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When the Storm Breaks by [Lowell, Heather]
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When the Storm Breaks Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Like mother, like daughter-or so the saying goes. Unfortunately, this debut romantic suspense novel from Lowell (daughter of author Elizabeth Lowell) is ridden with run-of-the-mill characters and overused plot devices. After a night spent joining a dating service, Claire Lambert stumbles across a murderer in the act of committing his latest crime, drops her purse and runs away, only to wake the next morning with little memory of the night before. As Washington, D.C., detective Sean Richter tries to coax her into remembering, she finds herself falling in love with him. There's only one problem: she may be the killer's next victim. In an outrageous plot twist, Sean devises a plan to send Claire on closely monitored dates with men from the dating service she joined earlier. This scenario provides the potential for some fun scenes, but the gag falls flat when each date proves to be a cliche (a stuffy banker, a closeted gay man, etc.). In addition, the reader learns early on that the murderer never joined the service, which deflates any hope that tension might arise from this scenario. Most disappointing of all, however, is the distance the author places between herself and her characters. This narrative detachment results in protagonists who lack definition and sex scenes that fail to evoke emotion.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A serial killer has one obsession . . .

Claire Lambert walked into a nightmare on a rainy night in Washington, D.C. Stumbling upon a killer in the midst of his latest bloody crime, she ran for her life -- but not before a head injury caused her to lose her memory, along with her purse and ID. Now a monster knows who Claire is . . . and where she lives.

Waking up in a hospital room the day after being attacked -- her mind stripped of all memory of what happened to her -- Claire can only listen with horror to the scenario Detective Sean Richter unfolds before her. A law officer fiercely dedicated to ending the wave of brutal killings that has struck the city, Sean knows that this brave and beautiful woman holds the key to stopping the murderer before he can strike again. Claire is the only victim who has seen the killer's face and lived -- which is why Sean needs her help and will risk everything to protect her . . .

And why a depraved, relentless animal is determined that Claire Lambert must die.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060542128
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC14I0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoy crappy detective novels as much as the next gal, so it's not that my standards are too high. But this is hands-down the worst detective novel I have ever read. To say the plot is thin would be an understatement. A sassy, independent woman stumbles upon a murder scene, bumps her head and forgets what the killer looks like, falls in love with the lead detective on her case and scampers about town looking for the killer, with her sassy, independent friends in tow. Every couple of chapters, she has creepy sexual encounters with the detective.
If I wanted to read Harlequin novels, I would. I don't appreciate them sneaking their way into my house disguised as crime fiction. From the moment the lead characters meet, they act like horny teenagers who don't understand that a murderer running loose, bent on your destruction, is kind of a serious thing that warrants your full attention. The flowery sex scenes, full of "moist centers" and "the most intimate love a man can give a woman," are paint-by-numbers softcore. Somehow, without having any conversations that go beyond childish bickering and nauseating pillow talk, they fall madly in love within a few chapters. Maybe each instantly recognized a complete lack of depth in the other and thus decided that it was a perfect match. While this pairup would probably work in real life, it's not something I care to read 452 pages about.
Even when the detective does try to focus on his job, his choices are completely absurd. The setup they come up with, using the witness as bait, is so hackneyed it would be rejected as a Lifetime movie script. He rejects poring over hard data in favor of wacky schemes that no self-respecting cop would go for. Did I say Lifetime movie?
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Executive Claire Lambert has the stupendous bad luck to witness a serial killer at work. She barely escapes from his murderous intentions, but whacks herself on the head in the mean time. As a result, she does not remember anything about the entire event. But the killer doesn't know that, and thus Claire becomes his special target, the one that got away, his "sweet prey." And Detective Sean Richter makes it his personal business to protect her until this sick puppy is caught and put out of commission. Unfortunately, Claire and Sean's instant and stunning attraction complicates things.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Women-in-jeopardy stories are a personal favorite, and I had high hopes for Lowell, daughter of veteran romance and romantic suspense author Elizabeth Lowell. But this story was just too familiar, and there were no unusual plot twists or emotional underpinnings to make this tale stand out from the crowd. The main characters were likable, but didn't truly "live" for me. They felt like constructs.
I will say that the last 50 pages were gripping, proving that Lowell can write a riveting action sequence. But I would have liked to see more of this type of writing throughout the book.
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When The Storm Breaks is a romantic thriller set in Washington D.C. Marie Claire Lambert is heading home from a late night appointment and stumbles across a serial killer finishing off his latest victim. When he spots her, she takes flight, looking for the nearest refuge. Before she can reach the door to an all-night ladies club, she slips on the stairs in the rain and is knocked unconscious. As she drifts in and out, she is able to tell the people who find her she has witnessed a murder, but when she fully regains consciousness, all memory of the event is blocked. Will she remember who the killer is before he can kill his only witness?
Marie Claire is a strong, independent, 30-year-old woman who knows how to take care of herself in the big city. Her life is threatened by a serial killer when she becomes his only witness, but all she can remember of that night is a horrible smile on a face she saw in a picture. Retracing the events of that evening, all leads point to the dating agency run by her friend and the photos Claire was looking over before she saw the killer.
Sean Richter is the detective assigned to protect Claire. One look at her in the hospital and his interest in her goes beyond professional. For Sean, his struggle to maintain professionalism makes his job that much more difficult. He sends mixed signals to Claire, unable to deny his attraction to her and yet forbidden to act on it. They work together along with Claire's close-knit group of friends to identify the killer knowing that Claire is the next target.
This book was a page-turner! The action was nonstop and the tension between Sean and Claire was tangible. Ms. Lowell's ability to take us through the police investigation and the pratfalls of avoiding the personal relationship were intense and realistic. This book was thrilling to the very end.
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I was very cautious about reading this book because of some of the negative reviews. I was always taught to judge for yourself. I'm glad I read this book because I found it to be amazing. I fell in love with the characters, was caught up in the plot, and was very sorry to see it end. The writer introduces us to a woman who is independant,a workaholic, and an event happens in her life when she becomes dependant on others for her saftey. The hero in the story is a macho cop who I instantly loved. He is strong, macho, and comes to the main characters defense.
I gave this book 5 stars because of the great story, the wonderful characters, the fluidity of the story (no on and on writing) and the author's first published novel. I can honestly say I was sorry to see this story end. My advice is to pick up a copy and read it with as little interuptions as possible. To the author- I loved the book and would love to see another one SOON. I would like to see a story about Aidan, Afton, and Olivia. Of course with Sean and Claire making an appearance. Congradulations!!
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