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    2. Kiss Me While I Sleep : A Novel
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    3. CORINTHIAN, THE (Corinthian)
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    4. To Die For : A Novel
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    5. White Lies
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    1. Killing Time : A Novel
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    Asin: 034545345X
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 782
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    2. Kiss Me While I Sleep : A Novel
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    Asin: 0345453441
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 1794
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    If you sense someone's watching you from afar, or if you feel a shadow other than your own at your back, I might as well pack it up and call it a day.

    It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.

    Now, after nineteen years of service, Lily has been drawn into a dangerous game that hasn't been sanctioned, seeking vengeance for her own reasons. Each move bolder than the next, she is compromising her superiors, drawing unwanted attention, and endangering her very life. Though stress and shock have made her feel somewhat invincible and a little cocky, Lily knows that she too can be taken out in an instant. And if it's her time, so be it. She intends to go down fighting.

    A CIA agent himself, Lucas Swain recognizes the signs of trauma in the line of fire. His orders: either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope as he tries to avoid a major international incident while still battling a tenacious foe who is dogging their every step. Keeping laser focus on the task at hand while vigilantly watching her back, Mansfield never sees the lethal peril that lies directly in her path . . . and how loyalty has a price.

    Chock-full of the intrigue, breathless action, and sensuality that have made Linda Howard the master of romantic suspense, Kiss Me While I Sleep is a daring thriller of passion, sudden twists, and richly imagined characters who live and breathe in reader's hearts. It is the most gripping and complex novel of Linda Howard's career. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Romance with suspence
    This story had some good suspense when the characters weren't in down time waiting for their informants to give more information. Of course during those times, they were busy as bunnies. My only qualm with this story is that there were not enough red herrings to throw you off. It could have been very surprising, but I wasn't fooled because I had no one else to suspect. It did make me cry at the end though, so I gave it 4 stars for the raw emotion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of Howard
    This is one of Linda Howard's Finest. The plot centers around Lily an ex-agent who kills us the man responsible for the death of her friends and daughter. She is on the run from the CIA and others. Lucas Swain is the operative sent after her. This has plenty of twists and turns. The ending is great as well. If you are looking for great action this is it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
    Lily and Lucas were a great couple.I love Linda Howard and thought this was up there with her better works.Poor Lily had been used and abused by the CIA and was naturally a little messed up.However, her big heart was just waiting for a chance to settle down and love someone.And what a someone!Good looking, competent and what a sense of humor!I actually laughed out loud a few times. Highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kiss me anytime Swain
    I loved this book! Lately I ahve been getting into watching strong female movies like Kill Bill, GI Jane, Alias, La Femme Nikita. And actually this book is riminiscent of all but GI Jane to give you an idea. The heroine is tough, ruthless, smart, no nonsense with a good heart. However, Swain the hero may just be the star in the story (think Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon) He was funny,care free, sexy,an Alpha Male but lovable. He doesnt say things that make him sound jerkish at all. I highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A thriller with a twist!!
    Lily is a much scarier female protagonist that many in other of Ms. Howard's books.She is a hired contract killer - mostly hired by the CIA.Without giving away the plot, which I hate when reviewers tell almost the whole story, Lily is going to meet her match in Lucas Swain who is even trickier than she is.Swain is more tender-hearted and feels that Lily has lost out on a lot of life.However, he was sent to take her out of the game and so falling for her is not a good plan.

    How Swain and Lily wrestle with their personal lives and relationship and how the mystery they are solving unfolds and is resolved provides close calls, ingenuity and many plots twists that for me make this a very fun read!! ... Read more

    3. CORINTHIAN, THE (Corinthian)
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    Asin: 0553233084
    Catlog: Book (1983-05-01)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 260458
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars one of My Favorite Heyer Books
    The Corinthian is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books of all time! It includes mystery. . Who stole the diamonds? Comedy . . . Sir Richard Wyndam a nonpariel in fashion and wealth wandering aimlessly drunk in London's streets in the middle of the night stumbling on a maiden dressed like a ruffian needing assistance to get out of her window to escape a marriage of convience to her cousin. Wyndam being bored with life and his tireing relations assists her in running away to a childhood love, after reprimanding her for the sloppiness of her cravat. Romance. . .Well I'll leave that for you to find out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars More adventure than romance
    Heyer takes on two of romance's cherished conventions: heiress Penelope Creed dresses as a boy to escape her guardian's matrimonial plots, and the rich but jaded Sir Richard Wyndham falls for the artless charms of a schoolgirl. The result is a charming adventure, but an unsuccessful romance. Richard is too gentlemanly to make advances while Pen is under his protection and Pen spends too much time in the role of a boy to develop as a romantic leading lady. However, the dialogue is delightful and Heyer juggles her plot elements with aplomb, so it's still a fun read. The conversations between Pen and silly little Lydia Daubenay are not to be missed. (The jaded rich man/innocent miss plotline is done with greater success in Arabella, where a more substantial plot allows better character development. For a marvelous girl-in-breeches story, hunt up The Masqueraders.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good car camping reading
    The Corinthian is the sort of romance novel my mother and I would share on those long car camping vacations when I was a kid. It's a fun little story with the sorts of adventures that a pre-teen would have enjoyed. It's one BIG drawback is the dialogue. It's devlish bad and it just doesn't signify! In all honesty, one could do a drinking game based on the phrases that show up ad naseum in the dialogue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wholly charming!
    Sir Richard Wyndham is a Man of Fashion, a dandy, but he prefers the term Corinthian, if you please. He is somewhat bored with his life as a trendsetter of the haut ton, and is being forced to seriously consider a somewhat irksome marriage of convenience when he is waylaid by circumstance to aid Miss Penelope Creed, an heiress not yet out in society, on a quest to elope with her childhood sweetheart in an effort of avoid a match with her fish-faced cousin.

    The plot of the story is light-hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful. It is a must read for her description of a proper dandy alone. There were many places where I could not help but chuckle aloud.

    I know you will find it more than worth your effort to hunt down and read this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heyer Romance at its best!
    This has always been one of my favorite Heyer novels and I am so glad it is finally being reprinted in the US. I first read this book in India of all places and got my own copy in London. If you like witty dialogue, situations and tons and tons of british humor this is a must for you. It seems deceptively simple, Young girl running away disguised as a boy, hitches up with cynical but gorgeous hero .. . In the hands of Georgette Heyer it will have you laughing out loud and absolutely unable to put it down until its done! ... Read more

    4. To Die For : A Novel
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    Asin: 0345476255
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 1878
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    5. White Lies
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 1551667339
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 10451
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity.

    The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What Lies Beneath - perfect hero and great story
    Linda Howard is undoubtedly one incredible writer who sculpts her characters to finesse - and White Lies is no exception. Jay Granger is a compelling character who is strong and independent, reluctantly drawn into a web of turmoil when her erstwhile "husband" returns abruptly. Streaked by amnesia, the man lying in her bed claims to be her husband but what lies beneath is a conspiracy that will threaten to explode. However, Steve falls unexpectedly in love with Jay and his protective instincts drive him to riveting passion with Jay - and both of them are tangled in a web of passion that is under threat by white lies....

    Linda Howard is sheer escapism and a real treat for romance fanatics. Her brand of searing passion and perfect heroes makes her books unique - which is why the trilogy (Midnight Rainbow and Diamond Bay) is that much a sensation. Ms. Howard never loses steam and the emotional intrigue envelops in the exciting story. This is Linda Howard at her best and definitely not to be missed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars White Lies was GREAT! Howard keeps you emotionally involved!
    This book was one of Linda Howard's best! Right from the start I felt a strong interest and bond with Steve. Although he was near death and couldn't remember his name, his strength and character were so compelling that it was like you really knew him or wished you had. And Jay, she has all the qualities of an intelligent, strong, and loving heroine as she quietly fights to help a man, she barely knows, survive and love again. This is a book that stays with you, and personally I've read it at least 6 times, and I didn't want to put it down any of those times! I got so involved in the story that I laughed and cried right along with Jay and Steve. This is one of the sequels to Diamond Bay, as was Midnight Rainbow and Heartbreaker, and they were all well written, without any lulls in the action. It made me wish for more when they ended. Thank goodness for sequels!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    Not one of my all time L.H. favs BUT good to see the turn Jay makes to stick with the whole story :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars drew me in, intriguing and passionate...
    even when steve was in a coma, somehow Linda Howard's book captures simmering passion between him and jay. this is a slower book to get into for some i suppose but it's worth reading on to the end, which is very gratifying.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Story As Always !!
    White Lies by Linda Howard was a good story but then again I love all of this writer's books. If I had to choose only one of her books to recommend however it would have to be "Shades Of Twilight." I suggest anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good book READ ALL OF LINDA HOWARD'S BOOKS...THEY'RE ALL GOOD !! ... Read more

