Kiss the Night Good-Bye (Nikki and Michael Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Nikki James is just an ordinary, risk-taking, psychically inclined private eye until she hooks up with Michael Kelly. Now she is something more: one of the few, the chosen, the magic-wielding undercover operatives of the Damask Circle, an organization protecting humanity from a rising tide of evil. She wants nothing more than to pass the Circle’s strict entry exams so she can get on ...
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Overview

THE PRICE OF LOVE
 
Nikki James is just an ordinary, risk-taking, psychically inclined private eye until she hooks up with Michael Kelly. Now she is something more: one of the few, the chosen, the magic-wielding undercover operatives of the Damask Circle, an organization protecting humanity from a rising tide of evil. She wants nothing more than to pass the Circle’s strict entry exams so she can get on with the business of planning her wedding to Michael. But she quickly realizes that buying a wedding dress is the least of her worries.
 
One hundred years ago, Michael Kelly hunted down and killed the sorcerer responsible for murdering his lover. Now the brother of that man is out for revenge, and he intends to destroy all that Michael holds dear in the process. When Michael is kidnapped, the trail leads Nikki to a dusty ghost town surrounded by a potent magical barrier, leaving her to battle a madman alone with only her wits, strength, and the one psychic gift she cannot fully control. And to make matters even worse, Michael no longer seems to remember who she is.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345538734
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Nikki and Michael Series , #4
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 23,720
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than twenty-five books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.
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One

Motes of dust danced in the beams of light filtering through the grubby windowpanes. The room was narrow but long, and the dusky sunlight did little to lift the shadows. The silence crawled across Nikki’s skin like a live thing, yet she knew she was not alone.

She flexed her fingers, trying to ease the tension that had sweat running down her forehead, and swept her gaze from left to right.

They were here, somewhere. Four of them, hidden among the dust and the shadows and the wooden boxes. Two vampires and two shapeshifters. All she had to do was reach the far end of the room unscathed. Easy—except for the fact that the others were allowed weapons and she was not.

She glanced quickly at the ceiling. The monitors were on, and undoubtedly those watching in the next room were growing impatient. She’d been standing in the doorway for a good five minutes. But Michael had told her not to rush, and it was a suggestion she was following to the letter. If she didn’t pass this test, she’d have to undergo yet another month of physical training, and that was something she definitely didn’t want. She and Michael were supposed to get married in thirty-five days, and she hadn’t even gone shopping for a wedding dress yet.

She wiped the sweat from her eyes and scanned the shadows again. After three months of intensive training—training that was both physical and psychic—she was fitter than she’d ever been in her life. However, in some ways, she was no closer to under­standing or controlling her most recent gifts than she had been three months ago.

But she wasn’t about to admit it. And how much the trainers suspected about her lack of control was anyone’s guess, though she had a feeling Michael might have told them. They’d been concentrating more on her psychic talents of late.

Worry about one thing at a time, she told herself sternly. Jake, her best friend and former boss, had passed this same test four days ago. Surely she could do the same.

Only she didn’t like the feeling in the room. Someone in the shadows was not what he or she pretended to be.

She flexed her fingers again and wondered if all the knocks she’d taken over the last few months had finally made her crazy. How could anyone in this room not be what they pretended to be? Here in the heart of the Damask Circle’s Washington training center, there were no secrets. Except, perhaps, where Seline was hiding. And why she was in hiding.

If Michael knew the answers to those questions, he certainly wasn’t telling her.

Which wasn’t really a surprise. He couldn’t be expected to break three centuries of habit in a matter of months—even though that’s exactly what she’d expected of him for a while.

She glanced at the monitors again. Was he in the control room, watching her? He’d said he wouldn’t be, because he couldn’t watch someone beating her up without wanting to intervene. And even if he was watching, she couldn’t reach out to him with her mind, because this room was a psychic “dead-zone.” She couldn’t even use her gifts to protect herself if something went wrong.

She bit her lip, trying to ignore the cold sensation creeping across her skin. It was nothing more than nerves. Nothing more than the knowledge that she’d failed this test once already and couldn’t afford to do so again. Not with all the wedding deadlines looming.

She took a deep breath and released it slowly. There was no delaying the inevitable. If she didn’t move soon, they’d fail her anyway.

She stepped to the right, keeping her back to the wall as she inched along. In the wasteland of boxes and shadows ahead, something stirred. Air brushed past her cheek, rich with the scent of the sea.

