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After The Night [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Howard
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 1997
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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Faith Devlin grew up knowing that Gray Rouillard thought she was trash because his rich father ran away with her pretty, sexy mother. She almost hates him for it, but she can't, because every time he looks at her she wants him more. Gray controls the tiny Louisiana town, but he finds can't control Faith -- until he gets close to her. And underneath the passion, there's a mystery to be solved. Steamy and compelling! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Flawed and predictable, Howard's latest offering after Dream Man is the rather cliched contemporary story of a dirt-poor Southern girl in love with the handsome son of a Louisiana town's wealthiest family. Loving Rouillard men seems to run in the Devlin family. Twelve years ago, Renee Devlin and Guy Rouillard disappeared simultaneously one summer night. The entire town assumed the longtime lovers had eloped, and Guy's handsome young son, Gray, enraged, had the remaining Devlins driven out of town, leaving 14-year-old Faith to care for her fatally ill baby brother. Now Faith is back, financially independent and still nursing a passion for Gray that his actions couldn't possibly justify. But she's also ready to even the score?especially when she learns that the elder Rouillard may have been murdered that fateful summer night. Faith is not as sympathetic as Howard's previous heroines, and Gray goes a half-step beyond the acceptable bad-boy hero. Howard does manage to offset these problems with provocative secondary characters and borderline erotica, creating a sexy speed read.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Linda howard does it again June 14 2014
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I love Linda Howard Stories. This one was very good. Howard has a way of describing her characters so you can see them in your mind. This particular book shows the class differences and how one can rise above poverty to reach for a new life. Faith Devlin does just that with brains and determination.
Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Afetr the Night by Linda Howard Feb. 23 2013
By Emma
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Great story, love Linda Howard book's ... Funny, sexy and great suspens ... You'll read it over and over, doesn't get boring
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed Dec 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this book you get a heart warming story with some , tears and laughter. HOWARD DELIVERS IT ALL
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2.0 out of 5 stars I hated the characters Nov. 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Story Summary: Faith Devlin had been run out of town by Gray Rouillard when he found out that her mother and his father and run away together. Several years later Faith returned to prove that Grays father did not run away with her mother. Gray and Faith immediately clash because he still blames Faiths mother for breaking his family up. There is suspense and sexualy tension in the book and you'll have to read it if you want to find out about what really happened to Grays father. Now to why I didn't like the book.
First, I hated Gray. He was a total jerk (I'm being nice with my language because I think there is a better word to describe him). He was absolutely cruel to Faith. He really made her life miserable. And after they made love the first time and he made the comment that if having sex with Faiths mother had been like that no wonder his father couldn't stay away, I would have knocked him on his butt. Then he calls her the next day like nothing ever happened and gets angry when she doesn't talk to him. It was very hard to finish the book and I kept hoping that Gray would redeam himself. He never really did.
Second, I hated Faith just as much. She had absolutely no back bone and let Gray treat her poorly. Everytime she tried to stand up to him he just beat her down emotionally.
It would have been a good book if the characters had been better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rednecks! Oct. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a book about an abusive man and white trash woman who is too needy and pitiful to not understand that she is being abused. Please don't get me wrong-I love Linda Howard, but this guy is no hero. (...)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Uh Oh! Am I the Only One Who Didn�t Like This? Oct. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the Night is the story of a woman who was called 'white trash' as a fourteen year old whilst being thrown brutally out of her house by a young, nasty rich man. Years later she returns to the area where she is continually ridiculed, mocked and abused by the same nasty rich man who is now, of course, a little bit older but still as sexy as ever. This continues while they have raunchy sex until eventually he decides he loves her and all his (numerous) sins are forgiven by the overcome-with-happiness heroine. Are we really supposed to believe they live happily ever after? Um, I wonder...
Perhaps I am being harsh here but I loved 'Dream Man' and 'Heart of Fire' by Linda Howard so much that After the Night was a real disappointment. In 'Dream Man' and 'After the Night' the males were strong, dynamic and tough but at least they were protective and nice to the heroines for the most part. For me, Gray (I can't bring myself to call him a hero so I'll have to call him the male love interest) overstepped the line between alpha and abusive. Instead of being a dream man he was a NIGHTMARE MAN! It seemed as though at every corner he belittled Faith, the poor heroine, who was too scared and used to being treated badly to realise what a creep he was. I think he only complimented her once when he said he was 'proud' of her to have accomplished so much. The rest of the time he was threatening her, trying to get into her pants and blaming her for her mothers past transgressions. Yes, it's true that they had sizzling sex, a lot, but this simply isn't enough for it to be labelled a 'romance'.
Overall After the Night did satisfy me in some small way. Gray was the ultimate tough guy and his appearance was very attractive.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was wack. March 17 2003
By Lboog
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok. I dont see where this book was that good. I brought it based on the other customer reviews and the excerpt was promising, but the plot was silly. I skimmed through the book after she grows up and still understood what was going on. The reason why everybody thought this book was so great was because of the love scenes, but a good romance shouldnt be held together just on sex scenes alone. I thought that Gray was not that witty and poor Faith was just lovestruck through the whole book despite his abusive taunts. This will be my last Linda Howard book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Steamy March 14 2003
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This sizzling masterpiece crafted by romance maestro Linda Howard has become an instant classic and establish her as a contemporary romance phenomenon. Featuring her most endearing couple, Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard, this Southern romance packs mayhem, small-town mystery and familial hell against the backdrop of South Carolina in one dramatic package that marks the fall and saving grace of Faith and securing the man she loves. The feuds between the two families stem from an affair between Faith's mom and Gray's dad that ended with their disappearance - and with his sister's suicidal attempts, Gray is determined to drive Faith and her family out of Prescott. Readers will applaud Faith's gumption and return while immersing themselves in the electric chemistry between her and Gray and rooting out the miscreant in the midst. After The Night is compulsive reading and strictly indulgent guilty pleasure. The passion and delicious sexual tension is gauranteed to fog your reading glasses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyndak
I thought Faith was a resourceful, likeable, interesting person. She kept getting back up when life shot her down. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2007 by Lynda K
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what It is
Both the people who hated it and the people who loved it are right in my opinion. This an 80's Romance novel, complete with GORGEOUS Alpha male and the swooning hopelessly in love... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2005 by NewGirl05
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best (one of many)
I read this book in 1998 and have continued to reread it again and again through out the years. Linda Howard is a talented author who can combine mystery and romance perfectly. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by dmmsharkey
4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE THIS ONE A TRY
I don't know if I read the same book as the reviewer who thought Gray was mean to Faith. It was obvious he loved her and any "meanness" was due to his need to have her. Read more
Published on June 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a good book, got a question though
If gray's father really fell inlove with the woman who is married, what in the world was he doing with the heroinnes mother? He was so inlove he was still sleeping around on her? Read more
Published on April 22 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck - steer clear!
Lots of people have gone into the storyline, so I'll confine myself to comments on my reaction: this really stunk. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars If 3.5 stars was an option..
AYE, this book drove me NUTS! I read until she grew up, and then I took 2 weeks off the book because the story was already so real. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Amanda Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars took so long to get started
I viewed a lot of lists concerning Linda Howard's novels, and I saw "After the Night" a couple of times as their number 1 favorite. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Jem S.
3.0 out of 5 stars depends on your point of view
If you are looking for a book with great sex scenes, then this would be a great book for you. However, the main character Gray is very unlikeable, so unless your willing to handle... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a great book!
I really disagree with the bad reviews this book received...but that's just me. I love romance novels, especially where the characters seem to hate each other at first. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by E. Liu
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