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Loving Evangeline

Patterson-Cannon Family, Book 2
Narrated by: Lesa Lockford
Series: Patterson-Cannon Family, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (219 ratings)
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

There was no doubt that the woman who called herself Evie Shaw was the key to the high-tech conspiracy that threatened Robert Cannon's computer company - and he meant to take her down personally. But as he trailed her into the heart of a long, hot Southern summer, he found himself questioning everything he believed. For he was face to face with a breathtaking passion - for a woman who had to be as guilty as sin....

©1998 Linda Howard (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Software $secrets....~ 4 STAR early Linda Howard~

Plot: Millionaire Robert Cannon finds his computer software secrets are being sold to a foreign power.

Wealthy Computer Genius Robert Cannon is out to find who is selling software secrets ....he suspects "Greedy FLUNKY" Landon Mercer. Mercer is trailed to Shaw's Marina where he rents a boat but does not fish. The lovely Evie Shaw who owns the marina is soon suspected as being 'part' of the scheme. Hunky Robert shows up at the marina to rent a boat and check out Evie.....Evie has been watching Mercer who she thinks is selling drugs and using her boats as his "delivery" .....method. Robert is drawn to the lovely widow Evie....but he is a "yankee"...LOL....He finds patience is the way to gain her trust. AS the couple turn up the heat into a very hot affair....Robert shows his ruthless side when he manipulates Evie to near financial ruin....as part of his investigation. Evie will not trust him again.....she feels used and hurt. Robert finds all the money in the world cannot buy respect love and trust. Now he must find a way to start over with Evie. This is a very good romance. it starts slow and at times Robert is too ruthless but his overbearing Type A personality shows in his every move. Evie takes his every challenge and lands on her feet ....as a heroine she is great. One of the better early Linda Howard Romances. tie into Duncan's Bride with Robert Canon being the brother of Madelyn........I give this 4 STARS~ Lesa Lockford does a good job for presentation. look for Come Lie with Me in April by Dreamscape Media Audio by Linda Howard.

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The narrator....

I thought it was a good story, I just didn't like the reader very much. The inflection was either wrong or nonexistent the whole time.

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Linda Howard? Doesn't seem like it.

The narrator was horrible but she completely ruined a book that could have been great. Producers, authors or whomever is in charge of selecting narrator, selecting the right narrator ( for an audio book) is as important as the book itself. At times, the book was so boring, It was hard to finish it.

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Not Linda Howard's best

Both main characters were hard to like, especially Robert. The narrators interpretation of Evie made her sound old and slightly stupid. Overall not it was a hard book to finish.

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Great listen!

Normally, I'm not a fan of storylines where one of the mc's is hiding something from the other, however I really like how this one was handled. It's the fact that I don't agree with the actions taken in this kind of storyline. This was an exception because in Loving Evangeline you can't fault Robert for what he was doing. He was wrong about her, but you can't fault him for the information he was given. This actually had me wanting to devour the book faster to see how this was all going to play out. This is the kind of angst I enjoy. If I had anything to complain about, it was that Robert was a pretty cold character. I just felt he needed a bit more emotion. I loved Evangeline. She's a respectable heroine

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High handed

Admittedly, I couldn’t get very far into this book, the “hero” did more than rub me the wrong way, his high handedness felt abrasive and uncomfortable. His behavior was demeaning and abusive. Truly, the way in which he was so controlling is the earmark of an abuser. I couldn’t listen to a whole story that glorifies and romanticizes that kind of behavior.

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  • Shar64
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Good characters and performance

I liked the book as a whole, but so very many things bothered me. I spent most of the book thinking what a presumptuous jerk the main male character was, while wondering why Evangeline took it. Then I wondered where her backbone was and why her wants and wishes were never discussed. Do not want to do a spoiler... but at the end, why don’t we know what happened to the Marina and her old friends and life? Love is not the only answer, compromise and caring what are the wants of both characters is necessary. I found myself wishing for more of a backbone from Evangeline and more information then happily ever after with kids.

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unsettling and kind of abusive hero

I like Linda Howard's novels for the most part and I know she usually writes men who are forceful and demanding, and a bit domineering but this one is just plain wrong. The love affair and relationship is dubious and unsettling. Robert sees Evie as prey, if I'm honest. He comes on too strong and even in the beginning harasses and molests her. In an early scene he just starts kissing her when she is vulnerable and off her game with no warning and clearly against her will. Evie is reluctant and doesn't want his advances and attention but he just doesn't back off. His theory is, push until she gives up which ridiculously works. Not good. I don't see how it should work. That's just a way to get arrested. When a woman says NO, she means NO. She should get a restraining order not fall in love with him. I at least expected some groveling on his part at the end but NO Evie just seemed to want him to be a controlling, jealous, douchebag and show it. I just kept thing at this point what is wrong with you woman?
Howard's writing and use of language is good (minus the subtle sexism) but the problem is that the creepiness of the hero and his actions can't be ignored. I told myself it was probably written way back when but still this was too much. I don't think this would be romantic or acceptable behavior even in the 18th century.
The narrator does a pretty god job overall. it's a shame she got stuck with this book.

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Good story, too much pornography.

Too much time spent on sexual exploits to take up words on the story. There's a good mystery hidden within the descriptive sexual escapades. Could have really enjoyed this story without the intent to use words and time with the descriptive sexual escapades. More pornography than story which is unfortunate.

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Don't believe everything you see or hear

Evie Shaw was a hardworking woman, trying to make a living owning the local pier. Robert Cannon was a computer company owner , investigating theft and traitors. When they met sparks flew but how could the relationship develop without mutual trust? This is a great book sequel following a terrific first book. I hope to listen to many more of Linda Howard's books and if they are narrated by Lesa Lockford, I know they too will be winners.