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After the Night

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  22,887 ratings  ·  1,239 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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 1997 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 wolfish smil
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♥Sharon♥
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you are a Linda Howard fan and have yet to read it you better make sure you do.

This one was different than Cry No More (the only other LH book I’ve read) which was great because I am very curious about the different storylines she writes. In After the Night we get two very different main characters whose past and future are intertwined with hatred, lust, sadness and long awaited happiness.

Faith Devlin’s didn’t have much in her life. She knew she had nothin
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: Enemies to Lovers. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙



I haven't posted a #StealthRead review in forever, and I'm absolutely thrilled that the honor goes to AFTER THE NIGHT - a book I've been wanting to read for years and lived up to all of my trashy expectations. One of my friends' one-star reviews for this book was actua
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Debra

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

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peachygirl
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Grey is an asshole and Faith is a love/lust struck bimbo. Still wondering how I ended up loving this book.
LH is a freaking marvel!
Mo
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-ever
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
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Tammy
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
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jan 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
I first read this book in 1995...when I was 12. And I still re-read it at least once a year. Once of my all time favorites.
♥Rachel♥
After the Night was my first Linda Howard book, and I absolutely LOVED it! It’s a riveting read, with a stormy and sizzling romance!

Faith Devlin has come back to Prescott, Louisiana after twelve years away. She was cruelly thrown out of her home at the young age of fourteen. Though it was no fault of hers, Faith suffered the disgrace her mother, Renee, had brought down on them. Being regarded as white trash and suffering the stain her mother’s reputation made Faith determined to never be like a
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Didi
~~~~ 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
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Ingie
Written December 12, 2014

4.7 Stars - Stunning great - a heartwrencher

At last I started Linda Howard's good "oldie". I'd both the 12 hrs audiobook (narrated by Natalie Ross) in my ears and sometimes also the ebook in my other hand.

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OMG, this will be IS so very good!
I was in a kind of dreamy 'book-love' in this romance already after a feew chapter... or minutes really.

Completely enchanted and my tears was flowing.
A keeper, an unforgettable epic romance story to remember.
Simply GRAND!!

****
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*TANYA*
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
Yes!!! Exactly, what I needed to get me out of my book funk!! Sigh, the story was so “dramatic” it reminded me of the good ol’ days of daytime soaps. I loved it!! Favorite book character as well, Faith and Gray. Lol. Linda Howard is officially an all time favorite author!!
Birjis
*Re-read: 23th Aug, 2020*


This is another mind-riveting read by Linda Howard I enjoyed. I came across this book when I was searching to read books with cruel heroes, the hero here was cruel at one point not throughout. I like heroes who are cruel at intervals and caring in their twisted way. It wasn't as much as I expected but I got involved with the story and the main characters were amazing. This book has mystery, tragedy and romance.

Faith Devlin (26), was a sweet and caring girl born to a drun
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Shawna
Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
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.
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❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Audio book review January 2015

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5 Fantastic Stars!!!!


Let me start by saying, this is absolutely one of my all time FAVORITE Linda Howard books. I don’t know how many times I have read it both in print and audio format. The audio version is narrated by the very talented Natalie Ross who does a fantastic job!! She’s definitely one of my favorite narrators.

Faith Devlin was born into a poor white trash family. Her mother is the town whore, her sister is on her way to following in their mothers
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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
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Kathleen
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I love Linda Howard, BUT! Ugh. The hero of this book is appalling. 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.

And in present time, he behaved like a spoiled bully. So she bought a house. Deal wit
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Geri Reads
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. ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I'm a big fan of Linda Howard but not so much a fan of this book. Unfortunately for me, the actions of the hero and his family in the beginning, during and almost to the end made it impossible for me to like the content. So much prejudice agains a little girl based off her family and even 12 years later was just not cool in my book. ...more
Antonio Scotto di Carlo
May 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I just finished this book. This is my opinion as a reader.

I found this book grotesque.

The main characters are completely unreal. The alpha male must be tough, jealous, insensitive and in love, so he is, who cares about the context. She must love him, whatever he does. She must be a good girl, proud, strong, independent, but her qualities suddenly disappear when she sees him.
You may say “Women may be not logical”. I say “The writer desperately counts on this concept.”

The most ridiculous thing is
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KatLynne
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KatLynne by: A big Thank You to all my friends who led me to this one!
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,
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Glass
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Glass by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
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
sraxe
"You were only fourteen, but I wanted you."

Gray says this to twenty-six year old Faith while he's having sex with her.

Gray is fucking disgusting pedo perv. He's a twenty-two year old man getting turned on by a fourteen year old girl.

Unwillingly, Gray felt his shaft stir and thicken, and he was disgusted with himself. He looked around at the deputies and saw his response mirrored in their eyes, an animal heat that they should be ashamed of having for a girl that young.

God, he was no better th
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 stars***

My first Linda Howard book and I'm in the middle of the road...I 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



and



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 o
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Nikki ღ Navareus

***FOUR STARS***
I'm totally smitten with this story. Faith had such a shit life with so much responsibility shoved onto her young shoulders. She was the most responsible person in her family, yet the entire town she lived in unfairly judged her. My heart broke for this sweet girl (view spoiler). This story had all the feels I could desire, from all the unfairness the universe threw at Faith, to all the shitty treatment she had to take from Gray u
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Karen
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS


A small town in Louisiana, A wealthy family scandal. A girl who overcame the sins of her family, to prove to the love of her life and her biggest enemy, that she wasn't dirt under his feet. This one sucked me in from the beginning, and I couldn't seem to put it down. It was a slow build but most definitely worth the wait! LOVED the characters in this one. I predicted the outcome fairly early, but it didn't even matter. I was still glued to the pages. I'm thinking I need to read more LH! L
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Piper
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is, quite simply, a story of a young woman, Faith Devlin, who realizes her dreams against all odds. She refuses to be beaten down regardless of the cruelty she is forced to endure by family and townsfolk.



Gray Rouillard, one of her biggest adversaries, cannot see his way clear of his harsh and judgmental ideas of her and does his best to make her life in small town Prescott, Louisiana impossible. He has his reasons, or so he thinks.


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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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