After The Night Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1997
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by dmmsharkey
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 morePublished on June 20 2004
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 morePublished on April 22 2004
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 morePublished on March 29 2004 by Amanda Lynn
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