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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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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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"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.
Note: do use the new 1.25x speed as it really makes you feel like you on the Amazon or Rio Negro.
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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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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A good read/listen

The story is food, I loved the action. the narration was not that good, I like when the reader gets into the book and changes voice with different characters. This was more so dull and kind of boring.

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Amazonian Adventure Full of Romance, Evil and Fun!

Ben Lewis has finally met his match with the unflappable, determined Jillian Sherwood, who besides trying to keep him at arm's length is also attempting to clear her late father's reputation. You will find yourself chuckling at Ben's foiled attempts all the while riveted at Linda Howard's excellent storytelling. Howard's deftness at weaving the story of an archaeological expedition's to find a lost civilization, complete with villains and helpers along the way, and making this coupling of opposites a fun romp! Tanya Eby Sirois does a fine job of capturing their voices and holding the listener's interest. I found this audiobook so entertaining it was practically a nonstop listen thanks to COVID 19 and being hunkered down at home. I am delighted to have discovered this vintage gem and highly recommend it to listeners who enjoy Karen Robards and Sandra Brown.

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Great story

Listened to this story while on the road, made the trip go do much faster. Even to circled the block several times to get the the end.

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Good, not Great

A bit too much sex and the story line was weak. But after saying all that, it was worth listening to. Hope for a bit more from Linda Howard next time.