Night Magic

After all these years I still seriously enjoyed this one One of my old favs from the s Night Magic features an almost washed up super spy and a plucky romance novelist thrust together because of

After all these years, I still seriously enjoyed this one. One of my old favs from the 80's, Night Magic features an almost washed up super spy and a plucky romance novelist thrust together because of the big bad Soviets- that's Russians for the youngin's. (Interesting how Russians still feature prominently as bad guys in many a romance novel, however now as drug dealer/mobsters rather than enemies of the States. These guys do bad good I guess.)John "Jack" McClain is all but out of the spy business, forced into Desk Jockeydom after a deal gone bad antecedent to a breakdown. Yet, he somehow becomes embroiled in a game of cat and mouse to catch a major Soviet sleeper agent who is about to attempt to assassinate the Secretary of State.The book opens with Jack daringly escaping the bad guys- with the help of dolphins oddly enough- and making his way to a hospital. At the hospital they catch up with Jack and blame the melee that ensues on him so that the cops believe he's a renegade psycho they need to bring in.Meanwhile Clara Winston, romance novelist having just completed her latest book, is ready for some down time at her remote family home, having no idea the trouble about to rain down on her head.They come together when the bad guys, believing that Jack is her boyfriend because of a dedication in one of her previous novels, break into her house and threaten her life. Jack, having followed the bad guys to her place assumes she's with them till she comes running out of her house and right into him. They escape, together with her mean old fat cat, Puff (as in The Magic Dragon)- who is as memorable as the H/h- now on the run from the bad guys AND the cops. Considering herself stolid and stay at home, Clara wants no part of this madman who obviously gets high on danger but is now in it up to her neck. (Besides he infuriates the crap out of her!) Their willy nilly flight from danger will test her mettle- and she is just as surprised as Jack with the steel in her spine that results. Oh, they do discover who the man is pulling the trigger, thanks to some microfilm, (::snort:: microfilm), but not till after being chased by police dogs, going over a falls and sleeping in a hollowed out log in the woods- and capture, torture and escaping again!Ok, this book is a tad over-the-top, but hey it was written in the 80's, everything was over-the-top in the 80's, from our hair to our clothes to our bad guys! It was a hoot reading it once again, thirty yrs later O_O, with the outdated references,and still it worked for me. Clara and Jack are great together, as they mutually prejudge and bicker with each other, from the very beginning. They go toe to toe like the best of romantic/comedy couples, creating tons of sexual tension which the author relieves quite fittingly. ::srsly thought some hot stuff there for the age of this novel:: There is also a scene where the bad guys torture her to get Jack to talk that stuck with me as much as anything in this book because of the way the author "went there" which, believe me, NOBODY did in romance novels back then. (She wasn't raped, thank God, but how the authored played it was very effective, imo. His and her actions, I still feel, seem believable. Well, for a romance novel anyway...)It's a great book, though I think I'm pretty much alone on thinking so. Don't know why it does it for me, but I'm glad it does. (I'm totally gonna go back to some of my other old favs and see if any of them still strike the same chord too!)Bestseller Night Magic By Karen Robards are Books Lovely, blonde, and sensual herself, Clara Winston writes sizzling romance novels, always including a hero who s the kind of man she hopes to meet powerful, yet sensitive accomplished, yet modest overwhelmingly sexy, yet ready to give his heart to the right woman Going to bed every night with only her cat, Puff, for company, Clara wonders if she will ever find a real Lovely, blonde, and sensual herself, Clara Winston writes sizzling romance novels, always including a hero who s the kind of man she hopes to meet powerful, yet sensitive accomplished, yet modest overwhelmingly sexy, yet ready to give his heart to the right woman Going to bed every night with only her cat, Puff, for company, Clara wonders if she will ever find a real life male who will measure up to her dreams and take her breath away with his kiss.Then in one dangerous, desperate evening she finds herself face to face with a man as handsome and exciting as her fictional characters He s CIA agent Jack McClain, a man running for his life and accidentally taking Clara and Puff with him His emerald eyes seem to shoot green sparks, and he acts as if he knows it all In his arms Clara feels light headedd when his lips touch hers, she knows this man s passion is what she has longed for Now, as a web of intrigue closes around them both, Clara is ready to break every rule in the book to win his heart.. Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of than fifty books and one novella She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader s Digest She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24 It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career.Karen was recently described by The Daily Mail as one of the most reliable thriller.writers in the world.. Popular Books Night Magic After all these years, I still seriously enjoyed this one. One of my old favs from the 80's, Night Magic features an almost washed up super spy and a plucky romance novelist thrust together because of the big bad Soviets- that's Russians for the youngin's. (Interesting how Russians still feature prominently as bad guys in many a romance novel, however now as drug dealer/mobsters rather than enemies of the States. These guys do bad good I guess.)John "Jack" McClain is all but out of the spy business, forced into Desk Jockeydom after a deal gone bad antecedent to a breakdown. Yet, he somehow becomes embroiled in a game of cat and mouse to catch a major Soviet sleeper agent who is about to attempt to assassinate the Secretary of State.The book opens with Jack daringly escaping the bad guys- with the help of dolphins oddly enough- and making his way to a hospital. At the hospital they catch up with Jack and blame the melee that ensues on him so that the cops believe he's a renegade psycho they need to bring in.Meanwhile Clara Winston, romance novelist having just completed her latest book, is ready for some down time at her remote family home, having no idea the trouble about to rain down on her head.They come together when the bad guys, believing that Jack is her boyfriend because of a dedication in one of her previous novels, break into her house and threaten her life. Jack, having followed the bad guys to her place assumes she's with them till she comes running out of her house and right into him. They escape, together with her mean old fat cat, Puff (as in The Magic Dragon)- who is as memorable as the H/h- now on the run from the bad guys AND the cops. Considering herself stolid and stay at home, Clara wants no part of this madman who obviously gets high on danger but is now in it up to her neck. (Besides he infuriates the crap out of her!) Their willy nilly flight from danger will test her mettle- and she is just as surprised as Jack with the steel in her spine that results. Oh, they do discover who the man is pulling the trigger, thanks to some microfilm, (::snort:: microfilm), but not till after being chased by police dogs, going over a falls and sleeping in a hollowed out log in the woods- and capture, torture and escaping again!Ok, this book is a tad over-the-top, but hey it was written in the 80's, everything was over-the-top in the 80's, from our hair to our clothes to our bad guys! It was a hoot reading it once again, thirty yrs later O_O, with the outdated references,and still it worked for me. Clara and Jack are great together, as they mutually prejudge and bicker with each other, from the very beginning. They go toe to toe like the best of romantic/comedy couples, creating tons of sexual tension which the author relieves quite fittingly. ::srsly thought some hot stuff there for the age of this novel:: There is also a scene where the bad guys torture her to get Jack to talk that stuck with me as much as anything in this book because of the way the author "went there" which, believe me, NOBODY did in romance novels back then. (She wasn't raped, thank God, but how the authored played it was very effective, imo. His and her actions, I still feel, seem believable. Well, for a romance novel anyway...)It's a great book, though I think I'm pretty much alone on thinking so. Don't know why it does it for me, but I'm glad it does. (I'm totally gonna go back to some of my other old favs and see if any of them still strike the same chord too!)

