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(Rescues #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,227 ratings  ·  236 reviews
Michelle Cabot has inherited her father's Florida cattle ranch -- and a mountain of debt. To make matters worse, a huge chunk of that debt is owed to the neighboring rancher, her nemesis John Rafferty.

Nothing shocks Rafferty more than discovering that the spoiled, pampered rich girl he once despised is painstakingly trying to run the Cabot ranch herself, working the land w
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 25th 2002 by MIRA (first published August 1987)
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Pam H No - you don't need the others - they all read well as stand alones. This one in particular as there are few references to previous characters.

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~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
2.5 Stars

I kind of knew this was going to happen. It was too good to be true. Three books by Linda Howard this month and all of them ended up on my favorite shelf.

I would have rated this one 5 stars too if I had read it 30 years ago (though I was way too young back then). I’m sure my mom would have loved it though.

In fact, the whole book felt kind of funny and outdated to me. The descriptions and dialogues were a little bit too old-fashioned for my liking. The characters' physical appearance w
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
You gotta love the fashions described. Lol. I'm becoming a huge fan of Linda Howard. Her writing reminds me of Sandra Brown. :-)
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
It was just too dated for me. The shoulder pads, the moustache, the panty hose!

He was a bit of an ass but I liked him.

Not her best.

I felt I was in the middle of a scene from Dynasty, Dallas or Falcon Crest... c'mon, some of you must remember those shows ... the originals!!

❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
This is finally available in audio and thank goodness the narrator is pretty decent!!!!

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4 Broody Cowboy Loving Stars!!!

Loved this the first time I read it several years ago and loved the audio version just as much!!!

Michelle grew up a pampered princess by her doting parents, especially her beloved father. John is the hard working surly neighbouring rancher who loathes pampered and spoiled least he tries to.

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10 yrs later at 28 years old, a beaten down Michelle is divorced from
Well, well, well, what do you know? When Linda Howard puts her mind into developing her main female character as much if not more than her beloved Alpha romantic heroes, she can write quite enjoyable stories.

Michelle Cabot has been the apple of her father's eye, the pampered princess of his Florida cattle ranch, the spoiled heiress who goes jet setting all over the world, the coddled wife of the scion of a quasi-aristocratic American family, and the thorn in the ass of rugged, self-made rancher
Trigger alert: domestic violence

Heroine is a poor little rich girl who has lost everything. Hero is the neighboring ranch owner who thought she was a “parasite” on her father’s legacy. They were attracted to each other at 18 and 22 and ten years later, when the heroine returns home after her divorce and father’s death, they still are.

Hero offers to help in exchange for sex and then modifies his offer to taking over some land in exchange for help. The H/h quickly end up in bed and quickly set asi

John Rafferty is a cynic and he has reason to be, his mother couldn't take ranch life and ran out when he was very small, when John took over and made the ranch successful she kept contacting him for money, he was also briefly married. He's a heart-breaker with a reputation of a womanizer but for ten years one woman has tormented him, Michelle, his neighbours daughter, rich, spoiled, haughty and high-maintenance. John doesn't have a very flattering opinion of her since her father borrowed heavil
The more I read Linda Howard's novels, the better I expect them to be!
Maybe that's why this book didn't do anything for me.. It wasn't bad, far from it. But there was no exciting elements. Or at least nothing that got me excited.

I should probably consider taking a break from my LH binge for some time and chill out with some lighter fluffier stuff!
This started out like the typical longterm enemies to lovers romance, with a typical LH uber alpha hero and a surprisingly strong heroine who makes choices about the hero knowing the potential consequences of getting involved with a big-time player. Their “enemy” status and his shallow slut shaming lasts for all about five minutes.

Lots of chemistry and when I sat chemistry, lots of life-changing sex.

If you like the dynamic chemistry LH creates with her characters, this is for you.

However, I wa
Jacqueline J
Liked this more on my second reading. It just has a level of passion and angst that I like. I also enjoyed how at first he was all about how she'd been so spoiled all her life but that soon all he wanted to do was spoil her himself. I liked how he had wanted her for 10 years but had thought she didn't like him. That makes a difference from many romance where the hero can always tell the heroine is hot for him. Just another fun older LH.
Poor little rich girl is misjudged by the arrogant, man's man rancher. Mostly it is because he wants her and he thought she didn't want him.

In typical old-school LH style, the hero is a pushy alpha and a sexist jerk, but LH manages to pull off those characters well IMHO.

The heroine is on-the-run from her abusive ex and trying to make it on her own for once after a lifetime of being taken care of by her overprotective father. The hero comes in and steamrolls her off her ranch and onto his. She d
Lady Heather

John Patrick Rafferty: An original Alpha Male.

Michelle Langley: Broken, strong woman that has to face her past before she can have a future with the only man she has ever loved.

Amazing story of people who had a past and are destined to be together.

