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The Longest Night Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014
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"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
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"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
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Book provided by NetGalley for review
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.”
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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I enjoyed this debut novel. I downloaded the Audible narration for an extra three dollars and listened to the story while working out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caryn Adams
It was good but not what I had been told it was about. Its a romance novel and I just dont prefer those!Published 2 months ago by P. Kaufman
This is the first book by Ms. Braden I have read and I'm still on the fence about it. The story just didn't seem to blend well for me and the characters didn't feel very strong. Read morePublished 11 months ago by bookwormbug
I'm not a huge romance fan, but it seems to be a decent enough example of the genre. Better written than a few others that I've read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Aubrei
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3 - "I don't want normal. I want you." Stars.
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I picked up this story because of the back cover blurb, one of the best I’ve ever read. I especially loved the phrase “As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them... Read morePublished 20 months ago by L. Ryan
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