Ballentine Books/The Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Rating: 4 Cups
Kess Goodall is the PR person for Abioyne Bongani, the president of a small African country called Mallaruza. She is in Africa because she was fired from her last PR job in the States. Her impulsive behavior had finally caught up with her and got her in a lot of hot water.
Simon Blackthorne is a TFLAC/psi operative who has come to Mallaruza at his old friend Abi’s request. While he is ostensibly there on vacation and to relax, he has his eyes open for anything that might smack of another wizard using his or her powers for evil. Even though he went to college with Abi and is his friend, he has not seen him in ten years and is suspicious as to why Abi has contacted him after all this time.
The first time Simon gets a look at Kess, his first thought is that she is not his type at all. Instead of being sort of low-key and well dressed, Tess is everything but. She dresses casually, has flaming red hair, and is not afraid to speak her mind, no matter how much trouble it gets her in. Since there is an unknown virus tearing through Mallaruza and killing thousands, there is a lot of potential trouble for her to get in. When Abi insists that Kess take him with her to go back and help in a village full of people sick with the virus, she tries to ditch him and go it alone. But she does not count on Simon actually getting there ahead of her. Of course he does it using his powers, and levitating himself and his vehicle. Stunned, but glad at the same time since her own vehicle has just died, Kess climbs into his vehicle with little to no argument. However, when they arrive at the village, they find a massacre, and it is then that Simon begins getting even more suspicious. As these two fight their very mutual attraction to each other, they must do what they can to survive and find out what is really going on in Mallaruza.
Night Fall is the best kind of paranormal romantic suspense! I loved Kess and how she just jumps right in there and starts wading through whatever is in her way, all without really letting any of it get her down. Several of her antics had me cracking up. I also got a real kick out of Simon’s reaction to her. Even when it is obvious that she could be the best thing to happen to him, he still tries to fight his attraction and growing affection for her because she does not fit his mental ideal woman. The fights where magic and psi powers are being used are very realistic and make the reader feel as though she is there. The descriptions of the different powers and the different levels of power that people have was also quite fun to read about. I especially liked the idea of teleportation and being able to be invisible. That was way cool! The world building is incredible and quite frankly, this is one book you do not want to pass up!
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