Full review to come. :)
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Well, this book was rather disappointing, especially after the first two in this series, which I enjoyed immensely. One of the reasons I love Linda Howard is her superior, effortlessly good writing, but I don’t know, it didn’t seem like her in this one. It seemed to lack any depth. I liked the set up of the storyline and was quite excited by the theme when it started, but LH’s magic definitely was lacking in the execution. It should have been good, but it just wasn’t. The heroine was TSTL, the h ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I think I really liked that the hero had a misconception about the heroine. He thought she was a spoiled brat who seduced men for fun. He was still drawn to her despite not having a good opinion of her. When he finally gave himself permission to pursue her, he was almost obsessed. He despised her spoiled persona and yet he wanted to be the one to spoil her. It made it way more enjoyable when he slowly learned she was actually a good person and someone he admired. I will be reading this one again ...more
Duchess Nicole
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-pcs
Derp...I got almost all the way to the end when I realized that this hero is the neighbor from Diamond Bay. Great LH read. Gotta love a hero that heroes so well :D
John and Michelle. Not my fave by this author but a solidly enjoyable listen. The audio reader, Amy Landon was good. Michelle first met John when she was 18 and already knew of John's reputation with the ladies. She is unfriendly to him to keep him and his magnetic charm at bay. John pigeon holes her as he does all women he meets, using his harshly skewed measuring stick for women. Skewed because of his first wife and his mother. So 10 years later, Michelle comes back after a horribly failed mar ...more
Carla Vitale
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For some reason this is one of my favorite books of all time.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I didn't realize how old-school this one would come off. I read and enjoyed White Lies from the same series, but this one didn't work as well for me. I don't know why this one felt so dated versus the other one, but this definitely didn't feel like a Linda Howard book to me.

A bit too much misogyny, and a bit too much of a TSTL heroine, oh!, and the trite lack of communication skills between characters...
Way way waaaaay too much summarizing. 90% of this book is filled with pages of just narration and the other 10% is minimal dialogue which made for a really flat boring story. There was nothing realistic or dimensional about this. And the completely dense slow-on-the-uptake lead characters just added to the overall misery. The fact that the hero John couldn't pick up on the fact that the heroine Michelle was physically abused till the very end amazed me. She was beaten by her ex-husband with a be ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: s-bv-library
I was really disappointed in Heartbreaker; as for me it was just an OK read and one that I wouldn't recommend. I thought about rounding up to 3 stars but that would have been more that I am a fan of Linda Howard versus a fan of this book.

I think back in its original publishing day, I may have liked it more, but today not so much. Michelle is your damsel in distress and John Rafferty is the dashing hero who rescues in to save her. Michelle does have some really sad events in her life. Her ex-husb
Chitra *CJ*
“Heartbreaker” is the story of Michelle and John.
When Michelle reluctantly returns to Florida to taken care of her father’s ranch, she realizes she’s heavy in debt and owes money to her nemesis John. Both have been loggerheads since they met, but now she’s forced to confront her past.
So this was disappointing.
The mystery was average, the sex scenes bleh and I honestly didn’t like everyone crowding the heroine and her decisions. I wish she had more backbone.
Also not a fan of descriptions of sexua
Original review 2010: This is another old school Howard I really enjoy. She does such a fabulous job of pulling the reader in. The first few chapters are hard to get through because the hero is so overbearing, but as the novel progresses things settle down. John is alpha to the extreme, but Michelle balances him out in a lot of ways. I didn't like how she constantly took the blame for the actions of her ex. She was strong but felt weak and it showed. It was good to see her grow stronger and stan ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017
3 stars.

The 3rd book in this vintage Linda Howard series has a hero that's quite a throwback. His autocratic tendencies just wouldn't be considered sexy these days. Moreover, I don't buy the undeclared "love" both party supposedly had for each other since the beginning.

What I do commend is bringing domestic abuse to popular fiction and showing a heroine who is strong enough to overcome her dark past.

With a very tenuous link to the previous books (John is the neighbor who came to Rachel's rescu
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
It is hard for me to give a Linda Howard novel two stars. She is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I had this on my TBR list for quite a while. It is the third in the Kel Sabin series. However, this is nothing like the first two books in the series.
This book was published in the late 1980's and it really shows. ( The first two in the series weren't nearly as dated as this one seemed)
Michelle Cabot is left with a run down ranch after her father dies and leaves her with all his debts
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library, western
Linda Howard is such a quality writer that even though this book is chock full of things that would normally bother me, I didn't mind them much at all.

Michelle and John met 10 years ago when she was 18 and he was 22. They were instantly smitten but Michelle was so overcome by John's raw masculinity, *eyeroll* that she behaved like an ice queen and they soon had a very acrimonious relationship. She's heard about his womanizing ways and doesn't want to be another notch on his bedpost. 10 years pas
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-supense
I try not to read a series out of order, but I just grabbed this one out of a pile and didn't realize it was part of a series until I went to review it. This is a great compact romance, romantic suspense. The story is about Michelle who inherited her father's cattle ranch and a lot of debt with it. Her nearest neighbor holds a $100,000 note and Michelle has no money to pay it. John Rafferty is a hunk, stud, chick-magnet and the one Michelle fell hopelessly in love with when she was 18. Now, 10 y ...more
I like how Linda Howard writes romantic suspense, but I didn't care much for this book. The main relationship conflict is based on too much hostility, too many snap judgements, and a noted lack of communication. I'm not into the whole family fortune / dynasty / land-baron thing, either. But I liked the "save the day" role this hero (Rafferty) played in a prequel, Diamond Bay.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was a great, short book. I read it in a day and it's a definite keeper. I took a star off because Kel doesn't make an appearance. How can it be book 3 in the KEL SABIN series if he isn't in it?? I kept waiting for him!


Another LH Re-read for me. I found I didn't enjoy it as much this time around. While I loved John's twitching mustache, I didn't love him. MOstly I wanted to throw a rock at his head. Still, it's an LH so I liked it some.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of the Kell Sabin series it didn't seem to fit. It was more like a stand alone for me. Nothing about Kell Sabin existed in this book with exception of location. It was more of a romance, a lot of erotic romance, than anything else. I was disappointed because it didn't mesh with the regular series, but otherwise it was ok.
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance

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Rescues (4 books)
  • Midnight Rainbow (Rescues, #1)
  • Diamond Bay (Rescues, #2)
  • White Lies (Rescues, #4)