  1. Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of than fifty books and one novella She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader s Digest She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24 It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career.Karen was recently described by The Daily Mail as one of the most reliable thriller.writers in the world.

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  1. After all these years, I still seriously enjoyed this one One of my old favs from the 80 s, Night Magic features an almost washed up super spy and a plucky romance novelist thrust together because of the big bad Soviets that s Russians for the youngin s Interesting how Russians still feature prominently as bad guys in many a romance novel, however now as drug dealer mobsters rather than enemies of the States These guys do bad good I guess John Jack McClain is all but out of the spy business, for [...]


  2. Robards at her best in my humble opinion I love when she writes books where the main characters are being chased by bad guys and have to survive in the wilderness When I picked this book up I wasn t really too excited about the whole KGB angle but Robards is my favorite author so I said what the hell I certainly was not disapointed I couldn t put it down and finished it in one sitting.


  3. Rating 3.5 5I enjoyed this book to a certain extent I think you can definitely tell, though, that it is one of Robards early romantic suspense novels It doesn t have the polish and solid romance that her later books have.The book focuses mostly on the character of Clara, a romance writer who suddenly finds her life in danger because some Russian bad guys think she knows where CIA agent Jack McClain is hiding Clara had never heard of Jack, let alone met him, until after the Russians busted into h [...]


  4. I m going to give this book the same rating that I did for Walking After Midnight, because I think they are virtually the same book Same action hero type main character not handsome but with a pugnacious jaw, covered with bruises and with a smoking hot body Same running away from bad guys non stop for most of the book, same on the run danger sex with the hero, same ridiculous HEA, same, same, same Same sexist comments from hero about liking big tits and a round ass Jeez There are a few of Ms Rob [...]


  5. Pure disappointment and fury was what I felt reading this book on every single page Jack was no hero and anyone who finds him worthy of being called that must be over fifty by now because this is NOT what a woman of today s generation would fall in love with This man was the epitome of what the average woman today would turn her nose up at, walk right on by him, and never look back because there are plenty of options and she knows that she can do better This book was absolutely terrible and I cr [...]


  6. Okay, so this was written in the 80 s, meaning the hero is way alpha macho than anyone would write today But the description of the book was so funny to me, I had to read it Romance author dedicates a book to her cat, Puff the magic dragon , which turns out to be the code name for a CIA agent Next thing we know, Russian spies are chasing our hero, heroine, and Puff the cat.


  7. Night Magic for me was all things I enjoy in a book This book may have been a re issue, but if I read it in 1987 I sure don t recall doing so This book was a roller coaster ride of fun and hair raising non stop actionA agent John McClain and romance novelist Clara Winston who in a case of mistaken identity is thrust into the adventure of a lifetime on the run from the police, the government and ruthless KGB agents John and Clare couldn t be different but when forced to depend on each other to s [...]


  8. Night Magic is all about Puff ah, a teaser to read the book Robards is an outstanding author of quick, funny reads I enjoy her earlier work because of her wit than the latter offerings of labored contemporary suspense Consider this a cross between Romancing the Stone and well, any romantic comedy that leaves you rolling with laughter Where else can you have a hero that s allergic to cats



  9. Loved this action suspense story Strong characters that jump off the page though not as crazy for the alpha type hero, drama, action, and who would not love Puff This was a quick read for me as I rushed to the ending The romance and suspense made for an exciting read.







  10. Editing, pleaseI love Karen Robards books I luckily discovered her first book, when it came out and have been a fan every since I have Night Magic in my book library, but I couldn t find it, so I decided to buy the ebook version The story still held my attention, but the poor editing almost ruined my experience Poor spell check, dialogues from two separate characters run together, questionable punctuation So, while I highly recommend Night Magic 5 stars , get it in paperback to have a truly enjo [...]


  11. Author Karen Robards is a NY Times bestseller and one of the best known names in romance today She has won numerous awards, including three Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite romance author Other titles include Guilty, Obsession, Vanished, Superstition, Wild Orchids, To Love A Man, and Dark Torment She resides with her family in Louisville, Kentucky When romance writer Clara Winston has her home broken into and she s forced to put her safety into the hands of a stranger, her life su [...]


  12. The only reason I finished this book was because I ve promised myself that I will finish every book I start Even with that promise in mind, I skimped a lot of this book I just wanted it to end already There were a lot of typos and I didn t exactly buy the plot Even so if you want to force yourself to be entertain then read this book.


  13. Let s get a few things out of the way This book was originally written in the late 80s It s now been reissued as an ebook, thank heavens The story is dated and has to be read as a late eighties period piece The USSR still exists, cellphones and the World Wide Web don t, and a PC with a modem is heady technology that only a few government agencies have And yes, the hero is pretty macho by today s standards He calls the heroine baby a few times and a couple of other less flattering things The eboo [...]


  14. This book drew me in mostly because of the cat I know it sounds ridiculous But I have cats and some of the antics remind me of my life I thought what better way to lose myself in a book that I can relate to on a personal level I didn t really understand the KGB angle as I was only a few years old when the book was written so it took me a little while longer to get interested than normal But once the story turned to Clara and Puff love him , my intrigue kept the pages turning The characters were [...]


