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Nightshade Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1993

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373075294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373075294
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,015,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Women are addicted to her novels...Roberts is a superstar." - New York Times "Roberts's bestselling novels are some of the best in the romance genre.'" - USA TODAY" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not the Dark Side of Romance! March 21 2005
By L. Martin - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've often referred to the small romance books as "throw away" books because you can usually finish them in a couple of hours. Nightshade is a Silhouette Intimate Moments Book and definitely a quick read. It's also the 3rd book in Nora Roberts Night Series (the other two are also the short romance type of books). The entire series could be completed in less than a weekend of reading if you're trapped indoors with nothing else to do.

As with many of Nora Roberts' early books, the plot line is somewhat predictable, but still very enjoyable. It's the basic cookie-cutter romance plot: man meets woman (they are total opposites), sparks fly, romance ensues, and they live happily-ever-after. But one of Nora Roberts' best writing traits is her ability to develop characters so the reader feels they are real.

Colt Nightshade is a private detective looking for a runaway teenager being held against her will. In the course of his investigations, he becomes the unwilling partner of police Lt. Althea Grayson. This case hits Grayson a little too close to home for her to be completely objective. Thus the struggles of the main female character - she struggles with the case and with the attraction to Nightshade.

Colt Nightshade is the typical romantic male lead - handsome, debonair, and a bit intriguing with his bad-boy tendencies by not playing "by the book" to solve the case or win the affections of Althea.

While this dynamic duo are trying to sort out their feelings for each other, they are hot on the trail of the bad guys. Ok, didn't I mention "cookie cutter" romance above in my description??? Yep, and it even has a happily-ever-after ending too (bet you didn't see that coming!).

This book is typical and predictable but still an enjoyable read (as with most of Roberts' books)! The original Silhouette Intimate Moments book is out of print and is considered VERY HARD TO FIND but reprints are available!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Synopsis Jan. 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
TROUBLE IS HIS BUSINESS Colt Nightshade: Professional trouble-shooter. A damm good man to know-if you know he's on your side. Althea Grayson: That's LIEUTENANT Althea Grayson a hell of a cop, and heavon in his arms... Colt Nightshade made his living facing danger-alone. But his search for a runaway girl through the seamy side of the city was the one time he had to have help-whether he liked it or not. And if a man had to have a partner, he could do a whole lot worse than Althea Grayson. She was all business...and embodied his every pleasure. Soon, trouble became a for-letter word called LOVE.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful quick read full of passion, romance and suspense! July 8 2014
By @Book_recs4u - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When Colt's friends seek his help in locating their runaway teenage daughter, Colt vows to track her down. He usually works alone. He doesn't care about rules and procedures; he just wants to find the girl before it's too late. When he crosses paths with the local police he decides to work with them in the hopes of getting faster results. Althea Grayson is the beautiful lieutenant he is paired with. As it becomes clear the young runaway may be in over her head, Colt and Althea rush to put the clues together to find her. As total opposites their personalities clash, but there's no denying their attraction to one another.
precursor to the In Death series June 11 2008
By D. K. Stokes - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in the Night series.

Colt Nightshade is... well, he's a lot of things, but right now he's searching for a friend's runaway daughter. And to find her, he's got to team up with police lieutenant Althea Grayson.

The first thing that strikes me is that a LOT of things in this book remind me of the In Death books: The sugared almonds, Sweeney/Feeney, heck--Althea became an orphan at age 8! And of course, she's a police lieutenant who survived childhood abuse.

By the way, this came out in 1993, two years before Naked in Death.

And the scene where she and Colt rescue the little girl---definitely seems like a foreshadowing of the first scene in Naked in Death. In this one, Althea is upset because SHE didn't rescue the girl, and she feels like she should have been able to. The scene in Naked is similar, but with the emotion, tension, and lethality increased. In fact, I'd say this book and Night Shadow are both the precursors to In Death---Night Shadow with Roarke, Nightshade with Eve. The Night books are the In Death books tamed and softened to fit inside SIM covers.

I particularly liked the respect and partnership between Althea and Colt, and that even though Colt was ready to move the relationship along sooner than Althea was, and he did push her, he wasn't patronizing or paternal, both of which traits tend to pop up among romance heroes with distressing (to me, at least) regularity.

I also liked that despite their differences, and Althea not being happy about being asked to work with a civilian, that she tried to be fair (specifically thinking about the snitch who was killed at the beginning--she let Colt know she didn't blame him for that).

So, all in all a nice read, and a trial run, I think, for the In Death series. Worth reading as part of the series, but not one of my favorites.
Nightshade Sept. 22 2014
By funbeindeb - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Nightshade is a man on a mission to rescue Liz, a thirteen year old runaway. He is good friends with the Captain of the Denver police force who pairs him with Boyd' s former partner, Althea. Unwillingly they work together to find the missing child. Sparks fly. Sexual tension runs high for Colt Nightshade. A great read. You will love this, just as I did.

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