Night Storm (Night Trilogy #3)

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Dear Reader,

You met Alec Carrick in Night Fire. He returns full force-and believe me, this man's got force—in Night Storm, the third novel of the Night Trilogy which I wrote in the Fall of 1988.

The Paxtons are shipbuilders in Baltimore. Alec Carrick is an English nobleman who wants to buy them out. Genny Paxton isn't at all what she seems. She dresses like "Eugene" and wants to build her own sailing ships without male interference. Alec, a ...

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Overview

Dear Reader,

You met Alec Carrick in Night Fire. He returns full force-and believe me, this man's got force—in Night Storm, the third novel of the Night Trilogy which I wrote in the Fall of 1988.

The Paxtons are shipbuilders in Baltimore. Alec Carrick is an English nobleman who wants to buy them out. Genny Paxton isn't at all what she seems. She dresses like "Eugene" and wants to build her own sailing ships without male interference. Alec, a man of great insight, knows exactly what lies beneath those britches. He gets Genny's goat more times than she can count.

This is a love story filled with wit, humor, and outrageous circumstance. It's got more unexpected spins than a roulette wheel. Then there's five-year-old Hallie, Alec's daughter, a charmer who will take hold of your heart and never let go.

Do enjoy Alec and Genny—and let me know which of the novels in the Night Trilogy you like best.

The final volume of Catherine Coulter's bestselling Night Trilogy introduces free-spirited and lovely Eugenia Paxton, whose life is capsized when her father's Maryland shipyard sinks into debt. To the rescue comes dashing British sea captain Alec Carrick--who has more than business on his mind! Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this final installment of the Night trilogy, Coulter once again shows her knack for creating dynamic, likable lovers and engineering outrageous erotic situations. At the heart of a romance between an English lord and the daughter of a shipyard owner in 19th-century Baltimore is a psychodrama in which a young, androgynous woman with conventionally male responsibilities confronts her feminine identity. Coulter's conceit is that an independent woman will surrender to an attractive, domineering male so long as he arouses her passion with eroticism and not brutishness. The result is a lengthy paean to the pleasures of voyeurism, light bondage, cross-dressing and other variant sexual practices--performed, that is, with Mr. Right. Coulter will titillate like-minded readers. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380756230
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Night Trilogy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 133,987
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter

Catherine Coulter is the author of more than seventy novels, including sixty-six New York Times bestsellers. She earned her reputation writing historical romances, then began writing suspense thrillers, including her bestselling FBI series. She lives with her husband and three cats in Marin County, California.

Biography

The author of dozens of bestsellers, Catherine Coulter made her Romance debut with 1978's The Autumn Countess, a fast-moving story she describes as "a Gothic masquerading as a Regency." Six more Regency romances followed in quick succession; then, in 1982, she penned her first full-length historical novel, Devil's Embrace. She counts several trilogies among her most popular historicals, notably the Bride Trilogy -- which, in turn, spawned an ongoing story sequence featuring the beloved Sherbrooke family of Regency-era England.

In 1988, Coulter tried her hand at contemporary romance with a twisty little page-turner called False Pretenses. Her fans ate it up and begged for more. Since then, she has interspersed historicals with contemporary romantic thrillers (like the novels in her bestselling FBI series) in one of the most successful change-ups in the history of romance publishing.

Good To Know

Suspense writer Catherine Coulter tells us her top ten sleuths and her top ten heroes. We think you'll be as intrigued by her answers as we were ...

TOP TEN SLEUTHS:
Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Columbo
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

TOP TEN HEROS:
Harry Potter (Every Single Book)
Colin Firth as Darcy
S.C. Taylor from Beyond Eden
Lucas Davenport
Dillon Savich
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Jack Bauer
John McClain (All Die Hard)
Shrek (l & 2)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Chapter One

Aboard the Barkentine Night Dancer
Near Chesapeake Bay
October 1819

Alec Carrick stood on the deck near the Dancer's wheel, half his attention on the beating canvas of the square-rigged foremast, and half on his small daughter, who was sitting cross-legged in the middle of a huge circle of coiled hemp on the quarterdeck , practicing her knots. From his position, she looked to be perfecting her clove hitches. She never took on a new task, or in this case, went on to a new knot, until she'd gotten the previous knot just exactly to her liking. He recalled she'd spent upwards of two days on her rolling hitch before Ticknor, the Night Dancers second mate, a young man of twenty-three who hailed from Yorkshire and blushed like a schoolgirl at any jest, had finally talked her around, saying, "Now, now, Miss Hallie, 'tis enough. Ye've got it, ye, ye have. We don't want yer fingers to be callused as a snail's, now do we? We'll show yer papa, an' jes' see if he don't say it's perfect."

And Alec had praised the rolling hitch. God forbid snail calluses.

Hallie was dressed like any of his sailors in a red-and-white-striped guernsey and blue denim dungarees. And, like his sailors', they fitted her small body like a glove, flaring out at the feet so that, in theory, she could easily roll them up to wash the deck or shinny up the rigging. She was wearing a straw tarpaulin hat, its broad brim giving a decent runoff of drizzle when it rained, and tar and oil keeping it black and waterproof. Most important, it protected Hallie's face from the sun. She was fair complexioned and it worried Alec, until he'd managed to convince her never toremove her hat during the daylight hours on deck. He'd told her that he didn't want her to be the first four-year-old with weathered leather skin like old Punko's, the sailmaker.

Hallie had raised her blue eyes to his face and said, "Papa, really, I'm very nearly five now."

