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Night Angel

Night Angel

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by Renee Reeves
     
 

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'Damaged by her past, Morgan Fletcher moved to a quiet cottage in rural Montana wanting solitude, tranquility, and a fresh start. A refuge where she could heal from the brutality inflicted upon her by her late husband.

The very last thing on her mind while starting life over was allowing someone new in.

Ex-convict, Nick Evanoff didn't need anyone. At least he

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'Damaged by her past, Morgan Fletcher moved to a quiet cottage in rural Montana wanting solitude, tranquility, and a fresh start. A refuge where she could heal from the brutality inflicted upon her by her late husband.

The very last thing on her mind while starting life over was allowing someone new in.

Ex-convict, Nick Evanoff didn't need anyone. At least he never had in the past. After his time in prison, all he wanted from life was to train horses, and rescue the ones he could. Other than the company of the animals and of his brother, Jake, Nick was fine with life alone.

But the moment he spots Morgan sitting in a copse of trees, trespassing on his land, the temptation he feels overwhelms him. The pure need just one glimpse of her arouses in him explodes into something he could never have imagined.

Could Nick work the same magic on the beautiful, Morgan as he did on the abused horses he rescues?

Could he teach her that it was safe to trust?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980224634
Publisher:
Black Velvet Seductions Publishing Co
Publication date:
02/22/2009
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Chapter 1

Keeping an eye on the sideview mirror and steady light pressure on the truck's gas pedal Nick smoothly backed the silver two-horse trailer into the small opening of the round pen. His brother, Jake, stood next to the corral fence, frowning and staring at the trailer. Each kick from the horse inside rocked the trailer side to side. Nick shifted the truck into park but kept his foot on the brake and then waved his arm out of the drivers' side window to get his brother's attention.

"He's not tied so when you open the door be ready to get the hell out of the way," he shouted.

Jake nodded, then squeezed between the fence and the trailer and Nick heard the harsh clangs of numerous locks being thrown. A loud squealing of metal hinges sounded, combining with the clattering of sharp hooves. The horse let out a high-pitched scream before jolting the trailer up and down as the animal lunged out of the trailer. Nick heard the trailer door slam shut and put the truck into drive, pulling the rig quickly away so Jake could close the corral gate. He pulled the truck and trailer around to the side of the barn, then came back to stand beside Jake, who stood with his elbows and one booted foot propped on the corral railing, watching with narrowed eyes as the horse careened around the enclosure.

"Jesus Christ, Nick." Jake's usually level voice was hard. "The bastard that did this should have been shot."

"Trust me, I was tempted."

"There's not an inch on him that's not scarred. Even his ears. How the hell did you get close enough to get the halter on him?"

Nick sighed, suddenly feeling very, very tired. "I tranqed him with the dart gun. Hated to do it, but itwas the only way." He clucked and the big-boned quarter horse draft cross twitched his ears towards him. For a second Nick saw something soft flicker in the horse's eyes, but then it was gone and the madness was back. Lowering his head the horse charged to the center of the enclosure and struck out aggressively with both front legs.

"Looks like it's worn off though."

Jake snorted, watching the gelding's dramatic display. "Ya think?" He double checked the latch on the pen gate, "You've got your work cut out for you with this one, Nick, maybe more than you realize. I hope he's worth it."

Nick looked into huge brown eyes, seeing nothing but fear and distrust, but he also saw beneath the scars and misbehavior to the proud beauty the horse had probably been before he'd been bought and misused by a cruel owner.

"They're always worth it, Jake."

* * * *

The hairs on the back of Nick's neck prickled and he reined to a halt just outside of the hidden copse.

She was here again.

He exhaled silently, ignoring his now racing heart. Moving carefully he dismounted and ground tied his horse, knowing the abundance of grass would keep the animal quiet and satisfied. Stepping off the path he moved quickly to the shelter of a huge Hemlock tree and relaxed against its trunk, crossing his arms over his chest. The moon was full overhead but shadows cast by the enormous, low-hanging limbs would keep him hidden from her view. The low gurgling of the stream she sat beside would absorb any slight noise.

God she was beautiful.

Wrapped in a light-colored shawl because of the cool night she sat at the edge of his stream, knees drawn up to her chin, dangling a leafy vine in the water, completely oblivious to his presence. Thick dark hair trailed loosely down her back and Nick saw that a portion of it was trapped beneath her. Modern women just did not have hair like that, not without hundreds of dollars worth of styling help. Gut instinct told him that the gorgeous mass cascading to the ground was real. Nick could almost feel the silky-smooth texture of it trailing over his jaw and across his chest as her mouth moved down to his stomach, his abs...

