Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...
First of all, I love Ms Feehan’s imagination as it just enthralls me every time. What's even more fabulous is that she stays close to her literary roots here as yet again it's a series with more than a touch of the paranormal. Many authors seem to stray and leave their original fans behind but not Ms Feehan! So settle back and be prepared to get sucked into yet another world with more characters to delight and excite you!
I liked the contemporary setting used in Shadow Rider as it made the characters seem real. It is an intense dynamic between the family members and at first I was a little confused as to why Stefano was the head of the family but I should have trusted the author a little more as explanations were forthcoming. Stefano is a dominant alpha male but he stands out from her previous characters as he is quite foul mouthed, even vulgar at times, and yet this device works well to help the reader discover more about his character.
Francesca is on the run when we meet her but does fortunately have a good friend she trusts. For me, something a little extreme happens to that friend but it's quickly glossed over and rather peculiarly I thought, it’s just accepted. Hmm, this bossy controlling mafia type family are perhaps revered just a little too much for my taste. Yet I can't deny that their protective ways do seem to be coming from a good place but there's a level of violence that at times is shocking. I guess that's where I struggled with Francesca, as whilst initially she balks, that all changes as she finds Stefano taking over her life.
Well, it's a very different concept and there are several characters to tickle the readers’ interest. Brothers, cousins and even a solitary sister who clearly has ideas of her own. The shadow idea and abilities mentioned are not something I've seen before so kudos to what's an original idea to me. Yes, it's a passionate romance but there's a build up to it and the sex scenes don't take over, yippee! There's nothing worse to my mind than scenes of a carnal nature that go on and on and seem to last for three chapters or more! Sensuous is good but sometimes they just need reigning in at times so getting the balance right in Shadow Rider was a cause for relief.
Bottom line is it's an interesting idea that's well written and easy to fall into. Captivating characters are introduced with secrets that I’d love to explore. This vigilante type family is extremely violent and yet, there is a side to them that's very appealing. Plus, as Shadow Rider book ends, another female with shadow abilities has arrived on scene but I'm not sure she or even we are ready for her story yet.
I was gifted a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.