    6. Mackenzie'S Mission
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0373484089
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 32564
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mackenzie's Mission a Must-Read
    Joe Mackenzie won't be a stranger if you've read Mackenzie's Mountain. In fact, you were probably waiting, no, begging for hist story. As the second of a family of great stories, Mackenzie's Mission is a must-read. Fans of Linda Howard won't be disappointed if they expect her formula instant attraction-sensational sex-happily ever after, because she definitely delivered. This book lives up to the promise Joe showed in his dad's book, while leaving you itching to read the stories of the rest of his family. You'll regret not reading this!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
    If I can give it 10 star, I will. But the highest rating is 5. In MacKenzie's Mountain, I fell in love with Wolf, Joe's father. Joe was 16 years old in that book. Joe's character was very interesting, it just grabs you and nearly stole the show. Then in MacKenzie's Mission, he was just sizzling! Caroline is a perfect match for Joe. I fell in love with Joe in this book. MacKenzie's Mountain and MacKenzie's Mission is just 2 of the most beautiful, most romantic, wonderful story of all time. I've read both MacKenzie's Pleasure and Game of Chance, it pulls all the characters together. I have yet to read Maris' story though and can't wait to do so. I only have 1 complaint though, I want more MacKenzie stories!... I hope Ms. Howard writes about Michael and Joshua as well.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I liked Joe better in "Mountain"
    Give me the determined 16 year-old from Wolf's story, rather than the domineering 35 year-old here. This older Joe really didn't live up to his potential from the first book. Yes, he has achieved his dreams but he is harder and more pushy in this book. Rather than seducing Caroline into a relationship he basically just informs her that he will have her - no romance at all. He calls her "my woman" more than he does by her name, and their sex scenes are all lust, no tenderness. Yes, the sex is hot, but when Joe tells Caroline "you'll lose your cherry" I actually cringed. Is he a grown man or a frat boy? He doesn't hesitate to suspect Caroline of a crime and then just gives her a light apology afterwards. I guess we are expected to chalk it all up to a stereotypical fighter jock mentality, but I was hoping he'd turn out more like his dad, whom I adore. Probably not fair of me, but there it is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot, hot, hot. Joe MacKenzie is awesom
    I loved this book. Joe MacKenzie is sexy personified. His control, strength, and sexuality left me breathless. This book is one of a series of five MacKenzie books. I can't wait to track down the others! I'm a new Linda Howard fan, that's for sure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent MacKenzie story.... :)
    The follow up to MacKenzie's Mountain. This is the story of Colonel Joe "Breed" MacKenzie and Caroline Evans, Physicist and computer geek. They meet while working on the Night Hawk, a top secret military air craft. He is the project manager and she is a civilian working for a private military contractor.

    Their romance is combustible although they go through a rough spot of mistrust. He suspects her of sabotaging the project. It all gets cleared up in the end, however after some exciting twists and turns. Joe is a sexy dude and has the sensitivity to handle the skittish and innocent Caroline. Their romance sizzles.

    I love the MacKenzie series and think that Linda Howard should keep going with this fabulous family. I am a huge LH fan. Other books in this series are: Mackenzie's Mountain, A Game of Chance, MacKenzie's Pleasure and MacKenzie's Magic. ... Read more

    7. A Game Of Chance
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0373484933
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 41004
    Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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    A New York Times Bestseller

    Undercover agent Chance Mackenzie knew that the best way to capture an elusive terrorist was to use the man's daughter as bait, so he seduced Sunny Miller and set out to discover her father's whereabouts. Sunny's own innocence was questionable, and gaining her trust was nearly impossible. And even with all his experience and training, Chance found it difficult to overlook her beauty. However, Chance soon realized that Sunny wasn't running from him - she was running for her life, and she needed Chance's protection. But keeping Sunny safe would involve telling her the truth . . . ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mackenzie Fans, it's here and it's GOOD!
    Set in the barren western United States, Linda Howard brings two very lonesome people together. From the fast beginning these characters are romantically drawn to each other, although both have sworn not to marry or reproduce. This story moves right along and within the first few pages the reader knows what's up and is hooked. Remember, in Mackenzie's Pleasure & Mackenzie's Magic there was the hint that Chance is just a good-look playboy whom they have not caught yet? There was a reason for that and it surprised me. The main plot is basic. Chance is dedicated to finding a terrorist, by way of the terrorist's daughter, first as an informant then, as the bait. The attitude is romance though on both sides, and Chance & Sunny are lying to each other about themselves. One person is protecting their own heart and a futures they do not want to see happen, ever in their life. The other person is protecting someone else. This book will answer questions "Mackenzie" readers have, and some you didn't realize you had, within unusual ways. What a wonderful ending including the whole family. For new "Mackenzie" readers, do yourselves a favor and read book one through five, in order if possible. You'll be glad you did. I had hoped for a more exciting ending involving the entire family, maybe a little more kick but, the book was action packed and the ending was pleasant and quick. This remains the best series I have ever read! Thank-you Linda Howard. Please think up another plot for this family as a whole. Go for John.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A worthy mate for Chance Mackenzie.
    Any fan of Linda Howard's Mackenzie series has anxiously anticipated the story of the Mackenzie's adopted son, Chance. Sure enough, Chance is still his irrestible sexy self, and Howard has given him the perfect mate. Sunny Miller is delightfully spirited and does a wonderful job of standing up to Chance's strong personality. She also has a dark secret that Chance is determined to uncover. It's great fun to watch the two of them match wits, and the sexual tension between them is intense. The relationship alone makes this a satsfying ending to the Mackenzie saga. The plot is fast-paced and suspenseful, but there are some inconsistencies that I found distracting. For example, Howard makes a point of stating that Chance personally scouted out the location for a critical showdown at the same time that he supposedly never leaves Sunny's side. When it comes to intrigue, Chance is good, but he's not that good. This and a few other rough spots left me feeling like Howard was rushing too much to get this book out. Still, the romance between the two lead characters was so strong that I'll happily forgive a few plot flaws.

    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic read!
    The McKenzie series is just awesome! I was pleasantly surprised at how I felt reading them--such a wide range of emotions. One thing though I didn't want any of the books to end (or the series). Definately recommend reading--I will keep these to read over again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story
    Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors. I will pretty much read anything with her name on it. Still, you have to like her style of writing. The story lines tend to change, but the basic premise is always there. Heroine meets man, he usually has a few issues, and they must learn to love and trust each other with whatever plot Ms. Howard has thrown in. I personally like the way she maneuvers these types of novels.

    I think Game of Chance is an especially good Linda Howard story. Meet Sunny Miller. She has had a very tough life. She is living on her own with no relatives or even friends. Her mother is dead, and she has only one person in her life that she contacts by cell phone for a couple of minutes a week. She has never had the luxury of settling down or trusting anyone. She can't afford trust, her father is a world renown terrorist and looking for her. To keep from staying in one location, Sunny has a job as a courier, delivering packages (for very important clients) from one location to another. During one of Sunny's deliveries, she is robbed. Due to the nature of the job, Sunny is investigated and comes to the attention of CIA agent Chance MacKenzie. Chance is a top agent in his field and thinks Sunny is working with her father. The plan is to meet her and to either have her learn to trust him enough to divulge her secrets or spend enough time with her that she will make a mistake so the CIA can catch both her and her father.

    Take one very wounded heroine afraid to trust, throw in a CIA agent who has his own set of trust issues (even though he is attracted to Sunny), and you have the basic plot of this book. It's simple, it's straight forward, it works. You have an empathy for the character of Sunny and all that she goes through. Quick read; good story; I would recommend.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended
    For those of you who aren't familiar witn Linda Howard, know that A Game of Chance is part of a series. I was unaware of this when I purchased the book, and was having a hard time keeping up with everything because I hadn't known that there were books before this, and I hadn't known any of the characters.

    Aside from that, A Game of Chance was a great book. I assume it would have been a lot better had I read the books following up to this, but nonetheless a great read.

    In my honest opinion, I think that the book ended too quick. I think LH spent so much time with the rest of the story and then hurried to finish it up. Maybe it's because there's going to be a book following it, maybe not - either way, I wasn't ready for it to end. I felt like I needed more explanation from both Chance and Sunny.

    Despite everything else, I really enjoyed this novel. Linda Howard is quickly becoming my favorite author, and I think it's safe to assume that she can't write a bad book. It always works out to her advantage in the end. ... Read more

    8. Dream Man
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0671019759
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 13260
    Average Customer Review: 4.65 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.... ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
    This was my first book by Linda Howard and I really enjoyed it. I plan to go out and find as many of her books as I can.

    All her life Marlie has "The Knowing", phychic abilities that allow her to enter other people's minds, especially when a crime is being committed. Six years earlier while helping look for a child murderer Marlie is kidnapped and forced to endure terrible circumstances. After this terrible incident Marlie lost all her phychic abilities and lived a normal life, until now.

    A killer is on the loose in Orlando, Florida and Marlie is seeing events through his eyes. She tells the police, but Detective Dane Hollister doesn't believe her. Immediately she is his number one suspect. Although Dane quickly discovers that Marlie isn't a suspect, he is drawn to her like no other woman he's ever known. Together Dane and Marlie must work together to catch a killer and reach into the mind of a madman.

    This is a great book and I can't wait to read more by Ms. Howard. (Although, why are all the heros tall with jet black hair?? Aren't there any blondes, redheads or men with brown hair anymore?)

    5-0 out of 5 stars DREAM MAN IS A DREAM OF A BOOK
    This is by far Linda Howard's best novel. A real page turner - I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it and since then I've read it several times over again.
    The plot is very clever and the main character's are compelling. Dane is most women's 'dream man' even though at first he isn't Marcie's! I loved this book because the plot line was brilliant, the sex scenes were steamy, it was exciting, romantic - everything a woman could want!
    I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about reading a Linda Howard novel or for those who are already fans this one is a definite 'keeper'.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
    I sympathize with the reviewer who did not care for the epilogue, but I loved every word of it. It injected a bit of humor that, although a trifle silly, made me like the characters even more. I love Howard's storytelling. She has a way of writing sexy text and great mysteries that make for a winning combination. I just purchased 24 of her books and expect to enjoy every one of them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You've Just Entered Romance Heaven
    Dream Man is my idea of romance heaven. The characters are superb, the plot is cleverly constructed, and the dialogue is hot and witty.

