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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn Romance
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373771088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373771080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Linda Howard is a superbly original storyteller." -- Iris Johansen

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, Dying to Please, Open Season, Mr. Perfect, All the Queen’s Men, Now You See Her, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Love this book, so well written and very sensative characters.
E. Moody
Her deft characterization and emotional writing is as sensitive as a gossamer's thread especially in handling Rome's grief.
Desmond Chan
The next thing the reader knows Rome is proposing to Sarah so she won't just be his mistress.
L. Martin

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By mirope on August 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was first published in 1985, and at times it will seem a bit dated. Even though there are exceptions, the idea of the career oriented secretary starting an affair with the hard driving executive has sort of faded out in these times of sexual harrassment and hostile work environments. Nevertheless, if you consider it a bit of a period piece, you'll find this a delightful read. Rome is a sexy, aggressive business man who tragically lost his wife and two young sons in a car crash. A couple of years later he is still deeply grieving, but circumstances force him to spend some time with Sarah, his wife's former best friend and a beautiful co-worker that he has always found attractive. Sarah has long carried a secret torch for Rome, and despite her reservations she is privately thrilled when Rome starts pursing her. Rome obviously has some deep emotional issues to address, and Sarah's patient understanding and loving support allow him to work out those issues. At the same time, Rome's forceful personality help push her out of her cool reserve. The biggest hurdle facing them is that Sarah would love to have Rome's baby, but he is unable to tolerate the thought of another child. There's not much plot here, but the relationship is very intense and manages to carry the book quite nicely on its own. A very satisfying book that you can read again and again.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love just about everything by Linda Howard, but as we all know there are exceptions to every rule. Sarah is a seemingly intelligent woman, why she would ever put up with the verbal, mental, and emotional abuse is beyond me. But of course I can't fathom why she married the damned man in the first place. Rome is nothing more than a self absorbed spoiled brat who needs to be brought down a few notches. And Sarah, ooh Sarah. She apparently has self esteem issues and needs the help of a good head doctor.
Okay, picture this if you will. Sarah is in love with her best friend Diane's husband, Rome. One night in a very bad car accident, Diane dies along with her two sons. Both Sarah and Rome are devastated. Diane was like a sister to Sarah (even though she lusts after the woman's husband, some sister.) and poor Rome lost his perfect wife and children (even though he lusted after Sarah while his wife was still living and breathing, the dog!). One night while consoling each other Rome and Sarah have sex. No, they did not make love. Homeboy took her virginity on the floor no less! Be she didn't regret any of it because she was saving herself for him anyway (OH PLEASE!). Rome decides that his pride will not let him walk away from her and he must marry her to make things right. He just couldn't bring himself to treat Diane's best friend so horribly (then he shouldn't have had sex with her in the first place!). When she disagrees, he bullies her into saying yes and then tells her she needs to quit her job. It wouldn't look right, them working for the same company and all (can anyone say control freak?). Sara ends up pregnant, trust me when I say it is all Rome's fault. Rome refuses to accept the child because no baby will ever replace his dead sons (Well duh!).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By YankeeChick on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This romance novel has always stayed in my head because of the terrible story, the unbelievably obnoxious hero & heroine, and the ludicrous situations that result from their union. The man is "grieving" his dead wife & chidren and decides that her best friend will make a good substitute instead of the inflatable doll he currently has (just made that part up, folks!). She is a total spineless jerk and lets him call all the shots in the relationship. When she gets pregnant, he totally refuses to participate in the pregnancy or birth because of his "grief" and dumps all the responsibility for the situation on her shoulders. She supposedly keeps the baby out of his sight (this is so unbelievable that the author must have never been awakened out of a deep sleep in the middle of the night by a sick or hungry child!) and the scene where he finally "accepts" the child is truly nauseating! I would like to run over him with a steam shovel, introduce her to Dr. Phil and take the baby to raise in a stable home with a real woman to rolemodel for her rather than the human jellyfish she is born to!
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By mys_reader on June 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rome is the most pathetic excuse for a "hero" that Howard has ever written.

Whine, whine, whine. "I have been hurt. Oh, poor me. No one in the history of the world has ever been hurt like I have. Everyone must spend the rest of their lives making certain that I never have to suffer again."

One question, Rome: If you were so damn certain that you NEVER wanted to have a child again, then WHY didn't you get a vasectomy, you selfish moron?

Instead, you put all the responsibility off on the woman you married because you wanted regular sex.

Pig.

Not that Sarah's much better. Lusting after your best friend's husband? Saving your virginity for him? Allowing him to ignore YOUR precious child?

What if Rome never "saw the light"? How long was Sarah going to stay with a man who would mentally and emotionally abuse her baby?
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