Night After Night
Sean’s swindler father is currently in prison because he was the one holding the bag when he and his partner Grant Russo were caught. Understandably, Sean is bitter that Russo got away and his old man was incarcerated.
After he himself served a short prison sentence, Sean has gone straight, accepting jobs as a bartender at the Onyx Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and as a member of The Reliance Group, a company of upscale private investigators. When his Reliance boss asks Sean to get close to jewelry designer Zoe Russo in order to see if she knows where her father is for one of their clients, Sean is happy to do so. He’d love to see Grant finally get what’s coming to him.
Zoe with the help of her childhood friend, mega singing star Jessica Morgan, is opening her first boutique to sell her popular jewelry, so Sean poses as a rental agent for the Onyx in order to wine and dine her into signing with them for the retail space. He soon learns she’s worried since her father is missing and not returning her calls as he usually does.
Also, Sean finds his undercover job is fraught with pitfalls as he and Zoe are immediately attracted to each other. Suddenly, being under cover to pry into Zoe’s personal life isn’t quite as satisfying as Sean envisioned nor is it safe as Zoe is physically attacked by investors in her dad’s scam.
Meanwhile, Jessica, preparing for a new tour, runs into her old high school flame, Noah, now owner of the Onyx’s chichi nightclub, whom she abruptly dumped back in the day. At first trying to avoid Noah, she soon begins to rethink her life and the choices she made as his enmity turns to lust and back into the love he once had for her.
Denison skillfully intertwines these two plots, always centered on the bittersweet taste of revenge and the curative power of true love. Both Sean and Noah must overcome deep-seated desires to get even before they can become whole and accept love into their lives.
The glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, however, is what is missing here. While the author gives readers glimpses of the Vegas façade, its impact on the characters and their lives is not evident. The story could be set in any big anonymous city without missing a step. This is unfortunate since Vegas has built-in duplicity that could have been a great counterpoint to Sean’s job as undercover investigator and Jessica’s career as ultra-popular singer.
All in all, Denison’s story is sound, and will keep readers entertained and reading well into the night, or as the title says, night after night.