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Night Whispers (ShadowLands #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When every night is a battle for survival, love is an endangered species

ShadowLands, Book 1

Analyst James Bennett has spent the years since humankind fell victim to the Illness living underground. Part of an elite group of survivors determined to save their race, his only interaction with the blood-drinking Shadows roaming the Earth is through surveillance technology carrie
ebook, 361 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: “And I do know you, love. I know you better than anyone. Maybe even you.”

Before I start, let me just say – don’t let the cover fool you. Yes this book has a very kick ass heroine who faces down baddies, but this book has a very sweet, adorable tone to it. I don’t feel like the cover portrays that well. Anyway! I usually shy away from books with zombies, or Shadows as they are called in this book. It’s sometimes hard to reconcile ‘romance’ with ‘end of the world blood sucking crea
The cover really doesn't represent the story and that's totally not how James should looks like. James can be describe as geeky, genius, sweet, funny and sometimes insecure. The hero in the cover look totally alpha and badass to me.

Alisha Rai gives us a really sweet beta hero, who doesn't kick ass and hide himself in a military bunker for years. This is quite refreshing story and seems real because when he came across the Shadow aka Zombie, he might scream and yelp, but who doesn't. But when he
OK I no longer like playing with Shadows...Can't wait for the next one!

The world-building was very interesting and intricate. I did have a few questions about how Jules and James initially started their working relationship but I really enjoyed how things unfurled. The combination of danger, personal secrets, crazed scientists, and mutual attraction was great to see. Rai did a good job of building up the suspense and increasing my doubt that things were going to turn out ok at least for the mome
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She was brave. He was not. She was fearless. He was a mass of fears. She defended their race with a knife. He was pretty goof with a gun,
4.5 stars

It's been three years since The Illness became wide spread, turning every one infected into zombie-like creatures called Shadows. Jules Gerrero spends all her time searching for and rescuing survivors with only the voice of her handler, James Bennett, in her ear to keep away the loneliness. She never wants him know their light flirtation has become love for a man she's never seen. He's one of the elite chosen to go underground with key government officials to help rebuild their world. S

great fun . .fast paced adventure in a post apocalyptic setting . . .just wow!

what i liked . . .
*great world building. this set the stage for a new series i plan on impatiently waiting for . . .
*great character development. two MCs i actually like!! even the female!!! i have been drawn to m/m romance lately as i have found i liked the characters better, or perhaps i got bored with most females in het romance. anyway, jules is great. yes, a damaged soul with a frightening past. but she kic
Como un episodio piloto de una serie prometedora me lo he pasado genial en este mundo distópico de A. Rai.
James el protagonista es adorable, un nerd agorafóbico, inseguro y herido que lucha contra sus miedos y contra la situación que le ha tocado vivir con una elegancia entrañable.
Jules también se hace querer, con un pasado nada respetable consigue una segunda oportunidad en un mundo hecho añicos.
Los secundarios tienen gran importancia en la historia (view spoiler)
Loved loved loved it!!! Zombies are no longer a shocker in pop culture, but the Shadows of this world remind me more of the creatures from the movie version of I Am Legend - not shambling corpses, but humans stripped to their basest natures and animal instinct. Add in some mad scientists and you've got yourselves a post-apocalyptic horror story!

James is a perfect nerd/beta hero. He is behind Jules 100%, even when he is just a voice in her ear. I really liked the premise of having the H/H fall i
I'm an Alisha Rai fan and that's the only reason I purchased this book. Generally I'm not a fan of anything with Zombies because, well, Zombies don't say romance for me. In addition to having Alisha Rai on my auto-buy list I also love a good post apocalyptic romance. There is something about people being pushed to reach into themselves to survive that fascinates me. This book hit all the high points for me and was, in my opinion, a raging success!

Set in a world a few years after an Illness spawn
If James is a beta hero, then I need more beta heroes in my life. He goes out there, does what he has to do, kicks ass while doing it, but he actually feels normal human emotions while doing those things. He's scared shitless a lot of the time and feels completely out of his depth, but that doesn't stop him. What gets boring about the typical alpha romance hero is that--when it comes to dangerous situations--they're like superhuman machines. Sure, it's great that they win in the end, but I don't ...more
May 19, 2013 Niobe rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Post apocalyptic good romance is awesome. Unfortunately there isn't as much of it as I would like. There is a lot of post-apocalyptic no romance and some post-apocalyptic bad romance but this book gets it just right.

