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Review- Kill and Tell by Linda Howard

Title: Kill and Tell

Kill and Tell

 Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Linda Howard

Publisher: Pocket, 2003

Source: purchase, Available from Amazon

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Some secrets need to be told…
Still reeling from her mother’s recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen’s father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.
Even if they lead to murder….
For homicide detective Marc Chastain, something about the case of a murdered homeless man just doesn’t add up — especially after he meets the victim’s daughter. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen Whitlaw is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger. A string of “accidents” have shaken Karen to the core, and forced her into the protective embrace of the charming detective she vowed to resist. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder — and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father’s secrets.

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Let me say, right off , that for me Linda Howard is the Queen of Romantic Suspense.  This is one of my favorite L.H. books.  This was a reread for me and I loved it just as much the second time around.  Howard can weave a romance in between bullets flying and good guys hiding from bad guys.  The romance is very sexy. Our hero Marc Chastain is super Alpha and so hot he makes the pages sizzle.  Our heroine Karen Whitlaw is no wilting little flower.  She is a kick-A%$ woman who knows how to protect herself when the going gets rough.  These characters morph from two dimensional, on the page characters, to three dimensional people you know who are in the room with you as you read.  Yes, a bit scary, but that’s the artistry of Howard’s writing.  Do I recommend this book? You betcha.  You will thank me over and over again.

P.S.- When you finish this one read Howard’s CRY NO MORE.

(Deet’s confession time:  Back in December my friend M. asked me for a “sexy book to read”.  (Not so strange she should come to Moi. ) I gave her one off my shelf, another Howard book, All The Queen’s Men, but since I was having a holiday dinner with her, I decided to gift her with a copy of this book, KISS AND TELL, one of my favorite Howard books.  I did have to search around but I found a paperback copy, my own copy was misplaced.  I purchased it, brought it home and totally sat down to reread it all over again.  So she did get a very used copy. BTW she liked it too.  And it is very sexy!!)

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Extra- Deet Recommends Two Fab Kindle Deals of the Day from Amazon

I do get excited when I find terrific books for cheap.  That means I just have to pass on the news to you. Today’s Amazon Kindle Deals include two of my favorite books and authors, Susanna Kearsley and Linda Howard. Again, I’ll remind you that if you download the Kindle App (its free) you can read this on your computer or Smart phone if you don’t own a Kindle.

From Susanna Kearsley comes Kindle Deal of the Day, $1.99:

The Shadowy Horses

I gave THE SHADOWY HORSES a 4.5 star review.  Type in the title in my search box to see the review.

The Kindle Romance Deal of the Day is the wonderful SON OF MORNING by Linda Howard, a terrific buy at $.99:

Son of MorningI read this  book a few years ago when I first discovered Howard’s fabulous writing.  At this price I will add it to my e-reader (Kindle) and read it again.

 

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Review- Running Wild by Linda Howard & Linda Jones

Title: Running Wild

Running Wild

Genre: Contemporary Western Romantic Suspense

Author: Linda Howard & Linda Jones

Publisher: Ballantine, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

In book 1 of this steamy new contemporary Western romance series by two blockbuster authors, a cowboy and a woman on the run take a stand and fight for love.

Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

Zeke doesn’t challenge Carlin’s terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she’s a woman in trouble. Problem is, he’s so blindsided by his attraction to her he can’t think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications—but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.

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I think I have read everything Linda Howard has written.  I truly feel that no one does romantic suspense better.  This latest book with accomplished co-author, Linda Jones is yet another example of their ability to keep me riveted and turning pages.  The story is a bit predictable and there did seem to be some filler but overall this was a good read.  There is a long, slow build up to the romance which heightens the sensual tension and the evil villain’s relentless pursuit makes your heart beat elevate in anxious tension.

 

 

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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 amazon.com:

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….

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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.

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Review- Veil of Night by Linda Howard

Title: Veil of Night

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Linda Howard

Publisher: Random House, 2011

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, yet the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed. Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, now a prime suspect, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow.

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You have to know that I am a HUGE fan of Linda Howard’s novels.  That said, after devouring her backlist, I found those more recent offerings not as well written.  I tried them but they were not up to her usual standards.  Then I saw this book and thought I’d try again.  Well this one is good.  There is action and romance in just the perfect combination.  It slowed down a bit when describing some of the weddings but not enough to take me out of the story.  There are a few laughs along the way also. If you have watched the cable show “Bridezillas” you will like this book.  All in all it looks like Linda is back in the game and I will gladly read what comes next.

If you are new to Linda Howard, I suggest CRY NO MORE and KILL AND TELL.  Then let me know if I got you hooked.

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Do You Reread books?

Do you reread books?  I mean, do you keep a book on your shelf and take it down every few months/years to read again?  These are usually books that grab us in some indefinable way.  They stir our emotions, define our sense of good creative writing or even teach us something new or remind of us what we already know.