    Marlie Keen is a great female lead. She is bright, kind-hearted, brave and just a little vulnerable. She thought she had lost her clairvoyant powers six years ago when a killer attacked her, but now they have returned. She goes to the police after a terrifying vision of a stabbing murder.

    At the police station she meets Dane Hollister, a vibrant, honest, cynical cop who has enough sex appeal to send shivers running up and down your spine. Dane is mocking of Marlie's claims, but after investigating her past he realises that she is genuine. As soon as Dane realises Marlie is innocent he starts a no-holes barred campaign to win her over. Dane comes across as a real ALPHA male; tough, strong and brave and yet besotted with Marlie. In other words, a man completely deserving of the title HERO.

    Overall Dream Man is a wonderful book that I reread time and time again. It is clear that Dane and Marlie are meant for each other and their passion and love leaps out of the pages. The only thing I don't like about this book is the epilogue, which comes across to me as silly and makes Dane look rather weak rather than funny. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a romance with a protective, alpha male who is not a nasty tough guy but a kind and genuine guy.


    5-0 out of 5 stars "Wow"
    This is one of my favorite books from this author. It was really good. I couldn't put the book down. It kept you on the edge of your seat and it had alot of really streamy sex scenes. The plot was really good and it was nice to see the murders from different points of views. Even though Dane was LH's typical male lead, him and Marlie made a good match. This ones a keeper. ... Read more

    9. The Red-Hot Cajun (Warner Forever)
    by Sandra Hill
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    Asin: 0446612960
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Warner Forever
    Sales Rank: 29654
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The long hot Louisiana summer just got hotter for René LeDeux. He’s burned out by D.C. politics and only wants to build his cabin in peace. But if his wacky, matchmaking great-aunt has her way, Bayou Black’s prodigal son will be hitched before he can say butt-naked! That honor goes to Valerie "Ice" Breaux, René’s high school nemesis turned Trial TV anchor, who’s been abducted by René’s activist friends. Mon Dieu! It’s bad enough being kidnapped and having her power suit ride up her thighs. Did she have to land in the lap of the most irritating, sexiest hunk she’s ever laid her eyes on? Now Val’s stranded in René’s remote cabin, besieged by irrepressible LeDeux relations, not to mention a dingbat duo out to save the swamp. It’s a heat wave, guar-an-teed! Val vows she’ll give her heart to the Cajun bad boy when alligators fly. René swears to get the girl who got away. It’s never been steamier in the bayou than with two people this red-hot with desire…and more than ready for love. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Let the good times roll
    The Red-Hot Cajun by Sandra Hill is the ultimate feel good book.

    Rene LeDeux returns home to his cabin in the swamp to rethink his life. He is burned out from his job in D.C. Rene's activist friends kidnap a local TV reporter to get the plight of the bayou out to the public. They deposit Valerie Breaux at Rene's feet.

    Val Breaux can't believe she has been kidnapped and left with Rene of all people. Rene and Val had a disastrous make out session back in high school.Rene and Val constantly but heads and then you add Rene's Tante Lulu to the mix, things really go nuts.

    Rene convinces Val to spend some time looking into the problems of the Bayou. He figures it's a win-win situation, he gets to open Val's eyes to his world and spend time with her. Val opens her heart to Rene and flourishes under his attention.

    This is a fantastic book. The dialogue is so funny and moving as well.The steam that Rene and Val generate is off the charts.If you love those hot Cajun men this is your book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - as usual!
    Sandra Hill is a *quality* romance writer! I know that I can count on this author to deliver a hot, hot romance with humor EVERY time. If I see Sandra Hill's name on the cover, I know it will be good.
    I was not disappointed this time either. The last (for now) in her Cajun series has got all the great qualities that the others had, plus we get to re-visit the characters from the other books. I won't recap what you can read here, but I will tell you it is worth the time and the money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hot & spicy just like we love 'em!
    For anyone who is a fan of Hill's Cajun series ( The Love Potion, Tall, Dark, & Cajun, or The Cajun Cowboy) you will love this book as it is equally as good as its predecessors. Red-hot Cajun is also a great stand alone book too if you haven't had a chance to pick the others up.
    The last of age bachelor in the LeDuex family is about to meet his match in the form of an old flame...even if she is bare bummed and upside down when it happens. Valerie, bayou celebrity on the equivalent of court tv, is kidnapped and hauled to Rene's cabin by some of his enviromental friends who want her to help them get a little press. Instead she gets an earful of Tante Lulu, Rene's crazy aunt, and a little press of flesh with Rene. Together Rene and Valerie explore their old feelings, make some new memories, try to save the bayou & fight Valerie's cold family while trying not to trip over Tante Lulu and her madcapp matchmaking St. Jude statues. As usual the characters are hilarious and the LeDuex family shines. Sandra Hill will leave you begging for more!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hot! Gar-an-teed!!!!!!!
    I am a HUGE fan of Sandra Hill's Cajun Series and the long awaited Rene's story did not disappoint. Though the romance and story is not as great as Tall, Dark, and Cajun or The Love Portion, it still satisfies. Ms. Hill says this will be her last Cajun adventure (for now) and I am looking forward to Tee-John's tale (if she chooses to write one). This book has great humor, sizzling sex scenes, and pretty much on the button with the Cajun atomsphere (I should know, I live in South Louisiana).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Whoo-ee This Is A Good End!!
    Although Ms. Hill teases us for now, this is the last in her Cajun series.As a result readers are treated to Rene's story which has been long in coming but worth waiting for.

    Rene is a burned out lobbyist for the Louisiana wet-lands.He is at his home-a-way from home deep in the bayou when two well meaning people drop off his worst nightmare.Val Breaux.

    These two people have a past from way the ripe old age of 15.One foiled night of romance, one too many pink slo Gin Fizz's and well...let's just say not a fond memory for either for waaaay different reasons.Now they are adults, they still burned for each other but have too much pride, or do they.In any event there is a whole kidnapping for publicity thing that Rene has been dragged into, and a misunderstanding or two to sort out.Once this is done do Val and Rene stand half a chance to make their relationship work?

    Rene and Val are both very dynamic characters. They are both too proud, have crazy families to deal with, and of course their attraction that is anything but tame.This story brings back all of the old friends that we've been introduced to throughout this series.Ms. Hill deftly combines humor, romance, and rather serious issues into a read that will captivate readers.I highly recommend Ms. Hill if you are a fan of fun light romances.She has created characters that you won't soon forget.Talk about!

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    10. Shades Of Twilight
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0671019716
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 37880
    Average Customer Review: 4.76 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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book and sexy romance
    This was my second romance novel and I loved it! (i recommend Dream Man) The two main characters Roanna and Webb are very beleivable and its not a far-fetched story. Linda Howard transported me into Roanna's anxieties and Webb's desire for her... There is some mystery about Webb's first's wifes murder but they did not linger on it which I thought was a good choice. Don't worry you do find out who killed her at the end!

    The only thing that bothered me was the fact that Webb and Roanna are cousins and well I thought it was kind of incestuous because there are some steamy scenes...

    I won't bother to tell the story because it's explained in a lot of the other reviews. I felt I had to review this book for one main reason. Shades of Twilight is a wonderful story, the best Linda Howard book I have read and I can't understand the fuss about Webb and Roanna being related. Incest is a relationship between parent and child, brother and sister, but nowhere at all, in no religious book or oterwise does it say a relationship between cousins is incestuous. I thought Webb and Roanna's story was beautiful because they truly love each other and by negatively judging their relationship because of a mistaken idea of who should and should not love, I think you belittle the depth of that emotion (no offence to anyone). I think the book should just be taken as a beautiful example of enduring love and not be tainted by any prejudice. Oh and for the readers who seemed to think it was an example of Southern life, I think you should try and remember that the South was the setting but it could happen anywhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story
    I liked this story and would highly recommend. Roanna Davenport is the granddaughter of a very rich and powerful southern family. She has lived with her grandmother since her parent's death. Roanna is skinny, not that pretty and has never quite fit in. She doesn't mind because she has two great loves in her life, horses, and her older cousin Webb whom she has openly adored and loved forever. Roanna also has another cousin Jessie. Now Jessie is everything Roanna is not (beautiful, sexy, elegant, etc.) In the end Jessie nabs Webb and Roanna nurses a broken heart. Then out of the blue Jessie is murdered. Who is the murderer? Is it Roanna who has wanted Webb forever? Is it Webb who just had an argument with Jessie? No one is quite sure but the neighbors suspect Webb and in a fit of anger, after Webb is cleared by the police (mainly due to lack of evidence), he leaves town for good. Now Roanna is left alone and she has to try and pull her life together without Webb. But is Webb really gone for good? I don't want to give too much away, but this is a good southern story, with the powerful matriach grandmother, all of the family's various and colorful relatives, and Roanna Davenport, a character you can't help but feel for. I would highly recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just THE BEST!!
    What can I say?? No body tops Linda Howard...
    I've read all her books and this one is absolutely her BEST!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just Great!
    I like LH's books because the stories she tells are never the same. The characters are very likeable. Shades of Twilight captured my eyes because of the title poetic! This is my fourth of hers that I read and the story still catches my heart, still romantic, not silly...Just being REAL! There is one reason I can't give the novel a 5 star; that is somehow LH tells many repetition of the plot to readers. She keeps expressing Roanna's feeling from chapter to chapters. It is not boring, just that it isn't necessary. ... Read more

