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Review: Shadow Keeper by Christine Feehan

Posted May 23, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Shadow Keeper by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Shadow Keeper by Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow #3
Also in this series: Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper (Shadow, #2)
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: Mary 29, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 416
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three-half-stars

One family brings its own brand of justice to the streets of Chicago's shadowy underworld as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to a series hot enough to burn...

The paparazzi can't get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them--and the women he beds--he's just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can't hunt in the dark, he'll find his pleasure elsewhere...

Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she's fair game--until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He's dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away.

The devil at her heels may have finally met its match...

Hmmm…where do I start with this review? First I tell you that it was a serious improvement from Shadow Reaper, which was reviewed here, here, and here. Rowena even gave it a DNF. Looking back, I probably would have given it a DNF if I wasn’t so anal about finishing books. My rating was far too generous.

Shadow Riders are people that can ride shadows from place to place. They “dispense” justice when the legal system fails. They are similar to Carpathians in that they have a destined mate. If their mate doesn’t accept them, they will lose their memory of ever being with the Rider and the Rider will lose their ability to ride the shadows. It’s really clever. All Riders seem to have faith that their other half will accept them.

Sasha Provis is destined for Giovanni Ferraro. He knows it in an instant, as soon as his shadow touches hers. It was unfortunate that he made a complete ass out of himself the day he met her. Sasha overheard Giovanni and his cousins playing a game where they use women for money. Very tasteless of him. Sasha feels a pull to Giovanni that she tries to resist because she knows what kind of man he is. She does read every magazine and tabloid article about him.

Sasha works at the Ferraro’s club as a waitress. She also works at a deli in the Ferraro territory. Since her parents were killed and her brother needs around the clock medical attention, supporting her brother has fallen on her. Sasha wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not afraid to work hard.

Giovanni is awed by Sasha’s work ethic, but at the same time wants her to quit to be safe. See, Sasha has a crazy ass stalker. Let me tell you, the story about this stalker is something else. I didn’t see it coming, although I’m really not the best at that anyway.

I had one huge problem with this book. Sasha continued to put herself in harms way just so she could support Sandlin. I understood it on some level, but once she accepted Giovanni, she accepted all of him, including his ability to support her financially. She makes a TSTL decision and goes back to her apartment where the stalker first made himself known to her. She put countless people at risk, all because she suddenly decided she needed to “think” about being with Giovanni. It was a big pile of poo.

I’m incredibly intrigued by the premise of this series. The Ferraro’s are to die for. I feel that Feehan started out strong with Shadow Rider, took a dive with Shadow Reaper, the went up a few notches with Shadow Keeper. The siblings that are left are very interesting characters and I am looking forward to reading their books over the next few years. Even when the series goes hardback.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

The Shadow Series

three-half-stars


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Review: Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

Posted October 12, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Shadow Reaper by Christine FeehanReviewer: Holly
Shadow Reaper (Shadow, #2) by Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow #2
Also in this series: Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper, Shadow Keeper
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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three-stars

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Christine Feehan returns to her scorching-hot series starring a Chicago crime family that has built its empire in the shadows...

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood--but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own...

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her--a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She's someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco's embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them...

Shadow Reaper is the second book in Feehan’s Shadow series, featuring the Ferraros, a Chicago family who are Shadow Riders – they’re able to slide and travel via shadows. They’re thought to be a crime/mafia family, but in truth they’re vigilantes. As Shadow Riders, the Ferraro brothers and sister can only mate/marry someone who can also ride the shadows, otherwise they won’t be able to produce shadow-riding children.

Ricco is one of the wilder brothers. He’s known as a playboy who races cars and often goes crazy partying. He’s into the art of Shibari – Japanese erotic bondage. After a terrible crash takes him out of commission for awhile, he reevaluates his life and decides to focus more on Shibari and finding a mate, and less on acting the playboy. When the perfect woman answers his ad for a rope model, Ricco figures it’s too good to be true, but he can’t stop himself from falling for her.

