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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439199515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439199510
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Gideon has written award-winning category romances, historical and paranormal bestsellers,  earned a “Career Achievement for Historical Adventure” and a HOLT Medallion, and has had two original horror screenplays optioned for film. A Michigan native, she works full time as a legal administrative assistant.

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One

So this was how a lamb felt at the slaughter.

Nothing in Susanna Duchamps’s isolated world prepared her for the barrage of sensations within the dark walls of the Shifter club. Sound battered her ears. Music pounded in a visceral pulse. Brutish figures hunched over tables, their voices loud and rough, their laughter carnal. Even the scent burning her nostrils was frighteningly feral, urging her to step back before she was noticed. Before she became a tender meal.

The moment she’d crossed the threshold of Cheveux du Chien, the safe separation between their species was gone and she became the unprotected prey.

And at their mercy, instead of the other way around.

Too frightened to move, Susanna feared she wouldn’t survive this huge mistake.

“You made it.”

Recognizing the direct voice of Nica Fraser, she turned, hoping her smile wasn’t wobbly with relief.

For an instant, the sight of the deadly mercenary-for-hire in her guise of waitress confused her. The last time she’d seen the tall, willowy assassin, she’d been in a stylish cashmere sweater dress and tall boots, looking more like a society fund-raiser than a black-denim-jeans-and-skinny-tank-topped barmaid. But in the cool, measuring stare, she saw the dangerous chameleon who’d risked her life to restore the one thing that made Susanna’s worth living. That’s why she’d answered Nica’s surprise call to come quickly and secretively to New Orleans.

“You said you needed my help, so here I am. It’s the least I could do to repay you.”

Nica waved off her gratitude. “Believe me, I was paid plenty.”

“Not by me,” came Susanna’s somber response. She glanced around, aware that their meeting was drawing attention she couldn’t afford. “Is there someplace we can talk privately?”

Noting the carry-on bag with its Chicago–New Orleans tag still attached, Nica asked, “Don’t you want to get settled in and freshen up first?”

“No offense, but I don’t want to settle in here. I’d rather get right to business.”

Nica’s quick smile softened her rather hawkish features. “Now I remember why I liked you. Follow me. We can use my boss’s office while he’s in the stockroom checking in a new shipment.”

They threaded a gauntlet of crowded tables. Hard rock rained down from an extensive sound system tucked in between ductwork and industrial lighting that dangled by chains and pulleys from the refurbished warehouse’s soaring flat, black ceiling. The beat was as primal as the clientele. Up close, the brute power of the rugged males was as raw as the harsh liquor in their glasses. Gleaming stares fixed upon her, some just curious, some vaguely menacing. She clutched her bag tighter and stuck close to her companion.

“Your boss?” she called over the noise. “You work here?”

Nica chuckled without looking back. “Quite a drop in pay grade, but my man’s a stickler for legality. Honest work for honest pay and all that self-righteous nonsense. Good thing he’s more relaxed in other areas or I’d never put up with him.”

Startled by the comment, Susanna glanced at her shoulder. Faint scarring showed beneath the thin straps of her tank top. “You’re bonded.”

“Amazing, huh? Good thing he admires my other qualities or he’d never put up with my lack thereof on the domestic front. They say opposites attract.”

Susanna said nothing as they climbed a short flight of wide steps to a room off a dark hall that had probably once belonged to the plant supervisor, who could keep an eye on his laborers through a broad expanse of glass. Those windows now gleamed with a reflective opaque of privacy.

Given the rough element in the bar area, the office of Cheveux du Chien was surprisingly professional, from its red, black, and chrome décor to the surveillance equipment and high-end computer. Closing the door sealed out the raucous sounds from the floor.

“How was your trip?” Nica asked as she waved her guest to one of the black leather couches.

“Long. I’m not particularly fond of train travel.” She sighed as she sank into comfortable cushions and let her heavy bag drop along with her anxiousness.

“But it’s expedient and difficult to trace,” Nica justified. “You didn’t have any trouble with the tickets I sent, did you?”

“No. I didn’t expect to. I know you’re very good at your job. I wouldn’t have come here, otherwise. I’m sure you appreciate the danger this puts me and my family in, just talking to you.”

“I do. But I also know you’re not as delicate as your expensive pastel suit would suggest. I wouldn’t have asked you here, otherwise. We’re professional females, you and I, and there’s little we won’t do in the name of business or family.”

“Why am I here, Nica? Business or family?”

