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After the Night by Linda Howard
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Feb 04, 09

Read in December, 2008

I really enjoyed this story and loved the character of Faith Devlin. Growing up in a family with an alcoholic father and adultering mother, with 3 older siblings that reflect their parents she was somewhat doomed. Faith was determined to be different than what was dealt to her and she also took car of her younger mentally hanicapped brother even at an early age.

After their mother runs off with Guy (a prominant person in the community), the rest of the family is thrown out of their shack in the middle of the night by Guy's 22 year old son, Gray - who is stunned, bitter and upset over their father's disappearance.

Guy and Faith both make successful careers and 12 years later Faith moves back to town to find out what happened after she learns her mother did not run away with Guy afterall. Guy tries to force Faith out of town because Faiths presence upsets his mentally unstable sister and mother. (they seem much more unstable that what's recognized in the book). Guy wants to protect his family from unpleasant memories that are being stirred up by Faiths presence, but he's also very attracted to her. Faith is very strong willed and won't leave until she finds out the truth.

Gray is very very male. In general, he has respect for women but also seems to get around a lot. (would have liked to know more of his romantic background). I thought his character was a bit brash and arrogant at times, but underneath he seemed like a good person. (though a little flawed).

The storyline was very good, but I was able to predict the motivators of the story from very early on. The romance between Faith and Gray was steamy hot and surprisingly believable based on their past. I give this a 3.5 to 4 stars....
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