The #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance” (USA Today) is back with a sexy series starring a Chicago crime family that hides a dark, mystical secret...
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...
Feehan (Dark Promises) inflicts an aggressively sexist hero on her hapless heroine in this poorly rendered contemporary paranormal series opener. Set in an utterly generic and implausible rendering of Chicago, the story centers on Francesca Capello, a woman fleeing her tragic past, and Stefano Ferraro, the scion of a wealthy family with a secret they can travel through shadows. Stefano recognizes that Francesca is also a shadow rider and proceeds to take control of her life. Frequently using the excuse that his control is for her safety, Stefano steamrolls Francesca's weak protests and at one point goes so far as to kidnap her from her apartment and force her to move into his penthouse. The plot's attempts to justify Stefano's actions are flimsy, reverting to cartoonish violence so repetitive that the characters comment on it themselves. Even readers interested in an extreme fantasy rendering of a domination/submission relationship are likely to struggle with the unrelenting misogyny thinly cloaked as chivalry.
YAY! A new series from the Queen!
I've read everything Ms. Feehan has published and strongly believe the Carpathian Series trumps all other series in that category.
Was very happy to find that her beautifully inventive mind created to new world to explore. So why 4, not 5 stars. Sorry Ms. Feehan! The storyline is great, the new "species" for lack of a better word, original new talents or gifts if you will, awesome.
The 4*, the story just didn't seem as fleshed out as much or deeply as I have come to expect in her books. Also, and not being a prude, as I am an F Bomb queen, but oy! The story would have been just as good, if not better with just a third of the bombs presented., as well as the love scenes. Personally I'd have enjoyed less of those two things and more about working in Shadows, or more details about the family history.
But. It is a page turner, and as it is a Feehan book, this was read in one setting, hope we can look forward to this becoming a series and finding the backgrounds on some of the other gents. Just so long as it doesn't cut into time writing and publishing more Carpathian novels.
If you haven't guessed, this is a stand alone book, if you enjoy storytelling by Day, Kenyon, Ward, Leigh, Cole , and you haven't read Feehan...read this, then check out her other series. You won't regret it.
An Exciting Read
A fast paced story with characters you can invest in very easily, and really good twist at the ending.
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