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Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital at an island search and rescue site. When Jude Marrok arrives with his wounded black lab Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror, destruction, and unstoppable passion.

The last thing Devon needs is to be drawn into Marrok's high-stakes game. And while she feels increasingly drawn to him and his extraordinary dog, she doesn't trust him. Then the bullets start flying and she has nowhere else to run. The body counts gets higher while a mortal mystery swirls around a pack of gifted canines called the "Dogs of Summer."

Is Jude her salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he's protecting worth killing...or dying for? With lighting-fast pace, unforgettable characters, gut-wrenching action, and sizzling sensuality, Dark Summer is compelling new terrain for this master storyteller.

©2008 Iris Johansen (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Melissa
  • Gt. Barrington, MA, USA
  • 10-29-08

Trite Bodice Ripper

I purchased this book because I love dogs and thrillers. It is _not_ a thriller but a poorly written romance novel with the two main characters panting after each other within a sketchy thriller-type setting.

The characters are predictable. The strong but vulnerable woman and the handsome tough guy with a heart of gold falling for a woman for the first time.

There are many repetitive phrases; "he twisted his lips" is a favorite, whatever that means. Also "if he touches me I will [burst into flames] [melt]" etc.; pick one.

If you like panting romances you might like this book but if you are looking for a thriller give this one a pass.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Mediocre w/Bad Narration

I have read or listened to many, if not most of Iris Johansen's books, but I just can't finish this one. I am about half way through and have decided to move on to another book. I may or may not return to this one later. I have never left any of her other works unfinished.

This is the most mediocre of her books. These characters feel like bad copies of her other characters. On a very basic level, many of her books can be summed up as: "Strong, independent woman meets mysterious strong man. Woman resists the desire to give into animalistic urges. Man tells her he must have her. Mystery solved, bad guy dead, happily ever after." Usually, her storytelling is enjoyable enough to make this pattern a non-issue. Not so with this book (at least up to the point that I called it quits).

The narrator makes it almost painful to listen to. We have all stumbled upon the odd book where the author narrates the audio version and really shouldn't have. This is a tiny bit better than that. Jennifer Van Dyke does a great job with narrating many of Iris Johansen's other books, I wish she had done this one. I might have finished it.

Hope others like this more than I did...consider yourself warned though.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Maybe a good romance novel - maybe

Very disappointing. Not a believable plot, nor believable situations. Save your money, unless you like sappy romance novels.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable escape through the spoken word.

Being a dog lover and thoroughly enjoying a story with engaging characters and a story that pulls my imagination along with every scene, every question, and every revelation, I must say I very much enjoyed this story. A delightful vacation for my mind. At the end of the book I was smiling, happy and hoping Iris Johansen had written more books like this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable with dogs

Entertaining with some good plot twists, although in a few places I rolled my eyes.

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good concept

Great concept for a story. Good characters and a good pace...and it had dogs! will have find more from her.

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Stupid story line and poorly written

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

You might enjoy it if you are braindead

What could Iris Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad voices for the characters

What character would you cut from Dark Summer?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Please stop saying "licked her lips" its disgusting

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It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Totally unnecessary sex scenes - and they weren't even well written.
Character development was slim and much of the conversation was stilted. The conversations about sex were so unreal that they were more apt to make me laugh than to steam me up!

I remembered reading a couple of Eve Duncan novels at my aunt's house in my early teens and liking them - so, when I saw Iris Johansen on Audible, I bought several. Now that I have actually listened to one, I regret wasting the credits!

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good story but narration could be better

the narrator did good job with using different tones for different people but she just seemed hard when she spoke. hard to explain but I almost couldn't finished the book because of it.
the story was good tho. needed to finish it to find out the ending.

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Worst narrator

I cannot believe how bad the narrator is. Great story ruined between 1950ish "me wompum" Native American accent and the character Jude having a head cold. The serious romance parts were more funny than serious because of the ridiculous voices!!! I listen to MANY audio books and this is truly the worst narration I have ever heard. Story completely ruined