Christine Feehan has been a dominant author in the romance industry for a couple of decades now. She has four series that she regularly publishes but recently began a fifth, called the Shadow Riders. Set in Chicago, it features an extended family that can “ride the shadows” transporting themselves in a manner seemingly similar to teleportation. These men and women are supernatural assassins who kill rapists, murders and dealers, while living dual lives of fabulous billionaire celebrities.
From the author’s website:
Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses — both legitimate and illegitimate.
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone — until now. . .
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her…
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Shadow Rider is the first book in this series, just published in June 2016. And it is awesome! This might just be my favourite debut book from any of Feehan’s series. It was fast-paced and exciting, and grabbed my attention from the first chapter. I liked how she incorporated the other characters of the family (all of whom I hope have books of their own immediately) without taking away anything from the romantic story between Stefano and Francesca.
For a few years there, it seemed like all of Feehan’s heroines were super feisty tomboys that would charge hell with a basket of water. It became repetitive and the series a little stale. I love the introduction of a new series with a new cast of characters and feel as though this has allowed the author to recharge her creativity. Francesca is most definitely one of her most submissive characters to date. Although Stefano loves her and wants her to be happy, he does run roughshod over her more than a couple of times. I did feel that Shadow Rider ended rather abruptly and hope to see more of their story unfold in upcoming books. Hopefully the family style development of the books continue, so that they do not focus entirely on one couple as the Dark series usually does.
One example of this is the impending wedding … Francesca never worked up the nerve to tell Stefano (or his family) that one of the reasons she didn’t want the big wedding being planned for her is because he has a huge Italian family to bring and she only has two people to invite. I hope that both of these characters are further developed in the second instalment and that we get to enjoy more of the family dynamics between all the siblings and cousins.
And hopefully there will be the pitter patter of little feet running around soon too.
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