Review: Shadowed

shadowedReviewed by Jen

I really enjoy these books.  Rebecca Zanetti does a really spectacular job of building a continuing story over the course of the series, while at the same time, giving each book a fantastic romance and stand alone story.  Here, we finally get to the last Kayrs brother, the long tortured and revenge driven Jase.

As the story begins, Jase offers himself up to Brenna in a mating.  Longtime readers will remember Brenna from previous stories as Moira’s younger sister, who was poisoned back in Hunted.  Now, she is dying and only a powerful mate can save her life.  Jase thinks the world of the witch and mating her won’t just help her… he hopes her powers will help him grow stronger in turn, allowing him to finally destroy the demons who held him prisoner for the past five years.  Brenna has a long standing crush on Jase and that, combined with her failing health, makes accepting his offer a no-brainer.

The chemistry between these two is there from the very beginning.  I love that their mating takes place almost right away.  It allows them to explore their attraction and build on it, though acceptance of more tender feeling takes some time.  Jase is determined to fulfill his quest for revenge no matter what the cost. At the same time, Brenna is dealing with an ancient prophecy that threatens her life and wonky powers that she can’t quite master.  Falling in love and securing a future are things that keep getting pushed from the forefront for both of them.  Yet, neither can ignore what is growing between them.

I liked both Jase and Brenna, though at times Jase would overrule her wishes and that drives me a little crazy.  I love how determined they both were to heal the other, even though their own Issues got in the way at time.  The sex was hot and satisfying, but it didn’t overshadow the relationship development. The action is great –the danger never felt manufactured.  I didn’t want to put it down.

One of my favorite things about these books is how cohesive they are (though they CAN be read as standalones.) All of our favorite characters from previous books play a part.  Even the couples from the novellas get shout outs.  And Janie’s story is front and center.  I am dying to see how her story plays out. She is finally all grown up and we get just enough scenes with her, Zane, and Kalin to leave me more desperate for that book than ever.  It’s almost here.  Part of me is crazy-excited, but the other part is a little sad, knowing the series will likely be coming to an end.

If you haven’t tried these books before, there is no time like the present.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by Kensington

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: October 3, 2013
Publisher: Kensington

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