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FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more thanFAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom. Now Faith wanted to hate Gray Rouillard...not to feel a powerful surge of desire. But she couldn't quench her passion, any more than she could hide the truth about the past she had waited so long to unravel.GRAY ROUILLARD: Even when he raised hell, he did it with style. Reckless, charming, and backed by Rouillard money, Gray controlled the town of Prescott -- and Devlin was a name he never wanted to hear again. But when he gazed at Faith Devlin, all he saw was a swirl of tangled sheets and her silken flesh beneath him. To care for her was impossible, unthinkable...because Gray Rouillard planned to use all his power to ruin her....

Title : After The Night
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After The Night Reviews

  • Blacky *Romance Addict*
    2018-12-11 06:27

    This book has the best asshole/jerk hero EVER!OMG I loved every damn scene when he was horrible to her <3 I wanted him to be worse!!! I couldn't wait for it!He is just that good! Or maybe I am that wrong bwahahhahahahhahahahhBut seriously, he is one of the best jerks I've read <3 I want to read more of those now <3The storyI don’t know why you’re here, and it doesn’t matter. This motel belongs to me. You aren’t welcome. You have half an hour to get packed and get out." He gave her a wolfish smile that wasn’t really a smile. "Or do I have to call the sheriff again to get rid of you?"It starts off in the past, showing Faith Devlin's life in childhood and teen years.You'll be happy to know it only lasts 5 chapters (YAY!!!)Her family is pretty much horrible, as everyone in town calls them, trash.She is the only sensible among them, taking care of her little brother and basically the whole family.One night changes everything, both for her and for Gray, a guy she's had a crush on for forever.Her mother runs away with his father.Yep, you can imagine how that turns out, and that is what causes the endless hate between the Rouillards and the Devlins.Twelve years after the incident, Faith returns to her hometown, only to find Gray trying to throw her out of it again.Bad for him, she won't back down :DDDThe romance"You haven’t listened to my… suggestions yet.""I don’t intend to, either. Go back to your table and leave me alone.""I’d planned on doing the first." He stood and trailed a long forefinger down her cheek. "There’s no way in hell I’ll do the last."The sexual attraction is through the roof here! The romance isn't sweet, they fight constantly, but the dialogue, everything between them... Uber chemistry!For one, I loved how they were trying to outsmart each other throughout the book. He wanted her out of town, she wanted to stay.It was basically war :DAnd in the middle of it, they were fighting the huge attraction, well, poor them because it didn't really work :)What I loved best because even though Gray was pretty much a jerk to her all the time, he was also very protective. Yes, I know that sounds weird but if you read it you will understand. I loved him even more because of that :))))OverallDanger glittered in those dark eyes, and before she knew it, he was right in front of her again, almost playfully pinching her chin. "You’re a ballsy little babe, aren’t you? Maybe too ballsy for your own good. Don’t take me on in a fight, sweet thing, because you’ll get hurt."My only objection here was the mystery.Really predictable and not done so well. BUT!Gray more than made up for it.I can't tell you how much I loved this, one of the best books I've ever read!!!!If you like jerkish heroes, people, READ THIS NOW!!!!!I can't recommend it enough!*buddy read with Glam <3*

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2018-12-10 08:18

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you are a Linda Howard fan and have yet to read it you better make sure you do. This one was different than Cry No More (the only other LH book I’ve read) which was great because I am very curious about the different storylines she writes. In After the Night we get two very different main characters whose past and future are intertwined with hatred, lust, sadness and long awaited happiness. Faith Devlin’s didn’t have much in her life. She knew she had nothing of value whether it was the house she lived in or the clothes on her back. Her mother was nothing but a whore and her father was a drunk. But Faith knew she wasn’t trash like the rest of them. She dreamed of finding a way for her and her little brother Scottie to get out of the dirty world they lived in. Little did she know it would be at the hands of the man that she dreamed about. The one she had come to love.Grayson Rouillard ~What a bastard he was. I hated the fact that I liked him, that I found him sexy and alluring. He was tall, dark and handsome. Had hair that reached the nape of his neck. His words and actions towards Faith were hateful but I had a sense that his anger toward her was misplaced. It has been 12 years since he drove Faith away. But Gray has never able to forget her. He was never able to let go of that desire he felt for her. Faith Devlin ~No one expected her to amount to much. She had been a fragile little girl within a family that everyone considered trash. But Faith was strong and knew differently. Life had thrown that final blow 12 years earlier, a blow that only strengthened her resolve to prove everyone wrong. She wasn’t looking for redemption. She just wanted to go home. Returning home would mean searching for answers to questions from her past and it also meant facing the one man that she has loved for as long as she can remember. Would she be strong enough to stand up to him and the people who rejected her?When Faith returns home to try and get answers to what happened so many years ago she is met with expected resistance and hostility. As she inches towards getting answers to things that happened that summer she is lead back to the Rouillard’s lake house. A place that brought back heated memories from the past and a place where more heated memories would be made. But someone was going to do whatever was needed to make sure Faith never got her answers. There was too much as risk and Faith needed to be stopped.When Gray and Faith could no longer resist each other, things get pretty intense between them. The sex scenes were written with such raw sensuality and were off the charts HOT. I have to say the sexual build up left you with no other choice but to FEEL everything within those scenes. Gray had to possess Faith in such a way that was dangerous yet necessary to his being. Faith had no choice but to surrender.This was such an amazing story and I loved every minute of it. Though certain things were a little predictable it didn’t bother me one bit. There was enough swirling around in the plot that kept me engaged and intrigued. Both Gray and Faith were wonderful characters but I give a little more love to Faith. She was that flower that would grow no matter what. Another highly recommended read!!

