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Edge of Midnight

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Blackboard bestselling author Beverly Jenkins launches her first contemporary romantic suspense with this exciting sizzler. Sparks fly when Mykal Chandler, the head of a covert government agency, fights to protect the woman he has fallen in love with.

Sarita Grayson is desperate. That's the only explanation for her late night rendezvous with a bag of stolen diamonds. But then a handsome stranger stands between her and a clean getaway. In the struggle for freedom, she ...

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Overview

Blackboard bestselling author Beverly Jenkins launches her first contemporary romantic suspense with this exciting sizzler. Sparks fly when Mykal Chandler, the head of a covert government agency, fights to protect the woman he has fallen in love with.

Sarita Grayson is desperate. That's the only explanation for her late night rendezvous with a bag of stolen diamonds. But then a handsome stranger stands between her and a clean getaway. In the struggle for freedom, she accidentally shoots him.Mykal Chandler, head of a covert government agency NIA, can't believe he's been shot. He's shocked, he's furious, but he's also attracted to this sassy woman. Unfortunately, Sarita has stumbled unto a smuggling plot and he'll need to protect her, even if he has to kidnap her to do it. But Sarita isn't one to go quietly into the night...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060540661
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 953,449
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature.

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First Chapter

The Edge of Midnight

Chapter One

Detroit, Michigan
October 2003

Shivering with cold, thirty-three-year-old Sarita Grayson walked over to the worn pea coat hanging on a nail behind her desk and put it on. Even though it was only mid-October, the temperature inside her office in the old warehouse felt like below freezing. During the day, if the sun was out, being inside the drafty old eyesore wasn't too bad, but once evening rolled around, the temperature dropped like a stone, and cold ruled. The building's ancient heating system was kept running with duct tape, hairpins, and prayer. It was two-faced, however, and would cut off at a moment's notice, so Sarita and her staff didn't like turning it on until the weather outside made it absolutely necessary.

She blew on her hands to keep them warm, then dug through the mountain of papers atop her lop-sided desk looking for the notice from the city. She picked it up and read it again for maybe the fiftieth time since it had arrived in the mail three days earlier. The words had not changed. Block red letters, three inches high screamed eviction proceedings across the top like a tabloid headline. The day it arrived the shock had paralyzed her. Even now, her hands shook a bit. She and her people had been using this abandoned warehouse for many years, working hard to transform the abandoned hulking structure into the hub of the struggling community surrounding it. The space offered the children a safe environment in which to learn and play and gave the senior citizens a place where they could meet and stay connected to life and the neighborhood.

But now, because the city wanted to auction off the property, they were being threatened with eviction.

The building had originally housed a food distribution company. After the owners moved the operation to the suburbs back in the early eighties, it sat empty, attracting gang graffiti, rats, and crackheads. One summer night in 1990, the local Baptist church down the street caught fire and burned to the ground. Having no place for the congregation to worship, Pastor Otis Washington and the elders approached the city about moving into the vacant building temporarily until money could be raised for a new church. The city gave its permission on the condition that if the building were sold, the church would move its services and neighborhood programs elsewhere. Washington and the congregation agreed. The new church was built, but the out-reach programs dedicated to kids, seniors, and unwed mothers remained housed in the old warehouse. Because of all the neighborhood crack and crime, neither the city nor the congregation envisioned anyone's buying the place.

Obviously, times had changed; the city received a bid for the property two weeks ago. Sarita had taken over the running of the William Lambert Community Center after Pastor Washington's death in 1998, and if she could come up with the money to match the seventeen-thousand-dollar offer, then she and her people could stay -- if not, they were on the street. How in the world the city expected her to come up with that much cash, and in six days no less, was beyond her.

Her thoughts were interrupted by the sight of Silas Devine sticking his gray head in the doorway. After the death of Sarita's grandmother and great-uncles, Silas had become the elder in her life. She loved him dearly.

"Afternoon, General," he said to her.

