Long Shadows (Lycanthropy Files Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Lonna is back and front and center in Long Shadows. Lonna is a social worker with a private investigators license. In this book, Lonna will be using her investigative abilities once again. This time, she is the target. Many times over. The first attack while she is in her wolf form, ends up with Lonna waking up with no sign of her inner wolf. This is devastating and leaves her vulnerable. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed wolf-Lonna until she disappeared from the story.
Luckily, Maximilian Fortuna (quite the name!) shows up. Max is a wizard. And technically, he is not supposed to help Lonna, only observe, but Max will find loopholes in order to worm his way into Lonna’s life in one way or another. It’s not just professional interest. There is definitely a spark between these two. The pair will flip/flop between flirting and keeping distance for a significant part of the story, but you know where it is headed, don’t you?
Why is Max supposed to observe Lonna? Well, there a many cryptic comments about Lonna being special. She thinks it is because she was turned to wolf by magic, not the virus that everyone else got. Beyond that, Lonna has no idea what those comments are about. There will be lot of information withholding from Lonna with comments like: “It’s too much to go into here, and we have to keep moving.” and “The explanation is too long to go into now.”. These comments will lead to Lonna making threats and Max responding with comments like: “Are all our conversations going to end up with you threatening me for answers? At least it’s not evisceration this time.”
If I was Lonna, I’d be frustrated too. As the reader, I was anxious to find out what all the secrets were. And there are quite a few. One that even involves Giancarlo, the man she was dating before she met Max. By the way, there is now a pattern in this series with the heroine having more than one love interest.
Max is kind of wishy-washy. He keeps withholding info from Lonna – saying he is not allowed to tell. Although, at the same time, he has already defied orders by making contact with Lonna. He needs to pick a team. And he will but I think it takes him too long since he waits until he is in as much trouble as Lonna. Am I being too harsh on Max? Maybe.
Lonna’s Aunt Alicia and her friend Gladis Ann are keys to Lonna’s past. But Aunt Alicia is near death when she first appears in the story and dies soon after, leaving Lonna frustrated and without answers. But Gladis Ann left her with a cryptic message which the private investigator in her can use to dig for answers. I liked it when Lonna got down to sleuthing – and as a result often got into trouble.
Despite all the extreme events and changes in her life, Lonna remains true to herself, right down to her cussing in dreams. I really like Lonna. She is a very approachable character, even as a wolf. Not that I am a cusser. But I do like her taste in cars. Lonna’s dream car is Maddie, a Mini Cooper convertible
Cecilia Dominic has done some interesting research about werewolf folklore. I think you will appreciate that her research really comes through in Long Shadows.
Long Shadows is a great sequel to The Mountains’ Shadow. While it is a whole new story (and can be read as standalone), Long Shadows continues to develop and expand on the lycanthropy theme. The condition that is lycanthropy started as a complete mystery in book 1 and then expanded on its origin, science and philosophy. Long Shadows continues to add further historical and fictional details about lycanthropy and combines it with generous doses of mystery, suspense and romance. If you are looking for a unique take on werewolves, check out this series.
I received a copy of Long Shadows from the Ms. Dominic so that I could bring you this honest review.
Lonna turns to the Ozarks pack and a reunion with her best friend for safety, only to learn she has brought the danger with her and whoever is behind it is not planning on taking any names other than Lonna’s. While there Lonna starts to have feelings for Max, a sexy wizard from the Caribbean. Lonna knows that the last thing she can ever have any feelings for is a wizard.
As things turn even worse for Lonna, Max seems to always turn up just when he is needed and after awhile both can’t ignore their feelings any longer. Every clue on who is out to capture Lonna brings only more questions about Lonna’s true history. It seems that there were some hidden secrets in Lonna’s past and just as those are coming out and Lonna needs Max’s strength more than ever, his secrets come back to haunt both of them. Madmen have torn Lonna’s wolf self from her and taken Max also. However, Lonna isn’t going to take any of this sitting down and if opening herself to her entire heritage is what it will take to get both of them back, then look out world because Lonna is about come out swinging.
What appears to be a very unlikely couple turns out to have more in common than anyone would have ever guessed and their love is one no one better mess with. Lonna and Max learn about all the things that have been hidden from them in their pasts in Long Shadows. The path to Max and Lonna being together is filled with boulders, not just wimpy potholes. It seemed to me that every time I thought it was clear sailing for Lonna and Max, yet another road block showed up. I admit that there are several times I wanted to just smack Max because of his non-answers but his deep love for Lonna won me to his side. I cheered when Lonna finally accepted all that she was and claimed not only her heritage but her inner wolf and her love with Max. Long Shadows will keep you on your toes with the suspense, deep friendships renewed and hot passion.
This book was reviewed by Jo for Joyfully Reviewed (JR), and was provided by the publisher/author at no cost to JR for the purpose of being reviewed.
This book is probably going to appeal most to those who love both urban fantasy and paranormal romance. It's an exciting, fast-paced story filled with mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. I like how the werewolf and witch/wizard mythology is developed here, and the plot definitely included some surprises that I didn't expect.
The ending ties up the events of this book neatly, but also sets us up for Gabriel's story, Blood's Shadow (Lycanthropy Files Book 3), which I am very much looking forward to reading.
I received a free copy of this ebook from the author and volunteered to review it. The version I reviewed was cleanly edited and formatted. The language was fairly clean, and while there were references to sexual activity, most of the action took place "off stage." Similarly, although this book included violence and death, nothing was depicted very graphically. It should be appropriate for a fairly wide audience.