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Shades of Twilight

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  7,336 Ratings  ·  356 Reviews
Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published July 1996)
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Sophie ♥
Dec 09, 2013 Sophie ♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic suspense fans, Linda Howard fans, those who enjoyed After the Night in particular!
WARNING: Fragile Heroine Ahead


I am finally out of my reading rut. Hurrah! All those historical romances and mellow contemporaries finally got to me and I was definitely in the mood to shake it up a bit so I decided to make another venture into romantic suspense and I just cannot believe how hard I fell for this book. What really skyrocketed this book up
Sep 20, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it
I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

I guess you could say that I enjoyed Shades of Twilight. It is apparent by my updates. But in the end this one settled around the 3.5 – 4 stars rating. So instead of two thumbs up I’ll give it one thumb up! :)

Without doubt Linda Howard can write some wonderful storylines and strong main characters. I found Roanna to be innocent yet strong and resilient. I found Webb to be domineering yet honest and goodhearted. Their relationship was slow building (and I mean s
Oct 31, 2016 Viri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Esta fue una historia como las de antes, de esas que son todas apasionadas pero pausadas con una narrativa que te invita a adentrarte en la historia. Con unos personajes tan bien tramados que ni siquiera sé cómo explicarlo.
Los personajes son sin duda el punto fuerte de esta novela. Roanna sufrió una evolución a lo largo de todo el libro TAN grande, TAN perfecta, tan bien llevada que no sé si me gustó más ella que Él.
Wedd fue..
Nenia *the flagrant liberal* Campbell

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I love challenges, and that's why the mods and I at Unapologetic Romance Readers came up with the Halloween 2016 Reading Challenge. We're shining the light on the darker side of romance and seeing what horrible, creepy things come a-crawling out. I picked SHADES OF TWILIGHT to satisfy the "romance involving a murder" category, and boy, did it satisfy on that end.