It was his pet name for her, and she gave him a smile. "Afternoon, Silas. How are you?"

"I'm okay. Any luck?"

She knew he was talking about the seventeen-thousand- dollar dilemma. She shook her head. "So far, nothing."

Silas was her right-hand man. He looked after the plumbing, mowed the grass, helped out with driving the homebound seniors wherever they needed to go; anything Sarita needed, Silas did. He was also the only person she'd told about the eviction notice.

"Something will come up," he said confidently. "This place is too important to shut down. You'll see."

Sarita agreed with him on the Lambert Center's importance to the neighborhood, but wasn't sure the city officials who'd sent the eviction notice felt the same way. "How's the van this morning?"

Their donated van was fifteen years old and on its last legs. It needed a new engine, muffler, and struts, and the floor was almost rusted through; but, somehow, Silas kept it running.

"It woke up in a pretty good mood," he told her. "Started right up."

They shared a grin, and Silas added, "I'm on my way to take Mrs. Black over to the train station so she can get to Chicago for her brother's funeral."

"Okay. I'll see you when you get back."

He nodded, then studied her silently for a moment, before saying, "Don't give up. Somewhere up in heaven, Pastor Washington and that grandmamma of yours are all pulling strings. We'll get through this, I know we will."

She shook her head in agreement, but in reality, didn't share his optimism.

After his departure, Sarita got up from her cluttered desk and walked over to look out of her small, wire-screened window. The center's uncertain future filled her with a sense of helplessness that was totally out of character. In the years she'd been in charge, she'd always, always been able to effect some change in a seemingly unsolvable situation -- able to do a fast shuffle here, call in a favor there to keep the ship afloat, but this time she wasn't so sure. School had let out about an hour ago, and out of her office window she could see the children playing down below on the cracked, broken pavement of the building's parking lot ...

The Edge of Midnight. Copyright © by Beverly Jenkins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    Review of 'The Edge of Midnight' by 'Beverly Jenkins'

    Had a chance to read Mykal's & Sarita's love story, as well as Drake's & Lacy's and Saint & Narice's. I love the three half-brothers. After reading 'The Edge of Midnight', had to Google 'blood diamonds', Pygmalion, Professor Higgins, Olmec, Spectrum magazine, Billy Strayhorn, tines, brioche, fukiya, Haile Selassie, bot fly, & Sault Ste. Marie. Learned a lot. Love Beverly Jenkins books!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Beverly Jenkins does it again!!!

    Unlike the previous books I've read of hers, which are primarily historical fiction, this book deals with the issues of today's society - communities being taken over by gangs, drugs houses and the illegal smuggling of blood diamonds. Jenkins intertwines all of this with romance and wealth making it a book that you can't put down.

    The very opinioned and sassy Sarita, the main character, is a community activist very much interested in preserving the community in which she has lived all her life. She will give her last penny to save anyone in need. In fact she is willing to do without so that others may have. Because she doesn't want families in her neighborhood to be evicted because they are late in paying their rent, she is blackmailed into doing some illegal activity which throws her into a world of money, power and secrecy. Here's where she meets, Mykal Chambers, a man who is unlike any other man she has known. He's handsome, extremely wealthy, but is living another life he is unwilling to share with her. Her half brother, the mysterious Saint, who is also Mykal's half brother, is part of this other life but his main concern is protecting his sister. Can they really protect her with the help of her community? You just have to read it to find out.

    I loved this book. It made me feel like dreams really can come true. This is a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    A LOVE STORY WITH A TWIST!

    The story was well written,bravo B.Jenkins! Myk and Sarita what can you say love finds you and it was proven in this book. The meaning of every detail in Myk's life was very interesting loved the dragons and the use of color,the history and symbolism of where he came from it brought life to Myk's character. Sarita is very simple,stree smart,with a definate edge I like her as the story goes on the layers are peeled and she can let Myk love her. I love Saint and Drake too, the three brothers are very different but have a sure bond or brotherhood. The NIA operation is cool it gives this story a sense of mystery,suspense and purpose for the common good. I will definately read Saint's and Drake's stories,they are still sexy and single I wonder if they will find love!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    Another great one!

