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To support her small daughter, April Ortiz does what she has to do—which means waiting tables in a skimpy outfit at a popular nightclub in Chula Vista. When one of her co-workers is murdered, April does what she knows she shouldn’t—she defies the neighborhood code by talking to the police about a dangerous suspect.
 
Clean-cut cop Noah Young wants a shot at breaking this c
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ebook, 432 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jane Stewart
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars. I enjoyed the book. Good story telling, but a bittersweet ending.

STORY BRIEF:
April grew up poor, got pregnant at 18, and supports herself and her daughter Jenny as a cocktail waitress. She never married Jenny’s father Raul who was abusive to April. Raul is currently in jail for gang related crimes. Raul’s brother Eric is also a gang member, sells drugs, and works in a grocery store. Eric loves April like a brother and gives her money to help out. Noah is a young cop working in the gang
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new_user
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racially-diverse
Loved this! Loved the diverse, working class, sometimes troubled LA-city setting and characters, especially April and Eric. (Eric!) Noah Young's a cop, April Ortiz's a waitress who may have information on a murder. You know the rest. Jill Sorenson is good at just enough exposition -without insulting our intelligence- and justifying characters' actions, so even disagreeing with the characters, you understand them. I liked the exploration of motivations for Eric's gang involvement and the briefer ...more
Naksed
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is so fucking special about Eric Hernandez? muses the protagonist of Jill Sorenson's romance-thriller hybrid novel, The Edge of Night.

The answer is: EVERYTHING!

Despite being only a secondary character in this story (before going on to "star" in his own book, the subsequently published Against the Wall), the fictional character of Eric Hernandez, a young, Mexican-American who was born in the gang life but desperately wants to escape it, once again steals the show.

Second to him is the setti
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Judi
Reading The Edge of Night for me was like getting two great stories in one. In my opinion there was very little to differentiate between the impact of the main and secondary characters. Both were strong couples whose storylines were interwoven and equally compelling.

April Ortiz is a hard working single mother trying to make the best of the cards she’s been dealt. She’s working as a waitress, taking college courses, lives in a rough neighborhood over run with gang violence and is forced to resor
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Mandi Schreiner
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-suspense
This is the first I've read of Jill Sorenson and I really enjoyed it. This is a romantic suspense, although the villain is held as a total surprise until the very end so it doesn't have that creepy vibe to it. A string of murders occur, each a younger woman, tied up and raped. One happens to be a former coworker of the heroine April. She meets Officer Noah Young when he comes into the nightclub she works in to interview her and the staff.

Noah works in the gang unit, although he really wants a c
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Jacqueline
I really enjoyed this book. The biggest plus is that the characters were very different. The hero, Noah, was a beat cop who hoped to eventually make homicide detective. The heroine, April, was latina and an unwed mother who had lived wild as a teenager but who had straightened her life out. She is going to college and working as a cocktail waitress and raising her daughter. She had ties to the local latino gang. One of the gang members, her daughter's uncle Eric, was also a main character. He wa ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

This is the first book I've read by Jill Sorenson and it won't be the last. I enjoyed the story, the pacing and the mystery. Some elements of the romance were a bit cliche. However, the setting and 'culture' she described more than made up for it. I think the author did a first rate job of showing how people get trapped in the world of crime. The despair of the character Eric really came across and I found it kind of heartbreaking to see how many people born into that circumsta
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Lady Heather
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary/romanced/thriller-suspense
This is the first book I've read from Jill Sorenson, and definitely not the last!

AMAZING, fast paced, non-stop action right till the end!

The characters are flawed, broken, strong, loyal, and incredibly passionate. The story is so well written, that I had a hard time putting the book down until I finished the story.

