Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Veil of Night

Veil of Night by Linda Howard
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 390 (eReader)
Source: eLibrary
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Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed.

The problem is, most everyone—from the cake maker and the florist to the wedding-gown retailer and the bridesmaids’ dressmaker—had his or her own reason for wanting the bride dead, including Jaclyn. And while those who felt Carrie’s wrath are now smiling at her demise, Jaclyn refuses to celebrate tragedy, especially since she finds herself in the shadow of suspicion.

Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. Being a prime suspect means that Jaclyn is hands-off just when Eric would rather be hands-on. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow.

My Rating:

My Review

Jaclyn, a wedding planner and worakaholic, finds herself in the busiest of all weeks when she finds herself scheduled for four weddings (not to mention the rehearsal dinners).  Even with the impossible schedule in front of her, she finds that her biggest frustration is Carrie Edwards, the bridezillas of all bridezillas.  When Carrie is found murdered, all eyes turn toward Jaclyn as the last person to see her alive.  With many witnesses to their last altercation, Jacklyn is soon the prime suspect.  Frustrated at finding her busy week even crazier, Jaclyn must endure question after question from Detective Eric Wilder, a man with whom she has a bit of history.  Detective Wilder is determined to find out who murdered Carrie before the case ruins any chance of a future with Jaclyn.

I absolutely love Linda Howard and one thing that she usually gets right is the romance.  I found the chemistry between Jaclyn and Eric to be so hot!  I smiled every time they were on a page together.  It just all seemed to fit just right.  The dialogue was so witty and cute.  My only issue with this book is that the mystery was a tad boring.  The entire middle of the book could be taken out and I probably would have cheered.  I almost think the book would have been more interesting with Carrie alive than dead.  Now SHE is a character that can raise some eyebrows.  Things started getting a bit boring after she was murdered.  This is a case where the beginning of the book was just too fun and exciting for the good of the rest of the book.

While I would recommend reading this book, I'd say to check it out of the library if you can.
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  1. Only a meh...well then I will take the library advice since I did see they had bought one of her books

    1. I love her so maybe my expectations are really high because of that.

  2. If this is only a meh then it'd probably be best if I read another of her books first. Especially since you say you tend to like her books. I do like the sound of the couple and I'm sure the bitchy bride had her fun moments.


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