Shit ... He shifted slightly, trying to ease the sudden heaviness in his groin.

She sighed, turning her head slightly in his direction and resting her right cheek against her knees. Moonlight painted her skin so translucent it appeared lit from within. She had a fragile bone structure, sweet, very delicate features; high forehead, dark arching brows and eyes a color he couldn't make out ... Full, sensuous lips had him clenching his jaw against a groan of intense longing.

She shivered and wrapped her shawl more tightly around her, but her small shoulders continued to tremble. Nick frowned; the thought of her being cold bothered him, although why he should care was beyond him. After all, she was trespassing on his land, invading his private domain.

And he didn't give a shit.

He wanted to take her in his arms. Share his body heat until both of them were burning.

The urge was insane. Coming out here in the middle of the night just to see her was insane.

She walks in beauty, like the night ... The words popped into his mind, a poem he had heard once but damned if he remembered where or when. Most likely from a movie, since reading poetry was not high on his list of good times, although he had to admit that the line was certainly beautiful ... like her. Nick rolled his eyes at himself; waxing poetic at his age wasn't a very good sign.

Soft undulations reached his ears. Humming. She was humming, for Christ's sake. Low, slightly husky, the soothing rhythm floated to him, vaguely foreign sounding. Sort of like a lullaby. Leaning towards the stream she plucked a blade of grass from between two rocks and ran the tip of it around her open palm, following the outline of each finger with the slender blade. Long, slow, stroking caresses. Up, down, and around. His throat tightened and his fingers clenched tightly against the wave of lust that gripped him. He imagined her hands upon his skin, slowly caressing ... and then her lips following their path downward...

Suddenly she froze, her hum cut off in midstream. The blade of grass fell forgotten to the ground as she subtly cocked her head to one side, listening.

Muscles tensing, Nick wrapped his palm around the hilt of his knife. He stood tense, ready for trouble until she finally relaxed and focused her gaze on something near the water. Soon he was able to see what had her attention. A black-crowned night heron had landed in the stream about thirty feet from where she sat, an unlucky fish dangling from his wet beak. She smiled at the bird, a truly genuine smile that dimpled her cheek and flashed small white teeth. Nick caught his breath--He wanted her smiling at him that way, pure, open and trusting. Jesus! What the hell is wrong with me? Now I'm jealous of a damn bird!

Spreading its wings the heron flew away to enjoy its prize and with childlike enthusiasm she busied herself digging in her pack, pulling out a sketchpad and pencil and beginning to draw by moonlight. The pencil moved quick and sure and Nick guessed she was capturing her memory of the bird while still fresh. He craned his neck, trying to get a glimpse of her drawing.

Oh Christ! His mouth went dry when in one of the most unintentionally seductive displays he had ever seen, she stood and used both hands to massage her butt, arching her back and causing her breasts to thrust out against her shawl. Full and natural, they were more than enough to fill his hands and more than made up for her lack of stature. She might be small but she had more than enough to satisfy him. Her wetdream hair fell long and wavy down her back, past her thighs to almost touch the ground. Her soft appreciative sigh as the stretch loosened tight muscles reached him all the way across the clearing and he bit back a growl.

He wanted her now; soft and wet, stretched out naked in his bed, up against the wall; bent over a chair with her ass in the air, or hell, out here would do just fine too.

He sucked in a deep breath, knowing he was in deep shit when the flood gate of erotic images opened. When it came to her his body seriously outruled his brain, and if he had to endure much more of this torture he was definitely going to explode.