Absolutely recommend this book to contemporary romance/ thriller-suspense/ crime-drama lovers!
ALPHAreader
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noah Young is a green cop working on the Chula Vista anti-gang unit. He loves his job, and is still optimistic that he can make a difference to the turf warfare that runs rampant between the various Mexican/Hispanic gangs. But one day Noah stumbles across a make-or-break case – he finds the dead body of a young Hispanic woman; she has been brutally raped and strangled - and all signs point to her death being a gang-related warning.

Noah’s investigation leads him to a popular nightclub where the g
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Katie(babs)
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to Jill Sorenson, I hold her work in high esteem. Every book I’ve read by her has been great. Jill really knows how to pen atmospheric suspense thrillers that reminds me Hollywood American film noir, better known as the crime drama. Her books are also flavorful and spicy, where you’re kept guessing as to whom the villain is until the very last moment.

The Edge of Night is Jill’s best work to date. There are many subjects brought up and dealt with. We have a serial killer targeting y
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Saly
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Aemelia
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT was a spectacular read. Jill Sorenson has created one of the sweetest, sexiest police officer hero's I've ever read. The non-stop action and the budding romance between April and Noah, made for a fast-paced tale which I was unable to put down until the very end. I highly suggest blocking off a good amount of time when you pick this book up, because you're not going to want to put it down. I also enjoyed the suspense, it had an edge-of-your seat thrill that kept you wonderin ...more
Amber
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Loved so much about this. Great blend of gritty suspense and romance. Often one or the other gets short-changed, but in this one, possibly because the conflict was so closely related to the suspense plot, both aspects were strong.

The sexytimes were very *ahem* satisfying. There is a car scene I suspect I'll be re-reading... But just overall well-balanced, intriguing plot, sympathetic anti-heroine. Super fab secondary romance except that (view spoiler)
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Jennifer
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was super and part of what made it super were all the super things missing. There were no super-villains, super-spies, super-thieves, or supermen. There were just two people trying to get on with their lives in the mess of human emotion and motivation. Good people do bad things and bad people do good things and some people are just people. It was the romantic suspense version of The Wire, and I'm not sure there could be a higher compliment. (I'm relying on Noah no to turn into McNulty) ...more
Jess
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mix of emotions at the end of this one. I enjoyed the book, April and Noah have a sweet story together. Loved little Jenny. But Eric...instead of ending the book with a nice sigh of happiness at the epilogue, Eric's story overshadows it all. I wanted him to find a way out, to make a life for himself, to find a little happiness.

Instead, I'm left feeling depressed, even getting a happy ending for the main players.
ElaineY
Like the other reviewers, I enjoyed this romantic suspense even though I'd still label it run-o-the-mill; even though Noah lacked that 'hotness' I've come to expect from my romance heroes; even though the sex was lacklustre because, despite my being engaged with the story as a whole, the chemistry between Noah and April was lacking.

Both are serious, level-headed, mature adults so no complaints there. Both are working hard at improving their lot - Noah, aiming for the homicide division and April
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Mombo
A fast suspense-filled read with plenty of romance! I couldn't believe how easily I was drawn in by the characters, the plot, the setting,... I totally enjoyed reading the Edge of Night!

As I read this book in early summer, I could feel the heat off the pavement from the streets of the small border town of Chula Vista. I could also imagine the characters and what they've seen and done and what Club Suave probably smells like. I hope we get another from JS soon in this setting. Crime and drugs an
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Nancy Steinle gummel
The Edge of Nigh by Jill Sorenson has an interesting story line. It starts out with the murder of Lola, a cocktail waitress at the same club April Ortiz works. The homicide detective asks patrolmen Noah Young and Patrick Shaney to help investigate as it might be gang related since a gangs color bandanna is on the body. In the mean time Meghan, Noah's sister asks if she can move in. She wants to work part time and go to college. She felt stifled at the christian college her parents would pay for. ...more
Carrie
The Edge of Night is a very good book. The suspense is strong, the characters well-drawn, and the romance moving. Once I started it I didn't want to put it down, even though it wasn't a comfortable book. Dealing with the street gangs active in a CA town called Chula Vista, the story is gritty and sad. Sorenson isn't pulling any punches about gang life, or how trapped the gang members are once involved. At the end of the book the reader has closure about the main characters and the murder mystery ...more
Renee
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
LOVED this.

Both hero and heroine were really well drawn. I always worry when a book hits really close to home on a personal level. But the depiction of Noah as a 3-dimensional cop --not always the tough guy, he feels things deeply and thinks about what he's doing, felt realistic to me. (I come from a cop family, and Noah really rang true to my family members that were in law enforcement.) Also, the latino community that April lives in was familiar to where some of my family was from and where I
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Lori
As alsways, a fulfilling story, though I really wanted a happy ending for Eric. Sorenson writes a love story set against the forbidden topic of gangs, and manages to make it riveting and wonderful.

I loved that Noah wasn't perfect - he tried to do his best, and that's all we can ask of him. I liked that he respected April for trying to do her best, too. And that he reacted just like a big brother, but was willing to try to give Eric some leeway.

As in past books, her secondary story revolves arou
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Susan Jenkins
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good reading.

This is a good book and it describes real life. I have been to TJ and I have driven through Chula Vista. The author made it all very real to me. I recommend this book. I appreciate how the author deals with these difficult subjects but does not make them "pretty-pretty" for our reading pleasure.


Norma
3.5 stars. Jane Stewart has a great review. I'd recommend reading hers. I agreed with her completely!
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
Wow... so that just happened... I haven't been this engrossed in a romantic suspense book in a while. I may have a tiny bit of a book hangover on this one. There were so many characters in this book and yet it didn't feel overwhelming. I felt an emotional connection to every single main character in this book... oh the feels!!

Let's start off with April and Noah. April has a young daughter (5yrs) who's father was a bad man... gang member, drug dealer, wife abuser. You get the picture right? April
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Book Binge
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Jill Sorenson can write the heck out of a story.


This book follows April Ortiz and Noah Young. She's a bar waitress and he's a cop. They live in the Chula Vista area which is ripe with gang violence and all other sorts of stuff that can be pretty scary. Noah is investigating a case and April Ortiz was a co worker of the dead girl in his case. After interviewing April, Noah can tell that she knows a lot more than she's saying and is pleasantly surprised when she slipped him a little somethin' some
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Natward1yahoo.com
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely exciting and packed a lot of punch. It did start out just a tiny bit slow setting everything up but I never lost interest and it did speed up. this author managed to squeeze four main characters and two love stories into this book and did so pretty successfully which is impressive. I loved all of them. One thing I didn't like was the way the author moved the first relationship into the romance. The lead female, April tells the love interest that she won't go on a date wi ...more
Susan  Owensby
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Suzanne
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book before Against the wall. April works as a waitress in a club where she wears scanty outfits. She deals with roving hands of her customers and keeps herself apart from their comments. April has a small daughter to support and her gangster husband is in prison. When a murder happens in the club, April secretly gives up a name to a young cop Noah Young.
Noah is a good cop in the gang division. He hopes to make homicide some day. As the murder investigation heats up, Noah finds himse
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Sparkymom
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't familiar with this author as I started this book, and I really didn't expect it to be very realistic. Overall, I was kind of iffy on my prospects of liking it. Having worked with teens in gangs as a substance abuse counselor in a boot camp type program, I have a decent amount of knowledge about that lifestyle. Surprisingly, I thought the author's description was pretty realistic. She didn't sugarcoat things or make her characters perfect. They were flawed in so many ways which made them ...more
Sharon
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Edge of Night, in exchange for an honest review.

Officer Noah Young, in his second year with the gang unit for the Chula Vista Police Department, is led to a dead body by a couple of scared kids. Violated and murdered, the young woman had ties to a local club. Noah and his partner Patrick are tasked with talking to potential witnesses at the young woman's place of employ.

Meeting April Ortiz was not
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Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen novels, including the Aftershock series with HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her husband and daughters.

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