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 enjoyed the story but it was somewhat painful listening to it. The narrator has an odd cadence or manner that is hard to endure. At first I thought it was an unusual affect for a specific character but realized it was the narrator's own affect that was somewhat akin to uptalking. Very distracting and irritating. I usually listen to my Nora Roberts audiobooks more than once. I could barely make myself finish listening to this one the first time.
I really enjoyed this. I was expecting a thriller ( what i usually read), but this was a Romance /thriller.
i was enthralled, couldn't wait to keep listening.
I find it amazing how many people disliked this book! I just loved it! I'm not a dog fanatic either. I just thought it was fun, exciting and a great easy read (er...listen) and I found it hard to step away from it!
It was just ok. The plot resolved itself way too quickly and was too abrupt. I would have liked for there to be more action and less conversations about the possibility of danger/action.
I'm a HUGE Nora Roberts fan, but I found this book like most of her recent stand-alone suspense/romance novels...just not as good as they used to be. It was a good story, but I just want one that gets me excited like her books used to do.
This type of book keeps me awake at night but it was well written. You have to stay with it. Reasonably good narration. Parts were unnecessary, the love scenes seemed to be just thrown in. Other than that I really like this book.
Two things, 1.should of had a man narrate for the male characters and 2. story dragged on not knowing whether to be a mystery or a sappy romance novel.
Mom, cupcake froster at local gourmet shop, and avid listener to books while doing said frosting or housework. True audiobook addict!
This book has a little bit of everything. Romance, murder, suspense, mystery, and lots of sarcasm. The lead male character is very different from the typical character in any romance novel.
Nora did good once again :)
I really enjoyed this book, and found myself smiling listening to to the banter between the characters. I found the dog training parts very interesting, and the romance steamy. The only reason it lacked was the ending felt a bit rushed and unrealistic... the dogs mauling the bad guy would have been better...
I also very much enjoyed the narration and found she did a good job of nailing the characters..
I throughly enjoyed this audiobook. The reader was fantastic with the different voices. It was very humorous. It was one of the best books I have listened to in a long time.
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