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Night Hawk

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  140 reviews

Outlaw. Preacher. Night Hawk. He's had many names, but he can't escape the past.

Since Ian Vance's beloved wife was murdered years ago, the hardened bounty hunter knows he'll never feel love or tenderness again, so he's made it his mission to ensure others get their justice. But when he's charged with delivering a sharp-eyed beauty to the law, Ian can't help but feel he

Paperback, 367 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Avon
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Melanie A.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
4 solid stars!
Maggie was like a kick of raw tequila.
Happy Dance! Is there anything better than finding a quality author with a huge back log of books?!!

Small town Kansas in 1889 would be a tough place for anybody, but as a single woman of color with no family, life is particularly hard for Maggie, who's been living a rootless, hand-to-mouth existence since she was orphaned at the age of twelve. Over the years she's endured a lot, but it was her Kaw Nation mother and Black father who shaped h
K.J. Charles
Jul 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: 1890s, m-f, western
When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary says to me, speaking words of wisdom, read Ms B.

Seriously. Thank heaven for Beverly Jenkins, I can read her kickass heroines and tough yet loving men and her take-no-prisoners brutal approach to American history more or less forever. Off to get the linked book with Neil July right now, seeya.
Before I read Night Hawk I’d been holding out for a hero. I’d been holding out for a hero until the morning light. He had to be strong, and he had to ride his horse into a saloon and he had to have a Scottish brogue that he brought out on special occasions. Ian Vance aka Ian Bigelow aka Preacher? NAILS IT. He gets the job done. That is, when Maggie Freeman wasn’t taking matters into her own hands. She didn’t wait around for Ian to swoop in and save her, although she has no doubt that he would. They c ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Things I liked:
* Both characters were people of color! This is actually the first historical romance I've read where that was the case.
* The characters faced overt and seriously harmful racism, and not just from the Evil Villain.
* Maggie was a really strong character who was intelligent and perfectly capable of taking care of herself.
* Ian was also a strong character who respected Maggie's intelligence and ability to take care of herself.
* This is probably the most
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.75 out of 5. A brand new novel that deals overtly with racial prejudice and the plight of women of color in the post Civil War era. Not only was Maggie 1/2 Native American, her father was black. With the death of her father and mother in her early teens, Maggie had to somehow survive. She was given every possible horror job that no other human would do, and found that if it was particularly heinous, she was told to do it. Now she has been arrested for the accidental death of a man who was atta ...more
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Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
This book touched my heart and soul.......

Where to start.....This is the first book by Beverly Jenkins I have ever read, and honestly, I would have missed out on an amazing read, had I not attended the Fall in Love Tour and heard her speak. To be BRUTALLY honest, I bought books by the other two authors and that is all I planned on buying UNTIL I heard Ms. Jenkins speak. After hearing her discuss her journey to becoming a writer, her passion for historical accuracy and her FANS speak.
Robert Starr
I was inspired to read this after watching the documentary Love Between the Covers, which interviewed several romance authors, including Beverly Jenkins. With no disrespect to the others featured in the movie, I kept wanting the editor to cut back to Jenkins to hear what she had to say. She was eloquent and intelligent and clearly pushing against the norms of the genre.

So, naturally, I checked out one of her books. Night Hawk came up first when I searched at my library. As with many
Mary Gramlich
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
NIGHT HAWK by Beverly Jenkins
10/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Does life always work out the way it is intended?

Ian Vance Bigelow may have started out his life as the illegitimate grandson of a Scottish Laird but he rose to become a Bounty Hunter and US Marshall known as the Preacher. Ian was as full of the Holy Spirit as he was weapons and would use both as the situation deemed appropriate. When this tough bounty hunter collides wit
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to seton by: SBSarah
Series: I don't follow her bks but this seems to be an offshoot of at least 2 of her earlier bks. (Yes, there are lots of references to earlier characters.)

-road romance
-scarred hero, also older (13 years)
-bible quoting gunman

It's a sign of the post-Quentin Tarantino age when I get a bible-quoting gunslinger in my romances. Makes me long for the more straight-forward westerns from less-awarded hacks like Johanna Lindsey (Author) but I am sure it's just me
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What can I say? Beverly Jenkins is one of my all-time fave authors. She never disappoints. Love this story of Ian Vance, bounty hunter/U.S. marshall and Maggie Freeman. The love story progresses slowly and tenderly but once it heats up, is full of heat.

