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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...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Feehan (Dark Promises) inflicts an aggressively sexist hero on her hapless heroine in this poorly rendered contemporary paranormal series opener. Set in an utterly generic and implausible rendering of Chicago, the story centers on Francesca Capello, a woman fleeing her tragic past, and Stefano Ferraro, the scion of a wealthy family with a secret—they can travel through shadows. Stefano recognizes that Francesca is also a shadow rider and proceeds to take control of her life. Frequently using the excuse that his control is for her safety, Stefano steamrolls Francesca’s weak protests and at one point goes so far as to kidnap her from her apartment and force her to move into his penthouse. The plot’s attempts to justify Stefano’s actions are flimsy, reverting to cartoonish violence so repetitive that the characters comment on it themselves. Even readers interested in an extreme fantasy rendering of a domination/submission relationship are likely to struggle with the unrelenting misogyny thinly cloaked as chivalry. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (June)
Romance: Lover of darkness
A man with paranormal powers finds his fated mate in Shadow Rider , the first in Christine Feehan’s new -Shadow series. Stefano, oldest of the wealthy and notorious Ferraro family, sees Francesca Cappello on the streets of Chicago and knows she has his same gift—an ability to ride the shadows and move about unseen. His family uses their various supernatural powers to serve up justice, and while he falls for Francesca immediately, he worries that his family’s unconventional—and illegal—crime-fighting might scare her off. Francesca has troubles of her own, however, and turns to Stefano for help, quickly learning what marrying a Ferraro would mean. As an orphan, she longs for the closeness of a family like Stefano’s, but becoming his bride has implications beyond agreeing to belong to a domineering and protective man. Can she accept him and the powerful love they share? Gritty action and scorching love scenes make this series launch a winner.
A DANGEROUS MAN
It’s a classic tale—brooding loner with a secret past fascinates sheltered heroine—and Diana Palmer tells a version of this story with flair in Defender. Paul Fiore works as head of security for millionaire Darwin Grayling, which means he spends time watching over Grayling’s daughters. But soon, the mutual attraction between Paul and the oldest, Isabel, sends him running: The financial gulf is too wide, and he’s too commitment-averse. But years later, he’s back in her life as an FBI agent investigating her father’s illegal dealings. Now an assistant district attorney, Isabel has told herself she’s over the silly crush from her youth, but her feelings for Paul return. She wants to avoid Paul and any further risk of heartbreak, but she also wants to stop her cruel and ruthless father. An assassin’s contract on Isabel makes matters more dire, and Paul will do anything to protect her. Palmer’s latest is a sensual and suspenseful read.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
An aristocrat and an unconventional lady find love and adventure in the first in Mary Jo Putney’s Rogues Redeemed series, Once a Soldier. Following the Peninsular War, Will Masterson is ordered on one last mission before he returns home: a journey to San Gabriel to view how the small mountain kingdom has fared. In this ravaged land, he meets Englishwoman Athena Markham, companion and advisor to the presumptive queen. He’s intrigued by her competence and independence, and the attraction pleasantly surprises them both. Athena, the daughter of an infamous courtesan, has suffered for those circumstances and warms to handsome Major Masterson’s sincere acceptance of her illegitimacy. However, when she learns that he’s titled, she knows there is no future for them—society would never accept her. Before Will has time to persuade her differently, a lethal force threatens the country, and they are caught up in trying to save something bigger than themselves. Will they live to find happiness? Once a Soldier is a thrilling, romantic tale.