  • Debra
    2018-11-24 10:34

    How I feel about this book:❥The storyline❥The characters ❥The dialogue❥The fights❥The reunionsI loved it ALL.This is an absolute MUST READ. Linda Howard, why did I wait so long to read your books !!?? I have no idea but I do know that from now on I'll be devouring LH's books like crazy, that's a given! ;)PS: I love Gray Rouillard <3

  • Mo
    2018-12-12 04:16

    Re-read in April 2014.FAITH DEVLIN: A poor, outcast child in Prescott, Louisiana, she'd always adored the town's golden boy from afar. But he called her white trash that sultry Southern night when his rich, respected father disappeared, along with her pretty Mom.It was a good day for dreaming. It was late in the afternoon, the sun throwing long shadows when it could manage to break through the thick woods, but for the most part the translucent golden light was tangled in the tops of the trees, leaving the forest floor mysteriously shadowed.I mean if an opening sentence like that doesn’t draw you in …This was a re-read for me. I was stranded in the West of Ireland with no WiFi over the weekend and decided to do a couple of re-reads. Fantastic book. The first time I read it I really thought Gray was a complete and utter bastard. He did not come across as such this time around, for some reason. Still a bit of a prick but you gotta love him.Do you know why men name their cocks?""No, why?" she asked, trying to stifle her laughter."So most of the major decisions in their lives won’t be made by a total stranger.”There is mystery, suspense, sadness, happiness, hot sex. What more could one ask for?“It was amazing how flowers could grow in the damnedest places, but the Devlin weed patch had sprouted quite a wildflower in Faith.” “It was just a kiss – "I loved how strong Faith was after the childhood she had. She dusted herself off and held her head high and faced the people from her past.He was fully aroused, his erection as hard as marble, straining against her ….

  • Natasha
    2018-12-12 10:24

    I couldn't read this anymore.SPOILERS AND ANGER AND SWEARS AHEAD!!This is me right now:First, this perv at 24 is checking out a 14 year old in her nightie.. What a fucking perv! "Oh wahhhh my rich daddie left with his mistress and now my family is probably only half as rich and I have lots of paperwork.. waaaahhh". I get it. He's pissed and it's a shitty situation.He KNOWS that this family of "trash" has a down syndrome 6 year old boy and he'll just judge everyone because he has some serious daddy issues, and throw them out of their house?! I get it. His family pays for their house. Look at the kid with down syndrome. Look at the young 14 year old girl. Have you NO COMPASSION, GRAYSON? The author created a main lead character that I HATE. HATE HATE HATE.I honestly can't get over the fact that he'd label the whole family trash and throw out young kids and a child that obviously has a metal disability. It's sickening and no amount of redemption (that probably happened later in the book) will make me forget that.THEN, after Faith moves back to Prescott, he's an adult who STILL is completely prejudice against her because of her mothers mistakes. IS THERE NO IRONY IN THIS? Maybe he should be judged because his father was also a married, cheating, jerk who "ran off" or whatever.Grayson is a perverted, stupid, man-handling, probably emotionally and physically abusive, brat.No.This book in general: no.

  • Tammy
    2018-12-07 04:16

    Wow. I couldn't put this book down last night and ended up pulling an all-nighter to finish it. It was THAT good. It goes without saying that Linda Howard is an incredible writer, my personal favorite in the romantic suspense genre. I would read anything written by her. That includes her grocery list. I'm sure it would be interesting.After the Night takes place over a span of several years, thus giving the reader the opportunity to watch Faith and Gray grow up, develop their characters and understand their backgrounds and thought processes. My heart broke for Faith when her family was tossed out of their home in the middle of the night. When the sheriff's deputies leered at her young body and Gray referred to her as "trash" just like the rest of her family, I felt like crying right along with her. Her father was a nasty, abusive drunk, her mother was a whore who was rumored to have run off with Gray's father, her older brothers and her sister, Jodie, were mirror images of her parents. Faith was different - more respectable than her family. She alone took care of her disabled little brother, Scottie, and made every effort to prove herself. I cheered when she returned to town twelve years later, successful, happy and more self-confident. And somehow, Linda Howard made me sympathize with Gray. As someone else said in their review - I'm sorry that I can't recall who - Gray walks the fine line between being an alpha and a jerk. There were many reasons for his hatred toward Faith's family when he was a kid, including his father's mysterious disappearance. (The real truth is later revealed years later when Faith returns to town and begins receiving threatening notes.) IMO Gray is one of Howard's best heroes - tall, broad shoulders, long dark hair. A beautiful, cynical man.The relationship between Faith and Gray is full of sexual tension. Good Gawd - the scene on the porch is HOT! Most authors try to write sexual tension and fail, only managing to focus on an overload of lustful thoughts. But Howard is a master at writing true sexual tension, even in the bickering between the H and H. The pages were burning up beneath my fingers and I caught myself skipping ahead in the book to figure out when/if this couple would EVER give in. All in all this was an awesome book and it has earned a permanent spot on my keeper shelf. =)

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    2018-11-26 04:28

    Review to come.

