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1. Veil of Night: A Novel
2. Come Lie With Me (Mira Romance)
3. Burn: A Novel
4. Shades of Twilight
5. Ice: A Novel
6. Dying to Please
7. After the Night
8. Christmas Kisses: Mackenzie's
9. Dream Man
10. Death Angel: A Novel
11. Blood Born
12. Cry No More
13. Loving Evangeline (Bestselling
14. To Die For: A Novel
15. A Game Of Chance (Bestselling
16. Son of the Morning
17. Strangers in the Night
18. Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel
19. Kill and Tell: A Novel
20. Drop Dead Gorgeous: A Novel (Blair

1. Veil of Night: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2010-08-10)
list price: US$26.00 -- used & new: US$9.45
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Asin: 0345506898
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed.

The problem is, most everyone—from the cake maker and the florist to the wedding-gown retailer and the bridesmaids’ dressmaker—had his or her own reason for wanting the bride dead, including Jaclyn. And while those who felt Carrie’s wrath are now smiling at her demise, Jaclyn refuses to celebrate tragedy, especially since she finds herself in the shadow of suspicion.

Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. Being a prime suspect means that Jaclyn is hands-off just when Eric would rather be hands-on. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (58)

2-0 out of 5 stars Bills to pay...
Howard, whom I normally enjoy very much, must have had a huge bill to pay before the bank came knocking.The idea of two supposedly rational and intelligent people falling into bed so quickly, and the main characters irrational leaps of imagination made this a tortorous read - until I gave up.PLEASE come back to 2010 and leave 1980 behind!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny!
I really enjoyed this book.Although her hero made you want to thump him in the head, Jacklyn, the heroine is spunky and gave as good as she got.Hilarious plot and even the murder of the bridezilla from hell was funny as she was stabbed by kabob skewers.Can't say when I have enjoyed a book so much!Keep 'em coming Ms. Howard!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant reading but not much of a mystery
Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors. I have been reading her for years. I like the way she writes but some of her latest books have not been her best. I find myself readingher older books again. I rate it 4 stars because it was a pleasant read with light mystery, some love interest & good characters but nothing to really hold you. I will continue to read her but I think I will wait until I can get her books at the library.

3-0 out of 5 stars Light Reading.
My take on this book is that does not have the vibrancy of some of her other books.

2-0 out of 5 stars It wasn't terrible, but...
I was all set, prior to getting to the very end, to give this book 3 stars because it did hold my interest and read quickly. However, it's supposed to be a romantic suspense and I really can't label it a romance. Going to bed just a few hours after meeting and that's about it for the 'romance' until the very end isn't love or romance, IMO. And even at the end the 'romance' part was narrated as from afar and after the fact. Strange. My library version has the label of 'mystery' on the spine. I can't label it a mystery, really, when the who of the who-done-it was revealed, or at least obvious, very early on. There was a small amount of suspense when Jaclyn became a target. The only remaining mystery was the why. And this is where my review had to drop to 2 stars. Howard never reveals why Carrie was killed. No motive to the murder was revealed. I got to the end and just said "huh?"

What did I enjoy about it to give it 2 stars? The relationship between Jaclyn and her mother, the relationships between the 4 women running Premier. I enjoyed reading about the various weddings, the disasters and the successes. But, I don't think that was the main point of the book.

It really is sad how far Linda Howard has gone from her fantastic books of years past. She really had such a talent for chemistry between her main characters. No chemistry in Veil of Night, IMO. She had such a talent for writing a great suspenseful story. ... Read more

2. Come Lie With Me (Mira Romance)
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 256 Pages (1999-11-01)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$33.75
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Asin: 1551665492
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When Blake Remington temporarily loses the ability to walk, he loses his will to live as well, until Dione Kelly, a woman with a broken soul, arrives to heal both him and herself. Reissue. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars 3 ½ stars.I liked it.It was enjoyable.Therapist helps an injured man build muscles and walk again.
Dione was raped at 18 and fears intimacy and love.She hasn't been with a man since (12 years).She works as a physical therapist with one patient at a time, living with them for months, helping them build and regain the use of their bodies.Blake was a successful engineer who was injured in a mountain climbing accident.He has been in a wheelchair for two years.He has no will to live, doesn't eat, and will die if he doesn't change.His brother-in-law hires Dione to help Blake.She moves in and motivates him by making him angry.She oversees everything in his life, his food, his sleep, his exercise.They end up helping each other heal and falling in love along the way.

This is one of Linda Howard's early novels, and it's on the short side.It isn't as good as her later works, but it's ok.Blake is a powerful successful man who gives up rather than fight to recover, which may not be realistic.I wasn't thrilled with Dione's reason for leaving Blake.She inaccurately assumed he didn't love her.I enjoyed reading about the healing process through diet, massage and exercise.

Story length: 242 pages.Swearing language: mild.Sexual language: mild.Number of sex scenes: 5.Total number of sex scene pages: 17.Setting: 1984 mostly Phoenix, Arizona area.Copyright: 1984.Genre: contemporary romance, paraplegic romance.

For a list of my reviews of other Linda Howard books, see my 5 star review of "Burn" posted 7-11-09.

4-0 out of 5 stars Read something like it
If you've ever read Adam's Fall by Sandra Brown, you might see some similarities. I'm a huge fan of both authors so I can't say which is better, but I thought the storyline interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glad I gave it a chance
After reading the reviews here I went into this book with low expectation, but it was really terrific!Much more a character study than her more recent action-driven works, this story gives us lots of insight into the two main characters.I read that one reviewer felt they were wallowing in self-pity, but I think they were honest to struggle with their disabilities.It would have been totally unrealistic for them to flippantly brush off such life-altering conditions.The fact that it took finding each other to get them over their obstacles is what make this a romance.There is also a rocky road to happiness, which also made it seem more real.If you are only a fan of LH's more recent writing, this may disappoint.But if you are a true fan of romance, sensuality and character-driven plot, this one may delight you as much as it did me.

3-0 out of 5 stars So so....
I am so used to giving LH books 5 stars that this is a bit of a shocker for me. A wishy washy story on this one. You can tell it is one of her early ones. I keep reading her early ones while I wait for Cry No More to come out.


Any LH is better than no LH. Try it.... you might like it. I recommend Mr. Perfect, Open Season, After the Night and Shades of Twilight. Also all the Mackenzie books but specifically MacKenzie's Mountain.

3-0 out of 5 stars An Early Linda Howard- for fans
For Linda Howard fans, this book is a good read.It is not as complex or as in depth as some of her later works, but you can see her writing potential.

This story is about Blake- a successful businessman who is paralyzed after an accident.Due to this injury, he has lost his zest for life, until a beautiful Physical therapist (dione) comes into his life to make him live again.She of course has her own past troubles to contend with and their journey to come together is what drives this story.

Come Lie with Me is a shorter novel and can be read in 1 day- the plot is alittle too similar to some other stories out there (most notably Adam's Fall by s. Brown) and the plot is a little predictable.But most Linda Howard fans will enjoy this story. ... Read more

3. Burn: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 464 Pages (2010-08-31)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$2.00
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Asin: 0345486579
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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When Jenner Redwine wins a lottery jackpot, she can’t imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she finds an ally—and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege—in the kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who invites Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxury liner. But what Jenner gets is more like a Hitchcock movie than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage by a menacing stranger, with nowhere to run, Jenner is drawn into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger. But as fear of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers feelings she hasn’t had in years—and realizes she’s found a life worth living. If she survives.
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Customer Reviews (99)

5-0 out of 5 stars Your Wildest Dreams!
I would very much like to see a sequel to this story. Loved the characters. Good guys and bad guys, rich and poor. Gee what should I do with all that money? Linda Howard, please send these characters on another adventure! Great reading.

2-0 out of 5 stars Way, way, way too long
***spoiler - graphic description***I have been a huge Linda Howard fan for years.I love her older stuff (Son of the Morning, the McKenzie's), and am usually pretty entertained by the newer books (Mr. Perfect, Open Season).This book (and a few of her other new releases) have left me shaking my head.I feel like she's trying to morph her writing to become more mainstream-mystery and shying away from why I read her in the first place - for the romance.I have to say I checked the audiobook out of my library and the individual who read the book was "yeck" at best, which I know has tainted my opinion of the book as a whole.First, this book is way too long.She spends so much time repeating herself in her writing, repeating the same thoughts in different words, that it felt like she had to reach a word quota and was eking out every bit she could.I didn't feel there was any real spark between the main characters.Yes, Jenner had spunk; Cael, in any other book would have caught my interest, but here they just didn't mesh.The sexual tension was lamely done, and, once again, the actual act itself was dry.Literally.I've noticed LH has done this several times in her books.It's become a little too predictable.Heroine either reaches her "happy ending" RIDICULOUSLY quickly or hero makes a token attempt at foreplay, and then begins the actual act of intercourse with an ill prepared partner.What's appealing about that?Honestly, even with the length, there were a lot of questions I had at the end of the book, and I got so irritated listening that the plotline as a whole became totally unbelievable to me.I have to admit, the other LH book I've recently picked up was the vampire (first in the series I believe) that she's collaborating on.I wasn't real impressed with that one either.I'll give her one more try, and then no more.I hope she either makes the switch completely and keeps the romance out of her books or goes back to what she was good at.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing that Hot
BGJ: 2/5

Book: kidnapping, intrigue, romance, predictable, chemistry, too long

Hero: intelligent, in control, passionate, warrior

Heroine: low esteem, stubborn, intelligent, passionate

Similar Authors: Iris Johansen, Jayne Castle, Julie Garwood, Kay Hooper, Lora Leigh, Cherry Adair

Jenner Redwine finds herself alienated from everything she once knew when she wins the lottery. She agrees to go on a charity cruise with her best friend thinking that it would make the perfect escape. But everything goes wrong when Syd, her best friend is kidnapped and made hostage by a mysterious group led by a man named Cael Traylor so that he can control Jenner for his own ends.

Linda Howard tends to be good at making her romance books thrilling and mysterious, however she fails with Burn. As you read Burn there is no mystery, you are able to read everyone's perspective and so know that Cael never intends to hurt Jenner, while on the next page Jenner is wondering if he'd hurt her.

Takes the mystery out of it really. It's far too laid out. The plot is too obvious. The characters are a bit to paper cut.

The romantic tension between Cael and Jenner is steamy as is their final romance but, it comes across as a little cliched and a bit Stockholm Syndrome-like.

Also Jenner's behavior is a bit surprising, contrasting greatly with your initial impression of her and she seems to do some rather stupid things and only regrets them after she considers the consequences (harm to her best friend).

Overall there is nothing special about this book. I'd recommend the Mackenzie Collection and

All the Queen's Men by Linda Howard.

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2-0 out of 5 stars "Cael" is (more than phonetically) an inedible lettuce
I just discovered Linda Howard's books this year, and had (so far) been enjoying them.

I picked this one up, because of the interesting premise; a blue-collar lottery-winner. The author approached it realistically (Jenner is a tough, smart protagonist), and that would have been enough to carry me through almost any mystery-suspense storyline Howard could have presented.

