"Both the jungle and their growing attraction are dangerous but irresistibly attractive!"
HOLD ONTO THE NIGHT is an action-adventure tale with enough
romance to keep a reader smiling. I highly recommend this
book for those who enjoy a realistic feel to their
Geologist Kathleen Dawson travels to South American jungles
of Costa Sierra to find oil. She is hoping to prove her
worth to her father, owner of Dalco Oil. The guide and
natives who are traveling with her are very nervous. She
has heard them whispering about the Jaguar Man who protects
this area of the jungle - a shape-shifter who rules the
jungle both as a man and as a beast.
Kathleen awakens from a drugged sleep to find herself in a
cave with a mysterious man called Guerriro. He tells her
that he is responsible for the Jaquar Man myth and warns
her to flee. Kathleen refuses and finds herself back in
camp with workers who are even more nervous. The next
morning they are gone and she finds herself alone in a rain
storm that soon becomes a flood. She is saved by a black
jaguar and finds herself once again in Guerriro's cave.
As he is stuck with her until the rains end, Guerriro
introduces her to the Amazon villagers and the lifestyle he
is protecting. Kathleen's life and values are changed
forever in those short months. The psychic connection
between Katherine and Guerriro adds to their romance and
eventually she finds that the Jaguar Man is not a myth.
Guerriro was cursed by a shaman to be himself at night and
jaguar by day. Although he falls in love with her, he
refuses to allow her to live his cursed life. Is Kathleen
is strong enough to risk becoming a were-jaguar herself in
order to stay with the man she loves?
This paranormal adventure provides an intriguing view of
the rain forest and its endangered people shown through the
eyes of someone who respects them. Presented as part of the
story, it is not preachy, but an essential part of the plot
to be enjoyed. That the superstition of the Jaguar Man
proves to truly be a magical being feeds into the untamed
jungle feel the author presents so well.
Both the jungle and their growing attraction are dangerous
but irresistibly attractive. I could feel this, too through
the excellent word-imagery that Ms. Michaels presented. The
personal areas of growth for both characters was as well
done as their developing romance. You will want to
encourage them yourself as you continue with the story. I
truly enjoyed the ending and I am sure you will not be
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted March 17, 2002