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)
yes if they were dog lovers like myself
Defiantly! although the plot could be better it was easy to listen to and i enjoyed the canine aspects of the story
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
This has been Nora Roberts best work yet. Just loved the story. I love dogs so this book was excellent for me. :)
I love this book...every time I need a feel good book, this is the one I listen to...Ms. Roberts has created an exceptional heroine; brave, intelligent, strong and insightful. She has paired her with a strong, taciturn but intelligent, frequently funny, always sexy hero. and a bevy of delightful, mostly well trained canines.
I don't think you have to want to get involved with canine search and rescue to find this book fascinating...and how many of us don't want to know how to keep a dog from jumping on us.
This book also has two of my favorite "firsts": Fiona's first meeting with Simon and Jaws, and Fiona and Simon's first sexual encounter...even after listening to it at least a dozen times, I still laugh out loud when Simon lectures Fiona about her use of window washing and dog treats to try to train him (although my husband doesn't understand why I find it so amusing).
As for the narration, I have always enjoyed Tanya Eby's work. Yes, she does have a slight lisp, which stops being noticeable as the story evolves and is a small price to pay for her ability to express the characters' feelings through intonation and punctuation usage . She also makes all her male characters sound very sexy.
Other Nora Roberts books that I love: Chasing Fire, High Noon, Tribute, the Circle Trilogy and, of course, the Irish Jewels Trilogy (that one had me getting ready to pack up and move to Ireland).
It was an excellent story, great characters and the story flowed right along. I enjoy audio book but this narrator had the same tone with every character and it got annoying to listen to.
the plot and the ending wasn't predicable
no...where would it go, the killer was caught
I do like her books sometimes, but this one is poorly done and she uses the F word why?It just doesn't work.
She was good.
I love audiobooks!!
As always, Nora Roberts writes a fab story, but I especially loved this being from the San Juan Islands, Washington State myself, and being a dog owner.
The dog training tips she reminds us of, and as usual, and interesting story line.
She made a great Fiona voice.
Rural Mail Carrier with an awesome husband and 3 fantastic kids!
This is a cutsie story, but very predictable. I have an interest in canine search and rescue, so I did find the dog training portions interesting. I had a hard time distinguishing between the narrator's female voices and often had to rewind to figure out who was supposed to be talking.
not a great listen. The characters and plot were rather... formula. But, I tend to like the formula, so it is ok with me. I did learn a lot about training dogs.. maybe Nora is training me as a listener? Anyway, it was a good, happily ever after. The suspense was rather predictable in this story, but I would recommend it to someone that just wants to escape life for a while and not think too hard. Worth the credit if this is the genre you like.
I have read quite a few of Nora Roberts' books and seen some of the TV movies made from her books but will never again buy an audio book by her. If I had wanted a dog training book that is what I would buy. I found the narrator insipid. The love scenes particular boring and drawn out. I finished it purely because I bought it!!!
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