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Loving Evangeline (Patterson-Cannon Family #2)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,504 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Evangeline Shaw is the key to the conspiracy that threatens Robert Cannon's company. Classified software developed by Cannon's group is being sold to a foreign government without his approval. It isn't just theft or a case of corporate espionage -- it's treason. And the trail leads straight to Shaw -- who by all accounts has both the means and the motives.
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Paperback, 249 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Mira Books (first published 1994)
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Lisa Kay
I really wondered how Ms. Howard was going to pull this one off; I thought for sure she had painted herself into a corner with our hero, Robert Canners, step-brother to Madelyn Patterson of Duncan's Bride fame. Robert is nothing if he’s not arrogant, especially with his self-confidence in his ability to seduce women.

Indeed, he’s not above sleeping with the enemy, even if they are suspected of treason. Rich, powerful, coolly decisive, and presuming too much, he has our Southern Belle heroine, E
I love this book. It's a favorite reread. The heroine is very strong and resourceful and has the extremely alpha hero tied up in knots. This book has a lot of high powered emotion throughout the entire thing. The writing is strong and fast moving. So much so that even on a reread, I can't bear to put it down but devour it as quickly as possible.
This was somehow an unsatisfying read. Robert, a filthy rich businessman who was once involved in the intelligence service and keeps himself emotionally removed from everything, goes to Alabama to investigate a case of espionage going on in his company. One of the people under suspicion is the owner of a marina, Evangeline, a very attractive thirty year-old widow whom Robert can't resist. He sets out to seduce her even as he suspects that she's involved in treason.

I should have loved it, but Rob
heroin was to die for! One of a kind

My immediate pull factor to this story was the passion of the hero! It was literally palpable and expressed in a way you could touch it!!! This was ultimately the greatest passion I have witnessed by far in any romance books and the hero simply bitten all the heroes I have read to this moment.

With all respect I disagree with other reviewers regarding heroin as weak and lucking back bone by allowing the hero abusing her. She was kind, considerate of others, wit
I was deeply disappointed by this book. Given the setup, I thought I would be bound to love it, but Robert Cannon, the hero, acted appallingly. I'm a fan of both Big Misunderstanding setups and ultra-alpha heroes, but his behaviour jarred too much. Perhaps if I'd been able to feel more of his inner angst and turmoil, I'd have reacted differently to his actions, but as it was they just left me cold. As for Evie, I found her behaviour TSTL, and the descriptions of her relationship with her dead hu ...more
Classic alphole hero who puts the heroine through the wringer in case she's involved in selling software that endangers national security. This does not stop him from wanting to get into her pants, naturally. So the heroine has no idea that she's being investigated and financially threatened by the same guy who's keeping her up all night. And he can't figure out that a woman subsisting on a couple sandwiches a day is probably not raking in the cash from selling secrets. (view spoiler) ...more
So I read this amazing novel and I was definitely in love with it .Evie is a powerful character and I loved how she was so independent on her self all the time. There are alot of moments when I cried for certain events in it .Robert is that kind of a man you will wish for a lover but not an enemy . Totally enjoyable
Jane Stewart
Wonderful story. Intense emotions. "He done her wrong" and she found out. I didn't want it to end.

Robert's passion at the end was mesmerizing. This passion made him one of my favorite types of romance novel heroes. Definitely recommended.

Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: ten. Setting: current day small town in Alabama. Copyright: 1994. Genre: contemporary romance with a little suspense.
Angela James
Nov 09, 2013 Angela James added it
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Really classic Howard. I'm surprised I hadn't read this one before, but I did like it and had an enjoyable few hours with the story. If you're looking for something in the "possessive hero" category, this one fits.
Elizabeth Lawless
This was an outstanding and emotional book ... one of my all time favorite reads ever.
For me the best romance novels have an element of suspense and/or mystery along with a very hot romance. For a short novel, Linda Howard has a marvelous way with character and plot development that is unmatched. This work is 20 years old and except for some tech areas, it is just as good today.

Loving Evangeline is a wonderful story about Robert, a very complex, controlled man who has made sure that no one knows who he really is. Evie is the owner of a small marina on the Tennessee River in Alaba
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Although the hero is extremely alpha and dominant and really behaves like an ass for the major part of the book to the heroine, whom he believes to be entangled in a treason with one of his employees, I liked it, because his behaviour to the heroine when face-to-face is really sweet.
I also liked the heroine who was very independent, had been badly hurt by the death of her husband former childhood sweetheart and overall behaved as I would have expected.
I had not read yet the previous book in thi
TBR Challenge 2012: July Category-- How did this get here?

I'm not sure why Loving Evangeline got on my to-read list, perhaps because of the author, but here it is! And it's been here for almost a year.

I enjoyed Evie, and the suspense was fine, but the manipulative bastard of a hero was too much for me. His actions were so unfeeling and cold, and I was never convinced he was sorry for them. And the "one look at her and he's got to have her even if she's guilty of treason" is way over the top.

