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Night Storm
     

Night Storm

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by Tracey Devlyn
 

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A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work--building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his

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A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work--building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor--a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150628489
Publisher:
TDC Creations, Inc.
Publication date:
09/20/2014
Series:
Bones & Gemstones , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
463,893
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn writes contemporary and historical romantic suspense, historical mysteries, and mainstream thrillers. She’s a cofounder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.

An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website TraceyDevlyn.com.

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Night Storm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characterization is so enjoyable and very developed. Get swept away with Charley and Cameron...
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new historical mystery series by Tracey Devlyn. Cameron Adair, a thief taker, and Charlotte Fielding, an apothecary, were first introduced in Devlyn’s exciting and romantic debut Napoleonic-era Nexus series last year. There is a trend in historical romance for mystery series with a romantic element and this aptly fits that description. This is a very well-written, plot-driven story, with excellent pacing and an interesting mystery, however, this reader prefers more romance in her historical romances. Romance readers expecting a central focus on a love story between a hero and heroine might be little disappointed as most of it is centered on the mystery. I also prefer to read about the elegant lives of the upper classes and nobility rather than the toiling working classes. I like to escape into a breathtaking and sensual historical romance, not read about the grueling hardships people endured daily in early 19th century England. Cameron (Cam) and Charlotte (Charley) are old childhood friends whose romance was abruptly thwarted when she left for a prestigious apothecary apprenticeship in Scotland. Supported by her parents wholeheartedly, she and Cam parted ways painfully. When he shows up on her doorstep one night, five years later, and gravely injured, she reluctantly tends to his wounds but then quickly sends him on his way. They are still deeply attracted to each other, but she thinks he never supported her dreams and ambitions while he believes she loved her calling more. When Charlotte inadvertently stumbles upon a murder scene while accompanying her two assistants to the theater one night, their paths cross once again as Cam takes charge of the murder investigation. Piper is Charlotte’s young apprentice and Felix, Piper’s younger brother, helps around the apothecary shop with odd jobs. They, too, become involved in the mystery as the murder occurs outside the theater where Felix had an audition. While the mystery is absorbing, I really didn’t care much about its resolution as I much preferred to find out what would happen between Cam and Charley. The romance between Cam and Charley is sweet with simmering sexual tension as they work through the great miscommunications of their past. Their friendship is an old one and one that both has missed over the years. There’s a rival for Charley’s affections with a handsome and dashing Scot, Lachlan Murdoch, the nephew of Charley’s mentor, Angus, but that cannot stop the true love between hero and heroine. Another old friend from Cam and Charley’s childhood, Jules, is a hotel manager and I expect more mysteries to follow as Cam and Charley become problem solvers after they marry. An entertaining mystery with a second chance romance, this book will be most enjoyed by mystery lovers.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
An excellent historical mystery with a touch of romance! This one went right down to the wire--I only figured the mystery out (but not quite all the reasons behind it--a very twisted individual is involved) pages before the big reveal--and that was after turning back to the first time we saw that particular character to confirm something about their appearance. I love it when a mystery keeps you guessing! The historical elements were a lot of fun too. The struggles that Charlotte had as a female apothecary at a time when few (if any--but Tracey makes an excellent point about this in her author's note) women held the position provided an interesting parallel to the #HeforShe movement that's been in the news, especially this week. (If you didn't see them yet, check out Emma Watson's excellent UN address and author Chuck Wendig's blog posts.) Cameron's job as a "thief-taker" (an early private investigator) is fascinating. And I've never been quite so jealous of a fictional character before--he got to touch the Rosetta Stone! (The actual rock, not the software program, obviously. I especially enjoyed that it was a female character who was explaining to the male the potential worth of the amazing artifact. Cam was drawn to it, but described it as "a rock defaced by the scribblings of a child".) I was very pleased to discover that Night Storm is the first in a new series that will feature Charley and Cameron as a crime-solving couple--without realizing it, I started two such series this week, having finally listened to Naked in Death. I'm looking forward to continuing both series! The romance--a second-chance one, yay!--offered plenty of chemistry and angst throughout much of the novel, and there was plenty of "Just give it up! You two are perfect for each other!" good-natured grumbling coming from this reader as she read. My only real complaint is that the resolution of that portion of the plot seemed to be resolved rather abruptly--he went from she can't be in my world; it's too dangerous to she's the "one-day-soon" mother of my children and she went from well, this was nice--gotta go make my dinner appointment to hey, let's continue the tour! Is that your bedchamber I see? really, really quickly. That was where I wanted them to go, though, and the scene that follows is highly enjoyable to read, so I can't complain too much. ;) This is definitely a series I'll be reading more of. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