    11. Son of the Morning
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 067179938X
    Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 29779
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    All of Linda Howard's novels are wonderful but this exceptional time-travel is her first foray into paranormal romance--and it's not to be missed. Grace St. John, a scholar, unwittingly discovers the Knights of Templar's secret treasure. Suddenly, her life is upturned when she spies her boss murdering her husband and brother. With no reason to live, except to extract vengeance, Grace becomes a fugitive of the law as she attempts to find an explanation for this horrible act. Grace simultaneously translates 14th century medieval documents written by Black Niall. This embittered knight reaches into Grace's subconscious and the two begin to share dreams 700 years apart. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Passionate, Compelling Must Read Romance
    Time travel, history lesson, page singing romance all in one book. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. Linda Howard has truly outdone herself, her best romance story yet.You live the hero and heroines lives, you see through their eyes, you feel with their touch, and their emotions set the pages on fire. April 27, 1996 Grace St.John sees her husband and brother murdered and she runs seeking the reason why the senseless killing. On Friday, the thirteenth of October in the year of Our Lord 1307, the date which would be remembered as the day of darkness, was the destruction of the greatest military order to ever exist, the Knights of the Temple. A guardian of the treasure was chosen. Niall, Black Niall as he was called was chosen the Guardian. He protects a power that greedy people thru time has killed for. Grace St.John travels backward thru time seeking that power from Black Niall. Together they will conquer the greed of mankind in a romance that has no bounds. One other item I found of interest is that there is no proof that The Knight of the Templar did not exist.

    I read this book because of the time travel after reading another similar romance theme. WOW! My only disappointment was that there wasn't more book. Linda Howard amazed me with Grace's authentic struggles to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. Grace's character made me proud to be a woman. I loved her because she wasn't particularly beautiful or helpless, instead she more like us ordinary human females. What made her so extraordinary was her intelligence and willingness to do and learn anything necessary to survive and extract vengeance.

    Black Niall was a terrific hero. He can haunt my dreams anytime. I liked him rough, very masculine, and just slightly barbaric. Linda Howard did an excellent job of creating in Niall a hidden sensitivity and vulnerability that made him irrisistible. You realize very quickly that he loved and needed Grace passionately when he chose not to kill her, as his duty demanded, for discovering the "treasure". I understand Niall's anger with God for the destruction of the Templars not only because they had been in God's service for so long, but also, because they had become Niall's friends and "brothers". I think it was important to Niall to have family because he couldn't claim his own. It was a bit ironic that as the "Guardian", Niall could travel through time but he couldn't see far enough into the future realized that his God had provided for him.

    For the reader in San Diego, if you wanted something that dealt with only fact and truth, look for your next book in NON-FICTION. Don't pick out a book whose excerpt reads: heroine travels back in time to meet hero. You'll be sadly disapointed. I take my own religion quite seriously but I also realize that fiction is just that: fiction. To enjoy you must "suspend your disbelief". By the way, Niall never wanted to become a monk, he was forced to in order to live. However, he never broke any of the vows he took while they were invoked. Remember that once the Templars were disbanded and he became the "guardian", all vows were revoked except that to protect the treasure with his life for as long as he lived. Niall was a lusty fellow, but then again, in those times, most men were.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too long
    I liked this book because it had both romance, adventure, suspense... a kind of female Indiana Jones. The problem, in my humble opinion, resides in the fact the LH spent too long on the introduction and Graces' escape. Only about 1/4 of the book is dedicated to romance with Niall.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
    If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars, I definately would. This was one of Howard's greater books! I could not put it down. From the first page to the last, I would hang on her every word. I wish there had been more for me to read about Grace and Black Niall. Their chemistry was simply amazing. I would like to see another book by Howard along these lines, perhaps incorporating this story. It is a keeper for me, I plan to read it again, soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Okay...
    This is one of Linda Howard's boks that I like but not one of the best. I would rate this book 4 and 3/4 a star but since they don't have that option I chose five.
    In this Book the heroine, Grace St. Jone, she is well rounded and lives in a comfertable life. But that changes in a blink of an eye.
    First her husband and brouther are killed in front of her. Her boss sends goons after her to kill her and steel her work...that her boss gave her!
    Running for her life, and translating her work she runs into some unexpected friends.
    Hiding from your evil boss, and his friends, while tring to translate, would be hard. But going through a strang flash back to vist a sexy man called the Black Niell. Who also seenms to be writting to you from the past.
    I enjoyed this book. With all of Linda Howard's classic writting and awsome supportive characters. The ending was okay, the reason behind the last 1/4 missing of a star. But still worth recommending.

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    12. Mackenzie'S Mountain
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 1551665743
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 18777
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the best of the best in the serie romance genre
    In my opinion, this is the best series romance ever written. It has everything - innocence, compassion, caring, concern, sacrifice of self, support, and most of all, an incredible love between Wolf and Mary. I only wish that all of Ms. Howard's (and other writers as well) had this kind of strong relationship, respect for each other and emotion.

    If you have never read this book, beg or borrow it from someone and keep an eye out for a reprint or used copy for yourself. This is one to keep and read again and again, esp. when your world looks gray; this one will lift your spirits and give you hope again. A rousing 5 stars, (which I never give) to Ms. Howard for this fabulous story!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally I got to read the first book in this series!
    I came to the MacKenzie Family saga backwards - I purchased the combined stories of Zane and Maris in MACKENZIE'S PLEASURE and MACKENZIE'S MAGIC, liked what I read, looked at the list of her prior books, and started hunting for them. I found a well-thumbed copy of MACKENZIE'S MISSION in the paperback section of my local library, but I could not locate MACKENZIE'S MOUNTAIN until its reissue this month, despite looking for at least a year...I snapped it up!

    Wolf Mackenzie is the premier male lead character - a powerful, mysterious, sensual, and flawed Viet Nam veteran (yes, he's very domineering - all in character, I suppose). Mary Potter is a wonderful foil - unattractive except to Wolf, cerebral, unaffectedly honest to a fault, and, fortunately, willing to tolerate Wolf's less endearing qualities. Their relationship unfolds with Ms. Howard's trademark sizzle-factor, but not too unbelievably fast (as is unfortunately the case in many other books of this genre). I'm hooked on this family's adventures, and now that I've read the foundation story of Wolf and Mary, I plan on rereading the later ones for a fresh perspective.

    I did get confused on the time line for all three stories. I couldn't figure out how there was time to let two decades elapse betwen this story and MACKENZIE'S PLEASURE, so that Joe would be well into his middle age by then. Joe was born during the Viet Nam war, and by my calculations, he couldn't have been as old as he was portrayed, so some kind of reference date for MACKENZIE'S MOUNTAIN would have helped. Oh, well, it's fiction anyway.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well written as always...but...heroine was a tad stupid?
    I do NOT like to knock a Howard because she is one of my FAVORITE authors, but this heroine was way over the top in the 'stupid department.' I realize this was written in the 1980's when the heroine was expected to be shy and reserved and virginial, yet strong and independent, but she came out as stupid (wince...I am so sorry Ms Howard) and very, very unbelievably ignorant of men and the world in general. She gave off this 'kill 'em all' attitude that just was nausiating to me.
    A 29 year old spinster extrordinaire with a knack for letting the readers and the hero listen to her moronic and irritating dribble about her uptight and weird Aunt Ardith's rules of conduct got to be too much for me and I just lost any respect for her or why the hero Wolf would even like her.
    A few of the secondary characters called her 'goody-goody' and I have to agree. She was a little too perfect and old fashioned for her age. Wolf deserved much better. The naivety was so bad that I was shaking my head and laughed outright when Wolf whispered a 'dirty' word in her ear about the sex act he'd like to perform on her and she had the gall to act confused and ask him what it meant and to show her. Whatever. Anyway, this is the 1980s, not the 1880s. Come on, get real.
    This is the first in the Mackenzie series, which includes MacKenzie's Mission, MacKenzie's Pleasure, MacKenzie's Magic and A Game of Chance.

    Mary Elizabeth Potter is a spinster in every way imaginable. The clothes and the 'sensible shoes' she wears. She has no idea if she will ever fall in love and doesn't look for it. Things change when she volunteers to go to the small town of Ruth, WY as a schoolteacher. She is a great teacher and puts her whole self into teaching children.
    One child gets her attention, Wolf MacKenzie's son. She must convince his father he belongs back in school, not at home working. Getting stranded on his mountain wasn't her plan, but nevertheless, Wolf comes upon her and thinks she must be an idiot.
    Mary proves that his son is made for more and tutors him. Wolf realizes he can love again, even if he is an ex-con half-breed. But the town doesn't approve and lets them know.
    Can they get past the racism that simmers below the surface and be accepted?

    Tracy Talley~@

    4-0 out of 5 stars SIM#281

    A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons -- from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give...
    Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she IS a good teacher -- and she wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy's father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.

    Still paying for a crime he didn't commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder the size of Wyoming. But prim-and-proper Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn't see Wolf as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. Somehow she sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man who could love...