I've now quit reading, at page 163, with the introduction of "Cael" (whose name is phonetically twinned, in MY mind, with an inedible lettuce; can we STOP with the ridiculously unique hero-names, please?)...Jenner must pretend an instantaneous attraction to this man, who is part of a team which has kidnapped her timorous friend Sydney. To further that illusion, he publicly presses himself upon her, physically:

"Kiss me like you mean it," he ordered, and bent his head to hers. She didn't. She stood stiff as a mannequin, her arms at her sides, her lips stubbornly closed. "Sell it," he growled against her mouth, and deepened the kiss, slanting his mouth over hers, pushing his tongue inside to taste her. She shuddered, then slid her arms up and wrapped them around his neck...

I'm sorry -- that is REVOLTING. This "Cael" character is no better than a rapist; and the fact that the author plainly finds this scenario (the forcible submission of a strong, independent woman) exciting, tells me more about her than I wished to know.And the course of the rest of the story/relationship is so PREDICTABLE that the anticipation made me a little ill.Don't tell me: Jenner finds herself almost irresistibly drawn to his "strength," and senses some kind of goodness in him, some righteousness of character, they'll both be ambivalent, but will at some point fall into bed, blah, blah, blah...

Are you kidding me?!?What would have been wrong with a strong, independent female character attracted to him of her OWN FREE WILL, drawn into the spy-caper by surprise, then perhaps surprising THEM all at the end? How about something UNIQUE here?

I'm not even much of a feminist; yet I found this development (Cael's actions) in the story, degrading in the extreme. "'Sell it,' he growled."This one scene defined "Cael" for me; it would be impossible for me to EVER conceive of him as sexy, in any context Howard might later present; so I stopped reading. This book goes into my "discard" box, and will be traded at the secondhand bookstore by midafternoon. They will give me more than it is worth.

No more Howard books, either; I'm not paying almost nine dollars to risk being taken on THIS kind of ride in future.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I very rarely review books but I had to write this because I was hesitant to buy this book because of the reviews on it. But I did and I enjoyed the book. I cant say I couldn't put it down but overall it was a great read. It was a good storyline and those who read Linda Howard know she creates short endings that thankfully don't drag out. I have enjoyed all her books and I have them all. A very believable story and I hope that there will be a follow-up to it. ... Read more

4. Shades of Twilight
by Linda Howard
Paperback: 384 Pages (1997-09-01)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.84
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Asin: 0671019716
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found bludgeoned to death.

After the shocking murder of his wife, Webb left for Arizona, abandoning the legacy that he had once believed was all he wanted. But then an all-grown-up Roanna walked into a dingy bar in Nogales to bring him home; the mischievous sprite he had known ten years earlier was no more. Gone, too, was her fire. In its place was ice that melted at his touch. Webb is drawn back to Davencourt, to Roanna, and to the killer that once destroyed his life and waits only for the chance to finish the job.... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Love/Hate relationship with characters..
I know that the Father Daughter affair happens..but I hated reading about it. I wouldn't watch it on TV, so why would I want to imagine it in my mind? I also hated that the Grandmother allowed all the relatives to abuse Roanna..(even AFTER the Grandmother stopped doing it) She wouldn't let the Family even come close to insulting Webb, but didn't protect Roanna enough!! While everyone else loved that Grandmother...I hated her!! I know that Roanna seemed like a wimpy female character..However I feel she acted just as an abused person would have acted. She stayed in that house and didn't stick up for her self because she didn't think enough of her self. A lot of abused people stay in an abused situation. I did hate that Webb doubted Roanna when he had NO reason to! And what he did to her in that Motel just pissed me off >:/I think he should have been WAY more sorry for that!!! You might ask yourself why I gave the book four stars now.lolI rate a book on the writing and the emotions I end up experiencing up to the end. I wasn't bored, I cried, I got pissed, I was sickened and I felt happy at times too. THAT'S what a L.H book is SUPPOSED to do for you! HA! Linda Howard is truly gifted. I would have typed about the happy and sad emotions I felt but I get bored with typing.lol

5-0 out of 5 stars Incest is fun in Alabama... 5 stars!
Ahhhhh.... so lovely to recollect my very first Linda Howard experience. This book has had a place on my keeper shelf for years now. In response to the question, 'what would be the one thing you would take with you to a desert island?' My answer, after my husband (maybe... just kidding, darling), would be THIS BOOK. It's essentially the story of Roanna, one seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY, F'ed-up girl who turns into one seriously F'ed-up woman. She's soulfull and downtrodden but gutsy and oh such a wonderful victim. Another bonus: her family makes inbreeding look quite glamourous, so you can't help but start thinking about taking up with your is-he-my-cousin-or-isn't-he love interest. Anyway... I digress...
Don't worry, no spoilers: Roanna is a rich, orphaned kid being raised by ol' Grandma in the family's palacial estate in Alabama. She's got two equally strange cousins, Webb (love interest) and Jessie (who has textbook sociopathic tendencies). As times go by, Webb gets together with Jessie while Roanna, younger and fairly heartbroken by this, watches on sadly. Grandma doesn't seem to have a problem with this, which is odd; I would have recommended family counselling at this stage.
Short version: Jessie is murdered (lots of mystery, a la Linda Howard gold)... Webb, all manly and resentful, leaves and goes off and does something with horses or whatever for several years... leaving poor, heartbroken Roanna still on the crazy ranch with Grandma.
Fast forward to some years later: Roanna goes to find Webb to bring him back to the crazy ranch because crazy Grandma is dying. Lots of steamy sex (and, erm, some seriously F'ed-up sex between some of the other characters) and, Ta-da! Murder mystery solved with sex and heartbreakingly well-written emotional scenes.
This is a book that you can read over and over again... I take it with me whenever I have a really long flight or when on holiday. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
PS. It's funny how some of the tags for this book include: 'Alabama' and 'incest'... aren't they synonyms? hahahaah... just kidding.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I enjoy Linda Howard's books, especially because her heroines are usually smart and spunky.The female protagonist of this story, however, lacked energy and likeability.I wondered what the hero saw in her.I suppose every author is allowed a few missteps.This is definitely one of Howard's.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Shades of Twilight"
Shades of Twilight is the most unusual book that I
have read in many years.It deals with incest by
mutual consent. I thought that was more disturbing
than the fact that distant cousins were in love.
There is a murder and a secret that went untold for
ten years.

First cousins Roanna and Jessie were seven and
thirteen, respectively, when Roanna's parents
were killed in a car accident along with Jessie's
mother.Lucinda lost both her children and

Davenport is the wealthiest family in Tuscumbia,
Alabama.Lucinda is the heir of Davencourt.
Lucinda Davenport is a manipulative person, whom
over the years had done her best to control her
family.When Jessie's mother died in the car accident.
Her grandmother Lucinda planned Jessie's future the
night of the car accident.She wanted Webb Tallant,
her great nephew, to married Jessie.Webb will be the
next heir to Davencourt.He agreed to married Jessie
when they were old enough to marry.

There was a loud scream that woke everyone in the
household.It was Roanne who found Jessie's body
lying on the floor.Someone had hit her head in with
a fireplace iron. Webb was the prime suspect, then was
cleared.He had an alibi.

Several weeks later, Webb got up one morning packed
his clothes and left Davencourt.Ten years later,
Lucinda hired a private investigator to locate Webb.
Lucinda told Roanna to bring Webb back home.Roanna
was able to persuade Webb that Lucinda needed him.
It didn't take much encouragement on her part.Webb
was secretly in love with Roanna.For ten years, it
haunted him who killed Jessie.

The last chapter revealed the murderer who killed
Jessie.I was very surprised.After Jessie was
murdered, I tried unsuccessfully to figure it out.
Linda Howard didn't let on until the last chapter.

Shades of Twilight is a classic mystery novel.There
were other characters that were intriguing as well.
Lucinda's relatives were living in the Davencourt estate
and were nothing but freeloaders.

I recommend Shades of Twilight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Linda Howard is the BEST!!!
This was my third book by Linda Howard.I can't believe I never read her books before!I am going to make up for lost time.I will now read every book I can get my hands on.
My first book was "Dream Man".That was possibly the best book I ever read.After that I read "After The Night".All I can say about that one was, WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!
Now I have finished "Shades of Twilight".I loved that too.I would say so far, my favorite was "Dream Man", then "After the Night" and then "Shades of Twilight".Read all 3 of them - in that order if possible.I am now on to "Kill and Tell"
ps:I love Amazon.They ship fast, orders are accurate - customer service is perfect! ... Read more

5. Ice: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2009-11-10)
list price: US$22.00 -- used & new: US$5.73
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Asin: 0345517199
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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’Tis the season for mistletoe and holly, Santa . . . and suspense. And the gift that keeps on giving is Ice: premier thriller author Linda Howard’s breathless tale of a man, a woman, and a battle for survival against an unforgiving winter–and an unrelenting killer. Oh what fun it is to read.

Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again with new marching orders. A brewing ice storm, and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact, have the local lawman concerned. So he enlists Gabriel to make the long haul to the middle of nowhere, and make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. It’s a trip the younger McQueen would rather not make given the bitter winter weather–and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly.

But there’s no talking back when your dad is the town’s top cop. And there’ s no turning back when night falls just as Gabriel arrives–and discovers that the weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful. Spotting strangers in Lolly’ s home–one of them packing a weapon–is all it takes to kick Gabriel into combat mode. And his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors. But when the escape is discovered, the heat–and the hunt–are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars not up to my expectations for Linda Howard
This book was a little disappointing.It really didn't grab me like her books usually do.

4-0 out of 5 stars great read
I am a voracious reader. Where has Linda Howard been all my life.this is my first linda howard book. what a treat. I listened to this book on a long car trip. it was so enjoyable. After reading spy books and terrorist books this was a feel good time for me. i am looking forward to reading all her prior books !!This is my first book review!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Unfinished?
This could have been a great read. Was Ms. Howard crunched for time? I liked the book, but felt there was a LOT missing in the way of character & relationship development. Buildup to the climax of the novel was pretty unbelievable as well. It had the feel of an unfinished work quickly packaged to make a quick buck. Glad I got it from the local library, it won't be purchased for my collection.

2-0 out of 5 stars can't believe Linda Howard wrote this!
30-year-old daughter of small-town Maine's former mayor is hijacked in her parent's house by 2 meth addicts during a bad ice storm & is rescued by attractive son of town's police chief who used to tease her when they were kids. The stress from being chased by the villains seemed to draw them closer together emotionally & sexually.

This book is substandard Linda Howard.The romance, suspense, plot, & dialogue were very predictable, emotionally non-engaging, & ordinary. The characters esp the villains were like caricatures.The romance & sexual chemistry were rushed, underdeveloped, & unconvincing.If this was Howard's 1st novel ever, I wouldn't have been surprised by it's substandard quality. But it's not so I'm baffled.Did Linda Howard REALLY write this drivel?The only good thing I can say about this book is that I learned a lot about ice storms & what to do to prevent frostbite.