SHADES OF TWILIGHT features Roanna Davenport, one of the heirs to a wealthy Ala
Jan 09, 2014 Didi rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Didi by: Sophie ♥
~~~~~~ 4.5 STARS! ~~~~~~

Wow. Linda Howard is quickly becoming one of my fave authors.

This book was so consuming, so thorough in its ability to make me cry, hate, despair and feel joy. It had a very epic feel to it although the events transcend 20 years in total. I loved the characters, even the bad ones. Roanna was a girl that lost her parents as a child only to live with her grandmother at Davencourt, the estate her father's family established.
She's also loved her second cousin, Webb---this di
Jan 09, 2014 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4 stars. I struggled with the first part of the book, but the second half took off.
I would say LH pushed a lot of envelopes with this one. Especially, the ending. I never saw it coming.
Jane Stewart
Sep 04, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it
I love this author, but I don't recommend this book. Roanna lost her parents at age 7.

She then lived with an evil cousin Jessie who bullied and tormented her constantly for 10 years. Jessie was killed and the relatives at first believed Roanna did it, then later believed Webb did it so he left town for 10 years. He made erroneous assumptions about Roanna and acted like he hated her as he left. He was the only one who cared for her and raised her from age 7, and she felt abandoned. Other relative
Mar 22, 2009 LibraryLass rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
4.5 stars for this one. I usually am not into the 'family drama' type scenario in books esp. if they have 1/2 a book in the past and 1/2 in the now - BUT this one grabbed me right from the prologue and I had difficulty putting it down (therefore I did so very rarely ;)

I loved Roanna and Webb. The only reason this didn't get a full 5 stars though, was that I think Roanna's love for Webb was at times a bit wimpy. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed their interaction. Unlike other reviewers I di
I originally read this about 9 years ago when I first found Linda Howard but by now didn't really remember how I felt about it - turns out it's a pretty good story that kept me entertained and even made me cry. There are a few aspects I could have done without - the cousins are a little closer in the family tree than I would like for the leads to be and the graphic descriptions of the taboo relationship with the one character and another person.

Overall, a good story with the old Linda Howard mas
Carol Storm
Jan 28, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book! More than a romance novel, it's a literary work that celebrates the American south and shows its darker side with all the sizzling intensity of Tennessee Williams.

Roanna Davenport is the most original heroine I've ever seen in a contemporary romance novel. So often in reviews we say someone (usually the hero) is "wild." And people just use "wild" to mean vibrant, sexy, passionate, whatever. But what makes Roanna so heartbreaking and original is that she really is . . .
This was a fabulous read for me,absolutely loved Webb-Roanna such strong sweet caring honest characters and their love was so deep they lived for each other protected each other and even sacrificed so much so that the other one gets happiness.It was a 5 star book for me but the climax disappointed me a little so 4.5 stars

I really cried for Roanna way she suffered and changed lost her smile and willingness to live,for no fault of hers she constantly suffered so much pain anger abusings humiliatio
Jan 19, 2014 Renee rated it really liked it

*** 4Woof Stars***


Roanna and Jessie are cousins. After losing their parents they both moved into Davencourt, their grandmother's mansion. Roanna is the black sheep of the family - she’s clumsy, outspoken and troublesome. Jessie is beautiful, snobby and bratty.

Webb has lived in the mansion with his mother since the death of his father and is set to inherit the Davenport and part of that deal is marrying Jessie. Roanne has been in love with Webb all of her life.

Shades Of Twilight is good suspens
Rashika (is tired)
Sep 30, 2013 Rashika (is tired) rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE! Not even my worst enemy, no one deserves this
Recommended to Rashika (is tired) by: My own stupid self, I really should sue myself
There is a reason why this book is getting such a low rating.
It scarred me for life and here I thought I was going to get brain candy.
I cannot even write a rant because I am so distressed.

But because I don't want people to be scarred for life like I was, I will tell you why this book got a horrible rating(this is not a spoiler).

One of the 'couples' in this book are a pair of Father and Daughter but the daughter does die (and I cannot tell you if the father does) so there is that.

When I say coupl
3.5 rounded up.

This definitely kept me interested, although I could have done without graphic sex scenes between secondary characters. **Trigger warning for incest.

This book starts when the h is 7 and ends when she's 27, two decades are glossed over, but it's primarily the story of how Roanna survived and grew/changed over the years.

The hero is 5-6 years older and Roanna's 2nd cousin. She lives under the same roof with him from 7 to 17, during which time she goes from big brother/hero worship to
Nov 05, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing
And my Linda Howard re-read tour continues! It has been several years since I read this one.. and I still loved it! Now, this is not one of my most fav Linda Howard books.. I didn't love Ro as much as her other h's.. but still loved it.. for like the 3rd or 4th time!
Jan 04, 2016 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha mantenido intrigada hasta el final que, por supuesto, no me esperaba.
♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
Jan 18, 2013 ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥ rated it really liked it
Vintage Linda Howard. 'Nuff said.
Chitra *CJ*
"I loved you when you were a snot-nosed kid, into so much mischief it's a wonder my hair didn't turn prematurely gray. I loved you when you were a teenager with long, skinny legs and eyes that broke my heart every time I looked at you. I love you now that you're a woman who makes my brain go soft, my legs go weak, and my dick get hard. When you walk into a room, my heart damn near jumps out of my chest. When you smile, I feel as if I've won a Nobel Prize. And your eyes still break my heart."

