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Night Hawk

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,305 ratings  ·  176 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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The first half of this book was just SO GOOOD and I was loving every second of it. We have Maggie, who is a headstrong women, but she accidentally killed a man protecting herself, so she is taken into custody. Ian is a US Marshall and charged with taking her to the Sherriff so she can go on trial. I loved how Ian started to fall for her and she had to figure out how to get away before she was unjustly punished.

Once the halfway mark hit, though, the rest of this book was pretty boring until the
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
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 wh
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.
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 historically accurate romance
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. T ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ian Vance lost the two women he loved most. Not at the same time. His wife was murdered and his mom died thanks to a hard life. He quitted Scotland years ago for America. He became an outlaw, some kind of reinvented preacher, he studied law and now he's a deputy marshal. Such an interesting life for an interesting man.

Maggie Freeman also have mix-heritage. Daughter of a Black man and a woman from the Kaw tribe. They died when she was only twelve and she's been on her own ever since. Pension and
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.
Peeps, meet Preacher (aka Ian)! He’s a Scottish/Black, green eyed, quiet cutie who’s been a lawyer/outlaw/Bible-thumping bounty hunter/widower/US Marshal/cattle owner. He has the patience of a saint and brains to match the beauty. He was definitely awesome sauce with an extra side of heat! It’s no wonder Maggie threw him for a loop!

Maggie for all her roadblocks in life-orphaned, discriminated for being Kaw/Black, single, and female-turned out to be an extremely resilient, very intelligent, somet
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. I was intri
I absolutely loved this. It's hard to believe this is the authors first published book.
I adore historical fiction with Black main characters. Especially stories with interesting, true history, complex characters and a happily ever after romance.
Original review:
I liked this but I dislike the narrative that Indigenous Peoples of the Americas are gone. They aren't that's just white supremacy.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bj
I love the way we do love Ian!
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 romance auth
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 with Maggie Freeman a sassy spitf
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.

Overall, this was a very good HR
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
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
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. :) ...more
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. Loved this one a lot. Beverly Jenkins never ceases to amaze me with her incredible writing and her strong and likable characters.

I loved that Maggie was on the run for a crime she didn’t commit and that Ian a*k*a Night Hawk was the bounty hunter sent to bring her in. It made for some very interesting and fun dynamics between the two. I loved their banter and chemistry and the sexual tension was on point. They’re both so head strong and stubborn so when they finally caved and gave into
Tiffany Ehrob
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Night Hawk is my very first book involving historical romance. Night Hawk is written by Beverly Jenkins. I love Maggie characters the most. I like how independent she is and strong willed. Ian is so sweet and protective of maggie and from the moment you read about them you knew they were meant to be together. I can't wait to dive into another historical romance book. ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. The characters were so layered and thoughtful, the setting was beautifully done, and the plot kept me on my toes every step of the way!!
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
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
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? ...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!
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.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ehh...I wanted to like this more than I did. However, as usual, I have a lot of caveats to my "it was okay" rating. For one thing, historical romance of the type that someone might pick up if they see it on a store run aren't usually my jam. For another, this is one of Beverly Jenkins's earlier romance novels, which may have been a bad call on my part for a first one to pick up (but it didn't have a hold list from the library and I also wanted to read something that qualified as a western for my ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m already a huge fan of Beverly Jenkins and I’ve recently been binging her backlist and have been constantly blown away by the excellence of all her books I’ve read. This one however is pretty much close to being my favourite from her- it has humour, heart, a brave, lovable heroine overcoming the odds and a strong, silent but sensitive hero. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this American historical romance.

The premise of this is that plucky but down on her luck, maid, Maggie, has fall
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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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