Heat of the Night

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Bad boys are her weakness and no one is as wicked as Connor Bruce . . .

He is the realization of every woman's erotic fantasies. Existing in the Twilight between sleep and consciousness, Connor brings them decadent pleasures, fueled by their sexual energy. But violence and strife now tear apart both worlds, and Connor must embark on a perilous quest into the mortal realm . ...
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Overview

Bad boys are her weakness and no one is as wicked as Connor Bruce . . .

He is the realization of every woman's erotic fantasies. Existing in the Twilight between sleep and consciousness, Connor brings them decadent pleasures, fueled by their sexual energy. But violence and strife now tear apart both worlds, and Connor must embark on a perilous quest into the mortal realm . . . and into the arms of one intoxicating enchantress.

Stacey Daniels has always been attracted to the wrong type of men - and the muscular, Viking-like champion on her front doorstep is no exception. She can hardly believe the wounded warrior is from another world, a world where erotic dreams are needed to survive, a world of terrible danger that has followed him to her home. Connor finds solace in her passion, but only time will tell if he can defeat the dark foe who hunts them . . . and if Stacey can surrender to the promise he offers with every electrifying touch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615559480
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels sold in forty countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in twenty countries, and a reader favorite across several genres with millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has sold more than twelve million copies since its debut last year. Day has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated twice for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. She is currently president of the Romance Writers of America, an association of more than ten thousand writers.

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Heat of the Night

Chapter One

The Twilight

Connor Bruce took out the nearest guard with a perfectly aimed blow dart.

It was a split-second assault, but the tranquilizer took a bit longer to work than that. The guard had time to yank the dart free and withdraw his glaive before his eyes rolled back into his head and he collapsed to the floor in a puddle of red garments.

"Sorry, chap," Connor muttered, as he bent over the fallen body and collected the guard's comm unit and sword. The man would awake with only the vague sensation of having dozed, perhaps in boredom.

Connor straightened and whistled a low warbling birdcall, telling Lieutenant Philip Wager that he'd succeeded in his task. The responding whistle told him the other Temple guards around the perimeter had also been neutralized. Within moments he was surrounded by a dozen of his men. They were dressed for battle in dark gray, form-fitting sleeveless tunics and matching loose pants. Connor wore similar garments, but his were black denoting his rank as Captain of the Elite Warriors.

"You're going to see things inside that will startle you," Connor warned, his blade whistling as he pulled it free of its scabbard on his back. "Focus on the mission. We have to figure out how the Elders brought Captain Cross back to the Twilight from the Dreamers' plane of existence."

"Yes, Captain."

Wager aimed a pulse emitter at the massive red torii gate that herald the entrance to the Temple complex, temporarily disturbing the vid unit that recorded those who visited. Connor stared at the archway with a roiling mixture of horror, confusion, and anger.The structure was so imposing it forced every Guardian to stare and read the warning engraved in the ancient language—"Beware of the Key that turns the Lock."

For centuries, he and every member of his team had hunted the Dreamer who was prophesied to come to their world through the dream state and destroy them. The Dreamer who would see them as they were and recognize that they were not a figment of a nocturnal imagination, but real beings who lived in the Twilight—the place where the human mind came in slumber.

But Connor had already met the infamous Key and she wasn't a specter of doom and annihilation. She was a slender-but-curvy blonde veterinarian with big dark eyes and a deep well of compassion.

Lies, all of it. All these years wasted. Luckily for the Key—also known innocuously as Lyssa Bates—Captain Aidan Cross, warrior of legend and Connor's best friend, had found her first. Found her, fell in love with her, and eloped with her to the mortal plane.

Now it was Connor's mission to unravel the mysteries of the Elders here in the Twilight, and everything he needed to know was safeguarded in the Temple of the Elders.

Let's go, he mouthed.

With the timing down to pinpoint accuracy, they rushed through the gate. They split into two teams running along either side of the stone-lined center courtyard, weaving in and out among fluted columns of alabaster stone.

