But the shadow of his past stalks Luke, forcing him to vanish or see his loved one ruined. Years of hollow fame and lonely affluence pass before Roxy and Luke reunite to execute the most daring heist of their careers and to exact sweet revenge.
©2008 Nora Roberts; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"[A] suspenseful, glamorous story of love, blackmail, and magic." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Reader Burr displays a variety of intonations and accents, from kids to little ladies and old men, from Cajuns to New Yorkers and Mexicans." (AudioFile)
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"One of My Favorites Ever!"
Audio is better for me because it allows me to listen to books while doing other things around the house. If someone couldn't get this book in Audio, then I'm sure the book version would be just as good.
I wouldn't compare this book to any other. This book was amazing.
I loved the part in the book when Luke sees his son for the first time. My heart just melted. It was beautifully done.
This has to be one of my top 3 books ever. I absolutely loved this book and will read it again in the future. I would recommend it to anyone. It was perfect.
"I loved it"
What can I say - I love the way Nora Roberts writes, her story lines are great, her characters are "real".
A truly good book!
This was an excellent book. Nora Roberts does it again with great characters and story line. Kept my attention from the beginning.
Loved this book! It's full of love and magic. I absolutely enjoyed the cat & mouse games between the characters. All the characters were wonderfully written in the story.
Wonderful and great story. It has everything in it. Magic, suspense, romance, excitement. I just loved it!!!
"Excellent Audiobook !!!!"
NR is such a talent author! She had such multiple depths to her stories, she integrates romance, suspense, family and human relations, history and much more! You end up listening to a well constructed experience brought to perfection by the excellent narration of SB. Well done both! I absolutely loved it! All NR audiobooks are currently in my library waiting for be listened to ;) I am excited to go over her books as I know I will not be disappointed!
"I don’t like blackmail plots"
where the victim gives in and just pays and pays. Two different blackmails were used to get characters to do things that did not fit their motivations. Not a good story for me.
In one blackmail, the victim A is supposed to leave the person he loves (B) and not tell B. It was a stupid device to make them both suffer. I think A could have told B and asked B to keep it secret, and B would have kept the secret. But the author did not do that. Then later A violates part of the blackmail order by coming back to town, but still doesn’t tell B that he was blackmailed -- stupid. Made me mad.
Some arguments felt stupid. Like Roxy was sick but kept insisting she could do a job. Toward the end Roxy kept a secret from Luke for no good reason. It was a cheap plot device to create conflict. I didn't like it.
I did not enjoy the romantic relationship. She pursued him, he repeatedly rejected her. When they did get together I didn’t feel anything.
The main characters were magicians who were thieves on the side. They justified it saying that they only stole jewels from the wealthy who were insured. I did not like the thief part. I loved another series where the main guy was a thief (The Parker series by Stark). But it was not enjoyable here.
Sandra Burr was awful. Her male voices were terrible. Some sounded like cartoon characters. It seemed all her energy was used to create weird low voices instead of emotional interpretation. Luke’s voice was so unsexy -- a turn off. Her voice for the heroine at times sounded like a little girl - too high pitched and baby doll like. You could hear the narrator taking breaths -- also annoying.
Genre: contemporary romance
So far this one is the best of all i have read from Nora. I enjoy her books as a break between harder crime as I usually am reading. I find that she have tendencies to quick finishes, this one is perfect! Good beginning, middle and not rushed finish. Story also very good. Not the usual i have had from her before. Interesting every minute!
From an avid Nora Roberts fan, this is one of her very best stories! The characters are wonderful.
"Oldie but goodie... Narration speed is off on this"
This was one of my favorites way back when... Sandra Burr is normally excellent, but the recording speed is way too fast on this one. I also noticed some mispronunciations (e.g. wunderkind, quarry). Otherwise still an entertaining listen.
I have to say that I laboured through this one. I usually like Nora Roberts' books as light relief. The two main characters bickered their way through the whole book and I felt like telling them to grow up. I found the hero most unlikeable and rather lacking in sense. The story opens when he returns after being absent for five years. There's no good explanation of why he couldn't have contacted his family and told them what the problem was.
The summary refers to the heroine as being a thief, but I had assumed that was some sort of plot twist. In fact all the 'sympathetic' characters are thieves and their only self-justification appears to be that they enjoy it. Perhaps this was meant to give a Raffles-like air to them, but it didn't work for me.
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