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Lightning That Lingers

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
From Sharon and Tom Curtis, one of the most celebrated writing duos in romance, comes a sizzling story of unexpected attraction—as sparks fly between a shy librarian and a sexy dancer.
Philip Brooks is a man with a passion for biology, wildlife, and restoring his old family home—all of which add up to a pile of bills that require attention. Moonlighting as the Cougar Club’
Mass Market Paperback, Loveswept, #25, 182 pages
Published August 8th 2011 by Loveswept (first published December 1983)
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Jul 01, 2011 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rane by: Audrey
Lightning that Lingers has given a second chance at life with it's recent turn into the digital format. Giving readers a chance to rediscover this sweetly and almost magical romance of second chances.

Jennifer Hamilton is a shy librarian, who enjoys her job, but shies away from all men who tend to dismiss her and her lack of looks. Jennifer though is happy with her quiet life until one night her co-workers take her to the local strip club and she meets one of the most beautiful men she’s ever l
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it it was amazing
Although this book is somewhat dated, there are somethings that never grow old. Sharon and Tom Curtis are superb and talented writers and their abilities with the written word are truly timeless.

I read Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone which has a similar plot. Male stripper forced to use body for financial purposes. I liked that book, but not nearly as much as this one. Fallen From Grace is very dark in it's plot line while this book is refreshingly witty, sweet, and light in the midst of a ser
Aug 07, 2011 Saly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lightning that Lingers has a very old world charm about it and one of the most unusual heroes and my favorite a shy librarian.

It begins on a very spooky sort of way, a description of a man in a huge estate all sounding vaguely haunted talking with a owl and carrying two owlets and commenting on what all he has to do, to keep them fed.

Jennifer is a librarian, who has just moved to town to try and be more outgoing and give that inner fire she knows she possesses life. Still she is shocked to see
The Loveswept Line was a treat for romance lovers. Many well know authors have come out of this line and it is a shame that it is no longer around. Lightning That Lingers could possibly be the best book to ever come out as a single category romance.

This books is very sweet and telling of human nature and what we see is not necessarily what we get.

Jennifer is a very shy librarian who has just started out on her own. One night her co-workers go out for a night on the town. They go to a strip clu
Oct 20, 2011 LLCSpokane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LLCSpokane by: Saly and Jenny
The h is a very shy repressed 23 year old librarian. The H is "the most beautiful man in the world", a wildlife biologist and a male stripper. The H's occupation is not by choice but necessity. He is the last of his blue blood family and there's no money to support the family estate. The estate is home to the wildlife he loves and he refuses to see it sold for development.
This is a very sweet whimsical love story. The H specifically loves birds and in fact has a pet rescued owl and two orphaned
Linda Sims
Jul 05, 2016 Linda Sims rated it liked it
I've not read anything by these authors before, this seemed to be a quite highly regarded book so I was curious enough to give it a go. The two main characters a male stripper and a virginal librarian seemed a little cliched. Originally written and published in the early eighties I hoped it wouldn't be too dated, honestly that wasn't the problem for me. It seemed a little dumbed down especially with regard to Philip's profession as a stripper. It was all a bit too squeaky clean, and the story do ...more
A Classic and Beautifully Written Romance
When her friends suggested a night out at the popular Cougar Club, shy and timid librarian Jennifer Hamilton thought it would be fun and exciting. She had no idea just what sort of club it was until she stepped into the place and saw some of the merchandise sold in the gift shop. Any lingering illusions were dashed when the show started and the male dancer started stripping down to nothing. Fainting from the horrified embarrassment was a serious risk, esp
The story told in this book is one of my favourites: the plain heroine type, the handsome hero - why would he want her? For some very fascinating reading find out why and read this book. I didn't know if I would warm up to a character who strips for a living, but I loved Phillip. I couldn't imagine not being irritated by the shy, insecure Jenny, but I found her courageous perhaps because of these characteristics. As you can imagine, they do have the "slight" issue of Phillips employment to overc ...more
Ruthie Knox
Apr 03, 2012 Ruthie Knox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrician biologist stripper hero.

Need I say more?