The wind blew gently, carrying with it the fragrance of nearby flowers and fields of wild grass. It was the time of day when the Temple was closed to the general public and the Elders were secluded in meditation. The perfect time to break in and steal whatever information and secrets they could get their hands on.

Connor entered the haiden first. Holding up three fingers, he then waved to the right while he moved to the left. Three Elites obeyed the silent command and took the east side of the circular room.

The two teams moved within the shadows, highly aware that any misstep would allow the vid units around the perimeter to pick up their incursion. In the center of the vast space waited semicircular rows of benches that faced the columned entryway they had just come through. Rising several stories high, there were so many benches the Guardians had lost count of the number of Elders who ruled from them long ago. This was the heart of their world, the center of law and order. The seat of power.

Regrouping at the middle hallway that led to the honden, Connor paused, and the others awaited his command. The hall to the west branched off toward the Elders' living quarters. The hall to the right went to a secluded open-air meditation courtyard.

This center gallery was where it got freaky. After his first—and heretofore only—Temple break-in, he was prepared. His men weren't.

He looked at them with an arched brow, silently admonishing them to heed his earlier command. They nodded grimly, and Connor continued on.

As they walked, a vibration beneath their feet drew everyone's attention to the floor. The stone shimmered and became translucent, creating the impression that the ground had disintegrated and they were about to fall into an endless blanket of stars. He groped for the wall by instinct, his teeth gritted together, then the view of space melted into a swirling kaleidoscope of colors.

"Fuck me," Wager breathed.

Connor had said the exact same thing the first time he'd walked this corridor. Every step created ripples in the colors, suggesting that whatever it was responded to their presence.

"Is that real?" Corporal Trent whispered fiercely. "Or a hologram of some sort?"

Lifting his hand, Connor reminded the men to keep their silence. He had no idea what the damn thing was. He knew only that he couldn't look at it or vertigo would make him sick.

They moved past the private Elder library to reach the control room. There was one Elder there, a lone sentinel lost within a vast space dominated by high walls lined with bound volumes and a large console. As was the custom of the Elders, he'd been left behind when the others retired for the afternoon, which made him the unfortunate recipient of a tranq dart to the neck. Connor dragged his unconscious body aside to give Wager access to the crescent-shaped touchpad control panel.

Heat of the Night. Copyright © by Sylvia Day. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. <%END%>
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  • Posted February 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An amazing follow-up...

    Heat of the Night is the followup book to Pleasures of the Night, which - if you read my previous review - you know I loved. This book was just as good. There was a little bit more "world building" in this one than the last one, and I did find myself feeling a bit confused now and then - but I attribute that to the fact that I am of average intelligence while Syliva Day is an obvious genius LOL I also didn't let it worry me too much because I know Sylvia plans on continuing this series when she is able (she said it and I believe it!) and so any lingering questions will be answered at some point. And this series is so good, it will be well worth the wait I have no doubt.
    Connor Bruce has left the Twilight and come to our world to warn his friend Aidan (from Pleasures of the Night) about some serious scary stuff that is going to affect both worlds. When he arrives, the first person he meets is Stacey Daniels (whom we first met in Pleasures of the Night). She is smart and sexy and feisty and Connor wants her badly.
    On Stacey's part - she thinks Connor is probably the hottest guy she's ever seen, but she also has a bad track record with men, so isn't looking to start anything. But she simply can't resist Connor's almost overwhelming sexual pull - and the resulting frantic, fierce coming together is toe-curling! (for Stacey, and for the reader!)
    But the bad guys are coming, and before these two can have a chance at a relationship - they're going to have a lot of trials and hard times to get through.
    Heat of the Night is another fabulous installment to an awesome series. Its erotic, funny, intelligent, and romantic - among other things. The plotting is excellent, pacing perfect, and the characters are all unique and believable. Nothing cliche here, just a very sexy story written by a very talented lady.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    What!!!!!!!