“A bit of both, and I think you’ll find it very worth your trouble.”

A pique of interest pushed away her travel fatigue. “Go on. What kind of family business requires an obgyn?”

Nica hesitated for just an instant, then amended, “That’s not all you are. You’re a geneticist in a very specialized field.” Catching the jump of alarm in Susanna’s eyes, she added, “I had to know who you were, and what you were involved in, when you hired me. That information goes no farther than the two of us if you decide you can’t help me.”

Susanna relaxed, forcing her mood to become equally receptive. She trusted the other woman. Nica understood the importance of secrecy and security when survival was in the balance. It was how both of them lived their very different lives.

“So,” she ventured carefully, “exactly how much do you know about what I do?”

“Everything. I know your practice within the human world is a cover so you can access their databases. I know your private interest is in combining Shifter and Chosen DNA, and that even though the Purist Movement has offered to fund your research, you’ve refused their aid because of their reputation for, shall we say, meddling.”

“They don’t care about honest research. They’re only interested in furthering their propaganda of separate being better, and separate and not equal, better still.”

Nica grinned. “Bet it feels good to say that out loud.”

Susanna returned a wry smile. “One watches one’s words when political ears are everywhere.”

“And long, unforgiving memories. It must get tricky hiding your true focus from them.”

Again, Susanna had no comment. The shadow of her enemies reached too far for her to feel comfortable speaking her opinion. There was too much in the balance. Instead, she asked more pointedly, “What part of my research concerns you?”

“Shifter regeneration properties.”

Her reply was cautious. “Personal or military application?”

Nica laughed. “I’m no friend of the military, or anything governmental, for that matter. I’m enjoying my newfound freedom a little too much to place it anywhere near their opportunistic hands.”

“Personal then.”

“Yes. Not me, personally, but a friend. I owe a debt, and in settling mine, you can satisfy yours to me. You aren’t obligated in any way. You’re free to say no and get back on the first train north with no hard feelings. Your work is valuable. I wouldn’t want to compromise it in any way.”

Compromise. That was the last thing she expected to hear from the razor-edged warrior. Susanna didn’t know much about Nica Fraser except that she’d succeeded when no other could with an unmatched deadly skill and cunning. But this softer side was a new facet to her, one that perhaps came with settling down with a mate. A wistful pang twisted through her, but it was pushed away as she turned back to business.

“Why does your friend need a geneticist?”

Nica’s shrewd gaze assessed her for a long moment. “Whatever I tell you goes no farther.”

“Of course.”

“My friend is close to a human who was critically injured and has no chance of recovery. This friend of mine is bonded to a Shifter male and through that bonding process, her own life was saved because of the regenerating qualities passed to her during the mating ritual.”

“Your friend is human?” Surprise gave way to fascination.

“It’s complicated. Let’s just say she and her mate both bring interesting DNA to the table, and because of that, she thinks these properties could be used to heal her friend. Given all the research you’ve done, do you think that’s even remotely possible?”

Susanna blinked. What Nica suggested was a shocking bit of science fiction with huge moral consequences. It was one thing to tamper with genetic traits within their own species, but to dare cross those lines artificially . . .

“I would need samples from her and her mate, and the human.”

Nica brightened. “You think it can be done?”

“In a lab, maybe. In actuality, I don’t know. I’m not sure it should even be tried. There are implications far beyond what any of you have considered.”

“But you’re willing to find out?”

Susanna drew in a shaky breath. Her thoughts swell...

More About the Author

With over 55 sales since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon's writing encompasses romance genres from historicals and regencies to contemporary suspense and the paranormal.

Under her own name, she's a bestseller for Silhouette Romantic Suspense, has written an award-winning vampire romance series, and has an eight book shape-shifter series with Pocket Books. Also listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), she collaborated on Indie horror films In the Woods and Savage with screenwriting and ADR script credits, and even played a small role.

Writing historical romance as Dana Ransom, she's a "Career Achievement for Historical Adventure" and "K.I.S.S." award winner with books published in Romanian, Italian, Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, German, Icelandic and Chinese.
As Rosalyn West, she's a HOLT Medallion winner with nominations for "Best North American Historical Romance" and "Best Historical Book in a Series."

A prolific writer, Gideon attributes her creative output, which once peaked at seven novels in one year, to her love of history and a gift for storytelling. She also credits the discipline learned through a background in journalism and OCD. The due date for her third book and her second son were on the same day . . . and both were early! When on deadline, she turns on the laptop between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. to get a chapter in before work.