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-12-08 05:45

    After the Night was my first Linda Howard book, and I absolutely LOVED it! It’s a riveting read, with a stormy and sizzling romance! Faith Devlin has come back to Prescott, Louisiana after twelve years away. She was cruelly thrown out of her home at the young age of fourteen. Though it was no fault of hers, Faith suffered the disgrace her mother, Renee, had brought down on them. Being regarded as white trash and suffering the stain her mother’s reputation made Faith determined to never be like any of her family so she made something of herself, but has never truly been able to move past the jarring events of the past: At the age of fourteen she had literally been thrown out into the night like a piece of trash, and she had lived with that pain ever since. Where is her mother and her mother’s lover, and why did they leave never to be heard from again? Their actions left two families very nearly destroyed, and Faith is back to find out some answers and closure. However, bringing up the past doesn’t sit well and soon Faith is facing threats and danger that may silence her forever. Faith fell in love with Gray Rouillard, the admired son of the most powerful and wealthy family in Prescott, from afar when she was just a little girl. Unfortunately, the years have done little to diminish her attraction, but if Gray Rouillard thinks he can bully her out of town again, he’s got another thing coming! Faith is no longer a little helpless girl, and I loved her determination. Even in the face of her blinding attraction to Gray, she didn’t let him distract her from her goals. I adored Faith! She was a woman who came from nothing with zero advantages and still managed to have a strong, positive spirit without being overcome by bitterness over the past. The cruel way in which Faith was treated because of the action of others angered me so much! At first I hated Gray! His actions tore Faith’s life apart in such a humiliating way I wanted to kick him in the teeth! But after getting some of his perspective I eased up on my feelings. Be patient with Gray and you’ll fall for him every bit as much as I did! Gray can’t help the attraction he feels for Faith. At the age of fourteen she possessed unmatched beauty; as a grown woman she’s gorgeous, but she’s the image of her mother and reminds Gray of the pain heaped on his family. Still, he can’t help himself; can’t stop pursuing her to the point of obsession. Even though I wanted Gray and Faith together, I was happy she didn’t just fall for him or let her guard down even though she was wildly attracted to him. I love a smart heroine! Faith kept her goals in place, and her resolve meant that Gray had work to prove himself, to gain her trust. Their romance was hot, lusty, and tumultuous, and I loved every battle they fought! Linda Howard wrote an epic, captivating story, and soon after finishing After the Night, which by the way, was published over sixteen years ago (!!), I went through her backlog of titles and added several to my TBR. I highly recommend her addictive writing!As a side note, I bought the Kindle/e-Copy version and then added the audio version for an extra $3.49. It was totally worth it because Natalie Ross' narration is excellent!! If you're cramped for reading time like I am this is an excellent way to read a book by switching back and forth between e-copy to audio. I listen on my commute back and forth to work, when I'm getting ready and when I cook dinner.

  • Didi
    2018-12-01 09:26

    ~~~~ 5++++++ FANTASTIC STARS ~~~~I've never read Linda Howard till now....and I'm rectifying that poor judgement on my part. Aside from the fact that I had never heard of her until recently, well, I've rectified that too. This book was GOLD.I loved this and every second spent reading it. This book has been around for a while and so many people have read it, so I'll skip any type of synopsis. The plot was great, the suspense built up beautifully. I did suspect the culprit early on, but the reasons for why stumped me. The characters were incredibly well developed. They were infused with the perfect blend of good and bad, right and wrong. They were fleshed out thoroughly, their actions making sense with who they were.I loved Faith from the start. Growing up poor and being called trash all based on the actions of your family and not you, is tragic. Being removed from your home and being made to feel like an animal is heartbreaking. What I loved about her so much was the degree of empathy and understanding regarding her circumstances and those responsible for them. She empathized with Gray and despite his severe assholish tendencies, she gave him the benefit of the doubt. It took some major backbone to walk back into Prescott resembling the woman that brought the town to its knees. It took even bigger character to face off with the man that haunted her dreams and resided in her fears. But Faith Devlin did it with style. Gray was such an interesting character. His hurt and contempt towards Faith was often ill directed, but he came to see that your family doesn't decide who you are, but your actions do. He wanted Faith from the start. He couldn't understand the dichotomy between his mind and need, but that didn't stop him from trying! He was incredible to read about, sounded sexy as sin.The sexual tension was off the charts. The best way to describe the sexy time in this book: RAW SENSUALITY. It came off the pages like dust. Magic, entrancing dust. I think LH writes smexy time brilliantly. The scenes are so thick with sensuality and power. I loved it and think we need to read more of that than the formulaic sex scenes of late. The ending was perfect and really brought everything full circle. I wish there was an epilogue though, not to say it didn't end well, it ended amazingly! But I wanted to see how people treated Faith after everything she did, I wanted to see her life with Gray, that sexy pirate-like beast of a man. He was truly bigger than the pages given to write about him. I am planning to read much more of LH now and hope her other work makes me feel as good as this book after reading it. LOVED IT.

