Loving Evangeline

Loving Evangeline

by Linda Howard

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ISBN-13: 9781459295353
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 69,533
File size: 452 KB

About the Author

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, I grew up in neighbouring Middletown with parents who lived to be on the water. After graduating from Middletown High School in 1984, I attended the University of Rhode Island where I double majored in journalism and political science. I graduated in 1988 and went to work for a small community newspaper, the writing equivalent of boot camp. We worked like dogs for almost no money, but we had a lot of fun and learned so much about writing, editing and life.   

I lived in Rhode Island until I was 26 when I did something I had vowed to never do while growing up in a Navy town—I married a Navy guy and moved from the smallest state in the U.S. to Rota, Spain, where he was stationed. To say the change in my life was dramatic is putting it mildly! We had the time of our lives in Spain from 1992 to 1995, where I also earned a master's degree in public administration through a program offered to the military by the University of Maryland. Our daughter Emily was born there three months before we returned to the states.   

After we moved to Rhode Island in August 2002, I started to get more serious about the book but still wasn't able to get very far. A year later, in November 2003, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The next nine months were a roller coaster ride, during which I turned to the book more and more often, seeking an escape from the nightmare of my mother's illness. By early August 2004, I had four solid chapters that my mother was the first to read. I made her cry, she said. She died on August 31, 2004.   

Something that had lain dormant for years kicked into gear in the aftermath of my mother's death. I asked myself—what are you waiting for? What meaning will it have to finally write that book if you wait until neither of your parents—the two people who always said you had it in you—aren't around to read it? I firmly believe my mother is sending me these amazing characters who continue to pop up out of nowhere and lead me on one great adventure after another. How else can I possibly explain the incredible things that have happened in the years since she died?   

I finished Jack's book, "Treading Water," on May 18, 2005, and published it along with its two sequels, Marking Time and Starting Over, in late 2011. (Read more about The House That Jack Built.) I've finished a few since then, including "Line of Scrimmage," which was the first to be published in September 2008.   

I finally sold to Sourcebooks Casablanca in late 2007. Line of Scrimmage was my first published book in September of 2008. Love at First Flight followed in July of 2009. In early 2010, I sold Fatal Affair to Harlequin's new Carina Press digital-first imprint. Fatal Affair was released in July 2010, followed soon after by Fatal Justice, Fatal Consequences, Fatal Destiny and Fatal Flaw. Fatal Attack will be out in November 2012 and the early books in the series will be released in mass market paperback through Harlequin's HQN imprint beginning in the fall of 2013. Going back to 2010, authors were getting more and more excited about the opportunity to publish direct to readers via Kindle, Nook, Kobo and later the iPad. I decided to test the waters and published True North in November 2010 and The Fall in December 2010. Everyone Loves a Hero was released from Sourcebooks in February 2011, and I followed that with the release of the following books in 2011: The Wreck, Maid for Love, Fool for Love, Ready for Love, Georgia on My Mind, Treading Water, Marking Time and Starting Over. Many of these books had been written for years and were waiting for the right avenue to get to readers.   

When people ask me what led me to the decision to self-publish, my reply is always the same: "No one was interested in these books except my readers." And boy have they shown me the love for my self-published books! The McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series, which now also includes Falling for Love, Hoping for Love, Season for Love and soon, Longing for Love, has turned me into a bestselling author on Kindle and Nook. The success of that series also led to the recent sale of my Green Mountain Country Store series to Berkley publishing. Watch for the debut of that series in 2014. Readers can also look forward to much more from Gansett Island, much more from Sam, Nick and the Fatal Series gang, and another book in the Treading Water series called Coming Home, which I hope to have out by Christmas 2012. It will pick up Reid and Kate's story from Marking Time ten years later—a story readers have asked me to write. 

