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Scarlet Nights: An Edilean Novel (Edilean Novels) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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Although a more modern setting/theme, like classic Deveraux, she always connects her settings and characters to historical places and dates in her books, which is clearly well researched by the author. All in all I thought this was a great book and hope Jude Deveraux continues to show different sides of the proficient author she is.
This book revisits the modern Edilean featured in her first book of the series, Lavender Morning. Mike Newland, brother of Tess featured in the first book is a cop specializing in undercover work. An old friend of his is working on a case that has found leads in Edilean and knowing Mike's connection to the town he is asked to go there and guard Sara Shaw-the town's local girl next door. Sara is engaged to what the police believe to be a con man and if Sara marries him her life could be forfeit. Upon arriving Mike realizes that sweet Sara Shaw is just what has been missing from his life and getting her to leave her dangerous fiance becomes less of a chore than it has originally been. In a town as small as Edilean everyone gets involved in Mike's undercover mission and by the end of the book it really isn't very undercover anymore.
This book read the same as the last bunch I have disliked; some plot involves a man and a woman that forces them together, they try to resist their attractions but it is too much for them to resist. They must be together! Then one of their lives are threatened and the other one realizes that they mean much more to them than they had thought. Sigh. I can't believe I keep buying these books with the same exact plot.Read more ›
I thought it was a great story and am really dismayed that so many reviewers seem to be missing so much of it. Jude doesn't write formulaic novels, IMO, and this is no different. This is a lesson in how victims are chosen and created, both personally and professionally. It's informative and empowering, and how people missed this is beyond me.
Romance novels are by nature a love story. If there's no conflict, no keeping them apart, no misunderstanding, no challenge, then there's no story. What's she going to say, Dick and Jane met at the grocery, fell in love and lived happily ever after? *Every* romance novel has to have a challenge.
Scarlet Nights is based on a real life crime family who run scams on innocent victims, and her portrayal of how the family members work together to isolate and then exploit victims, woven into the story, was absolutely brilliant. I found it fascinating and disturbing at the same time.
Mike got bashed a lot for being short and bald with a high forehead, but seriously I didn't picture him as unattractive at all. Jason Statham is short and bald with a high forehead and he's a favorite with the ladies, so what gives with this? If Judith had made him tall, dark and handsome I'm willing to bet there'd be reviewers who would criticize her for being unimaginative, and I LIKED that he was original and unique in his appearance. Besides that, he's damned smart, likeable, and I would go out on a date with him in a heartbeat, LOL.Read more ›
All that being said, Scarlet Nights is an okay installment of the Edilean trilogy. The main characters certainly aren't strongly written or memorable (Sara is annoying in her damsel in distress role, Mike is difficult to take in his super healthy, super cop, gym junkie role), but this entry updates readers on the other characters in modern day Edilean. I'm glad that Tess's comment about her grandmother being wronged (in Lavender Morning) was one of the main themes in this story, however I was NOT happy to read what exactly that 'wrong' was or that it was addressed so lightly because the old lady was a known liar and might have made it up! I also couldn't understand why Ariel's character was thrown in as the anti-Sara (seemed too much like the Luke vs. Ramsey tug of war also in Lavender Morning).
As I wrote in a previous review, this trilogy did not go the route I was expecting, but Scarlet Nights definitely fit with what I expected.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book but not because it was different than any other such book.Sex was a little much.Published 1 month ago by Deborah Boyette
Beautiful book (hard cover): I love all of Jude Deveraux, she makes you feel like you are a part of the story!Published 1 month ago by Debra H.R.
Great plot with fun loving characters. It's a fast read you don't want to put down and you don't want it to end.Published 4 months ago by WithroesWoman
Love Jude's mix of history with current lives Also how she follows her characters from book to next bookPublished 6 months ago by Mary
I enjoyed reading this book. Jude always has a good mixture of humor and suspense that keep me coming back for more.Published 6 months ago by Robin Carr