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    Cry No More by Linda Howard
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  • Published: Apr 29th, 2008

howard_cryreview.jpgReviewed by Author Anna Campbell

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 Mexico with the heart-wrenching kidnap of the heroine’s baby then continues in a whirlwind from there.

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!

6 Responses to “Cry No More by Linda Howard”

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  1. Melanie
    on Apr 30th, 2008
    @ 4:47 am

    Great review Anna. I think Cry No More is a ‘heart stopping romantic suspense’ and one of the reasons I love Linda Howard’s books. She always takes you on a roller coaster of an emotional journey. In Cry No More I love how Ms. Howard creates a heroine who transforms herself into a ‘fighter’, who won’t give up and will risk everything for the love of her child.

  2. Marisa
    on Apr 30th, 2008
    @ 7:54 am

    Hi Anna – I always love your reviews – and you picked one of my favorite authors. I read Cry No More and at first I wasn’t sure about the subject matter – a little too heart wrenching for me. But of course, once I started I couldn’t put it down. All of Linda’s romantic suspense novels are filled not only with action but great romance and engaging dynamics between the characters.

  3. Annie West
    on Apr 30th, 2008
    @ 4:50 pm

    OK, I’ll put my hand up. I’m Anna’s wimp friend who really felt traumatised by the kidnap. The fact that it’s a child makes is so much worse for me. But I’m aiming to try again. As you say, Anna, Linda Howard’s emotional range is fantastic and I’ve loved the other books of hers that I’ve read. Will have another go at this one.


  4. Anna Campbell
    on Apr 30th, 2008
    @ 5:31 pm

    Annie, I never called you a wimp! I wouldn’t dare!!! But really, this book is such a deeply emotional read, it’s worth persevering with.

    Melanie, it’s wonderful to see the characters change in this book, isn’t it? As you say, Milla starts out as an average woman, with all the strengths and qualities that implies. And she becomes this amazingly strong fighter through circumstances you wouldn’t wish on anyone. Diaz changes as well – he’s a different man at the end of the story than he was at the beginning, and a better man. I love a book that takes me on a journey like that with the characters.

    Marisa, great to meet another Linda Howard fan! You’re so right about how great her books are. And by the way, very pleased to know you like the reviews! 😉

  5. MaryKate
    on May 2nd, 2008
    @ 3:10 pm

    Anna, I read this book once, and only once. And I’m not a mumma, but I just found it so difficult and painful to read. I think mostly because Linda does such a stupendous job of portraying Milla’s horror and devastation at the kidnapping. It’s such a great book, and I’d never take it off my keeper shelf, but honestly, it’s collecting dust, because I just can’t bring myself to read it again.

    So, I’m a wuss too. ;o)

  6. Stacy ~
    on May 7th, 2008
    @ 4:49 am

    It was definitely one of the hardest books I’ve ever read. I wasn’t expecting to go through such an emotional ringer, but that can be a good thing sometimes. I just read “To Die For” and was relieved it was on a lighter note.

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