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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

For Fans of the Anti-Hero

First off, I'm a huge fan of the anti-hero in Romance. I love his contempt for following rules and ambivalence about doing the right thing. He's a survivor and looking out for number one is what he does best. Ruthless is his middle name. But en route to his 'happily eve...
First off, I'm a huge fan of the anti-hero in Romance. I love his contempt for following rules and ambivalence about doing the right thing. He's a survivor and looking out for number one is what he does best. Ruthless is his middle name. But en route to his 'happily ever after' with the heroine, something sad happens to the anti-hero. He becomes reformed. Pretty much, he loses his bite which is what made him so fascinating in the first place! In Howard's latest, this 'declawing' is refreshingly absent which makes Simon aka the Assassin, one of the most compelling characters in Romance I've come across in a long time. When we first meet him at the beginning of the book, he's terrifying. When the heroine's drug dealer boyfriend offers him a bonus of $100,000 and he says he'd rather sleep with Drea one time, it's a big GULP moment. Something profound happens between them that afternoon that the Assassin can't quite shake off. So when Drea disappears with a big chunk of the drug dealer's money and Simon is offered the job of finding and killing her, he's conflicted about carrying out the hit. I'm not going to reveal too much more of the story, but when he believes Drea is dead and then discovers to his shock that she's actually alive, I can only describe his reaction as a total unraveling. It's an emotional body blow and one that forces Simon to acknowledge the possbility that miracles exist. At the end of the book, even though the emotional cost to himself is high, he eliminates an enemy to protect Drea, and you realize with satisfaction that this kitten still has claws. He might be in love, but he's still a cold-blooded killer. My only quibble, is that Drea and Simon spend a lot of time apart in the book. When they finally get together, there's maybe 40 pages left. I would've loved to have seen more of them together. When they are, though, it's explosive. Also, there's not a lot of dialogue. All of which I can forgive since Simon is so deliciously dark and complex.

posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2008

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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

What happened to Linda Howard?!

Can someone please tell me what happen to Linda Howard? She use to be one of my favorite authors until she started writing like crap. Her characters use to be likeable and her storylines use to make since, but now it's like she just putting out anything to meet her cont...
Can someone please tell me what happen to Linda Howard? She use to be one of my favorite authors until she started writing like crap. Her characters use to be likeable and her storylines use to make since, but now it's like she just putting out anything to meet her contract obligations. Her last three books (or more) have been horrible! I think this book is the worst! The female character is just plain studip and the storyline makes absolutely no sense! This book is filled with useless dialouge and an unstable plot! Her books have been so horrible lately, I don't even buy them anymore! I get them from the library on audio. If I had actually spent money on this book, I would have been very upset! What happened to the Linda Howard who wrote Dream Man, Mr. Perfect, Open Season, and Now You See Her? That's the author whose books I want to buy. I don't know why she decide to change her writing style, but she needs to go back to the way things use to be or she's going to loose alot of fans.

posted by Shaun71 on February 19, 2009

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Another disappointment. I cant believe that Linda Howard is writing these books, they are nothing like her earlier works.

    I will no longer pay hardcover prices for her books. She has always been one of my favorite authors but her last 3 books have been very unbelievable with no character development and hastily put together plots

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    CD/Abridged/Romance: For a smart woman, this chick made some ba

    CD/Abridged/Romance: For a smart woman, this chick made some bad
    decisions. First, what I read on the back of the box really was not a
    synopsis of the storyline. The story is about a “smart” woman, with
    emotional scars, who somehow gets to be the girlfriend of a NYC
    druglord. The o-so-smart woman is biding her time to bankroll her
    departure. After a tryst with her druglord’s boyfriend’s assassin, she
    runs off. Trysty assassin really floated her boat and apparently his
    (this is HEA, but you have to jump through hoops to get there).
    Assassin is dispatched by BF to kill thieving girlfriend, but is killed
    in a car accident with assassin watching her die, taking her ID and
    computer. Jane Doe miraculously lives and builds a better life for
    herself as a Jane Doe. My whole thing is, when assassin comes back to
    find her alive and she sees him, she runs scared. When he says he’s not
    going to harm her, she doesn’t ask the most important question, “Can I
    have back my f-ing computer!” I don’t care that it was a WallyMart
    computer; give me back my laptop! This may be a better book than
    abridged CD, but I really don’t see it. I'm giving it two stars because
    it is listenable, I don’t recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    No,thanks

    This is the first book written by Linda Howard that I have read, and I doubt if I'll read another. It's easy reading, but the plot is bizarre and the characters unsympathetic. Actually, they're somewhat pitiful. I can't believe that Andie, who has remade herself into an independent woman capable of taking care of herself, would fall for a cold-blooded killer, and run off with him.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    It's o.k.

    Linda Howard writes a lot of great books with interesting characters and plot. This one doesn't quite fit in. It seemed kind of lame - the book was more like a Hallmark channel movie and less like the suspenseful books LH usually writes. I was underwhelmed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Disappointing...

    I'm a huge Linda Howard fan, and looked forward to this latest publication. It was NOT worth the wait! Sorry, I don't agree with most of the other reviews. The characters were flat, the plot predictable and the story line ridiculous and boring.... I couldn't wait to finish it! There are many authors who have done this type of story better...don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    stinky

    I have read many of her books and consider this one of the stinkiest.

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