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  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425235998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235997
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Jennings (Pursuit) starts this well-plotted romantic suspense novel with a literal bang: gunfire and explosions outside an American embassy in a fictional West African country. Defense analyst Claire Day and Marine Daniel Weston are nearly killed when suspiciously well-armed rebels attack. A year later, Claire has emerged from a three-month coma with no clear memory of the bombing, only nightmares with a brown-haired man protecting her. When she sees Dan on TV, she flies to Washington, D.C., to see if he can help with her lost memory. Dan thought she died in the attack, and he's thrilled this fantastic woman is alive. But someone is out to silence any memories she may have of the bombing, and soon they're facing danger together again. Occasionally weak and repetitive prose is the only snag to this tale of murder, arson, and sex.
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More About the Author

I've been a wordsmith all my life, starting as an avid reader. I was the one in class with an exciting novel open in her lap while the teacher droned on about quadratic equations, which I do not understand to this day. One summer I read so much I lost a dioptre of sight, but what can you expect when you live across the street from the county library? It's like an addict having access to a building chock full of crack cocaine. It's right there, the doors are wide open and all you need is a card.

Though I always knew I'd end up writing, the road there was long and fairly tortuous, as there was this tedious business of earning a living that had to come first. I'm not a starving-in-the-garret kind of person.

I moved to Florence, Italy from a small, provincial town in Central Oregon in my late teens and it took me years to get over the culture shock. I think everything about me, down to the molecular level, changed, definitely for the better. I learned that I loved language and languages, which led to interpreter's school. Being an interpreter is just about the best preparation I know of for becoming a writer, besides being a lawyer. More fun, too.

So, for more years than I care to tell, I traveled and interpreted. Simultaneous interpretation requires very close and careful listening to what the speaker is saying, to the choice of vocabulary, to the register of language, to the hidden meanings. It's intensely stressful and it burns language into your brain. Couple this with constant travel to sometimes interesting places (and sometimes not-interesting places--to wit, eight long damp years in Brussels), and with thousands of pages of translation work and you have a viable path to becoming a writer.

After traveling the world, another culture shock--marriage at a late age and residence in a small, provincial town in southern Italy, a little like circling back to square one. Matera, the unknown beauty of Italy, with its spectacular Sassi and incredible isolation from the mainstream of Italian life, became my new home. It's been an enormous privilege watching the city open up to the world like a blossoming flower.

At the age of forty, the new mother of the world's most spectacular son, it was time to finally try to achieve that lifelong dream of writing. I knew I wanted to write mainly genre fiction--romantic suspense and mysteries. I like to read exciting fiction and it's what I like to write. With a lot of help from my friends along the way, I've published 8 novels and now have a two-book contract with Berkley Publishing (Penguin USA). I'm also working on a women's fiction set in Florence.

Part of that help with becoming a writer was attending writers' conferences in the States. It was such an overwhelming experience that--again--with the help of friends, I established a literary festival and spectacular international writers' conference in Matera, the International Women's Fiction Festival--womensfictionfestival.com--where members of our tribe of writers meet, bond, talk shop, listen to top editors and agents, sell novels, overeat and get drunk on the finest food and wine this side of heaven.

I can be contacted at e.jenn...@tin.it and elizabethmj...@gmail.com.

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I found myself skipping pages just to get to the end.
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There was too much unrelated info in the story and the hitman in the story and the villian are far too concerned with Claire in the first place.
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He sees only her strengths and the heart that has kept her going through every trauma that confronts them.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on August 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Claire Day wanted an adventure and she found one as a spook or a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst. She finds herself working at the US Embassy in Laka, Africa on Thanksgiving Day. And things are about to go from adventurous to very dangerous.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Weston has finally made it to Laka, after briefly being introduced to Claire a year before. From the first glance he knew, absolutely knew, he had to be with her. And now, they have both made it to the same place, and they are under siege. The Red Army, a very chaotic out of control mob is flooding the streets and Dan has whisked Claire into Post One, the safest room at the Embassy. Claire has no idea Dan has been doing everything possible to be relocated to be with her. As they sit, minute after minute, hearing the horrible guns go off in the street, the tension is so strong Dan can barely believe he actually has Claire with him. Waiting out the gunfire eventually leads to a kiss. But as fate has a funny way of screwing with people's lives - that kiss is short lived.

