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Shadow (New Species #9)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,505 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews
Beauty resents being labeled Gift Species. Everyone is way too overprotective, males aren’t even allowed to speak to her and so far true freedom eludes her. Then a big, sexy Species officer mistakes her for the enemy and takes her to the ground.

Shadow is dumbfounded. He has a Gift pinned under him—a big no-no. But Beauty is fascinated and wants to know Shadow a lot better
ebook, 210 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ellora's Cave
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Jan 08, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads

5 "Gift Female" Stars!


Holy fire crackers did I ever LOVE this book. Sigh!

Shadow has now become my favorite book in the series with Valiant holding a close second. It is the ninth book in Laurann Dohner’s New Species series. Did this author ever hit one out of the ball park here! Not only do we finally have a New Species male getting together with a gift female, but you also have both a hero and a heroine that are courageous, lovable and very endearing. Boy, my heart is still fluttering happ
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 I just had sex Stars


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“I’m really not. I’m scared all the time but I’m more afraid of wasting the life I’ve been given by never taking chances. I have enough regrets.”

So Shadow is the 9th book in the New Species Series. Beauty is sick of being called gift. Everyone treats her with kid gloves. Men aren't allowed to even talk to gift females. It's like a prettier prison, and Beauty is sick of it. She wants a life, love, and she just wants to be treated normal. One night while running i
Oct 30, 2012 Ashen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well, I don't know about everyone else, but I loved this book. Beauty was awesome- the right blend of quiet and strength. And for some reason, I don't know why, I have discovered an obsession for Leo. I really don't know why, since he is only mentioned about three times in this book, but I adore him. He is mine, do you hear me? He. Is. Mine.
Valiant has warned them sternly to avoid this area. He keeps them in control for the most part. Leo is also good with intimidation. He’s a wild bastard thou
Mar 13, 2016 Jilly rated it liked it
Ooo, this guy's name is Shadow. That makes me think of a mysterious dark-haired man who is a brooding and quiet. Like this:

But, that is completely wrong. Our guy named Shadow is tan, blonde hair in a military cut, blue eyes, easy-going and funny. Like a bro, not a shadow.

It just seems kinda deceiving. But, these New Species pick out some weird names sometimes. There is one named "Book", one named "Creek", and another named "Moon". I mean, I get that they all picked things they like but come on!
Sammy Loves Books
Beauty has spent her life in captivity...

locked away

Only brought out of her basement dungeon when "Master" needed her to please him sexually. Her guards referred to her as Mud. But she was a Gift. Gifts were New species that were genetically altered with animal DNA. They were developed to be sexual companions and they are beautiful. Beauty was created with Primate DNA.

beauty standing

The Gifts that have been rescued are treated like fine china. They are not allowed to interact with any males and not are not even allowed t
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Nov 01, 2012 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~ rated it really liked it
I loved this one! I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about the pairing with Shadow & Beauty, but I must say these two are just beautiful together. I loved that this one is about a Species Female pairing this time and not our past books in this series where they are all about the Species Males & human females.

"What do you need? Tell me. It's yours." -Shadow *sighs*

Just because Beauty is alot more vulnerable than her female species counterparts, does in no way cancel out her abil
May 25, 2015 P rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
ครึงแรกกับครึงหลังนียังกับนิยายคนละเรือง ครึงแรกเอือยเฉือยมาก เหตุผลของนางเอกนีกหนาเบะปากใสนะ เปลาเปลียวหัวใจไมมีใครดูแล เลยอยากไดผูชายมาอยูดวย และผูชายคนนันทีเธออยากได เธอกเจอเขาครังแรกในวันทีฝนตก ไปหลบอยูในทีพักดวยกันสองคน เนือตัวเปียกปอน แตใจนีสันไปหมด ... อยากไดฝายตรงขามรัวๆ 'ดูสิ ! ตัวคุณเปียกไปหมดแลว มาถอดเสือสิคะเดียวเปนหวัดหรอก' พระเอกนียังไมทันจะถอดเสือ นางเอกชิงถอดกอนแลวจา! แตนางเอกกเปนคนใสซือบอบบางนะ อุย ! จะแสดงความตองการไมได ตองเกบกดเอาไว สวนพระเอกกรำรองอยากไดนางเอกแทบตาย แตกดูแลนาง ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Ruth marked it as to-read
I can't wait to read Shadow's book. I heard on Laurann's blog that Shadow will be with Beauty (a gift female). Both have been hurt and it will be great to read how each of them overcome their insecurities.
4.5 stars.

Oh! I was so excited when the Kindle edition of this book was released on October 29! I started reading and finished it fast.

Characters introduced in earlier books come together in this latest Species book. This is definitely an erotic romance, but I would say that this particular book is a little lighter on the erotic and heavier on the story side. And that's not a bad thing.

There are many issues that arise in this story. Beauty, a Gift species, was previously held as a possession, a
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Sep 13, 2015 B.E.Love rated it really liked it
**re-read Bumping this up to a 3 1/2 star rating, I still like this book but I still feel the same as the first time I read this one
This is a hard review for me because I love Laurann Dohner I love her stories I love her style of writing and I always get wrapped into her worlds and her characters. But I knew from the beginning that I didn't really want to read this book and it's nothing to do with her stories or her writing style I just have never been interested in reading about a "gift species
I absolutely loved Laurann Dohner's New Species series! That said Shadow and Beauty's story was my least favorite. It's not that I didn't like it, it just didn't hold my interest as much. Still, it shouldn't be skipped, as it builds up the tension to Moon, the last story, so far, in the New Species series. And Moon may just be my favorite.