  15. I m so surprised that the narrator Renee Maxwell only did this one book Her narration was excellent and unless something was happening in the studio that I m not aware of, she definitely should have done many audiobooks Here s what a articulate reviewer had to say about her narration of this book This fast paced romance receives superlative interpretation by Renee Maxwell Her range of voices is impressive even down to Clara s cat, who has a major role in the story Her Russian accents are flawl [...]


  16. This is one of the worst 80 s romances I ve read It borders on ludicrousness if that s even a word , with spies, murder, kidnapping, torture, escape, betrayalI don t believe ANYTHING was left out of this one, including a scene where the H H are held captive in a semi trailer, waiting for their captors to return, so of course they have sex They also have sex while they re on the run, sex in the hospital while he s recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest , and sex after he leaves the hospital [...]


  17. I M REALLY, REALLY SURPRISED, AT MYSELF THAT IS WHEN I STARTED READING I SERIOUSLY WAS GOING TO GIVE UP ON TRYING TO FINISH IT I M SO GLAD I KEPT READING, AFTER CLARA PUFF WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE STORY got my reading motor reeved up I TRULY AM A CAT LOVER AND AFTER MEETING PUFF I WAS HOOKED big time THE BOOK GOT GOING AND THE FUN BEGAN, I WAS CRACKIN UP, LOL, JACK CLARA, WONFERFUL THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT MOVIE, REMINDED ME OF THE AFRICAN QUEEN Hepburn Bogart OR ROMANCING THE STONE Douglas Turne [...]


  18. Love this book I have to read it every little bit I love Puff, I love how she frustrates Jack, I love their escape, I love how Puff helps them get away.So many little things that make this book special His allergy to cats makes him human, the skills he has that help them on their run, how she stands up to him I love how they spark off each other So many times during their run I went from laughing to nail biting tension There are a couple climactic scenes near the end they are safe, no they aren [...]


  19. This is a favorite, that I re read and enjoy each time Maybe it shouldn t be listed, but having just enjoyed it againuldn t resist Actually had the above edition which totally fell apart and got replaced with the 2009 edition Since 2009 edition wasn t listed, I went with the original Love the humor mixed in with the suspense The cat, Puff, has me chuckling, perhaps because it reminds me of several cats who ve owned me The relatinship that develops between Jack and Clara, as a bond forms, in spit [...]


  20. I was originally going to opt for 2 stars, but I hated the ending so much I dropped it down to the dreaded 1 star When I found out about this book forever ago, I thought it sounded like a fun Romancing the Stone knock off even sticking with the same name for the hero It was not Two unlikeable characters in a laborious and undercooked plot, I just did not care about these people and as stated, the ending aimed for cute and just came across as rushed and needlessly saccharine Ugh, holiday reading [...]


  21. This book is on hold because I have misplaced it As soon as I find it, I will finish the book What I ve read is great.Finally found the book As I got into it I realized that I had read this book before the second reading was just as exciting as the first time I read it Lots of fun in the book with a very hep cat Very entertaining Four stars instead of five only because it is a shorter story Well worth reading.


  22. Another book on my nostalgia shelf, because this is one of the books I remember re reading about a million times Spies Harrowing adventures Plucky heroine Overwrought sex scenes Loved it Haven t read it in years, but I m happy to keep it firmly in my memory as one of those books I loved to death as a young adult I grew up to be a romance novelist, and it s books like this that paved the way


  23. Great romance and suspense in one book I thought this was a great story from the very first page to the last I totally enjoyed the verbal fencing between the heroine and hero that they didn t exactly get along from the first And the pace was fast and furious I totally enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading of Karen Robards books They are always guaranteed to be a exciting trip


  24. So, my suitcase got lost and I finished the book I had while I was travelling so I went to a thrift shop the next morning here in Glasgow and picked up something I thought would be light and entertaining Hmm, wrong call, as this starts off with the hero being beaten and the bad guys hope drowned And it continues from there Somewhere along the line a rather unlikely female heroine enters the mix The book was fairly entertaining, but I can t say it was my favorite type of comic relief.


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