  • Ingela
    2018-11-16 03:44

    Written December 12, 20144.7 Stars - Stunning great - a heartwrencherAt last I started Linda Howard's good "oldie". I'd both the 12 hrs audiobook (narrated by Natalie Ross) in my ears and sometimes also the ebook in my other hand. OMG, this will be IS so very good! I was in a kind of dreamy 'book-love' in this romance already after a feew chapter... or minutes really. Completely enchanted and my tears was flowing. A keeper, an unforgettable epic romance story to remember. Simply GRAND!! ***********************************************************Prescott, LouisianaAfter the Night is the heartbreaking and stunning love-story about Faith Devlin the former mocked "white trash" girl and the 'larger-than-life' hero, Gray Rouillard, once the towns very lucky happy rich-mans boy. After the Night is also the story about the truth about that (by then 12 years old) devastating scandal surrounding Faith's mother and Gray's father elopement and shameless sex-affair. “Your whole family is trash. Your mother is a whore and your father is a thieving drunk. Get out of this parish and don’t ever come back.”That awful night, when she was 14 and he 22. The night that so mercilessly changed both their lives. One horrible night no one can ever forget! The hate, anger, and roughness of the gritty degradation is impossible to wash off....Or is it possible. What was the truth, what was the rumor, what really happened?***********************************************************It makes no sense and does no difference that I write a thousand positive adjectives about this amazing 20 years old Howard romance. Most of you have probably already read it anyway. But a few short words...My only tiny whining is perhaps that this narrator made our hero's voice slightly dorky and that the passage of time (since it was written 1995) sometimes is noticeable. Otherwise a fantastic good "from childishly sweet swarming love to adult mature heat need" Romance.Best, for me, was (of course..) the first half.. The stunning first part that told the story of their childhood and the tentative teenage years. The first love, the first connection.OMG (again..) it was so d@mn hertbreaking emotional. There, in the beginning had After the Night really true classic 'grand sob novel' status. ~ That little innocent baby brother!! Sob &Sigh!!! My heart broke... ‘For a little while, he had been happy. That first Christmas after **** left had made him delirious with joy. He had sat for hours, too tired to play but content to stare at the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree.’The terrible shame, the for them all so ugly humiliation, the social injustice for these kids and all those emotions. My tear channels opened completely... — I didn't know who I wanted to yell most at.“.... Men are different from women; the more excited we are, the more like cavemen we sound. I could barely speak English with you, much less French. As I remember, my vocabulary deteriorated to a few short, explicit words, ‘fuck’ being the most prominent.”The second half was more of an ordinary steamy suspence romance. Still captivating interesting and a very good reading (listening). ~ Highly recommended!! Thank you dear Irina, who nudged me that this book is an absolute must-read CR. You are so right, sweetie.***********************************************************I LIKE - bull's-eye for a romantics who like to sob...

  • Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
    2018-11-19 11:30

    I love Linda Howard! So when I kept hearing about After the Night I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Well, I did. It was horrible!!! The hero is abusive and the heroine is a doormat who makes excuses for his ill treatment of her. It's not fair to blame someone, treat them poorly, and encourage the whole town to treat them poorly because of the sins of the parent. This is one very unhealthy "romance." An After the Night reviewer stated that if this was your best friend you would encourage her to leave the abusive jerk. I agree. After the Night now sits in some used bookstore waiting for the next person who will love it or hate it.

  • Amy (Foxy)
    2018-12-04 09:17

    The name Devlin is synonymous with being a drunk and/or a whore!Faith Devlin grew up as white trash. Her mom was the town whore and her dad was the town drunk. Her siblings were no better, except for her mentally handicapped brother, Scotty. She made sure to not be like her family. As a young girl her mother was the mistress to Guy Rouillard (a powerful and rich man). Gary Rouillard is Guy’s son and like his dad he is a lady’s man. He's also a town powerhouse and when he talks people listen. He is a total bad boy who is protective of those he loves. He has all 3 H factors (according to Faith): Hot, Hard and Hairy. One night changes everyone’s life. SCANDAL rocked their town and tore families apart. The mystery around the scandal was an intriguing part of the story. Along with the steaminess of Gary and Faith's love/hate relationship. Standalone

  • Shawna
    2018-11-26 06:34

    4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic SuspenseGray is a really hot alpha hero, but his treatment of the heroine throughout most of the book pissed me off. Although, his whole macho, lion hear me roar thing was admittedly pretty sexy and hard to resist at times. And OMG, the notorious porch scene is scorch your fingertips, drink some ice water, YOWZA, smokin' hot and makes this a definite keeper!! It's another great LH read, but I wish Gray had done a little bit more groveling to Faith and an epilogue would have been golden! 4 ½ stars!