It w
After reading Reese & Madelyn I was expecting fireworks for Robert & Evangeline too. but somehow it didnt do for me what Reese and Madelyn did. There are some portions in the book which are kick ass - literally - when Madelyn kicks Robert's ass :)

Then there are some really soft and sweet moments. The chemistry is all there but Robert's character like it was built - the traces of it in Duncan's bride - promised him to be as rugged & raw as Reese. He is somewhere there. He is. Just tha
Nice book but unfortunately they made very bad movie based of this novel.
a keeper!!!!!
The most recent books of Ms Howard, at least the ones I've read so far, are different, and they don’t get to me as older ones. This is an old one. Both the characters and the story and the way it evolves, captivated me to the point that I could not stop reading until I finished it.
I can't take it anymore. I'm bailing on this one. It's mega boring. I don't even want to write a review on it. The heroine is boring, the hero is boring, the plot is boring, everything is boring. Maybe this was just a bad one to pick up after reading the action packed "After The Night".
**Facepalm** Guy meets girl who is glowing so much so guy wants, should and needs to have her...All the damn first half of the book I was bored with how much he needs to have her! And nothing interesting happening to show us why girl was falling in love with guy...Guy is dangerous as per everyone, but guy really looks stupid and ridiculous to me LOL, with those eyes and this non-emotional "lean" face haha!
He did horrible things but since he loves her so much it hurts and wants to take her 4 to
Dueep Jyot
Sep 27, 2015 Dueep Jyot rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for porn masquerading as romantic corn
Recommended to Dueep by: Picked it up in a flea market
Unfortunately this is the book which made me go off Linda Howard completely. Her heroes are crude and I don't thing a declaration of I want you so much that I will be in you 3 times a day makes this Robert guy in any way appealing. After I had finished gagging and kicking the book into the dustbin, I found that I could recognise her writing anywhere. All her macho men snowed their alphadom by grinding themselves in the butts of the heroines of first acquaintance. Not only is this an invasion of ...more
I bought this book on a recommendation from amazon. It was cheap, less than $3. It was worth that and more.
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I hated the hero in this book. He did horrible things to her and she forgave him way too easily.
Robert Cannon, tough hero to like, one of my favorites
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Robert Cannon and Evie Shaw(Step-brother of Madelyn of Duncan's Bride)Evie owns a marina there and Robert, in the guise of needing a stress-induced vacation, arrives looking for evidence to put this little Mata Hari’s ass in jail and throw away the key for selling highly classified software developed for NASA by his PowerNet Company. However, where he thought he’d find a dumpy old turncoat, he’s pleased to find a provocative widow, and he’s not above anticipating the planned enjoyment of his sex ...more
I'm all for alpha males - those guys who are supremely confident, powerful, and even ruthless; they know what they want, and they do whatever it takes to get it. These are the men who are typically quite good-looking (or at least rugged), ultra-masculine, and exercise rigid control over their emotions. They tend to be difficult to get to know, as they build innumerable walls and defense mechanisms around their hearts, but when they meet the right woman, they wind up falling quickly and completel ...more
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Amanda Sheila
I loved it!

I can actually tell the ending, but I don't care. In fact, I'm looking forward to it because, gah! The drama! Linda Howard could write mean drama that made you emotional. And that's what I get from this book.

At first, the plot went pretty slow and it is kind of bored me. Linda tend to add plenty of small detail and she did. But in the end, I get what I want and I'm so happy!

I just can't wait to read more books from Linda Howard! Look forward to it!
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Não canso de repetir, que Linda Howard, nunca escreveu uma estória ruim, até hoje, não me decepcionou. Não sei como ela consegue, mas os livros são sempre uma surpresa agradabilíssima.

É obvio que há semelhança em todos os seus livros, mas estas são irremediavelmente sutis. Como por exemplo, toda as mocinhas são extremamente femininas, sem deixarem de ser confiantes e determinadas. Já os mocinhos são básicos, por mais que sejam sofis
Reminds me quite a lot of her later work, The Cutting Edge, but lacking in resolution in comparison to it. I enjoyed the book but not as much as TCE; frankly, there was a lack of groveling that got to me and the undertones of sexism throughout definitely annoyed me.

Good writing job, all in all, but she's definitely written much better books in her later years as an author.
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Honestly, I wanted to beat myself with a stick re-reading this. I hadn't read it for years and doing so now as an adult rather than a teen, I was appalled at how bad this book was. Robert's character is so selfish and stupid and can't go two seconds without thinking of his dick that he truly fits the pampered rich boy stereotype, but Linda Howard makes him "lovable" by making him a walking Adonis who is so patriotic that he's done some undercover top secret work for the government just for shits ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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“I’m really not hungry,” she repeated, lifting the coffee cup and inhaling the fragrant steam before sipping.

“Just a few bites,” he cajoled, taking his own place beside her. “You need to keep up your strength for tonight.”

She gave him a heated, slumberous look, remembering her fantasy. “Why? Are you planning something special?”

“I suppose I am,” he said consideringly. “It’s special every time we make love.”
“But never had he felt more enthralled than he was right now, sitting beside Evie on a weathered old dock, with a blazing afternoon sun, almost brutal in its clarity, bathing everything in pure light. Sweat trickled down his back and chest from the steamy heat, and his entire body pulsed with life. Even his fingertips throbbed. It took all of his formidable self-control to prevent himself from pushing her down on the dock and spreading her legs for his entry.” 6 likes
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