Anne Stuart (b. 1948) is an American romance novelist who has written more than 100 books and is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors. Her first book was Barrett's Hill,a gothic romance published in 1974 when she had just turned 25. In addition to numerous stand-alone novels, she is the author of the series House of Rohan, Ice, and others. A native of Philadelphia, Stuart lives with her husband in Vermont.
Nightfallby Anne Stuart
Richard Tiernan has been sentenced to death. With an ulterior motive and a heart full of dark truths, he agrees to tell all to an ailing writer whose greed and ambition are so strong that he will even give his own daughter to Richard in return for
This is my fate . . . to die for unspeakable crimes. All I ask is that a stranger give herself to me and to my secrets.
Richard Tiernan has been sentenced to death. With an ulterior motive and a heart full of dark truths, he agrees to tell all to an ailing writer whose greed and ambition are so strong that he will even give his own daughter to Richard in return for one last Pulitzer-winning story.
I want Cassidy Roarke. I need her. But she has to prove she's worthy. That she can be trusted.
Cassidy's spent her life struggling to earn her father's respect and love. Now his health is failing, and her feelings for him are even more complex. Loyalty is a sacrifice. Daughters can be broken by their fathers. She has to help when he calls. He's bailed Richard Tiernan out of prison just long enough to coax the shocking facts out of him. What happened that night? What did Tiernan really do to his family?
Her father will sell his soul to the Devil before he dies. So be it.
Richard Tiernan may take them both to Hell.
New York Times bestselling author Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women's Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines. Anne's multi-genre booklist appears on numerous award and bestseller lists. Visit her at www.anne-stuart.com
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Richard Tiernan is a dead man…literally. Convicted of his wife’s murder and suspected in the disappearance of his children and mistresses, he’s been sentenced to death. He’s granted a short reprieve from his prison cell when a best-selling author bails him out during the appeal. The greedy, dying writer wants to write the book on Tiernan and his crime, but Richard wants the author’s daughter in return for spilling his secrets. Cassidy Roarke grew up in a dysfunctional family and has never been able to say no to her father. That’s why she can’t refuse when he asks her to help with his new book. Richard Tiernan scares her. But she just has to know: what really happened the night his wife died? The plot focuses on what Richard did the night his wife died and his intentions for Cassidy. I stayed on the edge of my seat because Tiernan cloaks both things in so many lies that it’s nearly impossible to see the truth until he’s ready to reveal it. Anne Stuart did a fantastic job of keeping the suspense on each page without completely overwhelming the reader. It made the book hard to put down. Cassidy Roarke personifies the importance of a father-daughter relationship for many women along with the curiosity about the convicted murderer her father has moved into his home. At first, I had a hard time understanding why she is so drawn to Tiernan. I then came to the conclusion that the author is taking advantage of the phenomenon where women are attracted to dangerous men. It’s why Bela Lugosi received fan mail from young women after playing Dracula onscreen and Robert Pattinson has reported that female fans ask to bite him as a result of the Twilight movies. A part is fascinated with him, drawing her like a moth to a flame. It creates a tension that keeps the reader on edge as they worry about her safety. This book would be a great choice for anyone who loves romantic thrillers and who has a bit of time on their hands since it’s hard to put down. It’s a quick page turner, so it would be best for a weekend or vacation read. Nightfall by Anne Stuart is published by Bell Bridge Books. *I received a copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
I stumbled upon this book by accident, and it's definately not like most suspense romances. It takes this genre and adds a new twist. I love the suspense and how the main character in question is slowly unveiled. I have never found a book like this one since.
When Cassidy receives the call from her father Sean that he is ill and would like her to visit, she takes his word as a banker would a convicted bank robber's word. She doesn't trust the sitation or the man. Her father, Sean, is a tabloid-like writer who searches for the most gossip infested stories to untangle and break wide open to the public in books. When he stumbles upon his new pet project, Richard Tiernan, he once again has the writer's lust to ferret out the tale, grit, and details. He will do nearly anything to accomplish his greatest percieved novel. Even take the suspected murderer into his own home and entice his eldest daughter home to unknowingly serve as a temptation for Richard. Cassidy is unable to explain her attraction to Richard. She is aware of his suspicion of murder and half believes the rumors are true that he has murdered his wife and children and is hiding the bodies of his children where they cannot be found and yet there is something about him that moves her. That challenges her. The mystifies her. When Cassidy agrees to take on Sean's project of editing Sean's novel and leave her own job behind for a while she plays the cat and mouse game Richard weaves for her and the game seduces her beyond her wildest dreams. While a dark book with thick suspence and sexual tension that at times can be spine tingling this is a truely insightful look into the dark side of romance, love, and intrigue, murder, death, and trust. This is a must read for the ones who are not afraid to get their hands, imaginations, and eyes a little dirty.
If you are tired of the wishy-washy themes of most romance novels out there and are desperately seeking a change...a true thrill that will have you literally at the edge of wherever it is you like do your reading, then this book is for you. Definitely not for the squeamish. It is truly exhilarating, and undeniably raw. I definitely recommend this one. It was my first book from Stuart and though I've tried other titles from her seeking that same thrill, I can't say they were anywhere near as good.