    Wolf's not sure he -- or the town of Ruth, Wyoming -- is ready for the taming of Wolf Mackenzie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best....
    One of my personal favorites, although there is alot of them, happens to be Mackenzie's Mountain.
    With a southern teacher and a half breed Indian, what more could you want.
    Mary, newly moved into town, finds out that Wolf's son Joe dropped out of school. Doing the right thing she goes over and demands to know why.
    With a town hostal against Wolf because of a charge he didn't do, the town has never excepted them. But when Mary moves is the lines begin to waver and some one out there doesn't appreciate it much.
    With the town in an up roar with only one man to blame, thinks strt to get intersting.
    From the start I liked this book. With a hero who has strong erges and a heroine more than willing to explore them, it was a go from the start.
    Comapired to other books I have read that featured any type of indian, I like the way Linda Howard betraied her's best. I highly recommend this book, and hope that you enjoy it as I have! ... Read more

    13. The Touch Of Fire
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0671019724
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 38104
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Annie Parker came to Silver Mesa, Arizona, because it was the only place she'd found where folks thought a woman doctor was better than no doctor at all. Her lonely life became harder still on the winter night Rafe McCay broke into her office with a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter at his back. With a gun aimed at her heart, he led her deep into the Arizona mountains, and into a world of danger and passion, for Annie discovered in Rafe not only a wounded man, but a soul betrayed...and Rafe, healed by her skill and the magic in her hands, awakened in Annie a woman's tender longing and hungry desire. Pursued by dangerous secrets of the past, they are swept into a thrilling odyssey of the heart -- a bold, exhilarating journey that rekindles Rafe's lost hope and transforms Annie's healing gift into a deep, enduring love. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Touch Of Fire
    Once again L.H. has impressed me with her ability to write a story that held on to me until the end. This was my first historical by this author and of course she didn't let me down. I love how the characters are independent and can handle life on their own, but together they become even stronger and can achieve anything. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Thank You once again Linda!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rafe Rocks!
    I love this book so much.well actually i love every one of the Linda Howard books i've ever read. i love Rafe he difines the word rouge. and Annie is so cute. they just make the book perfect. in a way Rafe really sweeps Annie off her feet. but if you haven't read the book not in the way you think

    5-0 out of 5 stars Linda Howard - you proved me wrong
    Coming from a huge fan of Heart of Fire, I thought it was impossible for any book to come remotely close to being as good. Not only was the story The Touch of Fire soul captivating, the characters were just as strong as Ben & Jillian (Heart of Fire).

    Although I do have to admit, when I first started reading this book - I was a bit bored. I wasn't into the whole western theme, and found it hard to keep reading. Providing that this was a LH novel, I knew I had to keep going.

    As the story progressed, I found it harder and harder to put the book down. The Touch of Fire has it all; very steamy romanctic & sexy scenes, humor, a great history behind it, a wonderful storyline and let us not forget the characters. It's impossible not to fall in love with it all!

    If there is one thing I didn't like, it was at the very end. Anyone who has read this book will probably understand what I'm saying - I really wanted to know the name!!

    All in all, I absolutely adored this book. The Touch of Fire is a definite keeper.

    You've done it again, Howard! Keep them coming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like Love western style
    I really enjoyed "The Touch Of Fire" It was fun, and fast paced and full of romantic tension. READER'S WILL LOVE Rafe and Annie. A lot like "Anything, My Love" by Cynthia Simmons and "New Mexico Sunrise" by T. Peterson. All, Sexy, fun and exciting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Old Fashioned Western
    This book reads like a good, old fashioned western movie. Rafe has been on the run for years accused of a murder he didn't commit. Lawmen and bounty hunters have been on his trail but can never catch him. He makes his way into town one night when he's hit in the side by a lucky shot from a bounty hunter. Annie has just returned very late to her office after delivering a baby. She is surprised by Rafe in the darkness but she cannot refuse to treat his wound. He forces her to go with him until he's recovered but during their time together, he discovers he can't let her go. He needs to find out why whenever she touches him he feels fire from her hands. Is it just his lust or does she have the same effect on others? They learn to trust one another over the weeks they are on the run and Annie discovers just how far she will go to protect Rafe. They come across a small village of Indians sick with black measles and Annie does what she can to help. Because they stayed a little too long, a US Marshall catches up with them and is determined to bring Rafe in to justice. During the trek back, the story of how Rafe was accused of the murder comes out and the Marshall believes it. They confront the real perpetrators and with a little blackmail and influential political help, Rafe is cleared. Annie turns up pregnant and with Rafe's streak of chivalry, they get married immediately. The Marshall becomes their best friend and foreman of the ranch that Rafe buys with the money he received from being unjustly accused of murder. ... Read more

    14. Mackenzie Family (Silhouette Promo)
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0373483767
    Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
    Publisher: Harlequin
    Sales Rank: 49407
    Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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    Linda Howard has won many awards for her outstanding romance novels.This book about the Mackenzie family is no exception. It's been said thatZane Mackenzie can make a woman's toes curl, and Linda Howard goes all out to entrap us once again as the dynasty continues.

    Maris, as the only Mackenzie daughter, can charm the wildest horse and the sexiest undercover FBI agent who's on the trail of a killer.However, when he lands in her bed, she doesn't remember what happened or how he got there because she has lost her memory.

    With wry humor and well-drawn characters, The Mackenzie Family will keep you turning pages until you've reached the end:

    "Absolutely not." The words were flat and implacable. "No way in hell." "You have to." He looked down at her with mingled exasperation and amusement. "Sweetheart, you've been the boss for so long that you've forgotten how to take orders. I'm running this show, not you, and you'll damn well do what I tell you to do, when I tell you to do it, or you're going to find yourself handcuffed and gagged and your sweet little ass stuffed in a closet until this is over." Maris batted her long eyelashes at him. "So you think my ass is sweet, huh?"
    If you liked Mackenzie's Pleasure or Mackenzie's Magic, you'll leap atthe chance to own this book. Even if you have never read anything by Linda Howard, you'll be addicted for sure once you get entangled in her characters' feisty web of love, lust, and humor. --Candy Paape ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Brilliant, Stunning...
    Linda Howard has been one of my favorite authors for a number of years but the Mackenzie family saga is her best work. I loved Wolf and Mary, and adored Joe and Caroline. So when I saw that Zane and Maris got there own stories I was on pins and needles until the book was in my hand!

    Two hours of pure bliss! That family is amazing and the books are keepers!

    One more thing, I NEED for there to be a story about Chance. With a lot of Nick peppered in for comic relief. Maybe Nick will get her own story someday (hint, hint Linda;-))

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot and Sexy!
    I've been a Linda Howard fan for years, and my favorite stories center around the MacKenzie family. I fell in love with Wolf, the patriarch in "MacKenzie's Mountain" (I knew this book was "keeper". I wasn't disappointed with his son Joe's story "MacKenzie's Mission" ... another "keeper". I was curious about Joe's siblings, and prayed Linda would write their stories too, especially Zane's and Joshua's. At that time, there was no Chance MacKenzie in the family. Zane and Joshua were first introduced at ages 13 and 16 respectively in their big brother Joe's book. I instantly wanted to learn more, just based on the little "tidbits" Linda dropped about each of them. Well, look out world! One out of two "ain't bad" and she gave us Zane MacKenzie's story. Zane turned out to be everything and MORE than his big brother Joe. Please Linda, write Chance's story next! After all, he caught Maris' wedding bouquet! I can't wait to see who captures the heart of tall, dark and dangerous Chance MacKenzie. I have a feeling his story is going to be even hotter and more sensual than sexy Zane's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sizziling
    The Mackenzie's family is absoulutely amazing. I have read some of the books about Wolf, Chance and Joe. I can't wait to get my hands on the other ones. These books are a must read. You won't be able to put them down. Linda Howard is the best and far most execellent writer I ever had the privilege to read her work. I only hope they keep coming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Zane Mackenzie
    I fell in love with Zane Mackenzie! The way Mrs. Howard kept me spellbound from beginning to end really got me interested in her other books. Of all the Mackenzie books, this one is by far the best. The other about Maris was okay, but it is Zane's story that I can read and reread several times! Thank you Linda Howard for introducing me to Zane! Please keep the Mackenzie books coming!

    5-0 out of 5 stars haven't read this book yet but all my friends say it's good!
    we've been trying to find a copy of this book and it seems like it's out of stock already... please have it reprinted... ... Read more

    15. Cry No More
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    Asin: 0345453417
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-04)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 165305
    Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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    Count your blessings; they can be snatched away in an instant. It is a sentiment Milla Edge knows too well. With an astonishing blend of savvy, instinct, and passion, Milla displays an uncanny gift for finding lost children. When all seems helpless, desperate souls from across the country come to her for hope and results. Driven by an obsessive desire to fill the void in other people’s lives, Milla throws herself into every case–all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a horrific 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 over the years in the labyrinth of a sinister baby-smuggling ring. The key to nailing down the organization may rest with an elusive one-eyed man. To find him, Milla joins forces with James Diaz, a suspicious stranger known as the Tracker who conceals his own sinister agenda.

    As the search intensifies, the mission becomes more treacherous. For the ring is part of something far larger and more dangerous, reaching the highest echelons of power and influence. Caught between growing passion and imminent peril, Milla suddenly finds herself the hunted–in the crosshairs
    of an invisible, lethal assassin who aims to silence her permanently.

    Intense emotion . . . potent suspense . . . pounding action. Linda Howard weaves these elements into page-turning fiction. Cry No More is a seductive thriller of heartbreak and obsession that moves with a vengeance.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An intense, must-read thriller.
    Milla Edge has a wonderful life; a happy marriage to a doctor and a beautiful, healthy baby boy until the moment everything is taken from her...while on her way to the supermarket Milla is attacked and her son is stolen.

    Ten years later, Milla, still hoping for a miracle to find her son, has dedicated herself to helping others find their missing children and in the process uncovers a baby smuggling ring of epic proportions.

    With little to go on, Milla enlists the help of Diaz, known to many as the Tracker, a dangerous man with his own agenda, and together they must find the one-eyed man who holds the key to bringing down the smuggling ring.

