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Night Hawk

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  74 reviews

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 m

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Paperback, 367 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Avon
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2012 RSJ Emma Awards
3rd out of 30 books — 14 voters
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Best Multi-Ethnic American Literature
25th out of 228 books — 78 voters


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Elena
Things I liked:
* Both characters were people of color! This is actually the first historical romance I've read where that was the case.
* The characters faced overt and seriously harmful racism, and not just from the Evil Villain.
* Maggie was a really strong character who was intelligent and perfectly capable of taking care of herself.
* Ian was also a strong character who respected Maggie's intelligence and ability to take care of herself.
* This is probably the most historically accurate romance
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Jen
Before I read Night Hawk I’d been holding out for a hero. I’d been holding out for a hero until the morning light. He had to be strong, and he had to ride his horse into a saloon and he had to have a Scottish brogue that he brought out on special occasions. Ian Vance aka Ian Bigelow aka Preacher? NAILS IT. He gets the job done. That is, when Maggie Freeman wasn’t taking matters into her own hands. She didn’t wait around for Ian to swoop in and save her, although she has no doubt that he would. T ...more
Guilty Pleasures
This book touched my heart and soul.......

Where to start.....This is the first book by Beverly Jenkins I have ever read, and honestly, I would have missed out on an amazing read, had I not attended the Fall in Love Tour and heard her speak. To be BRUTALLY honest, I bought books by the other two authors and that is all I planned on buying UNTIL I heard Ms. Jenkins speak. After hearing her discuss her journey to becoming a writer, her passion for historical accuracy and her FANS speak. I was intri
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Judith
4.75 out of 5. A brand new novel that deals overtly with racial prejudice and the plight of women of color in the post Civil War era. Not only was Maggie 1/2 Native American, her father was black. With the death of her father and mother in her early teens, Maggie had to somehow survive. She was given every possible horror job that no other human would do, and found that if it was particularly heinous, she was told to do it. Now she has been arrested for the accidental death of a man who was atta ...more
Mary Gramlich
NIGHT HAWK by Beverly Jenkins
10/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Does life always work out the way it is intended?

Ian Vance Bigelow may have started out his life as the illegitimate grandson of a Scottish Laird but he rose to become a Bounty Hunter and US Marshall known as the Preacher. Ian was as full of the Holy Spirit as he was weapons and would use both as the situation deemed appropriate. When this tough bounty hunter collides with Maggie Freeman a sassy spitf
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seton
Dec 19, 2011 seton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to seton by: SBSarah
Series: I don't follow her bks but this seems to be an offshoot of at least 2 of her earlier bks. (Yes, there are lots of references to earlier characters.)

Tropes:
-road romance
-scarred hero, also older (13 years)
-bible quoting gunman

It's a sign of the post-Quentin Tarantino age when I get a bible-quoting gunslinger in my romances. Makes me long for the more straight-forward westerns from less-awarded hacks like Johanna Lindsey (Author) but I am sure it's just me.

Overall, this was a very good HR
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Patriciaw
What can I say? Beverly Jenkins is one of my all-time fave authors. She never disappoints. Love this story of Ian Vance, bounty hunter/U.S. marshall and Maggie Freeman. The love story progresses slowly and tenderly but once it heats up, is full of heat.

As always, a Beverly Jenkins novel comes with a history lesson, whether historical or contemporary. So much to learn about the native Americans--the histories of the individual tribes and how each was treated by the U.S. government hungry for the
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April
NIGHT HAWK by Beverly Jenkins is an interesting historical romance set in 1889 Dowd, Kansas. This is the story of Ian Vance,outlaw,preacher,former bounty hunter and U.S. Marshall and Maggie Freeman, orphaned at twelve,and vigilante mob after her who want her hung for something she did not commit.Both Ian and Maggie know discrimination and disgrace brought upon them by simply being people of color who are of a specific mixed descent. When a sassy prisoner and a tough lawman come together you have ...more
Pat
What the plot summary doesn't tell you is that Maggie is kick-ass and Preacher's is the ass she kicks in this wonderful romance. You'll also learn about historic figures in the Old West that your history books glided over or didn't mention at all. So you both get to learn something new and have an enjoyable romance set in the Old West. What's not to like?
Chantavis
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with all of Beverly Jenkins books I love reading about life in the old west. This was a really great read and the interaction between Preacher and Maggie was wonderful.
Kate Bond
I was really excited for this book. The hero is a half Scottish, half black bounty hunter. The heroine is half black, half Indian. It's set in the wild west. It seemed like my ideal book, but it's sooooooo boring. There are just chapters and chapters about how awful it is to be a minority (and it totally, 100% is, and really, really, really was back then), but then the two of them travel across the country together and we never see them have that hard a time finding places to stay for the night ...more
Nakeesha
I really liked the romance portion of this story, but it was more than that. It was a month of history lessons and epic novel. The history lessons were as annoying as they were intriguing. They interrupted the flow of the love story, but they piqued my curiosity. It was a weird tug of war. The first 50% of the novel is a historical romance with a time span of two weeks. In the second half, we watched the MCs settle into their domestic bliss with one last hurdle to overcome at the very, very end. ...more
Serenity
Historical fiction!! This was my first time reading in the historical fiction genre for I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the 19th century through the lens of a mixed race man (Night Hawk) and a mixed race woman (she was black and Indian).

Ian (Night Hawk) reminds me of Django in the new controversial movie. A true revenge story here!

