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Cover of Night

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,288 ratings  ·  464 reviews
For breathless action, gripping suspense, and intense romance, bestselling author Linda Howard never misses a beat–and her thrilling new novel will have your heart racing.

In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accessible to the outside world by only a single road, young widow Cate Nightingale lives peacefully with her four-year-old twin boys, running a bed-and-b
Paperback, 428 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Reading the reviews here makes me wonder if it's the same book people are talking about because I, for one, freaking loved it!

A close knit town in the edge of nowhere (literally!), a quaint charming B&B, not one but two sexy Marines to save the day, a lovely widow and her adorable potty mouthed twins, hottie ex-nun, nosy matchmaking natives, pretty decent mob background (almost every thug with a covert plan to kill the other was, for the lack of better word, riveting) and a solid plot. But most
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“But I have a mouth like a duck!”
He blinked, and in complete seriousness said, “I like ducks.”

As an avid fan of Linda Howard's novels, I was so excited that I finally got my hands on this book and I was more than ready to dive into it. And when I already did, I found the story, for the most part, to be immensely gripping, thrilling, and fun to read. However, if compared to her other early works, I wouldn't say this is a stellar one.

While the romance part was perfectly delivered that I
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Paige  Bookdragon

This is me after reading this book:


So I created a pie chart because I'm lazy and I don't want to explain much.


I was a bit tired of reading too much hook ups and how dashing and manly the hero is in a book, or how beautiful is the heroine's eyes or how soft she looks. It's starting to get annoying. But Cover of Night is perfect for my mood.

Well class, as you can see on the fucking pie chart, the suspense and action trumps the romance which is wonderful. I can finally focus on the flying bullets
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ I enjoyed this book, despite having to suspend belief in several situations. I was going to give it ★★★½✩, as it's not one of Howard's best; however, one of her “less-than-best” is soooooo much better than someone else's best. I chose to overlook those moments when I could have shook my head or set it aside, and instead went with the flow. There are a lot of little jewels in this book and I really enjoyed each of them. So easy for me to picture the bed & breakfast, the little town, and the ...more
Two words: Ham radio

Oy vey, this was boring.

I had to check the CD box three separate times to make sure this was really a Linda Howard book. This read like a how-to book on being any one of the following: a hired assassin, a beta Marine, mountain climber, a B&b owner and zzzzzz.

The h is the current owner of a B&b in a tiny town in the back of beyond mountains of Idaho. She is widow with twin boys. The H is a highly effective Marine that has had a crush on her since he first met her. THREE
Jane Stewart
Great. Exciting. I loved the character Cal - his shy side and then his Rambo side.

I read this book at least twice in the past and just now finished the audiobook. The audiobook was fantastic. It’s read by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill, with each of them narrating the female vs male parts. (And you don’t hear their breaths - yay!)

Layton is accountant for bad guy Bandini. Layton has a flash drive with evidence against Bandini and asks for blackmail money. Bandini hires two killers (Goss and
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: s-bv-library
I really did like the characters in this story from the H/h to the supporting cast of townspeople. I liked that our H, Calvin, became shy around Cate and waited until Cate was ready to have a relationship.

I did have to suspend disbelief a number of times with this plot and a number of scenes just didn't work for me. But I went with it and it was a fast enjoyable read.
Read it first, and more recently listened to the narration by Dick Hill and Joyce Bean. The performance was okay, but not great. Joyce Bean's rendition of the toddler twins stole my heart, though.

3.5 or possibly 4 stars, mainly because I adored the toddlers and Cal Harris, the (seemingly) bashful handyman with the dual nature of a former Marine Force Recon hero. For three years he has been handling Cate's bed and breakfast repairs in the tiny mountain community of Trail Stop, Idaho. During tho
5 "Handyman" stars!!!


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Miss Kim
UG. This one was tough to get through. It took me over a week to read it because it was not calling me back to it. The writing focused a lot on the bad guys and their plans, and not much on the relationship factor. That part seemed to be thrown in at the end in a quick attempt to end the book.
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
3.75 stars
"He wanted her to be aware of him, but he didn't want her feeling uncomfortable."
Cover of Night is a small town romantic suspense about a widowed and single mother and a former Marine. Cate Nightingale runs the Bed and Breakfast in the small town of Trail Stop and between running a business and raising twin boys, her life is very busy. Calvin Harris is the small town handyman and he is often at Cate's B&B fixing things. When a guest at the B&B mysteriously disappears, the small to
This book is just so bad. I listened to it on audio while at work and during my walk to the train. I checked it out from the library and typically, I am okay with less than good audio books to keep my mind occupied during mindless admin stuff I have to do at work and the walk to the train. But wow, this book had some really really bad scenes. I should say that this book has a lot of what I love in stories and movies, it involves a woman (young widow, twin 4 year old boys) who has to start over a ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, great-romance
Still the four star story of my memory but the audiobook let me down. I like the idea of both a man and a woman narrating but the man’s voice was unappealing.
Blacky *Romance Addict*
I could do with less page time from the bad guys.
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Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great stand-alone novel.

