All That Glitters


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Welcome to '80s "female literature. Before reading this, I've already read some of the reviews, and there mixed reactions really. But I gave the benefit of the doubt because I liked the gist. There were parts that I was really miserable together with Jessica, especially on the scene where Nikolas told her that she isn't the type of woman he'll marry.

On the other hand, I got irritated with Jessica's fidgeting, and fear, and just plain, cowardice. There were parts that I really liked, because they made me feel the pain, Before reading this, I've already read some of the reviews, and there mixed reactions really. There were parts that I really liked, because they made me feel the pain, rejection and even pride. BUT I feel that the scenes I was waiting for, failed to meet my expectations.

Because I had high hopes, really on the scene where Nikolas finally realizes how wrong he'd been. Or the grand, poignant ending that is an LH trademark. But I didn't get them. The dance of who wins or who gets to give in was so stretched out in the book, then at the end, for me was a bit hurried, and I didn't feel the emotions I was looking for. Not that I regret reading the book, it's just that it is not one of the best of the LH works I've read so far. Hence, the 3 stars. PS: There are many scenes that had my guts twisted because Nikolas was just so danged cruel.

The scene where he changed the color of Jessica's Wedding gown, for instance. I could have strangled the man if he was real! At some point I just felt that Jessica was justified in putting him through hell for refusing him. On the other hand, she is not my favorite Linda Howard heroine. Oh she had some high points, but I guess, when LH wrote this back in the 90s, she wrote a heroine fitted for that time. Jul 13, Amanda S. My first one star after a while. I didn't put it in my DNF shelf bcs I actually finished reading it.

Well, unlike her. Nikolas is nothing but mean toward our heroine, Jessica. There's no ounce of love that I actually feel from him. Not even once. And Jessica is definitely an icon of doormat heroine because she lit oh, wow. And Jessica is definitely an icon of doormat heroine because she literally accept all the ruthless thing Nikolas throw at her. I keep waiting for the moment of truth but in the end, it's not even satisfying. So yeah, 1 star from me. But still, I look forward to read Linda Howard's books!

Sep 21, Sandra rated it did not like it Shelves: the-worst. Did I read that same book as everyone else? I read this book the whole way through just to see if it would ever redeem itself. It didn't. If you have a rape trigger I would stay away from this book as it comes dangerously and uncomfortably close. The writing is fine but the storyline is horrible, and the "relationship" building is even worse. This strong female character is constantly being overwhelmed and subdued by this man both physically and mentally and then she goes and apologiz Did I read that same book as everyone else? This strong female character is constantly being overwhelmed and subdued by this man both physically and mentally and then she goes and apologizes for fighting against him.

He gets abnormally angry and physical with her until the point she becomes a crying mess. I can't tell you how often I cringed reading about how hard he hard to control himself from forcing himself on her.


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After which she she gets injured yada yada and becomes the helpless female and he once again gets upset with her and she's apologizing. Dec 16, thadine rated it did not like it. Awful, simply awful. The hero is one of the worst I have ever seen, and the heroine was simply moronic. This doesn't even deserve one star. I wish I could burn the memory of this book from my brain.

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She'd been painted as a gold digger and her husband as an old fool, and so they quietly retreated from the public eye where their love could not be tainted. It was a platonic love, and when her husband died a few years later, Jessica was still a virgin. It's now two years since her husband has died, and Jessica wished the Black Widow nickname from the press would die too, but they loved speculating on who her lovers might be and printed about ones that claimed to have been.

Nikolas is an uber billionaire, Greek tycoon, and his current challenge and thorn is Jessica. Her husband had left her shares in one of his companies, a large enough chunk to cause him grief when she continually votes against him on the board.

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Her latest veto brings him to London swiftly, demanding to see her. They've never met, and he's amazed at her youth, thinking that the notorious Black Widow would be a more sophisticated woman. But he can't deny her appeal and immediately when Jessica refuses to cow tow to his business demands, he can't deny he finds this a huge turn on, and he decides that she'll be his latest personal conquest. Only Jessica is still very much a virgin, in fact, Nikolas' virility frightens her and she finds he easily overwhelms her.

The more she refuses to sleep with him, the more Nikolas wants her. He sees that she has a very real fear of intimacy and assumes that a past lover had mistreated her. Jessica lets him believe this when she realizes he'll never believe that she truly is innocent.

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This whirlwind, is Linda Howard's debut. This is also the 22nd book in the Silhouette Special Edition line from Silhouette Books, the new publisher at the time to compete with Harlequin.

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Silhouette was looking for young and progressive authors for all their new lines and this one may have been slated for Silhouette Desire but was too long. The emotional intensity in this story likens it to stories written by Harlequin Presents authors Lynne Graham and Anne Hampson. Certainly the over the top alpha hero is one that could easily be found in an early Lynne Graham.

As was the norm in many of the romances written in the 80's and before, we are not privy to Nikolas' point of view. Though Ms. Howard does give us clues to some of his feelings, we see him mostly through Jessica's eyes. He's a dynamic personality that expects others to go along with his demands and when he meets resistance he arrogantly welds his power to get his way.

He doesn't hide his intense desire for Jessica, and he uses every weapon he possesses to get her in his bed. When his sex appeal doesn't work, he uses financial gain as an allure.


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Jessica, of course, refuses to be treated as a whore and fights off every advance. At times, Nikolas is quite brutal in how he treats her, something some readers may find hard to read. Jessica at first seems to be a strong heroine, and though very young, she's not afraid to stand up to Nikolas when they spar with words. But as she falls in love with him, she's less able to fight him and her fear of him on a physical level is quite real.

Contrary to all the hurtful press, Jessica values her virginity and refuses to just give it away in a meaningless affair. I read this in one sitting, totally enthralled. For those who love angsty Harlequin Presents and uber alpha heroes, vintage style; this is a read for you. Dec 08, Judy Goodnight rated it did not like it Shelves: romance. A search for Linda Howard's booklist revealed many of her earliest works that I hadn't read.

So, a challenge for me - to find and read all those early works. Let me go on record now saying that this author has improved mightily from her first books! Now I am aware of how those first "hot" romances from the 80's are way out of line with early 21st century sensibilities. But, when I'm re-reading books from that time by my favorite authors, I'm able to cut them some slack and enjoy the revisit. Picking up and reading one for the very first time?

Somehow I couldn't do it. This book by LH must have been her very first. If I hadn't challenged myself to read her backlog and hadn't been amused by how bad this was, I wouldn't have bothered finishing. What was it with wealthy Greeks in the 80's? Now, at 23, she has his money and our Greek hero who wants to bed her but not marry her. Our heroine is continually running away or trying to run away.

If you'd been playing a drinking game based on each time she cried, you'd be blotto by the end of the book. Oct 02, Kari rated it did not like it Shelves: dnf.

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Being a huge fan of Linda Howard, especially of her earlier romances, I so wanted to like this book. I was saddened by the choice I made to turn off the audio and write it up as a DNF book. The story was just horrendous.

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I know that this book was written in the 80's, but I can't imagine that the behavior of the hero in this book was considered romantic even back then. From the minute Nikolas meets Jessica, he is rude and acts outrageously disgusting toward her. He wants her to sell hi Being a huge fan of Linda Howard, especially of her earlier romances, I so wanted to like this book. He wants her to sell him her shares in his company so that he can gain control over a business deal.

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