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)
I'm a HUGE Nora Roberts fan, but this book wasn't one of my favorites. I don't consider it a waste of a credit, but I feel I got more from it regarding training my dog than I did as far as it being a great romantic suspense. Like I said, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. However, I can DEFINITELY see it being made into one of her TV movies on Lifetime!
I really enjoyed this book. I have read several of Nora Roberts' books, and liked most of them, so I was prepared to like this one. I believe it's one of her better ones. I liked the characters, and it stayed interesting to the end. At the end, I wanted to go out and buy a chocolate lab.
Read the reviews and was so-so about getting this book. It was ok, I enjoyed the listen. Easy to listen to. People said predictable - but isn't that true of many romance/mystery/thrillers? As for the dog training parts - ok too. At least it got me to go work with my own dogs a little more!
It's my first Nora Roberts - I'll probably look at some of her other books as well.
Not a bad book. Lots about dogs and dog training, so if your a dog lover this is a plus. But there are also some spicy bits and a nice thriller undercurrent. I do recommend.
I love dogs, but if I had wanted to read a book about dog training, I would have purchased one instead of a novel masquerading as a romantic thriller. To make matters worse, the narrator was one of the worst I have ever listened to. Her style is a combination of choppy, sing-song and baby talk. I am about half way through and don't know if I can bear to waste the time finishing this book.
Early nora was very entertaining. Maybe too many books made her writing banal. I stopped reading her for years but decided to try again. THE SEARCH is a waste of my money. There is no plot to this story up to the second chapter in part 2. That's where I stopped listening. i need something to make me wonder what will happen next or how it will happen. NOTHINGS happening,so far, in this book
I expected something better, something that was more about "The Search" and less about the romance of the main characters. I was put off by the crude language and the details of sexual encounters of the two main characters. There was such potential for this book, and it did not deliver.
I really enjoyed this book and the indepth detail of dog- training and furniture- making shows Ms Robert's took the time on research. I just wish that there were secondary characters or story lines that expanded and made it not so one dimensional story.
Nothing special. But for $9.95 I'm not complaining too much. However the narrator's voice is wrong for this book. She sounds like pollyanna, even when talking about serious things.
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