Review- Heart of Fire by Linda Howard

Title: Heart of Fire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Linda Howard

Publisher: Simon & Shuster, 1993

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4, very good read

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it — even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man — over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face. Jillian watched him come to a fast boil when she refused to reveal their exact destination upriver in the uncharted rain forests — and resolved to stand her ground. Neither of them could foresee what the days ahead promised: an odyssey into the fiery heart of passion and betrayal, and a danger that would force them to cast their fates together, immersed in the eternal, unsolved mysteries of love….


I recommended the author Linda Howard to my new friend, Joy.  She found this book at the library and I had it on my TBR shelf, having purchased it some time ago.  We agreed to read it and I’m very glad we did.  It brought back all the reasons that I find Howard’s books so entertaining.

This Howard novel is nearly twenty years old but it still resonates with her trademark gift of heart pounding suspense and romance. The action scenes are fabulous.  Howard sets them up and they seem to just take off.  The reader is thrown into the scene as if he were there.  This is Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone all wrapped into one.  The villains are vile and only one achieves a bit of redemption. Howard’s descriptions of the jungles of Brazil are so authentic that we have to assume she has either been there or has done massive research.

Howard’s over the top Alpha hero is not the modern day ideal but that does not prevent the story from being compelling.  I just wish he had a bit less Alpha.  Some of the sensual scenes bordered on rape and that is never an inducement to romance.  (This character flaw seems to be prevalent in many 1970-1990 romance novels.  And though it is distasteful by current standards it did not take away from the enjoyment of this story.)  The heroine was smart, tough and sassy even though at times a bit naïve.

I recommend this book and others on Howard’s backlist.  My favorites are Cry No More and Kill and Tell but there are also many others that have provided hours of enjoyment.



Filed under Book review, Books, Romance, Romantic Suspense

4 responses to “Review- Heart of Fire by Linda Howard

  1. I’m a big fan of Linda Howard. Kill and Tell is one of my favorites, too, as are Drop Dead Gorgeous and To Die For, as well as her more recent novel, Veil of Night. She’s a marvelous writer.


    • Hi Donna, yes, Linda Howard is one of my all time favorite authors. I just love the way she can drag you into the story and keep you reading all night long. Kinda like some other fave author of mine.


  2. Edyta

    It’s funny how every LH fan you talk to will always give you their top picks :D… so here are mine: All the Queen’s Men, Kill and Tell and Death Angel.
    I listened to this one while running and let me tell you I always ended up running a bit more than planned just to hear more. That is a sign of a good book. The sex is exactly what you’d expect in a book from that time, I agree with you. It didn’t bother me; guess I’m not all that squeamish


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