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Night Tales: Night Shield & Night Moves: Night Shield\Night Moves Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373285167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373285167
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.2 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like N.R's books, particularly her romantic thrillers. This particular book is made up of two stories in a four story collection. The second book being Night Moves, which has a further two stories. All feature Detective Boyd Flecher. His sister and friends are the main stars of three of the stories. Night Tales is the first of the two book collections.

NIGHT SHIFT: This is the book that introduces us to Boyd Fletcher and in which he is one of the staring characters. His parents are rich and own various firms. However, Boyd has opted out of business and become a cop, leaving the business angle to his sister. He is assigned to protect night-time DJ Cilla, who is receiving abusive and threatening telephone calls.

NIGHT SHADOW: Suspending reality and moving into the realms of fantasy. Gage Guthrie, a former cop who was shot in the head. He recovers, but finds that the injury has left him with a special power. He becomes the 'invisable man', in that he can blend into the background and seemingly walk through walls. He leaves the police force, he's got tons of money anyway and doesn't need the hassle of work (who does!), and becomes "Nemesis", a sort of Batman meets Superman, super-hero, righting wrongs and protecting the innocent. While on a nighttime 'prowl' he meets lawyer Deborah, who has been assulted. She finds it difficult to accept his 'vendetta' against wrong doers, as feels that justice should only go through proper legal channels.

A good book for an easy read.
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a must read..... better if read in order as characters really grow which makes them a lot better. but excellent storeys as stand alone too
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By Jason Mantell on 3 Feb. 2014
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I bought this book for my Gran as she loves all the Nora Roberts books and she has thoroughly enjoyed reading this one as well.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Wilkinson on 29 July 2007
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The reviwer is correct that the first story carries on form the first four but now we are into the yonger generation we meet Allison Fletcher, cillas and Boyd's daughter and he own romance with someone who has lived on the edges of the law and the unsual situaation they find themselve in.

The second bool Night Moves is no connection to the others a pleasnat story but winds up to quickly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Entertained if not overly impressed 26 Sept. 2005
By KMont - Published on
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I decided to give these two short stories four stars because, while I wasn't rocked by them, I knew I was probably getting two reasonably good stories in which to pass the time with, which I did. It had been a while since I'd read any Nora Roberts books. I usually stick to her trilogies, feeling like those usually deliver more of what I've come to expext from her.

The first story, Night Shield, is about Detective Allison Fletcher and former bad boy Jonah Blackhawk. Allison comes from a family dedicated to upholding the law, while Jonah has had a past steeped in breaking it. Both are distrustful of one another even though they must work together to catch thieves that have been targeting customers at Jonah's clubs. Neither wants to give into the obvious attraction that sparks between them, but are helpless to avoid it. I have to admit that Jonah drove me crazy in this story at times. He had the biggest trust issue of the two, and I just wanted to hit him at times. Maybe this is good thing? Possibly, if it makes the reader feel something for the characters, no if it just makes you want to turn the pages to get to something better.

Night Moves was by far the better story. It deals with many stereotypes we encounter in everyday life: Celebrity impressions, small town prejudices, general assumptions about people that usually just don't hold true in real light. Maggie Fitzgerald is a grammy award winning movie score composer that has had it with the high-flying intense action of Hollywood. She's ready for a change and buys an old home and some land in a small rural community, far removed from the hustle and bustle of her busy life...or so she hopes. What she doesn't plan for is Cliff Delaney, landscaper extraordinaire, the feelings he stirs in her, or what he finds in her front yard. I wanted to ring Cliff a new one a few times for not wanting to give Maggie a chance to prove herself. Most of the time he just assumes she is a spoiled rich girl, but he comes around by the end. Maggie turns out to be more than he bargained for and is more than able to prove herself to him. This story makes you stop and think about how we tend to judge people without truly knowing them first.

Overall, a great book to curl up with on a quiet night. My only complaint is that I wish Roberts had fleshed out her characters a little more. It seems to me that she tends to create characters that are too "tidy". Yes, they get angry, yes, they feel passion, but it all seems like it's contained in a nice neat box. When Roberts describes their feelings, it's as if there is a line that's never crossed. I wish she would let her characters cross that line more often.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Weak stories in a disappointing series; Roberts' misses here 24 May 2009
By Peabody823 - Published on
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I don't get what happened with Roberts in this series; usually in her books the characters invest heart and mind in the relationship before body, but in this series *and especially these last two*, they just hop right into bed together without getting to know each other. It probably has to do with the fact that they're so short, but I just don't like that; the relationships in this series just seemed unhealthy. Also, as I mentioned with the other books of the series, they're just too short to include both a complete and thrilling suspense and romance at the same time, and both tend to suffer as a result. For this one in particular, in "Night Shield" the characters figure out the bad guys very quickly and it lacks mystery and real suspense as a result, and in "Night Moves" I figured out the killer almost from the start, which was just disappointing as well. I just can't recommend these; they don't satisfy either the suspense or romance reader.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nora Robert re-release 29 Sept. 2005
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This author has never disappointed me. Love her books and enjoy going back and re-reading them years after the fact. Definite keepers. Need to build a bookcase just for her books. As JD Robb she is unsurpassed. Always entertains-always enjoyable-always raises thoughts and ideas of current and past life choices. Long after the books is over the characters and stories stay with you.
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One half great, one half not so great. 19 July 2006
By Delirium - Published on
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I absolutely loved "Night Shield" in this book, but "Night Moves" did not live to author's standard's. It felt like the story was hurried up to the publisher just to put something in the book to fill up pages. The characters were not as developed as in Nora Roberts' other books, and the plot was not as interesting. Every author has a "not so great" story once and a while, I guess, this one is in that category.
Night Tales: Night Shield & Night Moves 10 Sept. 2008
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This is another Harlequin reprint of previously published stories by Nora Roberts. Nora is one of the most prolific romance authors and she writes a variety of stories, these both go on the solidly "contemporary romance" shelf. There is a bit of a mystery but these are both "feel good" stories that won't make you think too hard.

Night Shield (2000) features characters from previous Night Tales after a generation has passed. Allison Fletcher is all cop, like her father the police commissioner, and is determined to solve the ring of burglaries that are targeting upper middle class Denver couples. Jonah Blackhawk, street punk turned entrepreneur, doesn't want to have undercover police in his new nightclub but is obliged when Allison's father calls in a favor. Sparks fly between the two as they work together to find out who is behind the thefts.

Night Moves (1985) is a great look at rural Maryland meets Hollywood in the eighties. Famous songwriter and musician Maggie Fitzgerald is trying to leave behind L.A. and settle into the quiet life when her new puppy finds a skeleton in the backyard. Her incredibly attractive but very surly landscaper Cliff Delaney is determined to keep his body between Maggie any threat.

The stories in this book are not part of the four volume "Night Tales" omnibus published in 2000 when Night Shield came out.
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