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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. Once fate has bought them together, can they learn to live apart?

©1987 Linda Howard (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Diana DC
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 05-10-14

Worst possible narrator choice

Another much anticipated Linda Howard classic misinterpreted and bungled by narrator Brenda Sweeney. I am so disappointed. She reads like a preschool teacher, giving the heroine a bimbo voice. And poor Honey, what she did to you. Sweeney's performance couldn't be more wrong. This book was written for and beloved by intelligent adults. Just a terrible audio.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • k
  • 05-09-14

THE NARRATOR IS TERRIBLE!!!!

Would you be willing to try another one of Brenda Sweeney’s performances?

No, she is so monotone. There is absolutely no highs or lows in her speech pattern. The sex sounded just like the H/h taking a stroll through a town. The climax at the end of the book was again, blah.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, unfortunately Brenda Sweeney's performance ruin any emotional parts in the book.

Any additional comments?

I was so excited about this book being release in an audio version because the novel is WONDERFUL.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Naked HUNK on a beach..~4 STARS~ narration ah~

Widow Rachel Jones is looking for shells on a beach when she stumbles across a naked HUNK of man...(.Kell Sabin.)....dragging him into her house on a blanket she discovers he has been shot TWICE. Something about Kell has her decided to keep this QUIET. Using her best friend the local VET.....Kell's wounds are treated.....and recovers very slowly but soon explains to Rachel he is "BLACK OPS"....and was a target by his OWN agency.....and ONLY 'two' people knew where Sabin was when the shoot out occurred...... Rachel is soon very attracted to this silent man who's dark secrets are as mysterious and fascinating. While Sabin recovers from his wounds he has little to do but think just how sexy his "temporary" nurse wanna be Rachel is...night "and" day....LOL.....when 2 "Agents" show up looking for Sabin....Rachel continues to hide him. When passion grows Sabin and Rachel become lovers.... Grant Sullivan (Midnight Rainbow) Howard book #1 shows up looking for Sabin .and on his trail is...a group of "Agents" looking to get Sabin and any one who gets in their way. This is a very good early work by Linda Howard fun follow up to Midnight Rainbow. The Narration is not the best. "Irritating" is phrase I would NOT.....use Brenda Sweeney again...she is a bit whiney at times. But the Quality of the Story keeps us glued and over I give it a 4 stars in spite of the Lousy narration. STORY 5 STAR....BRENDA whiney Sweeney....2 stars and that is being generous....LOL and over all 4 stars.....because Linda Howard keeps us glued .....what she does BEST.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 05-15-17

Exciting. Hard to put down. Great fun.

Neat characters. I loved the part Joe the dog played.

I suggest reading the physical book. Don’t buy the audiobook unless they redo it with a different narrator.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
I hated the narrator. Brenda Sweeney sounded like a little old lady prudish retired school teacher. The way she interpreted phrases was soooo off. Normal adult conversation would not sound that way. For example, one guy asks Jane if she will stay at the hospital to watch over the patient. A normal adult answer would be to say “of course” in a matter of fact way. The narrator said it using a high pitched voice - long and drawn out - southern style like it’s so obvious don’t even ask. Another example: Kell asks Rachel how she lifted him onto the bed. She said “the vet” meaning the vet helped her. But this narrator said “the vet” in a very high pitched voice and long and drawn out - like it’s obvious, you should know the answer, why are you asking me? I don’t know if I’m explaining this well, but it was ICK. It did not sound normal or natural for 30-year-old adults. The narrator made the hero sound like a school teacher, not the alpha male. Same goes for sex scenes. This little old lady narrator does not fit.

THE STORY:
The plot involved CIA type agents and a woman who used to work as an investigative reporter. Feel good ending.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 244 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: eight. Setting: current day Gainesville, Florida. Copyright: 1987. Genre: contemporary romantic suspense.

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Good story, bad narration

Please find a different narrator! I had trouble concentrating on the story because I was constantly thinking, 'that's not how she would really say it!' The narration was breathy and made the heroine sound dumb! Honestly, I can't say she did a whole lot more for the hero, but at least it wasn't breathy and helpless.
Linda Howard is a great author and her stories always draw me in. This was the first I'd listened to and it was much different than the voice in my head. I loved the hero, but I'm not sure how I felt about the heroine, but that may be because of the narrator.

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Long Time on my Fave Classic Romantic Suspense List

Best if read after Midnight Rainbow, as Grant and Jane show up to help Sabin.
This is another of those books I first read years ago and have reread many times. Did I say many? MR-this book-Heartbreaker. Repeat. Intelligently written with consistent characters and world building; mentally, emotionally and physically strong characters I want to hang with. And the heat. Definitely a keeper. Yes, I own paper, ebook, and now audio. It was probably those Warlock’s eyes...
Recommend.
Sweeney does a decent job of narration.

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Great Story but wrong narrator!

Linda Howard did not disappoint with this story. The narrator was all wrong for this genre! She sounded like she should have been reading Mother Goose rhymes rather than Linda Howard.

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  • Dee
  • White Plains, NY
  • 12-31-17

Pathetic heroine

The narrator was horrible. She made the heroine sound like a moron. I usually like Linda Howard books. However, I could not get into this story. The hero was a jerk and the heroine was just too needy. He has never spoken to you and been unconscious since you saved him but you are in love with him. Seriously?

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Brenda Sweeney did a fine job narrating

I don’t know why so many complained about her, I nearly didn’t listen because of the negative reviews & this book is one of my long-time favorites. Thank Audible for the new Romance package! There was no risk to checking the story out anyway. It was as good as I remember it from long ago.

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Loved the Stroy

The narrator was not suited for this story. It was really hard to love the story when it sounded horrible. This type of story is not suited for this narrator.

Overall, another great story by Linda Howard. Rachel is a strong women who knows what she wants and goes for it!