Delphine, the dolphin shifter. The one who had caused her to fail the last time, simply because she’d never expected a shifter in human form to be as slippery and strong as her animal counterpart.

A mistake she would not be making a second time.

She reached the corner and stepped into the shadow of a large box. The scent of the sea grew closer, though she could hear nothing in the thick silence. Nothing other than the rapid pounding of her own heart, anyway.

She peeped around the corner of the box and felt, rather than saw, the strike of air. She twisted out of the way, barely avoiding the hand that punched only inches from her nose. Air stirred a second time, heralding the approach of another blow. She dropped, sweeping her foot forward, hooking Delphine’s leg and knocking her off her feet. Before Del could rise, Nikki lunged at her, smacking her hand against the other woman’s chest.

“Bang, you’re dead.”

The smoky blonde’s green eyes twinkled in the hazy light. “Good. Now I can sneak out the door before they lock it and get that cup of coffee I’ve been craving.”

“I wish I could join you,” Nikki muttered, stepping back so the other woman could rise.

Del slapped a hand on Nikki’s shoulder. “You’ll do fine. Stop worrying.”

“Thanks,” Nikki said, wishing she could believe the shifter. But that sense of wrongness was increasing, and with it the certainty that the person behind it had an agenda that had nothing to do with today’s test.

She went back to the wall and inched along until she came to another box. This one was short enough to peer over, so she did. The darkness beyond leapt at her.

She yelped and jumped back. The shadows dissolved, becoming a vampire. She clenched her fist and struck at him. He caught the blow in his hand, crushing her fingers just enough to hurt. She pivoted, twisting her arm painfully as she lashed out with a foot. He ducked the blow easily, so she dropped to her knees, using his grip on her fist against him, and pulled him off the box. He landed on his back at her feet, and she pressed her free hand against his chest.

“Dead, dead, dead,” she muttered.

He raised her fist to his mouth and kissed her fingers. “Very well done.”

“Thank you.”

She rose and scanned the hazy room. Two more to go, and she was a third of the way down the room. It had been almost too easy so far. Maybe Michael had threatened the participants.

Yeah, right. As if he really wanted her to pass this test so she could start going on missions with him. They might have reached a compromise when it came to the Circle and his missions, but that didn’t mean he was all that happy about it. Still, he was keeping his end of the bargain, so she should do the same. And if she didn’t pass this damn test, it was back to training and goodbye wedding until she did pass.

Her gaze rose to the ceiling again. The second shifter was up there somewhere. She couldn’t say why she was so sure—her psychic gifts were not supposed to be working in this room at all. Frowning, she glanced at the box to her right and tried to shift it with kinetic power. Nothing at all. Not even a tingle.

Strange.

She took a deep breath and crept forward again. The room seemed to be getting hotter, and sweat trickled down her spine. Had the air-conditioning gone off, or was it simply fear that warmed her?

Dust stirred the air, and a sneeze tickled her nose. She swiped at it, sniffing, and in that moment sensed movement.

Sweeping down fast.

She dropped to her stomach and felt claws rake along her back, tearing her sweater but not her flesh. She twisted, kicking upward at the rising hawk. She clipped a wing, and the bird squawked—a cry that was almost indignant.

It swooped around and arrowed in again. She scram­bled to her feet and dove over the box, feeling the scrape of claws down her jeans. She hit the floor, rolled to her feet, and tore off her sweater. Twisting it quickly, she flicked one end at the hawk as it turned for another strike. It hit the bird in the chest, knocking it into the side of a tall box.

A golden haze crackled across the hawk’s body, and by the time it hit the floor, it was a man with golden hair and rich blue eyes. A man she knew—Jon Barnett. And he held two halves of a quarterstaff.

Things were about to get tough.

She glanced around, but there was nothing in this room that could be used as a weapon. Which was entirely the point.

He leapt at her, his wooden staffs little more than a blur. She backed away, dodging and weaving, but there was no way she could avoid every blow. Yet for all his speed, the blows were little more than taps. Had it been anyone other than Jon, she would have killer bruises tomorrow.

Her back hit a box. She cursed and dropped, sweeping with a foot. He jumped her leg, then smacked it with one of the staffs. She cursed again and dove at him, tackling him at knee height and knocking him to the ground. Before he could move, she scrambled up his body and punched his chest.

“Trust a shorty to tackle someone at knee height,” he muttered, blue eyes diamond bright in the dusky light.

“Blame Maddie. She’s the one who told me that if all else fails, tackle them.” Nikki grinned. “You’re just lucky I didn’t grab you where she told me to.”

