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Come The Night Mass Market Paperback – September 23, 2008

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When Libby is told she can no longer play the cello professionally due to an injury, she returns to Sydney, Australia, to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. Libby is so passionate about her cello, this is almost too much to bear. As soon as she arrives, she is invited to a friend’s home for dinner. Among the guests is someone who has never forgotten her. Charles lived one floor below her apartment in Vienna almost a decade ago when they were both students. All Libby remembers is that he used to pound on his ceiling when she was practicing. Charles doesn’t hate music, but he certainly has issues with musicians. His parents, famous in the industry, never had time for him. Now these two prickly individuals are thrown together again, and while Libby is not interested, Charles can’t believe his good fortune. Readers will love Rose’s enchanting tale of unexpected love. --Maria Hatton

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Susan makes her home in New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” with her husband, Serge, her dogs, Freya, Nahla and Cagney, and her cat, Jefferson. Susan’s interests include music (just about any kind), old movies, gardening and getting out into nature. She also bakes a mean chocolate cake.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773152
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Come the Night by Susan Krinard

Mass Market Paperback Release date October 1, 2008
3 ½ Stars

It's difficult feeling like an outsider. Add being a werewolf who isn't `pure.' Now you understand Ross Kavanaugh dilemma. Come the Night is the third in the vampire/wolf trilogy by Susan Krinard. The two previous books are: Chasing Midnight and Dark of the Moon.

In Come the Night, Krinard explores the relationship between two people from two different worlds that fit the "opposites attract" adage. Ross meets Gillian Maitland in an England hospital while recuperating from a war injury. Ross accidentally discovers that Gillian is a loup-garou or wolf and to her surprise, he discloses that he is one, too. But Gillian's excitement is short lived when Ross reveals himself only ¼ wolf.

Because Gillian is from a prominent were-wolf blood-line, she is expected to carry the tradition by marrying someone to carry on the pure genes of her race. Because of this, she leaves Ross without an explanation.

It is now 10 years later, Ross lives in New York where Gillian finds him while hunting for her son. Gillian doesn't want Ross's help but trouble follows her. The passion the two had together is rekindled but Gillian feels duty bound to return to her old life again.

This book was a solid read. But after reading the book I was left with a vague feeling of disappointment because Ross and Gillian didn't work well as a couple. Gillian was too rigid and cold. This made it difficult to like her. I could understand her, but it made me wonder what the appeal was for Ross.

Susan Krinard's description of New York in the twenties was interesting and fun to read. Overall, followers of this series will be satisfied with the culmination of this trilogy.

Reviewed by Cez at Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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Accused of a murder, suspended NYPD detective Ross Kavanaugh is at the lowest point in his life when a souvenir of his 'doughboy' soldier days turns up - the son Ross didn't know he had. A mixed-blood werewolf, Ross hasn't forgotten the passion he shared with pureblood Gillian or her devastating rejection upon discovering that Ross was too human to `shift'. When Gillian turns up with her brother to retrieve her errant son, Ross is not sure of his feelings toward the controlled woman who was once his uninhibited lover. Gillian had never planned to face the man she once spurned, though she's never gotten over the attraction to Ross, Gillian has bowed to her destiny to be mated to a pedigreed shifter and produce pureblood cubs in order to ensure the survival of the loupe-garou race.

The machinations of Gillian's son and brother, bring Ross to England and open Ross' eyes to the reality of Gillian's situation. But with Gillian's father holding a werewolf `summit' there is a whole `pack' of troubles to overcome if the plan to give Gillian a chance at happiness by inserting Ross into Gillian's life going to work. And if a fanatic father and a houseful of purebloods isn't enough of an obstacle, death has followed Ross back to England and Gillian and his son are in danger.

In the forward to Come the Night, Krinard says she loves the detective archetype and you can tell. Even without his wolfishness amping it up a notch werewolf police detective on the outs Ross - once he has a purpose again - is truly a perfect specimen, honorable, observant, and intelligent, and his human blood doesn't stop him from being plenty alpha enough to hold his own against a bunch of arrogant purebloods. I could absolutely understand why Gillian found him so impossible to resist.
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This book is set in 1920's New York City, when the power of Irish Tammany Hall was beginning its slow decline and the Italian Mafia as we know it today was gaining strength and becoming more organized. However, the author apparently failed to do anything but the most cursory research into this fascinating era of the city's history (I'm assuming she relied mostly on Wikipedia and similar sources). There are numerous minor errors and a mind-boggling amount outright laziness (the police at this point were largely a corrupt extension of the Tammany political machine, so it's unlikely that they uniformly embraced today's ethical standards). It's also doubtful that a down-on-his-luck detective would have used modern TV cop slang that sounds straight out of Law & Order to describe his work nearly a hundred years ago. This broke detective also tips bellhops and cabbies "a buck," which in 1927 would be the equivalent of handing a twenty to a guy for opening the door for you.

People who know absolutely nothing about New York City, its history or the 1920's in general may very well love this book. Personally, I had to stop reading on page 62, when Krinard referred to famous Coney Island as an *actual* island, which you can see is not true from looking at a freakin' map of the city.
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By C. Cox on December 30, 2008
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I won't go into detail about the plot, but just give my thoughts on the book. It took a long time to read this book. At first I thought it was just because of the holidays but after finishing it I'm not sure I'd have read it that much faster any other time.

It's a little too long and a bit repetitive in the way the author has the hero and heroine coming together then separating again and again. And I'm not a fan of the plot device of the central characters never telling each other how they feel until the very end. I liked Ross our disgraced hero, but Gillian didn't inspire me at all. In fact, for most of the book I wasn't sure I liked her very much. And after all the misunderstandings and betrayals and doubts they got together a little too quickly and easily at the end. All in all it was a disappointment. It could have been a much better story.
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