Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher. Luckily she finds an ally - and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege - in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who quickly becomes Jenner's confidante and surrogate sister.
When Sydney invites Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxury liner, Jenner reluctantly agrees. But while she's expecting - and dreading - two weeks of masquerade balls, art auctions, and preening glitterati, what she gets is more like a Hitchcock movie than a Love Boat episode.
Taken hostage by a menacing stranger, Jenner must cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme - or else. With nowhere to run, and with Sydney's life as well as her own at risk, Jenner is drawn into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger. But as her panic gives way to exhilaration, and fear of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers feelings she hasn't had in years - and realizes she's found a life worth living. If she survives.
©2009 Linda Howard; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I wanted to like this book. I did. But it's not one of Linda Howard's best. The main character's story in the first section of the book is good and well developed and interesting, but I didn't feel like there was any point to the relationship between the two main characters beyond a few sex scenes. It felt more like a train wreck in the making than any sort of romance, that the characters were "in lust" rather than love, and the author just wanted to finish the book.
if you're looking for a light simple book you don't really need to pay attention fully to, then this is easy listen to finish the summer out with. It's entertaining.it's a Life Time channel movie in waiting.
I admit to finding the beginning of the books back story more compelling then the 'action' and silly love story that comprise most of the listen.
I have been reading Linda Howards books for years. She has changed some, but it was for the good. This one seems like it is starting out slow, but its not. All of the preview is necessary for the ending, or what appears to be the ending. Please keep up the good work.
I love to read but I have found I love to listen even more. The Outlander series are my favorite books of all time.
This was my fourth listen to this book and I love it more each time. Great characters plenty of
humor and steamy romance.
I have enjoyed both the print and audio version of the book. Joyce Bean did a good job with the audio version. I have enjoyed listening to audiobooks while working, so I think I prefer the audio version as I can multitask.
The plot of this book was great
She does a very good job on all of the books she performs. Both Linda Howard and Joyce Bean have talent.
I found parts of the book to be suspenseful, funny, and gripping.
Linda Howard has a special way to involve you in the story from the get go and this one is no different. This one is great for audio.
Great character development for Jenner. She didn’t have an advanced education, but I loved her intuitive smartness which guided her actions and helped her make smart decisions about a number of things. Great plot development. Great emotional pull. Romantically there’s anticipation and clever dialogue. I was laughing and chuckling many times – sometimes at the clever banter, other times because I was surprised at something unexpected happening. The suspense is well done. At the end, on the last page, I felt great! I read the physical book a few years ago and recently did the audiobook.
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A couple of reviewers felt there wasn’t enough romance. I agree that there was not a lot of romance, but there was definitely enough to be able to call this a romance novel. It was a good story which too many romance novels don’t achieve. Someone did not like that there was no secret about what was going to happen to the ship and its occupants. I didn’t mind that. The mystery was “how and when” the good guys would discover the problem and “what” they would do about it. A lot of good stories work this way. Someone complained that the “elaborate kidnap scheme seemed contrived.” I had no problem with it. In fact, one of the reasons I liked this book was that the kidnap scheme was believable, at least to me. One reviewer wanted more character development concerning Cael and the bad guy. Ok, there could have been more, but I was fine without it. I didn’t notice the lack of it until I read that reviewer’s opinion.
Jenner is a blue collar worker who wins a $295 million lottery. She is street smart from watching her father who was a con man. I think her mother died early. Jenner saw her best friend and coworkers change after she won the lottery. They were jealous and resented her. Jenner moves to Palm Beach and becomes a close friend with Syd, a shy kind-hearted heiress. Syd invites Jenner on a luxury liner charity cruise for two weeks. Aboard the ship, Jenner is taken hostage by a stranger and must cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme, which involves pretending to be his lover.
I’ve enjoyed the narrator Joyce Bean in some books but not all books. She has a problem doing men. She sounds weird or loses emotion when she tries to lower her voice to do men. She had the same problem in two other audiobooks: Blue Smoke and Angels Fall by Nora Roberts. In this book her voice for Cael (romantic hero) was wooden with no emotional interpretation.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: contemporary romantic suspense.
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