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews❤️
    2018-11-16 06:19

    Audio book review January 20155 Fantastic Stars!!!!Let me start by saying, this is absolutely one of my all time FAVORITE Linda Howard books. I don’t know how many times I have read it both in print and audio format. The audio version is narrated by the very talented Natalie Ross who does a fantastic job!! She’s definitely one of my favorite narrators.Faith Devlin was born into a poor (white trash) family. Her mother is the town whore, her sister is on her way to following in their mothers foot steps, her two older brother are wayward, worthless drunks and following in their father’s footsteps, her father’s a mean drunk,and then there’s her mentally handicapped little brother Scotty who she adores, she has taken care of little Scotty since the day he was born. And at the tender age of 14 she falls head over hills in love with the most beautiful boy/man around Greyson Rouillard."It was amazing how flowers could grow in the damnedest places, but the Devlin weed patch had sprouted quite a wildflower in Faith."Greyson (Grey) Rouillard is from one of the wealthiest and influential Louisiana families and has everything going for him. He’s a star on the college football team and has no trouble attracting his share of women. His mother is ice cold….cold hearted and distant from her husband and her children. Grey is very close to his father Guy Rouillard, who's been having a long term affair with Renee and allows Renee her and her family to live in a shack on his land. When one morning Guy and Renee don't come home everyone assumes the that they ran away together and left their families. This causes Grey's distraught sister Monica, to attempted suicide, which sends Grey in a blinding fury and over the edge, that fury has him going to the "Devlin Shack" in the middle of the night with the sheriff in tow and throws them all off his land not caring that an innocent 14 yr old along her mentally handicapped little brother will have no where to go….You feel for poor Faith and little Scotty, very emotional and intense scene. "It was just a kiss -""Yeah, and King Kong was just a monkey."Twelve years later Faith has come back to her hometown of Prescott, LA to find out what really happened that night at the Rouillard boat house twelve years earlier. Grey now runs the family empire and owns most the town and businesses within it. When he’s informed that a “Devlin” has returned to town and staying in one of his hotels, he wastes no time in running her out of town….again. But Faith is not the weak little 14 year old girl he threw out in the dirt 12 years before, she’s an astute, and successful businesswoman who’s determined to move back to her hometown and put to rest what really happened to Guy and Renee that fateful night....but someone beside Grey wants Faith gone and will go to extreme lengths to make that happen.Faith is dismayed to find the instant Grey shows up at her hotel door that adolescent love she felt as an innocent fourteen year old is still there. And much to Grey’s dismay he is instantly physically attracted to Faith. Faith and Grey dance around each other and their powerful & overwhelming mutual attraction. they eventually give into their attraction and it’s explosive!! Grey wants more but there are outside forces that stand in his way. He’s torn between his loyality to Mother and sister, and the hurt it will cause them "she is a Devlin"....and his growing need to keep Faith as his own.*First read: May 2011

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2018-11-28 04:19

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: Enemies to Lovers. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙I haven't posted a #StealthRead review in forever, and I'm absolutely thrilled that the honor goes to AFTER THE NIGHT - a book I've been wanting to read for years and lived up to all of my trashy expectations. One of my friends' one-star reviews for this book was actually the impetus for getting me to buy this. She said the hero was an obsessive creep who was lusting after the heroine when she was still basically a child. "That's f***ed up," I said to myself, while counting out dollar bills from my Kate Spade wallet. "I'll take it!"AFTER THE NIGHT is definitely f***ed up. It takes place in Louisiana. Faith Devlin and her family are the local "trash," living in a shack at the grace of the Rouillard family because Renee Devlin is the go-to bedwarmer for Guy Rouillard, the richest man in town. One day, Renee and Guy abscond, and the oldest son Gray, in a fit of pique, evicts the rest of the Devlin from the shack, having the cops throw all their possessions in the street while threatening to torch the place. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Faith is scrambling around in a transparent nightie and all the cops and Gray are ogling the hell out of her and going DAT ASS.It's super disturbing. I hated Gray for that. What a disgusting pig. I wanted to read more.Cut to 10+ years later and Faith ("RED HEADS HAVE NO FUN") Hardy, nee Devlin, has made something of herself, and strolls back into her hometown to rub her designer clothes and professional career into all of the people who called her "trash." On the one hand, you go girl. But on the other hand, there's also a lot of "the rest of my family might be trashy hoes, but I'm not! Praise me for living up to the puritanical standards society sets for women!" and that's a no go, girl. Don't judge.Meanwhile, Gray ("THEY HAVEN'T BUILT A CONDOM BIG ENOUGH") Rouillard is managing all of his family's affairs and has taken over his father's position as richest man in town. When he's not pooping $100 bills out of his muscular, ex-quarterback rear-end, he's protecting his delicate mother and sister from anything indecent. I swear to God, Monica and Noelle are so stereotypical that I have expected one of them to fall into a swoon while muttering something about "the vapors."Gray plans on running Faith out of town yet again, but the little Gray (or not-so-little-Gray, IYKWIM) in his pants has different ideas, and let's just say that HORSES aren't the only thing that Gray rides without a saddle in this book, IYKWIM. Come on, guys. My eye is getting sore from all this winking. CAVEMAN SEX. Gray is literally so alpha that it hurts, and the sex scenes are alternately hot as hell and weird AF, with lines like "Anglo-Saxon sex words"and "jackhammering". "Anglo-Saxon sex words" is especially hilarious to me because last year I buddy-read a vampire romance with my friend Heather, also from the 90s, called FOREVER AND THE NIGHT, which involved the phrase "pleading, in stark Anglo-Saxon terms." Maybe this is a thing.#AngloSaxonSexWordsGod this was fun. The writing was pretty bad, but the story was like an HBO miniseries. Soap opera drama, brutish alpha males, archaic gender stereotypes, rough sex, and a murder "mystery" that was maybe one level above Scooby Doo in terms of overall execution and sophistication. I loved every second of it. If you enjoy the romps of vintage romance WTFery, definitely pick up this book.3.5 stars

