One morning, the B&B's only guest inexplicably vanishes, leaving behind his personal effects. A few days later, Cate is shocked when armed men storm the house, demanding the mystery man's belongings. Fearing for her children's lives, Cate agrees to cooperate - until Calvin saves the day, forcing the intruders to scatter into the surrounding woods.
The nightmare, however, is just beginning. Cate, Calvin, and their entire community find themselves cut off and alone with no means to call for help as the threat gathers intensity and first blood is drawn.
With their fellow residents trapped and the entire town held hostage, Cate and Calvin have no choice but to take the fight to their enemies under the cover of night. While reticent Cal becomes a fearless protector, Cate makes the most daring move of her life...into the very heart of danger.
©2006 Linda Howard; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The mini-background does not give the book justice. I really liked the story and have listened to it twice and purchased more of Linda Howard.
Widow Cate has twin boys to raise in Trail Stop. When Handyman Calvin stops 2 men from holding her at gun point we soon know some one is out to GET Cate. When a Guest at Cate's B&B disappears along with the mysterious FLASHDRIVE he carries along with him. Cate and the entire town of Trailstop are soon under siege with a para miliary gang who want the flash drive at all costs. This is a fun. Cate is clueless that handiman Calvin one of the most laid back of all Howards stud hunks is hopeless in love with her, and he is barely on any ones radar. When he drops 2 men with guns to save Cate we learn the quiet guy is ex military. The shy handiman turn hero is very good in this one. I give this 4 STARS for first rate story and characters and very good reader~ and one of the more interesting characters Calvin who shows us sometimes the quiet ones are the most fun.
I loved this story. It was mostly intense-- a little slow at first, but that was just character development, anyway. I liked the characters, I liked the POV, and I liked the pacing of the story. I liked the two readers . . . their voices were easy to listen to, and it made for a fun read.
This book reminds me of when I taught and you had to repeat things at least 3 times in order for the kiddos to retain it. This is what Linda Howard did, over and over and over again. I got to where when she would go off on one of her LONG repeats of something she had already told us, I would have to fast forward it. I wanted to scream "I get it! You lost your husband and you love your kids. I GET IT!!" There are other things, but I don't want to spoil it for other. And, then, when she had run out of things to say, she throws in graphic sex scenes...I mean, I'm no prude by any means, but really, Linda? The story is a bit absurd, too. And, the ending...OMG!! I am going to ask for my credit back because the ending sucked. All of a sudden, after all the struggle, it's over and everyone lives happily ever after. It ended, BOOM, just like that!!
No, just Linda Howard books!
Dick Hill can do no wrong in my book. Joyce Bean was really good, except when she did the children's voices...like fingernails on a chalkboard. I have NEVER heard a child talk like that....ever....and I taught for 20 years!!
Please, Lord, NO!
I just think you should spend your credit on a book with a better story line....lit went from believable to totally absurd!! And, the ending, albeit, happy for the majority of the people is weak, weak, weak. It;s like Linda Howard just ran out of steam or words because she used all of them repeating her characters thoughts...sheesh!
Huge Linda Howard fan for years. Think I've read everyone of her novels. Wasn't too impressed with this one. Thought the story was good, characters interesting, but started losing interest 1/2 way through. The "bad guys" were almost laughable at their ineptness and then the story became pretty predictable. Not one of her best.
Say something about yourself!
But I really didn't like this title as much on audio as I did in paperback. Joyce Bean and Dick Hill are fabulous, and I have loved their reads of other Howard novels. I think that this book isn't as strong, and reading it aloud is a good way to point up weaknesses.
This isn't my favorite book of Ms. Howard's, but I've enjoyed it enough that I wanted to hear it as well. I think the narration was good, except for Cal's voice. I just don't think a woman gets the man's voice right. That is really the only reason I couldn't give this book a 5th star. Try it. I think you'll find it suspenseful and enjoyable.
I loved the character Cal - his shy side and then his Rambo side.
I read this book at least twice in the past and just now finished the audiobook. The audiobook was fantastic. It’s read by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill, with each of them narrating the female vs male parts. (And you don’t hear their breaths - yay!)
Layton is accountant for bad guy Bandini. Layton has a flash drive with evidence against Bandini and asks for blackmail money. Bandini hires two killers (Goss and Toxtel) to get the flash drive back. They follow Layton's trail to a small town in Idaho. They pull a gun on Cate. Cal saves her. They didn't get the flash drive and they want revenge on Cal. They hire more killers to help them. Cal and the town fight back against unbelievable odds.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: romantic suspense.
I normally love this author but this one was a bit drawn out. First, the good things. The main characters were great. Cate was a wonderful but strict mother who loved her kids and her bed and breakfast. Cal is a heroic man who can't help but blush everytime he's near Cate. Their relationship was adorable and her kids were hilarious. They reminded me so much of my own. The plot was an interesting concept, but I wish it was written a bit better
Now for the bad.
There were too many details. It really drags the story down. The readers are smart enough to figure out what the author is saying instead of explaining every little single action and feeling to the point that we want to fast forward until we get the story going again.
She focused a bit too much on the antagonists situations rather than Cal and Cate's relationship and interactions. It got to the point that I skipped almost all the antagonist's scenes and I was still caught up. It only proved to me that the antagonist's story just wasn't as important to the overall tale.
And last but not least, the love scene. I was so excited to read the culmination of all the sexual tension between the two main characters. But when the scene finally came, I was so disappointed. It just didn't give their relationship justice and it seemed more awkward than anything.
For all these reasons, this book just wasn't on my list of favorite books. I had such high hopes but they were slightly dashed.
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