Partial recommendation for Howard fan's for comparison reasons. Otherwise, don't waste your time.Read some other Howard book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too Short
I love Linda Howard because her books contain humor, action, and lots of steamy love scenes.I don't like her shorter novels as well, and this book definitely falls into this category despite its actual length.Some parts of this book were quite funny, and the action wasn't half bad, but there was little to no character development and quick shower sex between people who have said literally 30 words to each other the entire book isn't very appealing.The book should have been better developed into a long book or cut and marketed as a novella.I'd recommend this for a short, mindless read, but get it from a library and save your money. ... Read more

6. Dying to Please
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (2003-11-04)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$2.99
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Asin: 0345453409
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman–indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman whom Sarah has come to respect and love as a father.

Then one night she thwarts a burglary in progress, a courageous act that rewards Sarah her requisite “fifteen minutes of fame” with the local press. But the exposure is enough to catch the attention of a tortured soul who, unbeknownst to Sarah, will stop at nothing to have her for himself.

Sarah’s perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes: her beloved employer is brutally murdered. The detective investigating the case, assures Sarah that she is not a suspect. Until lightning strikes twice. There’s a second killing–and this time, despite a lack of evidence connecting her to the crime, Sarah cannot escape the shadow of guilt.

The only option left for Sarah is to carry on with her life. But she doesn’t realize that a deranged stalker is luring her into an elaborate trap . . . one in which she, once ensnared, might never escape. For Sarah soon finds herself at the mercy of a man who will tend to her every whim, smother her with affection, and crush her in his all-consuming embrace.

In a nonstop roller-coaster ride of unrelenting suspense, Linda Howard has written her most chilling novel yet. Dying to Please is a breathless thriller of desire and obsession.

From the Hardcover edition. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars I kept trying, but gave up halfway in...
I gave up reading this about halfway in. I admit I double-checked a couple of times while reading it to make sure that I wasn't reading a book of the same title by a new, inexperienced author. I thought maybe I had downloaded the wrong book due to the poor writing skills. The author included way too many irrelevant details in the narrative (down to the hair color of minor characters, as well as the temperature at various times of the day - all irrelevant to the storyline), as well as many other non-essential (and very distracting) details. There was very little action compared to the plodding narrative, plodding dialogue, and plodding plot; and after plodding through halfway and realizing that a skilled author should've covered all that (and more) in less than a chapter, and with much more oomph and tension, I decided that it just wasn't worth my time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nothing deep, but very enjoyable
This is a very fast read. My major disappointment with this book is that the bad guy is introduced early and then he disappears for two-thirds of the book. He winds up not being a major character at all, so he is very sketchily drawn. Still, overall this a page turner with a lot to like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Romantic, sexy and made me teary too!
I loved this book and cannot believe that some readers found it boring! It had a great plot, the chemistry between Cahill and Sarah was amazing and I was really sad when the book ended, I would have been happy with another 200 pages of it. Definitely one of my favourite Linda Howard books. Reminded me a little of Dream Man and Now You See Her, with a dash of Mr Perfect and Open Season. I love it when Linda Howard's hero is a detective/police chief/undercover cop.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok Reading
I thought this book was ok.I love Linda Howard and read many of her books.This was not one of her best.I would read it if I had nothing better to read. I just did not care for the storyline.

3-0 out of 5 stars Another Linda Howard book pleaser
Setting: Modern Times

Another hero is named Tom. Linda Howard must like the name Tom a lot. It's a good love story with a touch of a mild murder mystery, but not one of her best works. It still has the classic love connection you can feel from reading the words.
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7. After the Night
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages (1997-11-01)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.92
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Asin: 0671019708
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel.

GRAY ROUILLARD: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott -- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To care for her was impossible, unthinkable...because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her.Amazon.com Review
Faith Devlin grew up knowing that Gray Rouillard thoughtshe was trash because his rich father ran away with her pretty,sexy mother.She almost hates him for it, but she can't, becauseevery time he looks at her she wants him more.Gray controls the tiny Louisiana town, but he finds can't control Faith -- until hegets close to her.And underneath the passion, there's a mysteryto be solved.Steamy and compelling! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Kind of a smokin' hot mess...
Fourteen year old Faith Devlin's family is torn apart when her mother runs off with wealthy businessman Guy Rouillard.The resulting scandal rocks the small Louisiana town that Faith grew up in and Guy's only son, Gray, is left to pick up the pieces.His first order of business is to run Faith and her family out of town.The humiliation of being forced out of her home and called "trash" by Gray is seared in Faith's memory.

Twelve years after that traumatic night Faith returns to Prescott determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to her mother and Guy.No longer a frightened, dirt poor teenager, Faith refuses to be run off once again by Gray.Gray does his best to make life in Prescott impossible for Faith, but he can't deny that he's attracted to the beautiful woman who bears such a striking resemblance to her mother.

I knew I was in trouble when the author described Gray's long black ponytail and diamond earring.An unfortunate picture of Lorenzo Lamas (circa 1990's) popped into my brain and I couldn't shake it for the remainder of the story.Every time she mentioned that darned ponytail I just started giggling.Even given the 1997 publication date, the story and characters seemed dated.Gray/Lorenzo is a throwback to the old bodice-ripper heroes.If he's angry or frustrated with Faith he has no problem picking her up off the ground by her arms and shaking her or grabbing her wrists until he leaves a bruise.Of course, once he decides to "give in to his passion", he grows fiercely protective of Faith.Most of the other characters are also a bit over-the-top.How about Gray's mother, who "took to her bed" for about a decade due to embarrassment?Better yet, the wack-job sister who can't get over Daddy's abandonment?Sigh.The whole thing has a kind of soap-opera feel to it.

Despite the transparent plot and the borderline creepy Gray/Lorenzo, I have to confess (with some embarrassment) that I did like the book.Linda Howard can tell a story.Between my giggling and eye-rolling (hey, I can multi-task!), I was flipping those pages to see what happened next.There is smokin' hot sexual tension between Faith and Gray/Lorenzo, and the scene between the two in the courthouse just might be worth the price of admission!And let's face it, there is just something appealing about the poor girl who makes good and captures the heart of the town golden boy.

Some strong language and fairly descriptive sex scenes.For readers who prefer a politically correct hero...give this one a pass.

One last word about the Kindle version...it was just plain awful.Loaded with spelling errors, garbled words and mangled sentences.I hope the print version was in better shape.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Steamy, funny, sad, great story, great characters.
This is one of Linda Howard's best.The underlying story is really compelling, and the main characters are root-worthy and sexy together.

Grey's father and Faith's mother have been having an affair. One night they disappear.Everyone believes they ran off together.23-year old Grey kicks 14-year old Faith's family out of their shack and runs them out of town.12 years later, Faith returns - independent, successful, and having survived her family's splintering and years of tragedy.She's back to find out what happened that night and if Grey's father has been murdered.Grey tries to run her out of town again to protect his remaining family, but he can't fight his attraction to Faith, who has been in love with Grey since she was a child.The situation makes for a really hot push-and-pull while Grey tries to simultaneously convince her to leave town and be his mistress.

The mystery was interesting. The supporting characters were well-developed.The atmosphere of a small-town was really well written.The Hero and Heroine were great characters in their own right, having survived more than their share of family tragedies. Finally, the love story was incredibly hot.

This will definitely go on my to-be-read-again list!

4-0 out of 5 stars Steamy romance with great hero!
"After the Night" is exactly what I was looking for: a contemporary, steamy, fairy tale with just enough of a twist to keep me turning those pages but not enough to keep me from a good night's sleep.
The sex is fantastic, hot as they get. The hero, Gray (**fans herself to keep from swooning**), is serious worship material, up there with the best of them. He's funny too, and enough of a bad boy to inspire even the coldest of us. Faith, the heroine, is likable and sympathetic and absolutely gorgeous. Their romance is credible, the chemistry is to die for (I expected no less considering the fact that Gray was cajun), the sex is enough to burn up the pages. The plot was interesting, though at times it very much needed a strong "suspension of disbelief" in order to accept the story.

This isn't Linda Howard's best, but it was so satisfying a read I can't possibly not rate it with 4 stars.

It is the literary equivalent of comfort food.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!
This is a great book, and one of author Linda Howard (and my) personal favorites. I recommend this book for anyone who's looking for a good romantic suspense.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is one of Ms. Howard's best books. As far as I am concerned she is one of the best there is. All her characters come alive, are strong and very memorable. I read this book through the night till I finished and it was a week night. Didn't care. The hero is a typical alpha male and the heroine is a woman of strength. I liked the way Faith stood up to him and gave back as good as she got. That is why this book worked so beautifully. If the male had just been a macho jerk and the female a doormat, this would have been awful. However, they balance each other very well. The chemistry between the leads was amazing. I only wish the ending had been a bit more elaborate. I would have liked to have seen some conversations about family history not repeating itself,fidelity and trust.
But all in all, a keeper. ... Read more

8. Christmas Kisses: Mackenzie's Magic/ Silver Bells/ A Wild West Christmas
by Linda Howard, Debbie MacOmber, Linda Turner
Paperback: 377 Pages (1996-10-01)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$19.84
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Asin: 0373483287
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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In Mackenzie's Magic, Maris regains her memory, while in Silver Bells, a single dad finally meets his match, and in A Wild West Christmas, Priscilla ties the knot at the Double R Ranch. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Weak Plot Development
All of the Mackenzie books in the series are really really good, and this book feels like it could have been a really good book, but it was very short and didn't have a chance to fully develop into a good story.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fluffy, lightweight novella with typical romance novel characters.Not enough time for relationship development.
MACKENZIE'S MAGIC by Linda Howard.

Maris is a horse trainer.Someone plans to harm her favorite horse, and Maris is hit in the head.She wakes up in a motel room the next day with a concussion.Mac is with her.He was recently hired to work with her on the horse farm.Together they try to figure out what is going on and what to do about it.Maris has no memory of what she was doing before she was injured.Maris realizes she is attracted to Mac.

This was about half the length of a typical romance novel.It was a "falling in lust" story.There was no time for any relationship development.It was shallow.I wanted more intrique, unique characters, and more interesting plot and dialogue.But if you loved the series, you might like this out of curiosity.

After the mystery and danger is over, a chunk of time is spent with Maris' family in Wyoming.There is the cute little toddler, all the hunky men, their wives and children.Everyone is loving and protective.It was a pleasant time.

There are five Mackenzie books.The first three were much better than books 4 and 5.This is book 4.For a list of my reviews of all five books, see my 5 star review of Burn posted 7-11-09.

I didn't understand the scene in which Maris was hit in the head (which was told and not shown).Apparently the bad guy was starting to inject the horse when Maris arrived.He hits her in the head causing a concussion, but she is able to get on the horse and ride away.Can one be concussed and still mount and ride?Why couldn't the bad guy finish the injection as she was mounting?I wanted more details and showing, not telling.

Kindle count story length: 1462.Swearing language: mild.Sexual language: mild.Number of sex scenes: 1, about a page long.Setting: current day mostly Kentucky and Wyoming.Copyright: 1996.Genre: contemporary romance.

3-0 out of 5 stars The weakest of the Mackenzie stories
This story is ok but not near as good as the others in the Mackenzie saga. I didn't like the way it started out with Maris waking up and not knowing where she was or who she was with. This story was too unbelievable.I realize the other Mackenzie stories aren't believable either but they're a lot more enjoyable than this one.This one was too short to do justice to what could have been a decent story.

