4 stars

Category Romance Review: Night Shift by Nora Roberts

Night Shift, Nora Roberts, Silhouette, 1991, cover arttist unknown

Silhouette Intimate Moments #365

“I’m in love with you, Cilla.” Slowly, his eyes steady on hers, he pulled her closer. “With every part of you.” Soft, persuasive, his lips cruised over hers. “I only want fifty or sixty years to show you.”

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.


If you follow my reviews at length, you may notice I inject some personal vignettes or anecdotes into them. If it’s TMI, I don’t mean to overshare, but for me, like music or scents, each book I read is imprinted with a certain memory When I hear “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton, I’ll think of Junior Prom and my supposedly platonic date getting all weird with me. I’ll think about a different person in my life depending on whether it’s Brut, Joop!, Davidoff Cool Water, or Grey Flannel cologne that I smell. (Brut is my dad; the rest…are not.) If I have no memory of the book, I usually have no memory to go with it.

Nora Robert’s Night Shift is vividly memorable because I recall sitting in the cancer ward at Mather Hospital waiting with my mother while my grandmother got her chemo treatments. In hindsight, perhaps it was rude of me to sit there and read rather than comfort my mom, who was worried about her dying mother. But I helped translate to doctors for my mom, who spoke broken English when she had questions. I even remember going to the cafeteria and eating Utz potato chips for the first time. This book was released in January of 1991. Mamá would be dead by December 23 of that year.

I have a lot of books with memories related to that time.

The Plot

Cilla O’Roarke, short for Priscilla–but don’t you dare call her that–is a nighttime disk jockey whose silky smooth voice enthralls thousands of listeners, including policeman Boyd Fletcher. He’s a cop who’s arrived on the scene with his partner Althea to investigate the increasingly threatening calls that Cilla’s been receiving.

Boyd is instantly attracted to Cilla, who tries her best to keep her distance, even as the police do their best to stay close to her and find who’s her stalker. Boyd is extremely protective and a great hero.

Cilla is a prickly character. She’s not a very open person, and all she cares about is her younger sister, Deborah. And keeping her radio program. She refuses any course of action to defend herself, so Boyd is determined to be there to save her if need be. Cilla wants nothing to do with cops, as one of her parents was one, and Cilla secretly fears getting hurt by letting him in her life.

But that Boyd is a charmer. Slowly, but slowly, he’s able to get her to admit her attraction to him, and after that, they become lovers.

However, as usual in these romantic suspense plots, when you let your guard down, that’s when the villain strikes. Who is her deranged fan? Will Boyd be able to get there before it’s too late?

Final Analysis of Night Shift

Night Shift was a satisfying romance, even though you knew pretty much what was going to happen. Nora Roberts’ writing was of fine quality, and Boyd was a great, protective hero. It was thoroughly believable that he was able to get Cilla to fall for him despite her fears.

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