Oh.My.Gosh. Ahhh! I love, love, love Tracey Devlyn. Her Nexus series is what got me into reading historical romance in the first place. I could not wait to get my hands on this first book in the Bones & Gemstones series. Ask Tracey - I may have asked a time or two if it was ready yet...HA! I love that her historical romances are full of suspense, mystery and intrigue. Charlotte and Cameron were fabulous. I love that these are characters we briefly met in another work and now we get to see their story play out. And it played out beautifully! Charlotte is smart, strong and she doesn't let anyone walk all over her. Cameron is stubborn as can be, but smart and unrelenting in getting what he wants. This is a great historical romance mystery. Five huge stars...I'd give ten if I could. I cannot wait for more in this awesome new series from Tracey Devlyn! Great job, Tracey! I received an advanced copy of the book for review purposes. This did not influence my review. I have bought the book at release.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Night Storm introduces a new historical romance/mystery series that features Charlotte Fielding, a rare female apothecary-surgeon, and Cameron Adair, a thief-taker, who specializes in getting stuff back after it's been stolen. The two were once involved, but both their hearts were broken when Charlotte went to Scotland to study her profession. Charlotte thought Cameron should have come with her, while Cameron thought Charlotte should have stayed and become his wife. Going their separate ways, they have tried to harden their hearts against each other, but a vicious attack requiring medical attention and a puzzling murder bring them back together. Trying to protect a young man who works for her, Charlotte is determined to clear his name. Cameron is also hired to find the murderer. Using the extensive network of friends and spies he has set up, Cam reluctantly ends up working with Charlotte, if only to keep her safe. The mystery keeps you guessing, and the romantic tension between Charlotte and Cameron is palpable. In fact, my only criticism is that the strained muscles and roiling stomachs associated with all the tension of trying to resist each other felt a little too real. I guess that's what good description will get you! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series, especially delving into the related characters. It should provide a unique perspective in historical romance, as the main characters are middle-class who have established themselves in their own careers, but they deal with the wealthy, as well as the common people of London.
njoireading More than 1 year ago
I received a digital ARC in return for a review. I have read Ms Devlyn's previous books and have enjoyed them. She writes stories that have strong women and not the usual historical romance plot lines. Night Storm is another enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in the series. Charlotte Fielding is a female character with an unusual job for a woman; she is an apothecary-surgeon. After training in Scotland, she has taken over the store her father ran and has become quite successful. Cameron Adair is a thief-taker who was once the love of Charlotte's life.  When Cameron is severely injured during while working on one of his cases, he goes to Charlotte for help. She, of course, helps patch him up but sends him on his way as soon as she has put the last knot in the stitches!  Enter the mystery: this is really the best part of the book. After watching the brother (Felix) of her apprentice (Piper) audition for a part in a play, the three come across the body of a woman who has been stabbed. Charlotte becomes involved, first by taking a piece of evidence and then trying to protect Felix from becoming a suspect. The owner of the theater hires Cameron to investigate,  giving him ample opportunity to stay in touch with Charlotte. Circumstances throw them together during the course of the investigation and little by little they find out what happened five years ago when she left him to go to Scotland. This is the weaker part of the story, as really neither fell out of love with each other and the "rift" was easily repaired. Cue the mystery again: the villain is unexpected and the motive even more so. This was a really good story and I recommend it highly!
Crickerz More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. the character development is excellent. The story pulls you in and transports you back in time. You feel as if you are there walking the streets of old England, or standing in the shop while customers come and go. You want to reach out and touch their them, and you just know you are smelling the herbs in Charlotte's shop. To be able to make the reader feel as if they are standing in the midst of the story is truly a gift and Tracey Devlyn Displays her mastery of that gift in this book.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Awesome Book!! This is a great book! This is the first book in the Bones & Gemstones Series. Charlotte is a female apothecary-surgeon which is very rare in her time. She was once in love with Cameron but got her heart broken when he left her when she was sent to Scotland to study apothecary. Charlotte knows that Cameron has been in town working as a thief-taker and has tried to avoid running into him. However, when he shows up on her doorstep hurt she doesn't hesitate to help him. Which also bring up the love for each other that they tried to forget about. The young man that works for Charlotte is being framed for murder, and Charlotte is determined to clear his name. Cameron is hired to investigate the murder, and now they must work together to find the truth. This book had me hooked from the first page until the last. I loved the romance, suspense and the mystery and I have to say left me guessing until the end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This one grabs your right from the start. I love second chance books and you can't help, but want it for these two characters the more you get to know them. I highly recommend this one! Charlotte is an apothecary, it's unheard of for a woman to be one, but she's made a successful career. Charlotte hasn't seen Cameron in years, but one fateful night he comes to her door in need of her skills. She thought that was last she was going to see of him, but fate has other plans there is a murder. Now Charlotte and Cameron are on the hunt for the truth about the murder. They reluctantly somewhat work together to solve the case, but will the murderer make Charlotte her next victim before the truth is uncovered?
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
What a magnificent story! The characters are so well written! Charley and Cameron were fascinating to read! The chemistry between them was so strong, and I have no idea how they stayed apart for five years. Every moment between them was so full of emotion, I didn't want to put the book down. Tracey Devlyn made it easy to see how important these two are to each other, but boy oh boy, did she make them struggle! Does it make me a bad person if I enjoyed every minute of that struggle? It was just done so well! The other characters in the story were great too! I know this is going to be a really great series, because I already want to know more about the people I've met in this book. I have officially been sucked into this world. There is no going back now. Jules.....oh my goodness! I know he has to have a very interesting story to tell, and I hope it comes soon. The mystery was very intriguing. I didn't figure it out, and there were quite a few surprises, very scandalous surprises. Tracey also did a great job with the creepy characters too. They made quite the impression. It was very easy to picture all these people in my mind. This was a great story with amazing characters, and I highly recommend reading it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, riveting and dangerous! What a beginning to this new series, "Bones and Gemstones"! A definite keeper! Heart pumping, filled with the right mixture of romance, sensuality,suspense and danger. A female Apothecary-Surgeon in 1804 London, how fascinating and exciting. Wickedly delicious and exciting! I thought this author's last series was exciting,and adventurous, but this series is marked to be even more adventurous, exciting and simply riveting. Not to miss! I look forward to Charlotte and Cameron's next grand adventure! Well done,indeed!! *Received from the author for an honest review* Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR, Courtney of My Book Addiction and More(less)