After the Night by Linda Howard

Pros
– strong story
– interesting
– fast-moving
– Howard writes with an eye toward realism
– The Who-dun-it made good sense
– the heroine had her stuff together
– once I got hooked the story didn’t let go

Cons
– the hero was a little much
– not sure about the basis of their relationship beyond their childhood
– one paragraph early on made it obvious who did it – and how and why
– the heroine should have kicked the hero in the knee cap at least once
– took me a bit to get into it

Faith and Gray grow up in the same town. She’s “white trash,” and he’s the town’s crown prince. His dad runs off with her mom, and Gray gets all kinda pissed and decides he hates Faith’s whole family. Years later Faith tries to figure out what happened to their parents that night and pokes a hornet’s nest. Faith is in love with Gray beyond all reason. I think that was the only so-so part of the book for me. He needed to be taken down a peg. But it wasn’t the end of the world. He’s a classic alpha-dude in an old school romance book. It was still a fun read – and after the first 20% I didn’t want to put this down. I can see why this is a favorite among Ms Howard’s books.

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