Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review of Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux


Series: Edilean
Release date: 17th of July 2010
Published by: Simon & Schuster Inc
Imprint: Pocket Star Books
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Mystery, Detective, Suspense
Pages: 456 in Paperback
Source: Won it.

Summary from Goodreads:


Scarlet Nights: An Edilean NovelWhat if you learned that your fiancé was not who he claimed to be? Engaged to the charming and seductive Greg Anders, Sara Shaw is happily anticipating her wedding in Edilean, Virginia. The date has been set, the flowers ordered, even her heirloom dress is ready. But just three weeks before the wedding, Greg gets a telephone call during the night and leaves without explanation. Two days later, a man climbs up through a trapdoor in the floor of Sara’s apartment, claiming that he is the brother of her best friend and that he’s moving in. While Mike Newland is indeed telling the truth about his identity, his reason for being there reaches far deeper. He’s an undercover detective, and his assignment is to use Sara to track down a woman who is one of the most notorious criminals in the United States—and also happens to be the mother of the man Sara plans to marry. Mike thinks the job will be easy—if he can figure out how to make a “good” girl like Sara trust him, that is. But Mike has no idea what this mission has in store for him. He’s worked hard to keep private his connections to Edilean, which date back to his grandmother’s time there in 1941. But as Mike and Sara get to know each other, he can’t help but share secrets about himself that he’s told no one else. And in return, Sara opens up to Mike about things she could never reveal to Greg. As the pair work together to solve two mysteries, their growing love begins to heal each of them in ways they never could have imagined.



My review:

Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux was one of the books I won from another book blogger’s giveaway. I didn’t know what to expect, only the information I saw on the back side of the book and it caught my eye. I read it during my July vacation and enjoyed it incredibly.

Scarlet Nights is a part of Edilean series, it is book 3, but it is standalone book, so I did not even get the feelings that there was some information missing. I read this book in one sitting almost; I just had to get couple of hours of sleep during the night and then continued reading. It was that captivating! Jude Deverauz is a highly professional author who knows how to keep the reader interested; just when you think what is going to happen, something changes. There were couple of very good twists in the book, but to avoid spoilers I ‘m not going to reveal them.

Scarlet Night was well written book with interesting characters. It gave a wonderful picture of a small town life, how the families are connected and in some cases related to each other and how the history of these families still influences the presence.

Regarding the plot:

The book starts out that FBI agent Mike Newland gets a task to go undercover to a small town in the middle of nowhere called Edilean. Since he is undercover agent, he keeps his private life secret and he is taken by a surprise that somebody actually knows that he is connected to Edilian and that he has a sister living there. Mike takes unwillingly the task and his task will be protecting a woman named Sara Shaw from the notorious criminal who she is about to marry.

Settings in Edilean were wonderfully created. I enjoyed how Jude Deveraux described the small town life where all the families are connected and how the hatred and animosity from generations back influenced the characters. It was genuinely well written.

Regarding the characters:

Besides the plot, author’s detailed descriptions of the history of the Edilean, the characters were fabulous! Both main and supporting characters were intriguing and fascinating. Even the smallest characters had their place in the book and were thoroughly though through and described in details. I loved that, it gave so much meat to the bones.

Sarah was hard to swallow for me in the beginning. She was so submissive, so vulnerable, and too sweet for my taste in the beginning of the book. During the book her character grew and I found that there is lot of courage, independence in her, which has just being suppressed during her relationship with Greg. She was vulnerable from her relationship with Brian that definitely left some serious scars in her soul. After meeting Mike Sara started to shine, her personality was brightened up.

Mike was adorable! His personality was very easy to like. I loved that fact Jude Deveraux wrote some soft spots into Mike – his protectiveness towards his sister Tess, his complicated childhood living with his granny. I liked that Mike had more into him just being an average FBI macho. He was sweet, had a great sense of humor and he was very resourceful while working on the case.

I loved the supporting characters! Tess, Luke, Brewster Lang, Joyce – they were all wonderful characters! I like when author takes her attention to supporting characters, too, so everything in the story is not only about the protagonists.

Generally:

I loved this book! It had romance, action, and twists in the plot, absolutely believable characters and reliable setting, so I would highly recommend this book!

5 stars out of 5.

It seems that whatever book I have read lately, are really exceptionally good. I have been very lucky with my choice of the books I read. It has been a good summer with very good books so far!

Happy reading, everybody!

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