by Kate Donovan

April 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7273-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Running from a past that haunts her, Maggie Gleason wants nothing more than to become a teacher. She's determined never to marry or have children of her own; by teaching, she will still have “children”. Enlisting the help of a known and respected mail-order bride business, Maggie has asked that he find her a teaching position — which he does, but he has plans of his own. Moving to Shasta Falls, California, she is ready to embark on her new life, making new friends and insisting that she doesn’t want to get married even when she cannot seem to get the enigmatic man who lives in the same boarding house that she does.

Alex Coburn wants to be left alone, and he will go to great lengths to see that he gets it. Insulting and nasty, he continually tries to make Maggie hate him and fear him, but it doesn’t seem to be working…Maggie wants to use the extensive library that is off his room and she is determined that they coexist. Alex relents and soon they manage to sit in the same room without insults flying, quietly reading, minding their own business, except now that Alex starts to actually “see” Maggie, he starts to care for her, the last thing this tortured bounty hunter wants. When the childish poetry she's been getting turns into threatening letters, Maggie has nowhere to turn but to Alex, and Alex can only think of one way to protect her—by making Maggie his woman.

Night After Night was an interesting read with likeable characters and a good storyline that offered several conflicts that the protagonists must work through. It was a little long in the beginning where the author laid the groundwork for Maggie’s past history, and a bit too slow and tepid between Maggie and Alex’s early exchanges, but don’t let that deter you from this solid story. The sexual interaction in Maggie and Alex’s first lovemaking session left much to be desired, and I was actually cringing when I realized that “That’s it?”…but it does get better, I promise. While there have been better books, Night After Night has stuck with me, I guess that it just struck a chord in me and what else can I say? I liked it.

Reviewed in July 2002 by Thea.

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