- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Mira (24 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778315088
- ISBN-13: 978-0778315087
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 16.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Is Forever (Krewe of Hunters) Mass Market Paperback – 24 Sep 2013
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Marcus Danby founded the horse Farm, a therapy center, that was located near Nashville. The Horse Farm had been Marcus's passion and his life. His door was opened to any abandoned creature. Marcus brought in clients - patients to work with horses - or dogs sometimes. The Horse Farm was extremely well respected. And now, Olivia and the rest of the employees, at the Horse Farm, had to move forward with the work Marcus had deemed so important.
Olivia worked at the Horse Farm as a therapist. She did impressive work with the horses, but what she managed with people was equally beautiful. She was loved and respected by everyone. Olivia had the ability to see ghosts and talk to them. She was told she was like a ghost magnet and some called it a gift, but some called it a curse. She shared this ability with her cousin, Malachi, who was in charge of the Krewe, an FBI Unit of Paranormals.
Special Agent Dustin Blake, my favorite character, was quite charming. Dustin comes to Nashville, at the request of Malachi, to investigate the death of Marcus. He also shares the gift of seeing ghosts. There is a strong chemistry between Olivia and Dustin and a romance slowly develops and an investigation that leads in many directions. And the plot thickens!
This book includes mystery, paranormal, and romance. The author had such a creative way of weaving together this multi layered story. I found myself engaged in the storyline early on. I did not anticipate the ending and I must say, I was a bit disappointed, not finding it to be plausible. Also, there were many secondary characters and I found myself confused at times.
The author really elaborates on the paranormal encounters, going into much depth - very interesting! I also liked the bit of Civil War history interjected through the ghost encounters. Yes, I would recommend this book, especially to those of you who are into paranormal - you'll love it. My rating is 4 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with a complementary copy of this book to review. All opinions shared are my own.
- The Krewe! I love seeing past characters come back for a supporting role in subsequent books. Even though they are a shadow of their former selves when they return (after all it's not their turn to be incredibly beautiful/rugged/can't keep their hands off each other) it's still nice to see them.
- this book is set on a Horses for Therapy ranch which is a bit different and although the group does hang around in a cafe at least this time they don't also hang around in a pub.
- a wide range of suspects and "whodunnit" wasn't really guessable this time
- horses and dogs! Can't go wrong with either of those IMO
- the sex scenes seemed a bit toned down this time (of course the characters still go at it like rabbits ALL night a few days after meeting - makes you wonder what kind of vitamins they're on - but it did seem like less)
- I think Heather did put some thought into the actual crime aspect of the story. The motive wasn't quite the "insanity" which she often uses (a motive I personally loathe and equate to the "and then he woke up" explanation kids like to use)
- the Hero didn't have a dead wife/fiancee!
- there was no one named Thayer
- no one was Irish or Scottish
- no sex in the shower (kitchen counter yes - but shower no - come on everyone likes a change :p)
- Heather had quite a lot of local history included but I found it just slowed the pace of the story as she tended to write it in blocks. She's a big fan of "guided tours" as a way to introduce local history or legend - ie a couple of pages of someone spouting off stuff which may or may not interest the reader. It didnt really interest me this time.
- a couple of minor things which seemed more plot filler than the sensible course of action ie one of the Krewe speaks to a young artist on the phone about a portrait of a General which he created and then sold. The Hero and Heroine then drive to see him to ask about it. Why he couldn't have answered all the questions over the phone in the first place is a bit of a mystery! It was like "We need you to tell us who you sold the painting to - but I'm not going to just ask you on the phone -two people are going to drive all the way to see you to ask".... ummm.... ok.
- one of the books murders - involving an ipod - was fairly hard to swallow (but then a few of the other "attacks" were too lol)
- while Olivia KNOWS and works with all the suspects as in every Graham book - she didn't seem to be friends with any of them. Usually the hero will come along and join in to her social circle but this time it was pretty much him and her from the beginning. This jarred with me for some reason - most of them seemed fond of her - but I don't feel that she had ANY actual friends!
FORMULAS USED (formulas aren't bad - they are like knowing that if you follow your favourite chocolate recipe again you're still going to like the taste) :
- ghosts know they were murdered. They remember being murdered but they NEVER know who did it!
- Heroine is stunningly beautiful/slender yet spunky
- Hero is "ruggedly handsome"/brave/macho yet in touch with his feminine side.