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Loving Evangeline 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
reader_824 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one, esp. if you can find and read Duncan's Bride first, since you get a glimpse of Robert in the previous title, which is about his step-sister Madelyn, who is also a minor character in Loving Evangeline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my FAVORITE novels of all time. Just pick it up and read it - you will NOT be disappointed - trust me!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery romance, Robert is an alpha male refusing to "love" Evangeline is the woman who will prove him wrong! Good read but read "Duncan's Bride" first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was given to me with a request to return it as the owner loved this book. I loved it too so I went out and bought one for myself. I've read it several more times. Thank you Ms Howard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. I have not read all of her books, but have really liked all I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and characters! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was getting a regular length book, it was shorter than normal pocket size books. Not worth the money I paid for it.
Icecream18 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I loved the intensity in this novel. The main character, Evangeline, was memorable and easy to love. The reader feels like he/she knows Evangeline at the end of the novel. That said, I don't like how Linda Howard's characters, especially the girls, have to constantly be submisssive to their male counterparts. The main character, as with all of Howard's novels, submitted to her soon-to-be husband who had no trouble betraying her towards the end of the novel. Although this is a good ending, I would hope to see more fire in a normally energetic, willing-to-fight character like Evangeline. This book is good for young adults/adults (females).
utoeid1 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
One of my favorites. Not because of the male character but because of the plot and Evie Shaw.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great story
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Thrilling suspense paired with passionate sensuality! LOVING EVANGELINE by Linda Howard left me with mixed feelings. This was the story of Evie Shaw and Robert Cannon. The book first released in print in 1994 and there are time-period differences that readers should allow for - most notably in the area of male/female relationships. If you cannot overlook those, this book may not be for you. As the story opens, we become acquainted with Robert. He's a hard-nosed wealthy businessman. His computer software firm has several sensitive contracts with our government. He has been apprised of a security issue with an employee selling sensitive software secrets to a foreign entity and Robert is determined to find the culprits and bring them to justice. He has narrowed the espionage down to creepy Landon Mercer, who manages his Alabama location, and Evie Shaw, who appears to be working in collusion with Landon. Evie owns Shaw's Marine where Landon rents boats supposedly to fish. When Robert shows up at Evie's marina to rent a boat and size up Evie, he is inexplicably drawn to her and decides he must have her while he underhandedly makes her life miserable. So begins the seduction of Evie and my love/hate relationship with Robert. Robert was super sweet to the heroine's face and their encounters were hot, hot, hot! But, behind the scenes for most of the book, he was a cold, stony-hearted, ruthless, uncaring, selfish, manipulative and callous character. I was beyond appalled at the way he behaved and there were times I was so horrified by the cruel game he was playing with the heroine - almost driving her to financial ruin - that I considered walking away from the story. But I did not, and I'm glad that I continued with it as Robert does make huge inroads at redeeming himself at the end. On the other hand, I really liked the heroine. She's an independent spirit, a hard-worker who has pulled herself up by her bootstraps, never asking for a handout. Through-out she's the epitome of grace and resilience not letting what she thought was fate - but was actually Robert putting the screws to her - beat her down. I listened to the audio edition. This book was just released in audio in early 2016. Lesa Lockford is the narrator and she delivers a solid performance with a clear, pleasing voice. Both her female and male characters seemed genuine. Her delivery was spot on. It really made me feel the overall tone of the story and the emotions of the characters. This is the second time I've listened to Lesa and I plan to check out more books that she's performed soon. This was not my favorite Linda Howard book, but I'm glad I listened to it. I loved the small-town setting in Alabama, the heroine, the suspense and the sensuality interwoven into the story. The story was captivating and had plenty of thrilling moments. I ate up the sexy scenes. I just wish the hero hadn't been such a galling, autocratic cad for most of the book and that he'd not gotten off as easy as he did at the end. Still, I found the ending satisfying. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
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Both books in the Series are quick reads that you will laugh while reading from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this - great alpha.
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I find it hard to believe this book was written by a woman. The male lead was violent, jelous, and an all round tool! This guy was like something out of the movie sleeping with the enemy. The female lead started out strong and progressivly deteriorated into a willing and enthusiastic victim. Shame you Ms.Howard, I only wish I could this book no stars.
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