4-0 out of 5 stars please include with the mackenzie bundle of stories
This is another good story in the mackenzie series.this story is too short and it should be placed in the mackenzie bundle of stories.it really is not worth the two dollars it cost.i would have loved to have read it along withtthe other stories.is there any way kindle/amazon can arrange for this.....

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring
Save yourself the $2 and get one of the free kindle books instead. This book was a waste of my time. ... Read more

9. Dream Man
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 341 Pages (1998-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Had she finally met the man she longed for...or was she dreaming?

Marlie Keen was trying to lead a quiet, ordinary life. She thought the knowing -- the clairvoyance that allowed her to witness crimes as they happened -- had been destroyed in the nightmare of her past. Then one night it returned with a vengeance, and she desperately needed to find someone to make it stop.

Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department had never met anyone like Marlie. He had doubts about her clairvoyance, but there was no doubt how much he desired her. Her soft, sweet scent set his blood afire, and he wanted to wrap her in his arms and chase the sadness from her eyes. To Marlie, Dane was all heat and hard muscle, and he made her body come alive as it never had before. But not even she could foresee where their passion would lead: a hungry quest for the elusive, dreamy ecstasies of love...and a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman who would threaten their happiness and their lives....Amazon.com Review
Setting: Contemporary Orlando, Florida
Sensuality: 8

Never comfortable with her fame as an empath, lovely Marlie Keen hasled a life free of clairvoyant incidents for several years. But herquiet, ordinary existence is shattered when the unwanted ability toread a murderer's mind returns with a vengeance. Knowing thatpublicity is sure to follow, Marlie nevertheless tells the police whatshe knows. Tough detective Dane Hollister first scoffs at her claimthat she "sees" the serial killer who's terrorizing Orlando, but itdoesn't take long to convince him that she's telling the truth. Ittakes even less time for him to recognize the attraction betweenhimself and Marlie, but Marlie is incredibly vulnerable to the visionsassaulting her and Dane must put his fierce desire on hold while hetries to track down a bloodthirsty madman.

A perfect example of why Linda Howard is a leading author of romanticsuspense, Dream Man offers a plot that unfolds with precision,suspense that is taut and spine tingling, passion hot enough to peel paint,and breathtaking romance. This is Howard in top form. --Lois FayeDyer ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Read Mr. Perfect Instead
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This suspenseful romance revolves around Marlie Keen - a woman with a powerful psychic ability - who ends up going to the police station where she meets Detective Dane Hollister - a very cynical, domineering and cut-to-the-chase kind of man - to report a killing she had `seen' through the eyes of the serial killer himself.

The book opens with Marlie driving home after enjoying a romantic movie; a simple pleasure she was not able to enjoy until very recently. The reason for this is masterfully explained by a series of dramatic events that forces Marlie to pull her car over as she experiences strong paralyzing visions of a killer approaching his intended victim.

I loved, loved Marlie's internal struggles where she has to deal with a rather interesting ability that has now resurfaced after years of dormancy. Not only is her ability back, it's even stronger and all-consuming than it's ever been.

Some sick and twisted part of me rather enjoyed Marlie's attempts to resist the visions assailing her and remain conscious enough to talk to an officer who follows as she studiously drives home. I even delighted in the well-written quest of her epic fight to her front door, fumbling of her keys, opening her door and finally collapsing on the floor as soon as the door shuts behind her.

The intensity of the opening had me practically salivating for more. What was this strange intriguing ability of hers? Who was the sick killer of her visions and was his killings happening at the same time or was this just a dream as the title suggests?

My confidence that inflated since the first chapter sadly blew out as I was introduced to the detective slash caveman of men, Dane Hollister. I experienced an uncomfortable awkwardness as Dane is struck with the most intense sexual attraction the moment he lays eyes on Marlie. In his partner's and boss' presence no less.

So, okay, it's a romance novel; this is to be expected even if a little extreme. The sexual tension was built up pretty nicely, but by this time I've already checked out and only continued reading because 1. I like train wrecks and 2. I wanted to see where she was going with this (see reason 1.).

It has to be said that as male counterparts go, this guy was a major turn-off. Not only is he imposing and unmoving in his belief that Marlie isn't a psychic, he plots against her. Oh, and he uses her as bait. Without telling her. Yeah, any guy I like, I would totally jump his bones for that. NOT! Against Marlie's wishes, he calls the press and they hound her and broadcast her as a psychic consultant which ends up costing her her job. Mr. Romance he is not.

I would have doubts as to who was the real villain in this book if the antagonist wasn't so blaringly obvious. My first impressions of Marlie changed from admiring to despising because, after all, she fell in love with a hormone-crazed, high-handed and overbearing man (to name a few of the better qualities). Marlie didn't put up much of a fight while this man forced his way into her life, even taking up temporary residency at her home - without her permission. She was largely submissive in answer to his aggressiveness in more ways than the obvious romantic one.

The main plot revolving around the actual serial killer was okay if a bit cliché of not only a story that's overdone, but a bit of a repeat from another story by the same author. The identity and motivations of the killer were revealed earlier than expected, which crippled the mystery and escalated tension during the key, climatic ending. And speaking of endings, it was a bit anti-climatic and predictable.

Over-all it was a major disappointment for me. I had high expectations after the first well-written chapters that unfortunately weren't met. The book would have been better without the romance and instead focused on Marlie and her struggles with her abilities and more explanation of her past and the events that lead up to this new serial killer.

I love books with a big dollop of internal struggle, so I did rather enjoy that aspect of this book. But I do have to take major points for the male lead and lack of romance; which is a serious deduction considering the genre of this book.

There are other, better Linda Howard books. Please do not let this one influence you to stop reading her more masterful creations, such as Mr. Perfect.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not romantic, not sexy.
I stopped reading halfway through.

These two fall in love immediately, for no better reason than that they looked in each others eyes. That's it, folks. The hero was annoying, totally lacking in charm, and almost as gross as the rapist villain. I don't have a problem with overbearing heroes; in fact, I like them. This guy was creepy.

I LOVE romance, but there was none here. They may as well have been two idiot teenagers meeting at a club and deciding to go home together. The author gives no reason at all for the character's intense feelings. It's a wonder they remember each other's names.

Skip this one. Go for Outlander (and slog through the beginning, you'll be glad you did) or Whitney, My Love (that guy is overbearing and dominant, but at least he really knows her and loves her).

1-0 out of 5 stars The "hero" of this novel is a sexist pig
I know that people don't have a very high opinion of romance novels in general and the most common criticism towards them is that they promote sexists and patriarchal ideas about women and relationships. Usually, I argue that the romance genre is slowly moving away from tired stereotypes and that many modern romance novels portray strong women and progressive men. I'm a young woman, so I suspect that I was never exposed to the age of rapist "heroes" in romance novel, which is why I have a much more positive view of them. I enjoy the romance genre and at least half of the books I read are romance novels. I do avoid reading any that were written before the mid-1990s. That being said, I think that books like "Dream Man" are primes examples of why so many feminists despise the romance genre.

The "hero" of this novel constantly uses his larger size to make the heroine uncomfortable. He consciously does this. During the scenes from his point of view, he points out how he notices that he's making the heroine uncomfortable and he almost always seems satisfied by it. The heroine tells him more than once that she doesn't want him in her life and he just refuses to go away. I'm perfectly aware that this is a common plot in romance novels, but this hero is so repulsive that it feels much more infuriating than usual. The heroine fails to stand up for herself, and she's constantly described as fragile and helpless. What's worse, the author seems to imply that this type of behavior is fine--even romantic--because the heroine says she's sexually attracted to the male lead. Quite honestly, I find it disgusting.

The writing itself is adequate. The pacing is good and everyone once in a while, one of the characters will say or think something amusing. The prose is immersible and easy enough to follow. Just for that I should probably give this book two starts but I found myself too irritated by it to stomach giving it more than one star. To be perfectly fair, I did not finish this book so I can't say if the it gets better towards the climax or if the characters become more tolerable. I didn't finish because I grew to dislike both leads more with every single page I read. I do not recommend this book to anyone and I don't plan to ever buy another book by this author.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dream Man
Dream Man was a good read, but I have yet to find a book that Linda Howard has written that isn't good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book was phenomenal!!
The book was really great. Couldn't put it down until the last page was turned !!! ... Read more

10. Death Angel: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-04-28)
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Asin: 0345486552
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In Linda Howard’s gifted hands, second chances, unexpected romance, and unrelenting action combine into a riveting new novel of suspense. In Death Angel, bad girls can wake up and trust their hearts, bad guys can fight for what’s right . . . and dying just might be the only way to change one’s life.

A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau is more than content to be arm candy for Rafael Salinas, a notorious crime lord who deals with betrayal through quick and treacherous means: a bullet to the back of the head, a blade across the neck, an incendiary device beneath a car. Eager to break with Rafael, Drea makes a fateful decision and a desperate move, stealing a mountain of cash from the malicious killer. After all, an escape needs to be financed.

Though Drea runs, Salinas knows she can’t hide–and he dispatches a cold-blooded assassin in hot pursuit, resulting in a tragic turn of events. Or does it?

Left for dead, Drea miraculously returns to the realm of the living a changed woman. She’s no longer shallow and selfish, no longer steals or cheats or sells herself short. Both humbled and thrilled with this unexpected second chance, Drea embraces her new life. But in order to feel safe and sound–and stop nervously looking over her shoulder–she will need to take down those who marked her for death.

Joining forces with the FBI, supplying vital inside information that only she can provide, Drea finds herself working with the most dangerous man she’s ever known. Yet the closer they get to danger, the more intense their feelings for each other become, and the more Drea realizes that the cost of her new life may be her life itself–as well as her heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Had my Attention from Start to Finish
This book had my attention from start until finish.I actual felt for Drea.I cannot believe that Rafael left her to the assasin right off the bat.And that terrifying experienced turned into a very hot sensual romance.They are an unusual couple, but together their connect is amazing.The protective nature of the assasin is very masculine, and endearing.I finsihed this book in about 6-hours because I just could not put it down.I would reccomend this book to anyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Death Angel - liked it !!!
I liked Death Angel very much.I don't understand the negative reviews.The thing I love about Linda Howard is that she tries different stories.Some people seem to want her to write the same thing over and over again.It can't happen!She's too good.I loved it!People - try to have an open mind and enjoy different types of characters!It's a lot of fun - and a great learning experience!
Keep it going Linda Howard.I love them all!(except maybe
To Die For" - a little too silly for me"

1-0 out of 5 stars Why?
This absolutely the worst book I have ever read by any author. It is so degrading! Drea is a kept woman of a mob boss.An assassin wants payment for a job.His payment? Sex with Drea.Not that she is completely willing at first but she goes along and they have sex on the balcony in view of those watching from other buildings. Then they move inside were Drea has sex with this total stranger for hours.WOW! HOW ROMANTIC!GEE WHAT A GUY!Only a weak, stupid woman would fall totally in love with such a soulless shallow male whore.I guess it takes one to know one in this book. If you want to learn how to transfer money from the USA to another country, you will be riveted.For great Romance by Linda Howard read Drop Dead Gorgeous: A Novel (Blair Mallory), Open Season, A Lady of the West, Cry No More, and Ice: A Novel

