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Cover of Night

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,129 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
For breathless action, gripping suspense, and intense romance, bestselling author Linda Howard never misses a beat–and her thrilling new novel will have your heart racing.

In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accessible to the outside world by only a single road, young widow Cate Nightingale lives peacefully with her four-year-old twin boys, running a bed-and-b
Paperback, 428 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Lisa Kay
I enjoyed this book, despite having to suspend belief in several situations. I was going to give it , as it's not one of Howard's best; however, one of her “less-than-best” is soooooo much better than someone else's best. I chose to overlook those moments when I could have shook my head or set it aside, and instead went with the flow. There are a lot of little jewels in this book and I really enjoyed each of them. So easy for me to picture the bed & breakfast, the little town, and these cha ...more
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

This is me after reading this book:


So I created a pie chart because I'm lazy and I don't want to explain much.


I was a bit tired of reading too much hook ups and how dashing and manly the hero is in a book, or how beautiful is the heroine's eyes or how soft she looks. It's starting to get annoying. But Cover of Night is perfect for my mood.

Well class, as you can see on the fucking pie chart, the suspense and action trumps the romance which is wonderful. I can finally focus on the flying bullets,
Read it first, and more recently listened to the narration by Dick Hill and Joyce Bean. The performance was okay, but not great. Joyce Bean's rendition of the toddler twins stole my heart, though.

3.5 or possibly 4 stars, mainly because I adored the toddlers and Cal Harris, the (seemingly) bashful handyman with the dual nature of a former Marine Force Recon hero. For three years he has been handling Cate's bed and breakfast repairs in the tiny mountain community of Trail Stop, Idaho. During tho
Miss Kim
UG. This one was tough to get through. It took me over a week to read it because it was not calling me back to it. The writing focused a lot on the bad guys and their plans, and not much on the relationship factor. That part seemed to be thrown in at the end in a quick attempt to end the book.
Nov 28, 2015 D.G. rated it it was ok
The plot in this book was so ridiculous that even in the book everybody wondered...what the hell is the villain doing? Why is he doing this? No matter the justifications, there was NO REASON to go to such extremes! Like all the other bad guys mentioned, there were like a million easy ways to accomplish what they wanted. I really don't know why the author went this way in this book.

I felt sad that the romance wasn't developed because a hero who's a wolf in sheep's clothing is one of my favorites
Apr 06, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it
A great stand-alone novel.

After the small disappointment I felt when I had read Killing Time, I was a little hesitant to read another Howard novel so soon. I had read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did!

Cate, a regular widowed, single mom of twins, who owns and runs a B & B. I loved how she handled everything; from the normal, everyday worries about running your own business to raising her twins, four-year-old boys - especially how she handles her boys!

Cal, the handyman
Rachel Regina
5 "Handyman" stars!!!


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Jan 10, 2010 Samantha rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
This book needs to be re-done. There was little connection between the main characters. They went from knowing each other in town to a kiss towards the end that ended up with them wanting to get married. I often wondered how would they come together. I'm still confused. The plot was poorly conceived. The side romance with another set of characters went the same route as the main characters and I gave up. The end was too rushed. Overall, I would tell people don't even waste their time.
This book is just so bad. I listened to it on audio while at work and during my walk to the train. I checked it out from the library and typically, I am okay with less than good audio books to keep my mind occupied during mindless admin stuff I have to do at work and the walk to the train. But wow, this book had some really really bad scenes. I should say that this book has a lot of what I love in stories and movies, it involves a woman (young widow, twin 4 year old boys) who has to start over a ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Ns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cover of Night is a great suspense novel.

Calvin Harris is a man who, expectantly, isn't who he seems to be. He may be the jack-of-all-trades handyman, but there's something more to his story. Something appealing. Then there is Cate, the strong, determined widow with rambunctious twins who runs the local bed-and-breakfast. She has a lot on her plate when it comes to life, but nothing when it comes to love. She is seemingly ordinary but exudes a quiet strength. As the story progresses this streng
Nov 11, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it
I won't lie and say I didn't like this book, because I did. There was a little crush going on for me with Cal. I wish he could be picked out of this novel and given a new story from a different author. Linda Howard seems to be a good writer, although I've yet to read one to compare to all the hype, but I'm working on that. "Cover of Night" seemed to start slow and end way to fast. I mean seriously, the day before Cate wasn't even sure about him and the next she said yes to marriage? Not even in ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jun 01, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of romantic thrillers
The only thing that kept this book from being absolutely perfect is that it seemed a bit unrealistic to me that the heroine would be able to get her 4-year-old twins off the scene before the part of the action where she has to run for her life. The idiocy of the villians, highlighted by their interaction with their co-conspirators, was both entertaining and realistic. How did these guys make it so far as assassins without ending up shooting themselves in the foot? An excellent plot, the hero is ...more
I can't remember how I felt about this book the first time I read it, though I vaguely recall being disappointed in it. After this reread, I have to say I quite enjoyed it. But that might be because I skimmed and/or skipped 90% of the bad guy POV chapters.

The romance between Cate and Cal is a sweet one. She's a widow trying to make a living as a bes and breakfast owner and raise rambunctious twins boys. He's the local handyman who is so shy he blushes and stammers every time he's around her.

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Sigh. Another disappointment, another one to feel lukewarm about.

It was sweet and had some of her old touches- quirky town's people- quirky kids (the twins and their bouncing goobies made me laugh. Also they reminded me of "Nick" from the Mackenzie series- a series I DO NOT feel lukewarm about. Yummm!)

But. BUT there was too much in-the- bad-guys’-heads and not enough in-the-hero's-head ... till to late.

