Cover of Night
by Linda Howard
For breathless action, gripping suspense, and intense romance, bestselling author Linda Howard never misses a beat – and her thrilling new novel will have your heart racing.
In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accesible to the outside world by only a single road, young widow Cate Nightingale lives peacefully with her four-year-old twin boys, running a bed-and-breakfast. Though the overnight guests are few and far between – occasional hunters and lake fishermen – Cate always manages to make ends meet with the help of the local jack-of-all-trades, Calvin Harris, who can handle everything from carpentry to plumbing. But Calvin is not what he seems, and Cate’s luck is about to run out.
One morning, the B&B’s only guest inexplicably vanishes, leaving behind his personal effects. A few days later Cate is shocked when armed men storm the house, demanding the mystery man’s belongings. Fearing for her children’s lives, Cate agrees to cooperate – until Calvin saves the day, forcing the intruders to scatter into the surrounding woods.
The nightmare, however, is just beginning. Cate, Calvin and their entire community find themselves cut off and alone with no means to call for help as the threat gathers intensity and first blood is drawn.
With their fellow residents trapped and the entire town held hostage, Cate and Calvin have no choice but to take the fight to their enemies under the cover of night. While reticent Cal becomes a fearless protector, Cate makes the most daring move of her life … into the very heart of danger.
Review: I finished this very late Monday, June 4th, 2007. A great stand-alone novel.
After the small disappointment I felt when I had read Killing Time, I was a little hesitant to read another Howard novel so soon. I had read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did!
Cate, a regular widowed, single mom of twins, who owns and runs a B&B. I loved how she handled everything: from the normal, everyday worries about running your own business to raising her twins, four-year-old boys – especially how she handles her boys!
Cal, the handyman who can fix anything, who turns into a blushing, sputtering teenager around Cate; it was the cutest thing. Then learning about his fierce, strong other side, I loved him all the more for exactly who he was.
The other characters, added with the scenery, you felt like you were right there with them all, in the thick of it.
Even though I found their coming together (Cate and Cal) was a little rushed, it was understandable under the circumstances.
I liked the twist to the story, especially the very ending, and it makes me wonder if I may see a certain character in a futur novel. All in all, a good read!