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Nightshade/Night Smoke - Night Tales (Night Tales #3-4)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,822 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Nightshade (1993)
They sure were making cops in interesting package these days. Colt Nightshade couldn't believe his luck partnering on a case with Lieutenant Althea Grrayson. But the breathtaking detective was strictly by the book and had no use for Colt's easygoing renegade style. Thawing the heart of this enticing ice goddess just might be the toughest challenge Colt h
Paperback, 475 pages
Published 2005 by Silhouette Books (first published June 1985)
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When renegade Colt Nightshade is paired with lietuenant Althea Grayson to locate a missing teenage runaway, it's like mixing oil and water. He doesn't follow the rules and she's by the book... but opposites attract. Everytime Althea makes it clear things need to remain professional between them, Colt is there daring her to deny the desire swirling between them. When all circumstances point to the missing girl being in over her head, the rush to bring her home safely is on. Despite thei
Dark, moody, and angsty (especially in the one-on-one *hint-hint* scenes). Loved the her-music-leads-to-sex theme.

Good, sneaky suspense, wonderful chemistry, great landscape imaging...Another NR keeper!
Feb 11, 2014 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this one this morning while I was waiting for the frost to magically melt off the windshield of the van before work :) That's how good this book was.. had to read a few pages whenever I could... waiting for my order at Sonic, waiting for the windshield to defrost... waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store.... etc. Just not enough time to read anymore...

Anyway this seems to be book 3 & 4 of a 4 book series having to do with 'night'. Loved the Colt Nightshade character... w
Apr 18, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nora Roberts has delivered two steamy, sizzling tales of romantic suspense that a hard to put down.

Nightshade-An ambitious hard nosed detective goes up against a stubborn PI on the trail of the missing daughter of friends. Colt and Althea step on each others toes and hearts as they solve the case.

Night Smoke--Natalie and Ryan are fanning the flames of passion as they search for a pyro and try to keep her business from going up in smoke.

The two stories are the second in Roberts Night tales serie
Apr 06, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe even 3.5, what I liked most about the whole series is it gives you a glimpse into the development of the J.D. Robb series, you can see the development of main characters in the first 5 of this 6 novella series. If I'd read these at the time they were written I'd probably have rated them higher, but there is some of the formula writing of the era in there that bugs me more now than it did then. so read it with the era it was written in, in mind. and that is Lieutenant Althea to you... Humor ...more
Feb 03, 2016 JP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering these books are pretty old, you really do get the feeling of the 90's. I don't really know why, but it kept me turning pages and even though I'm an avid reader of paranormal stories, this rather normal one kept me reading until the very last page.

The first story is about Althea and Colt who partner up to find a missing girl and oust a pornographic video ring. The story is a page turner and you really feel the cold fury that just lurks behind Althea and Colt. On the other side there's
Nov 11, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This compilation contained the 3rd and 4th books in the sextet of Nora Roberts' intriguing series entitled Night Tales. Nora Roberts keeps readers interested in this 6-book series by reintroducing previous characters and further defining their intertwined relationships. The best thing about Nora Roberts’ books is that you are never bored; there is rich detail that takes the reader to the edge, but never lets the story get lost in minutiae.