    Milla and Diaz are running for their lives as they race the clock to stop a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to silence them.

    'Cry No More' is a powerful page-turner, one that is filled with nerve rattling suspense and non-stop action. Heartbreak and obsession are two key elements that drive this novel, but it's the intense plot and interesting characters that will have readers up-all-night. Linda Howard has written her best thriller yet...a novel that will fly up the bestseller lists and surely satisfy her huge legion of fans.

    Nick Gonnella

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Howard Books
    The book opens with a heartstopping account of a woman's infant literally being ripped from her by kidnappers in a market in Mexico. She fights the men with desperation and ends up nearly dying from a stab wound and loses her baby.

    We then move ten years ahead. Milla has lost her marriage to her devotion to finding her child. She has little more in her life than the organization she's founded to locate missing persons. She is estranged from family who tell her to give up and get on with her life.

    Milla is tireless in her fight to find Justin and while she's had nothing but dead ends and heartache in her own struggle, she's managed to find other people's children and family members so often she's become something of a national celebrity for it.

    There are interesting turns here and there. The one eyed man she's looking for in connection with the ring of kidnappers to find infants in Mexico and smuggle them into the US and Canada for adoption seems to be the key. Of course, he's not too happy with the woman who clawed his eye out and destroyed his face and has some of his own vengeance in mind.

    Add to this, a bounty hunter with his own agenda and secretive background, a business man who isn't what he seems, double crossing friends and a bit of romance and lots of intrigue and it makes for one of Linda Howard's most compelling and certainly her most emotionally wrenching books.

    Not to give any spoilers but about halfway through I'd figured out some of the whodunits and I was slightly disappointed to see that a few bits and pieces pretty central to the story were left hanging.

    Overall though, this is a really good suspense novel, not Howard's usual more romance oriented book, although there is romance and a non-traditional happy ending. I like to see that Howard is stretching herself, moving past her own genre and doing it really well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars But have a hankie handy anyway......
    I've read 99% of Linda Howard's books. When you travel a lot, you need a good book to wait in airports with. This one is a keeper! Mira's baby' kidnapping was a Mother's nightmare! and you root for Mira the entire book. But the real stuff begins when she meets Diaz. Wow!!! Their adventures after that are edge of seat stuff!!! He's a very different character indeed.

    I am running out to buy her latest ASAP!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a "tear jerker"
    Diaz and Milla were two tortured people whom fate throws together. This was a bittersweet story and I cried through about half of it.

    However, like others, I felt the resolution of the criminals was severely lacking. Why Diaz betrayed Milla is still a puzzle to me.

    I can highly recommend "Mr. Perfect".

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!
    Linda Howard novels often get an emotion out of me that no other novels can get! This one is no exception....this story line will have you laughing, crying, and feeling angry all at the same time. The way she entwines love and mystery stories into one is exceptional! I hope she keeps writing more books like this one!!! ... Read more

    16. Mackenzie's Pleasure / Defending His Own
    by Linda Howard, Beverly Barton
    list price: $6.99
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    Asin: 0373484321
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 147527
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mackenzie's Pleasure
    This is my favorite book of Linda Howard. I thought Zane was extremely sexy! What a man. The book was great. Barrie was a wonderful character in the book. Something about this book just grabbed me and I could not put it down. Chance and Nicky just made me laugh. I will be the first in line to buy Chance"s book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Joy a true pleasure!!!!!
    This was the first book of Linda Howard or Beverly Barton that I have read -- well it sent me flying to my usual book store looking for any thing else they have written --- Linda Howard's Mackenzie's Pleasure Zane & Barrie's story -- was so moving, and enjoyable, I never put it down once I started, I have since read Mackenzie's Mission Joe's & caroline Evans' story and am now searching for the stories on Michael, Joshua & Maris, I have just put Chance's story in my cart (...) great reading --- romance like this is truely a pleasure.

    4-0 out of 5 stars SIM#691

    Barrie Lovejoy needed a savior. The terrorist group holding her hostage surely wouldn't tolerate her silence much longer. Instead they would silence HER -- forever. Then out of the darkness HE arrived. Grizzled and dangerous, he led Barrie from her captors straight into his sheltering arms...


    Navy S.E.A.L. Zane Mackenzie was the best. No mission had ever gotten the better of him -- until now. Saving Barrie Lovejoy had been textbook -- except for their desperate night of passion. And though his job as a soldier had ended with her freedom, his duties as a husband had only just begun. For he would sooner die than let the enemy harm the mother of his child.

    5-0 out of 5 stars KEEP IT - KEEP IT - KEEP IT --- WOW!
    Zane Mackenzie is everything you want to see in a Navy SEAL -
    Dang! but he is hot!
    Finally we get a young woman that is worthy of the hero.

    Barrie Lovejoy takes the only out to driving away the emotional and physical trauma she was subjected to in her kidnapping.

    Zane Mackenzie, in the tradition of his father and brothers is man enough and sensitive enough to deal with Barrie.

    When Zane is wounded in portecting Barrie, she becomes distaught at being forced to leave Zane behind without knowing if he would live.

    I loved finding about Wolf and his family, especially Michael and Josh [why don't they have stories of their own?] Poor Joe, 5 sons and no daughter. It took Barrie and Zane to pull a fast one.

    There is just something about these Mackenzie men that puts your hormones on red alert. We need more of these guys and more women like Barrie.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- definitely all are keepers - what a collection of men.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love Those MacKenzies!
    Another satisfying story about a MacKenzie brother. I enjoyed every word. And Barrie was a good match for Zane. Linda Howard is a master story teller.

    I also like Beverly Barton but didn't care as much for Defending His Own as I have some of her other books. Secret baby stories bore me so that's probably the reason. Also, I don't much care for stories where something happens to a character as a teen and he/she holds it against the world forever. Good grief! We all grow and mature. Some of these people never do. Along with the secret baby, this is an over-used and unnecessary plot device. It creaks. ... Read more

    17. Mr. Perfect
    by Linda Howard
    list price: $7.99
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    Asin: 0671027573
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
    Publisher: Pocket Star
    Sales Rank: 21318
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    What would make the perfect man?

    That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted -- or will just muscular do? As their conversation hears up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends -- and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival -- as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW.....Linda Howard is back.....
    Mr. Perfect may not be the perfect book, but it comes close. After being disappointed with John Medina's character in All The Queen's Men (after falling hard for him in Kill And Tell), I wasn't too sure about this book. But Detective Sam Donovan is definitely my idea of a yummy neighbor to have, especially when you're being stalked because you and your friends compiled a silly little list about the perfect man.

    I loved the interaction (verbal and sexual) between Sam and Jaine - they are one great couple! And you know you're reading a great book when you mourn a character who's been murdered! I loved Jaine's friends and her sister, Shelly, is a hoot! Even Corin, an incredibly creepy individual, generates equal parts horror and sympathy. Bravo for a job well done!

    Ms. Howard has redeemed herself in my eyes and I hope this style of writing is a trend. Can't wait for the next book. Also out this month is A Game Of Chance and it's not too early to start begging for Margreta's story to be told.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilariously funny, amazingly sensual, brilliant suspense....
    As I plunk myself down in front of my little computer, I wonder how I can possibly review this novel well enough to possibly come close to doing justice to this spectacular (believe me, the word doesn't even come close) novel? Maybe these words will help: fantastic, fabulous, hilariously funny, amazingly sensual, and brilliantly suspenseful.... I noticed right off that the characters are so alive, so...real. Humor is worked into the novel. I've never noticed in other Linda Howard novels...or maybe the others paled by comparison. I lost count of the number of times I was laughing out loud at the witty comments, re-read them over and over so I could memorize them. I am mentally cringing as the thought of Mrs. Howard trying to one-up this book. If you've never read a Linda Howard novel, shame on you she's the best author, and this is the one to buy! My only complaint is that Mr. Perfect didn't go on forever... In fact, I think I'll go read it again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Book Although Unrealistic Plot
    The romance between Sam and Jaine was cute. Starting out as neighbors hating each other and then turning into something more. I liked the quarters Jaine had to give people if she said a curse word. Most people know how hard it is to stop cursing even if you only say it in your mind and then you just get used to saying it.

    Of course some of the words Howard used was pretty juvenile. I didn't know whether to laugh or not when Howard put the words "sticky-out part." The mystery part was though. Some books you get the first time reading it through. This one you don't. I am really going to have to follow the killer when I read this again because it was really crazy. I didn't know who the killer was until Howard actually spelled it out.

    As far as the "List" goes though, that plot was pretty unrealistic. How many times have women made lists about the perfect guy? Then they become celebrities because of this? Appearing on many talk shows and even ABC, I don't think so. So if you have a hard time reading a book that isn't realistic, this isn't the book for you. I was getting a bit annoyed too but the rest of the book is really good.

    Because the characters died so soon too, they were really only surface revealed. Then I was annoyed that the author killed off the women who made up with their boyfriends/husbands. Since the characters except for Jaine and Sam were flat, I didn't really care too much when they died anyway. Mostly I just said awww oh well to myself. But it was nice to see how the four girlfriends chatted and reminded me of my clique of girls.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious
    If you're looking for a laugh-out-loud romance packed with sex appeal and suspense then this is for you. OK, so the plot is slightly unbelievable (particularly if you read a lot of crime books) and the villain may as well carry a signpost around their neck with the words 'QUIET PLEASE - SERIAL KILLER AT WORK', but cracking dialogue and fantastic characters more than make up for these problems.

