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Present Danger

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  651 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Aunie Franklin could still remember the look in her ex-husband eyes when he promised her: "You'll pay for leaving me, Aunie."

Fleeing Atlanta for the Pacific Northwest, Aunie prayed that he'd never find her. Then threatening phone calls began. He'd found her . . .
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Zebra (first published February 1993)
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Rating 2.5

This was just an average read mainly for half of the book nothing happened on the romance front and the hero was bit of a jerk for no good reason. After having taken care of his siblings all his life & that situation still going on, he didn't wanna take care of his new tenant the heroine, who shows up with bruises but she never asked him for help, so I found his assumptions conceited.

The heroine is starting over her life after a divorce and cutting herself from her old life where s
**4.5 stars**

Wow! What an amazing book! This is so my kind of romance, the type where the main characters grow and love each other for who they are instead of only their looks. This is a great journey of empowerment where the heroine takes responsibility for herself after being a protected doll all her life. Her growth doesn't happen overnight - the events of the book take 9 months to enfold - and it's the most believable because of the slow pace.

This is the story of Aunie , a gorgeous Southern
Oct 04, 2008 jenjn79 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: author I've read before
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I mostly enjoyed this book, but I have to admit, something about it tweaked me the wrong way or I would have giving it a little higher rating. I'm not really sure what didn't work for me, but something didn't.

The book is about Aunie Franklin, a gently bred Southerner who was taught that her beauty was the only thing she had going for her. She was to marry a rich man and live out her life as a society princess. But things went down hill when Aunie realized her husband only wanted h

Overall I really enjoyed the story, although I thought the writing had a few problems. Some of the writing was clunky, including the "voices" of two characters who had accents (Jamaican and "southern belle"). Andersen wasn't consistent in writing the accents and it got distracting after a while. I stopped trying to "hear" the ascents and just translated them in my head to non-accented speech. It made me cringe to read, Mistah Rydah!! in the middle of their foreplay. Too Scarlett O'Hara for me.

Mar 01, 2014 Farah rated it 2 of 5 stars
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That one was difficult to finish .. it was kinda of boring and the characters were unlikeable especially James. The second we were introduced to James I hated his guts , he was a first class A hole and the things that came out of his mouth were downright mean whether he had a valid point somewhere or not was irrelevant to me .. his attitude and approach was off putting and nasty , I didn't really warm up to him later and the relationship between him and Aunie was not interesting or captivating ...more
I really enjoyed this has a trope that usually makes me happy. Helpless woman on the run....big strong man takes care of her. I liked the fact that she wanted to take care of herself. James was a bit of a butthead, but that only makes me love him more (in fiction LOL). A lot of it was cliche and standard for the genre, but again, it's my favorite genre and so it appealed to me on every level. James' family and extended family added a lot to the story. Deducted one star for the wierd wr ...more
Well, I bit the bullet and read this because I was trying to get the most points possible for a reading game, and I saw lots of other players reading this. It wouldn't have been something I would have picked up myself otherwise, but I liked it. Romance with a suspense side-plot is a good formula for me.

I also think the author wrote the characters well. Although at times James was a little over the top grouch, and definitely I was left reeling with how quickly everything came together at the end
I've gone back and forth in my ratings on this one and finally settled on rounding up to four. To be honest, I almost DNF'd early on. The main characters southern accent, the way it was written, was a lot to take in and almost ruined the book for me. And there was just something kind of odd about the book, I can't even really say what. Obviously, I continued reading and eventually got pulled into the story.

The writing was good. I loved the characters of Lola and Otis. Loved them! This wasn't a
Jenny Rebecca
This is another one of my favorite books. I read it mayber twice a year. I love Susan Anderson books. "Aunie....Woo-man" "Mystah Rydah!"
Woman finds friendship, love and purpose after she moves across the country to escape her abusive ex.
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*Not a proper review, more of a rant/bringing my thoughts to the table.*

When I first read this book, I reached page 20 and decided that it didn't click with me. The accents were very distracting and there were times when I had to re-read the page to make sure I understood what the characters were saying.
Don't misunderstand, I like characters with accents because it gives a sense of realism but not with every single character we're introduced to. Once you've reached page 20, you've met four char
I got to page 206 then decided to stop reading the book; I had to face it, I wasn't enjoying it overly much. At over the halfway point, the story neither had much romance nor suspense to keep me reading, and really, I wasn't attached to any of the characters and didn't care what happened, I might as well stop while I'm ahead. I also had a hard time reading this because Aunie and Lola had their accents phonetically spelled for the reader, so it could repeatedly be beaten into the reader's head th ...more
The downside to an author glom is that recycled plot lines are way more obvious. I just finished reading Exposure and the similarities between this book and that one are legion. I probably wouldn't have liked this book even if I hadn't just read the other, but I might have been inclined to give it another star.

I have to say this though, that it isn't necessary to print character accents. It's annoying and distracting. If the character is from Atlanta and is described as having a southern twang,
This book is a romantic-suspense lite. You know who the bad guy is and you know it will all end well. Aunie escapes from Atlanta to Seattle, putting a continent between her and the scum of an ex-husband who beat the crap out of her. She ends up in an apartment building owned by James, who is the caretaker for his family. He continually bails his brothers out of every scrape they get into, and has been doing this for years. He takes one look at Aunie's battered face and is determined he is not go ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Vanessa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vanessa by: My mother
I just finished this one in a couple days. Great characters and easy to read. This is classified as romance suspense novel. The heroine is from Atlanta and ends up in Seattle after running from an abusive ex-husband. The hero is a surly apartment owner who is afraid of commitment. The suspense angle if predictable, but very well done, and does have a ssmall twist. The story is not overloaded with characters and the ones there are well described and when I can picture them in my mind, I know that ...more
First read: at publication
Reread: Often
Most recent reread: November 2014

One of two of her books I have on my keeper shelf!
I usually avoid books that are old ,I prefer to read the books published after 2000.but this book really surprised me.I loved the characters the plot and the writing and everything didn't happen overnight .If it wasn't for things like "mon" "woo-mon" "Ah" "evah" I would have given it 5 stars.What was Lola's accent anyway?
Starts off a little slow then picks up pace. More romance than suspense.
I agree, some of the accents were annoying to read. I wasn't entirely invested in the book until the final seen between Wesley and Aunie...woah. That was pretty dramatic for a run of the mill romance novel. Not too shabby, besides the honky accents. I give it 3 stars.
This one just did not work for me. Silly annoying characters that I just did not care about. I couldn't find anything likeable about them.

I did, however, really like the supporting cast. James' brothers and Otis and his wife. They were enjoyable people.
The was another reread. I really enjoyed James and Aunie and their "courtship." plot, nice ending. I did not like the "written" accents of Lola and Aunie. I found it silly and irritating.
Anthr exclnt early bk: Aunie mvs 2 escp ex, into bldg w/new frnds, ownr James~he fights hs flngs 4 hr, she wants indpndc & hm; ex finds hr; 2nds great!
I very much enjoyed this story. It takes a lot of courage to overcome abuse and this book showed it in a take charge way that I really enjoyed.
Best I've read in the last three or four books. Good story. I liked how she learned her independence, and that the bad guy got his.
I really liked 4 of the 5 Romantic Suspense books that Susan Andersen wrote and this is one of them!

Laura Hedrick
My mother has great taste in novels, so I'm really looking forward to this, & the rest on this shelf!
Anju Lakhansingh
Liked that the hero was not what we usually get in a romance story!
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