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Heart of Fire | [Linda Howard]

Heart of Fire

A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.
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Publisher's Summary

A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.

Jillian watched him come to a fast boil when she refused to reveal their exact destination upriver in the uncharted rain forests - and resolved to stand her ground. Neither of them could foresee what the days ahead promised: an odyssey into the fiery heart of passion and betrayal, and a danger that would force them to cast their fates together, immersed in the eternal, unsolved mysteries of love....

©1997 Linda Howard; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    lyd 06-30-09
    lyd 06-30-09

    dvorak's girl.

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    "good times."

    I rather enjoyed this story. It was predictable in places, but that didn't get in my way of enjoying it. It reminded me of Romancing the Stone- just a sort of romantic adventure. The characters were pretty fun. Some of them were pretty one- dimensional, some were more deep.

    The narrator kind of bugged me. She read it fine, but the way she pronounced some words (and the Latino names) kind of made me giggle-- and it wasn't supposed to be funny. So, 3 stars for her. But, her reading didn't detract from the story for me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-13-09
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 04-13-09 Member Since 2015

    avid reader

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    "Really good book!"

    This book had a great story and plenty of heat! Linda Howard really delivers on this one, especially since this is one of her earlier works. Very entertaining!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 08-30-09
    LeftyMom North Carolina 08-30-09 Member Since 2014

    leftymom

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    "Enjoyed the story"

    This book ended up being better than I expected. The story was interesting and the chemistry between Ben and Julia was good. Not the best narrator but not the worst. Story = 5 stars, narrator = 3 stars, so average is 4. I like Linda Howard books and if you do too then you will enjoy this story. Excellent writing of the Amazon jungle, you could really picture it in your mind. The description of the Stone City made you wish you could visit to see it. Ending was better than most (not so sappy).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S NY 07-07-10
    S NY 07-07-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A RARE 5-STAR"

    Out of 29 audio books, this is the one I enjoyed the most. The narrator had a small s-lisp that occurred occasionally and surprised me out of the story now-and-then, but it was nothing like her nerve-racking performance of Nora Robert's THE SEARCH. The story itself was extremely entertaining, the characters were very likable, and the romance was believable. I actually listened to this one twice.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-19-15
    Karen 02-19-15

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    ""Dangerous and Raunchy Hero" Linda's Best"
    What did you love best about Heart of Fire?

    this is an Old Classic from Linda Howard which is a top fave of mine, beware it was written in the 90's so read reviews.


    What did you like best about this story?

    this is a 90's story of family loyalty coupled with an Amazon adventure. If you like Linda's current work, then this is not it. Of course long time fans of L.H. know this is a must have novel to have in their library.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Tanya, AKA Tatitana Sokolov, recorded this story before she developed her current deeper voice reads. If you like her, then this will not disappoint, but it is NOT in her raspy deep voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, as this is a classic romance. NOT the F.S.O.G variety, but one that has humor and wit in the dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    debbie pisani 07-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Adventure in the Jungle!"
    What did you love best about Heart of Fire?

    This was a fun ride, similar to Romancing the Stone. I enjoyed the adventure and settings.


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    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 03-04-13
    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 03-04-13
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    "what? What?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It started out promising.....then downhill. To be fair, I couldn't even finish the book. When What'shisname, was named for wanting sex right off the bat, The die was cast.


    To make it better, Just lead up to the guy being a womanizer. Sorry, I cant' even remember the characters except she is the daughter of a archeologist, and he was a guide through the amazon. She knows she wants him but all the cat and mouse love scenes got on my nerves. I may go back to the book , but when? I don't know.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sylvia Day's books. Now, I love Linda Howard but I don't know what's happening to her Stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was ok


    What character would you cut from Heart of Fire?

    The lead guy and girl


    Any additional comments?

    Linda? Finish your series of Blood born and get a grip

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri 01-03-13
    Sherri 01-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Sherri

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    "She's GOOD!"

    Linda Howard is good at storytelling! I love her stories - all of'em. This story was thought provoking and easy to follow. Really a good read.

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    Lady M 12-13-12
    Lady M 12-13-12
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    "Full of humor, adventure, and passion"


    Never a dull moment--"Heart of Fire" is one of Linda Howard's best.


    In an effort to reestablish her deceased father's reputation Gillian Sherwood, an archaeologist, is on a quest for a legendary red diamond and proof of the Anzars existence. Ben Lewis is a ruffian, scoundrel, and the best river guide in Brazil. When they team up to lead an expedition deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, they must face the perils of the jungle, out-maneuver murderous thieves, and then find their way back to civilization.


    Narrator Tanya Eby Sirois gave an excellent performance.



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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-23-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Good not great."

    I did not like the narrator but the story was pretty good. I did have a hard time with the main male character, we was a jerk, but in the end he prevaled. It did remind me of Romancing the Stone with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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