“My wife told you to grab me?”

“Yep. Said she didn’t mind, as long as I didn’t bruise you too much.”

“Charming.” He smacked her leg. “You’d better get going.”

She nodded and rose. But her smile faded as her gaze swept the remainder of the room.

One vampire stood between her and the end of the room—and the end of this test.

And that was the one who felt so wrong.
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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book

    4.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    In the fourth and last book of the Nikki and Michael series, Keri Arthur spellbinds readers with her unique protagonists and intense plotting. If you’ve followed the series, then you will know that Nikki and Michael have come a long way from when they first met each other. Michael isn’t so stoic and detached and Nikki continues to grow stronger and stronger. Linked together in a magical way, the threat of danger becomes intensely deadly when Michael is kidnapped. It seems that his past has finally caught up with him. In a sick and twisted game, mastered by the brother of the man Michael killed, Nikki is placed in a ghost town, lined with a magical barrier that prevents her from getting help.

    As you can tell, KISS THE NIGHT GOODBYE is an intensely thrilling and seductive story that really captured my attention from start to finish. It’s one of those novels that you can’t put down once you start. Michael’s character continues to become fascinating to me and in this particular book, I found his sexiness to be amped up more. I didn’t realize he could get any sexier, but he does in this book.

    Nikki is another reason I love this book. Her strength and her love for Michael shines through in all her actions. Despite wondering if the man in this ghost town really is the man she fell in love with, she actually never doubts herself or her love for Michael at any point in the book. If you’re a reader who enjoys Paranormal Romance and usually stray away from Urban Fantasy because there isn’t enough romance involved, then I think you’d enjoy this series because along with the fast-paced action scenes, there’s quite a lot of romance as well.

    I said this once before, but I adore Arthur’s writing in this series. It’s so eloquent, so detailed, so spot-on in its pacing that it just makes the reading experience so much more enjoyable. It reminds me a little of Nalini Singh’s writing where the characters are lovable, but have a mysterious aura about them. The action scenes spare no emotions as they go from interesting to intense in just a few words.

    What can I say? I adore this series and am a little bummed that this is the end, but I definitely know I’ll be returning to reread Nikki and

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Im only twee

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    Posted April 5, 2014

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    Age;15 weapons;tomahawks 2shotguns a pistoo hidden in my shoe combat knife Traveling team:Ashton Z Mariah (team parka)

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    Posted April 5, 2014

    Pat (leader of fireflies)

    Looks:black hair blue eyes tan.
    Personality:i like to help people but dont like to follow orders im a litle serious but funny
    Wepons:sawed off shotgun axe etc
    Dating:blake
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Hi ♖

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Great finish

    Good series

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Kiss the Night Goodbye is a great ending to an amazing series




    Kiss the Night Goodbye is a great ending to an amazing series. It starts with Nikki and Jake trying to become members of The Circle. To become a member of The Circle Nikki must first pass all of their tests, but a traitor has infiltrated the ranks and is trying to kill Seline and Michael. In-between these test she has to plan her and Michael's wedding and to make matters worse her powers seem to be growing. In an attempt to find the traitor Michael is kidnapped, a vampire has kidnapped him so that he can bring his brother back from the dead. The vampire demands that Seline come to him but instead Nikki is sent in disguise. When Nikki goes she finds Michael with no memory of who she is.



    In this book Nikki really show how strong she is and Keri Arthur proves once again that she is a consistent writer as even at book four the plot fits smoothly together. The characters have progressed consistently with Nikki and Michael who used to be to very different people making an exceptional team in this novel.






    This is a perfect ending to a great series, you will finish this book think well done Ms Arthur, I can't wait to begin reading her next series.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Four stars for Keri Arthur's Kiss the Night Goodbye, reissued re

