Johnny Mack is one H-O-T guy! He was the town "bad boy" from the wrong side of the tracks and had women from eighteen to eighty. I could just imagine his sultry looks and bone-melting smile every time the author described something he did or said. He is summoned back to help the girl who saved his life before he left their small town. She's been accused of murdering her ex-husband. Johnny is now filthy rich and a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one. He's had almost every woman in town except Lane. He also discovers Lane has adopted the son that he never knew about. As Johnny Mack tells them now: "There's a bad moon rising, and trouble's back in town, so watch out."
Even though I hated for this book to end I stayed up and finished it in one setting. I couldn't go to sleep until I knew how it ended. Really enjoyed it.
This book is very captivating. i recomend it highly if you like murder mysteries.
a page-turner but didn't like the incest portion of the story
Alpha male- sacrificing female. He protects her, she sacrifices for him.
Great book, really grabs you.
FANTASTIC, UNPUTDOWNABLE STORY.
Very Good. Can't help but love the hero.
A highly erotic thriller. One of her bests in my opinion.
Contemporary romance/suspense thriller
Another fine book by Barton. You will be happy.
I steer clear of romance stories but Barton can be a hit or miss writer and this time -- it is a hit!
Johnny Mack Cahill is a capitvating person and as it starts out it just makes you want to know about him.
In her first romantic suspense novel, Beverly Barton tells the story of Johnny Mack Cahill, a redeemable bad boy in AFTER DARK. Set in the small town of Noble's Crossing, the streets roll up after dark leaving a quiet, sleeping town. Nothing wild goes on -- at least in public. Indeed, Noble's Crossing's secrets go on behind closed doors and mostly after dark.
Everyone in town knew that Johnny Mack Cahill was John Graham's illegitimate son, making him Kent Graham's half-brother. Fifteen years ago Kent hated his half-brother with a passion only matched by his determination to marry Lane Noble. When Kent found out about Lane's crush on Johnny Mack, he arranged for his half-brother's murder. Beaten nearly to death by Sheriff Buddy Lawler and his thugs, Johnny Mack was thrown into the cold waters of the Chickasaw River. Only Lane's discovery of his nearly dead body on the river's shore saved his life.
Johnny Mack returns to Noble's Crossing when an anonymous letter arrives stating that he has a son. He's stayed away from Noble's Crossing for fifteen years, but learning that he has son and that Lane stands accused of Kent's murder brings him back. Johnny Mack quickly discovers that fourteen year-old Will's life has been formed by lies, one stacked neatly on top of the next.
A dying woman's letter to adopted father Kent tore Will's world to shreds, revealing not only his adoption, but that his birth father is none other than Johnny Mack. Kent couldn't forgive the boy for being Johnny Mack's son. Nor could he forgive Lane for orchestrating the adoption of Johnny Mack's child.
Johnny Mack can't be scared off. He can't be run off. And he can't be bought off. He doesn't play by the rules and these days he's the one who always wins. Four years of college and eight years of sharing a compassionate man's home had polished Johnny Mack's rough edges, giving him the ability to pass himself off as a gentleman.
Edith runs Noble's Crossing, declaring that it is her town, her county and her state. Johnny Mack may be a big shot in Texas, but in Noble's Crossing he's still white trash with money. When her son Kent has been dead for two weeks, Edith persuades the DA to take the case to the grand jury. Further, she demands that the DA get a capital murder indictment against Lane. Edith wants Lane punished for her son's murder, she wants Will protected, and she wants Johnny Mack to learn that she still rules Noble's Crossing.
AFTER DARK present a chilling account of small town intrigue. Beverly Barton presents the hidden motivations of each character with precision, creating a twisting plot line that keeps the pages turning. Indeed, the characters are multi-dimensional and realistic while acting in a believable and consistent manner.
I don't enjoy this author as much as some others. The plot is pretty far-fetched, but it's easy reading.