To Go: 60
31. Mercy — Jodi Picoult
32. Never Let Me Go — Kazuo Ishiguro
33. The Book of Spells — Kate Brian
34. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story — Christopher Andersen
35. Worth The Risk — Nora Roberts
36. Night Shift — Nora Roberts
37. Night Shadow — Nora Roberts
38. Nightshade — Nora Roberts
39. Night Smoke — Nora Roberts
40. Night Shield — Nora Roberts
“Damn it” counter: A delightful five in one volume alone!
“Get used to it” counter: A disappointing zero. Just when I start to take tallies, Roberts’s central line disappears.
I finished the series! With, of course, a hitch: the last book, an omnibus containing Night Shield and Night Moves only contained one story which kept with the series’ original characters. The extra wasn’t related at all. As a result, I only read Night Shield, and disregarded Night Moves (also because I started to read it and it was utterly dull — it didn’t incite my fury, it was just flat out boring).
Night Shield picks up approximately a decade after Natalie and Ryan get married, as Allison “Ally” Fletcher (yes, psycho-Boyd’s eldest daughter) is tasked with investigating a string of B and Es and robberies taking place at several well-to-do households in the city. The only string that ties them together is that almost everyone who’s been robbed has spent the evening at Jonah Blackhawk’s club, forcing Ally to enlist the former bad-boy’s help. The spark between them is undeniable, but Jonah’s determined to keep his hands to himself because she’s the police commissioner’s daughter.
So it sounds like it’s probably the cheesiest one yet, am I right? Strangely enough, I didn’t hate it!
Seriously, though! I bet you expected another very detailed review of the main male character and why I hated him, but Jonah was actually, for the most part, delightful. I liked him, and I liked Ally (who was, surprisingly, the “aggressor” in this relationship — and all the funnier for it), and I actually spent the majority of the read in good-natured laughter (not derision, as per usual).
I mean, there were a few things I could pick out, but they were so few and far between that it really isn’t worth it. I liked it overall, I finished it in a matter of hours, and I’m surprisingly impressed.
As for Night Moves, I did, for posterity, try to start into that volume, but there was nothing particularly catching about it. Not to mention that it was really senselessly made, as neither Maggie Fitzgerald or Cliff Delaney had anything to do with the original set of characters — so what was the point?
However, I will leave you with the last sentence of the back-of-the-book description, for the sake of humour: “Delaney’s Night Moves were enough to make even the saddest woman smile…but were they also those of a killer?” (Roberts, back cover)
Go ahead and laugh at that; I certainly did.
Next book: The Gift — Nora Roberts (Just this last book and then I’m moving away from this author for a while…hopefully for the rest of the challenge.)