To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life: a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.
Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial killer - a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.
On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.
To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction.
As Fiona embarks on training Jaws and as Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands.
©2010 Nora Roberts (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"[T]he romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop." (Publishers Weekly)
Very well read, the narrator was very good. The story had potential but never really was told. It was like 60% sex, 30% dog training and 10% suspense. The profanity was way over used and made the male character an ass in my mind.
yes, it was continually giving new information
I loved when she realized she needed him.
Made me happy for her.
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
Very good story, storytelling and keeps you on your toes. A good who-done-it. Kept me interested all the way though.
Fast pace, good action, sweet romance, fun read overall.
The narrator is confusing. She can barely express emotion at all, and everything tends to come out as vaguely surprised. She has two voices: male, and female. So if two females are conversing, it's very *very* difficult to keep track of who's talking because they're played identically, and very easy to have it blur into almost a monologue.
Yes. I would scale down the detailed, intimate descriptions of the sex scenes. They were excessive and redundant.
The most interesting aspects were the interactions of the principal character in her work with the dogs. Then the love relationship as it began to build -- minus excessive descriptive verbiage Also the build-up of the tension as the serial killer got closer.
The least interesting were the long, detailed descriptions of the redundant sex scenes. It was a love relationship that was coming into fruition and was romantic, but I felt it could have been handled in a more "delicate" manor.
I'm no prude, but I felt the descriptions were excessive. Perhaps others would enjoy hearing them though. Your choice.
Perhaps a more "visual" understanding of the "atmosphere."
Yeah, it could definitely show up as a move or TV series. Have no idea for the actors.
This is a lovely, typical Nora Roberts book for when you are in the mood for such a romance. The main character is not very realistic or relatable, but sympathetic anyway; the story line is pretty outrageous, but what the heck, I still liked it, that's Nora for you!
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Fiona Bristow got away from a red killer scarf years ago and managed to establish a quiet successful life on Orcas Island. She runs a dog school, a canine search rescue and lives happily with her three dogs. Things turn around when she met Simon Doyle, a newcomer who happens to have a playful puppy- Jaws. Soon, Simon and Fiona find themselves attract to each other even though they were not interested starting something at the first place. But the more time Fiona and Simon spend together through obedience training for Jaws, the more they grow attraction toward each other. Before they knew it they found themselves involve in relationship. However, Fiona’s steady life will crash down when a copycat killer starts to murder young woman and it seems that Fiona will be his final victim. It’s now up to Fiona and Simon to get the killer before he gets Fiona.
Before choosing this book I read myriads of reviews on several social Medias sites and it seems to me that people either loved it or they hated it. I was not surprise though, that the way it should be, we all have different taste and expectations in life. Nevertheless, I was a bit anxious picking a book that most of the people dislike.
As far as I am concerned, I loved this book. I loved both main characters; they are strong, smart and a bit selfish. Simon found himself deeply involved in romance relationship. I like Fiona’s character, she stands up for herself. She almost never complains - she is willing to fight for her life back. Although, I am not a dog person, I enjoyed the dog’s part in the book. Dogs were so charming, you end up loving them. I felt like I personally new Newman, one of Fiona’s dogs. The book is strongly love-based. The part with Simon having an internal dialogue about his dog was fumy.
Overall, the book is entertaining. Characters seem likeable and realistic. It’s a nice book to carry along on holidays. It’s really easy to read.
Romance with Dogs
The mystery portion was a bit weak.
Not Nora Roberts' best but not her worst. Was entertaining and I really enjoyed the dog training parts.
Doubtful. I was really quite bored with this book. I didn't appreciate some of the language either, especially the F word.
A Harlan Coben mystery
I didn't have a favorite scene, but I guess it's always good to catch the bad guy.
There were way too many scenes about the training of dogs, to the point that I felt this was more of an education tool about making your pet behave than a murder mystery novel. I am not really a dog lover, so it just wasn't for me.
Some of the other reviews mentioned a lot of suspense, but it just did not captivate me. I felt it dragged. I just can't highly recommend it.
I've listened to Tanya Eby before, and I like her. But I think that her reading of this book really increased my enjoyment of the story over all. I like Nora Roberts as a general rule, but sometimes her books can get predictable, especially if you've read more than a handful! But, Tanya Eby's reading really made the characters for me. I could really picture them in my head because she made them each so individual.
The story itself was good, and the characters pretty well fleshed out. Also, I'm a sucker for the reluctant hero, so Simon was my favorite character. :) The dogs were adorable, too, and pretty fleshed out characters themselves.
Overall an enjoyable story, but more so an excellent listen!
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