Veil of Night

By Linda Howard

“…We have seven people who knew the skewers were there: the wedding planner, the reception hall manager, the dressmaker, the florist, the veil-maker, the cake-maker, and the caterer. I haven’t ruled out the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, either.

This novel is highly readable and typical Linda Howard. It breezed along with her stock hero and heroine with all their strengths and weaknesses intact. There is plenty of conflict between them as well as (of course) very hot instant sexual attraction. If you want a deep and complex love story and relationship building, go elsewhere. The hero is her typical male chauvinist alpha male. The only way he broke the mold was that he takes his coffee with cream and sugar when everyone knows real romance heroes take their coffee black. The heroine is beautiful, classy, and successful with trust issues. She is a wedding planner, and when the bridezilla is murdered, Our hero, Eric, is the detective in charge.

She did feel sorry for Carrie’s fiancé, but she’d have felt a lot sorrier for him if nothing had happened and he had actually married her.

The romance proceeds as per usual with a bit of a non-mysterious mystery thrown in to give them a reason to be together. The damsel must be in distress. Linda is good at amusing banter and observations, and the descriptions of the Beverly Hillbillies’/Sons of Anarchy Wedding is downright funny.

Maybe the bride’s mother would be seated to a Brad Paisley song about checking you for ticks, but she would, by golly, be seated at the right time, and in the right place.

Well-written secondary characters add interest and keep the ball rolling. A very solid 3 stars.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

October 28, 2018

The Woman Left Behind

By Linda Howard

Jumping from a high altitude required oxygen. Jumping at night required night-vision goggles. Jumping at all required either nerves of steel or the brain of a hamster. Her nerves definitely weren’t steel, so Jina figured her brain was rodentlike.

Lots of great witty banter, and smart mouth observations from our very likable and appealing heroine. Great action and hot romance. I forgot what an excellent writer Linda Howard was. I think I stopped reading her because she got away from the lighter humor/action plots and into more serious stuff. She does have a tendency to overkill some aspect of the plot. In Troublemaker it was her dog and his damn ball. In this one, it was her parachuting experience (40pp in a row: over 10% of the book). Lather, rinse, repeat, lather, rinse, repeat ad infinitum. But in this one, once it was over, it was over. Also, she made up for it by not belaboring her survival story in the desert. Again, very funny, great cast of characters, and great chemistry and tension between the romantic leads**** 4.25 stars****

Rating: 4 out of 5.

April 24, 2018


By Linda Howard

“Oh, how sweet. Let me check my give-a-shit meter to see where that registers. Nope, nothing there. Sorry.”

Linda Howard used to be one of my favorite authors, but after a few disappointments, she slipped off my radar screen. I thought I’d revisit her again, hoping that she had regained her appeal. As mentioned by many reviewers, there was way too much dog in this. Even the dog’s toy (a ball) had over 120 mentions. I skipped through the last half. There were some good parts, here and there, and some good characters. Enough that I will probably check out the next in the series that this one begins. The clue to the mystery was in plain sight and I just didn’t see it. I felt very stupid. So good on her.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

July 07, 2016