Jan 14, 2008 Tina rated it it was amazing
Linda Howard hit the ball out the park with this one. It had everything that makes for a great read for me. First there is Southern family drama. I am from the South and there is nothing that gives me larger charge than reading about the life, loves and scandal of a family set in the South.

The book is set in two pieces. The first half is all set up. We meet the principle players all at very young, impressionable ages and get a feel for all the intertwined relationships. And then, abruptly, a cha
Thank God for the old-fashioned romances! Guilty pleasures, brain candies, comfort readings, whatever I may call them, they are still making me smile and making me feel better whenever I am down.

Shades of Twilight embodies a ridiculous amount of my favorite tropes in these romances: second chance love story lasting for years, children friends to adult lovers, old South family drama, tall dark and handsome Southern gentleman, vulnerable and scarred heroine, but classy to the core, a big historica
Sep 05, 2008 Netha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense-romance
My fave book....

novel ini benar2 mampu mengaduk2 emosi.
novel ini sangat kompleks. cinta, keluarga dgn rahasia2 terkelam didalamnya hingga mengungkapkan pembunuhan yg terjadi 10 tahun yg lalu di davencourt.

Roanna Davenport kehilangan ke 2 orang tuanya saat berusia 7 tahun.
neneknya, lucinda tallan davenport, menerimanya di rumahnya davencourt & dibesarkan bersama2 dengan sepupu roana, jessie sang crown princess & webb talan, keponakan lucinda dari keluarga tallan.

webb sejak kecil dibesark
Nov 28, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I am very fond of romances that start when the hero and heroine are children and we get to see their story over time. This was different and interesting. If you only like one type of story and get squeeked out when the plot has some unsavory elements, you might not like it. I pretty much have a cast iron stomach when it comes to that sort of thing. It's fiction and not only that, the stuff that people object to in this book i.e., incest (not the hero or heroine!) it happens th ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audio-book, romance
This was an odd book for me. I was grossed out by the inappropriate (to me any way)relationships in this book. We had second cousins getting married and there was also an even worse couple with a father and daughter. But even with this said, I did like the main couple, Webb and Rowana. I did want to reach into the book so many times to throttle Rowana, she was so wishy washy, she needed to get a spine and take control of her life. She did have a moment in her life where the light bulb did come o ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Mancho283 rated it really liked it
ชอบสไตลการเขียนของลินดาทีเขียนใหนางเอกรูสึกวานาสงสารมากๆ ซึงเราจะชอบนางเอกสไตลนีนะ นาสงสาร แขงแกรงแตจริงๆแลวกออนแอจึงตองสรางเกาะขึนมาปองกันตัวเองไว ถาเจอนางเอกแบบนีทีไรตองเชียรเปนพิเศษ

ในเรืองดำเนินเรืองตังแตเมือสิบปีทีแลวกอน แลวกคอยไลๆเรืองราวไปจนปัจจุบัน นางเอกตอนเดกเปนเดกพูดมากราเริง ติดพระเอก ชอบอยูกับมา ขีมา แตเหตุการณทีเกิดขึนทำใหทุกอยางเปลียนไป 10 ปีผานไปนางเอกเปลียนไปเปนคนละคน ไมยิม ไมหัวเราะ ไมคอยพูด แตมีสิงหนึงทีไมเคยเปลียนเลยคือ รักพระเอก (รักมันคงมาก) พระเอกบาบอนะทีโกรธนางเอก(ในตอนแร
Jan 03, 2012 Glamdring rated it liked it

*2,5 stars*

I really liked the first half or so but unfortunately I found that there was too many rehashing in the second one. I rounded up my rating because I was wondering about Jessie's killer until it was revealed.
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Jan 15, 2016 Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads) rated it really liked it

I am a huge Linda Howard fan but this book confounded me on so many levels.

The first LH where I dint care much for the h, a highly Mary-sued doormat with a my-emotions-are-in-a-deep-freeze excuse.
The first LH where I dint like the H at all as for all the author’s pushing and prodding, his feelings for the h seemed contrived.
The first LH where the H/h dint work as a couple, at least not till the very end.
The first LH where I couldn’t pinpoint the killer too btw!!
Not the first LH thriller with ick
Dec 20, 2015 Zairobe25 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 maravilloso, me ha encantado, no le doy las 5 estrellas completas porque hubo momentos en el libro que me pareció que la narración divagaba un poco, y además se volvía repetitiva en cuanto a los pensamientos de los personajes protagónicos, aquí el gran protagonista ha sido el amor de Ro y Webb, aunque se hizo esperar, fue intenso, profundo, caliente; el misterio quedó relegado a un segundo plano, pero igual estaba siempre la espinita que me hacía preguntar Quien demonios fue? Y no lo supe ha ...more
 Eden Creed
Feb 19, 2016 Eden Creed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting that. I was not expecting THAT to be the killer.

The HEA was sweet and lovely, and though it took Webb and Roanna basically the whole book to finally come together, it worked for them. It worked well for the story.

But I wanted to shake Roanna now and again for her sometimes endless pity party. She straightened herself out in the end there though. Thankfully.

I do enjoy a good old family drama with a chance for murder and mystery--and there were some sick and twisted things hap
Sep 13, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars.

This one has a twist at the end that truly is a twist. I had the same WTF feeling as I did at the ending of Mr. Perfect. Also, incest. Ewwwwww.
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“I loved you when you were a snot-nosed kid, into so much mischief
it's a wonder my hair didn't turn prematurely gray. I loved you when you
were a teenager with long, skinny legs and eyes that broke my heart
every time I looked at you. I love you now that you're a woman who
makes my brain go soft, my legs go weak, and my dick get hard. When
you walk into a room, my heart damn near jumps out of my chest. When
you smile, I feel as if I've won a Nobel Prize. And your eyes still
break my heart.”
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