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After The Night Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (Nov. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671019708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671019709
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on Aug. 15 2000
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This was an incredible book. One I didn't want to end, but couldn't put it down until I finished. It was amazing. That'a all I can say to describe it. It took me days to stop thinking about it. I was so impressed; I have never before wanted to be a character so badly. I still have to get over it and it's been three weeks since I have read it. Since then I have read every Linda Howard book to relive the experience and every time she leaves me simply wanting more. This one however, is by far my favorite. Maybe just because it was my first, but I enjoyed it so much I had my sister read it and I was leaning over her shoulder the entire time. Now I have decided I might just read it again. Most authors find a formula that works for them and stick to it, draining it for everything it's worth. I don't feel like that's the case with her books. Instead, I feel as though it's the same two people from AFTER THE NIGHT, Faith and Gray, they are reincarnated and find each other all over again. Everytime is just as exciting, just as passionate. And I fall for it everytime. Loving every second of it. I have finished some of her books within a matter of hours, and then I am upset because I have nothing else to do and I go looking for another. I can't tell you enough, read this, you wont regret it instead you will make yourself a slave to her.
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By A Customer on April 21 2004
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Lots of people have gone into the storyline, so I'll confine myself to comments on my reaction: this really stunk. I like Linda Howard: 'Twilight Shadows' is one of my top five romance novels ever. I like how Linda makes her tough, rough heroes fall in love and shows them learning to be tender and protective. But that never happened in this book: Gray was such a NASTY person. I kept waiting for him to realise that the way he was acting was wrong, or show some sign of respect or care for the heroine. But he just never did. I don't see how anyone could have fallen in love with him; he was constantly abusing the heroine, even when they had sex (I won't use the term 'made love' because it's not remotely appropriate). So he's a sexy guy: being good in bed just isn't enough to make up for acting so badly all the time. And good sex scenes aren't enough to hold a romance novel together if there's no other 'romance' in there. Plus, the heroine, Faith, despite being supposed to be a successful and determined person, was really a non-entity. I kept forgetting her name from page to page! If you like the sound of the storyline but don't want to deal with the above nonsense, I suggest you read 'Carolina Moon' by Nora Roberts. She handles the topic much better, without resorting to cardboard-cutout characters or outright vileness.
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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. When I finally got a copy of it, I was so excited, saying mentally, " this is going to be good, i know it..." As it turns out, it's started to be good at PAGE 172 or so.I didn't know that. And while I was reading, I was asking over and over again, am I in the good part yet?" That was the disadvantage of SOLELY relying to other ppol's opinions. They have different tastes.
Anyway, back to the novel in question...It wasn't that bad. As I was saying, the momentum began when I was halfway through it. I didn't like Gray that much and his change of heart towards Faith...well, let's just say that all I can see brewing up is the sexual attraction between them. Howard added a spoonful of protectiveness in his character just so it wouldn't be completely phony...As for Faith, my goodness, wat's there to doubt? She's the most "faithful" heroine I ever read. Her love for Gray never simmered through the years and she didn't let their family feud destroy her feelings for him. The difference between their emotions is that, Gray's affections were rooted from lust-oh okay-a bit of that protectiveness I mentioned above...and for Faith, they started as a child's innocent admiration and were strengtened as she battled poverty and her family's legacy.
So there yo go, too cold for Gray and too hot for Faith and u have lukewarm, not the best comparison...but close enough.
Finally, if it's Howard, then u can surely put ur money that there will be a mystery. I thought it was a good plot, but it was very easy to guess the culprit because Howard didn't really supply us a lot of candidates. All in all, I give it a four, it was an OK read, but not best of her works, in my opinion.
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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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