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Grim Shadows (A Roaring Twenties Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Combining the derring-do of a treasure hunter and the cheeky chutzpa of a con artist, Lowe Magnusson, brother of the bootlegger in Bennett’s first intrigue-laced, paranormal Roaring Twenties romance, Bitter Spirits (2014), returns to San Francisco with half of an antique amulet. Because he owes money to a gangster, Lowe intends to have a duplicate made to turn over to collector Archibald Bacall while selling the original. Blind, wheelchair-bound Archibald, however, wants more than just the amulet base and hires Lowe to find the four rays, or finishing pieces, that Archibald’s dead wife has hidden somewhere in San Francisco. When Lowe learns that Archibald’s demon-plagued daughter, Hadley, is also looking for the amulet, they reluctantly join forces. Lowe’s sister-in-law, a professional seer, channels Hadley’s mother, who complicates the search. As Lowe and Hadley work through the puzzles, while fighting off ancient Egyptian demons, they learn what true love is. Bennett plumbs the depths of a 1920s San Francisco beset with eerie overtones in her latest rollicking-good tale. --Pat Henshaw
"Bennett plumbs the depths of a 1920s San Francisco beset with eerie overtones in her latest rollicking-good tale." --Booklist
"In the astounding 2nd book in Bennett's Roaring Twenties series, the underbelly of San Francisco is once again a hot spot of magical danger & sexy sizzle." --RT Book Reviews
"A thrilling, action-filled tale...another winning entry in Bennett's Roaring Twenties series." --Fresh Fiction
"Fun, funny, action-packed...great sexual tension." --Smexy Books
"A tale that will keep readers enthralled." --Heroes & Heartbreakers
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Lowe Magnusson is a smooth-talking archaeologist with an easy smile and a penchant for spinning tales. Hadley Bacall is a curator trying to make a name for herself in a male-dominated field. She’s also got a curse hanging over her head and has to keep her emotions tightly bottled for fear of disaster. On the surface, the two are like night and day, but they just click. The banter between Lowe and Hadley – when balanced by the emotional revelations each makes – made them a truly captivating couple to read about. Both are supremely intelligent and are more than what most people see them to be; traits that come in handy as they become semi-reluctant allies on a quest to find the missing pieces of a supernatural artifact. Their action-packed treasure hunt through the streets of Prohibition-era San Francisco had me avidly turning the pages of Grim Shadows. Ms. Bennett has some wonderful twists and turns in store for readers (even the ones you can see coming are exciting to watch play out).
As she did with the first Roaring Twenties book, Ms. Bennett brings 1920s San Francisco to vivid life, then gives it her own unique spin by adding in the paranormal and placing events in less posh areas than those generally showcased in historical romance. I flat-out loved delving into Ms. Bennett’s world once again, though the mysteries uncovered in Grim Shadows are decidedly different from those in Bitter Spirits. Ms. Bennett has a way of writing that draws you into the story and doesn’t let go. I look forward to getting lost in Lowe and Hadley’s adventure-filled romance many, many times while I impatiently wait for the next Roaring Twenties book!
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The action picks up right from the beginning with Lowe and Hadley fighting off thugs and chasing down a train. They continue to be chased by some unique and interesting creatures throughout the book, but the heart of the story is really the treasure hunt. They have to solve a riddle, decipher a code and hunt down objects all over San Francisco. In Lowe's typical fast-talking fashion they pose as different characters at each stop, which is just as much fun for readers as it is for the normally straight-laced Hadley. The pair also have nearly instant chemistry but Hadley's hang-ups and Lowe's schemes threaten to keep them apart.
You don't need to read Bitter Spirits first to understand Grim Shadows, but if you did you'll be happy to see that Winter and Aida show up a few times in this one. The city of San Francisco is still a big part of the story with some new and interesting locations featured. The paranormal element is also similar, and though it's more prominent here, it's still not what defines the story. I really love the attention to the historical details in both books, especially the fashion. This time the stand out for me is Hadley's lingerie. I'm really enjoying this series and looking forward to Bo and Astrid's story in the next one.
I am so happy to see that there is still one book left in the series - the HEA for Lowe's sister Astrid (hope she and Bo can live up to the high bar set by her roguish brothers.)
Jenn Bennett writing easily transported me to 1920's San Francisco. Love the historical portion of these stories. Curious to see what the next installment will bring.
Both are wounded people struggling to find love, yet believing it can never happen for them. Their slow but hot romance kindles as they race a hidden villain.
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