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Veil of Night

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  7,240 Ratings  ·  479 Reviews
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 everyone involved with the ceremony ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Ballantine (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 05, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Loved! Was a little slow in the middle (the only reason it didn't get 5 stars) and I would've liked more of an epilogue, but soooo good!
Jul 23, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of LH: fans of romantic suspense with a lot of humorous dialogue
Jaclyn Wilde is an attractive, busy, successful wedding planner in Hopewell, an Atlanta suburb. Eric Wilder (funny, huh?) is a 35-year-old police detective in Hopewell. Eric and Jaclyn first meet when she literally bumps into him at city hall (while paying a speeding ticket). They share a few words and some admiring glances (he likes her 'world class' legs and classy looks, she likes his rugged sex appeal). Later after a very hellish day dealing with Carrie Edwards, a 'bridezilla' client, Jaclyn ...more
Nov 03, 2015 willaful rated it liked it
"I liked it" feels like the right rating for this book, yet when I think about what to say about it, mostly criticisms come to mind. Really bad pacing/foreshadowing -- it starts as a mystery with no mystery, then turns into romantic suspense with no build-up of suspense. Forced humor. Repetition. An incredibly classist and elitist attitude on the part of the wedding planner heroine, who sounds like she plans the dullest, most cliched weddings on the face of the earth. (If you want to read about ...more
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) I had to get used to the narrator, Clarinda Ross, but I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would, considering some of the reviews. I set it aside but was glad I picked it back up. Maybe it could have used a little more romance, but I knew that going in, so I was fine with the level. And I didn't mind all the info on weddings. I was worried Jaclyn was turning in to a bit of a witch herself, like the victim, Carrie, at least towards Eric, but she was ...more
Nov 03, 2015 D.G. rated it liked it
**3.5 stars**

This is the 4th Linda Howard book I've read in a row (I'm definitely in a Linda Howard kick!) and I enjoyed it a lot. She's the only writer I know who can make a romantic suspense book funny.

Eric & Jacklyn have a one-night stand but the next day, one of her clients is killed and she's the prime suspect in the murder case. As the detective in the case, Eric needs to do things by the book to make sure that he doesn't cloud the investigation but during most of the book, Jaclyn is f
Aug 19, 2010 Norma rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. It really had the feel and "voice" of a Linda Howard novel. I didn't love it though. THere was a lot of filler and too much detail about the weddings that I just wasn't interested in.

However, I did enjoy the H and h. Eric Wilder, our hero is terrific. His grumblings about not being able to get a decent cup of coffee made me laugh.

If you are a LH fan and you've been reluctant to read her books, I'd say give this one a try. It's not Mr. Perfect or Open Seaso
Oct 04, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread 9/27/16-10/3/16

I enjoyed most of this one, but Veil of Night doesn't stand up to my initial five-star rating. Right off the bat I noticed the last names of Detective Eric Wilder and Jaclyn Wilde, co-owner of Premiere Event Coordinators, are so similar that my nose wrinkled at the cuteness of it all. I mean, Wilder and Wilde? Really??? Another thing I've learned is when Linda Howard has the two main characters hooking up within the first few chapters, I know they're going to be spending a
While I enjoyed the book, and liked the two main characters, I felt a decided lack this book. Howard has all the elements here for a really decent suspense novel and a satisfying romance but didn't quite pull it out in the end. The best "heat" in the book was in the first part, and while I could believe the chemistry between the main characters, I would have liked to have seen the tension between them explored and developed more thoroughly. There was some classic Howard humor ...more
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Not enough relationship development. She’s mad at him for most of the story. Some plot details were missing.

I loved the beginning: how they met, the bar scene, and how they got together for the first time. I loved the first sex scene – wow, sensual, wonderful. But I did not enjoy the main conflict in the story which was Jacyln being mad at Eric for most of the rest of the book. She could not accept that he was doing his job (investigating a murder and clearing her of
Jaclyn Wilde is an events planner and one of her clients it the ultimate bridezilla. When she ends up murdered, Jaclyn is on the suspect list.

