Night After Night by Kate Donovan

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Night After Night by Kate Donovan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (301 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Quince

There’s no beast love can’t tame…

The Happily Ever After Company, Book 4

Maggie Gleason isn’t looking for a husband, just a place to disappear. When a kind marriage broker finds her a teaching position in a tiny mountain town, complete with a room in a boarding house that boasts a cozy little library, Maggie is sure she’s found heaven. Or, at least, peace.

There’s one problem: fellow boarder, Alex Coburn. The rude, reclusive bounty hunter has staked out his claim to the library, virtually daring her to set foot inside it. Despite his intimidating countenance, the lure of rows and rows of leather-bound books is too much to resist. And Maggie is through cowering before demons.

Amazed at her own temerity, she commandeers a tiny corner of the library for herself. She even manages to form a fragile truce with the mysterious, masterful beast of a man. Yet just as she dares to imagine that with time, something more might develop between them, Alex is gone. On a job? Some emergency?

As if to make her humiliation complete, an ugly demon from her past returns to remind her once and for all that no matter how far she runs, she will always end up alone…

Oh my! It was very hard to write a review for Night After Night. The major reason is because the story had several elements that did not sit well with me. But in the end I up liking the way the story was told.

So, let me start by saying that author built the plot really well and I enjoyed how story was developing. I had such mixed feelings about all the characters but the heroine in particular. On one hand her naivety, politeness and niceness drove me crazy. But on the other I really enjoyed her strong side. It was great to see that a character who is naïve and nice but not spineless. Finally I enjoyed how she was fighting for what she thought was right. The hero was completely different story. He was supposed to be tall, dark, handsome and mysterious, but for me he was brute (but not towards the heroine) and a cold blooded killer. It works for the story, it simply didn’t work for me personally. The characterization of the secondary characters is done perfectly they were presented as a typical small town people: meddling and nosy.

Night After Night is a romance, but the story, at least in the beginning, is more focused on the heroine and her new life in the small town rather than on her relationship with the hero. Therefore it seemed as if that aspect of the story dragged a little bit. More important for me was that it was difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when the hero and heroine fell in love, but also why and how.

Despite the few downfalls I actually did enjoy this story as a whole and I wanted to find out what kind of happily ever after the heroine and hero would find. It was a satisfying one.

I recommend Night After Night to readers who like western historical, sweet romances, virginal heroine, small town settings and meddling matchmaking secondary characters.

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