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Shadow Rider (Shadow, #1) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Rider (Shadow, #1)Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Shadow Rider
Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Shadow, #1
Pages: 480
Publisher: Jove
Date: June 28, 2016


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…


Any fan of Christine Feehan knows she does not write “light” books. Her most famous (to me) series is even called Dark, although I always think of it as The Carpathians. Her Ghostwalker series is even more intense and even the Drake sisters is more dark than happy.

The new Shadow series is no exception. It definitely leans (and sometimes falls over) to the dark side . . . and I love it.

I have to admit it started out slow. I understand that any new series is going to have some world building, but I swear I was a third of the way through the book before I figured out where it was going. That is the reason I only gave it three stars. It was well worth the time though.

Stefano takes the whole alpha male/protector personality to an extreme . . . sometimes too much for me and definitely too much for Francesca. He could be hard to like. After his family background is explained, he becomes, if not more likeable, definitely more understandable.


I did not like the fact that the Shadow Riders could only mate/breed with someone who has Shadow Rider blood. There is only one actually mate for a Rider, although they can breed with another with the right bloodline. The one mate thing was not really the problem (Carpathians, anyone?); it was the fact that they also had to be of the Shadow Rider line as well.
I guess that leaves me out.

The other thing that bothered me was not with the book itself, but with this blurb which is on Goodreads.

The #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance”* is back with a sexy new series starring a Chicago crime family that hides a dark, mystical secret…

The Shadow Riders are NOT criminals. They are assassins, and yes, in my world there is a difference. They only go after the bad guys that the law can’t touch.

I think this is a great beginning to a new series and I can’t wait for the next one. Hopefully, since the author is so prolific it won’t be long in coming.

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Cat’s Lair (Leopard People, #7) by Christine Feehan

Cat's Lair (Leopard People #7)Cat’s Lair by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Cat’s Lair
Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Leopard People, #7
Pages: 448
Publisher: Jove
Date: May 5, 2015


Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.

Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own—secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.


First off, I never, ever read series books out of order. Even if I am told individual books can stand alone, I always read them in order. Well, this time I ran out of time . . . and they were right. This book works perfectly well as a standalone.

Anyway, Cat is on the run. She has learned to stay unobtrusive in order to survive. Unfortunately, the man she is running from is an abusive, murderous crime lord named Rafe . . . who also happens to be a leopard shifter.

Cat is a shifter too, but she has yet to shift. Females do not shift until they are older and she is terrified of her leopard. She is afraid it will be a killer too because that is all she has ever known.

Enter Ridley Cromer – (view spoiler)

Ridley is an undercover DEA agent and they want Cat to testify against Rafe. She knows she will not live long enough to testify. Rafe will find her and either kill her or kidnap her again.

Ridley, whose real name is Eli, kidnaps her himself in order to protect her. The fact that he is a shifter as well and wants Cat as his mate is simply a side benefit. Yeah, right.
I loved the relationship between Eli and Cat. Given her childhood, you would expect Cat to be a terrified mouse. She is anything but. She is frightened, of course, but she is strong and determined to live her own life.

Eli is a dominant, which is to be expected with any of Feehan’s books. The males are always alphas. Eli takes it to an entirely different level. He is a dominant in the manner of BDSM. Fortunately, Cat discovers she loves his dominance and even though she is a strong woman, she is also submissive.

Eli is dominant and aggressive and hard headed and he loves Cat more than his own life. He is not afraid to admit it either. Cat can’t understand it, but he never lets her think she is not loved.

I love that Eli is open with his feelings about Cat. I also love that he is determined she learns to defend herself. He is not so stupid to think he will always be able to protect her. She has to be able to protect herself. And she does . . . up to a point.

The bad guy shows up and he is not alone. Bad things happen and Eli is not able to protect her. And, . . .

Read the book. Read the entire series. I’m going to.

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