Title: Shadow Rider
Author: Christine Feehan
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Genres: Romance novel, Paranormal romance, Fantasy Fiction, Paranormal fiction, Thriller, Romantic Suspense
In “Shadow Rider,” the first installment in Christine Feehan’s Shadow series, Feehan takes readers on an exhilarating journey into the world of the Ferraro family, a powerful and mysterious Italian-American dynasty with a unique gift: the ability to become shadows and travel wherever they desire.
The story revolves around Stefano Ferraro, the eldest of the seven Ferraro siblings and the head of the family’s shadow empire. Stefano is a skilled and dangerous shadow rider, using his abilities to protect his family and maintain control over their vast criminal empire. However, when he crosses paths with Francesca Cappello, a woman with a traumatic past and secrets of her own, his life takes an unexpected turn.
Francesca is on the run from a dangerous stalker, and her only hope for survival is to rely on the protection of the enigmatic and powerful Ferraro family. As Stefano and Francesca’s lives become intertwined, they must navigate the treacherous world of organized crime, trust issues, and their growing attraction to each other.
One of the strengths of “Shadow Rider” is Feehan’s skillful world-building. She effortlessly blends the paranormal elements of the shadow riders’ abilities with the gritty and dangerous world of organized crime. The author’s attention to detail creates a vivid and immersive setting that keeps readers engrossed from beginning to end.
The characters in “Shadow Rider” are complex and multifaceted. Stefano is a commanding and fiercely protective hero, while Francesca is a strong and determined heroine who refuses to be a damsel in distress. Their chemistry is electric, and Feehan expertly balances their passion with tender moments of vulnerability.
Moreover, Feehan’s writing style is fast-paced and action-packed. The story is filled with thrilling suspense, intense action sequences, and steamy romance. The tension between Stefano and Francesca escalates with each page, creating a palpable sense of anticipation that will keep readers flipping through the chapters.
However, “Shadow Rider” is not without its flaws. Some readers may find the initial setup slow-paced, as the story takes its time to establish the world and the dynamics within the Ferraro family. Additionally, the plot becomes quite complex, with multiple subplots and a vast array of secondary characters, which may be overwhelming for some readers.
Overall, “Shadow Rider” is an enthralling paranormal romance that combines the best elements of the genre. Christine Feehan’s expert storytelling, compelling characters, and intricate world-building make this book a captivating read for fans of urban fantasy and romance. With its tantalizing blend of danger, passion, and supernatural abilities, “Shadow Rider” sets a promising foundation for the Shadow series and will leave readers eager for more.View at Amazon