Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ARC Review: Shadow Keeper by Christine Feehan

Series:Shadow #3
Pub. Date:May 29, 2018
Publisher:Berkley Romance
Length:400 pages

Oooh lawd. Christine Feehan has me over here fantasizing about shadows! Did that one just move? The Shadow series and the uber yummy Ferraro Brothers, will have you looking a little harder the next time you see a shadow move across your field of vision. Shadow Keeper is the third installment of the Shadow series, and I would encourage you to read them in order. While each story has its own arc, it will benefit you to have some of the back story from earlier books. Plus, the whole series has been great so you won't regret investing the time.

The hero of this installment is Giovanni Ferraro, our playboy Ferraro brother. Or is he? If you have read the previous books, you will know that Giovanni was shot in the leg and has been unable to ride the shadows while he recovers. This means he is spending more than his normal share of time in the nightclubs being the "face" of the Ferraro family, and a distraction for their enforcement activities. When Giovanni finds his "one" - his fated mate - all those alpha male protective instincts come to the fore to bring his woman on board and agree to tie their shadows together for life. Now the Ferraro men tend to railroad their women until they accept the foregone conclusion that they belong together. While some don't like the pushy alpha males... they really engage in this behavior for all the right reasons, and you can't imagine a woman treated better than these heroines. I seriously love Feehan's heroes, they all tend to have the alpha characteristics in common, and I don't think I've met one that I didn't like.

Our lucky heroine is Sasha Provis, a somewhat sheltered girl from the farm in Wyoming. Sasha was a very likable heroine. She was sweet and family-oriented, but she also didn't fear sticking up for herself or saying what she wanted. I loved the playful side that surfaced once she accepted Giovanni. In addition, she was a dedicated sister and did all in her power to provide the best care for her disabled brother, Sandlin. And Sandlin, dios mio, he just broke my heart.

So the relationship between these two moves at a pretty fast clip, as is the tendency in the fated mates trope. I don't mind that. In fact, I am super happy when the fated heroine accepts her fated Ferraro brother and things start getting good. These alphas are super steamy and skilled, and I loved the play and banter between Sasha and Giovanni. 

The secondary storyline for Shadow Keeper involves a stalker who puts our heroine in danger. I felt like this was laid out very well and helped to advance the plot so that it wasn't all romance and sexytimes. The Ferraros do danger very well, and it makes them all the more appealing. Our future books in the series are shaping up to be explosive and dramatic, and I can't wait!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Berkley.

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