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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551668874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551668871
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose New York Times bestsellers include Open Season, All the Queen?s Men, Mr. Perfect, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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Mainly a love story peppered with suspense.
Tracy Talley
It was primarily her fault, since she tried to make him not like her by acting haughty.
Jane
John is super sexy and truly loves Michelle.
LaRay Strait

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Patti Fischer VINE VOICE on February 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HEARTBREAKER was one Linda Howard book I had not read yet and I have been anxiously awaiting its re-release. Although not a stellar written book, it was one that once I got into it, could not put down.

The storyline is this: Michelle Cabot has returned to her now deceased father's rundown ranch to try and salvage it. John Rafferty is her next door neighbor and her nemesis. Each think they know about the other and their opinions are not high of one another.
Michelle is trying to rebuild her life after a failed marriage to an abusive man. To help do this, she wants to make a success of the ranch. Enter John, who thinks she cannot. This is the basis for this book, and one that has been told many times by other authors, but one that Linda Howard can tell well.
Like many of her heroes, John is an alpha male extraordinaire and Michelle is the heroine who seems weak, but is really quite overpowering to the hero and it is fun watching him falling in love with her...hard.
I thought the story started out slow, but once I got into reading it, I could not put the book down! It has it all: love, romance, suspense, colorful characters and of course, steamy lovemaking scenes that typify Linda Howard. HEARTBREAKER is not her best work, but if you enjoy her writing as much as I do, not one to miss.

Note: this book goes along with Diamond Bay, Midnight Rainbow and White Lies. Although it is not necessary to have read the other books, the characters from Diamond Bay are mentioned.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Howard gives readers a hero to remember in John Rafferty. After ten years, John finally has Michelle where he wants her--in debt to him. However, when he offers her a simple "arrangement" she stubbornly digs in her heels, determined to hold on to her independence. Rafferty is the epitome of the romance hero--tough and tender, protective and sexy. John and Michelle fight their feelings only to lose their hearts in that once-in-a-lifetime love to melt readers hearts and bring tears to their eyes. Brava, Ms. Howard.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on February 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The heartbreaker of the title is a perfect Howard hero - John Rafferty, big, handsome, quite arrogant, and a "my way or the highway" kind of guy. The heroine, Michelle Cabot, is another typical Howard creation, a woman who's abilities are seriously misjudged by the hero, who looks at her with his hormones not his heart! These two make a splendid pair, and their romance kept me spellbound - even though I am not particularly fond of a plot which involves abuse and stalking themes. Linda Howard's dynamic writing style and wonderfully sensual love scenes dominate this tale of courage and discovery - I very much enjoyed it, and didn't realize until toward the end that it was indeed a continuation of Diamond Bay. It goes with the rest of the Linda Howards on my keeper shelf.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Note: This is a reprint of an early work by Howard.
Linda Howard is a powerful writer, creating memorable characters and really stunning passion. "Heartbreaker" is no exception.
However, those readers only familiar with Howard's most recent work might have a little trouble accepting Rafferty, the alpha male hero of "Heartbreaker." He is harsh and unforgiving, and his misconceptions about Michelle's personality haunt most of this book. Like many of Howard's earlier heroes, he is drawn to Michelle despite himself, and he takes a lot of that frustration out on Michelle.
Still, despite Rafferty's harsh nature, and Michelle's inability to resist him, this is a powerful story -- one of the better of her earlier works. Enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2002
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Readers who love Linda Howard will enjoy this title. However, kepp in mind that it is a reprint from her Silhouette days.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna K. on May 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story started off slowly, with a lot of annoying hostility borne out of misplaced passions and gross misundertandings. It's hard to warm up to the main characters when they start off so angry at each other for matters that could have easily been resolved by better communication instead of stubborn secrecy. However, both Michelle and John were such intrinsically good individuals that it was hard not to find them likable. The story picked up a great deal of depth when Michelle's abusive ex-husband starts harrassing her again, and John becomes as fiercely protective of her as he is tender towards her. I couldn't help cheering for them as they conquered their enemy, softened the hardened stances they had put up against each other, and created for themselves newer happier lives together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Talley on August 12, 2003
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I wasn't expecting the suspense in the story. I was under the impression this was a straight love story; vintage Linda Howard, but nope, she brought in a bit of her trademark suspense she is famous for today.
It's not riddled with suspense like her newer books, but it has enough to keep you wondering and a little on edge. Mainly a love story peppered with suspense.
The heroine Michelle was great. She is strong and interesting and the typical Howard heroine. Inheriting her father's ranch in Florida is not her idea of a great time, especially when she finds out it has been so deep in debt that it may never survive year's end.
The main problem? Most of that debt is owed to the broody neighbor John. John is a hard working rancher that turned nothing into an empire but also hates Michelle's guts. A few years older than her, he detests the ground she walks on.
Ten years have gone by since they last saw one another, yet the hate and anamosity has not disapated, its grown. Grown into something too big for the both of them to handle.
Michelle must swallow her pride and hate and offer John something to save the ranch in place of the debt since she cannot pay it. But what John has in mind just fans the flames.
Hate turns to unbridled passion and need, but something is lurking in her past that threatens to come to light. Can she stop it in time? And will John put aside his anger with her enough to honor her father's friendship over the years enough to give Michelle a break?
Tracy Talley~@
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