by Dee Davis

March 2002
ISBN: 0-8041-1976-7
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Elegant, poised Riley O’Brien has to answer a difficult question – can she allow herself to fall for a reporter? Or perhaps, more importantly, should she? Jake Mahoney, seasoned veteran of the homicide beat, doesn’t have to ask himself any questions at all – ever since a bomb blast threw him on top of Riley outside an abortion clinic, he knew he was heading for trouble!!! And the worst of it was, he couldn’t get there quickly enough!

Dee Davis dazzles us with this taut, suspenseful romance! Riley’s father is one election away from the Presidency, and Dee takes us inside the political mind of not only Carter O’Brien, but also his campaign managers and other assorted characters! Jake Mahoney, by virtue of his profession, is not welcomed by these people, who try their best to explain to Riley why they don’t like reporters. Riley’s head is listening, but her heart is stubbornly refusing to pay any attention at all – the instant zing that flashed between her and Jake cannot be denied! While this attraction between Jake and Riley is a terrific story all by itself, it is balanced by the cautiously unfolding mystery that involves first Jake, and eventually Riley, in its coils. With a perfectly-crafted back story and oh-so-tantalizing glimpses of a larger and more dangerous threat, Dee Davis has proven herself as a master of the romantic suspense novel!

Each chapter effortlessly draws us closer to Jake, Riley and the answer to the puzzle – the tension mounts, and the danger grows – this is a real edge-of-the-seat ride!! The sensual attraction between Riley and Jake explodes off the Richter scale when they both realize the depths of their involvement. We are right there with them, cheering them on!! Both likeable characters, Dee has painted their pictures for us with her words! We understand Riley’s depth of commitment to her father and his campaign, and ache for her as she yearns for the freedom she knows can bring her happiness. Jake, on the other hand, tries to be more logical, sensible and practical about Riley – but it’s no good, he’s doomed! We know it, and love watching him as he realizes it!!

With Dark of the Night Dee Davis has established her place on the front shelf!! Sensual, exciting and intriguing, her stories are getting better and better! It won’t be too long before everyone has a Dee Davis novel on their shelves, and I heartily recommend this one to start or add to your collection.

Reviewed in March 2002 by Celia.

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