Oh, okay. This was my first Sharon and Tom Curtis book, and I'll definitely be reading more. I think it starts stronger than it ends, but it starts SO well, I'm able to forgive the near absence of conflict and the easy-peasy resolution of what conflict there is. There are BABY OWLS in this book who sleep with the hero. There's hypothermia, stripping, library sex, a gerbil up the heroine's shirt, and a lot of dialogue that made me smile and laugh.
Jun 30, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: hqn-category
More of a 4+ star story. This book was a great read. The tender and passionate romance unfolds very sweetly and sometimes unexpectedly. The authors have an evocative writing style that pulled me right into the story. That said, be forewarned that this is a book from the early '80s, so even with the authors' ability to draw me into the story, the book inevitably included cultural references that sometimes jerked me back out (e.g., wearing a sweatshirt with E.T. on it or one of the secondary chara ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: category-romance
This is a fun and quick read if you're in the mood for a corny 80's romance. And when I say 80's I mean the time period that this book was written in is extremely apparent. I was having some serious flashbacks with all the pop culture references from that time period. Picturing all the characters in typical 80's fashion combined with actual plot of the book made for a pretty damn amusing read.

Phillip is a stripper with a heart of gold. No I'm not kidding. The book features Phillip, a blue blood,
Dec 25, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m almost afraid to review this book, because I already know I won’t be able to do it justice. There are just…so many wonderful people, so many enchanted places, a magic touching of souls…it touched me beyond words.
The book is short and fast-paced, and sometimes I thought: should she fall in love with him SO SOON? But I could understand her one hundred percent- I fell in love with him, too, and I only had some hours of reading time! Philip Brook is an amazing, outstanding hero, and I would have
Charming and sweet, but not a lot of plot or characterization. Philip is an idealization and barely a real person, despite the (totes adorbs) owl-saving. Jennifer is sweet and "awkward" but she gets over it real fast. Insta-love is a major (the only) factor in their relationship. But it's a quick read and fun in an homigod-this-was-clearly-written-in-the-80's kind of way. I'll be on the lookout for The Windflower when it gets re-published digitally next year.
Oct 02, 2014 Lyuda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
After reading the authors' other book "Sunshine and Shadow", I was truly looking forward to the next one. Based on other reviews I'm clearly in a minority here of not liking the story. It had so many unbelievable storylines that I had to finally give up.
Mar 03, 2017 Hopefulpuffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spinster
I don't remember how I came across this book but as soon as I read the synopsis which is basically "virginal children's librarian falls in love with male stripper who is also a biologist" I knew I HAD to read it.

I've read one historical by the Curtises and didn't love it and got stuck 1/3 through Sunshine and Shadow but I figured since this was a Loveswept, I'd be okay. And did I mention virgin librarian and male stripper?

This was every bit as awesome as the synopsis led me to believe it would
Mar 31, 2012 Ruby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have a confession to make. Exotic dancers are usually an automatic turn-off for me. Book-wise I mean (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). However, such is the awesomeness of Sharon and Tom Curtis that I willingly braved the world of male strippery in order to read this book. I wasn't disappointed. I read it in one sitting (well, I was on an airplane, but still...). Unfortunately, it didn't get me through the entire flight. This is a short nove
Aug 21, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Loveswept
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

I was super excited about the Loveswept line being brought back, and couldn’t wait to get some of their titles. Since I didn’t read a whole lot of romance until a few years ago, I was looking forward to reading some of their “throw back” titles.

Phillip will do just about anything to keep his family home preserved until he can get the state to make it a wi
Jun 23, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
The kindle version, which is the one that I read, was published in 2011 however the initial paperback version of this was from 1983. I've gone on ad nauseam about my love of a good story - regardless of the topic and some of my reviews have reflected high ratings even for a genre that I find unlikeable. I enjoyed everything about this story.

The writing was so good, words that I've not seen in romance in many a moon, words that kept me turning the pages; there's nothing graphic - no vulgar langu
Feb 23, 2017 Deshay rated it really liked it
This is one of the first "romance" novels that I read. I still have my original copy from the 1980s. I re-read it every few years. Of course, parts of it are dated but the story remains timeless. An all time favorite of mine.
Jul 26, 2014 Kezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, 17 and up
A new release of a classic contemporary romance written by the husband and wife writing team, Tom and Sharon Curtis. You'll find their books published under the names of Laura London, for historicals, and Robin James, for contemporary romance, if you're scrounging in used book stores. But now they're available as e-books, so they can be carried with you everywhere. And that's a wonderful thing, because everything written by this couple is golden. Their work shines among the romantic literature o ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Aug 22, 2011 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing
Sharon and Tom Curtis -- where did they go? I read this book originally when it was first published and then a few times over the years and then -- HORRORS -- misplaced my copy! I found out the old Loveswepts' were being republished in the eFormat. YES!! I was excited and pre-ordered my Nook copy.

