Burn by Linda Howard
Genre: General Fiction, Romance
Borrowed hardback from library
Finished reading: 4/16/2011
In six words: It’s a modern day Titanic twist.
Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine’s life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything.
Flush with new money, Jenner can’t imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she’s rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher. Luckily she finds an ally–and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege–in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who quickly becomes Jenner’s confidante and surrogate sister.
When Sydney invites Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxury liner, Jenner reluctantly agrees. But while she’s expecting–and dreading–two weeks of masquerade balls, art auctions, and preening glitterati, what she gets is more like a Hitchcock movie than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage by a menacing stranger, Jenner must cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme–or else. With nowhere to run, and with Sydney’s life as well as her own at risk, Jenner is drawn into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger. But as her panic gives way to exhilaration, and fear of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers feelings she hasn’t had in years–and realizes she’s found a life worth living. If she survives.
Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts
I’ve been a fan of Linda Howard since about the time I started reading romance novels. Most of her books are driven by more than the romance itself, and I like that in my books. It’s too easy for a character- and romance-driven book to fall flat. I haven’t read any books by Linda Howard in a while, but after my recent (and somewhat frustrating) trip to the library, I was looking for a friendly face. Or in this case, an author I could trust to entertain me. Linda Howard came through and my trust remains intact. I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book at first, but the humor of the characters caused me to laugh out loud, and I was hooked. I know I compared this to the Titanic story, but really, the most it has in common with the Titanic is a beautiful ship on its maiden voyage with her passengers none the wiser about the trouble about to erupt.
A More In-Depth Look
The beginning of the book made me wonder how I was ever going to like Cael. But once we learned the reasons for why he was doing what he was doing, it became a little easier to like him. I like my male characters to be hard, ruthless, and self-controlled, but truly good at heart. Cael is all that, and with the added bonus of knee-weakening blue eyes.
We knew what was planned to happen before the characters do. This ratchets up the suspense factor for me, because it makes you anxious for the good guys to get it all figured out and save the day. Linda Howard’s books are practically formulaic, but that doesn’t stop me from liking them.
I finished this book quickly, reading from front to back with only the necessary breaks. It was suspenseful and thrilling, but not entirely plausible, but the writing is good enough that you don’t care.
You Might Enjoy This Book If…
If you like a little mystery and thrill with your romance, Linda Howard has always been one of my favorites.