I enjoyed the first book more. This one was slower paced and didn’t hold my attention as much. I really like the Ferraro family, along with their neighborhood. I liked the heroine and her backstory, but the romance wasn’t as exciting. Nor was the overall story. I wanted to like it, but I was mostly just bored.

Although this one didn’t work as well as the first, I’m hopeful the next book will pick up.

3 out of 5

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Review: Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

Posted June 23, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Shadow Reaper by Christine FeehanReviewer: Rowena
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow #2
Also in this series: Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper (Shadow, #2), Shadow Keeper
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
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dnf

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan continues her sexy new series, as the Ferraros—a Chicago crime family—use their power as shadow riders to protect their empire and the ones they love…

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood - but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own...

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her - a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She's someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco's embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them...

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in this series but that didn’t stop me from wanting to read this book because I was a fan of Ricco’s and I wanted to get to know him better. In the first book, Ricco goes through some stuff and you can tell because he keeps getting himself into scrapes that the family has to get him out of and you know that there’s a story there so I requested this book to find out that story.

This book starts off with Ricco in the hospital after getting into a car wreck that was damn close to ending his life. His siblings are a) pissed at him for putting himself in danger again and b) worried as hell about him. He’s going through some stuff and things are starting to spill over and I could tell that he was close to the brink which made me interested in continuing this series just to read his story.

I wish I could say that the story lived up to what I was hoping it would be but the whole thing was slow going for me and I ended up putting this book down for good after about a week and a half of trying to get interested in what was going on. Between the slow story telling and not being able to connect to either Ricco (that was a bummer, too) or Mariko, I gave up and don’t know if I’ll give it a try later on. I doubt it.

Grade: DNF

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Review: Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

Posted May 31, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Shadow Reaper by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow #2
Also in this series: Shadow Reaper, Shadow Reaper (Shadow, #2), Shadow Keeper
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Pages: 400
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three-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan returns to her scorching-hot series starring a Chicago crime family that has built its empire in the shadows...

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood--but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own...

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her--a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She's someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco's embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them...

I’m not sure about this book. I loved Shadow Rider. It was a great start to this series and I was really looking forward to Ricco’s book. A couple of things distracted me from the beginning. First, Mariko had blond hair and she was part Asian. I know it’s possible, but it kept throwing me off. Second, the nickname Ricco kept calling her. Thanks to Holly, the word farfallina was not just an Italian word that meant “little butterfly”. So that was somewhat jarring.

Ricco has spent most of his life protecting his family from possible death. During childhood, every shadow rider is sent away from home for training. Ricco was sent to Japan. While there, he was put into vigorous training. He was also witness to a horror so profound that it would impact the rest of his childhood and follow him into adulthood. The very adults that were supposed to protect him threatened him and his family. They eventually sent someone to kill him after fifteen years.

Mariko us a shadow rider herself and was sent on a mission to either kill Ricco or lose her brother. The shadow riders exact swift justice upon those who are deserving of it. Mariko soon realizes that Ricco is not deserving of the justice that Mariko is there to give. As a matter of fact, Ricco is nothing that Mariko thought he would be. He is fierce and protective of his family and friends.

Ricco knows why Mariko is there, but he doesn’t care. He finally has found the woman that is meant for him and he means to keep her. He doesn’t care that she’s a shadow rider and she can bear shadow rider children. He’s looked his whole life for her and he’s not letting her go. Since he was fourteen years old, Ricco has walked a tightrope. He has finally shared the burden with his family and his relief is profound.

I didn’t particularly care for the shibari. It just didn’t belong, in my opinion. It wasn’t exactly BDSM, but it was a form of it. I’m very particular when it comes to some things and BDSM is one of them. Mariko did kick ass which was amazing. I love a heroine that can hold her own. Ricco respected her as a fighter which made me love him even more. It was more the story I had a problem with than the characters.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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