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Beyond The Night [Mass Market Paperback]

Joss Ware

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Book Description

Jan. 11 2010

“Dark, sexy, and captivating, Beyond the Night mixes intense romance with white-knuckle action.”
New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost

 

Joss Ware is an author to be seriously reckoned with in the popular realm of paranormal romance—a must-read for fans of Suzanne Brockmann, Alyssa Day, Lara Adrien, and J.R. Ward. Her electrifying debut, Beyond the Night, begins a remarkable series that transports readers to a time fifty years after the end of the world—and follows a small band of exceptional men and the extraordinary women who join them in their desperate struggle for survival. A stunning combination of non-stop adventure and sizzling passion, Beyond the Night is high-concept romance that will literally take your breath away.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Jan. 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061734012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734014
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,057,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

About the Author

Joss Ware has an English degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, she owned her own business and worked in a variety of roles for two startup companies. She’s traveled to London, Paris, and Tahiti, and currently resides with her family near Ann Arbor, where she writes full-time.

Joss loves to hear from her readers, and encourages them to visit her website for updates and sneak peeks of future Envy books.


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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Sept. 7 2012
By P.A. Lupton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book WAY more than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, it was recommended by someone I trust so I knew I'd like it, I just didn't expect to love it as much as I did. Why? First, because I have never read any Dystopian novels (well, not since the Chrysalids in High School) and the description just didn't appeal to me. That sounds terrible, but I'm being honest. I would have never read this book based on the blurb. I only read it because it was a good friend I trust who recommended it--thank you, T'irla. Second, because of the nature of the story I expected a lot of world building--and sometimes a lot of world building equals boring. I fully expected to have to "get through" book one in order to start enjoying the story by book two. Well, that was not the case in Beyond the Night.

Joss Ware has a talent, that's for sure. She doesn't just dump a ton of information on the reader in the beginning to introduce her world. She also doesn't leave you hanging for information either. She has found the perfect balance of telling her story and building the picture she wants us to see, without boring the reader to death. Fantastic job Ms. Ware!

The characters were all so unique and interesting; different personalities and different backgrounds all coming together in a new world and working together to rebuild. And I absolutely loved that our hero and heroine find love under the circumstances. I literally felt butterflies in my belly in parts--and considering what was going on around them: amazing. There was also a lot of good tension. Romantic tension, suspenseful oh-my-god-are-they-going-to-get-out-of-this-alive-tension, and let's not forget sexual tension.

Overall, I really recommend this book to everyone. I don't think you have to like paranormal or dystopian to enjoy this book. It's got a fantastic story line, good characters, a lot of suspense, and romance. What's not to like? I can't wait to get to book two.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for action and events in a post-apocalyptic world. Not as good for emotional connection, but ok. April 23 2010
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
STORY BRIEF:
In June, 2010, "The Change" happened to earth. Earthquakes caused parts of continents to sink into the oceans. Severe weather caused buildings to collapse. For unknown reasons, most humans collapsed and died. A small percentage of people survived including Lou and his brother Theo. They live in a community of survivors in Envy, Nevada. At the time of the change, six guys were in a cave in Arizona and knocked unconscious. They wake up fifty years later, without aging. Two of them have abilities that they didn't have before. Elliott's new ability is to sense illness within a body similar to an MRI. He can also take illness from another through touch. Then when he touches a different person, the illness passes to them.

Every night zombie-like creatures called gangas come out looking for humans and tearing them apart. Strangers appear to be humans and control the gangas. A Stranger has a crystal under his skin on his chest. Strangers appear to be immortal since they don't age, and humans can't figure out how to kill them. Preston is a Stranger who kept Jade prisoner for three years. He beat and raped her. Somehow she escaped and has been in hiding from Preston and helping Lou and Theo with their resistance movements. Jade was born after "The Change" and is now in her late twenties. Elliott's group meets Jade during a ganga fight. She takes them back to Envy with her. Elliott is drawn to Jade from the moment he sees her. He sees her flirting with other men, which bothers him. Elliott accompanies Jade on some resistance missions.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
This was pretty good, but I would have liked more emotional development among the characters. This book is mostly action and events, and it's good for that reason alone. I kept thinking about "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer, printed in 2008. I loved "The Host" because of the warm and amazing emotional connection and development among the characters, which wasn't as strong in this book. Both books are about humans in the minority trying to stay alive while aliens rule the earth. Both books also have something implanted in humans, making them different. Crystals are implanted in this book, worm-like creatures are implanted in "The Host." This book was ok, but nothing made it stand out enough to make it a must read. There are at least two sequels coming which tell the stories of Simon and Quent.

