Books by Linda Howard

A
Death Angel

Earlier this year, there was a lively discussion about Death Angel, my favorite book for 2008, on our books forum. When I recently realized there was no AAR review, I felt both compelled and eager to share my fascination with this book. It is difficult to give many plot details as I don’t want ...

B-
Up Close and Dangerous

More a survival romance than romantic suspense, Linda Howard’s Up Close and Dangerous falls slightly off the mark, only to be somewhat saved by its brilliant characters. Bailey Wingate is a widow trying to deal with overbearing step-children who happen to be older than she. She married her boss ...

B
Raintree: Inferno

Linda Howard makes a welcome return to series romance, a subgenre that desperately needs her, with Raintree: Inferno. The first in a new trilogy co-written with Linda Winstead Jones and Beverly Barton, it doesn't rank among Howard's best (series or otherwise), but it's still a good read. For ...

B+
Drop Dead Gorgeous

When To Die For, Linda Howard’s first book featuring the smart and sassy Blair Mallory, was published, it was like a breath of fresh air. From the first-person narration to Blair’s sexy yet serious counterpart, detective Wyatt Bloodsworth, it was a fun and original romp that I was sad to see end ...

B+
Cover of Night

You can count on Linda Howard for a lot of things and one of them is that the author certainly doesn’t repeat herself! With this compulsive page-turner, Linda Howard turns her immense talents to telling a tale of a small, isolated town under siege by unknown forces. A tale of gr ...

B+
Killing Time

One of my favorite of Linda Howard's books is Son of the Morning, a gripping Romantic Suspense novel with a heroine time-traveling to medieval Scotland. So I eagerly looked forward to Killing Time, which I thought was another RS novel with a time-traveling twist. Howard delivers a good mystery and ...

B+
To Die For

Linda Howard's last few books were intense with a capital I. Based on the dark moody cover and the dark moody title, the gentle reader might expect another dark moody book like Cry No More. But To Die For is a total change of pace for Linda Howard. When Blair Mallory caught her husband kissing he ...

B+
Kiss Me While I Sleep

Linda Howard knows how to write romantic suspense all right. And if this one lacks the emotional power of Cry No More, the author nevertheless once again steps up to the plate and delivers a riveting story featuring two intriguing protagonists and a truly scary scenario that, sad to say, someday mig ...

B
Dying to Please

The Linda Howard novels that I reread most frequently are Dream Man, After the Night, and the often reviled Shades of Twilight. Recently I added Mr. Perfect and Open Season to the list. The earlier mid-nineties books are all dark and angsty while the newer efforts combine dark suspense with a touch ...

B+
Midnight Rainbow

If there's a setting more romantic than a savage steamy jungle, I haven't found it. Anyone who's fantasized about being alone in the wilderness with Indiana Jones will be lost in this tale before you can say "malaria vaccine." In the market for a Road Romance? Look no further. The stor ...