As always, a Beverly Jenkins novel comes with a history lesson, whether historical or contemporary. So much to learn about the native Americans--the histories of the individual tribes and how each was treated by the U.S. government hungry for the
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Another winner. Ian was fantastic, but Maggie? Maggie is my favorite Jenkins heroine so far. She was such a fighter, but without being stripped of her humor and her humanity. Great story, great action, and there's sex on a train. Who doesn't love train sex. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys romance. :)
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
I love the way we do love Ian!
Kate Bond
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really excited for this book. The hero is a half Scottish, half black bounty hunter. The heroine is half black, half Indian. It's set in the wild west. It seemed like my ideal book, but it's sooooooo boring. There are just chapters and chapters about how awful it is to be a minority (and it totally, 100% is, and really, really, really was back then), but then the two of them travel across the country together and we never see them have that hard a time finding places to stay for the night ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
NIGHT HAWK by Beverly Jenkins is an interesting historical romance set in 1889 Dowd, Kansas. This is the story of Ian Vance,outlaw,preacher,former bounty hunter and U.S. Marshall and Maggie Freeman, orphaned at twelve,and vigilante mob after her who want her hung for something she did not commit.Both Ian and Maggie know discrimination and disgrace brought upon them by simply being people of color who are of a specific mixed descent. When a sassy prisoner and a tough lawman come together you have ...more
Nazarene Static
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my net man crush Monday. Ian Vance made me loovveee this book! I also love the fact that I got bits and pieces that fit in for the Bring on the Blessings series. I swear this woman is a legit genius. She writes these historical romance novels...then finds ways to include them in contemporary novels and it makes sense!
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What the plot summary doesn't tell you is that Maggie is kick-ass and Preacher's is the ass she kicks in this wonderful romance. You'll also learn about historic figures in the Old West that your history books glided over or didn't mention at all. So you both get to learn something new and have an enjoyable romance set in the Old West. What's not to like?
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with all of Beverly Jenkins books I love reading about life in the old west. This was a really great read and the interaction between Preacher and Maggie was wonderful.
Koko  Lewis
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, Beverly Jenkins give us a wonderful romantic experience laced with historic relevance. I am attracted to the historical accuracy of her works but get caught up in the romance and action of the storyline.
Elisabeth Lane
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book of 2018 so far. I've been bingeing Jenkins' backlist and this is my favorite so far. The hero is an outlaw turned US Marshall, a rough around the edges good guy who points revolvers at bad guys while quoting Scripture. The heroine is a hot mess, largely through little fault of her own. I've never liked a heroine of this type before, but Jenkins captured me. I bought this in ebook and paperback in addition to the audio I listened to because this one is destined for the ABSOLUTELY WILL R ...more
This is the first Beverly Jenkins romance novel I've read and also my first western historical romance. This book had a lot of period-typical racism, violence, and misogyny, including use of slurs and depictions of assault, but the characters were really interesting and compelling, and the romance was super sweet! I love the sense of domesticity that develops as we watch Ian and Maggie get married and get settled in Wyoming.
Jerrika Rhone
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
46% Done: UGH! Beverly Jenkins makes me yearn for a love and sex life that frankly does not exist. Jealous, lol

56% Done: I need a book about Bunny!

75% Done: I think this is my favorite so far. I've found myself laughing out loud in spots. So much fun.
Beverly Jenkins pulls no punches with pointing out the racism in so many ways.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite historical romance from Beverly Jenkins but still I enjoyed Ian and Maggie’s story.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favourite Ms. Bev so far. Especially loved how women supported Maggie all along the way.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretty solid. I am mad curious about Vivian and Harper July.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the 2018 Read Harder Challenge I had to read a romance novel, which I admit I’ve never actually read. It had to be a “romance by or about a person of color” and this title was both. With two characters of diverse heritage, at an interesting time in history, this novel surprised me, and I have to now admit that I enjoyed a romance novel. I still felt bits were cliche (which my bias thinks is part of romance as a genre), but I was invested in the characters and really appreciated the car ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Is all I can say right now as I type remembering how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I didn't want it to end. I will be forever grateful to my sister for exposing me to her Historical Romance Novels that at first, I had refused to read. Many of Beverly's books were out of print so, to complete my sister's collection I had to pay quite a bit for them through Amazon's Marketplace. Most times paying $20-30 dollars for a $3-4 book! This was before ereaders, unfortunately. I myself ...more
Meh. Felt more like a series of short stories, or episodes in a TV show. Maggie and Ian were both a little too good at everything they tried, and moral virtuous people (pre-marital sex notwithstanding, obvy). The number of bad things to happen to Maggie while she was in custody was laughable, and they didn't even stop after it turned out she was free to go and follow Vance to his storybook ranch. The history lessons posing as inter-character conversations were really jarring as well. I think any ...more
Beautiful, outspoken, woman of mixed native and black heritage is a prisoner passed off to bible quoting, sawed off shotgun toting, ex bounty hunter, U.S. deputy marshal of mixed Scottish and black heritage. Vigilantes are out to lynch her for murder and he is to see that she is safely turned over to the sheriff in the next town to be bound over for trial. That's just the beginning of this brilliantly written historical western romance by Beverly Jenkins! I have re-read this book countless times ...more
I really liked the romance portion of this story, but it was more than that. It was a month of history lessons and epic novel. The history lessons were as annoying as they were intriguing. They interrupted the flow of the love story, but they piqued my curiosity. It was a weird tug of war. The first 50% of the novel is a historical romance with a time span of two weeks. In the second half, we watched the MCs settle into their domestic bliss with one last hurdle to overcome at the very, very end. ...more
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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS ...more
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“Rand studied him and then nodded as if he understood. “Preacher was a force to be reckoned with, but there comes a time when who we were no longer fits who we’ve become.” 1 likes
“You aren't a hitter, are you?"
He stared down, confused. "You mean will I hit you?"
"Yes. I know that some men are."
"No. Never." He gathered her back in and held her tight. "Never."
"Good. I didn't think you were."
He pulled back and scanned her face. "If I do you have my permission to shoot me."
"I'll shoot you permission or not."
He laughed. "We're going to do well together.”
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