Please read it if you want to be captivated! I could NOT put the book down. I am NOT putting any spoilers in the story. You can buy it as a Kindle Daily deal righ
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Rhea Alexis Banks
Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins is a fascinating read that is totally engaging, humorous and educational in the same punch. This is basically the story of Preacher....Vance Bigelow, the bible quoting bounty hunter that always gets the job done. After returning from his homeland, for the final time, he is put in the situation of transporting a prisoner to another jurisdiction for her safety. This prisoner, Mattie Freeman brings to light sundry things and events that humor him as well as keep him ve ...more
E_bookpushers
I am blaming Dear Author for this. I don't know why I never tried Beverly Jenkins before because this was REALLY good. A few things I didn't like or thought were too coincidental but overall very enjoyable. Both the h/h were strong characters who did what they had to not just survive but to try to enjoy. They didn't take crap from anyone nor did they sit and wait for someone to come along and change their lives. Jenkins also provided me with some laughs while I was reading because several of the ...more
Carla
Loved learning all of the history of Native Americans, Chinese immigrants, and Black people.
Brandi
Beverly Jenkins is the best at what she does. Her depth of research is amazing. Each time I read another one of her historicals, I want to travel back in time to find and marry one of those men. Her books are not just about a pair of lovers but about people finding love in perilous times.
The story of Ian Vance and Maggie Freeman will take you a on very nice ride from jail house to whore house, and a few other interesting places in between. As usual, the book is well written with humor, sensuali
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Clara
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Andrea Jackson
The picture on the cover is sexy but it doesn't fulfill my image of Preacher/Night Hawk/Ian. (He uses a lot of aliases.) I picture his as much rougher, grittier, confident,solid. I LOVED him. I usually don't like heroines many years younger but in this case she was perfect.

I loved this book so much I'm going to have to go back and read the others about members of the gang. Jenkins has done her usual masterful job of giving us history with a light hand, character with a sure hand, and suspense wi
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Darlene
I was in the mood for a western, and remembered this one sitting forever on my ebook TBR virtual shelf, so I dusted it off and settled in.

It was a good choice. Ian "Preacher" Vance is a notorious and feared bounty hunter, who also carries a US Deputy Marshal star. He's tasked with bringing Maggie Freeman, a half-black/half-Indian woman to trial for her slaying of a man trying to sexually assault her. Of course, nothing is quite as it seems, and Preacher and Maggie find themselves fighting off ly
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Sally Kilpatrick
I loved this book. When I read a historical, I want to do more than get lost in a different era. I want to learn. Jenkins has that down in spades. Some of you might be distracted by some of the facts that creep into this book, but I was sometimes holding the book with one had and Googling with the other. Dude who made some kind of purse out of human skin? Draconian anti-immigration laws that punished the Chinese? These are things you don't find in your average historical. I lapped it up.

Maggie i
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Kelly
I really enjoyed this book, for the most part. Ian and Maggie are great characters full of grit and spunk, and it was fun to follow along on their journey. My only real complaint is sort of twofold: I wanted more of the romance and less of the info dumping. It's Great that significant historical figures were mentioned and that Ms. Jenkins has obviously done her homework on the time period. However, getting mini history lessons in the middle of a romance novel got tiring really fast. At a certain ...more
Kazen
If you're looking for romantic suspense with a single story arc including a big bad, this isn't it. Night Hawk is more of a collection of adventures involving the hero, heroine, and a whole cast of shady characters.

The good:

- This is unapologetically a western - there are saloons and people getting thrown off of moving trains and warning shots and vigilante justice (sorta). This isn't a place and period I read in very much and the world is plain ol' fun.
- The hero and heroine have complicated ba
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Rebekah Weatherspoon
Another winner. Ian was fantastic, but Maggie? Maggie is my favorite Jenkins heroine so far. She was such a fighter, but without being stripped of her humor and her humanity. Great story, great action, and there's sex on a train. Who doesn't love train sex. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys romance. :)
Arnetha
Romance and HIstory
Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins.
I love how Ms. Jenkins always put historical facts in her books. The main characters, Ian "Preacher" Vance and Maggie are very like able characters.
I think Jenkins did a great job with the romance aspects as well.
Every woman needs a Night Hawk in their Life :-)
Marilyn Diamond
That Night Hawk is a true man. I'd like to meet a man like the Marshal on the train and fall in love happily ever after. But we know it doesn't always happen like that. I enjoyed finding out more about the Native American history and the assilimation of their people. If you love romance it's a great read...
PoligirlReads
This is the second book I've read by Jenkins. My thoughts on this one are pretty much the same: Jenkins does a great job with plot and character development, and the multicultural portrayal of the Wild West is very much needed, but the dialogue and overall writing style are cringe-worthy.

I like the addition of history; what I don't like is how it's shoe-horned in. Instead of seamlessly adding to the story (see: issues with writing), historical figures and events are just plopped down. The resul
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Christina
Honestly I was looking for a book written by someone else when I stumbled upon this one. I love to read historical fiction and this one fit that bill really well. Beverly Jenkins wrote a great book.
Nana Prah
Ms. Jenkins hits me once again with a huge helping of romance mixed with history. Not just African American, but she also threw in some Chinese American, and Native American, too. I hope I never get tired of reading her books because I sure would miss all the education I gain from her.

Maggie had me laughing and admiring her resilience and spunk after the hard life she’d lived. I fell in love with Preacher, aka Ian, aka Night Hawk, aka Delicious (that’s mine). What’s not to love about a hot man (
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Claire
Meh. Felt more like a series of short stories, or episodes in a TV show. Maggie and Ian were both a little too good at everything they tried, and moral virtuous people (pre-marital sex notwithstanding, obvy). The number of bad things to happen to Maggie while she was in custody was laughable, and they didn't even stop after it turned out she was free to go and follow Vance to his storybook ranch. The history lessons posing as inter-character conversations were really jarring as well. I think any ...more
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Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She and her family live in southeastern Michigan. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature.
Ms. Jenkins has written sixteen books to date and has received numerous awards for her works, including: the Detroit Free Pres
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