    Where is the next book? After reading both books, i want an ending!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Very delicious

    I enjoyed reading the two books in this series but I am disappointed that the story is left hanging. I want to know what happens. Sylvia Day definitely needs to finish this series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In the ongoing war between the Dream Guardians and the Nightmares on the twilight plane, Captain Connor Bruce leads his Elite Warriors who bring erotic pleasures to mortal females. However, he has recently found out an inconvenient truth about the Elders they apparently lied to him and others.----------------- He wants to know the truth, which means he must break into the Elders¿ Temple where he expects to uncover their secrets. However, Connor soon learns more than he bargained for and fears for his former peer friend, Aidan Cross, who left the Dream Guardians and Twilight time to live with Lyssa Bates the human he loves (see PLEASURES OF THE NIGHT). Connor manages to reach real world California, but struggles with everyday living. When he meets Lyssa¿s best friend, veterinary assistant and single mom Stacey Daniels, he is stunned as he begins to understand why Aidan crossed over. Whereas Stacey who was upset over her deadbeat ex boyfriend taking their child Justin skiing, which she cannot afford due to the lack of child support, she is even more shocked by her attraction to Connor, but though both fight it they cannot resist the lure of love.------------------------ This entertaining romantic fantasy stars two likable lead characters and a fully developed complex Day world (ironically Twilight time). The story line is fast-paced especially after the lead couple meets. Although it would help to read the nocturnal pleasures of Aidan and Lyssa first to better comprehend the realm where he comes from, fans will appreciate HEAT OF THE NIGHT as the hero walks out of her dreams turning her real life into a heated fantasy.-------------- Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Love this series but where is the next book!!!!!

    I love these books but I need the next one!! There is too much left unfinished to not have another book!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE FINISH THIS SERIES!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    A Must Read!!!!

    Fantastic book keep in your library, Sylvia just keeps you turning pages and even when you reach the end you keep yearning for more. Exceptionally talented author who gives her all, you just can't get enough of her magical transformations.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    LOVED It!!!

    I absolutely LOVED these 2 Books, but what I want know is when is the 3rd one coming out?
    There HAS to be an End with Weddings and Half Mortal Babies!!!
    As much as I'm In Love with the Bared to You series and CAN NOT Wait for Entwined with You on 12/31/12...we need a 3rd In The Night Book!
    We Love You Sylvia, so PLEASE, PLEASE give us what we want! A 3rd & Final Book in this Series! PLEASE IM BEGGING :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    you need to read "Pleasures of the Night" before readi

    you need to read &quot;Pleasures of the Night&quot; before reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Loved

    Loved the story line! I hate how you are left hanging at the end of this book. Hoping she has another book coming out to finish this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book definitely lives up to its title.

    Having read this story before reading the book the preceded it, I found it hard to latch onto the story at first. So, I would definitely encourage reading the first installment prior to this one. However, I really did enjoy the story and the characters. I struggled to put the book down and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a lot of action as well as romance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Really enjoyed!

    This book was as good as the first, if not better. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Can't wait for book 3!

    I read book 1 and as a fluke discovered book 2... Sylvia Day is my new fav! I love the Crossfire series and an currently awaiting book 3 on that too. Stacey is my favorite character, sassy and tough! I just hope Bruce gets to Rachel before she gets to Stace!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Love it

    Love this series and really hope she finishes it soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    GREAT READ!

    It was just as good as the first book.

    It would have been nice if the author could have been thinking about her readers by letting them know there is a third book coming.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and this 2nd boo

    I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and this 2nd book did not dissapoint. I liked that we were given the opportunity to pull away from the main characters of the first book, and learn more about Connor and Stacey. I am just bummed that it doesn't appear that the 3rd book is anywhere in sight. Please don't leave us hanging Sylvia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Simply Amazing !!! When is book 3 coming. You can't leave your

    Simply Amazing !!! When is book 3 coming. You can't leave your fans hanging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Finish what you started!

    I loved this series but i almost wish i would have not read them at all since we dont know how it will end and there is no date set. Worried that there may be the same drama the crossfire series has now with the publisher. Fix it sylvia! Please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Want book 3

    Really enjoyed both books and story line...need an ending!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Pleasures of the night

    Loved every steamy page and am looking forward to heat of the night sylvia gray never lets me down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Need a Conclusion

    Need to write one more to finish story. To many unanswered questions.

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