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Not all That if You Are A Linda Howard Fan
on April 22, 2002
O.K., as usual I will get negative votes for not giving her 5 stars, but this is why. I have been reading LH for years and have eagerly awaited all of her books. My favorites and recommended readings are: All the Queens Men, Against the Rules, Midnight Rainbow,Heartbreaker, Duncans Bride, Loving Evangeline & The Mackenzies' series except, Chances story and Mackenzies pleasure. All of these to me were 6 stars, and I have kept and re-read thse often.
Now on to why I gave this 3 stars. First of all, there were one or two phrases that popped up several times in the book. I would literally have to re-read the section because I could not believe that she used the same turn of phrase that closely together.
Then there was the hot and cold between the couple. He was embittered and "hated" women, she was the woman who could overcome it,(sound trite and well used to you?). 1st off, the detective/mystery portion of the story were not well thought out. He said she had receipts w/dated times as the alibi to the 1st murder, but he never followed up and went to those places and asked if anyone had seen her? HELLO!!!
Then after the 2nd murder, they did not even test her for powder burns, and I am sorry, but to have the man that supposedly wants to marry me believe that I could commit this murder, again, what is wrong w/this picture. Seem to me every time she needed support he was gone.
Then there was the sicko, it was like when you got to the part where he captured her LH was told she was running late for her deadline and to hurry it up. You will see what I mean.
If you are not familiar w/Linda Howard, you will love this book, or if you do not look to hard at technical details, if you are a previous fan that likes her unique style, you wont find it in this one. This would be a wonderful 1st effort for a new author, but I feel it falls a little short of the mark for LH.