My Latest Read: ‘Shadow Rider’ By Christine Feehan

27209430Title:  Shadow Rider

Series:  Shadow Series #1

Genre:  Contemporary Paranormal Romance

Release Date:  June 28th, 2016

Descriptive Blurb:  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…

Review

“Fool’s Gold…with a dull shine.”

My Impressions:  Hot-blooded Italians/Sicilians, Paranormal Abilities, and Christine Feehan?   Sounds like a winner to me.  Bring it!

The Love Story:   I’m not sure when I became a prig, but the sex scenes were a little too much for me.  Also, its seems a bit odd that Francesca went from a blushing good-girl to a hardcore ‘tie-me-up-and-do-me-on-the-kitchen-counter’ type over the course of a few days…but ok.  You’d think that Stef would have been more tender and careful with her (at first, anyway.)  Just seems a little early to be effing her brains out.

Minor Beefs:  One or two things bugged me about this book.  1.  There was some overly repetitive dialogue/prose…I mean to the point where I found myself rolling my eyes.  All the staring crowds  everywhere they went, parting when the Ferraros walked about.  Enough already.  The attractiveness of Stefano and his family was also beaten to death, Francesca and to a lesser extent Joanna are overly consumed with their looks.  Ok, we get it, Stef and the Fam are good-looking.  Also, some gratuitous F-bombs.  2.  So Francesca can’t afford to buy food…and hasn’t eaten in several days.  She was recently living on the streets and had to borrow money for a ticket out of town.  In the new place, she’s living in a deathtrap apartment with no furniture and sleeping on the floor, and she’s given away her winter coat.  She has exactly one duffel bag full of thrift store clothes…no car, no cell phone…and on top of that she’s on the run from a murderer…But right before her and Stef get it on, he asks her if she’s on BC and she says yes.  Eh, despite her dire circumstances, she’s got enough money and forethought to keep current with her Birth Control pills?  She wasn’t buying food, but she could afford BC???  WTF?!  If she’s on the run for her life, alone with no friends, and no man to speak of, why would she waste money of BC, even if she could afford it?  That makes no sense.   I know If I were in her position, BC would be the last thing on my mind.  3. The controlling thing.  I was cool with some of Stef’s protective measures…the coat, forcing her to buy shoes, getting rid of the creepy landlord, and even the bodyguards [given his profession and the nutcase guy after her]…but telling her to call or text him so he knows where she is at all times, not wanting her to work and have her own money…insisting she stay at home and have lots of babies….eh, that’s a step too far.  His whole ‘my word is the law’ thing kinda turned me off.  I’m not sure why so many romance novels are touting out these ultra-controlling hero figures.  That is not a fantasy man…that is a nightmare on elm street!  Control-freak men are NOT romantic, they’re creepy!!  Quit romanticizing them please!  There is a world of difference between an alpha male and a controlling dictator.  4.  Why make Francesca so pathetic and needy?  Couldn’t she have a little backbone?  [Not surprising, in the end she quit her job.]  *eyeroll*  Also, why did she have to be a non-stop victim?  Destitute, accosted by muggers, targeted by perv landlord, stalked by her sister’s murderer, stalked by 3rd mugger, attacked by Stef’s ex-skanks.  Why on earth didn’t she just buy a gun if she’s going to be living this precariously?  I mean, if she can afford BC she can buy a gun too.

Random Thoughts:  So many names….so little room in my short-term memory.  Giovanni, Ricco, Vittorio….  Enzo, Emilio and Enrica…Renato, Ramano, Regina, and Rosina.  Lanz and DeAngelo.  Lucca, Salvatore, and Geno…Geez, please tell me that she’s going to put one of those Index/Family tree things at the beginning(or the end) of her next book?  I totally can’t remember all these people.

Cliffhanger:  naw

The Verdict:  This novel read like the rough draft of a better book.  Definitely not quite up to the lofty standards that I’ve come to expect of Ms. Feehan.

 

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