The Embassy is bombed. Claire is thrown into a coma for three months. Dan receives information that she is dead, and has to deal with his own physical recovery. Devastated, Dan leaves the Marines and opens his own private security firm in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Claire moves to Florida, where her father recently passed away. She is absolutely alone, and in bad shape. Awful nightmares, the Post Traumatic Stress is in full gear - she deals with panic attacks, nausea, is very weak and worst of all, has absolutely no memories of the bombing. When she happens to catch the name of Dan Weston on the news, his name jars her memory. She realizes he was at the Embassy at the same time she was.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Bergamo on August 12, 2010
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The fast paced plot and likeable characters, make this story a pleasure to read. The character of Dan is the essence of the typical Rice's intense alpha male that include his obsession for the protagonist Cleare. The heroin is described as a beautiful woman, with the additional bonus that she still has all her neurons working and will not loose them during the story. The love story that unfolds in Shadows at Midnight was very touching, and I felt a real connection to the characters, like I had known them already. The intrigue is well balanced with the romance part and the steamy sex scenes are not interminable and repetitive. Elizabeth Jennings aka Lisa Marie Rice is definitely one of my best discoveries so far!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RomReader VINE VOICE on February 6, 2011
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Amnesiac former-DIA agent can't remember the bombing event that injured her in Africa & has been suffering from panic attacks & nightmares for a year. So when she saw the Marine she's been dreaming about on TV & realized he was with her the day of the bombing, she flies over to see him. Hero, who's been in love with heroine since he 1st saw her 2 yrs ago & has been grieving her b/c he thought she died during the Embassy bombing, is overwhelmed upon seeing her again. He makes sure that he doesn't lose her again & helps her piece together her forgotten past & find the bombing culprit especially after the recent 2 attempts on her life.

This book is an improvement to Jennings' 1st book, Pursuit, especially the love scenes. A great romance-suspense with tight writing. I LOVE the hero in this one. He's not particularly tall or handsome but he exudes confidence & strength. He is obsessed with the heroine but gives her the space & support to figure things out herself. I liked that he didn't wallow in his miserable childhood & more than survived it with his can-do attitude. I LOVE that hero stayed celibate for 1 yr after he & heroine shared a kiss before the Embassy bombing & even when he thought heroine was dead. He loved her so much that none of the willing women he encountered failed to turn him on. Heroine was wonderful too. I liked her intelligence & courage even when she was mentally & physically shaken. The plot was exciting & pacing good.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lovely D.M. VINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
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Claire Day and Dan Weston work together at the American Embassy in Laka, Dan is a Marine and Claire is a DIA. And on that fateful day, Dan promises to keep her safe and they share their first kiss, then the embassy gets bombed. Fast forward to a year later, and Dan having survived, thinks that Claire is dead.

Claire on the other hand had been recovering all this time, she is still wounded and suffers from PTSD and amnesia. She thinks that Dan is just a figment of her imagination- a man she has dreamed up to make her feel safe in her dreams. But when she sees him on the news after he helped save a family from a fire, Claire is shocked to realize that the man of her dreams is not a fantasy but real, and this makes her happy and scared at the same time. So on an impulse and because she wants to see for herself that he is real, Claire buys a ticket and goes to visit him. Dan has opened his own business and it is successful. So they meet again... and when Dan realizes that someone is trying to kill Claire, he goes all out to protect her and help her to solve the mystery of who wants her dead and why.

This story features a sexy/strong hero and a likable/vulnerable heroine, however the storyline had some plot holes. I also felt that Claire and Dan's first intimacy came too fast. In addition, I felt that the author was pushing too hard to make Claire seem super smart, and that wasn't needed- it came off as a little contrived.

But in the end, I really liked how Dan was a goner for Claire from the beginning and so protective (he was her shield and rock), and I really liked how Claire seemed to draw her strength from Dan. Overall this was a good read.
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