I’m not big on rereading the classics. The only literary classic I can recall rereading is Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, although there may have been others.  My mind is currently all wrapped around what I’ve been book-devouring for the past few years, which are vampires, romance, mystery & fantasy.

I’m not too involved with rereading non-fiction.  Only one book on my shelf is worn from use and that is Sister Wendy Beckett’s THE STORY OF PAINTING.  This one gets hauled out when I’m having museum withdrawal.

I have so many books in my To-Be-Read pile that rereads do take a back seat, but some oldies are just too good to not take a breather with now and then.

Here are a few of my favorite rereads, grouped in genres;

Vampires:

Lynsay Sands’ SINGLE WHITE VAMPIRE– after being introduced to the modern take on vampires by reading the TWILIGHT series; I was thrilled to find Sand’s Argeneau vampire series.  They were funny, and sexy. This book was the first I read and led me to the entire series where I simply fell in love with this vampire family.  This one is still my favorite of the series.

D.B. Reynolds’ RAPHAEL– I have read this book three times.  It is a wonderful combination of THE GODFATHER (or GOODFELLAS) and very sexy, romantic vampires.  The entire series is rereadable for me for I love scary vampires who wreak pheromones. Not to discount the fabulous wordsmithing of Reynolds.

Lara Adrian’s MIDNIGHT BREED SERIES– Okay, I have not reread these yet but I will because this is the penultimate vampire brotherhood ( sorry J.R. Ward fans).  In this series there is lots of action and lots of suspense and LOTS of romance.  I just need some free read time to start on these again.Romance:

Linda Howard’s KILL AND TELL-(Romantic Suspense) What can I say, this has one of the longest seductions in any book I’ve read.  The over the top Alpha male (like most of Howard’s heroes) is so good that the heroine doesn’t realize she’s been seduced until it is wa-a-ay too late. Add to that delight, the steamy description of the wet New Orleans setting and I am transported. And it has a very suspenseful A+ plot.(You all know I have recently reread and reviewed MR PERFECT. I have Howard’s CRY NO MORE on my to-reread list.)

Mary Balogh’s A MATTER OF CLASS– talk about delightful!!! This is my favorite Historical Romance and probably the shortest book I’ve read.  I can’t say more because I would not want to spoil it for you. 

Mystery:

I have trouble rereading mysteries because on the second read I already know “whodunit”.  But I have read some again because I like the author and I am impatient for their next book.  Those would be Harlan Cobin, Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden series, Kathrine Hall’s The Body in The… series.

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Perhaps if you pick up one of the books I have mentioned you will get hooked on a few rereads too.  Or am I preaching to the choir?  Do you have favorite rereads? Tell me about them.

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Retro Review: Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Retro Review: A look back at books that continue to delight even though they were published several years ago.


Title: Mr. Perfect
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Linda Howard
Publisher: Pocket Books 2000
Source: Purchase
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Jaine Bright and three close friends share dinner one night and during casual conversation, create a list of qualifications for the perfect man–some logical, some hilariously funny, some racy. Within days, their tongue-in-cheek wish list of attributes for Mr. Perfect has been leaked to the press and the resultant publicity is overwhelming. Coworkers, TV crews, and reporters barrage the quartet with comments and criticism.

As if Jaine doesn’t have enough to cope with, she has a new neighbor who she suspects is a criminal. She’s relieved to learn that her neighbor is really an undercover cop, but she’s still wary–because smart, sexy Sam Donovan handles her sharp witticisms with easy humor, and Jaine suspects that he may threaten her heart. What Jaine doesn’t know is that she’s about to need Sam desperately for something other than romance because her circle of friends is in big trouble. Unfortunately, that list of qualifications for Mr. Perfect has touched off a madman’s rage. All of their lives are threatened and some of them are going to die, maybe all of them, if Sam can’t stop the unknown killer.
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To say I am a fan of Linda Howard would be a gross understatement. I was introduced to this author by blogger Rebecca of Dirty Sexy Books and I immediately read Howard’s entire back list. She writes the most delightful Romantic Suspense but none of her other books have the humor that I find in Mr. Perfect. Those who are familiar with my reviews know I abhor silly humor but I adore witty, intelligent humor. I believe there is a true distinction between the two. This is my second read of this book and I loved it like it was the first time.

Jaine and Sam are oil and water in the beginning of this story. That lasts only until Sam cleans up and Jaine sees him naked through his kitchen window. Yes, this is strong on the sexy. Perhaps there should be a warning: Have a fan at hand!

There is a devious predator that has targeted Jaine and her friends. He means business and Jaine’s only protection is Detective Sam. (let me tell ya, Det. Sam can protect moi any day. Oh, yeah… this is only a novel. Where’s that fan?) Of course he does but capturing the murderer is tough work.

You will like this book and I’m hoping you laugh out loud at the early encounters of Jaine and Sam. You may shiver at the encounters of the madman.

Is this my very favorite Howard book? No, those honors go to CRY NO MORE and KILL AND TELL.

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