Review – Edge of Night (The Night #3) by Crystal Jordan

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Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher

Like most humans, Erin was totally in the dark about the hocus pocus going on around her, until she learned a hairy little secret—her aunt and her new husband were both werewolves.

To say family politics got complicated is an understatement, especially when she dated and broke up with a vampire. She has no plans to get involved again with anyone anytime soon, but hey, a girl has to scratch an itch every now and then.

FBI agent Luca Cavalli doesn’t mind Erin’s occasional booty call. He’s not looking for commitment, either. Plus, her family would be none too pleased to learn she’s seeing another vampire.

But when a stalker starts making Erin’s life hell, memories of other women Luca’s loved and lost punch him in the gut. She’s in danger and he’s determined to provide her with protection that’s as up close and personal as it gets….
This blurb came from the author’s website.

I read the blurb above and thought it was very intriguing but it was the third in the series and I wanted to make sure I enjoyed her writing before jumping in mid-series. So I went looking for the blurbs on the first two books. The end result was I bought and read the first book, went back for the second, and obviously requested the third to review. I am very glad that I did because not only did I enjoy them but each builds on the previous ones so I would have probably struggled to grasp everything that happened and its import. Therefore I highly recommend that you start with Embrace the Night, book 1.

Erin and Luca have been friends with benefits for about a year and the benefits were quite outstanding. Then things started to change, Luca was assigned to a rather brutal case involving the death of a young child and Erin began to get the feeling that someone who didn’t like her was watching her. The added stress made it evident how much being together helped ease that stress and indicated the potential for their casual relationship to grow. However, neither was comfortable with the potential for change and made some interesting decisions as a result.

I had a complicated relationship with Erin. Part of the time I really admired her, what she was doing, her reasoning and logic for certain actions and the other part of the time I wanted to reach inside the book to shake her. I loved how loyal she was to her family and how she went through some pretty impressive lengths to protect them. I also liked how her loyalty and protective nature extended to her friends and employees. What I didn’t like was her insistence in keeping both her feeling that something wasn’t right and the variety of different incidents that signified that something wasn’t right to herself. However, after a certain amount of convincing **fans self** she did realize she needed some help so she went out and found the best person she could. Her willingness to change her mind and seek out help while protecting those she cared about moved Erin back to my good graces. Her fierce determination proved to be a valuable asset as events continued to escalate.

Luca, my poor emotionally wounded vampire who was still quite deadly. He had gone through some pretty rough times in the first two books so I was glad to see there was hope for his happiness. I felt for him on one layer because he was caught between his morals, profession, and his family politics. I also felt for him because he has been rather unlucky in love and it appeared as if Erin was going to be another chapter in his unlucky book but, well this is a romance. I enjoyed watching him turn a few stereotypes on edge by initiating relationship discussions while at the same time respecting Erin’s independence. I will say I absolutely loved how he persuaded Erin to tell him what had her so spooked. The choice he made towards the end of the book knowing the consequences about broke my heart.

I enjoyed the relationships in this installment. Not just the romantic one between Erin and Luca but also their sometimes messy family entanglements and their interactions with friends and coworkers. Both Erin and Luca shielded each other from the negative reaction from their respective families even before they admitted there was more than friendship with benefits. Speaking of benefits, the sexual heat between them was very intense! A few times I felt the need to make sure I didn’t have anyone reading over my shoulder and lets just say I would probably answer just about any question I was asked during a particular scene.

Jordan has created a very entertaining world and group of characters. Edge of the Night contains danger, politics, family, smoking sex, paranormal, and hopes for a better future. She tied up a few strings from earlier in the series and continued to give me hope about a potential relationship between two more individuals who have “history”. My complicated relationship with Erin really highlighted how strengths and weaknesses can really be just two sides of the same coin. Something I will probably think about in future reads. I also enjoyed how Luca made himself vulnerable in order to have a chance at happiness. I am certainly looking forward to Jordan’s next installment in this series.
I give Edge of Night a B+

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Comments

  1. KatieF says

    I’m just starting to read PNR, so I always appreciate recommendations of good books/authors. This one sounded really good, so I thought I’d follow your path and read the first two books in the series, but they’re so expensive–$10.49 for the Nook versions.
    Luckily, one of the libraries in the area has a copy of the first book, so I just placed a request to borrow it.

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  2. E_booklover says

    @KatieF: Hopefully you enjoy it. After I read your comment I went back to check how much I paid for the first one and remembered thinking that it better be good LOL.

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