Ursula Gorman's Reviews > Night Tales: Nightshade & Night Smoke

Night Tales by Nora Roberts
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Aug 14, 11

bookshelves: action, faith, family, family-bond, friendship, hero, kidnapping, marriage, memories, mystery, romance
Read in August, 2011

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 is true, when the leading lady is out of her depth, she should have the brains and common sense to stay out of the way when someone that does know what they are doing becomes involved. The heroine in Night Smoke is an Executive Officer in a multi million dollar company, yet she acts like she should be involved in knowing everything about the investigation...which is kind of irritating when it causes undue delays. Also, the hero is a firefighter, yet Natalie feels compelled to run into fires, not once but twice, following Ryan. Ryan is a trained professional, yet she gets mad at him for running into the fire. It's like telling a cop not to try to save a hostage, or a doctor not to perform surgery...it's what they do and it's rather irritating to have a civilian not only do the opposite of what the professional tells them to do, but then admonish the professional for doing what they were trained to do.
Overall, both stories were well worth reading and I would recommend them to anyone. The action stays prett consistant, whether it be the action of the mystery or the action of the passion between the main characters.
Good read!
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