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Night Tales: Night Shield & Night Moves Mass Market Paperback – Mar 30 2010

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette (March 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373285884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373285884
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.9 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone.

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He didn't like cops.

His attitude had deep roots, and stemmed from spending his formative years dodging them, outrunning them—usually—or being hassled by them when his feet weren't fast enough.

He'd picked his share of pockets by the time he'd turned twelve and knew the best and most lucrative channels for turning a hot watch into cold cash.

He'd learned back then that knowing what time it was couldn't buy happiness, but the twenty bucks the watch brought in paid for a nice slice of the happiness pie. And twenty bucks cannily wagered swelled into sixty at three-to-one.

The same year he'd turned twelve, he'd invested his carefully hoarded takes and winnings in a small gambling enterprise that centered around point spreads and indulged his interest in sports.

He was a businessman at heart.

He hadn't run with gangs. First of all he'd never had the urge to join groups, and more importantly he didn't care for the pecking order such organizations required. Someone had to be in charge—and he preferred it to be himself.

Some people might say Jonah Blackhawk had a problem with authority.

They would be right.

He supposed the tide had turned right after he'd turned thirteen. His gambling interests had grown nicely—a little too nicely to suit certain more established syndicates.

He'd been warned off in the accepted way—he'd had the hell beat out of him. Jonah acknowledged the bruised kidneys, split lip and blackened eyes as a business risk. But before he could make his decision to move territories or dig in, he'd been busted. And busted solid.

Cops were a great deal more of an annoyance than business rivals.

But the cop who'd hauled his arrogant butt in had been different. Jonah had never pinned down what exactly separated this cop from the others in the line of shields and rule books. So, instead of being tossed into juvie—to which he was no stranger—he'd found himself yanked into programs, youth centers, counseling.

Oh, he'd squirmed and snapped in his own coldblooded way, but this cop had a grip like a bear trap and hadn't let go. The sheer tenacity had been a shock. No one had held on to him before. Jonah had found himself rehabilitated almost despite himself, at least enough to see there were certain advantages to, if not working in the system, at least working the system.

Now, at thirty, no one would call him a pillar of Denver's community, but he was a legitimate businessman whose enterprises turned a solid profit and allowed him a lifestyle the hustling street kid couldn't have dreamed of.

He owed the cop, and he always paid his debts.

Otherwise, he'd have chosen to be chained naked and honey-smeared to a hill of fire ants rather than sit tamely in the outer office of the commissioner of police of Denver.

Even if the commissioner was Boyd Fletcher.

Jonah didn't pace. Nervous motion was wasted motion and gave too much away. The woman manning the station outside the commissioner's double doors was young, attractive with a very interesting and wanton mass of curling red hair. But he didn't flirt. It wasn't the wedding ring on her finger that stopped him as much as her proximity to Boyd, and through him, the long blue line.

He sat, patient and still, in one of the hunter-green chairs in the waiting area, a tall man with a long-legged, tough build wearing a three thousand dollar jacket over a twenty-dollar T-shirt. His hair was raven-black, rain straight and thick. That and the pale gold of his skin, the whiplash of cheekbones were gifts from his great-grandfather, an Apache.

The cool, clear green eyes might have been a legacy from his Irish great-grandmother, who'd been stolen from her family by the Apache and had given the brave who'd claimed her three sons.

Jonah knew little of his family history. His own parents had been more interested in fighting with each other over the last beer in the six-pack than tucking their only son in with bedtime stories. Occasionally Jonah's father had boasted about his lineage, but Jonah had never been sure what was fact and what was convenient fiction.

And didn't really give a damn.

You were what you made yourself.

That was a lesson Boyd Fletcher had taught him. For that alone, Jonah would have walked on hot coals for him.

"Mr. Blackhawk? The commissioner will see you now."

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The "Night Tales" series, which I've read on cottage vacations, during the everyday, in more than one season, ended with this instalment and it ended the right way. In "Night Shield", Roberts rewarded readers of the previous four (I'm not going to say how!) and even changed an approach I had criticized in an earlier segment. The series wasn't epic, but published in the early 1990's, it had the same quality as the stuff Roberts is writing now and when I see these books on my shelf, I will think of Colt Nightshade, Nemesis, and Cilla the DJ. Good, campy memories. P.S. "Night Moves", the second novella in the combination didn't have a Fletcher in the bunch, but it was preminiscent of "Tribute" and like most Nora Roberts works, enjoyable.
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I'm addict. I loved it. I read this book in 1 day. It is the trilogy that I read in 3 days only
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again good read
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HASH(0xa51e3618) out of 5 stars Entertained if not overly impressed Sept. 26 2005
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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.
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HASH(0xa454af84) out of 5 stars Weak stories in a disappointing series; Roberts' misses here May 24 2009
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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.
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HASH(0xa39470cc) out of 5 stars Nora Robert re-release Sept. 28 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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HASH(0xa3af093c) out of 5 stars One half great, one half not so great. July 19 2006
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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.
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HASH(0xa51e3fe4) out of 5 stars Jonah Blackhawk = Roarke, watered-down Sept. 25 2012
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In Night Shield, a series romantic suspense, we're short on suspense and short on romance, unless you consider several sensuous scenes a substitute for romantic engagement. However, I enjoyed this book because the hero, Jonah Blackhawk, is an abbreviated, watered-down version of the excellent Roarke in the In Death series penned under the name J.D. Robb. From the gutter/pickpocket childhood to the long black hair, I was reminded of a shadow version of Roarke at every turn, including his ownership of nightclubs and punching out men who disrespect women. There is some witty dialogue, but the attraction between the hero and the heroine is condensed to chemistry as there is no room to develop an actual relationship in this short book. I enjoyed the mini-Night series, but don't expect too much of them. 200+ pages really isn't long enough to develop a plot, a relationship and a host of secondary characters. You can almost feel Roberts straining at the leash of category constraints. Her later books, outside the world of Silhouette and Harlequin, are far superior. But this is a quick and easy read, if not an outstanding one.