- couple fall into bed within days of meeting and don't get back out of it for a long time ;)
- a bunch of suspects all of whom are known to the Heroine (but none of whom were very interesting this time unfortunately)
If you're a Heather fan - especially of the "Krewe" then reviews really don't matter. If you're a new reader - DON'T start with this one - choose a stand alone book or start with the first Krewe book. Bear in mind though that murders and ghosts aside Heather writes romances.
In The Night is Forever their are ghosts all over in the story that so enrich the story. Marcus died of a drug overdose. Everyone believes after 30 years clean he relasps except Olivia. Olivia found Marcus's body and his ghost that said he did not go back to drugs, He was murdered and he needs her help.
Olivia faints I would to, bad enough to find a dead body without its ghost being there too. Olivia calls her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, and tells him what Marcus said.
Dustin Blake is a FBI Agent. He wanted to join Krewes but there is no way to request it. Dustin is asked to go in undercover as a agent who is burned out. This will be his first assignment for the Krewe unit.
Their is lots of suspects, lots of ghosts, and lots of animals. I had no idea who or why was killing people at the horse farm.
I liked the ghosts that kept popping up, also liked the boys that were trying to get their lives back.
Dustin fits well in the Krewe unit with the others. It was a entertaining story.
I was given this ebook and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
publication: September 24th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA 368 pages
Marcus Danby founded the Center. The Horse Farm has been Marcus’s passion and his life's work for almost 20 years. His door is opened to any abandoned creature, both human and animal. This is a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery. They work with horses or, sometimes, with dogs. The Horse Farm is known throughout the region and is extremely well respected.
The often badly abused or abandoned horses, (and dogs), are extremely wary of humans when they arrive at the farm. However, with lots of love, gentle training, good food, pastures to roam and run, and the building of relationships with the staff and the farm's patients, (called clients), these animals became trustworthy and able to "go easy" with inexperienced riders.
I like this part of the novel
Olivia Gordon is a therapist at the farm. Her specialty is animal therapy. While walking around the grounds, Olivia finds Marcus Danby's body in a deep ravine. He is obviously dead. After chatting with Marcus' ghost, (he readily appears while she finds his corpse), she is sure he was murdered - he tells her so. Yes, Olivia can see and communicate with the dead, as can her cousin Malichi Gordon, an FBI agent and leader of a Unit of Paranormals, the "Krewe of Hunters."
Marcus had been a dope addict before he started the Farm. He has been clean for over 20 years and, with his happiness in his work, had never really thought about the "needle" again. This is why it is so odd that the medical examiner releases his report finding the cause of death to be an overdose of heroin. He also, unofficially, speculates that Marcus was so full of drugs that he might have fallen in the ravine. Now, Olivia knows this is not true - first because she knew Marcus well; and second, Marcus' ghost told her the true story. This story would have been more credible to me, (& I love paranormal mystery romances), if Marcus had been a bit spookier. However, this ghost is almost clown-like. I mean, he has just been murdered, so what's with the comedy? He cannot control appearing and disappearing, just like Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat. He speaks in a folksy manner and doesn't seem to be terrified that he is now dead and a ghost to boot!! Btw...Marcus isn't the only ghost around. There's Civil War General Rufus Cunningham - a benign ghost who rides a horse and doesn't talk to anyone.
Cousin Malachi doesn't want the town's police to think the FBI is meddling with their case, so he sends in fellow team member, Dustin Blake, posing as a patient at the clinic, to assist with the investigation.
Now here is something that really bothers me. Of course Olivia and Dustin are bound to meet. But do these two people have to be perfect? Of course Olivia is simply gorgeous; and Dustin "stood at about six foot four. He had the kind of lean, hard muscle that might be seen on a basketball player. His face was chiseled, his jaw square, and flashing dark eyes that seemed to view the world around him with a certain amount of skepticism. No one could miss him. Hardly the type to slip in and out of anywhere unnoticed." I so hate this in novels, where two exceptionally beautiful people are attracted to each other immediately...this is true in MANY romance novels...and so very trite. I mean, couldn't Dustin have a wart, or Olivia have a few crooked teeth? Don't "normal attractive people, or unattractive people fall in love?
Years ago I read Heather Graham's historical romance novels on a fairly regular basis, until I found that most of her books had basically the same plots - especially in her "series" books. This one feels bland. It is light on plot and character development, and very predictable. If it's depth you're looking for, and there are many romance mysteries which have much more depth, including Ms. Graham's earlier work, you won't find it here.
Looking at other reviewers ratings and writing, I feel totally alone in my opinion. However, I feel like I have to tell it as it is, as I experienced the novel.