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After The Night por Linda Howard
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After The Night (edição 1997)

por Linda Howard

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FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel. GRAY ROUILLARD: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott -- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To care for her was impossible, unthinkable...because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her.… (mais)
Membro:MsBeautiful
Título:After The Night
Autores:Linda Howard
Informação:Pocket (1997), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:In Personal Library

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After the Night por Linda Howard

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12 years ago, Faith Devlin’s mother and Gray Rouillard’s father disappeared together. Struggling to make a way for herself, Faith overcomes the poverty and social censure of her childhood to become a successful business woman. When a disturbing fact about her mother comes to light, Faith returns home to the rural town of Prescott, Louisiana to face the demons of her past and the anger of the only man she has ever loved, Gray Rouillard. Can Gray and Faith overcome the obstacles and find common ground together?

Many reviewers have focused on Gray’s cruel and abusive treatment of Faith and as someone particularly sensitive to this type of hero, I had prepared myself for the worst. Surprisingly, I found myself not only disagreeing with these reviewers’ assessments, but actually sympathizing with Gray’s perspective. Howard is very skilled at presenting his point of view and given the circumstances surrounding his father’s betrayal, Gray’s reaction is definitely understandable if not quite acceptable.

Faith is a charming heroine and her spirit and strength of character comes to the fore as the story progresses. Unlike those readers who disliked Faith for her tendency toward forgiving Gray’s attitude and behavior, to me, she has tremendous backbone and stands her ground with him over and over despite her feelings for him. She is tenacious and determined to prove herself both to Gray, the town and herself.

The mystery is secondary to the romance and the villain and motivation are very obvious as there are only one or two plausible suspects. Nevertheless, there are some exciting scenes and the resolution is satisfying.

In sum, a fantastic read from an author who is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. She sure knows how to write a steamy sex scene :0) ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I just re-read After the Night...sigh... one of my all time favorite books ever! I am so in love w/Gray!

He is such a bad-boy hero! I love the war (contest of wills) between Faith and Gray...
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  Tricialenht | May 20, 2018 |
When reading the back cover of the book I didn't really think it would be as good as it was. Even when after reading past the first few events I didn't think I could respect the leading man... but it all worked out well and enjoyed the story. There were a few cheesy lines... but other than that Howard knows how to weave a good tale. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
I don't know what to say about this book , if I'm being honest . The book starts with showing us exactly how poor the Devlins are and how Faith wasn't anything like them . So it goes on till they were kicked out of 'their' house after Gray's father supposedly runs off with Faith's mother . Her family has a bad reputation and every single person in the small town knows that the Devlins are trash . So the day Gray's father runs off , he gets too mad and throws the Devlins out of where they have lived for so long . He doesn't care that they didn't have anywhere else to live , doesn't care that the youngest kid of Devlins is not well . And his anger goes over the top when he finds himself lusting a 14 year old . So he calls her trash and our girl who has been crushing on him so long feels herself go cold . She had been thinking that he was fair but suddenly he didn't seem so anymore . Then they leave .

Twelve years later , Faith comes back . She wants to prove to the people who always were wary of her that being a Devlin didn't make her trash . However , Gray doesn't like her there and creates so much trouble for her . But Faith doesn't badge . He then uses the obvious physical attraction between them . Basically , he says that since she wants him and he wants her they can enjoy each other's company , if only Faith would leave and Gray would buy her a house someplace else where they can do..you know what .

What I hated the most was how Gray called her 'white trash ' after growing up ! He called her trash again after she had come back too !!! ' And there was no redemption there . I understand , though it was sick , why had called her so twelve years back , but come on ! There was no excuse this time around .

I also hated how everyone in the book were unintelligent . I mean I was sitting there , reading it and telling myself they would realize who the killer was . So okay , maybe we were given more insights than the characters had. We can put two and two together but each character only had one part of it and can't put it together .Making sure that the story isn't too predictable is one hell of a thing ..and she missed it .

And I love grovelling because it touches me . But there was no grovelling and basically no touching me . Yeah the trash and stuff touched me..but the book started becoming void of them as it neared the end .

So take your chance , maybe our tastes our different . Let me know what you think when you read :)

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  Olivia_Kinkoid | Mar 22, 2017 |
This is one of my favorite Linda Howard books. I dont know how many times I have read it.. This book takes the first 6 chapters to cover the family history between the Rouillard's and the Devlin's. Faith Devlin was born into a poor white trash family. Her mother is the town slut, her sister is on her way to following in her mothers foot steps -her two older brother are worthless, her father a mean alcoholic and then her mentally handicapped younger brother that she has taken care of since he was born.

Grey Rouillard is from the richest Louisiana families and has everything going his way from being on the college football team to getting all the girls. But his mother has major issues and will not allow her husband or her children to touch her.. She allows her husband to have his flings on the side as long as he leaves her alone. Renee Devlin (mother of Faith) has been having an affair with Guy Rouillard (Grey's father) for years. He allows her and her family to live in a shack on his land rent free.. When one morning its found out that Renee and Guy didnt come home everyone assumes the worst - that they ran away together and left their families. This causes Grey's sister to try and kill herself. This sends Grey over the edge and in the middle of the night with the sheriff's dept goes out to the Devlin shack and throws them all out not caring that Faith is just 14 and the younger mentally handicapped brother is just 7. This is a very hard scene to get through as you feel for poor Faith.

Then we go to 12 years later. Faith has come back to Prescott, LA to find out what happened to Guy. She knows she wont be welcomed back with open arms and she is right.. Grey now pretty much owns the town and most of the business in it. When he finds out she is in town staying in one of his hotels he kicks her out.. But the sexual attraction is still there for Faith and now Grey is sexually attracted to her to even though it pains him to be so as it would only hurt his mother and sister if he started an affair with Faith. Faith and Grey dance around each other - he tries to find out who she has become to find a weakness to use against her. Since Faith is not the weak little 14 year old girl he threw in the dirt 12 years before she has all of her bases covered..

From here Faith starts looking into what might have really happened to Grey's father. She starts getting letters telling her she had better stop and a nasty surprise in a box. Grey stops fighting his attraction to Faith and is there for her through the scares. When these two finally give in - whew - hot. The ending on who did it and who was sending those letters was a shocker and also very sad. But Faith and Grey conquered all to have there HEA.. ( )
  CindySnS | Oct 26, 2016 |
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FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel. GRAY ROUILLARD: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott -- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To care for her was impossible, unthinkable...because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her.

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