She used to be so good at immediately getting in the hero's head and SHOWING how hot, sexy and
Jane Stewart
Loved it. Great. Exciting. I loved the character Cal - his shy side and then his Rambo side.

The author did a nice job unwrapping the layers of Cal. The book might seem a little slow in the beginning while we meet all the different characters, but definitely worthwhile.

Layton is accountant for bad guy. Layton has a flash drive with evidence against Bandini and asks for blackmail money. Bandini hires two killers (Goss and Toxtel) to get the flash drive back. They follow Layton's trail
Cate Nightingale, a widow with twin boys, runs a bed and breakfast in the rural community of Trail Stop, Idaho. Calvin Harris is the local handyman that Cate calls on to do various jobs around the bed and breakfast. Then one morning a guest vanishes and a few days later armed men show up looking for the man's belongings. But that's not all...

Good romantic suspense. I would have like more character development on Cal and I felt the ending was rushed.
Jan 25, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it
First off, I love Linda Howard, however, some offenses just can't be forgiven. The Chicago boys assuming that the flash drive is still at the B&B and not long gone with Jeffery Layton. That is why this is only 4 stars. I do understand without that the whole book wouldn't have taken place, but, really, that assumption is just lame. What I think is great is the humor, romance and the suspense even when the foundation is flawed. When an author goes into the psyche of the baddies, that just ra ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance

Actually 3.5 stars.

I read the back cover blurb and was immediately excited by the premise.
Very interesting build-up, highly exciting tension and very suspenseful events-- kept me at the edge if my seat-- but the end felt very anticlimactic and the resolution a bit of a let down as far as the action part is concerned. The story felt like it was setting you up for some huge showdown between the hero and the villains, but as title suggests, everything happens in the cover of night so... Not much
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
CD/Abridged/Romance: What a stinker; and a boring one too. This novel may be better as a book because the abridged CD was too vague. This version was only five discs and probably should have been six. It was very empty and the motives of the bad guys was just plain stupid.

SPOILERS: The town has limited mobility of a road, a bridge, and mountains. The owner of the B&B is a widow with twin boys. She has the convenient handyman who happens to be a retired super soldier. The mysterious guest sl
Jul 11, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it
Cover of Night was so suspenseful that I didn't want to put it down until I finished the whole story.

The main character Cate is a widowed mom of two twin boys. She moved to a town in the middle of nowhere, and opened up a bed and breakfast. When one of her clients goes missing (he climbed out his own window), Cate gets scared and calls the police when he had been gone for two days. Two men show up with guns demanding all of this man's belongings. The local handyman Cal, saves the day and gets t
Linda Howard is so awesome for so many reasons! She's one of the best heat-filled-thriller writers ever.

In this nail biter, Trail Stop, Idaho is held under siege by two killers with bruised egos and a lesson to teach. But can they outsmart ex-Force Recon Cal and B&B owner Cate? Nicknamed The Ghost by his fellow marines, Cal's not a man to be crossed lightly. When thugs point guns at the woman he loves and threatens the people of his tiny town he takes it personally. Cate too has a trick or t
Jan 21, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was ok
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Rachel Klestinec
Mar 08, 2015 Rachel Klestinec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love through survival

Loved this book, as I have all of the books by Linda Howard that I've read. The main characters were strong and well developed. I laughed out loud at several of Cate's twins' shenanigans! I found the story to be unique and enjoyable, even if a little unrealistic. I thought the amount of story development in the first half of the book prepared the reader for more of a story than we ended up getting as the conflict resolved itself pretty quickly. It I definitely enjoyed the re
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5/5; 3 stars; C+

Joyce Bean and Dick Hill read this audiobook. The story was fairly entertaining but the thriller aspect was over the top and unbelievable. However I really enjoyed the small town dynamic and the sweet and charming romance between Cal and Kate.

I really don't like the way Dick Hill interprets some voices and in this book, in particular, he gave Cal a rather weak and effeminate voice and it detracted from the story for me.

I don't think this was a good example of Linda Howard's w
Feb 10, 2015 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f
Grr, nothing is happening! I don't have the patience for this. Maybe if it wasn't boring info dumping about the MC's past, it wouldn't be so bad. Alas, it is. Moving on to something else.
Feb 25, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I've found myself strangely drawn back to this book despite all its faults. Its appeal increases dramatically on the second reading when you can skip the drawn out introduction and passages from the antagonists' prospective. Thus shortened, the book is very enjoyable and the romance between Cal and Kate is incredibly sweet. There is something infinitely likable about a former Marine bad ass who stammers and blushes when confronted with the woman he loves. Although the "entire town taken hostage" ...more
Beth (moonivy)
Sep 16, 2007 Beth (moonivy) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one.
Read 9/16/07
Cate Nightingale, a young widow with twin 4 year old boys, has rebuilt her life after her husband's accidental death and is now a B&B proprietor in the backwoods of Idaho. A chance encounter with a slimy guest suddenly brings both great danger and unexpected romance. I really liked the characters in this book but omigosh, it has THE STUPIDEST PLOT EVER. Truly. Not recommended, even though it gets a seven-ish rating for those interesting characters.

Genre : Romantic Suspense
Jul 23, 2009 Donna rated it it was ok
Shelves: craparootie, crs
This is the book that made me stop buying her novels. Several recent books have read like she got bored and just stopped. This was the one that made me glad for my library card. Talk about phoning it in. Too much time in the mind of a bad/good guy who went nowhere. What was the point of the secondary love story? An opening, an ending & no explaination of how they got there. Her recent hardcovers have had nothing on her Blair Mallory books. If she writes another in that series, I'll consider ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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