"Sorry, "' -he'd said, and pulled the hat almost to her eyebrows. "If you're nearly five, that makes me a very old man. HI be thirty-two not too long after you're five."

Hallie studied him with intense scrutiny. She shook her head. "No, you're not old, Papa. I agree with Miss Blanchard. You're beautiful. I don't know much about Greek coins, like Miss Blanchard must, but even Mrs. Swindel sometimes just stares at you. I "Miss Blanchard," Alec repeated in a thin, stunned voice, disregarding the rest of his daughter's confidences.

"She was here once, don't you remember? Last May, when we were in London. You brought her here to visit. She was laughing and telling you how beautiful you were and how she wanted to do things to you, and you told her that her bottom was equallysomething to behold and that--"

"All right, that's enough," Alec said, quickly closing his hand over his daughter's mouth. He saw Ticknor staring at him, his hand over his own mouth to keep in his chuckles. "Quite enough." He felt a large dose of guilt and an insane urge to laugh. He it afternoon some five months be fore. He'd thought Hallie was with Mrs. Swindel, her nanny, in their London town house, so when Eileen Blanchard had begged to visit one of his ships, he'd brought her. He groaned to himself. At least he hadn't made love to her. Hallie might just have walked in on them and asked for an explanation in that calm, quite curious little voice of hers.

Alec grinned toward his daughter. Hallie was precocious, something of a handful, very serious, so beautiful he sometimes felt tears sting his eyes just looking at her, and she was his. A gift from a God who had forgiven him his rantings, his frozenness, and his initial mess.

Hallie, now, was also barefoot, her small feet as brown and tough as any of the sailors'. Her toes were wiggling to the beat of Pippin's sea chantey, a funny tale of a captain who managed to lose his ship and all his booty to the devil because he was too stupid to understand that a pitchfork and a tail were something out of the ordinary. Pippin was Alec's cabin boy on board ship and his valet-in-training on land, a bright lad of fifteen whose mother had left him on the steps of St. Paul's, a lad who worshipped him and adored Hallie.

Alec looked up at the foremast. The wind was northwesterly and steady. They were drifting leeward. "'Mr. Pitts, bring her in a bit, " he called to his first mate, Abel Pitts, who had been with him for six years and knew a ship's ways as well as he knew his captain's ways.

"Aye, Capt'n," Abel called back. "I was looking at that bloody albatross. He's leading us a merry chase and it ain't close-hauled he wants to be!"

Alec grinned and looked out over the horizon. The albatross, its wing span a good fifteen feet, was dipping in and churning, racing back to the barkentine, then sheering off again. It was a beautiful early October day, the sun heavy and bright, the sky a rich blue and dotted with the whitest of clouds, the ocean calm, the waves gentle and rolling....

Night Storm. Copyright © by Catherine Coulter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    Alec and Genny-- two very independent, obstinate individuals--Great fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    I agree Alec was very unlikeable. I liked all the books in the s

    I agree Alec was very unlikeable. I liked all the books in the series, but not this one. The ending left me feeling bad for the heroine because she is stuck with this guy who is very difficult and apparently bipolar. His only redeeming factors: he's good in bed and apparently gorgeous. Makes for a very shallow romance novel. And all the nautical lingo? Half the time I was skipping whole paragraphs to get past it because I had no idea what they were talking about. I guess if you don't care about personality and love to sail, this book would be good for you. Otherwise, skip it.

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    Posted June 7, 2013

    Swifts bio to all if ya want to read......(( silverstar ))

    Swiftbreeze. Is a black tom with white paws. Has blue eyes. Crush is silverstar. Dont know about kits yet. Favorite songs sexy back by justin timberlake. And favorite colors blue red and lime green. Doesnt want to talk about history. Thats were he got his scared eye.

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    Posted June 2, 2013

    Blueeye to Brightglory

    "Yep." He meowed.

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    Posted June 3, 2013

    Brightglory to Blueye

    Hi are you a shecat too?

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    Posted June 3, 2013

    Silverstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Night Storm: Alec the Boor

    Alec Carrington is an English lord in Baltimore to do business with Genny's father. Little did he realize it was Genny, herself, who ran the business. Since skirts aren't necessarily conducive to ship building, Genny dresses like a man which amuses Alec to no end. But when circumstances force them to marry, dictatorial Alec demands Genny behave like a lady. Then Alec suffers a blow to the head. Alec, a boor, seems to redeem himself when he develops amnesia and becomes a perfectly reasonable human being. Eventually Alec regains his memory, and with it, his loutish ways. The ending was too quick, too contrived, and too forced. It had moments, but overall, Alec was just too unlikeable.

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    Posted December 30, 2012

    Hi if you love this book read this

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Night Storm/ highly rated

    I love Catherine Coulter, whether it is romance or FBI thrillers, she is one of the best.

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    Posted February 11, 2006

    Loved it, just loved

    Oh there just so much wonderful I could say about this book but there really no words for it because it was that good. I love you so much Catherine Coulter and don't worry about what other people say about you because I love your books and so do your other fans. Thank you Catherine Coulter for sharing your books and your BLESSED TALENT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    What a fun read.....

    This book is so good! It is funny, sexy and will make you say, 'oh my gosh' out loud while reading it!! I am really enjoying reading it. I have been only reading at night after the days over so it doesn't end to soon!!! The other Night books are also excellent!!!!

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    Posted November 29, 2000

    A fullfilling book

    This was truely a great book. She has the talent to make you feel like you are the person she is writing about. She will make you laugh and cry. It was hard to put down.

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