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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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5.0 out of 5 stars ohmigod! Aug. 15 2000
By Kelly
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck - steer clear! April 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars took so long to get started March 4 2004
By Jem S.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Linda howard does it again
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Emblin
5.0 out of 5 stars Afetr the Night by Linda Howard
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 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 7 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
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
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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