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In this captivating novel of romantic suspense, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard brings us deep into the wild, where a smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive—and avoid becoming what they never expected to be:

PREY

Thirty-two-year-old Angie Powell has always spoken her mind, but in the presence of Dare Calla
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Published September 6th 2011 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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Duchess Nicole
I had been staying away from Howard's most recent releases due to the somewhat lackluster ratings but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book! Admittedly, it didn't quite reach the five star mark for me but that is really an oddly elusive thing lately, and books that get five stars from me get it for no reason that I can really explain...they just have a little extra wow.

One of my favorite Howard books is Up Close and Dangerous...there's something I love about a couple
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Norma
*Sigh* How horribly disappointing. This book was flat-out boring. There were actually chapters upon chapters written from a bear's point of view! A bear! Remember Up Close and Personal, where we learned everything we'd ever need to know if we crashed our plane into a mountain? Yeah, well here we learn about bears and camping. I'll give LH props for her research. The woman is an expert on so many things! However, in the end, I had to struggle to finish this. At one point I said to my husband, "Ju ...more
Joan Reeves
Jun 02, 2012 Joan Reeves rated it it was amazing
Murder, Conflict, Sexual Fireworks

I was rather surprised by the overly harsh reviews I've read on Prey. I'll admit to being a diehard Linda Howard fan so I ignored the reviews and bought the book anyway. After all, as an author, I get bad reviews too, and I like to think that readers are discerning enough to wade through bad reviews if a book's blurb sounds like their kind of book.

I liked Prey. In fact, I stayed up way too late to finish it the other night. Nobody does heroes better than Linda H
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Melowin
I have read every book and novella Linda Howard's written, all 53 of them. I started reading her as a romance author, and stuck with her into the romantic suspense territory, even though I prefer books more centered on human relationships and emotions than action and mysteries. Even with bad guys present, she could describe a bit about his background to make him if not someone I'd like to be around, at least someone I can relate to on some level. But a couple of chapters into this book, the view ...more
Kristin
I'm just continually bummed by Linda Howard these days. In the past she's been so brilliant, but things are hit and miss these days (as I have said many times recently). This book had a FABULOUS concept and the execution wasn't bad. She worked it out so that the scenario seemed plausible, and that was good. She also had characters that were just unique enough to make the story work. (Outdoorsy girl, abandoned by mother, raised by father, bad first wedding, not a quitter. Military man with shrapn ...more
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4.5 stars!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
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Anne OK
Oct 02, 2011 Anne OK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Nothing like I expected from an author of Linda Howard's caliber. It was a total disappointment. Even the lead characters were less than interesting. The bear indeed had a POV -- which didn't much interest me, either. It hurts to review and rate this book so low because I've been a fan of LH's books for many years. She's had some of the best romantic suspense novels I've ever read. Her heroes are almost always exceptional. However, there's just nothing I can say about "Prey" except I just didn't ...more
Amanda
I'm not going to lie - the only reason I gave this book three stars was because I just can't bring myself to give Linda Howard a worse rating. She has been one of my favorite romantic suspense authors ever since I discovered the genre, and I stay pretty loyal to my authors. But this book was a huge disappointment all around.

The book focuses A LOT on how bad the weather is. Of course, that is the main reason why they are stuck together for so long thus making it possible to be with each other an
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Angie Powell has decided to throw in the towel. Her guide business isn't doing well since Dare Callahan opened his business. But she has one more trip on the books. This one is a bear hunt. She doesn't like bear but she needs it. Dare is asked by a friend to check on Angie so he goes on a fishing trip so he can be close by just in case. But Angie isn't suppose to make it back alive. Meanwhile, there is a man-eating bear out there and he's hungry.

If I were to compare this one to other Linda Howa
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Yuzai
From Linda Howard's Facebook page:

PREY is about a female hunting guide who takes a party bear hunting -- except the bear is hunting THEM. Throw in a killer, as well as a fellow hunting guide who is also her nemesis, add a pinch of terror (I'm now officially terrified of bears, because I've learned too much about them), a scoosh of sexual tension, a cup of grouchy man, a pound of sex, blend well, bake at 350, and voila! -- a book emerges.

Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
I had really, really high hope's for this book...after reading Veil I felt that LH was getting closer to her old writing standard....sadly I was wrong, this is the lowest rating I have EVER given to one of her books :(
Carrie
3.5*

I enjoyed the suspense plot, the bear, the descriptions of the wilderness and the details of being a guide. I liked both main characters and thought Dare's character in particular was humorous. I even liked the romance, what there was of it!

And that's the problem in a nutshell. The story is good, but with more fleshing out and a some layering of the plot lines, it could have been great. It had all the bone structure for a great Linda Howard book. It just needed more meat.

Still, it was fun an
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Jacqueline
Reread 1/30 2016 Enjoyed this just as much the second time.


First read - November 8, 2011.
Other than the odd pages we spent in the POV of the bear and 5 or so pages in the head of an NPC who immediately got eaten by said bear, I really enjoyed this book.

It was more an action survival book than anything else. The heroine had guts and then some. She had moral fiber to know when to sell out her property and business and she was super tough crawling down a mountain in a storm with a broken ankle to
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Nurhayat Turna
Apr 02, 2016 Nurhayat Turna rated it it was amazing
Linda Howard favori yazarlarımdan biridir benim. Çıkmış olan kitapların, bulabildiğim kadarını almış tek tek okumuş, hatta defalarca da okuyacak kadar çok sevmişimdir. Kadının kendine has üslubu, kaleminin profesyonel oluşu ortada bir kere. Kurgularındaki heyecanlı tempo hiç eksik değildir mesela, bıkmadan sıkılmadan okuyup bitiriyorsunuz kitapları.
Zamansız Fırtına da sıkılmadan, heyecanla okuyup bitireceğiniz Linda Howard kitaplarından biri.

Konusuna gelecek olursam; Angie ve Dare amansız bir re
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Anna
Nov 24, 2014 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: npl, other howard books
Shelves: sweet-nothings
this is really a short story (at most a novella) which has been padded, stretched and filled with a lot of repetition to make a regular-length novel. There is a great line in the last chapter which sums it up nicely -- the arc of the story is told in about 20 words.

I was actually able to skim through large parts of the story without missing anything.
Season
Oct 21, 2011 Season rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, but I found it a little slow moving. It ended well, but overall not my favorite one by Ms. Howard. Parts just dragged for me.
Esra
Apr 15, 2016 Esra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
3,5
Bu ara resmen okuyucu tıkanması yaşıyorum!! Okumak istediğim bir sürü kitap olmasına rağmen başladığım kitapları bitiremiyorum..
Madeline Hunter'ın kitabının bitişiyle bu sorunumun da biteceğine inanıyorum :D
Son zamanlarda okuduğum Linda Howard kitaplarından eskileri kadar zevk alamasam da kadının bende sınırsız kredisi var.. Ne yazarsa okurum..
Nitekim bu kitaba da bayılmadım.. Polisiye kısmı çok hafif kalmış.. Bir de siyah bir ayı kitabın tek gerçek villianı olmuş :D
Ama Linda'cım yine yazdığı
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ஐ Canan ஐ `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._
Bir ayının bakış açısıyla da kitap okudum ya..Benden mutlusu yok :P
İlkim
Aslında romantik gerilim ama gerilim kısmı o kadar az ki... Bir de yazarın bizde daha önce çıkan Fırtına kitabına da bir hayli benziyor. İlişkilerin bu kadar hızlı olması, her şeyi baştan bilmek de pek hoşuma giden şeylerden değil.
Rachel Amphlett
Dec 25, 2014 Rachel Amphlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

Prey is a fast, enjoyable read and Howard captures the atmospherics of the Montana mountain terrain in such a way that you're caught up in the suspense from the start.

