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After The Night

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  12,023 ratings  ·  549 reviews
FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published December 1st 1995)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book has the best asshole/jerk hero EVER!
OMG I loved every damn scene when he was horrible to her <3

I wanted him to be worse!!! I couldn't wait for it!

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He is just that good! Or maybe I am that wrong bwahahhahahahhahahahh

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But seriously, he is one of the best jerks I've read <3 I want to read more of those now <3

The story

I don’t know why you’re here, and it doesn’t matter. This motel belongs to me. You aren’t welcome. You have half an hour to get packed and get out." He gave her a wol

How I feel about this book:

The storyline

❥The characters

❥The dialogue

❥The fights

❥The reunions

I loved it ALL.

This is an absolute MUST READ. Linda Howard, why did I wait so long to read your books !!??

I have no idea but I do know that from now on I'll be devouring LH's books like crazy, that's a given! ;)

PS: I love Gray Rouillard <3

Wow. I couldn't put this book down last night and ended up pulling an all-nighter to finish it. It was THAT good.

It goes without saying that Linda Howard is an incredible writer, my personal favorite in the romantic suspense genre. I would read anything written by her. That includes her grocery list. I'm sure it would be interesting.

After the Night takes place over a span of several years, thus giving the reader the opportunity to watch Faith and Gray grow up, develop their characters and under...more
Amy (Foxy)
The name Devlin is synonymous with being a drunk and/or a whore!

Faith Devlin grew up as white trash. Her mom was the town whore and her dad was the town drunk. Her siblings were no better, except for her mentally handicapped brother, Scotty. She made sure to not be like her family. As a young girl her mother was the mistress to Guy Rouillard (a powerful and rich man).

