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)
the story had plenty of dogs, which makes it so much better, good characters and creepy villians. I really enjoyed the narration; fast and snappy. Much better than the ultra-dramatic-hot and sweaty narrations.
Once again, Nora Roberts creates characters that you would like to have as personal friends -- warm, strong, a bit edgy, and who are willing to look far beyond the surface in their relationship.
Another winner from one of my all time favorite authors. Nora Roberts crafts a great story about a strong, intelligent woman. The detail about her work, family, and friends leaves you feeling the warm, fuzzy comfort associated with spending time with an old friend. But there is enough heat and suspense to keep the story from falling into clichéd sloppy romance without a backbone.
This was definitely a typical NR Romance-Suspense, although she does better with JD Robb's stories she has delivered again. If you liked this one you'll like Black Hills too - same type of story. I like where she is going with the story line - it makes for better reading. Something to offer rather than the same old romance..boy meets girl - girl hates boy - boy changes girls mind - girl like boy and keeps him. NR puts boy and girl together because of trouble. I think she achieved what she wanted -- it is entertaining and takes you away for awhile. Some of the other reviewers said, if you love dogs - you'll like this story. I am not much of a dog lover but I liked this book.
If you don't like dogs dont bother downloading this book. If you do like dogs this is a very enjoyable listen and the narrator is quite good except with the male voices. The plot is ok and there is a bit of romance thrown in.
I have enjoyed Nora Roberts' books. I especially enjoyed the narrator of this one. She was excellent. The book was enjoyable and kept my interest.
This was my first listen to a book by Nora Roberts, as a dog trrainer from NW Washington, not only did she do an awesome job describing the dog training and the emotions that go with loving a dog with issues but the way she incorporated the landscape of the Northwest is as if she had lived there all of her life. She captured the feel of why this is truly God's country.
if you're a nora roberts fan and a dog lover, I can only recommend you listen to this book. it is touching and full of suspense :)
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