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Publisher's Summary

Can love survive the ultimate test? Brett Rutland, Carter Engineering's top troubleshooter, is sent to the L.A. office to crack a case of embezzlement. Brett's a hard man, so it hit him like a sledgehammer when he fell in love with Tessa Conway. Half the men in the office had been in love with her for years, but Brett was the first she'd loved in return.
Their love is perfect - too perfect to last. And when Brett discovers the identity of the embezzler, his whole world is about to come crashing down.
©1985 Linda Howington (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Molly on 07-04-12

IS she Guilty?Brett will find out NO matter WHAT ~

PLOT: hot shot Brett Rutland is on the trail of an embezzler ......

Tessa Conway has been engaged twice and both times she was "betrayed" now new studly consultant Brett Rutland is asking her out. Brett wants to BED the lovely Tessa and that is ALL he has on his mind~ why she is *interfearing* with HIS concentration (LOL)~ the sooner he gets her out of his mind and into his bed the better off HE will be~ As he closes in on someone working for Carter Engineering who has stolen big bucks~ he soon has Tessa as a lover. As the evidence turns to Tessa as #1 suspect~ how far will BRETT go to prove her guilty? EARLY Linda Howard book~ before she added suspense. I WOULD GIVE THIS 4 STAR FOR STORY, 5 STAR FOR READER~ 4 STAR FOR OVER ALL 6 HOUR AUDIO~ thank you DREAMSCAPE MEDIA~ one of the newer small audiobook companies trying for quality. lets hope that there are more LINDA HOWARDS LIKE HEARTBREAKER & DUNCAN'S BRIDE.....HINT HINT HINT!~!~~ this one moves a long well and the 6 hours go by fast. Good audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ShySusan on 08-30-12

This is not real life.

Back in the 80s when Linda Howard wrote this book, it was one of my favorites for a while. But I hadn't reread it in 10 or 15 years at least. So I was wanting something romantic to listen to last night and I saw that this was now available from Audible. I listened to it straight through. I enjoyed it again, BUT...

You have to take this book with a grain of salt. It appeals to that corner of our souls that wants a powerful man who will "take care of us." If you don't have such a corner in your soul, you won't like this book. If I knew of a real-life situation where a man behaved like this, I would advise the woman involved to call the police and get a restraining order. But in the context of pure fantasy, I was thrilled by his masterful behavior.

Another facet of the story that really appeals to me is that of a woman who is betrayed--in a very powerful and deeply hurtful way--and then the betrayer undoes the betrayal. The betrayal was real, but it is really healed. I have read very few novels with this story line (the only other one that comes to mind was also written by Linda Howard), but it appeals very strongly to something in me.

So you have to consider your own tastes in romance before deciding if you will like this story. Do you like a strong man who takes over in your romance? Do you (at least in your imagination) sometimes want to give up your power and just be taken care of? Then you may like this story a lot. I do.

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