A Willful Woman…

Thoughts about books from a romance addict.

Review: Overload by Linda Howard

on February 21, 2014

What tickled my fancy: Raised an interesting question for romance readers.

What ticked me off: Failed to answer it.

Who might like it: Fans of “trapped together” stories

Tom Quinlan is a typical Howard hero — dominating, aggressive, secretive, and not above being unethical to get what he wants. And he discovers that all of these traits put him at an extreme disadvantage with what he wants — Elizabeth, who was married to a classic abuser, and has a perfectly legitimate fear of Tom taking over her life. When they’re trapped together during a major blackout, the secrets come out.

I thought this was really interesting, because Howard heroes are often quite horrifying to contemplate outside the pages of a romance novel.  But though I enjoyed the story, I felt let down when it didn’t really come up with a good reason for Elizabeth would get over her fears.

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