After the small disappointment I felt when I had read Killing Time, I was a little hesitant to read another Howard novel so soon. I had read the synopsis and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did!

Cate, a regular widowed, single mom of twins, who owns and runs a B & B. I loved how she handled everything; from the normal, everyday worries about running your own business to raising her twins, four-year-old boys - especially how she handles her boys!

Cal, the handyman who
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
The plot in this book was so ridiculous that even in the book everybody wondered...what the hell is the villain doing? Why is he doing this? No matter the justifications, there was NO REASON to go to such extremes! Like all the other bad guys mentioned, there were like a million easy ways to accomplish what they wanted. I really don't know why the author went this way in this book.

I felt sad that the romance wasn't developed because a hero who's a wolf in sheep's clothing is one of my favorites
You can find this review in English below.

Tan sólo puedo ponerle una pega a esta historia: el plan para recuperar el pen drive que los malos se sacan de la manga es, por decirlo suavemente, una completa estupidez.

Dicho esto la historia está bastante bien. Los buenos son listos y capaces. Los malos (obviando lo anterior) son interesantes y los protagonistas me han gustado mucho. Si bien no he podido tragarme el lado tímido de Cal, tampoco me ha importado demasiado.

Pero de verdad, de verdad, de ve
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is one of the proofs why you should read kindle version before purchasing the physical copy.
This was so fun.
I loved h's mother the best. She gave the funniest advice.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
This book needs to be re-done. There was little connection between the main characters. They went from knowing each other in town to a kiss towards the end that ended up with them wanting to get married. I often wondered how would they come together. I'm still confused. The plot was poorly conceived. The side romance with another set of characters went the same route as the main characters and I gave up. The end was too rushed. Overall, I would tell people don't even waste their time. ...more
What a struggle to finish this book! I don't know what happened but I did not enjoy it.
It bored me to tears and I didn't connect with the story which felt amateurish to me.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book would fall into the "romance suspense" category rather than romance. This has had an impact on my rating.

I found the book hard to like because a very large section of the book is dedicated to the suspense plot. We read a lot about people who have nothing to do with the romantic relationship, which is not a bad thing, since I believe, this was Linda Howard's intention to steer the book into the romance suspense category. For an avid romance reader like yours truly though, this
Mollie *scoutrmom*
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of romantic thrillers
The only thing that kept this book from being absolutely perfect is that it seemed a bit unrealistic to me that the heroine would be able to get her 4-year-old twins off the scene before the part of the action where she has to run for her life. The idiocy of the villians, highlighted by their interaction with their co-conspirators, was both entertaining and realistic. How did these guys make it so far as assassins without ending up shooting themselves in the foot? An excellent plot, the hero is ...more
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
I won't lie and say I didn't like this book, because I did. There was a little crush going on for me with Cal. I wish he could be picked out of this novel and given a new story from a different author. Linda Howard seems to be a good writer, although I've yet to read one to compare to all the hype, but I'm working on that. "Cover of Night" seemed to start slow and end way to fast. I mean seriously, the day before Cate wasn't even sure about him and the next she said yes to marriage? Not even in ...more
Cate Nightingale, a widow with twin boys, runs a bed and breakfast in the rural community of Trail Stop, Idaho. Calvin Harris is the local handyman that Cate calls on to do various jobs around the bed and breakfast. Then one morning a guest vanishes and a few days later armed men show up looking for the man's belongings. But that's not all...

Good romantic suspense. I would have like more character development on Cal and I felt the ending was rushed.
there wasn't enough of the two MC together in scenes and there a lot of other characters scenes that are boring. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
So there are two mistakes so far in the plot and it is bugging me. Do I continue reading? I skip over punctuation and spelling mistakes but plotline mistakes grrr...... The first one was small as she calls the police and they asked for the license tag number on the car and she had it written down. (B&B) But the next time she called the police they asked if she had a tag number and she said she doesn't write that down and may have to begin doing that from now on. Small detail..... But the second ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are a few books that you like only because you resonate with the characters. This is one of them. The plot was ok but the villain's motive for holding an entire community of people hostage didn't hold water. If they were merely after a flash drive (Is that a pen drive?) then why not steal into Cate's house overnight and search for it. Why would you want to blow up a bridge and kill over seven people?

The dilemma of the author is quite evident in this. She needed something extreme to get Ca
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance

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