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Scarlet Nights: An Edilean Novel (Edilean Novels) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
Book 3 of 9 in the Edilean Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Deveraux (Days of Gold) returns to Edilean, Va., to tie up some loose ends, return to familiar characters, and introduce a few new ones. Sara Shaw is happily preparing for her marriage to Greg Anders, and though her family doesn't like him very much, she sees his good nature. That is, until he disappears three weeks before the wedding, and Mike Newland crawls through the trapdoor in the floor of her apartment. As it turns out, Mike is her friend Tess's brother and a cop investigating Greg, who is actually a criminal with a fiendish plan that Mike doesn't yet fully understand. As Mike and Sara fall in love, they remain at risk until they can figure out what Greg wants. Readers familiar with the series will delight in immersing themselves back in the comfortable world of Edilean, and new readers should enjoy exploring it with Mike and Sara. While the threat presented by the villains is minimal, Deveraux's colorful cast and easy way with words shine, even if the story's thin on plot.
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Undercover detective extraordinaire Mike Newland's new and urgent case sends him from Ft. Lauderdale to Edilean, Virginia, the setting for Deveraux's popular series. His job is to protect Sara Shaw, whose fiancé Greg is part of the notorious Vandlo crime family. Everyone in Edilean hates Greg except Sara, who stubbornly believes in Greg even after he disappears weeks away from their wedding. Mike figures it will be easy to get Sara to trust him; women have always been attracted to him. But Sara is the exception. Weary of being seen as weak, she believes hunky Mike, brother of her best friend, has been sent to tempt her away from marrying Greg. The longer Mike stays, however, the more appealing he becomes to Sara, and soon they begin revealing secrets to each other, including Mike's true mission. As Deveraux continues her series, she brings to life the sort of sweet and spunky heroines who attract the muscular men her fans expect and enjoy. So this is another guilty-pleasure romance of suspense that will hook readers and leave them with a smile. --Patty Engelmann --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Edilean Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439107998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439107997
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Scarlet Nights is a wonderful read. If you are a Jude Deveraux fan this is a book worth reading. I admire how she is always growing as an author by bringing out books like this. This book has classic Jude Deveraux style yet she gives us a fresh new book that has a detective twist in it. I also love how she makes this a more down to earth book with characters like Mike Newland, who is a detective from a big city and is a bald slick guy that draws you to him. I actually like how Deveraux in this book strayed away from the usual cookie cutter type heroes that sometimes can make it almost non realistic. I actually pictured two men while reading this book that I imagined as "Mike Newland", a Bruce Willis and a Jason Statham type men who although short and bald, still very manly and attractive. I like the contrast of Mike's character to Sara Shaw's character. Mike being from a big city contradicts well with Sara's small town sheltered personality. I love the detective twist to it that also brings about a fight scene in the book that involves the Vandlo con artist family.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I always buy Jude Deveraux's books the day they hit the store and even though I had some misgivings (her last two books of this series were a bust) I had high hopes of this being the one that would win me once again. Wrong, this book left me thinking that I should probably stop paying expensive hardcover prices and wait to get it used. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't good either and I miss the old Books that made me want to cry at the end because they were so beautiful.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Again, since reviewers have already told the plot, I'm going to limit my comments to observations about the characters and the storyline. I absolutely *loved* Scarlet Nights and was thinking about it for days after I finished.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Scarlet Nights (really can't stand the story tie-in to the title) is a cookie-cutter Deveraux romantic suspense (seemed very close in storyline to Sweet Liar, High Tide, Secrets). If like me you're a long-time JD reader, the borrowing from other of her past storylines (speaking of which, what is with her obsession with heroes named Mike and shopping???) is very obvious and gets old quick. JD (or *cough* her ghost writer *cough*) almost seems out of touch with some of her scenes (really, what kind of guy goes on a CD shopping spree at Best Buy?). There were also a few times where I caught myself doing a doubletake after reading a few lines, but I finally just gave up trying to cross reference or figure out what exactly the author meant to write.

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.
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