    Thoroughly enjoyed yet another Beverly Jenkins book! Must read whether you have read one of her books or not. If not, you will seek her other books out after reading this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Lot of love aad action

    Good read

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Excellent read. Love all Jenkins books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Awesome

    I lost sleep time reading this book. Good from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Love Michael

    Great modern romance. I love this and recommend lndigo!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Midnightpack...

    Res three are applications. Results moved.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Disappointed

    This was somewhat disappointing .charactor development was shallow. Ambiguis plot. It did not seem as if the writer was intetested in het own story.seemed forced and quickly written

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Love it!  Kept me engaged through out the whole story and led me

    Love it!  Kept me engaged through out the whole story and led me to other great stories like Indigo and the Saint  and Drakes stories but I think this is the best of the three!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Wonderful

    A page turner !!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    EXCELLENT!!!

    I have heard so much about Beverly Jenkins, so I finally purchased one of her books. WOW ... what a brilliant writer. I read alot of romance novels and Ms. Jenkins will be added to one of my favorite authors. I don't know where to begin, I enjoyed EVERYTHING about this book. I loved Mykal and Sarita characters. I loved how Ms. Jenkins brought the two characters together adding suspense and romance. I have to read about Saint (Edge of Dawn) and Blake (Black Lace) stories. I hope it is as good as this one.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Nothing Left to Say!

    The story overview does not fit this story at all. It underestimates it given that it kind of downplays the storyline. The story was so much more thrilling than its description for the reason that the danger and love literally radiated off of the pages. The relationship definately started out rocky since, as it always is, Myk {the handsome bachlor} isn't used to women not responding to him as Sarita {the fiesty, independent woman} does. I loved how their relationship bloomed as time went on, but I don't want to give too much away.<BR/> Enjoy,<BR/> ~KARMA~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    I liked it

    I have read just about every book that this author has written. I like the fact the she continues a story by bring in other characters from her previous books. I would recommend this book over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    The Best

    I have to say this is the first of Bj's books I have read and I loved it. it made me look for others. I hope she writes more about this family I love all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Operation Love

    Sarita Grayson is what many of her neighbors call a saint in her own right. She ran a community center and she did everything possible to keep the center running. Everything include using her own money but when things get ridiculous she finds herself having to mix with the people she despise the most but with her need of $17,000 to keep her building she is willing to do everything necessary. Sarita had completed the plan perfectly until Mykal Chandler got involved. Mykal considered himself to be the alpha male so when Sarita gets away with the loot and his gun his ego is scorned but worst of all she had shot him. When Sarita and Mykal come face and face again all hell breaks lose but not before they find their selves in a predicament that makes them mates in all senses but will the two put their disagreements away long enough to make a deal that could save both of them or will their disagreements cause chaos in paradise. Beverly Jenkins tells an exquisite tale about a undercover operation with the mind set of taking back a city and a young women who is determine to make a difference. She does a excellent job weaving the history of other countries into the stories while continuing to hold the readers attention. Mrs. Jenkins provides a sexy and exiting story. Beverly Jenkins' The Edge of Midnight was one of the greatest written romance suspense that I have ever laid my eyes on from the detail description of the cities and the characters to the thoroughness of each chapter. ~Reviewed by Milestone of Platinum Reviewers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Simply The Best...

    I couldn't put the book down, it was great. I loved the way she was able to bring Hester's and Vivid's children together. Mrs. Jenkins does it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    Absolutely Great

    Ms.Jenkins has done it again, written another absolutely great book. She is able to make her characters come alive as you read, she is a great writer. I have read all her books, and I love her historical romance. Go out and find all her books, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    Outstanding

    I loved this book. I read it in one day, I strongly recommend all of her books, BJ is a very talented writer,I love the way she continues to include her old characters in her books. I eagerly look forward to her next book.

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