Visit Nancy at nancygideon.com.

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I really enjoyed this one and fans of Larissa Ione and Nalini Singh should really check this out.
Mary Bookhounds
Gideon gave me enough information to understand what was going on, but I was left with questions that would have been answered with the past five books.
Chels
There were well developed characters that I enjoyed getting to know, the action was exciting and the romance was hot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikki B on May 31, 2012
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Susanna knows exactly what she gave up when she turned her lover in years ago and her society made him "disappear". She also knows it was for the best because a future for them was a bleak one. Never knowing what came of him other than he was alive was enough for her to attempt to move on. When she gets a call to return a favor in New Orleans she never expects to run right into him, let alone have to work so close she can smell him. The greater good prevails her sense of self-preservation but soon she is feeling those urges only he can make her feel. Can she finally take a chance with the one man she's ever loved?

Living without a past is just part of the bad hand Jacques seems to have been dealt. Though he has picked himself up and is now a successful bar owner for the areas shifters. Things are looking up until Susanna walks into his life. Even if his mind can't comprehend, his body is telling him another story entirely. Maybe it's time he finally let the murky past go and embrace the future. A mate he doesn't know shouldn't still haunt his soul. Something about Susanna is calling to him on a primal level and even though he tries to deny it, the mind can only take so much before the body takes over .

Seeker Of Shadows is the sixth installment in Nancy Gideon's Moonlight series. Up till the last book the series had pretty much only focused on the relationship between bodyguard turned millionaire Max and his human, cop girlfriend, Cee Cee. The last book, Hunter Of Shadows introduced two brand new characters, Nica and Silas. While some people enjoyed that story, I along with a lot of other readers really resisted the branch off from the main characters. I really didn't get into that book nearly as much as I had when it was solely Cee Cee and Max.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Bookworm's Haven VINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
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When I was offered this book for review I was a little hesitant because I had not read any other books in this series and was worried about being lost in the story. Luckily Nancy does give enough information that I could follow along with the plot, but I could tell there were holes in the backstory that I knew I was missing. I understand the mythology behind the shifters and the humans, but the Ancients and the Chosen are a still a little fuzzy. That is by no means the fault of the author. I am pointing it out because I would not recommended doing what I did by coming in at this point in the series. I would start from the beginning so there would not be any confusion.

In Seeker of Shadows the main characters are a Chosen, Susanna and a shifter, Jacques. I was drawn to this story because I love when we follow lovers who have had a past already and these two definitely have a difficult history to work through. Susanna made a choice seven years ago to try and save Jacques life, but in doing so he had to lose all his memories of her. So when he crosses paths with Susanna he has no idea that she is actually the mate that he longs to find. From the moment the two of them see each other I could not wait for everything to come out and watch how they dealt with it. The situation was so exciting and intense and I relished watching it all unfold in front of me.

The action in this book starts right from the beginning and is a solid presence all the way to the last page. There seemed to be danger around every corner and I was not quite sure where the next attack was going to come from. The Chosen stop at nothing to get what they want and they wanted something the shifters had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on November 26, 2012
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This is the first book I've read in the Moonlight series. It's always hard getting into the book when you're so far ahead, but the plot seemed so interesting I just couldn't wait! Gideon gave me enough information to understand what was going on, but I was left with questions that would have been answered with the past five books. I'm definitely going to read the first ones to fully understand the sixth, but that didn't take away from how thrilling the plot is!

Susanna made a difficult choice. She needed to save her mate, so betraying him and wiping all of his memories was something she had to do. It killed her, but it was for the greater good. It was very heartbreaking to see her leave the love of her life and that's what sucked me into the next chapters. We fast forward years later and find out Jacques now owns a shifter bar and has become very successful. Susanna runs into Jacques while accomplishing a favor for a friend and the book heats up.

Sparks fly when Susanna walks into the bar. Jacques finds her attractive... no, MORE than attractive. Those thoughts are weird to him. Why is he feeling such a strong reaction to this woman? What makes her so special? He tries his hardest to stay away from this woman who randomly captured his heart.

First thing I have to say: RAWR! The romance in this book doesn't disappoint. You really feel bad for both characters... Susanna is relatable, and knowing why she had to wipe Jacques's memories tears her apart. The mystery aspect is great; every page is addicting. The reader will root for both characters. There is plenty of adventure and the plot is fast-paced. Everything came together nicely, and I've become a Nancy Gideon fan!

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my opinion*
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