The characters are every day people in extraordinary circumstances and they felt very relatable to me.

Jules is the kind of action heroine I like. Brave without being fearless. Strong without sacrificing her emotions. Experienced without being cynical. I love that she'd never killed
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I have read contemporary romance from this same author and loved it. Would her talent translate well into apocalyptic fiction? I have to say “Yes”! This was a well written compleat full length book. The action kept you going from page one. It starts with Jules on the road searching for a lost friend. She has left her post as a tracker for her personal quest to track down old friend Eric (don’t worry, platonic relationship).

Her remote handler Ja
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MinnChica: One of my favorite genres that I have a hard time finding books in is post-apocalyptic romance, so when I put out a call for suggestions and recommendations earlier in the year, I was sooo glad to hear Rai was in the process of writing this, and couldn’t wait to read it. I love Rai’s writing, she does such an amazing job of building unique worlds and keeping up with the sexy times. I loved everything about th
3.5 really. Beta hero's and zombies are not my thing, but I love the author and gave this a try. James and Jules know each other but have never met, and they stay separated for most of the story. But they know each other inside out, because they constantly talk. There was a lot of zombie action, which kept pulling me out of their romance and I skimmed until they were finally together. I was more interested in Erik's story, so I can't wait till it comes out.
It's well written and the unconventiona
This was somewhere between a 3 & 4 star for me rounded up because the main characters Jules & James were so awesome and sweet together. Jules is a great strong, kick-ass heroine and I loved James. He isn't a traditional Alpha male (in my view he is better) He overcomes his phobia to search for Jules, he is still competent and can take care of himself, he appreciates Jules for who she is and he is proud of how kick ass she is. And yes he would like to protect her but knowing who and accep ...more
Set in a Post-Apocalyptic world.

Product warning says it well :A hero who would fight monsters for his lady love, a kick butt heroine out to save the world, a treacherous wasteland, poetry as foreplay and flesh-eating enemies.
Throw in mad scientients -doctors who are in a rogue organization, a lost friend Erik, and some really cool communication devices and you have a great book.
It was a fast paces adventure with great world building and a unique relationships between Jules and James.
Look forward
Suleikha Snyder
Alisha Rai's ShadowLands series-starter is a road movie meets a long-distance relationship meets a zombie apocalypse, with a tough but vulnerable heroine, a determined beta hero and an intriguing premise! Jules and James falling for one another via comm conversations alone is reminiscent of classic epistolary novels, and Rai deftly uses Robert Frost's poetry to strengthen that emotional bond. Night Whispers will definitely have readers clamoring for more in this universe.
Keith Melton
The hero is kinda beta, but he's still the man. In fact, he's even more the man because he's a bit beta. I was cheering when he overcame some of the challenges his character faced. The (at first) long distance relationship seems like a difficult thing to pull off in an action romance, but it's done quite well.

Gotta love Jules. My kind of character. Well done, Alisha Rai. Well done.
Wow, it started to getting a bit to dark for me and I took a break but one page on the dark bit disappeared (thank goodness, chicken here). A great story with lots of interest and good world building. Now to wait for the next in the series. thanks Alisha
Liana Brooks
This is a hotter read than I usually go for, but I enjoyed the world building, the plot, and the fact that the romance doesn't come across as forced.

I'd recommend this to fans of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and fans of Anna Scarlett.
Tamara Morgan
YOU GUYS. This book is super amazing. Beta reclusive hero. Kick-ass heroine. Zombies. Guns. Fighting. Adorable love story.

And to top it all off, a beautiful, lyrical writing style that sucks you right in and occasionally makes you laugh out loud.
Jennifer Goza
Wow! Just Wow! Zombies appear to be the new fad right now but Alisha Rai definitely found a way to make this story stand out. Worth your time if you are a fan of post-apocalyptic story lines. Writing is good with seamless dialog.
Jody Wallace
Kick-ass, strong heroine with believable motivations, gritty, post-apocalyptic worldbuilding, deliciously nerdy and brave hero, secondary characters in need of stories, and true love.
I thought the world building was great in this one and all the characters were well done. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Pretty good read. I'm ready for another one! :)
James and Jules

Read 13th February 2013
Sophia (FV)
Review coming soon!

Between 4 and 4.5 stars,
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