5-0 out of 5 stars Love the book, hate the cover, glad I read it in kindle
I came to this page specifically to write a review and in doing so I must say I am so glad I didn't see the cover art before I bought the book. This was a beautifully written book with very strong characterization. Neither the hero nor the heroine were heroic in the traditional romance novel sense, but they were compelling. I appreciated Drea/Andie's journey, loved that Howard made the heroine so self aware in the second half of the book, so clear in her personal integrity, and yet so human that it was easy to identify with her. The hero was so anti-heroic in the beginning, but so compelling also, and Drea's attachment to him made it possible for me to look passed what he did and see who he was.
This is a rare book in that it's a complete emotional journey, but it's one I wanted to continue with the characters.
It's vintage Linda Howard in that it's superbly written, but completely fresh in its innovative characterization.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where's the hero?
I like Linda Howard's story telling but this one is a disappointment.I liked the theme of redemption but the character development could have been better. Drea felt worthless from her upbringing but what motivated Simon? How did Drea hook up with the drug dealer? What was the story surrounding her stillbirth 15 years previously and how was that a motivator in her behavior?Why was Simon an assassin? His character came across as a sociopath. Four hours of sex with a stranger and then he stalked her causing her"death"? Then he stalked her more. Yuck. If this was my story to tell, I would have made Simon an undercover FBI agent posing as an assassin and would have him help Drea get away AND get the bad guy in a more satisfying ending. Read 'Kiss and Tell' and 'Cover of Night' instead. ... Read more

11. Blood Born
by Linda Howard, Linda Jones
Mass Market Paperback: 480 Pages (2010-04-27)
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Asin: 0345520769
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When the human and the vampire worlds collide, there will be hell to pay.
Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council—the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world.

All that stands in their way are the conduits, humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit—and a target of the vampire assassin who’s killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust—along with more passionate feelings—is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters—and salvage their own future together. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars no more vampires
Please Ms Howard, no more vampire themed novels.Your wonderful novels such as Dream Man, Dying to Please and Kill and Tell are keep forever classics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was wonderful.I enjoyed meeting the charcters and learning the background for this series. I would definitely recommend this book.I am eagerly awaiting book two.The story is written beautifully and the charcters are complex enought to hold my interest. I was only sadden by the fact I have to wait till Spring 2011.You will not be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time
I own every Linda Howard book written and for the most part have loved them all.I still continue to read many of them over and over again.It took me weeks (instead of hours) to make it through this book and then I skipped large portions just to find out the ending.Although some of Ms. Howard's recent books have not been the best, this one was such a disappointment that I will not even consider reading any future releases in this series.This is the last Linda Howard book that I will purchase based solely on the fact that she wrote it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting????
This book had a lot of the old LH in it.I wonder how much was Howard and how much was Jones?I sure hope the parts I liked were Howard because I don't read Jones.If you're an old Linda Howard fan, you will love this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I have stopped reading books by Linda Howard as her stories have become cold, boring and I didn't like her characters. While on holiday I needed something to read and seeing that Linda Jones was co-writing the story I tried again. I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next book in the series.This book was well worth buying. ... Read more

12. Cry No More
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 400 Pages (2004-04-27)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.75
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Asin: 0345453425
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Fueled by an obsession to fill the void in other people’s lives, Milla Edge finds lost children—all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared in the labyrinth of a sinister baby-smuggling ring. The key to nailing down the organization may rest with an elusive one-eyed man. As Milla’s search for him intensifies, the mission becomes more treacherous. For the ring is part of something far larger and more dangerous, reaching the highest echelons of power. Racing into peril, Milla suddenly finds herself the hunted—in the crosshairs of an invisible, lethal assassin who aims to silence her permanently. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
I am a huge Linda Howard fan and this is my favorite by her so far.The characters were well developed, the plot was engaging, and the chemistry was hot.I could not put it down.I highly reccommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
Cry No More. How can I begin to describe the amazingness of this book? It's such and incredible blend of thriller, mystery, love and heartbreak. Howard once again completely draws you into the world of her characters.

What sets this book apart is how real it is. The main character Milla is so realistic. She's so subtle that she could be anybody. Howard didn't feel the need to make her the most beautiful woman in the world. Or some kind of action superwoman. After her child is kidnapped she's changed and unlike a lot of other romances Milla isn't fixed as soon as the the Hero comes onto the scene. She goes through so much to find her son and her grief is so real, so raw that you can really feel it. Anyone would enjoy this book even if romance isn't your usual.

4-0 out of 5 stars I HATE crying when I read a book.
I read to amuse myself, to escape everyday's miseries and dramas. When I watch a movie, or read a book I want to be entertained, amused and happy. I can't imagine anything more stupid than actually spending money in order to get scared (which is why I refuse to watch horror movies) or to get sad (which is why I stay away from dramas).

So this book came as a curve ball to me. I cried... I actually cried. I embarrassed myself in front of people because there I was, with a book - incidentally called CRY NO MORE - CRYING. You do NOT understand, I DO NOT CRY reading books!

So that is why, dear fellow amazon shopper, I just HAD to knock a star off this review, because I am extremely upset that I had to shed tears for a made up story about a kidnapped child and the consequences that his mother must face. I am not even a mother, yet I actually felt miserable, depressed, angry beyond words, raging at the injustice of it all. Because deep down I know... I know that even though this is a work of fiction we live in such a hard and ugly world that I KNOW stuff like that DOES happen. That is precisely why I refuse to spend money to get scared or depressed by made up stories, there is enough happening to scare you or depress you in REAL LIFE.

I started this book because I was looking for a romance. I wanted to lose myself in the fantasy of another perfect romance. I got that. I got a wonderful hero in Diaz. He is this brooding, aggressive, powerful yet adorable man. He falls head over heels with Milla... and honestly, so did I. She makes any other romance novel "damsel in distress" pale in comparison. Talk about distress: she lost her baby. HER CHILD. She was knifed down in a market and her beautiful baby boy stolen.

Milla dedicates her life towards finding her son and incidentally ends up fighting for everyone else's lost someone. Ten years go by, nothing to go on her lost baby; dead ends everywhere, nobody knows anything, and it seems everyone else has given up on her baby, and worse, on her.
Then Diaz walks into her office one morning and he's just... I don't even know how to describe him, he's more than Milla's hero, he's her angel... no.. he's her ANSWER.

Finally Milla has a track to follow to her lost son Justin, and the best man alive to help her along it. Adventure follows, danger, and some of the best sex on paper out there.

Anything else I may tell you qualifies as spoilers so I can't go on, but trust me, as angry as I was for the crying part I still gave this book 4 stars because it was perfect.

Is it a happy ending? I don't know, I guess it's as happy as can possibly be expected given the first 30 pages... But happy? No. I'm not happy. I doubt any of the readers are happy.

I'm not unhappy because of the book, the book is good, it is life that sucks.

5-0 out of 5 stars She Never Gave Up
Pregnant Milla Edge accompanied her husband down to Mexico when he took a job working at a clinic there. She wasn't worried, her husband was a doctor, plus her friend Susanna Kosper, a doctor as well, was going too. She gave birth to a baby boy and named him Justin. However sadly just weeks after the birth, Milla takes the baby shopping at an outdoor market and she's attacked. Baby Justin is ripped from her arms, but she doesn't give up without a fight. She rips the eye out of one her assailants, but the other knifes her and she almost loses her life.

Prologue over, the book picks up ten years later. Milla is divorced, her marriage couldn't withstand the lose, and she's heading up an organization called Finders, that searches for lost loved ones. A perfect job for Milla, who even after all this time, has not given up hope of getting Justin back.

Enter mysterious stranger, James Diaz, who Milla had mistakenly believed was one of the men who'd attacked her back in Mexico. Diaz is sort of an American-Mexican do gooder hit man type who lives by a moral code that would rival the Lone Ranger's. Diaz teams up with Milla, and they make beautiful music together as them manage to solve the mystery of a baby smuggling ring and find out what ultimately happened to Justin and why.

Linda Howard has written a woman in trouble thriller will keep you burning the midnight oil as you rush through pages eager to sus out who has been watching Milla, who has been betraying her, and how long that betrayal has been going on. And yes, it is a Linda Howard book, so the romance is going to be there, a tug of war between two half brothers, both who seem to be after Milla's heart, one is good, one bad, but which is which?

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars: Fast paced, emotional roller coaster
I've read quite a few Linda Howard books and this one has moved into my favorite of her books. It was so heartwrenching--I was crying several times during the book but it had a wonderful ending. The book wasn't predictable--when I read the back description I figured it would go a certain way and it didn't. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading--almost all in one sitting! The characters were very well done. I liked Milla and the strength and perseverance she exhibited searching for her lost son. I also liked Diaz--the classic alpha bad boy hero. Fantastic mix of mystery, suspense, action, ansgt, and romance. I definitely recommend this book.

Other books I really liked by Linda Howard include Mr Perfect and Open Season. If you are on the hunt for more good romantic suspense/thrillers, check out the I Team by Pamela Clare, Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair, Intimate Danger and the Dragon One series by Amy J. Fetzer, Steele Street series by Tara Janzen (funny), and Troubleshooters by Suzanne Brockman. ... Read more

13. Loving Evangeline (Bestselling Author Collection)
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-05-01)
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Asin: 0373302258
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A New York Times Bestselling Author

How to describe successful tycoon Robert Cannon? "Cool, ruthless and with a hint of cruelty," said his enemies. "Seductive, passionate and charming," claimed the women he dated. But what would Evangeline Shaw think when she became Robert's next target -- in both ways?

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3-0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing...
Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors, and I've read almost all of her books. I count many among my all-time favorites. So, I was surprised when I realized I'd missed one!

There were many things I loved about this book. Evie is a great character, and I love the setting and secondary characters. I had a really hard time with Robert, though, and spent most of the book REALLY disliking him. I hoped that when Evie found out the truth about him, she would let him have it!

In the end, he redeemed himself, but I have a hard time understanding how she forgave him after everything he did to her. I also noticed some story lines left open, such as what she did with the marina.

I'll still buy all her new books and reread my old favorites (the McKenzie's Mountain books will always be favorites), but I think if I find another really old one I haven't read, I probably won't read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE EVANGELINE!!
I'm surprised that this book received such negative comments - if you like your heroes strong, self possessed, rich and more than a little bit arrogant then this book DELIVERS!!! I read this novel (esp certain parts - tee hee) at least once a year - it's one of those books that I keep going back to. You will not be disappointed!

3-0 out of 5 stars When Alpha Males Go Bad
I'm all for alpha males - those guys who are supremely confident, powerful, and even ruthless; they know what they want, and they do whatever it takes to get it.These are the men who are typically quite good-looking (or at least rugged), ultra-masculine, and exercise rigid control over their emotions.They tend to be difficult to get to know, as they build innumerable walls and defense mechanisms around their hearts, but when they meet the right woman, they wind up falling quickly and completely.When this happens, that aforementioned ruthlessness is utilized to pursue said woman, and basically sweep her off her feet.

