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Tender Savage

4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. BBC Audiobooks America. 2010. ISBN 9780792771463. $49.95; Playaway digital; digital download. F
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Lara goes to the war-torn Caribbean island of St. Pierre to free captive revolutionary leader Ricardo. She succeeds, but in the process loses both her heart and her virginity to him. No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Johansen's (www.irisjohansen.com) short contemporary novel, which features steamy weather and steamy romance, was first published in 1990 as a Bantam Loveswept title. This first-ever audio edition, released concurrently with the ebook and Bantam mass market paperback reissue, is appealingly read by actress/narrator Susan Boyce (The Cinderella Deal). Independence and determination characterize Lara, and Boyce emphasizes these traits with clear, precise diction. Her rendering of Ricardo's Latin accent is charming; soft and tender during love scenes, tense and sharp when facing danger. Recommended.—Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA

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