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The Longest Night Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Longest Night Series

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*Starred Review* Ian Fairchild, a brilliant and sophisticated criminal defense lawyer from Manhattan, is left with major back pain and an addiction to narcotic painkillers after an accident. His brother, Preston, calls in a debt and sends Ian to recover at the cabin home of former marine captain Cecily Knight, a location in Canada so remote that one has to fly in because there are no roads. Cecily has been fighting her own demons for seven years since being captured and tortured while deployed. Braden focuses on how their sudden, inconvenient, and wary friendship turns to trust and then love as they help each other heal, thanks to Ian’s almost preternatural patience and ability to read body language. The growing depth and intimacy of the relationship is slowly and lovingly revealed by one of the best debuting romance writers in memory, one who can write superb contemporary sex scenes without a hint of coarseness, in which the feelings of both protagonists are made crystal clear. Braden has a genuine gift for this genre, and readers will hope to see many more books carrying her name. --Mary K. Chelton

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"What makes this book so great is Ian... This is what consent looks like. Period... I don't have enough room or enough words to cover all the reasons you should read this book." - Paper Droids

"One of the best debuting romance writers in memory... Braden has a genuine gift for this genre, and readers will hope to see many more books carrying her name." - Booklist Starred Review

"For readers who love character development this book would be appealing to you" - Book Lover Sue

"In this touching and stupendously fresh debut, Braden proves that one doesn't have to turn an entire genre on its head to get something new and exciting. Contemporary romance fans will savor every page." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Refreshing and insightful... Braden will soon amass a strong readership." - Library Journal Starred Review

"There's so much to enjoy in Ian and Cecily's story: amazing sexual tension, a remote location and the utter privacy of having no one around and no electronic distractions. The frigid winter setting is a breath of fresh air in the middle of summer, and Ian's unique way of getting under Cecily's skin makes for a compelling read." - RT Book Reviews

"...a delicious cabin romance, full of tension and lust and emotionally-laden moments that had me pulled in the whole way through... The Longest Night is a love story full of longing and passion, brilliantly crafted characters who's growth was fulfilling and thought-provoking." - The Bookish Babe

"Filled with trauma, survival, compromise, healing, sizzling sensuality, romance and love, all set in a remote wilderness, this story is certain to captivate readers. With such a winning first novel, Ms. Braden is certain to gain a huge readership." - Romance Junkies

"The Longest Night by Kara Braden is a book full of tension, lust and emotional moments that sucked me in and held me until the end... a love story full of longing and passion, brilliantly crafted characters who's growth was fulfilling and thought-provoking." - Harlequin Junkie, 5 Stars

"A well written and touching story...I look forward to seeing more from this author." - From the TBR Pile

"A unique setting, very little drama and realistic, likable characters prove to be a winning combination... An overall sweet yet sexy love story that fans of contemporary romances are sure to enjoy." - Book Reviews and More by Kathy
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Product Details

  • Series: Longest Night (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140229185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402291852
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,823,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian, who suffers from horrendous back pain and an addiction to pain killers after a horrible accident, is sent off by his brother to stay and recover with one of his associates, Cecily, who has become a bit of a recluse in northern Canada after a traumatizing event while in the Marines. Ian, ever the city boy, is completely unprepared for the Canadian wilderness, especially in a place you literally have to fly into, which brings a lot of fun to the book in his ineptitude at outdoors living (a great flip on what you usually see in romance novels, where it is usually the woman who has no idea how to hunt, fish or survive in the wild). Over the weeks spent together, Ian and Cecily find solace in each other despite the secrets from their pasts that that have potential to keep them apart. It is a fantastic read with a very hot set of troubled main characters who find strength as much as find love with each other. It is also a very steamy read and has the added bonus of everyone’s favorite romance trope, the secluded cabin in the woods. I mean who wouldn’t want to be stuck in the middle of the Canadian wilderness with a hot guy. ;-) So trust me and take a look – it is well worth the read and the perfect way to chill out on a hot summer day.
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Reviewed by Marissa
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

How is it Men In Books (MIBs) always know what we women need, sometimes before we do, and how to deal with it? MIRL (Men In Real Life) do not seem to have this awareness, only an annoying dumbfoundedness whenever we want or expect them to understand what we’re going through emotionally but don’t.

Ian is a true MIB – seemingly perfect (except for that pesky drug addiction, but that’s what got him to Cecily’s cabin and he’s beating it so it’s okay) in every way. He even cooks. But when Cecily freezes in the middle of a kiss and walks out on him, he doesn’t go running after her whining, “What’s wrong? Do I have bad breath?”. Oh no, he quickly replays the whole kiss and voila! He’s got the whole PTSD thing figured out.

While Ian was likable enough, his “perfectness” was annoying. I wanted to slap him. Or at least have a reason for Cecily to slap him.

Cecily was more likable. I admire that she takes charge of her own life, living off the grid, learning to survive in country so rough most of us wouldn’t last a day. I like that she does this rather than submitting to a stack of PTSD medications and therapy sessions. However, even though she’s a loner and is a little put out by Ian moving in with her for several months, she accepts it and makes an attempt to be a good hostess.

Overall, the book was okay. It might be your cup of tea but for me it was a little weak. Ian was just too perfect for my taste and, personally, I would have preferred more conflict between the two.

Favorite Quote: “I don’t want normal. I want you.”
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It is so refreshing to read a romance where where the guy doesn't feel the need to push his interest when he gets back off vibes. Patience, honesty and consent are very sexy. I started this book intending to read for an hour over my morning cuppa and didn't stop until I got to the end.
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A well-paced romance that flips the "strong man/weak woman" trope on its head, this debut book from author Kara Braden is a refreshing, fun read. Ian and Cecily are an unlikely pair who are thrown together while each is dealing with some complicated life issues. Braden treats these issues that the characters have with respect, and uses them to add complex layers in the relationship that builds between Cecily and Ian. Both characters' back stories are integrated into their decisions and actions and how they treat each other throughout the story as their romance develops, making Cecily and Ian come alive to the reader with depth and believability. The settings (especially the cabin and day-to-day life in remote Canada) are described as to firmly ground the scene for this unlikely romance in the wilderness.
I enjoyed the romantic buildup between Ian and Cecily because, as I mentioned before, these characters are dealing with serious issues and I would not expect them to just jump right into bed. That said, once they DO get together, the sparks fly! (And bonus points for safe sex made super-sexy!)
Braden portrays the buildup to romance and the relationship between Ian and Cecily in such a way that I believed that these two characters created a foundation for a real, lasting relationship--one that I'd like to read about more, and that's not something that I often think at the end of a story. I honestly stayed up WAY past my bedtime reading this novel, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next title from this author. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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No intrigue, no excitement, no passion. Sorry folks, but not only was the story long-winded and lackadaisical, the protagonists were a huge bore. I didn't feel any passion or chemistry between the two. Talk about a yawn-fest. I just kept waiting for something to happen. Three-quarters in and I knew I was just kidding myself. Considering how much I'd already read, there was no point in me chucking it. Instead, I quickly skipped thru the rest of the pages only reading the dialogue (which was no easy task), and was finally able to reach the bloody end. And like the rest of the novel, the ending was a huge bore.
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