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Cover of Night [Hardcover]

Linda Howard
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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27 Jun 2006
For breathless action, gripping suspense, and intense romance, bestselling author Linda Howard never misses a beat–and her thrilling new novel will have your heart racing.

In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accessible to the outside world by only a single road, young widow Cate Nightingale lives peacefully with her four-year-old twin boys, running a bed-and-breakfast. Though the overnight guests are few and far between–occasional hunters and lake fishermen–Cate always manages to make ends meet with the help of the local jack-of-all-trades, Calvin Harris, who can handle everything from carpentry to plumbing. But Calvin is not what he seems, and Cate’s luck is about to run out.

One morning, the B&B’s only guest inexplicably vanishes, leaving behind his personal effects. A few days later Cate is shocked when armed men storm the house, demanding the mystery man’s belongings. Fearing for her children’s lives, Cate agrees to cooperate–until Calvin saves the day, forcing the intruders to scatter into the surrounding woods.

The nightmare, however, is just beginning. Cate, Calvin, and their entire community find themselves cut off and alone with no means to call for help as the threat gathers intensity and first blood is drawn.

With their fellow residents trapped and the entire town held hostage, Cate and Calvin have no choice but to take the fight to their enemies under the cover of night. While reticent Cal becomes a fearless protector, Cate makes the most daring move of her life . . . into the very heart of danger.

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  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (27 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345486501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345486509
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,982,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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"'Linda Howard is a superbly original storyteller' Iris Johansen" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Linda Howard is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The guest who was staying in room 3 of Nightingale's Bed and Breakfast, which Cate Nightingale privately thought of as the He-Man room because it was almost unrelievedly masculine, stopped in the doorway of the dining room, then almost immediately stepped back out of sight. Read the first page
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda at her best! 3 July 2007
I like to read a bit of romance now and again instead of the usual crime thrillers I usually like to read.I don't like your typical Mills and Boon type romance, I do however like romance type mysteries and Linda Howard is the best!there's always a good story and a nice hot romance,she doesn't dissapoint!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cover of Night Linda Howard 31 Aug 2006
I've been an avid fan of Linda Howard for many years - both her early Romance Genre novels like 'McKenzies Mountain' and classics like 'Dream Man'. However I've found this latest offering very disappointing. I almost gave up after the first 30 pages which were so slow and repetitive, and yes, I've got to say it - boring!. Any other author and I would have. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a Linda Howard thriller because it was reading like one of Mills and Boons poorer efforts!. I didn't much care for the characters - and the plot was just plain silly. Her last few books have also been lacking somehow as well - focusing on trivial details and full of what I call 'fillers' ie information we readers don't need and which doesn't move the story along - just to fill pages. Sorry Linda, but I'm afraid I no longer rush out to get your latest books and Cover of Night has done nothing to re-kindle my enthusiasm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cover Of Night 16 Sep 2007
Cate Nightingale is slowly comming to terms with the death of her husband. She has two mischevious 4 year old twins who keep her occupied. Meanwhile the quiet seemingly shy Cal Harris the local handyman is unbeknown to cate in love with her. After a troublesome guest leaves via the window, Cate and the town of Trail Stop is held to hostage. Cate and Cal with the help of the rest of the little town must pit together to save the town and themselves.

I did enjoy this book, i found the relationship between Cate and Cal a bit rushed and strained. Cal's character was very deep and did'nt go into much detail. But I did enjoy the story and the characters of the townsfolk and there attempts to get Cal and Cate together. Not as good as some of her others but I could read it again. More Please Miss Howard.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars where did the romance go? 12 Aug 2006
As an avid fan of Linda Howard's early books and into the MacKenzie line of novels, this purchase was a distinct disappointment. It has the feel of being a section of a larger piece of work which has simply been lifted out and put into a small format novel. There is no character development and the actual romantic development is just too convenient. Linda Howard has proved herself very able to build on the emotions building between the main characters but in this there was no building emotion at all. And the sex scene appears to have been just thrown in - they could have been animals rutting on the ground for all the emotion that was involved. If you like your Linda Howard books with the emotional impact of MacKenzie's Mission or MacKenzie's Mountain then you will be in for one big disappointment if you purchase this book. Don't waste your money, I say.
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