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Shades Of Twilight

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,765 ratings  ·  259 reviews
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Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn’t pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She’s in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna’s life. When Jessie
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Published (first published July 1996)
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Sophie ♥
Jan 10, 2014 Sophie ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 my favour
~~~~~~ 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
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
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
Jane Stewart
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
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
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 . . .

*** 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)
Oct 08, 2013 Rashika (is tired) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
ชอบสไตลการเขียนของลินดาทีเขียนใหนางเอกรูสึกวานาสงสารมากๆ ซึงเราจะชอบนางเอกสไตลนีนะ นาสงสาร แขงแกรงแตจริงๆแลวกออนแอจึงตองสรางเกาะขึนมาปองกันตัวเองไว ถาเจอนางเอกแบบนีทีไรตองเชียรเปนพิเศษ

ในเรืองดำเนินเรืองตังแตเมือสิบปีทีแลวกอน แลวกคอยไลๆเรืองราวไปจนปัจจุบัน นางเอกตอนเดกเปนเดกพูดมากราเริง ติดพระเอก ชอบอยูกับมา ขีมา แตเหตุการณทีเกิดขึนทำใหทุกอยางเปลียนไป 10 ปีผานไปนางเอกเปลียนไปเปนคนละคน ไมยิม ไมหัวเราะ ไมคอยพูด แตมีสิงหนึงทีไมเคยเปลียนเลยคือ รักพระเอก (รักมันคงมาก) พระเอกบาบอนะทีโกรธนางเอก(ในตอนแร

*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.
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
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
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
I've read a lot of Linda Howard's books and have enjoyed all of them, this one included. However, several things about "Shades of Twilight" bothered me.

First of all, weren't Webb, Jessie, and Roanna too closely related for him to marry either of them???? I know in centuries past that was no big deal, and relatives even closer than they were are known to have gotten married, but in this day and age, I thought they were a bit too closely related.

Also, not to give anything away, but when Jessie's r
Shannon C.
This ended up being a pretty good romantic mystery, but during the middle third of the book I almost put it down in annoyance. The heroine was such a doormat and I just didn't buy her holding a candle for the hero for ten years while he was gone. And how she went to college, was even social (eg, in a sorority) but yet she didn't date and she was still a virgin at age 27??? Yeah, right.

Then she finally got a backbone and I liked her character better. The mystery and suspense parts in the last ha
Roanna has been in love with Webb for as long as she can remember. As a child, it was a sort of hero worship, but as she grew older, the love matured into something more real. So it broke her heart when Webb married her spoiled cousin, Jessie.

Then one day, everything falls apart. Roanna spies Jessie with another man, but she doesn't want to tell Webb, because she's afraid of hurting him. She does lose her mind, however, and kisses him, a kiss that Jessie interrupts. Jessie and Webb fight, and la
My 3rd book in a row from Howard. Roanna and Webb story evolves in Davencourt from childhood when Roanna and Jessie's parents both die in a car accident. Webb who happened to be Lucinda's (Roanna & Jessie grandmother) grandchild from his favorite brother assumed the role of the new heir of the Davencourt and married Jessie the crown princess. But two years after their marriage, Jessie was murdered and Webb was assumed as his killer after he was caught kissing Roanna on the kitchen. Webb left ...more
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I loved this book! I even sleep late 2am. in two happy nights since I enjoy it very much and want to go on and on. I just love everything, the Hero, the Heroine, Angst, and Romance.

Roanna, this girl's life is so ruthful I even almost cry with her in many scenes. Roanna adored Webb since her childhood, he is like her Hero who always protects her when she has no one left and being left out in her family. The romance is my fave! and so my cup of tea. Remind me a bit of 'After the Night' but still d
Nov 05, 2011 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Suspense lovers, Ugly-Duckling stories
What can I honestly say about this book that hasn't been raved about numerous times already? I guess I could share that I've read this at least 7 times and don't think I'll every stop rereading it. I could also state that the love Roanna has for Webb in this story is so strong, resilient and touching that it moves me each time I read it. And if I'm sharing all that, I need to also say that Webb's protectiveness and evolving feelings for Roanna is just heart clenching.

"...just what in the hell h
Iris Robinson
It was pretty good in the suspense...REALLY good in the romance/sex scenes. Except for referring to the vagina or penis as his/her "sex"...that was quite weird, haha. Their attraction to each other was very intriguing, even without the family factor. They don't seem to even consider that dating/marrying/having sex with your second cousin is at all strange. It really disturbed me! I mean, the description of their love! But then I remembered that they were related...there was so much ...more
Pamela Su
A heartwrenching and dramatic love story that has all the elements that brings to Dallas and Dynasty to mind.

This is a multiple re-read for me and I still love the story. Lots of turmoil, conflict and absolutely delicious scandals pack this book, scandals that spans generations.

My favorite (AND most hated) theme is here. The delicate and fragile but STILL independently strong heroine matched up with the uber alpha male whose goal in life is to shelter and protect his delicate, independent darlin
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Jemma Gutierrez
I couldn't decide between a 3 or a 4.

I'm really good at holding grudges and the heroine in this story just endured too freaking much and the hero was such a selfish, inconsiderate asshole. Then again, maybe I'm just biased but still, no one deserves to suffer for 10 years, locking away their emotions and personalities inside. That's just murder! I can't get over that. And the fact that our heroine still loved our hero even after what she had gone through killed me.

This is a very emotional story-
Carol Storm
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 . . .
On the surface, this one is a bit worrying. The whole kissing cousins thing is strange, even if they are second or third or whatever number you want to put on it. I get it, this is the Old South to a certain degree, but still. There's a reason Yankees say this stuff about us. BUT, you do get past it. You understand the mechanics of this family and how they work and how it is they keep this piece of land in their family the way they have.

So once you're past that you're going to find a story told
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