning for you and which you really love.
Mom of 2 kids and 3 dogs. I love to escape with an audiobook. I fall asleep at night to an audiobook. Love the sleep timer.
Nice story: cute skinny girl living next to the jerk that is a hunk but not really a jerk but actually the "perfect" guy. Romance, sex, suspense, murder, this book has it all. Even the Narrator was good which can make or break even a good book
Never read Linda Howard before. Love mysteries and women who solve them, so I thought I'd like this. But it reads like a formulaic romance: feisty heroine, irritating but truly good and great looking hero, etc. etc. I was waiting for the murder, but I just I can't take it anymore. I like a little more subtlety. If you're a fan of Ruth Rendell or Laura Lippman, this may not appeal to you. I'm dissing it. The writing seems good. Just not for me.
I liked it as it was written. Funny and adventerous at the same time.
Not to loose the two characters that were lost.
Oh she did a very good job doing all the characters voices.
Yes It was well done.
I will recommend this one to others.
Perhaps. But, this is a book, in my opinion, written for female readers who would like light reading material. It is laced with sex, with blood and gore, in between. I also enjoyed the bantering that went on between the main characters. I would not call it a 'page turner' because except toward the end of the story, everything was on the whole, predictable.
I found that Laura Hick's performance, enjoyable.
This book needs no folow up because there were no unanswered questions for the reader.
I did not choose this book because I was looking for a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It held my interest and did not challenge a desire for deep thinking. It also made me curious enough to choose another novel written by this author.