I have a major beef with this book.
Why is it called CRY NO MORE? It should be called CRY BUCKETS!
This is one of the most deeply emotional romance novels I’ve ever read. It starts in
Linda Howard is such a great writer. And I can see MaryKate shares my admiration for her – it’s interesting that we both chose a novel by Linda Howard from our old favorites pile to review within a week or so of each other. Make sure you check out MK’s review of SHADES OF TWILIGHT in the latest RNTV blogs.
One of the many things I really admire about Linda Howard is her ability to write strong characters who are completely individual and completely compelling. They’re not unflappable automatons who face unbeatable odds without ruffling a hair. Instead, because we know how human these people are, their courage and integrity leap off the page as they battle situations that would send most of us spare.
Milla Edge, the heroine of CRY NO MORE, loses her baby in horrendous circumstances and almost dies because she fights the kidnappers tooth and nail to hold onto her son. The experience changes her from a pleasant, naïve, loving woman into someone her then husband calls ‘an Amazon’. Milla is one of my favorite Howard heroines (which is saying something). She sets up an organization that looks for lost children called Finders and she never gives up hunting for her son Justin.
Milla’s quest throws her into the path of Diaz, a lone wolf vigilante who can find anyone on either side of the border. And guess what? He’s one of my favorite Howard heroes! He’s alpha and tough and smart but he’s also passionate and vulnerable. He’s a dangerous man but he’s also sexy as all get out. The sparks fly between Diaz and Milla right from the start and whoa, mamma, the love scenes are amazing.
For most of its length, CRY NO MORE is an excellent, page-turning romantic suspense novel, in the classic style that Linda Howard does so well. The stakes are high, the action is edge of the seat, the emotions are complex, the sexual tension climbs to an incendiary level.
Then in the last 80 pages, the book takes a quantum leap and becomes something else entirely. The emotional range Linda Howard covers at the end of this story is absolutely breathtaking. The depth, the truth, the courage of those last chapters leave me awe-struck. And believe me, if you haven’t cried buckets up to then, you’ll be crying buckets by the time you’ve finished.
CRY NO MORE isn’t always an easy read. I’ve had at least one friend who wouldn’t go past the baby kidnapping because she couldn’t face the trauma. But it’s one of the best romances I’ve ever read and plumbs emotional depths that will leave you reeling. I’ve read it several times now and every time, I find something new to admire in it. But whatever you do, buy some tissues before you sit down with it! You’ll need them!