I always love her characters, especially the heroes but in this book, I still don't know why I didn't find Knox all that attractive like I was expecting. About the romance part, I thought they fell in love with each other too easily and it happened totally out of nowhere. More than half of the book, Nikita refused to have sex and any intimacy with Knox, not even kissing. "But-what-I didnt-" "Hush," he said, and kissed her. It just wasnt what I was expecting and I thought it didnt count as a good conclusion. Moreover, I liked the plot and characters just fine so I ended up giving this book 3 stars.
Frankly I started reading this book just to kill time! No pun intended xD I knew I'd have a good time because, who am I kidding, it's Linda Howard y'all!!
You know how most heroes are so similar they are almost indistinct - they are hunky, alpha, manly, etc. He was always asking questions and that made him really good at his job. No pretending "I don't know how hunky I am" non-sense. I didn't love the hero's voice but her southern accents were great - not that I'm an expert but they seemed authentic to me.
Don't feel I'm doing the book justice so read others reviews.
I liked the setting, small town Kentucky, 2005. Everyone in town likes Knox, and at first he seems so easy going, even mild. Knox, like all Howard heroes, is alpha, protective, and passionate. (Still fanning myself over that shower sex!!) Why only 3.5 stars? Also, the epilogue was set in the future, with Niki's parents. I wanted it to be set in Kentucky, with Knox and maybe his parents, etc. But on the upside again, at least this book didn't have numerous slasher scenes, explicit murders complete with flashing knives, pounding hammers, and rivers of blood. Much as I loved Mr. Perfect and Dream Man, I hated the explicit murder scenes. More like Open Season, set in a small Southern town, with fade-to-black murders and a well-liked hero who works in the police department and cares about his parents.
It was like she hit her deadline and said, "Well, I gotta end it somewhere." And did. Anyway, like I said, I didn't stop and throw it against the wall so I can't say it was bad. So in the end, I say read it, but wait till it's in paperback or get it from the library.
Science fiction and time travel are not favorite tropes of mine, yet Howard somehow manages to weave the complex futuristic threads with the more recognizable romantic suspense themes to form a coherent and enjoyable story. In sum, a pleasantly surprising read despite its issues, but Howard's more conventional romantic suspense books are better.
At first when I heard the name Nikita for the heroine I thought, "Oh brother!", but actually it did fit.
I'm not sure how to explain this book.
On the suspense side of things, I'm still not really clear about the motives of the bad guys in this book and it didn't feel like anything was really resolved, especially in the future. On the romance side of things, it was just resolved too easily.
Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard.