The Stroke of Midnight

The Stroke of Midnight

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by Jenna Ryan
     
 

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Secrets and late nights were as much a part of the man as his badge and black leather

Detective Riker was six feet tall with a lithe body and dark eyes that gave new meaning to the word seductive. He was an intriguing package, concealing something behind an emotional barricade. And while Devon Tremayne was sure she could trust him

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Secrets and late nights were as much a part of the man as his badge and black leather

Detective Riker was six feet tall with a lithe body and dark eyes that gave new meaning to the word seductive. He was an intriguing package, concealing something behind an emotional barricade. And while Devon Tremayne was sure she could trust him with her safety, she couldn't be certain about her heart.

A serial murderer had targeted Devon as the next victim and promised to strike at midnight on the eve of Christmas. Posing as an undercover cop was the only way Riker could expose the killer and protect Devon. But could Riker control his mounting desire for Devon before Christmas came….?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459251519
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
Harlequin Intrigue Series
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
998,498
File size:
369 KB

Meet the Author

Growing up, romance always had a strong appeal for Jenna Ryan, but romantic suspense was the perfect fit. She tried out a number of different careers, but writing has always been her one true love. That and her longtime partner, Rod. Inspired from book to book by her sister Kathy, she lives in a rural setting fifteen minutes from the city of Victoria, British Columbia. She loves reader feedback. Email her at jacquigoff@shaw.ca or visit Jenna Ryan on Facebook.

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The Stroke of Midnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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New books from Jenna Ryan don't come out nearly as often as they used to, so each one is cause for celebration. 'The Stroke of Midnight' is no exception. With her distinctive writing style and flair for suspense, Ryan tells a tale that's sure to turn up the heat, even when sending chills up your spine.

In Philadelphia, a serial killer has murdered a radio talk show host on each Christmas of the last seven years. Last year, a man confessed to the crimes. But now, Devon Tremayne is receiving the same threats of the seven women killed before her. The police believe it's just a hoax--all except Detective Joel Riker. The sexy, closed-mouthed cop has vowed to protect her. But when even Riker has secrets he refuses to let her know, is there any hope that Devon won't be another victim--killed on Christmas Eve at the stroke of midnight?

A top-notch antidote for those tired of the glut of sappy holiday releases coming our way, 'The Stroke of Midnight' is another of Ryan's dark, atmospheric tales of love found in the most frightening of circumstances. The romance between Devon and Riker smolders before sparks begin to really fly, and both characters are well-drawn, an impressive feat considering all that's going on around them. Though astute readers will probably get clued in to the killer's identity long before intended, Ryan provides enough twists and excitement to keep you glued to the page. The only aspect I question is the epilogue, where she tries to do one of her patented twists and which I'm only marginally sure I understood (if anyone would like to e-mail me with what they think happened, I wouldn't mind comparing notes). Still, I would relish any Ryan story just for the atmosphere, and 'Stroke of Midnight' doesn't fail on that count. Even the cover is beautiful--and not only do the characters look like they're described in the book, but they're wearing the colors they're constantly described as wearing! It may be a little thing, but considering how often the heroes on these things look like those same cover models or the heroine has the wrong color hair, it's a relief.

This isn't one of her best books (check out 'Illusions,' 'Carnival,' and 'The Visitor'), but is still a great one. If you love romance and true suspense, put 'The Stroke of Midnight' on your To Buy list and watch this master of atmosphere and suspense at work.