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Veil of Night
Veil of Night
Author: Linda Howard
Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job -- usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and ever...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345506894
ISBN-10: 0345506898
Publication Date: 8/10/2010
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 89 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book! Thank you Ms. Howard for going back to what you do best, murder mysteries with laugh out loud humor. I was a little wary buying this book. But the first chapter had me hooked. "Six weddings in five days. HOLY SHIT". What an opening. This a good read. Fast paced, several laugh out load moments and some steamy sex. Exactly the way I like my Linda Howard.
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Helpful Score: 3
Awesome book! Loved the blend of humor, romance, and suspense. First Linda Howard I have read and I was very impressed. I will definitely be looking for more.
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Helpful Score: 2
I'm a reluctant Linda Howard fan. This was good entertainment and would make a decent movie. Hero and heroine are both likeable and Howard does capture chemistry well. Editing mistakes were annoying. Some things were over-explained or repeated while other motivations were rushed. Although a different take, it was a bit too much to use the wedding planning venue when Nora Roberts is in the middle of a similarly-set series.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great Read! I've been a fan of Linda Howard for some time, altho hadn't read too much of her lately. I'm glad I picked this one up it made me remember why I like Ms. Howard. It's a good and fairly quick read. Some real laugh out loud scenes. If you're looking for erotic this one isn't it, but it does have a few spice scenes.
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Helpful Score: 1
Grade = C+

Jaclyn Wilde literally runs into Eric Wilder while dealing with a traffic violation at city hall. They end up later at a bar and have a night of very passionate sex. The next day Eric is called in to investigate the homicide of a young woman. It turns out Jaclyn is the main suspect, seeing as the victim was a young bride and Jaclyn her wedding planner. Jaclyn had been slapped in the face because the "bridezilla" was anything but pleased with Jaclyn's service. Eric has to clear Jaclyn's name and can't play favorites especially because of their former relationship.

Veil of Night starts off strong. It has a fast, interesting beginning. Unfortunately, things slowly deteriorate from there. First off, let me state for the record that I cannot be impartial when writing this review. I have been a long time fan of Linda Howard. She is one of my favorite all time authors, however I have been less than enthusiastic with her recent releases. This one included.

The problem for me is that I have come to expect a really superb romance, with a strong romantic thread between the hero and heroine. Veil of Night does not deliver in this aspect. While Jaclyn is a fine heroine and Eric a definite hero, the romance is left to the wayside as Howard allows the murder and the details to detract from the main relationship. I can't help but compare Howard's recent work with her former and it just can't compare.

I would say that if reading Howard for the first time, there is still something about her writing that can lend itself to intrigue. The characters invite confidence and an easy manner that will draw readers in. The mystery is somewhat ordinary and hard core mystery fans will most likely think that part of the story is weak. Overall, I am not impressed. I just can't help compare Veil of Night to her other work and it just doesn't stand up. It makes me so sad. I just don't want to give up on her books, but what can I do? I don't think I can hang in there any longer.
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Jaclyn Wilde (Primary Character)
Eric Wilder (Primary Character)
Carrie Edwards (Major Character)
Madelyn Wilde (Major Character)
Taite Boyne (Average Character)
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