    Four stars for Keri Arthur's Kiss the Night Goodbye, reissued recently by Dell
    I've enjoyed a few of Keri Arthur's books, but in all honesty have yet to read her two most popular series - Riley Jensen or its successor Dark Angels. I was quite happy to see that Dell is republishing her earlier series and that the publisher shared book four, Kiss the Night Goodbye, in Arthur's Nikki and Michael series with me for review.
    As you know, I do like to read series in order, however I wasn't able to do so with the Nikki and Michael, but I did get a sense of the characters from the first chapters. I'll be frank though, it would be much better I think to read these sequentially, so I'd recommend purchasing the entire series (Dancing With the Devil, Hearts in Darkness, Chasing the Shadows, Kiss the Night Goodbye).
    As the book opens we find out that Nikki is a kick-ass psychic private eye and her partner (and soon-to-be husband) Michael is a very old vampire. Michael is an operative with a psychic/paranormal organization called the Damask Circle and Nikki wants to join him. Thus in the first chapter she's undergoing a series of physical tests (actually attacks she has to ward off) and we learn that in earlier books she's gained the use of fire as a weapon and is strongly psychically linked with Michael.
    When they're called out on a job after finding out that a traitor tried to use the test to kill Nikki, all of a sudden Michael is kidnapped. Nikki can track him and is sent rescue him from his captor, the brother of the murderer of his former love interest 100 years ago. I won't go into details, but found the action fairly fast-paced and interesting. I was sorry not to know more background from the earlier stories, which I feel would have informed the read.
    I enjoyed the story and found its premise intriguing, but wasn't as strongly connected with it as the other books I read by Arthur (Ripple Creek Werewolves: Beneath a Rising Moon and Beneath a Darkening Moon; Myth & Magick: Destiny Kills and Destiny Burns). I do look forward to the first two Damask Circle books of the trilogy that I received recently to review as they should provide some background for Kiss the Night Goodbye (which I then may re-read). 
    If I were Dell and Arthur, I think I would have tried to republish the books in order (i.e. Damask Circle first and then Nikki and Michael), but you can and should invest in digital copies of these books as Arthur is a first class paranormal writer and set the stage for many who followed with her inventive tales.
    I received an e-galley from the publisher through Net Galley for review.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Kiss the Night Goodbye is a fast paced, dark, final adventure fo

    Kiss the Night Goodbye is a fast paced, dark, final adventure for the Nikki and Michael series.




    This story starts with Nikki trying to pass her Circle “final examination”. Something goes wrong and what is suppose to be a training exercise turns into a life and death situation. It is quickly discovered that the circle has been infiltrated by an enemy’s minions. 




    When Nikki and Michael go to investigate the betrayers home, they are separated and Michael is captured by the minions. 100 years ago, Michael killed the sorcerer responsible for murdering his girlfriend. Now the sorcerer's brother is back and wants revenge. But he is no ordinary opponent, he is a vampire, shifter and a sorcerer.




    Nikki surrenders herself to the sorcerer, who is holding a historical ghost town hostage along with other inhabitants that he has captured. The town is blocked by a magical barrier so no one can enter or leave. Now trapped, Nikki must outwit the bad guy and help Michael discover who he is since it seems his memory is caught 100 years in the past.




    This story is very dark, Keri Arthur's writing paints a vivid, detailed and gruesome mental image of the plot as it unfolds. Arthur creates an antagonist the personifies evil, it practically oozes out his pores. 




    We've watched Nikki fight for her relationship with Michael in the past but this time she must reignite Michael's memories with their love and bond or all will be lost.




    Kiss the Night Goodbye wraps up the Nikki & Michael series. We got more action, more Nikki taking the lead, more gore and much more evil villain. Keri Arthur ties up the loose ends and gives us hope that more may come. Lots of "mores" makes for a fantastic read.




    I received this ARC copy of Kiss the Night Goodbye from Dell in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 29, 2013.




    Written by: Keri Arthur
    Series: Nikki and Michael
    Sequence in Series: 4
    Paperback: 336 pages
    Publisher: Dell 
    Publication Date: October 29, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0440246547
    ISBN-13: 978-0440246541
    Rating: 4 Stars
    Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
    Age Recommendation: Adult

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

    The final book in the Nikki and Michael series didn't miss a bea

    The final book in the Nikki and Michael series didn't miss a beat! Before Nikki and Michael can reach their HEA, they are thrown one hell of an obstacle that they both have to overcome. Michael is kidnapped and has a spell placed on him to make him forget the last several years of his life, and of course who Nikki is. Nikki then has to locate him and help him regain his memory as well as help take down the current bad guy, and in Keri's books, the bad guys are really bad! I simply cannot say enough good things about this series. Keri Arthur is an author who knows how to grab her readers and take them on one amazing roller coaster ride. I love that most of her books are Urban Fantasy and not just romance. When I start reading one, I know that there are going to be several books to achieve the HEA and that I will have several books with the same characters, getting to watch them evolve into even more amazing characters. This can be read as a stand alone, but for the best understanding about everything they have been through and what is currently going on, I recommend reading books 1-3 first. An absolute MUST read as well as all books by Keri Arthur. She is one of my all time favorite authors, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the future. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    Nikki wants to join the Damask Circle, the organization that Mic

    Nikki wants to join the Damask Circle, the organization that Michael is in. But first she must pass the exam(s) in order to be part of the circle all while trying to organizing her wedding and hunting down her fiancee Michael who has been kidnapped. Talk about busy!

