Monday, January 1, 2007

After the Night by Linda Howard

After the Night was recommended to me by a fellow blogger, Kristie J, who after reading my review of Linda Howard's The Perfect Man. The next time I was at the library, I checked it out and began to read. It was very enjoyable, and I was glad I listened to Kristie's suggestion. Four out of five stars.

Faith Devlin: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard... not feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel.

Gray Rouillard: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To for her was impossible, unthinkable... because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her.

The mystery in the story was second to the romance... but it was well written. The sexual tension between Gray and Faith is amazingly written and done with style. The conclusion of the story was predictable, but I had a smile on my face. As a matter of fact, I had a smile on my face for most of the story. I was wishing for them to get together sooner and later and was very happy when they did. I had a hard time getting over Gray's style with the long hair and small diamond earring, as I like a clean cut guy, but loved his charm and his protectiveness over Faith. I feel like I have now become a "fan-girl" of Linda Howard and plan on searching out more of her backlist. I have "To Die For" in the TBR and want to read it so I may read the next one, Drop Dead Gorgeous. I picked it up this weekend at a thrift store for only $0.25!!!! Up next is another library book, Deadly Housewives, a series of short stories written by several new-to-me authors.


Kristie (J) said...

Oh good! You liked this one. While I adored Gray (and I grew up in the era when long hair was JUST the thing *g* so it just added more to his appeal)despite his at times over the top alphaness, what really sets this book apart for me is Faith. I had such tremendous admiration that she made such a success of herself after coming from so little. That and the CLASSIC washroom scene. That is one of the best and funniest love scenes going!! And I'm as close as it comes to a Linda Howard fan girl as it comes. I loved DDG and TDF. A lot of readers don't like Blair - but I loved her.

Holly said...

I'm glad you liked this one, too. Kristie(j) pimped an excellent read to you here. I love ATN. It's definitely a favorite.

You won't be sorry if you pick up LH's back list, either. She's an amazing author.

Kristie(j), whenever I think "classic" LH, I think BATHROOM SCENE! HA HA!

Kristie said...

The bathroom scene was hilarious. I loved the way Faith just could not stop laughing. I plan on picking up some more in the real near future.

Faith is also a wonderful character. She is inspiring in the way that she acomplished so much in such a short amount of time. The way Linda Howard wrote her made her jump off of the pages and become very realistic and someone I would like to hang out with.