    Jaine Bright is just about the only heroine I've ever read who manages to come across as zany and spontaneous without also being wimpy and irritating. Jaine holds down a good job, has a great car and house, and is an independent woman happy with her life. Cue Sam Donovan, a sexy, muscular cop who happens to be her next-door neighbour and you know that you're reading Linda Howard at her best. When a killer targets Jaine and her friends it is up to Sam to protect them and track down the villain.

    The chemistry between Jaine and Sam is great and the use of humour is so funny in places that you can't help but burst out laughing. There are some incredibly risqué innuendos which are just fantastic, my favourite was when Sam walks into the kitchen when Jaine and her sister Shelley are preparing a cucumber to use on Jaine's eyes. The plot bounces along at a fairly fast rate but I felt the crimes really acted as a backdrop for the romance, as Jaine and Sam find various excuses for getting 'to know each other better'.

    Overall Mr Perfect is a funny and romantic novel with a great ending and likeable characters. You can't really take it seriously as a crime novel, but who cares when the book is such a perfect blend of suspense and romance?


    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Linda Howard Book!
    I just finished reading Mr. Perfect for the 3rd time and I still laugh out loud over the verbal sparring of Jaine and Sam, mourn for Luna, Marci and TJ and positively drool over Sam. I have read everything Linda has written, liked them all though admittedly some more than others, but, Mr. Perfect is my favorite. The humor is saucy, the action tense and sexual chemestry between Sam and Jaine almost tangible. From their first encounter over the trash cans the final page, you just can't wait to see what happens next. I stayed up all night the first time I read it, laughing out loud so much my husband came to see what was so funny on TV! I highly recommend this one! ... Read more

    18. Sarah'S Child
    by Linda Howard
    list price: $5.99
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    Asin: 1551668610
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 95715
    Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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    A beloved classic by Linda Howard to captivate old fans and new, a compelling novel that tests the fragile bonds of love in a deeply moving story of the healing gift of selfless devotion . . .

    A tragic accident took everything that mattered to Rome Mattews -- his wife, Diana, and their two little boys. And it robbed Sarah Harper of her best friend. In the two years since the tragedy, Sarah has wanted to reach out to Rome, but she knew she needed to stay away, guarding the secret she had kept from him and Diana all those years -- that she was in love with her best friend's husband.

    But now Rome needs her. And though another woman will hold his heart forever, Sarah agrees to be his wife, knowing that everything has a price, including love. Then something totally unexpected rekindles her hidden hope that a marriage of convenience will become a union of love. Now it all comes down to her husband. Will Rome keep fighting his own growing need for a woman who dares him to believe there are second chances in life . . . or will he give in to the power of love and miracles? ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you love heart-wrenching, sexual and unique love stories-
    I dare anyone to read "Sarah's Child" and not fall in love with Linda Howard. I have read thousands of romance authors from every genre and none manage to combine the realistic emotions with realistic sexuality the way Linda Howard does. Her male characters are very masculine, intelligent, a little jaded, and each one is distinctive. Her female characters warm your heart with their real-life dilemmas. They have a feminine strength of mind and endure heart-wrenching traumas. Traumas that are original (originality is hard to come across in romance books). Her books are not filled with beautiful scenery and sexual euphemisms. The unforgettable couple, their earthy encounters, and their heart-wrenching emotions are all I remember. Rome is hard-edged and powerful with strong sexual needs. He thinks Sarah is a cool blond. She is his wife's best friend even though they are opposites in every way. Sarah's coolness actually is a shield to hide her shyness and insecurity. She met Rome at work and it was love at first sight. She takes her best friend, Diane, to the company picnic and Rome and Diane fall in love. They marry and proceed to have two adorable, rambuncous boys who Sarah loves as well. Diane and the boys are involved in a fatal accident. Their deaths leave Rome emotionally scarred. He'll never allow himself to love again and cannot bear to be around children. All Sarah ever wanted was a secure home life with a husband and kids. When Rome married Diane she resigned herself to becoming a career woman. Before meeting Rome, the outgoing and confident Diane always swore to have a grand career and never marry. The reversal of their dreams when they meet Rome is ironic. Rome has always found Sarah's coolness to him intriguing, even during his marraige. He always wants to find out what is underneath the cool, calm surface of her personality. A year after his family's death, he finally decides to pack up their belongings and asks Sarah if she wants to come by and see what she would like to keep before he gives it all away. He and Sarah have a sexually explosive encounter that makes him realize he'd like to have a real relationship again instead of the one-night-stands he has been punishing himself with. He's frank with Sarah and tells her he'll never love again but he'll be faithful. He also tells her he'll never father another child, so if she wants children to tell him and he'll get out of her life. She accepts the small part of himself he gives her and quietly sets about the business of loving him. How Sarah, with her calm serenity changes his heart, along with the help of a little bundle he refuses to acknowledge, is a story that rips your heart out and returns it with soul-shattering intensity. I also recommend you read, "The Cutting Edge", "Loving Evangeline", "Duncan's Bride", "MacKenzie's Mountain". All of these have the same emotional intensity. I periodically read them over again to remind myself what quality romance writing is all about.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Egotistical maniac
    It was hard to find a sympathetic shoulder for the main character "Rome Matthews". I found his character to be very demanding and not very understanding of his wife plus a oversexed male. Plus why stick around with someone of his character or personality? This book is not worth it and what is ironic is that I happen to be a Linda Howard fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Her heros are pure sex appeal, her heroines are real women.
    I dare anyone to read "Sarah's Child" and not fall in love with Linda Howard. I have read thousands of romance authors from every genre and none manage to combine the realistic emotions with realistic sexuality the way Linda Howard does. Her male characters are very masculine, intelligent, a little jaded, and each one is distinctive. Her female characters warm your heart with their real-life dilemmas. They have a feminine strength of mind and endure heart-wrenching traumas. Traumas that are original (originality is hard to come across in romance books). Her books are not filled with beautiful scenery and sexual euphemisms. The unforgettable couple, their earthy encounters, and their heart-wrenching emotions are all I remember. Rome is hard-edged and powerful with strong sexual needs. He thinks Sarah is a cool blond. She is his wife's best friend even though they are opposites in every way. Sarah's coolness actually is a shield to hide her shyness and insecurity. She met Rome at work and it was love at first sight. She takes her best friend, Diane, to the company picnic and Rome and Diane fall in love. They marry and proceed to have two adorable, rambuncous boys who Sarah loves as well. Diane and the boys are involved in a fatal accident. Their deaths leave Rome emotionally scarred. He'll never allow himself to love again and cannot bear to be around children. All Sarah ever wanted was a secure home life with a husband and kids. When Rome married Diane she resigned herself to becoming a career woman. Before meeting Rome, the outgoing and confident Diane always swore to have a grand career and never marry. The reversal of their dreams when they meet Rome is ironic. Rome has always found Sarah's coolness to him intriguing, even during his marraige. He always wants to find out what is underneath the cool, calm surface of her personality. A year after his family's death, he finally decides to pack up their belongings and asks Sarah if she wants to come by and see what she would like to keep before he gives it all away. He and Sarah have a sexually explosive encounter that makes him realize he'd like to have a real relationship again instead of the one-night-stands he has been punishing himself with. He's frank with Sarah and tells her he'll never love again but he'll be faithful. He also tells her he'll never father another child, so if she wants children to tell him and he'll get out of her life. She accepts the small part of himself he gives her and quietly sets about the business of loving him. How Sarah, with her calm serenity changes his heart, along with the help of a little bundle he refuses to acknowledge, is a story that rips your heart out and returns it with soul-shattering intensity. Be aware that all of her heros are super sexy hunks and alpha males who usually need to meet just the right woman (for them) to turn them into truly loving men. Other reviewers must want the same heroine in every novel to be "strong, go-to-hell, tell 'em what for" heroines, but I love that Linda Howard makes every heroine different and she knows that men and women show their love in different ways. Her heroines have an outer softness with a strong core of values that they never deviate from and they ALWAYS teach the hero what love really is.

    I also recommend you read, "The Cutting Edge", "Loving Evangeline", "Duncan's Bride", "MacKenzie's Mountain", "White Lies". All of these have the same emotional intensity. I periodically read them over again to remind myself what quality romance writing is all about.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I hated this book!
    I really love Linda Howard's books but this one left me cold. If you're looking for a "feel good" book this isn't it! I just could not like the hero (kept thinking 'what a creep!'). Rome is a selfish and oversexed jerk and Sarah should have told him to go and take a flying leap!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WoW...
    This is one of Linda Howard's more emotional books. Sarah, who loved her friends husband and Rome who had lost his wife.
    With emotians dripping from the seems from the get go, it only getts better as you read.
    It's hard to describe this book coherently without confusing you or myself. Don't get me wrong. Its not hard to follow, just hard to explain without giving anything away.
    Rome is a strong man but the death of his wife and two kids leave him devistated. While Sarah, who watched the man she loves marry her best friend, feels like she might be betraying her friend.
    The one thing that Rome does't want happens. Causing upheavel in there lives. Will her be able to move on or will he stay behind.
    I encourage you to read this book and hope you enjoy it!
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    19. Now You See Her
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 0671034057
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 25779
    Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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    With the scintillating sensuality and high-voltage thrills that distinguish all of her blockbusters of romantic suspense, Linda Howard grips the imagination and touches the heart as only she can, in her sixth dazzling New York Times bestseller.

    A talented painter in her early thirties, Paris Sweeney has achieved enviable success: her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery, and her popularity is at an all-time high. Life is good, and Sweeney, as she prefers to be called, is content.