This one put me in mind of Mr Perfect and Open Season but not quite as good. Still I felt it was a good, entertaining read and have no regrets reading it. I fell in love with Eric, the hero and I even liked Jaclyn but I did feel she was a little too hard on him. But sometimes authors have to take a character in a direction to make the story work as it's s
Dec 16, 2014 Lyndi rated it liked it
I tend to love or hate Linda Howard novels. She writes either a strong, clever, kick-ass female character or a simpering, woe-is-me, washrag of a female character. There are few "in-betweens" for me with this author. That being said, this is an "in-between" story.

I liked the story. I really did - it was intriguing, entertaining, and sexy. The murder mystery played out in hilarious and intense moments. The romantic sparks between Eric and Jaclyn worked and their sexytimes were yummy. And with Jac
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 2010
Length: 340 pages (hardcover)
Setting: Contemporary. Around Atlanta.
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent. First time a one night stand bar hook-up.
Hero: Detective,
Heroine: Event planner

I enjoyed this light romantic-suspense. Two very independent people suddenly having a potential romance and their lives turned upside down by a bizarre murder. But rather than focus on the romance or the mystery/suspense, Howard spends a lot of time on wedding side trips, unnecessary i
Amanda Sheila
Ugh, I really want to like this book. I do, actually, but not so much.

The plot is promising. And even though it's predictable and typical from Linda Howard, I still look forward to read it. Mostly because I enjoyed the previous book with this kind of plot before (I can't remember the title but it's also from Linda Howard), plus Linda's writing always good, right?

But this book somehow went waaay too fast than usual. I don't feel the chemistry between Jaclyn and Eric (I love this name!), and I r
Feb 18, 2016 Eve rated it really liked it
Veil of Night (Hardcover)
by Linda Howard

Eomantic Suspense / Contemporary Romance

One afternoon the wedding planner Jaclyn Wilde and Detective Eric Wilder run into each other at the courthouse, then later at a bar where they talk and discover their last names are almost the same (Wilde and Wilder).
They end up together in bed that same night.
I liked the morning-after scene: Eric is lying in bed contemplating how he likes women for sex but really wishes he could avoid the complications like having
Aug 10, 2010 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
I liked this for what is was. It was a light hearted romantic suspense. It succeeded best where the heroine, Jaclyn, was trying to deal with her frustration with the hero Eric. I kept picturing this as a romantic comedy. The scene where she pitched a hissy fit at a wedding rehearsal was laugh out loud priceless. I would totally go see this at the movies.

The book was fast paced and quick to read. LH is good at writing clear coherent scenes which are easy to visualize. There was a lot going on, a
Apr 12, 2016 Ning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ตองยอมรับวา. บรรดาพระเอกทีเปนตำรวจ
นอกจาก. หลอ ดิบ เถือน. สวนใหญจะแทรกอารมณขันไวดวย

ตัวเนือเรืองเลมนีคอนขางเฉยๆนะ. ไมตืนเตน. ไมมีผิดคาด
เขียนมายังไงกจบอยางนัน. เลยคอนขางนาเบือนิดๆ
แตกยังอานไดสนุก. เพลินๆดีอยูคะ
Bayıldım diyemeyeceğim kitaba ama Alev Alev tarzında çıkmadı neyse ki. Kitap bana Sweeney'i anımsattı biraz. Biraz da Hep Senin Yanındayım vardı içinde. Kısaca yazarın önceki kitaplarında olmayan bir şey yoku, tarzını yansıtmaya devam etmiş kesinlikle. Kitabın yazarını bilmeseniz bile bu bir Linda kitabı dersiniz. Ama o kadar da etkilenemedim ben. Ve bunu belirtmem lazım ki çeviri gayet iyiydi, Alev Alev gibi bir çeviri fiyaskosundan sonra biraz tedirgin olmuştum. Neyse ki korktuğum gibi olmadı, ...more
Kathy Martin
May 18, 2016 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
Eric Wilder and Jaclyn Wilde meet when she is at the police station to pay a speeding ticket. She literally runs right into him. They are attracted but go on about their day. Eric is a police detective and Jaclyn is an event planner. They meet again later that evening when she happens to stop into a cop bar to get a drink to unwind from a tough day. Sparks fly, the conversation flows, and, ultimately, they wind up having a one-night stand. He leaves in the morning promising to call her in a week ...more
Nice detective/mystery story, but it did not set me on fire. I am an avid Agatha Christie, Margaret Maron, Patricia Wentworth cozy British mystery fan just for backstory.

