Wonderful Linda Howard story! A bit slow to start but she really built all the characters with all the background info. and made an almost unworkable plot premise acceptable due to explaining the protagonists mind-set. Her attention to detail made the book flow more and made the hero and heroine mean more to me and the secondary characters from the town (Especially Creed & Neenah)! A-/B+
Cate is still mourning the loss of her husband who died three years earlier of an infection, leaving her with infant twin boys. Realizing that she could not make ends meet in Seattle, she moves to a small town in Idaho and buys a B&B. When her latest guest leaves via the window rather than the front door and does not come back the next day, she notifies the police. Meanwhile, the town is trying desperately to get Cate and the local handyman, Cal together - even going so far as to sabotage her plumbing, but she does not seem to notice him.
The guest is Jeffrey Layton, an accountant who is blackmailing a Chicago gangster. He has info on a flash drive that would ruin the gangster, and he has left a trail straight to Cate's door. When the gangster hires thugs to bring Jeffrey and the flash drive in, they rough up Cate and her friend and have a run-in Cal, who would do anything to protect Cate. The thugs leave with bruised egos and Layton's suitcase. Sensing danger, Cate has her mother take the twins to Seattle for a visit, which turns out to be smart. The two thugs come up with a ridiculous plan to take the town hostage to obtain the flash drive when they determine that she did not give them all Layton's luggage.
When the hired thugs (their numbers swollen to six) strike, all hell breaks loose in Trail Stop, Idaho. Little do they know Cal is a former Special Forces soldier - a one man army if you will. With the aid of his former mentor Joshua Creed, Cal organizes the townspeople who are cut off from the outside world. Cate and Cal are forced to climb their way out of the valley via a sheer cliff to obtain help.
Another terrific book from Linda Howard. This book is not as sexually charged as previous titles, but the book is powerful and captivates. A small town is cut off from the outside world and taken hostage as enemies fight to recover damaging computer documents that can topple illegal activities. The hero and heroine save the day.
Linda Howard is one of my favorite writers of romantic suspence. She pulls the reader into both sides of the story. I like that the "romance" is almost secondary to the real plot of the story.
Enjoyable characters that you want to get to know. You want everything to turn out ok so you can't put it down until you know they are.
Book Club Edition. Cate Nightingale runs a bed-and-breakfast in small Idaho town. One morning a guest disappears and starts a train of events that will leave the town and its residents at the mercy of a gang of murderous men.
Another intriguing story from Linda Howard. There is always a point in her books where you cn no longer put it down. You just have to see how it will all work its way out.
Interesting how the people in this town pull together to fight the enemy. Sweet romance.
Loved the character development and storyline. Excellent Suspense with some romance thrown in!
It's about a young widow with toddler twins running a bed & breakfast in a quaint little town and who gets entangled in a long and drawn out story. Plot makes no sense and the romance part doesn't start until like page 235. Not like Linda's earlier novels. If you like mystery, mountain climbing and stories about living in a small town, you might appreciate the book. The ex-military hero is actually quite dashing and honorable and has mooned over the young widow for years when danger strikes their little town and he comes to her rescue.
This was an excellent book about a woman who is a survivor on many levels.
Very exciting and romantic as well. It can open your eyes to see the possibilities that exist in our lives.
Loved this book. Great romance with the heroine starting over with her twin sons and the hero seeming laid back until she really needed him. Fast paced. Great read.
I couldn't put this book down. The main characters are very likeable and the story is good.
A bit slow at first but once you get into the story it is hard to put down.
Linda Howard did it again. I loved this book, even though it was a little slow at the start.
A young widow, Cate Nightingale, mother of twin boys, moves to Idaho and opens a bed and breakfast. It doesn't take long for troubel to follow. Armed men storm her B & B and hold her and a friend at gun point. Cal Harris saves the day. He gets the drop on the two and runs them out of town. End of story? Not hardly. The two regroup hire some help and hold the town hostaage. Read on to find out what happens.
A little different from Howard's other books. However, it has an interesting storyline with very likable characters.
Great twists and turns. A powerful story that kept me up at night until I finished it!
The action is fast-paced and the suspense non-stop as an entire community is held hostage in the snow swept Idaho mountains. As with most of Linda Howards' books this one is a great romantic suspense read.
Great book from Linda Howard. This book is exciting, and not as focussed on sex as some of the others. Interesting dynamics of a small town, and action involves how a small town which is cut off from the outside world works together.
Linda Howard alone is enough for this book !!!
I have read it 3 or 4 times....time to let it go.
This was an excellent book. The more you read the more you don't want to put it down. I really enjoyed reading it.
good author; good story line, lots of tension and strong hero/heroine.
Another good book by LH. Story changed up on tape 2, this threw me a little, but it was explaining a main part that comes in later. I enjoyed it. Unabridged - 8 tapes
I really enjoyed this story and if I hadn't already read it twice; I would have ordered this book on CD. A very good story.
This was a very interesting book really loved it.
I just love this audio book. It had romance, intrigue and action.
The story line was good with great characters and good plot but every time I read a Linda Howard book I tell myself it will be the last because of all of the superflous information she includes that has no relevance to the story line whatsoever. She tells us what color peoples clothes are and how pretty the storm clouds floating by are and a persons every thought during a suspenseful moment; which isn't needed.
Enjoyed this book quite a bit. Interesting storyline that will keep you on your toes!
In a remote rural town, young widow Cate Nightingale runs a charming bed and breakfast. Business is quiet, but she makes ends meet with the help of the local jack-of-all-trades, Calvin Harris. Then one morning, the only guest vanishes. When arm men storm the house a few days later, Calvin saves the day. The nighmare is just beginning when the entire town is held hostage...
This is the kind of book that once you start reading you can't put it down. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
As Howard knows so well how to do, this novel is an interesting combination of thriller, mystery and romance.
From back cover: In a remote rural town, young widow Cate Nightengale runs a charming bed-and-breakfast. Business is quiet, but she makes ends meet with the help of the local jack-of-all-trades, Calvin Harris.
Then one morning, the B and B's only guest vanishes. When armed men storm the house a few days later, Calvin saves the day, forcing the intruders to scatter into the surrounding woods.
The nightmare, however, is just beginning. With the entire town held hostage and cut off from the outside world, Cate and Calvin have no choice but to take the fight to their enemies under the cover of night. While reticent Cal becomes a fearless protector, Cate makes the most daring move of her life...into the very heart of danger.
An entire town against the bad guys, a heartstopping story and romance. A great read.
I liked this book, it dragged a bit at the beginning but picked up at the end.
No one of Linda's best. Hardly any romance to speak of. Okay read.
FANTASTIC READ,ITS A REAL PAGE TURNER,COULD HARDLY WAIT TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!
Her new novel---breathless action, gripping suspense, and intense romance!
Excellent, keeps you on the edge of your seat!