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“J. K. Beck’s new vampire series is riveting, dangerous, and not to be missed!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Exciting paranormal romance with a sharp, suspenseful edge.”—New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian, on When Pleasure Rules

About the Author

J. K. Beck spent more than ten years as a litigator in Southern California and central Texas, using her rare free time to indulge her passion for writing. Now she uses her legal background as inspiration for her paranormal romantic suspense series the Shadow Keepers, set in and around a secret judicial system hidden within and mirroring our own. California-born, J. K. Beck lives and writes in Texas, where she hangs out with her husband and daughters and drinks far too much coffee.
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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow Keepers (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345525635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345525635
  • ASIN: 0345525639
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vivian1786 on August 5, 2012
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The first three books in this series where really good but this was lacking half way through the story. But I will read on. The story is in the eye of the beholder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Brown on July 15, 2012
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I am just a fan of J.K. Beck. I love this series. Each books seems to be better than the next. I love the link all the characters have in common. I love how she explains the background of each one and how they connect. Highly recommend reading her Shadow Series. LOVE IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on November 5, 2012
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This is the first book I've read by this author and I appear to have started some way through a series. However the author gave enough background information that I could follow what was going on and the large cast of characters was never overwhelming.

In a world of vampire politics, Tiberius is the big cheese. He's working to become the Chairman of the Alliance (i.e. the President of the vampires) and his mate, Caris, is working alongside him. Except when something goes horribly wrong and she is somehow turned into a werewolf. Unfortunately these vampire/werewolf `hybrids', when they exist, release toxic plague when they turn into werewolves and Tiberius has to banish her to keep vampires and humans safe.

Fast-forward twenty years and Tiberius bumps into Caris when she assassinates a human. Her reasons for this become clear but unfortunately a different vampire was looking for the same man and soon they realise that someone may have another hybrid and may be looking to use her to cause devastation amongst humans. Tiberius and Caris have to work together to locate this hybrid, stop the evil vampire - the whole time being aware that Caris is lethal to vampires around her if she changes.

This story had an interesting premise - that a person could be a weapon of mass destruction - and I enjoyed a lot of the scenes between Tiberius and Caris as they try to work through their history and find themselves unable to relinquish their love. The politics side was less interesting to me, and some of the subplots (such as the Zermatt police force investigating the murder) seemed rather to peter out to nothing, and a few loose ends weren't quite tied up, but that is to be expected in a series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy S. on July 26, 2012
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WHEN PASSION LIES (The Shadow Keepers #4) by J.K.Beck

WHEN PASSION LIES is the 4th book in The Shadow Keepers series by J.K. Beck. Focusing on vampire Tiberius and his mate Caris, When Passion Lies is a story about two vampires who have passionately loved each other for centuries without reservation until the day one is cursed to walk the world feared by humans and Shadow creatures alike. Finding his mate is now transformed into the very being all Shadow creatures fear, Tiberius has no choice but to banish his love. But his heart is dealt another blow, when it is rumored she has taken to the bed of the vampire enemy Were.

There is plenty of necessary background information imparted by J.K. that sets up the story. The premise centres around a hybrid species of Shadow creatures created by the crossing of a vampire and werewolf. When bitten by another, the surviving hybrid is cursed to carry the `Black Plague' and an acid-like blood that will destroy anyone who comes in contact. Feared as more of a weapon and threat, the hybrids have been hunted and destroyed until their numbers were eradicated. But a man hoping to find a cure for his `wife' captures Caris and forces the hybrid change through injections and a weren bite. And 20 years later, Caris must return to the man who had banished her from vampire life and his bed.

Caris has hunted the man who turned her life into a living hell and placing a bullet into his head was only the start. But finding herself, facing Tiberius for her sins, Caris knows that her heart will always belong to this man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2012
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Caris and Tiberius were lovers for centuries until a mission in the early eighteenth century shattered their relationship and drove her away from her mate to his rival Gunnolf the Weren. He is devastated by her betrayal but remains dedicated to the cause of protecting the shadow world; she becomes bitter at the world and her former lover.

In the present, Tiberius objects to a nasty beast joining the Alliance as Weren Lihter the Therian representative will challenge Tiberius for the leadership. Lihter holds hostage the daughter of Cyrus Reinholt; Tiberius seeks the man in hiding to learn why. However, he arrives too late as Caris kills Cyrus. With little choice, Caris and Tiberius team up to prevent the ruthless Lihter from destroying the Alliance while a Texas hellhound investigator Gabriel Casavetes hunts the killer of Reinholt.

The latest Shadow Keepers romantic urban fantasy (see When Pleasure Rules and When Wicked Craves) is an exciting second chance at love thriller. When Passion Lies is fast-paced from the moment Tiberius confronts Caris with what she just did and never slowing down as the more the pair learns about Lihter's agenda the more diligent they become to prevent it. Although the snappy retorts are overdone making each lead seem too acrimonious, series fans will enjoy this exhilarating entry. Additionally, a bonus "Shadow Keepers novella "Midnight" provides the first chance historical romance when Caris(sa) asks Tiberius to help rescue her brother.

Harriet Klausner
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