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Veil of Night

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  6,571 ratings  ·  429 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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Jul 23, 2011 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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
**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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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.
Seveni pek yok ama okuduğumda çok hoşuma gitti. Dedektif erkek karakterlerini seviyorum Howard'ın. Şaşırtmıyor beni :D
Veil of Night by Linda Howard
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.
They find themselves 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 to spend an hour or so the next morning talking and relating because he's such a busy gu
Unlike Nora Robert's Bride Quintet, Veil of Night shows a truer face of the perils a wedding planner faces. This book is hot, darkly humorous and has a great suspense plot to boot.

Jaclyn and her mother run a wedding planning business called Premier. Not all their clients are wonderful to work with. In fact, Carrie, is the bride from hell and no one is safe from her. After a nasty meeting with Carrie, Jaclyn decides that she could use a time out and stops at a neighborhood bar. It is a cop bar a
Does everybody just love books by qLinda Howard? I have really loved every book by her; never a bomb yet. She's kind of a sure thing-author, along with Karen Rose and Anne Stuart.

I enjoyed VON very much and read it straight thru without stopping except for emergencies (i.e.: potty breaks, going to work, etc.). This one is a solid 4.5 star book IMO. I was committed to the characters - including the secondary ones - right from the start. Jaclyn Wilde is a character I related to: she is one of Atl
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This novel was much more reminiscent of the Linda Howard I fell in love with almost a decade ago. The writing was cleaner and I didn't feel like I was reading an instruction manual. However, I also feel like she's already done this...a cop who has to interrogate his latest flame over the murder of her client. I wish she'd been a little more original.

Jaclyn is a well settled woman who is comfortable with who she is. She's intelligent, witty and in charge of her life. She isn't looking for a relat
Jaclyn is a wedding planner and her most difficult client is found dead right after she has an altercation with her. The detective that shows up on her doorstep to work the case is none other than the hot detective she spent a very steamy night with the night before the murder. This devastates Jaclyn because she thinks Det. Eric Wilder believes she’s a murderer.

Eric knows that Jaclyn Wilde is innocent, but he also knows that because of his intimate knowledge of her he has to look at her harder t
Aşk Tuzağı harika bir kurgulaması olan bir kitap..Yazarın son yayınlanan kitapları ile aynı kalitede ..Düğün Organizatörü olan Jaclyn Wilde ile Dedektif Eric Wilder'in karşılaşması oldukça çarpıcı olmuştu.. Birbirlerinden ilk gördükleri andan itibaren etkilendiler..Birbirlerini unutamadılar..Sonunda olanlar oldu ve birlikte oldular..İkiside bu ilişkinin tek gecelik mi? Devam edebilecek bir ilişkimi olup olmadığını bilmiyordu ama birbirlerini unutamadılar!!.. Jaclyn müşterisi Carrie Edwards ile z ...more
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"Olamaz, yine mi?" diyerek bitirdik kitabı :)Yazık Eric'e yaaa.Doğru düzgün bir kahve içemedi zavallı.
Yer yer bu muhabbet beni sıksada yazar güzel bir espiri yakalamış :)

Yoruma gelecek olursak Linda'dan daha iyi bir hikaye beklerdim.Bu hikayenin kurgusu biraz basit geldi bana.
Ha çok mu kötüydü hayır, ama ben daha güzellerini okudum Linda'dan :)

Eric ve Jaclyn ilk karşılaştıkları(çarpıştıkları) andan itibaren aralarında bir çekim olmuştur.
Ve günün akşamında tekrar karşılaşınca bu çekim yakınlaşmay
Jaclyn is a Southern Woman (capitalized) who runs her own business with her Southern Woman mother. Howard's description of their office environment with the working relationship amongst the owners and their assistants, vendors, and clients reminded me of Designing Women. Jaclyn was actually not unlike Julia Sugarbaker -- beautifully put together, professional, and rigidly in control until something or someone pushes her over the edge. Eric kept pushing her buttons and her unusually busy week wit ...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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“...We have seven people who knew the skewers were there: the wedding planner, the reception hall manager, the dressmaker, the florist, the veil-maker, the cake-maker, and the caterer. I haven't ruled out the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, either. ” 9 likes
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