This book presents us with one such male: Robert Cannon. After his appearance in Howard's 'Duncan's Bride,' I was really looking forward to Robert's story.He fulfills all of the alpha male criteria to a proverbial "T" - he's an incredibly rich and successful businessman who is gorgeous (of course), prides himself on his expertise in the bedroom, and has a reputation in the business world as being cold as ice, brilliant, and yes, ruthless when the occasion calls for it.In this book, he decides to use those skills in order to go after the woman he believes to be guilty of truly reprehensible crimes, and proceeds to use all of his cunning to put plans into place in order to pressure said woman (and anyone else with whom she may be working) into making a mistake that would lead to her/their capture and punishment.

There isn't anything necessarily wrong with any of that; in fact, it has all the makings of a pretty good book.The problem is that Robert unfortunately takes being an alpha male to such extremes that his behavior, actions, and even thoughts become largely unsympathetic and even borderline absurd.Upon meeting Evie, he's bowled over by her on a physical level, and almost instantly plans to take her to bed, regardless of the fact that he believes her to be a traitor who is guilty of myriad crimes.After spending just a few minutes in her company, it would be obvious to pretty much anyone that this is not a woman who operates on the wrong side of the law.She is incredibly self-sufficient in that she runs her own business, and somehow has managed not to completely fall apart after enduring a horrific tragedy a dozen years prior to the events in this book.She's strong and selfless, actually thinks about how best to solve her problems when they arise rather than whining about them, and though she's kept herself stuck in the past to fairly extreme degrees, she's immensely likable (and almost the sole reason why I gave this book three stars).Robert, despite recognizing all of these qualities in her, still follows through with his plans to ferret out the criminals. . .

*mild spoilers follow* . . . and continues to believe that Evie is guilty in some way, shape, or form for most of the book.After his constant manipulations and deceptions come to light, she is understandably hurt (though not nearly angry enough; she's more bothered by the fact that she thinks that he doesn't love her).One issue I had with this book is that Robert isn't made to suffer enough.His scheming costs Evie so much materially, emotionally, and psychologically, and just a few pages from the end of the book, he is still unable to figure out why she could possibly be so upset with him.The problem is that she's upset with him for some of the wrong reasons, and almost none of the right ones, and he just can't, for the life of him, figure out why.For such a smart man, he has some exceedingly stupid moments and thoughts.And, since this is not only a romance novel, but one that follows Howard's usual formula, the reader knows that Evie will forgive him, which she does much too quickly, in my estimation.

As if Robert's machinations and utter cluelesslness aren't bad enough, he is far too controlling and chauvinistic: he takes almost all of Evie's choices away from her - everything from when to eat and where to go, to trying to alter her work schedule, and the list goes on and on.And on. - and what's worse is that, aside from a few token protests, she basically lets him.So, she has her doormat moments, and he takes entirely too many forays into jerk-territory, but their actual moments of sincere emotionality and connection are lovely, Evie is a pretty great heroine, and Robert, aside from the times when he becomes overbearing (to put it mildly), is not that bad an alpha male.So, the story itself is just okay and has many problems, including being a pretty big letdown for many people who enjoyed Robert in 'Duncan's Bride.'The bottom line, in my view, is that it's not a bad book, but it's certainly not one of Howard's best.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of her best
This book and "After the Night" are my two favorite Linda Howard novels. The Unabridged "After the Night" was recently released on [...]. Now if we could just get an Unabridged audio of "Loving Evangeline".... I live in hope.

4-0 out of 5 stars Loving Evangeline
I thought this was a good story. Linda Howard writes good, strong male characters, even if they are over the top, but hey they are stories, so why not?Evie (dumb name) was a good character.A hard-working Southern woman who owns a marina/boat rental service. Robert Cannon is a rich tycoon trying to find out who is selling company secrets.

The whole espionage theme was really weak because the story was more about
Robert's pursuit of Evie.His interest in the espionage was sort of after the fact and you didn't care about it one way or the other.

At any rate, it was an enjoyable read, but then again, I usually like Linda Howard. ... Read more

14. To Die For: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages (2004-12-28)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Blair Mallory lives the good life. She’s pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving up-scale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on Blair, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead–and Blair witnesses the horror.

As the media speculates on the tawdry details of the homicide and pushes Blair into the harsh spotlight, she locks horns with police lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth. He wants to lead an investigation without interference, while Blair is determined to probe the dead woman’s life on her own. But when someone begins to menace Blair with mounting threats, Wyatt takes notice: Was this murder indeed a lethal case of mistaken identity–and was Blair the intended victim?
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1-0 out of 5 stars One of the most all-time stupid books ever written
Stupid, characters not believable -- there is nothing good about it. It's an insult to readers everywhere.Linda Howard has written some decent books, but she must have been smoking crack when she wrote this.

5-0 out of 5 stars TO DIE FOR by Linda Howard
Love this Book! When I first started reading it I thought what is my favorite author doing writing about such a fluffy character, but after I started getting in deeper to the story, you get a kick out of Blair and her antics. Now it's one of my favorite books. She wrote a sequel to this one called "Drop Dead Gorgeous", and I'm hoping she writes a 3rd book. So, definitely try this book out, you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blair is a bundle of fun
I loved this book!IT was funny and enough mystery to keep me enthrallled.

2-0 out of 5 stars To Die For
Blair Mallory is the stereotypical southern beauty from North Carolina with blonde hair, and a smile that could stop traffic. Being a former cheerleader, she thought she would use the money from her divorce settlement to open a gym. After all, who better to keep the locals fit, trim, and looking good? So far her gym had been a huge success, but she did have to deal regularly with a thorn in her side by the name of Nicki Goodwin. Nicki was out to copy Blair on everything from clothes to hair color. When Blair was leaving the gym late one night after closing, and saw Nicki's car, she thought she was in for a confrontation. She wished it were that simple because while she couldn't see inside the car, a man was standing outside, and before Blair realized what was happening, he started shooting at her. She ran for the gym door, and called 911 from inside. As it turns out, Nicki was murdered, and of course Lt Jefferson Wyatt Bloodsworth was on site to investigate. She hadn't seen him in the two years since they had dated, but he was looking really good. JW had dropped her like a hot potato without any warning, and that still grated on Blair because she thought of him often.

When Blair was shot in the arm while on her way to her parent's house, Wyatt stepped in and took over. He brought her to his home to recover since he was afraid her life was now in danger. It wasn't until she was settled into his home that she discovered he had no intentions of letting her leave. As he put it, he had exactly where he wanted her, and she wasn't getting away. Blair received her next shock when he started introducing her as his fiancé. For someone that had never proposed, she thought he had alot of nerve. Wyatt worked diligently to capture the killer, and once he had a confession, he thought Blair would be safe. The failure of her brakes was his next clue that this mess wasn't over. Her brake lines had been deliberately cut. Wyatt was determined to do whatever it took to keep Blair safe, and out of harms way.

This was an entertaining read with alot more humor than I had expected. Blair's character was completely over the top though, and that detracted from the story. Between that and the narration in first person, it was overwhelming. The murder plot was the biggest letdown. It was as if it were an afterthought contrived and forced on everyone that left a huge hole in the overall story.

1-0 out of 5 stars BIMBO&BOZO
"To Die For" is the 7th Linda Howard novel I have read so far, and EASILY the WORST! Linda Howard is a good story teller and usually her suspense novels keep you interested until the very last page, but about half way through this book, I could NOT WAIT for it to end, I came closing to tossing this book in the garbage atleast 3 times!
Let me start this review by telling you about the main characters in this book:
1)Blair Mallory and Wyatt Bloodsworth. Why must Linda Howard feel the need to come up with "Exotic" type names for 95% of the characters in her novels? I mean "wyatt", the only wyatt I ever heard of is "wyatt Earp" and this book is not a western.
2)Lets describe "Blair" our leading lady. This book is written in a "first person narrative" style so we have to read everything that happens coming from the brain of a TOTAL AIRHEAD! Blair says early on in this book that, "I may be a blonde but im not dumb", really? she is as dumb as a:"box of rocks", actually. Even though blair supposedly is a college graduate, although she went to college on a cheerleading scholarship, that figures. Here are some examples of "stupidity" to prove my point.
A)Early in the book, blair is taken down to the police station to be questioned by police Lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth. While he leaves his office for a couple of minutes, blair decides to take a seat in his chair behing his desk. When wyatt returns he tells blair to: "get out of my chair", and blair responds back with: "make me". MAKE ME, I have not heard those words since I was about 10 years old, keep in mind that blair is supposed to be over 30 years old. Real mature, huh???
B)After being shot and receiving only a small cut on her left arm, and while waitng for some paramedics to arrive, blair starts to think that she is bleeding to death. After the paramedics arrive, blair starts yelling for someone to give her a "cookie" because she thinks that her body needs sugar(and she will faint) for her small amount of blood she has lost. So the paramedics and cops start a search for some cookies. GET REAL!!!
C) The very next day after being shot, Blair decides to try to impress her future mother in-law, by trying to perform a: "one arm hand stand", in which she nearly falls and lands on her head. now is this the act of a SMART blonde???
D) After making love in the back seat of a rental car, and after arriving home, blair rushes to the shower for in her OWN WORDS: "to get rid of the rental car cooties", there we go again, COOTIES, another word from my early childhood that is spoken from a 30 year old, college graduate, and supposedly, smart blonde...
3)Now lets get to our HERO, Wyatt Bloodsworth, he is what you would call: "A couple of beers short of a six pack", himself. A.K.A Genius number 2. Here are a couple examples of his actions.
A)Wyatt is supposedly a ex NFL football player, not just a average man who could not make the cut, or who had a career ending injury, no he was a "ALL STAR" player, who turned down millions of dollars, to become a small town cop, so he could make maybe 50,000 his first year along with 12 hour work days. Come on Linda Howard, you could have made him out to be a normal cop, not an idiot right off the get go!
B)While Blair is staying at Wyatts home for protection, she complains to him about his lack of having any house plants. So Wyatt being of sound mind, brings home a LAWN SHRUB for blair the next day. How stupid is this???
C)On the next morning after proposing to blair, wyatt decides to give blair her engagment ring by tossing the ring box to her from the kitchen, all the way across the room, to the den, as he cooks his breakfast. What a ROMANTIC!I guess Linda Howards idea of a romantic novel is: "just plain sex", no dinner dates, dancing or nothing like that in this novel, wait, they did go to the movies one time, but they split up and went to different rooms to watch different movies because neither one of them would say: "ok, I will go see the movie you want to see". good job Linda!
4) After being able to control my patience and not throwing this book in the trash, I held out hope that the ending would be good, NO SUCH LUCK!
I compare the ending of this book to a: "Episode of the Three Stooges", just TOTALLY disapointing! I wonder if Linda Howard intended for this book to be a romantic comedy? As far as I know, it was meant to be a romantic thriller, it was neither! I can only hope that Linda Howard improves, and does not continue to write "junk" literature like this in the future.....
P.S.)Now I just saw that Linda Howard has written a follow up from the: "To Die For " novel called: "Drop Dead Gorgeous", WHY in the world would she do that? I guess im in the minority(for negative reviews) when it comes to god awful books. People must think that Linda is a new found comedy writer. I think its time to give up on Linda Howard. ... Read more

15. A Game Of Chance (Bestselling Author Collection)
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A New York Times Bestseller

Undercover agent Chance Mackenzie knew that the best way to capture anelusive terrorist was to use the man's daughter as bait, so he seducedSunny Miller and set out to discover her father's whereabouts. Sunny'sown innocence was questionable, and gaining her trust was nearlyimpossible. And even with all his experience and training, Chancefound it difficult to overlook her beauty. However, Chance soonrealized that Sunny wasn't running from him - she was running for herlife, and she needed Chance's protection. But keeping Sunny safe wouldinvolve telling her the truth . . . ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have not read all the books in this series.Only two as a matter of fact.I very much enjoyed this book.It had a good story to it and I loved the end.I would recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great service
I ordered the book on Saturday and had it in hand by monday.Great, fast service.The book was in the exact condition the seller said it was.