  • Sophie ♥
    2018-11-29 09:20

    Rate: 10 stars :OAll the hype about this book is WELL deserved. I love love loved it!!!I loved the way Linda Howard crafted the plot. It was utterly supurb. Only a truly talented writer can give a book just the right amount of everything. There was the poignant childhood crush..."The best smell in the world, Faith thought as she meandered through the woods, staring up at the captured sunlight and holding her secret happiness cradled deep in her chest, was Gray Rouillard."There was forbidden love..."There were a hundred reasons, all of them good, why he shouldn’t want Faith Devlin in his arms, but in that instant none of them mattered a rat’s ass."There was a thoroughly despicable but wickedly delicious male..."I want to fuck you," he muttered indistinctly, the sound low and harsh as he hoisted her a bit, adjusting her position. "Let me in. Now."And then there was the cherry-on-top-of-the-cake ending..."So, baby, I’m going to be rattling around in that big house all by myself, and I need my own personal redhead to keep me company."Not to mention a crafty little murder plot (although any experienced reader would recognise the killer with the first, say, 10 pages... hmmmm). But that suited me fine. I'm not one for suspense and neither am I one for a messy web of deception with a whole cast of would-be killers and motives. Eeek, that's why I don't read crime or thriller. I really enjoyed the suspense in this book though and I have to applaud Linda Howard for re-piqueing my interest in romantic suspense. Go pick this book up NOW!!!!

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-02 08:37

    I love Linda Howard, BUT! Ugh. The hero of this book is appalling. Gray is a complete and utter bastid, even to a sick young boy ((view spoiler)[who died in part because of Gray kicking them all out in the cold night, yet Faith forgave him easily(hide spoiler)]). He was SUCH a jerk, back when Faith was an adolescent. His sexual interest in her that night — that terrible night — grossed me out, given her youth.And in present time, he behaved like a spoiled bully. So she bought a house. Deal with it! Maybe he had a reason for being mad when his dad left, but his rage was totally misdirected. He continues to throw his weight around. A socially prominent thug.This book sizzles. Great chemistry. Good suspense, with some surprising plot twists.But maybe two stars is too much. Except I do like the last chapters.

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2018-11-24 05:25

    I first read this book in 1995...when I was 12. And I still re-read it at least once a year. Once of my all time favorites.

  • KatLynne
    2018-11-16 04:37

    A super sexy, totally engaging story! I really have been missing out on some great Linda Howard reads! There are so many fantastic reviews that I'll just add a few thoughts....It took awhile for me to like the hero, Gray Rouillard. He’s a sexy, hot, alpha from the elite side of town. His treatment of Faith took a huge dose of redemption, but it does happen and by the end I was a happy reader. The past hasn’t been good to Faith and I loved how she took charge and came out shining. She’s a strong, proud, intelligent young woman who overcame the circumstances surrounding her life. (view spoiler)[What she endured from her abusive family along with Gray and this small, southern town motivated her deep desire for respectability. She's a heroine I admired and ... (hide spoiler)] While all is not perfect, she's a shining star in this read. My only quibble is that I wished Gray's redemption would have been given more page time; An epilogue would have been perfect. He does redeem himself but I wanted a little more groveling. Or, maybe I wanted a little more Gray; he is a sexy as sin bad boy who can make the pages near ignite. After The Night is a well written, intriguing story. I was completely hooked to find the answers and the sultry, explosive chemistry made this a great read.

  • Geri Reads
    2018-11-28 09:19

    This is definitely one of Linda Howard's best. The story is sultry, peppered with intrigue and it makes for a thoroughly engaging read. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Glass
    2018-12-08 07:43

    This is perfect book for anyone who likes idea behind Kristen Ashley novels but hates all melodrama, unnecessary descriptions and over the top alpha males. Now, excuse me, I have to go and find more Linda Howard books.My rating: 4.5 stars

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    2018-11-20 07:29

    ***3.5 stars***My first Linda Howard book and I'm in the middle of the road...I liked it but didn't love it. With the exception of the first 20%, which was AMAZING, this book for me was a combination of and Alright, let's start at the beginning shall we. The first 20% of this book describing and setting up the history between the Devlins and Rouillards was fantastic! I could feel EVERY emotion, injustice and unfairness that Faith had to endure. Her infatuation, worship and love for Gray poured off the page. And then the big dramatic evening consisting of the heartbreaking eviction of the Devlins.....OH MY GOD! Ripped my heart out.Now fast forward to present day...and Faith has returned to Prescott to find out what the true story is of what happened on that fateful night....the night where her mother supposedly ran away with Gray's Dad. Somehow in the next 80% I lost the genuine emotion between Gray and Faith. I knew her history, but I couldn't connect to Gray's infatuation with Faith, at least not above and beyond the lust burning in his loins. Gray's inner monologues and confession to Faith that he was attracted to her when she was 14 (and he was 22) was not romantic or sweet to me.....instead it was a whole big dose ofOnce they finally did come together, the author glossed over the re-connection with a couple of paragraphs of "we talked all day and night, filling each other in on where we've been and what we've gone through." I would have liked to have read about that. To actually see Gray and Faith re-acquaint themselves as adults. I needed, and wanted, to see that transition. I would have preferred this over the overly descriptive passages of things that were inconsequential. I don't really care about the lighting and landscaping of the courthouse, and don't need paragraphs describing it. I wanted emotion, not shrubbery sizes and lightbulb shapes. Overall, even though my first Linda Howard wasn't a huge success, I will definitely check out her other books. My feelings about the first 20% definitely take precedent over the rest and it appears that this particular book just wasn't the right fit for me.

