Author: Linda Howard
Publisher by: Pocket Books
Published on: November 1, 1997
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Page Count: 352
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 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.
So you know that moment when your friend recommends a book to you: your all anxious to try it, but at the same time you’re hesitant because it’s an author that you aren’t familiar with. So you check out the book from the library and you’re genuinely excited to try it because well your friend gives kick a$$ recommendations (thanks Kayla aka My Book Muse). Then you decide to take a QUICK peek just so you know what the book is like…… and the next thing you know it’s 3:30 in the morning and your almost halfway through the book, because well…..the book is freaking AWESOME and you didn’t want to put it down. Yeah, so this happened to me.
After The Night is this little unassuming book that completely captured my attention for the past two days. This was my first Linda Howard book and I was absolutely taking with her writing. This was a captivating story that was full of southern charm, family drama, mystery, and a romance that had an intense sexual chemistry.
Grayson Rouillard and Faith Deviln Hardy had a fascinating love story. Their families were forever connected by one torrid affair and one terrible night that tore both of their families apart. Faith had always had a crush on her Gray since she was a young girl. The Rouillard family was wealthy and influential family in their town parish. The Deviln family was a poor family and the town thought of them as a drunken bunch of trash. Faith was different from her family. She was intelligent and full of innocence and grace. When she was 14, her mother Renee, ran off with Guy Rouillard, Gray’s father. It shattered both families and their families and the cruel way Gray tossed her family out of town, crushed her.
Twelve years later, Faith has decided to return to Prescott, Louisiana. She wants to find answers and gain the closure that she has desperately needed. Faith has grown and made a name from herself. The poor girl that she once was is long gone and now the graceful business-woman has taken her place. Once Gray hears that she’s returned to Prescott, he is absolutely furious. Yet, seeing her and how much she’s changed, it’s hard from him to deny the physical attraction he has to her. It’s more than that. There is a true spark that he has for Faith. Faith still carries some of the pain from that night 12 years ago but she refuses to let Gray or anyone from the Rouillard family to run her out of town.
Gray was such an interesting character. He was such a jerk but I could not help falling for him. He was a powerful force of sophistication and ruggedness. He was someone that you didn’t want to cross but Faith didn’t cower from him. Though it had been years Faith still had the same feelings for Gray. Over the years, he has regretted how he treated Faith on that night. Gray was fiercely protective of his mother and his sister Monica and he hated that they were hurting. He was so hurt by his father’s betrayal that he lashed out. It was hard for him because while he wanted to shield his family from more pain, he could not stop the sizzling chemistry between him and Faith.
There was so much to this story. It was rich with secrets and lies. I really enjoyed how the story played out and how truth was all revealed. The characters had great depth and growth throughout this novel. Yes, there were a few times I wanted to scream “tell him the truth” or for Guy to stop being so damned infuriating, but I loved every minute of this book. Ms. Howard’s writing kept me hooked and the dialogue and characters had me wanting more. This book was an unexpected surprise and I am excited to explore more of Ms. Howard’s work.