3-0 out of 5 stars There are better Mackenzie books out there
I was so looking forward to Linda Howard's A Game Of Chance. I loved Mackenzie's Mission. It is one of my all time favorite books! A Game of Chance was okay, but not on the same level as other Mackenzie stories. First off, I did not like how the hero (Chance) told one lie after another to the heroine yet did not think anything about sleeping with her while he was doing this. That irked me and turned me off for the first part of the story. I felt like the second half was much better. I also liked how we got to catch up with the other Mackenzie family members at the end. I am glad tough that Chance finally got his turn to have a story. I kinda hope that Mrs. Howard will go on and right more Mackenzie stories using the grandchildren as the central characters especially the only girl grandchild. That would be one I would like to read.

3-0 out of 5 stars great first half, very disappointing ending
I loved the first three of Linda Howard's novels about the Mackenzie family.They're a bit cliche'd at times, but overall, Howard's novels push a lot of my romance buttons and I'm a big fan.They're among the few novels that I keep around to re-read.I'd been looking forward to this one because Chance Mackenzie, who appeared as a side character in the previous book, seemed interesting.But this book ended so badly that I can barely even give it three stars-- which is too bad, because it starts out really well.

Chance Mackenzie runs a somewhat mysterious organization that fights terrorism.He and Sunny end up stranded in a box canyon for three days, a situation engineered by Chance specifically so he can seduce Sunny and pump her for information about her terrorist father.Sunny is used to being on the run from her father, so she doesn't trust Chance.Neither of them is being honest, so even given the setup, they are a matched set for the first half of the book.In spite of their efforts to resist, of course they both fall in love and some suitably steamy love scenes ensue.Finally, in a moment that would have taken a stunning amount of courage, Sunny comes clean and tells Chance the truth about her family and her painful past.

And here is where the book begins to fall apart.Sunny is telling the truth, but Chance continues to lie.He continues the deception of his original setup for nearly two weeks without breathing a word to Sunny of who he really is or what is going on.You can argue, of course, that he had to keep it up in order to do his job, but still it throws their relationship out of balance, and as a reader, you expect that balance to be restored by the end of the book.I kept reading because I was sure Howard could do this.

But you know how it is when the number of pages under your right thumb is getting disturbingly slim and you still want a lot more.By the time there was only ONE page left and there were still pages of resolution needed, I knew this book was a clinker.Chance never even apologizes, and Sunny never asks the tough questions I kept waiting for her to ask (for example: exactly how often do you seduce women as part of your job? I mean, really!He gets paid to do this!).It's like Howard just got tired of writing it and had them arbitrarily kiss and make up to get it over with.It was so disappointing, even infuriating, because with a better ending, this one might have been my favorite of the series.I enjoyed the chemistry between the two of them, and I really liked Sunny up until the last half dozen paragraphs, when she just caves in and forgives everything without ever having resolved the issues.In fact, I was so disappointed I pulled out my word processor and re-wrote the ending myself, something I've never done before.

So, read the first three Mackenzie books and skip this one (although if you have read the first three, stand in the aisle at the bookstore to read the first two chapters of this one, because Chance's visit to Zane's house with the "cheerfully diabolic" Nick and the predator babies is priceless).

p.s. after reading about Chance's "apology" in several other reviews here, I went back to look and see if maybe I had missed it.But if it's there, I couldn't find it.As far as I can tell, the words "I'm sorry" or "I realize I made it hard for you" or anything similar never come out of his mouth, although he does come clean about what had been going on.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the purchase
FBI agent Chance MacKenzie needs to infiltrate an elusive terrorist's organization to bring the terrorist to justice, and what better way to that than through his daughter. As he stalks Sunny Miller, befriends her in a moment of need, then proceeds to crash land their plane, forcing them to forage before being "rescued" he becomes attracted to her. Lots of sex later, and her head over heels for him, he discovers that she isn't going to be able to provide the foray into her father's organization like he thought. When he learns that she has no desire to be reunited with her father, he uses her as bait, leaking her whereabouts so that an FBI mole will take action. Will she be able to forgive him when she learns of his deception?

This is just Howard at her worst. An unforgivably horrible "hero" paired with her typical virginal doormat just don't make for compelling reading. It's a bit older, and the age shows and does not translate well as a contemporary novel. The dialogue is atrocious, the plot thin, and the hero just not worthy of a second chance.

© Tracy Vest, September 2008 ... Read more

16. Son of the Morning
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 384 Pages (1997-03-01)
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A scholar specializing in ancient manuscripts, Grace St. John never imagined that a cache of fragile, old documents she discovered was the missing link to a lost Celtic treasure. But as soon as she deciphers the intriguing legend of the Knights of the Templar -- long fabled to hold the key to unlimited power -- Grace becomes the target of a ruthless killer bent on abusing the coveted force. Determined to stop him, Grace needs the help of a celebrated warrior bound by duty to uphold the Templar's secret for all eternity. But to find him -- and to save herself -- she must go back in time.

Summoning the magic of an arcane ritual, Grace steps back to the barren hills of 14th-century Scotland, enduring the perils of an untamed land to confront Black Niall, a fierce man of dark fury and raw, unbridled desire. Driven by a mix of fear and passion, Grace enlists this brazen knight to join her in a modern-day search for a killer. In their quest to protect a timeless secret, they uncover a love for all time -- and a deadly duel of honor that risks everything they have.Amazon.com Review
All of Linda Howard's novels arewonderful but this exceptional time-travel is her first foray intoparanormal romance--and it's not to be missed. Grace St. John, ascholar, unwittingly discovers the Knights of Templar's secrettreasure. Suddenly, her life is upturned when she spies her bossmurdering her husband and brother. With no reason to live, except toextract vengeance, Grace becomes a fugitive of the law as she attemptsto find an explanation for this horrible act. Grace simultaneouslytranslates 14th century medieval documents written by BlackNiall. This embittered knight reaches into Grace's subconscious andthe two begin to share dreams 700 years apart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
I loved this book. Even though it was supposed to be a romance and the two characters are not in the same place until the end of the book, the character development is brilliant. I was obsessed with how she was going to survive the betrayal and find a way to stop the plans. I was so upset when it was over. Son of the Morning and All the Queen's Men are my absolute favorite Howard books thus far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sons of the Morning - 50 Stars!!!
I love Linda Howard books so much and I thought nothing could ever top my favorites, After the Night, Dream Man, Shades of Twilight and Open Season. Well, I was wrong! Son of the Morning is the best book I have ever read in my life! I can't tell you how long this book just sat on my shelf after I purchased it. In fact, I almost regretted buying it because I thought that time travel going back to 1322 and the Knights of Templar just wasn't my thing. Boy - was I wrong! I have very limited time, but I couldn't let go of this book. It was always in my purse and if I had 5 minutes, I was reading! It became my life. I loved Grace St. John and Black Niall. I thought this book was going to be something like Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Believe me - this book is nothing like Raiders of The Lost Ark. This is the book they should have made into a movie. It's not to late - somebody - make the movie!!!
Do yourself a favor and buy this book and read this book! You will love it!!!! It is definitely a keeper and the best book I have ever read!!!
Keep it going Linda Howard!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Son of the Morning - 50 Stars !!!
I love Linda Howard books so much and I thought nothing could ever top my favorites, After the Night, Dream Man, Shades of Twilight and Open Season.Well, I was wrong! Son of the Morning is the best book I have ever read in my life!I can't tell you how long this book just sat on my shelf after I purchased it.In fact, I almost regretted buying it because I thought that time travel going back to 1322 and the Knights of Templar just wasn't my thing.Boy - was I wrong!I have very limited time, but I couldn't let go of this book.It was always in my purse and if I had 5 minutes, I was reading!It became my life. I loved Grace St. John and Black Niall.I thought this book was going to be something like Raiders Of The Lost Ark.Believe me -this book is nothing like Raiders of The Lost Ark.This is the book they should have made into a movie.It's not to late - somebody - make the movie!!!
Do yourself a favor and buy this book and read this book!You will love it!!!!It is definitely a keeper and the best book I have ever read!!!
Keep it going Linda Howard!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPENED HERE???!!!---
OMGosh! How stupid can one woman be??? But first, know that this book was 95 percent repeated ramblings of the heroine's inner thoughts. Not exaggerating here. It became teeth-grinding to get through most of it as boring doesn't come close to describing it. The other 5 percent mainly takes place at the end and is very, very rushed. CANNOT BELIEVE this was written by the same author who wrote HEART OF FIRE--a very enjoyable and well spaced tale.

Back to the stupidity...the heroine sees a group of men pointing guns at her loved ones and instead of running with all her might to phone 911 (pre-cell phones,)she...yes, stops to slowly ponder...then walks from window to window (she's outside looking in) trying to watch the action. There's MANY more cases, but I don't want to spoil it for those who want to suffer through this story. I wish I could say enjoy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cannot Force Myself to Finish It !!
This is the worse book I've read in years !!! I'm half way through, and I have NO DESIRE to finish it. Have only gotten this far because I'm waiting for other LH books to arrive through the mail. ... Read more

17. Strangers in the Night
by Linda Howard
 Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-11-08)
list price: US$22.99 -- used & new: US$15.51
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Asin: 1451628137
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Feel the thrill of unexpected passion between strangers in the night in this New York Times bestselling collection from Linda Howard. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good romantic suspense short story collection
For an anthology collection, these were surprisingly good. (I usually prefer full length novels.) I liked all three stories.

4 stars: Lake of Dreams
Highly original short story with a mix of suspense, romance, paranormal and horror. Kept me on the edge of my seat!

3.5 stars: Blue Moon
Short but sweet love story with an sexy small town sheriff and psychic heroine. This one ended a little abrubtly for me--would have liked for it to be longer. Good read.

3.5 stars: White Out
Heroine saves sexy hero during a blizzard. This one also seemed a little too short. Would have liked more to the story.

3-0 out of 5 stars Strangers in the Night
It was a decent book, but I preferred Linda Howard's book "Son of The Morning" which has a similar premise of dreaming about someone in another time and then actually meeting up with them. "Son of The Morning" is a more facinating story line, with alot of exciting intrigue.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect place to Start
This book of three stories, or novellas, is a compilation of previously published material.That made no difference to me since I had not read any of them before this.All three stories are sexy and suspenseful, typical Howard and I loved them.It is not often that you get such bang-for-the-buck in a compilation or anthology. If you are a Howard fan, this book will delight you.If you are new to Howard then you are in for the start of a long list of books you are going to want to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of romance spiced with danger
Linda Howard's STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT receives veteran narrator Laurel Merlington's smooth, seasoned voice which captures the tension and thrills of a fine story collection. From Thea, who encounters her love in a world of dreams only to find reality offers dangers on a country lake, to Hope, who offers shelter to a stranger only to suspect he may be a criminal, this provides a fine collection of romance spiced with danger.