  • Antonio Scotto di Carlo
    2018-12-02 09:35

    I just finished this book. This is my opinion as a reader.I found this book grotesque.The main characters are completely unreal. The alpha male must be tough, jealous, insensitive and in love, so he is, who cares about the context. She must love him, whatever he does. She must be a good girl, proud, strong, independent, but her qualities suddenly disappear when she sees him.You may say “Women may be not logical”. I say “The writer desperately counts on this concept.”The most ridiculous thing is that Gray pops up from everywhere. Faith is in the kitchen, Gray pops up from the oven. She’s drinking coffee, he pops up from the cup. She’s in the bathroom, he pops up from the toilet. … I understand that it’s fiction, but what the hell! At least give me something credible every now and then.The worst thing is that I can see the writer in the story. She struggles to create suspense, and I really could see her efforts. All the time. I can’t feel suspense this way. The story doesn’t flow by itself.The only thing I appreciate is the way how she describes the places. I can really visualize them. But this is not the main factor when you read something that is supposed to make you thrill.I read an Italian translation, and I hope that she doesn’t describe the hot scenes the same way. In this translation, they use the same words and verbs any time, especially about what happens to her breast when she gets excited. At a certain point, I was sick of it (and I like breasts :)I don’t think that my reaction is due to the fact that I am a man and this is a book for women. It’s that the writer hasn’t camouflaged the events well. “I need this thing to happen in order for me to get at my point, and it will. No matter what. I am the writer, so I decide.” I don't care of the genre is something is well written.When I read a story or watch a movie like this, I like to spot the killer asap. So I pick a character and I stay with that. I don’t like to change my mind while the story goes on. Sometimes, I'm wrong, and I applaud the writer for fooling me. Sometimes I'm right, and I don’t applaud for letting me down. This time, I don’t.

  • Anna
    2018-12-07 08:16

    Lost my Linda Howard cherry !!! What a great book ! I devoured it ❤️❤️

  • Piper
    2018-11-19 10:20

    This is, quite simply, a story of a young woman, Faith Devlin, who realizes her dreams against all odds. She refuses to be beaten down regardless of the cruelty she is forced to endure by family and townsfolk. Gray Rouillard, one of her biggest adversaries, cannot see his way clear of his harsh and judgmental ideas of her and does his best to make her life in small town Prescott, Louisiana impossible. He has his reasons, or so he thinks. ................................................................................Throw in some angst, misunderstanding, jealousy, unfounded scandal, drunkenness, promiscuity, mysterious disappearances, fiery HOT sex and well, you have pretty great novel. ................................................................................Odors had color for Faith Devlin, and since she’d been a little girl she had entertained herself by coloring the smells around her. The smell of things was easy to color in her mind; the color scent of people was more difficult. This unique quirkiness of Faith’s was laced throughout the story and it revealed to me her sense of self, her individuality. I liked that very much!! Lately, Scottie wasn’t as energetic as usual, and more and more his lips took on a blue tinge when he played. I loved little Scottie. Faith was his world. The aftermath was silent…She was dazed, her head drooping forward to lie against his shoulder. He sagged heavily in her arms, the column supporting them both.There had been a strong sexual attraction between the Hero and heroine. Waging war in their souls, the tension building within them both, finally they gave up the fight and OMG!! ................................................................................I decided to give this only 4 stars for several reasons. First, it was very predictable. In the back of my mind as I was reading, I kept thinking some big twist would come along. It didn’t. Also, I had a hard time with the actions of the parish people, who for the most part apparently, were too inept to form their own opinions. Last and most important, it ended way too abruptly for my liking. I sat aghast, my mouth literally hanging open when I discovered that I had read the last page. That being said, this was still a fabulous book. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Lisa Kay
    2018-12-03 09:46

    ★★★★★ Man-oh-man! Started to flip through this today...and re-read the whole thing! Just love this book. Gray & Faith still sizzle for me, after all these years, and the mystery is one of Howard's best. So...bought the Kindle and the audio for my permanent library. (My paperback is getting pretty tattered.) I'll keep you post on how I like the audio.