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Night Angel 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 12 reviews.
Katie321 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Morgan and Nick. Morgan was horribly abused by her former husband and is scarred emotionally and physically. Nick has some baggage in his past and works with abused horses, making them feel secure and healing them. When they meet there is instant attraction but Morgan is terrified of her feelings and of men/sex in general. Slowly Nick gains her trust and the relationship develops in so many ways. This book will provoke every emotion that you own. It's poignant, romantic, sad, happy, very sexy/steamy and just a wonderful love story. You will fall in love with Nick. I would love to see Renee Reeves continue to write books because this was rivoting and she is excellent at making you feel the emotions of the characters. If so, I won't miss buying a single one.
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot, characters well developed. 3 re-reads for me. Wish there were more books from this wrter.
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gincam More than 1 year ago
"Night Angel" by Renee Reeves is a remarkably bold and passionate love story entwined with the ugly subject of abuse and its far-reaching and long-lasting effects, not only for the victim, but for those around the victim. After the death of her abusive husband, and hoping for a new start, Morgan Fletcher moves to a small cabin in rural Montana. Her land borders a horse sanctuary owned by Nick Evanoff, who watches and longs for Morgan from afar. Brought together in the aftermath of a near tragedy, Morgan and Nick stumble through an intense, awkward attraction. The patience and innate kindness with which Nick treats abused horses is something that Morgan has never known in a man. Even though he is a tall, large man twice the size of Morgan, Nick is by nature a gentle giant. He understands all too well the horror of abuse. His own father was a violent abuser, not only of Nick and his brother, Jake, but their mother as well. Nick harbors a shameful family secret from Morgan, fearing she will turn from him in terror. Their passion is undeniable, but it is only after their secrets are laid bare that love begins to heal two wounded hearts.
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jessieLsmb More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have ever heard of this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, It was wonderful! This book was heartfelt, hot and sexy and just a really great story. A lot of times when you read an erotic romance it can be so generic and ridiculous that you can't believe your actually reading it. But so not true with this book. It had such a great story! I can't wait to find more books by Renee Reeves!
GABixlerReviews More than 1 year ago
Night Angel By Renee Reeves Black Velvet Seductions Publishing ISBN: 9780980224634 252 Pages "...the first time I saw you...with the moonlight highlighting your face and hair...you looked like an angel, and right then I knew you were the woman I wanted." Can a book be both heart-warming...and...sizzling at the same time? You bet--Night Angel by Renee Reeves is just that! I've read a lot of books that feature abuse; it is never easy to read. However, I believe that the more we learn about the reality of what it does to people, the more we are able to speak out against and support those who have been abused! So, first, I applaud Renee Reeves for handling an extremely sensitive issue in such a well-written manner! Morgan never had a chance. She was romanced and wooed by a professional who never touched her intimately until the night of their marriage, when they were on their honeymoon. Richard was his name. Richard took Morgan's virginity through rape and assault. That type of abuse lasted for six years until Richard was killed in an automobile accident. We are all glad he is dead! As Morgan admits, if he hadn't been killed, she probably would have been dead because the beatings were getting worse and worse. Nick also never had a chance. He stayed in his bed at nights listening to his father rape and beat his mother, without being able to do anything. He and Jake, his brother, were also abused. Until Jake was 17 and big enough to defend himself, but by that time, it was too late--his father had murdered his mother! And Nick had taken his revenge. Throughout the book, the past lives of both Morgan and Nick creep into their present lives. Morgan had moved to Montana to get away and start a new life. Nick and his brother had bought a ranch using money their grandfather had left them. Fate clearly brought the two together! Because as Morgan sought and found a perfect spot to be her hideaway, it just happened to be on Nick's property; they were now neighbors! It was seeing one of the abused horses that Nick had saved and brought to the ranch that made Morgan realize that she could perhaps trust her feelings that were growing for Nick. There just was no doubt--she was very attracted to him and Nick felt the same. But Morgan's fears from her past came unbidden, even when she had no real reason to be afraid. It was seeing his face painted on one of Morgan's canvases that made Nick realize that he might have a chance to win Morgan's love. I read Night Angel in a day. It is easy reading and fast, especially in some parts... Those are the sizzling parts you'll have to enjoy yourself. I've shared the heartwarming story of two individuals, hurt and alone, but still willing to find and fight for a life-long love! Like romance novels? Then Night Angel by Renee Reeves will take you on one of the "Sensuous Journeys" that is promised on the front cover. It's a winner! G. A. Bixler
Oeroreccos More than 1 year ago
The book from the first word to the last was compelling and I was unable to lay it down. The storyline of this book was full of passion, sincerity, and devotion. It is a definite keeper to my personal collection and will recommend this to all my friends and book clubs. The writing style is unique and intriguing. I can honestly say in the books I have read over the years that Renee Reeves is definately a future best selling writer in romance. I Look forward to her next book release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The plot is refreshing and based on the characters inner turmoils and traumatic pasts. Nick is an ex-con (imprisoned when he was much younger) who is now a very succesful horse trainer/horse sanctuary owner. he likes his privacy, peace and quiet, his brother and his horses and thats about it. Then he see's Morgan on his land and his attitude changes. Morgan is a widow who is trying to move on with her life after years of abuse by her husband. She doesn't want another man in her life because of trust issues and ever present nightmares. The story follows Morgan and Nick's struggle to overcome their pasts and have a life together. The sex is very detailed.