Gary Rouillard is Guy’s son and like his dad he is a lady’s man. He's also a town powerhouse and when he talks people listen. He...more
~~~~ 5++++++ FANTASTIC STARS ~~~~

I've never read Linda Howard till now....and I'm rectifying that poor judgement on my part. Aside from the fact that I had never heard of her until recently, well, I've rectified that too. This book was GOLD.
I loved this and every second spent reading it. This book has been around for a while and so many people have read it, so I'll skip any type of synopsis. The plot was great, the suspense built up beautifully. I did suspect the culprit early on, but the reason...more
Jul 28, 2014 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of LH, steamy contemporary romance/romantic suspense, & hot French Cajun alpha heroes
Recommended to Shawna by: MelissaB
4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Gray is a really hot alpha hero, but his treatment of the heroine throughout most of the book pissed me off. Although, his whole macho, lion hear me roar thing was admittedly pretty sexy and hard to resist at times. And OMG, the notorious porch scene is scorch your fingertips, drink some ice water, YOWZA, smokin' hot and makes this a definite keeper!! It's another great LH read, but I wish Gray had done a little bit more groveling to Faith and an...more
Sophie ♥
Rate: 10 stars :O

All the hype about this book is WELL deserved. I love love loved it!!!

I loved the way Linda Howard crafted the plot. It was utterly supurb. Only a truly talented writer can give a book just the right amount of everything.

There was the poignant childhood crush...
"The best smell in the world, Faith thought as she meandered through the woods, staring up at the captured sunlight and holding her secret happiness cradled deep in her chest, was Gray Rouillard."

There was forbidden love...more
Re-read in April 2014.

FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom.

It was a good day for dreaming. It was late in the afternoon, the sun throwing long shadows when it could manage to break through the thick woods, but for the most part the translucent golden light was tangled in the tops of the tree
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
I love Linda Howard! So when I kept hearing about After the Night I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Well, I did. It was horrible!!! The hero is abusive and the heroine is a doormat who makes excuses for his ill treatment of her. It's not fair to blame someone, treat them poorly, and encourage the whole town to treat them poorly because of the sins of the parent. This is one very unhealthy "romance."

An After the Night reviewer stated that if this was your best friend you would encourage her...more
I love Linda Howard, BUT! Ugh. The first half of this book is appalling. At first, Gray is a complete and utter bastid, even to a sick young boy ((view spoiler)). He was SUCH a jerk, back when Faith was an adolescent. His sexual interest in her that night — that terrible night — grossed me out, given her youth.

It took me a long time to forgive him. I still haven't, not really. M...more
A super sexy, totally engaging story! I really have been missing out on some great Linda Howard reads!

There are so many fantastic reviews that I'll just add a few thoughts....

It took awhile for me to like the hero, Gray Rouillard. He’s a sexy, hot, alpha from the elite side of town. His treatment of Faith took a huge dose of redemption, but it does happen and by the end I was a happy reader.

The past hasn’t been good to Faith and I loved how she took charge and came out shining. She’s a strong,...more
Mar 03, 2014 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Soraya Naomi
Lost my Linda Howard cherry !!!

What a great book ! I devoured it ❤️❤️
**Buddy read with Blacky <3 <3 <3**

I love this book!

I love how Linda Howard can seamlessly switch from one mood to the other. In this book in particular from dramatic ambiance, to scorching hot sex to helpless hysterics.

See these awful communicative hysterics one can have in real life? That's exactly what happened to me with that book.

"Slowly Gray's head came up. The expression in his eyes was indescribable, as if he couldn't believe what was happening. He took a deep breath,...more
I couldn't read this anymore.
This is me right now:

First, this perv at 24 is checking out a 14 year old in her nightie.. What a fucking perv! "Oh wahhhh my rich daddie left with his mistress and now my family is probably only half as rich and I have lots of paperwork.. waaaahhh". I get it. He's pissed and it's a shitty situation.
He KNOWS that this family of "trash" has a down syndrome 6 year old boy and he'll just judge everyone because he has some serious dad...more
Fantastic story. Loved the build up and history between Gray and Faith. Felt the sexual tention between them and wasn't surprised when/how they first had sex. The suspense side was very weak and it was obvious very early on, but who cares? I certainly don't as was too busy concentrating on Gray & Faith.

The only complaint I have is where the the blooming epilogue....It had a good ending but was screaming out for an epilogue! Despite that gripe I'm still gonna give it 5 stars as it gripped me...more

I could barely put this one down and seriously wished I would have had a whole day to just read it away in one sitting.

This is one of the things I love GR so much, I’d heard about LH but had never tried any of her books before, but after seeing so many friends of similar taste enjoying it, and my friend Didi recommending it, curiosity won over. And well, definitely reading more from this author. I loved her writing.

This was a great enemies to lovers story with some good suspense buildup, d...more
This is perfect book for anyone who likes idea behind Kristen Ashley novels but hates all melodrama, unnecessary descriptions and over the top alpha males.

Now, excuse me, I have to go and find more Linda Howard books.

My rating: 4.5 stars
This book pulled me right out of my book slump. Loved everything about it. The writing, storyline and characters. Gray has become the latest addition to my book boyfriend list and Faith is one of my favorite heroines. My only slight disappointment was how quickly the story ended. I felt that I needed a little something more. Still loved it though! This ones a MUST read!
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YESSSSS!! Another alpha male book please.
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Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
***3.5 stars***

My first Linda Howard book and I'm in the middle of the road, liked it but didn't love it. With the exception of the first 20%, which was AMAZING, this book for me was a combination of


Alright, let's start at the beginning shall we.

The first 20% of this book describing and setting up the history between the Devlins and Rouillards was fantastic! I could feel EVERY emotion, injustice and unfairness that Faith had to endure. Her infatuation, worship and love for Gray poured off...more
4.5 STARS.

This is just as riveting in audio as in print. Natalie Ross did an excellent job, IMO, and if an audiobook I'm interested in has her as the narrator, I'd have no hesitation buying. She makes an effort to insert different inflections, differentiate male from female voices and her own warm, sultry voice is easy on the ear.

I read the print version many years ago in mass paperback but listening to the audiobook made me notice a couple of things that I didn't...more
♥~♥Geri ~ the HEA junkie ♥~♥
This is definitely one of Linda Howard's best. The story is sultry, peppered with intrigue and it makes for a thoroughly engaging read. I would highly recommend this book.
Lady Heather

let me just say I would love some Creole Cajun.... especially how Gray is written

review to follow :)
Shannon C.
I bought this book based on the positive recommendations and ended up disappointed and wondering if we read the same book. Gray, the supposed hero, is a jerk. He consistently mistreats Faith and seems to be borderline obsessed with her. I liked Faith as a character--poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks works hard to get an education and become successful. But I didn't buy her wanting to move back to the small town where her family had such a bad rep, and where Gray had so much influence....more
This book is beyond words...I don't think I could do it justice by writing a review right now. I would strongly recommend this book to all of my goodreads friends who love romance with a little suspense thrown in. I will come back to this book at a later time when I think I can write a coherent review!
Happy Bookaholic
That didn't take long. Read for an hour then stopped. Permanently.

After the night begins with a curious little girl who seems to have an unusual sensory gift, or a fantastic imagination. The girl has a crush on a teen who, when first introduced, seems perceptive then the story and characters (especially the "hero"--term used lightly, sarcastically) go on a downward spiral. From the earliest pages, the story is riddled with amorality and double-standards. This could make for an interesting story...more
Cover & Title - 3.5/5
Favorite Line - "Do you want to know why men name their penis? So the most important decisions in their life aren't made by a stranger."
Favorite Character - Faith

My favorite things about this book -
1. Faith, she has a shitty life but never gives up & she achieves so much with her life regardless.
2. The sex scenes, they are super steamy. The author really manages to make you live & breath the passion along with the leads.
3. I like that the story included some se...more
This is a really great read..though be run the risk of staying up all night to finish it. First, the story line is incredible. Secondly, I really liked how the author spent time setting up this novel, giving us an opportunity to get to know Faith through her early struggles and how powerfully she rises above it all to survive and be a successful business woman. The only reason I did not give this a five star is that I felt there needed to be a more realistic opening adult rela...more
Angie **loves angst**
After reading my dear friend Didi's review for this book I started it right away and read it without a break. I must admit I skimmed the first three chapters. It consisted of a lot of back story about the characters in their teenage years and I wasn't interested in the history. I wanted the future adult version of their story and it was better than I anticipated. Its been years since I've read a Linda Howard romance but this was definitely an oldie but goldie. Its one of those timeless romance b...more
I'm speechless!!! :) :) What a sweet,sexy ride!! WOW.. It's definitely one of the best romance that I've ever read.. Thanks
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe...more
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