Atlanta, Georgia 1990
At twenty-four Rebecca Cullen could barely keep her head above water with all she had on her plate. Becky’s father had abandoned her and her two younger brothers, Clay, a high school senior, and Mack a fifth grader, years ago. Their mom had died when Mack was still a baby, making Becky more of a mother to him then a sister. Living on their Granddad’s ramshackle old farm was not easy either, with Becky taking on the bulk of the chores due to Granddad’s heart condition. Needing more income then the modest farm could provide, Becky worked as a legal secretary adding to her already heavy burden. Becky had a non-existent social life, never really having dated. Her family and work were her world. Then to add to Becky’s misery Clay begins to act out, doing drugs, drinking alcohol, and hanging out with a rough crowd. The confrontations with him were becoming unbearable, and Becky was lost as to how to handle the situation. Ultimately, Clay gets arrested and the hard nosed DA Rourke Kilpatrick is not about to let Clay walk.
District Attorney Rourke Kilpatrick was making it his mission to clean up the streets from the drug pushers preying on the city's children. Rourke needs to make an example of Clay Cullen despite his personal feelings that have developed towards Clay’s sweet sister, Rebecca. At first the feisty Becky was just another face in the elevator every day at the office building where they both worked. It is a shocker when Rourke realizes Becky is Clay’s older sibling. Perhaps this could work to Rourke’s advantage, by dating Becky he could keep a close eye on the Cullen kid. Little did Rourke suspect that he would start to come alive in ways he thought he would never feel again when he took the engagingly innocent Becky in his arms.
New York Times bestselling author, Diana Palmer’s Night Fever is a re-release of an older title she had written over a decade ago under the pseudonym of Susan Kyle. I had several issues with Night Fever and maybe it had to do with this fact. Diana Palmer is one of the leading voices in contemporary romance today, but this book written in the infancy of her career, definitly shows shortcomings. Becky Cullen was portrayed as way too syrupy for my taste. I was really getting tired of hearing over and over how sweet and lovely she was or how darkly handsome Rourke is. The repetiveness of the descriptions of the characters becomes overkill. For a female in the early '90's, Becky is just too unbelievably naive. Rourke comes across as a macho bully for most of the book, and has very few redeeming qualities. By the time he does start to allow something through that you might try to like the book is almost to its finish, a finish that is just way too long in coming.