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Series: Shadow #1
Published by Jove on June 28, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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...
This is an author I have wanted to try, so since this is the first in a new series, I grabbed it. This is a different kind of supernatural which left me wanting to know much more. The world was rich, interesting and a good amount of action. There was also a lot of sex, hot, fairly detailed sex. It was a good read; it kept me engrossed.
But I did some eye-rolling. The guy, Stefano, in fact all the guys, are hot alphahole billionaires. They are in control and everyone knows it. Francesca is not a doormat; her thoughts are not too logical at times. She is however a poor, almost virgin, on the run from trouble.
To me, this is old school contemporary romance and paranormal romance. I am over books where the man has everything, is in charge, and the woman starts with nothing. It makes it much harder to connect with the characters.
The rest of the characters were fine, but still too black or white for me. It’s all money or no money. Good or evil. I need more gray and layers in my world. Things aren’t so simple. With more character development, it wouldn’t seem as much this way. By the end of Shadow Rider, it was getting better. Sill, my wish for the future would be for more character development and some powerful women.