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- Publisher: Satin Smoke Press (April 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 27, 2018
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- Language: English
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Blood Shadows is the first in the duet Blood Never Lies and some what of a spin off of the Eye of the Storm series. It is well written and if you haven’t read the EotS you won’t be lost but may appreciate it more if you have. I feel it will be enjoyed either way!
Blood Shadows is Jennifer’s story. She has been through one tremendous ordeal after another. Finally things are looking up after starting a new life. But nothing is as it seems.
Everything you think you know-well you don’t! The twist is one you won’t see coming!
I was expecting an amazing read and Dianna delivered well beyond that! Never disappointed and constantly in awe. The way she creates a story just pulls you in!
It’s definitely hard to review this story without giving away the goods so all I can really say is Just Read It! You’ll be left craving more, I know I am!
Jennifer Warren (aka Selena Smith) is an extremely complex character. I felt for her as she hasn't had an easy life. This is a woman I loved to hate in the Eye of the Storm series, as she was a real *i*ch. Five years after being given a new name and a new life from her ordeal at the hands of the Tridents, she is trying to put her life back together as best she can. However, there's a bad moon rising (okay, it's a super blood moon, but you get the idea) and her saviour sends her an ominous warning. As the life she's tried to build slowly unravels, will she find her inner strength once more, or will the changes coming break her?
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book. Told through the eyes of several of the characters, we get to see their thoughts and feelings. Selena has had a really raw deal being a female wolf in a male dominated world; she has had to fight for what she wanted. Now as Jennifer, I found her to be slightly more tempered and, even though scarred mentally if not physically anymore, she has more vulnerability than Selena ever showed. This could be because being human, Jennifer cannot draw on her wolf's strength. However, her experiences have left her damaged emotionally and she struggles every day with nightmares. I do wish she had spoken to someone about her ordeal, but can understand her reluctance, as they would probably have committed her into an asylum when she told them she was a wolf.
Besides Jennifer, we are also introduced to several characters, such as David - Jennifer's boyfriend, Roman Dalton - Jennifer's saviour who has secrets of his own, Hai - Roman's surrogate father and mentor, and Prisha Patel - David's best friend and work colleague. I have mixed reactions to the various characters. I like David and think he's a wonderful man; Roman is still a bit of an enigma but I like him too. He's also not had an easy life growing up. There's a definite chemistry between him and Jennifer that fairly radiates off the page, so am interested to see where they, or the author, takes us as the series progresses. Hai is a character I love. He is full of Chinese proverbs and wise sayings that annoy Roman and confuse Jennifer, but I found him to be a loving man who took a scared boy under his wing and gave him much needed love and attention. Then there is Prisha. I found her to be similar in her attitude and characteristics as Selena. She may be another character that I may love to hate as the series progresses. Watch this space!
I don't want to give any spoilers and this book is so hard to describe without giving huge ones. Therefore, I will try to keep this as short as possible by saying: READ THIS BOOK! Blood Shadow is not always an easy read, especially if you or someone you know has gone through an abusive relationship, as the main character has gone through hell and it may cause a triggering event. Having said that, there is one scene between Jennifer and Roman that is serious but light at the same time. It's incredibly hard to blame Roman for something he did accidentally when he was trying to save her life and he's horrified about it, but it's still a violation of sorts. I'll leave it to you to decide for yourself if you'd be amused or horrified by his actions. There are also some rather touching scenes, so you may need a tissue or two.
At the end of the story, we get to meet a new character who will be one of the main characters in the next book in the companion series, Aftershock. Her name is Jasmine. However, if you've read Reign of the Wolf, the sixth book in the Eye of the Storm series, you would have been briefly introduced to her as a baby. I can't wait to get my hands on this book, but I'm dreading it too. This is because I know it'll be an emotional roller coaster ride and I'll end up feeling like I've been put through the wringer, just like this one - a book hangover in the making!
Dianna Hardy is one of my favourite romance authors (she writes both paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romance). She has a way of expressing so much emotion through her written words; ripping your heart out with them, but also filling you up with them too. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. The flow is fantastic too. Reading her books are a joy, and I will continue to read them for as long as she keeps writing them.
Unlike other books by this author, this book doesn't have any romantic scenes of explicit content. However, there are flashbacks from Jennifer/Selena's past that are explicit, as well as scenes containing some bad language and violence that may offend some readers, so I do not recommend this book for younger readers or those of a nervous disposition, or those who may have a triggered event by reading this book. Having said that, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love contemporary or paranormal romances, dark fantasy and/or urban fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton
With a new name and identity Jennifer gets a second chance at life. She is trying to put her past behind her but with all the hurt from her past that might not be as easy as it sounds but is it for anyone.
Someone is watching over her and leaving her notes telling her what to do but Jennifer has her own life now that is all hers and she wants no one telling her what to do especially a man if it is a man that is leaving the notes. Is this person really looking out for her best interest? Can she trust this person? Who is leaving the notes?
In one of these notes this mystery person tells her about a Supermoon is coming. What does this have to do with Jennifer as she is no longer a werewolf and now human? This mystery person never gives her much info to go on.
Blood Shadow is packed with lots of action around every corner. It kept me glued to my kindle not being able to flip the pages fast enough needing to know what came next. Once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it down and devoured it in just a few short hours. I can never get enough of Dianna’s novels her writing just gets better and better with each word. As I have said more than once I loved each and every one of the books in the Eye of the Storm series and The Witching Pen series and well every other book of hers that I have read. If I had to pick a favorite one I don’t think I could, no I don’t think that will ever happen.
I would recommend Blood Shadow and the Eye of the Storm series to all fans of werewolves and the paranormal.