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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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Really can't decide....

I bought this book a few years before purchasing the Audible recording. This is about the fourth time I've listened to it. I can't decide if my FAVORITE book of Linda Howard is Now You See Her,Shades of Twilight,Son of the Morning,or Dream Man.....but,then there's Heart Breaker,Diamond Bay,Mackenzie's Mountain,Duncan's Bride,and on,and on and on.....

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Shades of Twilight

I read the reviews of this book before purchasing it. Several of the reviews said this had book was one of Linda Howard ' s best and that there was humor in the story along with a great story. I disagree ! This story was sad almost a dark storyline.With very little humor. I was surprised at the "who dunnit ", though.
I enjoyed "Mr. Perfect", "Open Season","All the Queens Men", and the Blair Malory books (2). These books had me laughing out loud and had a great story/plot. I just started listening to Linda Howard ' s books a month ago. I'm also a Huge fan of Julie Garwood ' s books.

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Shades of Twilight Linda Howard at her best!

This is easily one of my favorite book of her's. The story had a wonderful plot, with characters that easily become friends the more often you read it. 💔💞👌👏👏👏👏👏

Thank you, Linda!!! Xoxo

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  • John
  • groton, MA, USA
  • 12-13-14

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.

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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.

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  • A. Renea
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
  • 11-26-13

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.

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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"

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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 !!!

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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

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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....