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Shades of Twilight | [Linda Howard]

Shades of Twilight

Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear listener,

Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him. Webb leaves town, and Roanna is left to pick up the pieces.

All of her life, Roanna has tried to win the love of her grandmother, of Webb, and of her extended family - and every time she's been slapped down. She's had enough. Roanna withdraws from the family, and that's when her grandmother, Lucinda, realizes how very important this misfit is to all of them. Lucinda tries to make amends to Roanna by setting in motion a chain of events that brings Webb back home. But the plan disturbs a killer who is set on vengeance - and this time, the whole family seems to be the target.

I hope you enjoy Shades of Twilight.

Sincerely,
Linda Howard

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

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    S NY 05-21-11
    S NY 05-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "WAY too much inner-dialogue"

    Seventy-five percent of this story was the hero and heroine's REPETITIVE inner-dialogues. Say it once and move on...please! The two may have been "kissing-cousins," but they spent most of their time apart. The whole incest-thing was not as dark as I got from other reviews as the story did not go in to too much detail and it only involved two extremely sleazy adults who would have been a danger to barnyard animals. (Actually, what I found to be just a tad creepy was the heroine's total and consuming obsession toward the hero practically since her birth.) The murderer was obvious if your roots are deep enough in the south, but the reason behind it was such a prosaic letdown. There were so many more imaginative possibilities. I found After The Night an intriguing Southern story by this author. Narrator was fine.

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    John groton, MA, USA 12-13-14
    John groton, MA, USA 12-13-14
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    "Loathsome lead characters,"
    What would have made Shades of Twilight better?

    I can't say, I am not a writer; however, it would have been better knowing before hand that this particular novel was written during the author's misogynistic period.


    What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

    I want to like the characters that I'm supposed to like. So I was disappointed to find that I really, really disliked the characters that I'm supposed to like.


    What aspect of Natalie Ross’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, Natalie Ross did her typical exceptional job. She simply had nothing to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Cheated


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Nora Roberts had written more novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-29-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-29-14 Member Since 2011

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

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    "What happened Linda?"

    I wasn't a fan of any of the characters. The family was a bunch of bullies. The heroine was a weak, annoyingly desperate fool, that had no personality. I don't understand why she never left her horrible life. Webb was a controlling, arrogant ass that I couldn't find any redeeming qualities. I don't understand why Jessie was the favorite she was so nasty, looks aren't everything. On top of all that the graphic incest was just too gross between the daughter and father, it almost made me turn off the audiobook. This wasn't the first book I have read by Linda Howard so I continued on hoping for it to improve, the second half was a bit better. Some of my favorite books by Linda Howard are Cover of Night, Mr. Perfect, Open Season and To Die For. I would recommend those books but not this book. I almost can't believe this is Linda Howard's writing. Narrator is really good unfortunately she didn't have much to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-28-14
    Karen 06-28-14

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

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    "Hot listen"

    this is one of my all time faves and I have re listen many times. N.R. and our hero are just plain steamy. Do not miss this one or After the Night by this author. Enjoy as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 11-26-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "So I liked it, but I'm pretty creeped out...."

    So here's what matters. The narration was superb! I have just added Natalie Ross to my fav list. She is easily in my top 10. I think it had a good storyline (in general).

    What I didn't like? Yes, as everyone else has said the incest was creepier than a haunted house. There are just some things that I am not used to (thank goodness), do not want to get used to, and don't even want to think about...and incest is right up on the top of that list. I mean creepy...

    And not that I'm trying to continuously tell you how much I am frazzled by that (which is obvious), but whats up with the whole cousin thing? Um 2nd cousins are not distant cousins. Geesh 2nd cousins come over for dinner and not just on holidays. I mean who lives with cousins their whole lives... only to grow up and sleep with them? This could not be normal.

    With that being said, I don't understand why the main character couldn't have been like a God-daughter who was adopted by the family and just grew up with the other kids. I mean did they really have to be cousins though? I mean in my eyes you are only distant cousins when you can't exactly pinpoint how you are related lol.

    OK so back to the story. I really liked Webb. I thought he was interesting, firm but kind hearted, and masculine. I liked Roanna too but geesh she was a bit obsessed with Webb. I mean who harbors that type of obsession over a span of 20 years??

    I think it had a good storyline (in general) and I really enjoyed this read. Shocking I know, but seriously if incest was taken out of the picture I would have rated this book a 5 and loved it. Even still I recommend it. And to top it off I did learn something from this book...I could never be a private investigator because not once could I correctly guess who the real killer was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 04-22-13
    Amazon Customer Spokane, WA 04-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Eh..."

    I read a different book of Linda Howards earlier this year and loved it, hoping to find another great hit I ran down the list of her books with high ratings and chose this one for my next read.

    There is a short short scene in the book where one of the side characters has sex with her father, and if that's not bad enough, she's married to her cousin. The cousin later marries the main character, who is his *other* cousin...

    This did a lot to drag down the book. Incest just isn't my thing.

    Even if you ignore the incest which is only brought to your attention a few times, I just didn't think this had a great story line. The narrator Natalie Ross was great as always though.


    I would recommend skipping this book altogether and checking out Linda's book "After the Night"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 09-13-12

    Tell us about yourself! What can I say I love Books, All kinds of Books, especially Historical, Scottish Highlander, Paranormal, Romance.

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    "very good and enjoyable story"

    Very good and enjoyable love story with a bit of mystery and a who done it.That is to say I liked it very much !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Reeve FLOWERY BRANCH, GEORGIA, US 07-11-12
    Vicki Reeve FLOWERY BRANCH, GEORGIA, US 07-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Took a chance and turned out great!"
    If you could sum up Shades of Twilight in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Sexy, Mystery ..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rowen I think thats how her name is spelled ... She is complex sometimes and she can be predictable also. I like the love story between her and the male lead.From children to adults their story is interesting .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The murder of Jesse


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

    yes but I couldnt


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting love story with a murder mystery thrown in. Good Listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 06-25-12
    Amazon Customer CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much repetition"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Drop some of the sex scenes as they are repeated over and over. I am no prude but how many times can you read about the same scene?


    What could Linda Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less repetition. It seems like every other chapter covers ground already written about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No brakes


    Any additional comments?

    Almost didn't finish the book....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Kalaheo, HI, United States 05-30-12
    Diana Kalaheo, HI, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "BORING"
    What disappointed you about Shades of Twilight?

    Very slow moving, if I had borrowed this book from the public library I would have taken it back immediately but as I wasted 1 credit on it I kept listening just in case it got any better. It didn't, have now given up one third of the way thru. Big disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Howard again?

    No


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

    Narrator has pleasant voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I had picked something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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