Jaclyn, a wedding planner, and Eric, cop, have a hot night together which is little unfortunate since Jaclyn is a potential suspect in the murder of one her clients, a truly obnoxious character. So awful I actually wanted to see more of her she was so over the top.

The mystery, no more like a detective story, plays out rather pro
Nov 05, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audio-book, romance
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Aug 05, 2010 Kristin rated it liked it
I was torn between calling this "okay" and saying I "liked it." I feel like Linda Howard has had some weird ones lately (some good - like Burn, and some BAD - like Death Angel),and this fell into that category. Unlike the normal Howard (or romantic suspense, for that matter), the characters jumped into bed almost immediately and then had suspenseful-type obstacles thrown at them, rather than falling into bed as a comfort thing in the midst of suspense. So that was different, but not in a bad way ...more
Jill Dunlop
Oct 18, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it liked it
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 ...more
Suspense Magazine
Aug 31, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
Bestseller Linda Howard—a personal favorite of mine—is a clear standout in the world of romantic suspense. With sexually charged characters that make your toes curl and a pulse pounding storyline infused with southern charm, “Veil of Night” will leave fans begging for more.

Event planner, Jaclyn Wilde has seen her share of badly behaved, overwrought and emotionally unstable clients but bridezilla, Carrie Edwards has swiftly achieved the designation of worst bride. Pulling off a picture perfect w
Dec 22, 2010 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Very disappointing. I think I only finished because I usually like this author. The mystery/suspense was almost painfulone of those in which the culprit would never get caught except that they start trying to kill the person who might have seen them do it. (Come on, if they had actually seen you do it, someone would have had a warrant out by now!) Not to mnetion that those attempts on her life were so feeble as to be almost laughable. I couldn't work up the slightest sense of apprehension.

But t
Nov 03, 2010 Gail rated it liked it
I liked this one. I did think the heroine was snooty about the country wedding, but it didn't bother me enough to make me not like the book. The heroine is a wedding planner with a very nasty bride who gets skewered, literally, right after a meeting with the heroine and a bunch of the - vendors, I think they're called. The caterer, florist, cake baker, etc. The hero is the police detective investigating the crime--he and the heroine met right before the murder and hit it off Really Well (ifyakno ...more
Lynsey A
This was a decent LH read especially since some of her latest have been disappointments. There was a bit of the humor that we saw in Mr. Perfect altho not as much. It did keep me LOL throughout my read. The biggest problem I had with the book is that the H/h weren't together very much. More focus was on the murder investigation.

The bridezilla who was murdered in this book was awful!!! I'm surprised nobody killed her before this. =) I intensely disliked her which I guess I was supposed to. I just
Nurhayat Turna
Feb 06, 2016 Nurhayat Turna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Howard - Aşk Tuzağı | Kitap Yorumu

Linda Howard kalemine hayran olduğum, en bir beğendiğim yazarlardan biridir. İstisnasız her kitabında romantizm yanında harmanlayarak aksiyonu da barındıran eşsiz kitapları vardır.

Aşk Tuzağı da beğendiğim kitaplar arasındaki yeri alırken anlatımının sardığını, sarmaladığını ve sıkmadığını söyleyebilirim. Bence bir kitaptaki en önemli noktalardan biri bu, keyifle okuyup kapılıyorsunuz satırlara. Linda Howard’ın yazım diline zaten denecek laf yok -ki hatun e
Nov 07, 2010 Melanie♥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Would have to rate this audiobook as average. Enjoyed the narrator, but the story was only OK. The hero and heroine spent almost no time together. After a steamy start, the two of them spent most of the rest of the book apart. The book focused on her job, his job and solving the crime and the romance took a back seat.
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Sep 19, 2010 Alexis-Morgan Roark rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It isn't my favorite Howard, but darnit, it's a Howard. So, I'm in! I ended up checking out both the audio and book version and must say that after I got used to the narrator, it was another fun and sexy Howard read.

Read it for the description of the Hee-Haw Wedding alone! Yeehaw!
Aly is so frigging bored
The love story wasn't that flashed out, but everything else was great.
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