1-0 out of 5 stars Already read these
I read 2 out of three of these books already, so I was disappointed.I thought it was a new book but its just three of her not so good books in one. ... Read more

18. Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-04-29)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$1.49
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Asin: 0345486536
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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A mysterious plane crash . . . a dangerous trek through the Idaho wilderness . . . a smoldering attraction . . . and a deadly game of cat and mouse. In her latest tour de force of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard blends these elements into a gripping story that will keep readers breathless–and leave them begging for more. For in Linda Howard’s world, trust can be a weapon, a kiss can be a threat, and intimacy can be deadly.

Bailey Wingate’s scheming adult stepchildren are surprised when their father’s will leaves Bailey in control of their fortune, and war ensues. A year later, while flying from Seattle to Denver in a small plane, Bailey nearly dies herself when the engine sputters–and then fails.

Cam Justice, her sexy Texan pilot, manages to crash-land the aircraft. Stranded in the wilderness, and struggling to douse her feelings for the ruggedly handsome man by her side, Bailey begins to wonder whether this was a mere accident. Who tampered with their plane? Who’s trying to reunite Bailey and her husband in the afterlife? Cut off from the world, and with little hope of rescue, Bailey must trust her life–and heart–to Cam, as they battle the harsh elements to find a way out of the unforgiving wilds and back to civilization . . . where a killer may be waiting to finish the job.

Sexy, suspenseful, and lightning fast, Up Close and Dangerous showcases a beloved author at her dazzling best.

From the Hardcover edition. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Up Close and Dangerous - Loved it!
I loved this book!This is not the old Linda Howard - a wonderfully romantic love story.No sir-ee - this one is all ADVENTURE!!!Of course, there is still great romance thrown in - so don't you worry.
I enjoyed it so much, and read it non-stop until complete.I love that Linda Howard is branching out into so many different areas, making so many different types of stories.It would get so old if they were all the same.
I loved Bailey, loved Cam - loved their adventure.I give it 4.5 stars and highly recommend this one - as well as every other book LH has ever written!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, but not good
I wonder what it is that can make an author completely veer off the path of their infamous trademark of building characters with unbelievable chemistry and fast paced action.Up close and dangerous was okay, but it was not what signature Linda Howard used to be about.

Bailey Wingate is a seemingly wealthy widow to a very old man, labelling her a gold digger.What people, and especially Cam Justice, the co-owner of their private jet firm, doesn't realize is that the setup was a business deal that makes a level hearded Bailey the ward of two very spoiled children.Bailey is going on vacataion and charters a jet, but at the last minute, Cam who normally avoids Bailey, is scheduled to fly.Midflight, their plane crashes, and the remaining story, which is all of it, becomes a MacGuyverish survival.As the two depend on one another for their survival, they get to know one another and develop an unbreakable bond, ultimately falling for one another, meanwhile trying to solve how their plane went down in the first place.It's very clear that it was no accident and if they make it back, it's unsure if their lives are still in danger.

This story had a solid foundation and the writing was actually still good, just boring.It would have been better, if the survival in the mountains was shorter and they spent more time on the mystery of who was trying to kill them.Unfortunately, they make it out of the wilderness with only a few pages left and Cam knows who the attempted murderer is almost immediately leaving a very anticlimactic feeling.Additionally, the sex factor is completely lacking, which is so uncharacteristic of Howard.Oh well, one can only hope she finds her mojo soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Romantic Suspense at it's Best
If you like your thrillers mixed with some romance than you will like Up UP CLOSE AND DANGEROUS. One of the main characters of this novel is Bailey who gets married to her much older, yet wealthy boss, Jim Wingate, but soon after finds herself a widow. He had two stepchildren, Seth and Tamzin, still alive at the time of his passing, but had Bailey handle his trust because he didn't think they were responsible enough.

Bailey and the stepchildren didn't quite get along which complicates matters, of course. There was much tension and verbal abuse that she had to take when dealing with them. The Wingate Group employs J&L Executive Air Limo owned by Cameron Justice and Bret Larsen for all their flying obligations. When the family calls for their services Bret usually is the one to fly the plane because Cameron didn't really like the Wingate kids or the wife.

One day Bailey calls them to fly her to Denver and Bret is sick so Cameron reluctantly has to take the job. Trouble happens when the engine gives out and they crash into the trees while going over the mountains in Idaho. They both suffer from desperation of being stuck, injured and not knowing if help is even on the way. Bailey ends up pushing herself more than she thought herself capable and romance ends up happening between the two in this life and death situation. Overall an excellent novel from Linda Howard.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, fast read; different sort of plot
This was recommended to me, something I would not usually read.It's a fast read and an interesting though not difficult plot.Good strong female character, smart and resourceful.Worth the time to read, would be good as a beach read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your Money
Totally unbelievable story.McGyver couldn't have done what this woman did while fighting altitude sickness and a fever caused by an infection.One day the two main characters are barely alive after a plane crash and the next day they're pulling a battery out of the airplane to start a fire!Give me a break. ... Read more

19. Kill and Tell: A Novel
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (2003-10-01)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.90
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Asin: 0743475488
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Some secrets need to be told...

Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

Even if they lead to murder....

For homicide detective Marc Chastain, something about the case of a murdered homeless man just doesn't add up -- especially after he meets the victim's daughter. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen Whitlaw is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger. A string of "accidents" have shaken Karen to the core, and forced her into the protective embrace of the charming detective she vowed to resist. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder -- and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father's secrets.Amazon.com Review
Linda Howard's romantic suspense Kill and Tell supplies readers with plenty of thrills and chills. As a nurse, Karen Whitlaw has seen more than the averageperson, but even she isn't prepared to identify the body of the father she hasn't seensince she was 13. The local detective on the case, MarcChastain, informs Karen that her father, who was homeless, has beenmurdered. Still grief stricken over the recent death of her mother, Karenisn't prepared to examine her feelings about her father and his absence fromher life. She is willing to accept that he was the victim of streetcrime until her home is burglarized and she becomes the target for somefrightening "accidents." Whoever killed her father is after her, and the onlyhope she has for discovering why must lie in the notebook that Karen's father mailedto her mother shortly before his death. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great book
Even though this book is one of Linda Howard's older ones, it's terrific. Highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kill and Tell: by Linda Howard
Fantastic Book! I would definitely recommend it. The plot is fast moving and the character's are great. Read this first, then "All the Queen's Men" as it has some of the same character's in it. Some of Linda Howard's best work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Not??
I am only half way through this book and have decided that even if it goes down hill from here, it was WORTH every minute spent on it!!! Someone said that it was too unbelievable that the main characters came together and fell in love with-in two days. I'm living proof that it CAN happen!! I was floored the second I laid eyes on my now Husband of 30 years:) WAY more than even Marc and Karen!! Not experiencing it doesn't make it impossible! I say WHY NOT??? I had just got done reading "A Thin Dark Line" by Tami Hoag and realized it was romantic suspense that I loved to read...The Thin Dark Line was torturous for me. :( I don't know what I'm going to do when I run out of Linda Howard's books:*(Is there ANYONE like her?????

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!
I just finished Kill and Tell and loved it.I can't wait to start on All The Queeen's Men to learn more about John Medina.
Linda Howard is one amazing writer!So far I have read Dream Man, After the Night, Shades of Twilight and now Kill and Tell.I have loved every one of them.
Read them all!
I am a new fan - but I guarantee, I will now have lots of fun making up for lost time!

4-0 out of 5 stars Suspense to spare
Kill and Tell is filled with suspense when Karen Whitlaw's father sends his wife a package after having no contact with either wife or daughter for years.Karen's mother has died recently, so Karen simply puts the package aside to deal with later on.Her life begins to get complicated, and slowly she loses all sense of security and has no idea what's causing all the dangers that come at her.
She has one ally, she thinks.Then again, maybe not.It's an intricate story with a sexy, guy complicating and simplifying things at the same time. ... Read more

20. Drop Dead Gorgeous: A Novel (Blair Mallory)
by Linda Howard
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-11-28)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$1.60
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Asin: 0345486587
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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“Linda Howard is a superbly original storyteller.”
–Iris Johansen

Blair Mallory has already survived one murder attempt. Now, while planning her wedding and dealing with holiday-season madness, Blair once again dodges a bullet. Or more precisely, a Buick. And though the driver’s identity remains a mystery, his or her murderous intentions are all too clear.

Or are they? After all, Blair’s homicidal ex-husband and his partner in crime/wife are safely behind bars. And even Wyatt Bloodsworth, her police detective groom-to-be, isn’t inclined to believe she’s being targeted again. All of which makes Blair wonder if her close call was simply a mishap. But the wondering stops when she narrowly cheats death again in another seemingly innocent accident. Two strikes is all it takes to convince Blair that she’s back in someone’s crosshairs. And the only thing more frightening is that Wyatt still doubts her. That means this time, no one will be watching Blair’s back when she sets out to get the drop on her would-be killer–before whoever it is finally drops her. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Linda Howard's hilarious second novel relate the misadventures of Blair Mallory a contemporary -fashion addict- high maintenance chick and her relation with the Alpha Police detective Wyatt . I read this book over and over, laughing out loud the whole time! I could not get enough of it! Blair and Wyatt reminded me a lot of Howard's protagonists in the book Mr. Perfect. I found Blair extremely girly and likeable and her relationship with Wyatt is simply unique in their own way. The plot present the right dose of suspense and drama and I would love to read another book about Mallory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Please write some more about these characters
Blair is a heroine I would have never thought I'd come to love and enjoy! Her family members are just as interesting as she and Wyatt are, and I hope that Linda will write some more in this series. two books were just not enough. Ann

4-0 out of 5 stars Drop Dead Goegeous
I love this series.This was so much fun and I love the characters in this story.Linda Howard is wonderful and I am so happy I found her books.

5-0 out of 5 stars intrigue,sex,fun,
this author has what it takes to make me read all night long. her characters especially in this book holds my attention as i get my kicks from how to get your way with your guy, and he is more thsn happy to comply. she is tough too, beautiful as well which makes him lame brained where she is concerned. as an accomplished career woman, he an officer of the law, the mix is great. have read it twice and oh, by the way, the recipe at the end of the book for krispy kreme donut bread pudding is super because i msde it""" dh

4-0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud...in a good way!
I have never read Linda Howard and happened to pick up Drop Dead Gorgeous at a book swap.Normally, the title would have deterred my purchase as I detest the above average heroine and am not moved to read about a woman who is drop dead gorgeous (reminds me of my own shortcomings...).Anyway, I am glad that I did read this book as I enjoyed Howard's method of writing and wittiness.I found reading Blair Mallory was like talking to a girlfriend and loved her relationship with hunk cop Wyatt.If you have never read Howard I encourage you to give this book a try. ... Read more

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