There were some parts that reminded me of the film A Lonely Place to Die, and Howard's ability to convey the terror of a bear attack, and Angie's determination to reach safety after her clients' revelation of their past makes this a great read.

The romance between Angie and Dare is understated but works to make
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Wendy Darling
What happened to you, Linda?
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Random thoughts of Linda Howard with a romance thrown in best describes this book. I will rate the chapters I liked best. Chapter two. When Angie and Dare first interact in the book. This chapter was very well written Angie wants nothing to do with Dare as she feels he is the reason her business is going bankrupt and she has to sell and move. She has never told Dare this so he doesn’t understand why she runs from him every time she sees him. He pins her in by her vehicle and the banter back and ...more
Kristiej
Oct 04, 2011 Kristiej rated it liked it
I can't see me ever giving up reading Linda Howard books. I've loved way too many to not give each new book a try. And though many readers seem disappointed with her books over the past few years, I've enjoyed them enough to keep going. Having said that, I was a bit disappointed with Prey. Just a bit mind you and I have no problems saying if you continue to be a Howard fan, I don't think this one will change that.

As usual, I loved Dare, the hero. There have been very few Howard heroes I haven't
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Dee
Book Review
I would probably give this more like 3.5 than 3, but not quite to the level of a 4. I don't know if i've ever read a strict RomSus from Linda Howard, I'd read some of her traditional romances though. I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying this book. I could tell that she had def. done research into the way certain things happened in the book (view spoiler), but it wasn't so much that it over-powered the story/ caused a data-dump for the rea
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Kathleen
Updating book review to add audio review. I waver between 3 and 4 stars. Abby Craden's narration is quite good for Angie, but her voice for the hero (Dare) is a bit too gravely, strained, and rough (she does this on purpose because he had a throat injury). As for how the audio story flows, the first 8 chapters are slow, with too much time devoted to Angie's thoughts, and few scenes with Dare. The action on the stormy ice-cold mountain with a man-eating bear and a ruthless killer begins at chapt ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Sep 27, 2011 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it
If I could give this book 4.5 stars, I would. My nick picking reservation about this book is the cover, which has absolutely nothing to do with the story of the book. What were they thinking? Anyway, I really liked this book. As always, Howard's characters stuck with me even after I finished reading and I was sad I couldn't read more about them. Yes, it was somewhat predictable, but most romantic suspense is. We all know the couple's going to get together, what would be the point otherwise? The ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Oct) 2.5* It truly pains me to write a less than great review for Linda Howard - even as she's gone down hill the last 10 years or so she's still been readable - until now. This book was pretty bad - it was boring, it was not something I'd consider a romance - and a portion of the book took place from a killer bear's point of view. It was pretty awful, but it is LH and I just can't make my fingers type a 2* (or less) on a review for one of her books (well, I can for one of her earliest ones, bu ...more
Nikki ♥
3.5. Not one of Linda Howard's best books, but it was still and enjoyable read. This one lacked a little on the romance. Interesting that we got the POV from the bear.
Rachelle Ayala
Mar 11, 2016 Rachelle Ayala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another exciting pageturner that kept me up all night.

I totally enjoyed this story, even narrating it to my walking partner around the lake this morning. The bear's POV just added so much to it, and of course the POV of the villain. I loved how Angie and Dare didn't get along but were forced into close proximity.

The most memorable moment for me was when Dare encounters Angie in her fallen state.

Then a pale gleam close to the ground caught his eye, and he snapped the light downward. There was som
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Cruth
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 2011
Length: 320 pages
Setting: Contemporary, Rural Montana.
Sex: Reasonably explicit, fairly frequent.
Hero: Former military now wilderness guide.
Heroine: Wilderness guide.

I did enjoy it expect for a few niggling things:
~ Anthropomorphising of the bear such that it has (albeit short) chapters dedicated to it’s innermost thoughts.
~ Fixation on her dislike of sex and body image issues.
~ The placing of most blame for their problem relationship on *her*.

Overall enjo
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