I definitely recommend the NS series to paranormal-rom fans: the Males are hot and strong and speak English as if it's their second language and the human fema
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
I loved this book! I definitely enjoyed it more than Tiger, and possibly even more tha Justice. So the best, or second best of the series so far. At first, I thought people would try to give them a hard time because she is a Gift. But after that initial mix up, once Beauty told Breeze that she was actually interested in Shadow, everyone did everything possible to help make it work for them. They gave Beauty and Shadow all the time and space they needed to get to know each other. It was so easy f ...more
Kay Reed
May 20, 2012 Kay Reed rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, new-species
Shadow is a very damaged new species due to the experiments done to him. He has survived but at what cost. He finds his mate and realizes that life has meaning and purpose.
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
I had forgotten how much I enjoy the New Species series. After taking a break from reading them, it was fun to get back into these characters.
Laura Wright
Nov 13, 2012 Laura Wright rated it really liked it
LOVED the first 3/4 so much. Last 1/4 slowed down so much I became frustrated. Shadow and Beauty were lovely characters though!
Nov 04, 2012 Twilla rated it really liked it
Excellent story. Laurann Dohner I love you.
Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
I need moon's book NOW!!!!
☛ Kay

This is one beautiful heart-wrenching story for me. It was something different, something fresh. A different perspective. And most importantly, I get to know a little more about Gift.

Gift are Species but their genetic engineering was that they were created as docile, meek, and submissive. They were ‘domesticated’. They are small, more human in features, and viewed as fragile. They were specifically created to be given as gift, thus the name, and given to Mercile investors who treated them like p

Alex is The Romance Fox
I discovered this series by chance and am I glad I did – I could say I have become totally addicted to the New Species World. Crazy, really!! I finish one book and can’t wait to start the next!!!
New Species Rock!!!

So amazing to finally have a story where both mc’s are species. A relationship between a male Species and a gift species female. Totally captivated me.

Shadow and Beauty are the most endearing and lovable couple.
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Both with pasts filled with sadness, cruelty and never experienced l
Sep 07, 2012 Jenny marked it as to-read
The cover!!! Love it!

Julia's Book Haven
Dec 21, 2013 Julia's Book Haven rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one, definitely one of my favourites of the series.
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Jan 19, 2013 Shannon (Savhage Temptrest) rated it really liked it
Laurann Dohner has done it again with this kick-a$$ novel based in her New Species series.

We finally get a love story between two New Species as all the males usually prefer human women and the female New Species normally don't want to settle down. Enter Shadow, a New Species male who is on the outskirts of his new found civilization and who is haunted by his past in the Mercile labs, and then there is Beauty, a New Species Gift female who's own past captivity with her "master" has left her lone
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

Posted on Under the Covers

Beauty is a Gift, which means that she is treated with the utmost respect and reverence. Many give her a wide berth because they know of her traumatic past. As a survivor of a brutal captivity, Beauty shows her strength in a way that is quiet, but very much noticeable and admirable. I really liked Beauty’s character because even though she is scared beyond her wits, she is still able to keep her head on straight. I loved the way she was able to stand up to cer
R.E. Butler
Oct 31, 2012 R.E. Butler rated it really liked it
Ah, still my heart. I loved him in Wrath's book. So vulenerable and sweet. Is there anything better than a hot guy with a wounded heart? Me thinks not!

I also loved Beauty, who we met in Justice's book. I was surprised she was the first female species picked to be headlined in a book, but it actually makes sense. The females, by nature, are not looking for mates, so it would be a stretch to have a female pick up with a male since they're both so dominant. Enter Beauty, one of the rare
4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story. I loved Beauty and Shadow and really enjoyed their story. This one has made it to my second favorite of this series (I can't help it, Valiant is still my fave).

Beauty is a NS (New Species - people that were made in a lab with human DNA merged with animal DNA) female but also has the misfortune of being a "Gift" female (the NS females that were made smaller and weaker than most NS and given away to the financiers of the lab that created them). This meant
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Nov 03, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance lovers
Finally a story with a Gifted female with a New Species male. Beauty is a primate and easily mistaken as a human. She's right that she's still being treated like a prisoner even though she's been freed. I'm a bit startled how much they wrap her up in bubble wrap. It's a bit depressing. She's pissed about it and I can totally understand it. Who wouldn't be pissed being treated like a stupid child?

Fortunately, Shadow doesn't think she's a stupid child. He is hesitant but good think for Beauty. She
4.5 stars. This is my favorite New Species book to date!! I loved it! Beauty was such a wonderful heroine; she was sweet, brave, great at improvising and one goal-driven chick!! I loved Shadow as well. He was so sweet, vulnerable and so protective of Beauty. I really loved seeing their relationship develop. I liked that Dohner didn't use any of her usual plot devices to create turmoil between them. Everything between them felt very organic.

The only thing keeping me from rating this a 5 star was
Oct 30, 2012 Bobbi rated it it was amazing
Shadow is the newest installment in the New Species world. I fall in love (and in some cases, lust) with all of the hereos in this series. They all have an irresistable quality, different for each male, that makes every one of them vulnerable in some way.
This book opens with what happens in the van after Beauty is rescued in Justice's book, and then jumps right into the story line. There is a beautiful, but heartbreaking, innocence for both Shadow and Beauty in this book (even though both are vi
This is one of the better written books in dealing with the relationship. Also, while there is hot sex, there is not too much.

That being said, the conflict did not seem very solved by the end of the book. There is the ongoing "bad guys" of the series, but nothing ever really comes to a head.

What was nice is seeing this Gift kick ass when she had to and we did not see her as a victim or a stereotype. I will say that both of their psychological problems were too easily solved.

So, better than the r
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