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Shadow Lover

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,301 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
A woman holds vigil over her wealthy, dying step-mother. Tensions -- already high with greedy relatives appearing to claim their inheritances -- are further strained by the appearance of the dying woman's long-lost son, who ran away 18 years ago. His mother greets him with joy, the relatives with resentment, but the woman alone knows he is hiding something...that he is not ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Onyx
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Feb 09, 2016 Mo rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one. Her books are quite atmospheric. Not sure if you know what I mean ...

A woman holds vigil over her wealthy, dying step-mother. Tensions -- already high with greedy relatives appearing to claim their inheritances -- are further strained by the appearance of the dying woman's long-lost son, who ran away 18 years ago. His mother greets him with joy, the relatives with resentment, but the woman alone knows he is hiding something...that he is not who he says he is. As she u
Review written May 22, 2016

4 Stars - A solid good family feud romance. My approval!

My very first by Anne Stuart. A quite old one from 1999 with some promising good friends reviews. I listened to the 9:13 hrs audiobook narrated by Michael Pauley.

Yay! I'm glad, a bit surprised and happy
I actually think I got more than expected. I like books by Sandra Brown, Linda Howard and even Nora Roberts at times, and this is somewhat similar. Shadow Lover is told in just that solid good old sus
Duchess Nicole

4 Anne Stuart Continues to Captivate Me Stars…

A tale of the ultimate con…a rich and privileged family, children of dubious parentage, a night of murder and young innocent passion, and a woman with fuzzy memories and a hole in her soul.
“The things you most longed for in life quite often turned out to be worthless and shallow.”

Readers today are edging toward these darker romances, and they just might lap this up like melted chocolate. This hero isn’t a sadis
Ash Wednesday
They lived in shadows, the two of them, with secrets and lies surrounding them. But what lay between them was real. And that was all that mattered.

I remember very little from reading Anne Stuart's Ice series. I remember the gamma heroes, the formulaic plot progression and not being overly thrilled with either. I remember those books being widely shelved as Romantic-Suspense when it felt this side of anemic on both aspects for me.

Okay, maybe I remember more than a little but I definitely

I love Anne Stuart!! And I seriously loved this book. Can I believe this was originally published in 1999? Wow. I loved everything: the mystery, the atmosphere, the characters and the all-consuming need to keep reading despite life getting in the way. Anne Stuart writes puzzles.
She slowly adds layer by layer, exposing certain truths at an agonizingly addictive pace. You question something and think you know, but then something else entirely happens to bring you
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it it was amazing
Boy, do I wish I had as much writing talent in my body as Anne Stuart has in her little pinky. She is engrossing, entertaining, and simply "the best" writer of romantic suspense that I can think of.

I am a HUGE fan of Ritual Sins and Nightfall...they are what got me hooked on Stuart in the first place. Moonrise was too dark for my taste, but I can happily say that I put Shadow Lover in the mix with my favorite of Stuart's books.

What this book has, and what Stuart does so well, is the element of
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
4 Suspenseful Stairs!!!

Another fantastic AS read!!! Alex McDowell disappeared 18 years ago. No one knows what really happened to him except Carolyn, who has never told anyone and keeps secrets locked within her subconscious.

18 years later, patriarch of the McDowell family Sally McDowell is on her deathbed when her long lost son Alex returns from the dead to resume his place within his affluent family and secure his inheritance. But is it really Alex or a very clever and well informed imposter
Shadow Lover is a sexy and mystery read surrounding the McDowell's family that is full of lies and deceit. The mystery surrounding the truth about Alexander McDowell was very intriguing. It kept me guessing from start to finish. Even with the hero POV, he never gave anything away and making me second guess myself. No wonder Carolyn just can't make up her mind. Recommended for fans of Sandra Brown.
A. Bookzilla.
Jan 18, 2014 A. Bookzilla. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, Shadow Lover. No idea about that title, lol.

This (along with the final ICE book) is the closest to real romance I've read so far by this author. I really didn't think the hero is her usual dark and cold hero, even if the book is very cold (you'll see what I mean when you read it) and has this sinister feeling of impending doom about it.
I'd say, if you're a first time reader of Anne Stuart, this is a great book to start with! It's just the perfect combination of suspense and romance, and it h
This is my choice for the October prompt for the TBR challenge, which is to read a Paranormal or Romantic Suspense title.

I actually had this book lined up a few months ago for this very purpose. I haven’t read a massive number of Ms Stuart’s books, but I’ve enjoyed those I have read and I know she’s the very doyenne of romantic suspense authors, so it seemed like a good bet.

Unusually for me, Shadow Lover is a contemporary – or rather, it was when it was originally published in 1999, but that’s s
Oct 15, 2014 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I must admit to Ms. Struat mastership!!!

I adored Alex! His mistery. His keeping secrest. His hotness that was soooo subtle and so powerful! He's the cold, he's hot, he's ruthless, he's adorable, he's calculating, he's gentle. He's a contraddiction and he's so perfectly perfect! :)

The whole story is like a hide and seek game where you don't know until the very end what's true and what's false; what's illusion and what's reality!

I enjoyed the ride, very, very much and I was really sad when it end
Robin (Bridge Four)

I’ve decided that I like Anne Stuart books. I’ve only read two so far and apparently she has a gazillion already written but they seem to be short little bundles of eventual happily ever afters. They are a little formulaic but I didn’t care at all. I liked guessing at the mystery, I liked rooting for the couple, I liked finding out that everything was not as it seemed. They are short enough I don’t have to invest much time and I can easily finish the entire book in one sitting.

