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Dark Summer | [Iris Johansen]

Dark Summer

Devon Brady is a veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital at an island search and rescue site. When Jude Marrok arrives with his wounded black lab, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror, destruction, and passion. The last thing Devon needs is to be drawn into Marrok's high-stakes game. And while she feels increasingly drawn to him, she doesn't trust him. Is Jude her salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he's protecting worth killing for?
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Publisher's Summary

Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital at an island search and rescue site. When Jude Marrok arrives with his wounded black lab Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror, destruction, and unstoppable passion.

The last thing Devon needs is to be drawn into Marrok's high-stakes game. And while she feels increasingly drawn to him and his extraordinary dog, she doesn't trust him. Then the bullets start flying and she has nowhere else to run. The body counts gets higher while a mortal mystery swirls around a pack of gifted canines called the "Dogs of Summer."

Is Jude her salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he's protecting worth killing...or dying for? With lighting-fast pace, unforgettable characters, gut-wrenching action, and sizzling sensuality, Dark Summer is compelling new terrain for this master storyteller.

©2008 Iris Johansen; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Melissa Gt. Barrington, MA, USA 10-29-08
    Melissa Gt. Barrington, MA, USA 10-29-08
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    "Trite Bodice Ripper"

    I purchased this book because I love dogs and thrillers. It is _not_ a thriller but a poorly written romance novel with the two main characters panting after each other within a sketchy thriller-type setting.

    The characters are predictable. The strong but vulnerable woman and the handsome tough guy with a heart of gold falling for a woman for the first time.

    There are many repetitive phrases; "he twisted his lips" is a favorite, whatever that means. Also "if he touches me I will [burst into flames] [melt]" etc.; pick one.

    If you like panting romances you might like this book but if you are looking for a thriller give this one a pass.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Dallas, TX, USA 11-19-08
    Debra Dallas, TX, USA 11-19-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Mediocre w/Bad Narration"

    I have read or listened to many, if not most of Iris Johansen's books, but I just can't finish this one. I am about half way through and have decided to move on to another book. I may or may not return to this one later. I have never left any of her other works unfinished.

    This is the most mediocre of her books. These characters feel like bad copies of her other characters. On a very basic level, many of her books can be summed up as: "Strong, independent woman meets mysterious strong man. Woman resists the desire to give into animalistic urges. Man tells her he must have her. Mystery solved, bad guy dead, happily ever after." Usually, her storytelling is enjoyable enough to make this pattern a non-issue. Not so with this book (at least up to the point that I called it quits).

    The narrator makes it almost painful to listen to. We have all stumbled upon the odd book where the author narrates the audio version and really shouldn't have. This is a tiny bit better than that. Jennifer Van Dyke does a great job with narrating many of Iris Johansen's other books, I wish she had done this one. I might have finished it.

    Hope others like this more than I did...consider yourself warned though.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Anne Clovis, CA, USA 01-13-09
    Kathy Anne Clovis, CA, USA 01-13-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable escape through the spoken word."

    Being a dog lover and thoroughly enjoying a story with engaging characters and a story that pulls my imagination along with every scene, every question, and every revelation, I must say I very much enjoyed this story. A delightful vacation for my mind. At the end of the book I was smiling, happy and hoping Iris Johansen had written more books like this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Ford 05-14-10
    David Ford 05-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Maybe a good romance novel - maybe"

    Very disappointing. Not a believable plot, nor believable situations. Save your money, unless you like sappy romance novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura A. Daniel Stafford, VA USA 08-20-15
    Laura A. Daniel Stafford, VA USA 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst narrator"

    I cannot believe how bad the narrator is. Great story ruined between 1950ish "me wompum" Native American accent and the character Jude having a head cold. The serious romance parts were more funny than serious because of the ridiculous voices!!! I listen to MANY audio books and this is truly the worst narration I have ever heard. Story completely ruined

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cay lago vista, TX, United States 07-20-15
    Cay lago vista, TX, United States 07-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst audible book ever!"
    What disappointed you about Dark Summer?

    Predictable. The only good part was the dogs.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    No emotion whatsoever. Dry and mechanical.


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    Nancy Newhall, CA 07-04-15
    Nancy Newhall, CA 07-04-15
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    "Really bad!"

    The narration was really stilted, almost like a 5th grader reading it. The underlying story was a little interesting so I kept listening but God it was awful. Maybe in written form it was better. I really like this author but definitely not this story. D

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    "Extremely Disappointed"

    I usually like Books by this author but this book was full of cliches and just seemed to ramble on to the point of being ridiculous. The storyline was poor. The narrator was not right at all for this book. I am being generous with one star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Salcie 06-18-15
    Alan Salcie 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy to follow book"

    I like the plot and the majority of the characters. Very entertaining to follow and easy to understand. Will recommend as de stress. Pet lovers and young adults may find an interest on the book.

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    Denise Denmark, WI, United States 09-04-10
    Denise Denmark, WI, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Denise"

    An animal lovers good read. Iris Johanson keeps the twists and turns coming. I always enjoy that to keep the read exciting and page turning. Give it a try

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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