  • Jo
    2018-12-09 03:23

    There was only one man whom she could love completely, heart and soul and body, nothing held back, and that was Gray Rouillard. And he was the one man to whom she didn’t dare give herself, because he would destroy her.Reread because I ADORE Linda Howard and this book was where my love of OTT alphas started. Faith Devlin knows that everyone considers her family white trash. Her mother is the town whore, her dad and older brothers are drunks, and her older sister is trying to follow in her mother’s footsteps. The only good things in her young life is her little brother Scottie, and the town’s golden boy Gray Rouillard. He’s always been nice to her, until the night his dad, Guy, ran away with her mom, Rene. That night her whole life changed when Gray threw them all out of their home, telling them to never come back.Grayson Rouillard’s world was upended the night his father ran away with his mistress. He was forced at the age of 22 to take over the family business, doing everything he had to do to ensure they didn’t lose everything. Overnight he turned from being a wild and carefree hellion into a ruthless businessman. One that never wants to see or hear any of the Devlins again.But after 12 years, Faith Devlin has come back to the town of Prescott, because she needs to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Guy Rouillard. What she didn’t expect is that the young love she had for Gray would still be there, burning just as strong. And Gray can’t help the burning emotions Faith brings forth in him. But how can he give into these emotions when he has to ensure that she leaves his town, even if he has to destroy her in the process.He was so physically aware of her that he felt as if he were standing in the middle of an electrical field, with the air snapping and sizzling around them, sparks flying. Fighting with her was more exhilarating than making love to other women. Maybe as a young girl she had been as shy as a fawn, but she had grown into a woman who wasn’t afraid of anger, hers or anyone else’s. After the night was my first introduction to the land of the alpha hero. Gray is uber alpha personified: a jerk, who acts like such an ass towards Faith throughout most of the book because of personal reasons. So many times I just wanted to kick his balls into his teeth. But alas there were moments he was so sexy and the way he wanted Faith, how protective and possessive he can be …. I couldn’t decide whether I want to slap him or have sex with him against a wall. Honestly I think Gray might just be my favorite jerk EVER. And I don’t like jerks. At all. Apparently it’s not only Kristen Ashley who can make the alpha jerks win you over. Linda Howard has that power too.The emotion in this book is … fantastically done. My heart just broke for Faith in the beginning of the book, witnessing how hard her young life was. And the humiliation she felt when Gray threw them out. Then seeing her years later as the successful and beautiful woman she became, and I was so proud. And the fact that she wasn’t the vulnerable girl she once was, and that she never let Gray get the best of her again. She stood up for herself, and I loved her for it.The romance was scorching and all consuming. It will have you fuming, and panting and purring.Linda Howard was one of my first forays into romance. And for many years she remained my favorite author. And she still remains in my top romance authors. This book is a must read for EVERYONE who loves romance with an alpha hero you want to slap and kiss at the same time, a heroine who is wonderful and a romance that will have your emotions all over the place.

  • Danielle
    2018-11-30 03:33

    I liked the entire atmosphere of this story - the small southern town, and the dynamic between Gray - born into a well-known, wealthy family; and Faith - born into a poor, "white trash" family. I've always loved these rich and poor dynamics. Their lives and interactions are so different, it's such a ride seeing them interact, putting aside what society expects of them, or what it doesn't. Faith's mother is a beautiful whore; she'll sleep with anyone with money. Faith's father is an abusive alcoholic, more concerned about his next drink than his four kids. Faith's little brother is mentally challenged, who the doctors say won't live very long. She was only fifteen and caring for him full-time. Faith's mother doesn't come home one night. It was known she was having an affair with Gray's father. Everyone expects that they ran off together, because both Renee and Guy were missing. Gray's sister tried to kill herself and his mother is so distraught she won't come out of her room. Gray's anger grows at his father and the white trash family living on his property. So he drags them out of their beds and kicks them out. It's only ten years later that Faith comes back to their little town with the knowledge that her mother never ran off with Gray's father. She wants to move home, and she knows the town won't accept her unless she can prove that Guy never left with her mother. Little does she know she's stepping into a dangerous mystery that might just get her killed.Gray and Faith's relationship is very much an enemies to lovers. He wants her gone from their little town; he doesn't want to bring more pain to his mother and sister. But there's a huge problem: he can't seem to not want her. I didn't like how Faith has always been infatuated with him. She says she always been in love with him, while it seems Gray only lusts after her. She's a stong heroine; that dynamic just kept me from loving their relationship. I figured out the mystery pages into the story it seemed. It was still interesting with enough tension in their relationship to keep me invested. After the Night is a mystery suspense with a ton of steam and tension.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-11-27 09:36

    Wonderful story. A good mystery. A killer. Great romantic tension.Faith is a young girl, whose father and older brothers are drunks and trouble makers. Her mother has a loose reputation and is mistress to a wealthy man. Faith’s family is run out of town. Faith is humiliated, ends up in a foster home, studies hard, makes something of herself, and returns to Prescott. Gray is the rich man's son who is drawn to Faith yet hates her because of her mother's affair with his father. When Faith returns to town, Gray and others want her to leave and make her life difficult.I loved Faith’s character. She was so impressive. I loved the love/lust that Faith and Gray had for each other and at the same time distaste for each other. I loved the antagonism and reasons they fought and tried to stay apart. It was great romantic tension through most of the story. The ending was wonderful and very feel good.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Natalie Ross did an excellent job. (And you don’t hear her breaths - yay!)DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual language: mild plus the f-word. Number of sex scenes: about 3 plus a couple referred to not shown. Setting: mostly Prescott, Louisiana. Copyright: 1995. Genre: contemporary romantic suspense.

  • Karen
    2018-11-16 08:38

    5 STARSA small town in Louisiana, A wealthy family scandal. A girl who overcame the sins of her family, to prove to the love of her life and her biggest enemy, that she wasn't dirt under his feet. This one sucked me in from the beginning, and I couldn't seem to put it down. It was a slow build but most definitely worth the wait! LOVED the characters in this one. I predicted the outcome fairly early, but it didn't even matter. I was still glued to the pages. I'm thinking I need to read more LH! LOVED IT.