Nightshade reintroduces Boyd Fletcher’s partner from book
Ursula Gorman
Nightshade was closer to 5 stars, but Night Smoke brought it down to the 4 star rating. Both stories were good, but Nightshade was the better of the two reads. I liked that they had some of the same characters in both of the stories, nice continuity.
The reason I gave Night Smoke a slightly lower rating is because of the heroine. In too many mystery/suspense/romances, the leading lady is out of her depth in the situation, but she is written as a smart, successful and likeable lady. Now, if this i
Zainab Bakare
This is wat i call fun in a book.. d hero tooj charge totally thought Althea wasnt always in full support... i just love dominance in a guy
Linda Ewankowich
Not a typical book for me, but I'm at the beach and wanted something light and easy to read. This book filled the bill.
Two good stories filled with some danger, suspense and romance.
May 19, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books 3 & 4 of the Night Tales series. Two more exciting, suspenseful and romantic stories. Loved them both!!
Jun 27, 2015 Robyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my fave from the "Night..." series.
Night Shade: Colt Nightshade and Althea Corayson are cops. She just wants to do her job. Colt wants Althea in many ways but mainly just to be his lover. Colt manages to have sex with her and since that day he is all the Althea thinks about. Night Smoke: Natalie Fletener needs help in order to save her business. Her first choice is arson investigator Ryan Piaseckis. Soon she finds when they meet up for copy he is leaving her wanting more. This book was a HUGE disappointment from the first.
Oct 05, 2010 Tarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of this series & had these been some of the first Nora Roberts books I had read, I may not be a huge fan of her either. Her story telling has come a very long way. These are some of her earlier works and while entertaining, far from her best. They're very predictable and repetitive of each other. Boy meets girl, girl and boy fall in love, girl & or boy pushes the other away, something life changing happens, they get married and have babies. Wash & repeat.
Apr 28, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed both of these books but liked Night Smoke the best. I really liked Natalie and Ry together. Nightshade has Althea Grayson (Boyd Fletcher's partner from Night Shift) and Colt Nightshade (Boyd's friend) as the h/H. Night Smoke has Boyd's sister Natalie and Ryan Piasecki as the h/H. The main characters from the first two books in the series appear in these two so it is nice to see them again. I would recommend this book even though it is early Nora. Enjoy!
Mar 22, 2013 Torie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightshade= 5 Stars!!
Night Smoke= 2 Stars

Nightshade's the classic "when couples attract" scenario. It was witty and never a dull moment. As for Night Smoke, I was a little disappointed. This is a great author, but the writing technique seemed to be a little off where I couldn't get into the story quite as well as I can in her other books.
Feb 14, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best of the novellas in the book, "Suspicious," the book "Night Moves" should really have been titled "Night Music" as author Nora Roberts plays off her major character being a composer. Both a love story and a mystery to solve a 10-year-old disappearance.
The mysteries that there could really be a man with special or super powers like superman, and of course to have money and fame on top of that, of course can't forget handsome. Just puts you in a place that maybe there is something truly out there.
Janet Blowers
Two shorter stories in this novel. The characters tie in to "Night Shift and Night Shadow" So far my favorite was Night Shadow becasue it had a touch of the paranormal stuff I love when Nora Roberts writes. These two are just cute love stories.
Jul 18, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Lovers and fans ofbook 1 and 2
Nightshade includes the story of the previous officer Boyd's partner Athlea

Nightsmoke includes a sexy arson investigator determined to find the culprit even going so far as to accuse the beautiful owner of the building in question
Jan 08, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story...I liked how even though the stories were unrelated there was a link between the characters. I was disappointed in Night Smoke as the "incident" which broght the characters together was very thin, not typical Roberts style.
Nov 02, 2013 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was home sick and enjoyed escaping into a vintage Nora Roberts. It wasn't anything intellectual but just plain fun and something that I could concentrate on even while sleepy and stuffed up!
This book was ok I know who the killer was from the minute they showed in the book. Good Characters but the romance came too easy for me. But as always with Nora Roberts as nice easy read.
Dec 10, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am just a Nora Roberts fan and I enjoy reading her books-some more than others-I find this grouping of books a little different in that the time span for the characters between books is longer.
Jul 09, 2012 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Nora Roberts and her easy and quick to read romance novels that always help take you away for just a few hours but the Night Tales series adds some mystery and suspense to the book.
Jan 12, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this 2 for one book. I was kept guessing right until the end and I feel like a really should read this series in order but it's a great stand alone novel also.
Tricia Agrinsoni
Apr 20, 2013 Tricia Agrinsoni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like books #1 and #2 3 & 4 were just as good, the setting takes place about 10yrs after the first 2nd you can see how Cilla and Boyd's relationship has grown ect...
Jan 10, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Perfect reading material for stressed-out people. Breezy and predictable. I can't help myself. Nora Roberts is like junk food - tasty, but not particularly healthy.
Jan 29, 2010 Natascha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was really interesting right from the start, and I enjoyed trying to find out myself who murdered the person that was found in Maggie's garden.
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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Other Books in the Series

Night Tales (6 books)
  • Night Shift (Night Tales, #1)
  • Night Shadow (Night Tales, #2)
  • Nightshade (Night Tales, #3)
  • Night Smoke (Night Tales, #4)
  • Night Shield (Night Tales, #5)
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