So, was the book as good as I remembered? A whole lot of life has happened for me in the time between the last time I read it. I don't always like books I've really liked in the past.

Poetry...the relat
Aug 08, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lightening That Lingers by Sharon & Tom Curtis eISBN- 978-0-307-798824

A shy insecure librarian named Jennifer Hamilton ends up at the Cougar Club with her co-workers. A male strip club and she's the girl who escaped anything in school that involved sex or the body. She does notice the sound man though. A handsome man who's blue eyes connect with her a man who is the third dancer of the night and the star of the show.

Philip Brooks had a mansion and land, he was a Biologist and he had an owl a
Aug 29, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2011
andom House, Inc. has recently re-issued some of its classic Loveswept titles in e-book format. Lightning That Lingers is one of the first 8 to be released. The premise may sound a little cheesy...the shy librarian and the male stripper, but it totally worked.

Philip has an honorable reason for stripping. He needs to make money to maintain his land for the wildlife he cares about. Jennifer is a bit prudish and shy, but Philip sees something in her that is unique. It isn't love at first sight, an
Feb 12, 2017 Sheridan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A great contemporary.
Angela James
Aug 18, 2011 Angela James rated it liked it
I received an "ARC" of this book in digital format via NetGalley. I love the old category lines and was excited to see that Loveswept was reissuing some of them in digital. I'm grateful to them for giving me a sneak peek at the digital copy of this book. Though I do love category, I found this book was a bit too precious and twee for me, unfortunately, though the story was a quick read and I'm certainly not unhappy I read it.

My only real negative comment would be that I still thought I had half
Giulia Torre
Feb 17, 2014 Giulia Torre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, loveswept
Lightning That Lingers #25 Sharon and Tom Curtis (Laura London)

Meetup: Shy librarian heroine visits male strip club, and he’s the star act.

Conflict: She’s a shy librarian, and he’s a male stripper.

The Penetration Station: “He blew softly along her hairline, and slowly entered her” (p. 138). No honeyed havens here ladies and gents.

Survey Says: It took me a week to write this one up. It’s a classic. Pure and simple. Notice no 80s standouts here. Nothing to laugh at. I had read Windflower last year
Jun 20, 2016 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
I am normally not that fond of virgin heroines, but the sweetness of the biologist who funds his effort to save his own little wildlife preserve by stripping, is what made this work for me. This initial awakening of this pretty much pathologically sex phobic librarian to sensuality is a bit quick timelinewise, but I liked the intelligent almost nerdy hero in the beautiful wrapper so well that I was able to let that slide. Well worth my .99 - I only really noticed one 80s reference in this older ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread2012
I pulled this off the shelf today in a fit of nostalgia after seeing Magic Mike this weekend. I can't believe this book is nearly 30 years old. Well, I can, actually, I just can't believe that I read it for the first time some 20 years ago.

At heart, this is an incredibly sweet book, with stolen kisses and owlets and love of libraries and strippers with a heart of gold...even the ones who genuinely like stripping. It has a few hero-knows-best consent areas, and some other moments that mark it as
Philip and Jennifer.... DNF. I just couldn't get into Philip's character. OR non-character really. He's just cool as a cucumber and unflappable. He almost comes across as insensitive because of this and it made me not like him. His friend acts like an ass to Jennifer and he says nothing. Not my cup of tea I guess. Or rather it was like a weak cup of tepid tea. I briefly wondered if he'd actually been raised by his owls...
Sep 05, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This is a re-read from years ago and I remember why I kept it. The dialog makes the book. I don't know if this writing team divides the characters or if they write together but this male dialog is some of the best I remember in a romance novel. I love the way he describes "a date". It's going back on my bookshelf for another read sometime later.
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