Alex and Carolyn g
Anne OK
Apr 23, 2014 Anne OK rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I’m a major fan of romantic suspense – and Anne Stuart is one of the best at writing highly intriguing and the unusual – which is this reader’s addiction.

Shadow Lover introduces the unpredictable and highly unconventional and calculating MacDowell family. Within the family scene Carolyn Smith is the outsider. Sally MacDowell brought her into the house as a foster child when Carolyn’s mother died. Alexander is Sally’s wild and uncontrollable son – too gorgeous for words – who disappeared at age
I've given this an A- for both narration and contend at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

Caz listens to a contemporary! Hold the Front Page! Er... well, perhaps that’s going a bit too far, but as is obvious, I don’t tend to stray much outside my historical comfort zone and it takes something a bit special to tempt me out of it. But Shadow Lover is a superb combination of mystery and romance that hooked me in from the start and didn’t let me go until I’d finished it. The hero is almost
Oh gamma heroes what shall I do with you? Shall I slap you in the face? No, you'd probably enjoy that. Shall I ignore you and hide from you? No, you always tend to sneak up on me. Oh, I know! I'll throw you off of a very high bridge. Above concrete. Then throw a really big boulder after... Just to make sure you're nice and squishy and never show up in front of me again.

Typical arrogant, selfish, jerk Hero + troubled heroine stuck in martyr-ville = everything I hate about romance novels.

I just.
Susan (the other Susan)
This was better than I remembered. Clever plotting, nice chemistry between the Bad Boy and his prey. Audiobook narrator is one I'd listen to again.
Angie **loves angst**
Mar 03, 2014 Angie **loves angst** rated it it was amazing
Anne Stuart can do no wrong. This was amazing!
Sep 07, 2016 Widala rated it liked it
For the most part, this book was interesting.

The banters and the battle of will between Carolyn and Alex was fun. But, it went on and on, and it made Alex a childish annoying bully. He knew he was hurting her but he kept doing it, thinking she needed the push out of her comfort zone, to make her realized there's more to life than the McDowells, that beneath the cold exterior lays a hot temper... eh, whatever, you're just a jerk.

And Carolyn, I don't know what you see in Alex except his sexy bod.
Aug 30, 2016 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very meh book. 3 stars as the suspense wasn't bad, at least for most of the pages. But I can honestly say this is not a remarkable book.
Jun 09, 2015 Mancho283 rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2014 Laylaw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
3.5 Suspense filled Stars! It is going to be hard to review this without spoiling the plot!

While reading this book, my heart ached for poor Carolyn who never seems to belong to the MacDowell Family, but she stays but her former caretaker, Sally, beside as a sense of loyalty. This family has put the fun in dysfunctional. As Sally's death draws near her long lost son Alex returns to add peace to his mother's last days. The main issue that Carolyn has with this, She watch Alex die 18 years ago.

Rashika (is tired)
The ending makes me sad. (view spoiler)
Dec 31, 2016 Desirée rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporanea
Terminado de leer el 20/07/2009
Nov 22, 2010 Bekah rated it liked it
Shelves: read-own, 2011-reads
Carolyn Smith was adopted into the McDowell family as a young child and has always adored her Aunt Sally. But she always stood in the shadow of Alex McDowell - Sally's son and heir to her millions, and really that was jut fine with Carolyn. She loved and adored Alex too. He was her childhood obsession, until the one night he ran away and she watched him get shot in the back and disappear into the sea. So, why now when her Aunt Sally is lying on her deathbed does Alex McDowell show up just in tim ...more
I’m a huge fan of romantic mysteries that are chock-full of twists and suspense. And Anne Stuart definitely delivered in Shadow Lover. Every time you thought you had it figured out. Guess what? Wrong. I felt just as conflicted and baffled as our heroine, Carolyn. It truly was pure genius.

The MacDowell clan was the quintessential old-money family from the northeast, right down to the Park Avenue apartment, historic home on the Vineyard, and compound in snowy Vermont. Sally was the eldest of the
Heather Wood
Jan 06, 2014 Heather Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read by Anne Stuart and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Alex was dark and brooding which lead to great chemistry between him and straight-laced Carolyn. I read the book quickly, intrigued over the mysteries surrounding the McDowell family.

Carolyn’s character was very guarded and seemed to suffer from a martyr complex. Although her selflessness was grating at times, she was still relatable. I was able to understand her trust issues because of how poorly the McDowells h
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Overall: boring, lacks intrigue, and very one note with totally uninteresting characters.

I was hesitant to read this but then after reading some good reviews I thought I'd give it a go. Ugh I wish I wouldn't have. It is such a painfully slow book. Nothing ever happens. And to fill page space, the characters just constantly repeat themselves about all of the nothing that is going on. And I did not like Carolyn at all!! She was horribly bland and dull. I imagined her talking in monotone every tim
This was my first Anne Stuart novel. I know, I know. Why? Well, I'm not sure. I kept seeing her name pop up but never bothered to pick up one of her books. Until now. And I must say, it will not be my last.

Alex McDowell disappeared 18 years ago. No one knows what happened to him except Carolyn Smith... who has never told a soul. But one cold winter's eve, Alex returns from the dead to resume his place in the family and secure his inheritance. He looks like Alex. Talks like Alex. Sneers and intri
Mar 01, 2011 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans
This book was randomly picked up at a garage sale and given to me, so I had no idea what to expect. I had never read anything by Anne Stuart before and I was very pleased with what I read.

The things I loved most about this book were the depth of the characters, the somewhat quirky romance theme throughout that was doubled with a secret murder mystery, the firmly tied up ends (major hater of loose-end stories!) and the rich family setting. I will never know what it's like to be physically in tha
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus
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