    But lately, Sweeney's dreams -- lush, vivid, and drenched in vibrant hues -- seem to echo a growing restlessness that has taken hold of her. Suddenly, impulsively, Sweeney falls into a night of intense passion with millionaire Richard Worth. Now, the true dangers of her all-consuming urges are about to be revealed where Sweeney least expects it: in her paintings.

    After a creative frenzy she can barely recall, Sweeney discovers she has rendered a disturbing image -- a graphic murder scene. Against her better instincts, she returns to the canvas time and again, filling out each chilling detail piece by piece. But when a shattering, real-life murder mirrors her creation, Sweeney falls under suspicion. With every stroke of her brush, she risks incriminating herself with her inexplicable knowledge of a deadly crime. And every desire -- including her hunger for Richard -- is loaded with uncertainty as Sweeney races to unmask a killer. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a thrilling read!
    This is my second novel that I have read from linda howard and would not have missed it for the world. It's action packed and has romance to it. My favorite types of novels. Even though the couple in the book get together in a shockingly fast amount of time it did not ruin the book for me. I'm glad that I discovered this author since I was starting to run out of good author's to read. I'm going to have alot of fun reading her books. If you're looking for a good fast paced book with romance dont miss this one!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great story idea.....disappointing story!
    This was your basic paint-by-numbers, fill in the blanks plotted story. This is my first Linda Howard book. I bought the hardcover, based on the flap sounded like a great story...painter who paints murder scenes before they actually happen...Unfortunately, the story never really went anywhere. The characters were never fully developed, just predictable cardboard stereotypes. The hero was instantly in love with the heroine, so there was no real conflict or growth there. The soon to be ex-wife was cheating and promiscuous for no apparent reason. I just didn't buy into any of it, and felt a bit cheated..There were no surprises and I really would have liked to have seen the psychic element explored a little more too. The whole book overall just seemed simple and shallow....if this is representative of her work in general, I will take a pass....

    4-0 out of 5 stars Spooky stuff !
    Paris Sweeney, a reclusive,New York artist, finds that her style is changing to a more agressive and flamboyantly colourful one as she also realises that other aspects of her life are changing. At the gallery run by her friend Candra Worth, Sweeney, as she prefers to be known, meets and is immediately attracted to Richard Worth, Candra's estranged husband. After strange, periodic episodes of psychic happenings, Sweeney and Richard become involved in an intense love affair, leading indirectly to the murder of Candra.This may well sound like a soapie but it was SUCH a good read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Could have been great
    About three fourths of the way through this book I realized it was not going to end well. There was just too much going on for everything to be tied up by page 325. Sure enough, I felt someone had torn the last 50 pages out of my copy. Of course, if it had not been a good story I would not have cared. But it was a good story, and different. I was caught up in it. I wanted all the ends tied up, all the mysteries solved. Unfortunately, the epilogue added nothing to the story. Was there a scandal? What happened to the senator? Most of all, what happened to Sweeney's gift? Was it lasting, could she help people before they died? Or was her gift to help solve the crime? Since she could see and talk to dead people why didn't she ask them why they were ghosts? What happened to her health? And what is the meaning of the title? I wanted more from the epilogue. Maybe Linda H. will revisit Sweeney in the future. P.S. I liked the romance between Sweeney and Richard. (...)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Run, sweeney, run
    A truly annoying book that could only have been satifying to those who don't find opposing abortion incompatible with opposing gun control and supporting the death penalty. They believe in protecting human life as long as it's someone they like. When the "hero" learns that the new women he wants is likely to sleep with him after he gets a divorce - evidence of her high moral character in the romance world, but not in Tennessee - he ramps up the pressure on his wife, who has aborted his child. Her settlement requests aren't, at least at the point I bailed out, made to seem unreasonable.. At this point I found myself wanting to scream at the heroine, "Run, Sweeney, run." Seems like the irony of giving her what she wanted too late - after she had started the process that would end in her death would have made a more interesting book. A story of an obsessive man who smothers his targeted woman with care, and thens turns ugly when she doesn't live up to his perfect view would have also been more interesting. ... Read more

    20. Heartbreaker
    by Linda Howard
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    Asin: 1551668874
    Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 157679
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard takes white-hot passion to the limits . . .

    Michelle Cabot has inherited her father's Florida cattle ranch -- and a mountain of debt. To make matters worse, a huge chunk of that debt is owed to the neighboring rancher, her nemesis John Rafferty.

    Nothing shocks Rafferty more than discovering that the spoiled, pampered rich girl he once despised is painstakingly trying to run the Cabot ranch herself, working the land with desperation the only thing she has left. He likes this new Michelle and decides to make her his woman. What he doesn't know is that underneath Michelle's cool, polished façade lies heartache, secrets and the raw determination to live life as her own woman. But Rafferty isn't about to take no for an answer. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Typical older Linda Howard...but GOOD!
    HEARTBREAKER was one Linda Howard book I had not read yet and I have been anxiously awaiting its re-release. Although not a stellar written book, it was one that once I got into it, could not put down.

    The storyline is this: Michelle Cabot has returned to her now deceased father's rundown ranch to try and salvage it. John Rafferty is her next door neighbor and her nemesis. Each think they know about the other and their opinions are not high of one another.
    Michelle is trying to rebuild her life after a failed marriage to an abusive man. To help do this, she wants to make a success of the ranch. Enter John, who thinks she cannot. This is the basis for this book, and one that has been told many times by other authors, but one that Linda Howard can tell well.
    Like many of her heroes, John is an alpha male extraordinaire and Michelle is the heroine who seems weak, but is really quite overpowering to the hero and it is fun watching him falling in love with her...hard.

    I thought the story started out slow, but once I got into reading it, I could not put the book down! It has it all: love, romance, suspense, colorful characters and of course, steamy lovemaking scenes that typify Linda Howard. HEARTBREAKER is not her best work, but if you enjoy her writing as much as I do, not one to miss.

    Note: this book goes along with Diamond Bay, Midnight Rainbow and White Lies. Although it is not necessary to have read the other books, the characters from Diamond Bay are mentioned.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Vintage Howard - always a good read!
    The heartbreaker of the title is a perfect Howard hero - John Rafferty, big, handsome, quite arrogant, and a "my way or the highway" kind of guy. The heroine, Michelle Cabot, is another typical Howard creation, a woman who's abilities are seriously misjudged by the hero, who looks at her with his hormones not his heart! These two make a splendid pair, and their romance kept me spellbound - even though I am not particularly fond of a plot which involves abuse and stalking themes. Linda Howard's dynamic writing style and wonderfully sensual love scenes dominate this tale of courage and discovery - I very much enjoyed it, and didn't realize until toward the end that it was indeed a continuation of Diamond Bay. It goes with the rest of the Linda Howards on my keeper shelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Linda Howard!
    Don't listen to "Heartless" review. This book was great! Linda Howard has a unique writing style. She gives us a story through the characters in such a way that you see they're views, even when their misguided and confused.

    Example: (Not a spoiler) No, he didn't really believe her when she was run off the road, but she wasn't very insistent because she was assuming he wouldn't anyway because of her own past experiences. And he wasn't trying to be cruel. He just assumed she wasn't sure because of being so shaken.

    Her Heroes are very "alpha," but only because they are so passionate. Always trying to hold on to these women and convince them to share their lives with them. Who wouldn't love the passion and persistence of men like Linda Howard's?

    Yes, it was obvious who the bad guy was, and in a way, I don't think that it was supposed to be a great mystery, at least not to the reader. She gives us insight through her characters to the mistakes we all make by making assumptions without communication. You can't go wrong with Linda Howard. She's a great author.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Heartless
    The book was too dated and predictable for me. It was obvious that the stalker was the ex-husband.Obvious, that is, to everyone but Michelle and John.I also found John somewhat lacking in the romantic touch. (...)
    He also doesn't seem to like her very much. Even when he finds out that she's just a loveable bundle of neuroses, he still thinks she lied about having been run off the road rather than own up to wrecking his car, but he magnanimously forgives her. Big of him.So I was singularly unconvinced when he fell in love with her, despite some pretty good sex scenes.
    I think LInda Howard's come a long way, but in this fairly early book she couldn't seem to make her heroes both sexy and acceptable human beings.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Little Suspense with Your Romance? 4.5 Stars!
    I wasn't expecting the suspense in the story. I was under the impression this was a straight love story; vintage Linda Howard, but nope, she brought in a bit of her trademark suspense she is famous for today.
    It's not riddled with suspense like her newer books, but it has enough to keep you wondering and a little on edge. Mainly a love story peppered with suspense.
    The heroine Michelle was great. She is strong and interesting and the typical Howard heroine. Inheriting her father's ranch in Florida is not her idea of a great time, especially when she finds out it has been so deep in debt that it may never survive year's end.
    The main problem? Most of that debt is owed to the broody neighbor John. John is a hard working rancher that turned nothing into an empire but also hates Michelle's guts. A few years older than her, he detests the ground she walks on.
    Ten years have gone by since they last saw one another, yet the hate and anamosity has not disapated, its grown. Grown into something too big for the both of them to handle.
    Michelle must swallow her pride and hate and offer John something to save the ranch in place of the debt since she cannot pay it. But what John has in mind just fans the flames.
    Hate turns to unbridled passion and need, but something is lurking in her past that threatens to come to light. Can she stop it in time? And will John put aside his anger with her enough to honor her father's friendship over the years enough to give Michelle a break?

    Tracy Talley~@ ... Read more

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