Saturday, December 14, 2013

Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Shadowdance (Darkest London, #4)
Release date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Series: Darkest London #4

Once a heart is lost in shadow...

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past...or risk losing Mary forever.


My Rating: 4 Roses

Dark, romantic, and thrilling, Shadowdance was a fantastic steampunk romance. The creepy demons of mysterious murders had chills going down my spine, while the romance dark, sweet, and steamy. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Mary was a strong heroine. She wasn't the type to sit and wait around. She fought for what she believed in and what she wanted. She was tough, brave, clever, and likable. I thought she was great.

Jack was also amazing. He had one hell of a dark past, not the least of which was what he suffered at the hands of bloodthirsty demons. He quite understandably wanted revenge, but even with all that anger and bitterness, he wasn't corrupted. He was still a good, sweet man at heart, one who was determined to protect those he loved. I adored him. He was just wonderful.

The romance was great. Despite the years of animosity between these two, you didn't have to dig deep before their real feelings were revealed. I thought that is was so sweet how, despite everything they still loved each other. And, the chemistry between them was hot, from the moment they met (even though they refused to act on it until much later). There were certainly some hot scenes in store.

The plot was well paced. Though I was hooked for most of the way through, there were some points where things started to drag a bit. But, then the story would pick back up, so it wasn't a huge problem. There were tons of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat, and some dark secrets that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect.

Shadowdance was a brilliant steampunk romance. It was dark, romantic, and full of shocking secrets. I loved every bit of it. Lovers of romance, if you want a dark and lovely read, this is your book.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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