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Review: Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins
Monday February 11, 2013 at 12:00 am |

nighthawk-bjPublisher: Avon Books
Published: October 25, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 371
Form: Paperback
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Outlaw.  Preacher. Night Hawk. He’s had many names, but he can’t escape the past.

Since Ian Vance’s beloved wife was murdered years ago, the hardened bounty hunter knows he’ll never feel love or tenderness again, so he’s made it his mission to ensure others get their justice. But when he’s charged with delivering a sharp-eyed beauty to the law, Ian can’t help but feel he may still have something left to lose.

Orphaned at twelve, Maggie Freeman has always found her way out of trouble. But now there’s a vigilante mob at her back who would like nothing more than to see her hang for a crime she didn’t commit. Maggie may have to accept help for the first time in her life . . . even if it’s from the one man standing between her and freedom.

As the past closes in, the sassy prisoner and toughened lawman may just find a passion between them that could bring blinding happiness . . . if they’ll let it.

My Thoughts

This woman’s novels, and especially her historical romances, NEVER EVER disappoint me!  Miss Jenkins has a remarkable way of bringing characters to life, while breathing such purpose and meaning into their stories.

When Maggie Freeman is arrested for the accidental death of a prominent white man, she is put in the care of Deputy Marshall Vance Bigelow, recognized as the former outlaw simply called, Preacher.  Since the death of her parents at the tender age of twelve, Maggie has been on her own and taken care of herself.  But with a vigilante mob after her, Maggie must learn to put her trust in the formidable law man if she wants to stay safe from harm.

Unassuming yet explosively fierce, Maggie Freeman is a spitfire who doesn’t take too kindly to anyone intent on harming her or taking advantage of her.  Maggie is a spirited and intelligent young woman who is used to causing chaos and calamity everywhere she goes. Bounty Hunter, Deputy Marshall, and former outlaw Ian Vance is hardened by his wife’s murder and weary of his past.  He wants nothing more than to go home, but finds himself saddled with the care of the unruly Maggie until she can go before a judge.

The romance between the two was quite beautiful in its growth and excellently written.  The more time they spent with each other, the more each of them became intrigued about the other.  Despite his imposing reputation, Vance’s kindness and tenderness toward Maggie draws her curiosity.  And Maggie’s bold and unexpected actions constantly confounds and excites Ian at the same time.  These two were like ying and yang, but the perfect compliment to one another.  While Ian tempered her, Maggie drew him out of himself and got him to open up.  As Wendy Williams is won’t to say, “I Love their Love!

The shenanigans and sticky situations they find themselves in along their journey are gripping and entertaining.  And their ever present obstacles and the discrimination against them caused by not only their skin, but the defying of expectations, is an all too real reality, even today.

Night Hawk is a novel whose story and characters consume you from beginning to end.  Entertaining yet powerful, Beverly Jenkins delivers yet another EXCELLENT historical romance!  LOVE!

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4 Responses to “Review: Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins”

  1. Girl! Can I say this….I LOVE THIS COVER!!!!! Let me count the ways. 6 pack. *sigh*

  2. Uhhh! I HAVE to read her soon. If you had to pick one to start with, which would you recommend?