CAUTION SPOILERS:
I had some unanswered questions. How did Ian know about Elliott's healing gift? It didn't make sense unless he or someone could read Elliott's mind. But then he apparently didn't know that Elliott could transfer the illness to another. Was this a partial mind read? Other questions: Why did they put the crystal into Allie, and why didn't it work? Who was Allie to Ian? How did Ian know which door Elliott and Jade would be coming out of at the mall? Some things will probably be answered in future books, but it would have been nice to know a little more about the crystals, the Strangers, and why the gangas kill all humans except blonds. They kidnap blonds but we don't know where they take them or why. Apparently teens are kidnapped by Strangers to use as slaves. I wanted to know more, but not enough to buy sequels to get the answers.

I was bothered that Elliott decided to commit suicide to save the life of the local mayor. I couldn't buy it - Lou or Theo maybe, but not losing a "healer" to save the live of a person who didn't seem to be doing anything special. In "The Host," the alien decides to die so her human host could live. That was a wonderful self sacrifice I could believe. But Elliott doing it in this book didn't work for me. I didn't intend to write so much about "The Host," but too many comparisons kept coming to mind as I read this book.

DATA:
Story length: 357 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 12. Setting: 2060 Arizona and Nevada. Copyright: 2010. Genre: fantasy science fiction romance.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Night Jan. 23 2010
By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok you caught me. There's no better way to relax at the end of the day than with a good romance book. If you combine romance with science fiction, it's even better! Beyond the Night is a paranormal romance that takes place in Earth's future. A group of men are spelunking in a cave in Arizona when they feel an earthquake hit. When they wake up, the world has changed. Cities are in ruin. It's clear to them that something catastrophic has happened. There are dangerous monsters that resemble zombies running around attacking people and there's a race of mysterious, evil immortals threatening the few humans that are left in this world.

Not only has some apocolptic event happened to them while they were asleep, but they appear to have woken up 50 years later and have not aged a single day in all that time. They are each endowed with a different special power too! The men meet up with the inhabitants of Envy (what used to be Las Vegas) and sparks fly when Elliot meets Jade, a strong beautiful woman dedicated to defeating the evil in Envy. They have to find out how to survive in this new world where everything is different and dangerous.

With the increased interest in end of the world and 2012 stories, this book really hits the spot. It's a refreshing change from the Vampire/Werewolf paranormal romances that seem to be all the rage right now in the romance world. The romance scenes are hot and heavy and the action is non stop as the characters fend off danger and learn their way around their new home.

This is Joss Ware's first novel in the new paranormal romance series, The Envy Chronicles, that was published in January 2010. The other two titles in this series include Embrace the Night and Abandon the Night.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique concept; wish for deeper connection to characters Feb. 12 2011
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's 50 years in the future. And Earth has undergone a near-apocalypse. Humanity's numbers have dwindled --and there are killer zombies. OK, maybe not exactly zombies, but close enough; they're called gangas. And there are also sort-of immortal people called Strangers. Thrust into this strange new world are five men from the past. They were exploring an Arizona cave when the "Change" happened. And they went into some kind of stasis for five decades, waking only about 6 months before our story begins. Now, they're trying to find some kind of civilization and answers about what happened to the world.

One of the five men is Elliot. He is a doctor. And ever since the cave-thing, now he has some medical superpowers, where he can scan people like an MRI or something and heal them with his touch. Only problem is that he takes the illness onto himself or passes it on to the next person he touches. Anyway, on their travels, the men run into a group of teens at the mercy of some gangas and they attempt to rescue them. But a mysterious woman also comes to their aid. That woman is Jade. She has a tortured history that includes years of imprisonment and brutality at the hands of the Strangers. Now she is part of the Resistance, fighting the mysterious immortals, that may or may not be to blame for Earth's near destruction.

Of course, Elliot and Jade are our star-crossed lovers. It takes awhile for them to get over their skittishness and seal the deal. Their romance was ok. I'm not sure why, but it didn't hit the mark entirely for me. Frankly, I was more interested in what was happening with side-character Quent and a mysterious archer woman. I'm sure they'll get their own book down the line.

The premise of the story is interesting and unique. But I felt like we spent a lot of time with pop culture references back to "our time" and angst from our cave-guys that didn't completely resonate for me. I liked it enough that I'll check out the next installment. Maybe once we're past the set-up, I'll be able to make a deeper connection to the characters. 3 1/2 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Night Aug. 13 2013
By Patty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
THis is the best doggone series I have ever read. I love the characters. Love the story line and couldn't wait until the final book came out. I'm a big fan of paranormal and sci/fy and fantasy. THis exceeds all genres'. Joss Ware is a fantastic writer and knows just what a reader wants. I was hooked from the first book untill the end. I could not wait until the next book to read what happened next. Read them all. You won't be disappointed.

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