Series: Shadow #1
Published by Jove on June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
“I can’t believe Stefano Ferraro claimed you.”
FINAL DECISION: Fascinating beginning a new series about a family that lives in the dark and manipulates light and dark in order to protect others. I loved this book except that I thought that the heroine needed more strength and backbone than she demonstrated for most of the book.
THE STORY: Stefano Ferraro is the oldest sibling and head of the Ferraro family. Controlling and protecting the Little Italy portion of Chicago, the family is rich, famous and has a secret dark side. The members are Shadow Riders who are able to manipulate light and dark. Stefano believes that only his family has this ability until he sees a woman on his streets that silently calls to him. Francesco Cappello is at the end of her rope. Broke and desperate, she has come to Chicago at the beckoning of her friend who promises a job. What Francesca doesn’t expect is to have a handsome, formidable stranger immediate claim her for his own.
OPINION: I found this book very enjoyable. It was well written in the suspense arena. I liked how the mystery of what exactly is going on with the Ferraro family is spaced out throughout the book which keeps the reader guessing as to what is going on. After reading this book, I want to read more about this family, so I believe it was a great success.
Francesca has secrets when she arrives in Chicago:
“She filled out the application, leaving just about everything blank. Her name. Her social security number. That was it. There was nothing else she could safely tell him.”
My one complaint is that Francesca demonstrated too many doormat tendencies at times. She has incredible strength at times and I wish I could have seen more of that personality when she was with Stefano. Just because he is domineering alpha doesn’t mean that she can’t be a strong match for him.
Stefano is one intimidating dude. When Francesco first sees him, she describes him as follows:
“God, but he was good-looking. Italian American. Olive skin. Gorgeous blue eyes and thick black hair that made a woman want to run her fingers through it. No man should be able to look like he did. She tried to look away from him, but something in his steady gaze warned her not to and she didn’t dare defy him. She couldn’t imagine anyone crossing him. He didn’t exactly walk up to her. He stalked, like a great jungle cat emerging from the shadows. Silent. Fluid. Breathtaking.”
I found Stefano and his siblings very intriguing. They have a unique “power” that I look forward to learning more about in future books. I especially liked how family oriented Stefano is and how important Francesca is to him and his family. It was funny and sweet how everyone wants to meet Francesca because she gives them hope.
My favorite part of this book was the world building involved and the fascinating set of powers this family has. There are also threads that will obviously be continued in future books in the series and I look forward to seeing this series develop.
WORTH MENTIONING: Now I really want to read the book about the sister because I already think I know who her match will be.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SHADOW RIDER is the first book in the Shadow series about 5 brothers and a sister in the Ferraro family.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.