Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Book #Review: The Edge of Dawn (Detroit/NIA Book 2) by Beverly Jenkins .@authorMsBev

Book Title: The Edge of Dawn (Detroit/NIA book 2)
Author:  Beverly Jenkins|WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: HarperTorch
Genre: Romantic Suspense, African American Romance
Series/Standalone:  Book 2
Format: Mass Market, ebook
Cost: $7.99
Pages: 384
How I got it: Purchased from Thriftbooks
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2004
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The beautiful daughter of a prominent Michigan doctor, Narice has never strayed anywhere near the wrong side of the law. Then her father is brutally murdered—and suddenly federal agents are swarming around her like flies, making accusations about a stolen North African diamond. But before they can interrogate her, she is wrested from their grasp at gunpoint by a shadowy figure—and Narice Jordan is on the run.

But is this dark, good-looking stranger, who calls himself Saint, her kidnapper or her savior? Narice knows nothing about any missing gem, yet there are two things she knows for certain: Only at Saint's side can she find her way to her father's killers.

And she'll have to trust this dangerous, ruthless, and deadly mystery man ... if she wants to keep breathing.
Going into this one I wasn't sure who the characters were going to be. I finished the first book then went right into this one with only a few hours of break in between. I was pleasantly surprised that Saint got his story and I couldn't wait to see what he was going to share with us.

Starting with Narice who is on the way home after her father passes away in a fire, she's quickly brought into an intriguing world that she's left unprepared for because she has no idea her father had any connections to this kind of life. As the story got started I was so anxious for her and wondering how she was going to get out of this situation because OMG who wouldn't freak out a little?? Then the next round of craziness pops off and the story is off and running.

I felt myself trying to read as fast as possible to get to what was happening; because what a world of intrigue. We get Narice who is in the middle of mourning her father, she's been rescued and told that her father's death may not be an accident and he was involved with the transport of piece that would aide in the fight for a monarch's place in her country. Narice is a successful teacher who has founded her own exclusive school back home isn't really someone built for a world of intrigue, spies and hunts for treasures, but to have her father's murderer exposed she's willing to become a Bond girl. Saint is a member of the shadowy group NIA who are trying to bring Detroit back from the brink by any means necessary, he also works for the government doing this and that, this is one of the cases the government can't have their fingerprints on.

This is for those who love history like I do a great journey through the south using a part of the Underground Railroad and it's hidden maps. I loved learning more about the history of these maps and of course I have put those books on the tbr pile for later in the year.

Narice and Saint meet with a Queen who gives them a mission and lays out the alternative in a way that let Narice know she really needs to do this.  As the adventure gets started and we are rolling through the south and heading towards the hidden treasure we have choppers trying to drive people off the road, missiles from hidden compartments, two or three other villains working to get to the treasure before Narice and Saint do. And with many missions, as the danger levels rise so too does the attraction between Narice and Saint. Saint has been doing these missions for a while and he's never been this attracted to a woman before, as the danger rises and she rises to the different challenges to help him stay alive he realizes he might have met his match. It's interesting to watch them try to navigate a relationship that fits the scenario while working towards claiming the prize before their enemies do.

As Narice is held to the fire each time the danger climbs she's discovering parts of herself she didn't realize were hidden. While as a person who believes a gun is a girls' best friend I understood her hesitancy but girl it's your life or theirs, and they won't be pulling their punches.  I loved how she and Saint discussed things and while he wanted to coddle her, he was also real about their options.

This story was a great mix of treasure hunting while making our way through some of America's history. The chemistry between the two was good to read.  We do get a glimpse of characters that will be in later books and of course we get to see the characters from the first book The Edge of Midnight.  I highly recommend for those who love adventure stories, history, kick-ass female lead and hot romantic moments between gun battles.
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