    The villain in the story is seeking revenge against Michael. He manages to kidnap and put a spell on Michael which causes him to lose his memory. Nikki comes to his rescue, but has to not get ensnared by the bad guy's evil plan first. Oh and make her fiancee remember who the heck she is! True to KArthur fashion, the book has many twists and turns which will keep readers guessing and hoping for the best.

    Kiss the Night Goodbye is book 4 of the Nikki and Michael series. This is by far the strongest book in the series and had me flipping the pages quickly so I could see what would happen next. In case you aren't aware yet, this series is a rerelease. This is up to par with her more current work and I enjoyed Kiss the Night Goodbye immensely. There is a little bit of everything love, torment, who-dun-it and a race against the clock. It leads to an excellent story that I recommend if you're a fan of the Urban Fantasy genre.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    Nikki is taking the test to join the Damask Circle so she can ma

    Nikki is taking the test to join the Damask Circle so she can marry Michael when something from his past comes back to haunt and hunt them. Nikki and Michael must work together as a team to defeat another crazy old enemy but when they take his memories can their love overcome all? This is sadly the last in this series and we sadly say goodbye. I’ve enjoyed their adventures and this one though bittersweet is just as exciting as the rest have been. 
    I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review but truth be told I will probably buy a copy anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Read from October 24 to 25, 2013 Book Info  Kindle Edit


    Read from October 24 to 25, 2013




    Book Info 




    Kindle Edition, 336 pages
    Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Dell (first published March 4th 2004)
    original title Kiss The Night Goodbye (Nikki & Michael, #4)
    ASIN B00CNQ7B1U
    series Nikki & Michael #4
    characters Nikki James, Michael Kelly
    Source:Netgalley EARC








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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    Sometimes the past not only haunts, but destroys…




    One hundred years ago, Michael Kelly hunted down and killed the sorcerer responsible for murdering his lover. Now the brother of that man is out for revenge, and he intends to destroy all that Michael holds dear in the process.




    Nikki James wants nothing more than to pass the Circle’s strict entry exams so she can get on with the business of planning her wedding to Michael. But when one of the testers attempts to kill her, she realizes buying a wedding dress is the least of her worries.




    Especially when Michael is shot and kidnapped.




    The trail leads her to the ghost town where Michael had once killed a madman. She’s not surprised to discover that Weylin Dunleavy, the brother of that long ago murderer, has set in place events that will mirror the past in order to raise his brother’s spirit from hell. Nor is she truly surprised to discover that a barrier of magic surrounds the old town, leaving her to battle Weylin with only her wits, strength and the one psychic gift she cannot fully control.




    The one thing that does surprise, the one thing she cannot accept, is the fact that Michael no longer remembers who she is.




    My Thoughts








    As much as I hate to say goodbye am excited to start the spinoff to series the Damask Circle books have been reissued also and have the first two EARC's from Netgalley sitting on my Kindle to read and share in 2014 closer to new release dates.




    Despite the method used to remove memories of Nikki and their relationship Michael is drawn to her like a moth to a flame, Nikki's powers are evolving more and more and even though the entire town is cut off from most magic there is a loophole which the sorcerer did not count on that allows she and Michael to overcome to an extent not having access to their full arsenal. The action is superb as always, there are so many tender moments between these two it is impossible to resist them, the back story exploring more of Michaels past in bits and pieces allows us to really understand him better and the way the pair finally win the day is totally awesome to behold!




    The pair have truly come a long way from their very rocky beginnings to prove they are strong as individuals but a formidable unbeatable team that kicks bad guy both mentally and physically completely out of the picture.




    Other than the villain having a huge "Ick" factor this was the long awaited HEA for Nikki and Michael, of course as usual the route to it was long and full of roadblocks!
    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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    Posted January 25, 2010

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    The Nikki & Michael Series is good but not great. Though, to be honest, I think I was destracted quite a bit by how the book was issued - meaning, the cover, font, and that sort of thing. Keri Arthur is a wonderful author but ImaJinn Books didn't do her any favors. The Riley Jensen series is sooo much better!

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