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Standing in the Shadows (McClouds & Friends #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  3,820 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Ex-FBI agent Connor McCloud can never forget the day he was set up to die at the hands of trusted friend and fellow agent Ed Riggs. Hard justice and loyalty to his badge have cost Connor what he wants most--Ed's shy, studious daughter, Erin. He can never have her now, but her beauty still haunts and torments his every waking hour and his most fevered erotic dreeams. But no ...more
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Published August 1st 2004 by Kensington (first published August 1st 2003)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Oh man. Shannon McKenna is becoming like romantic crack to me. I am blaming my sister 100% for this. She is the one who raved about this author. It took me years to read her, but now, I am broken. I can't not read her. I have to get all her books! I have been blessed to get the last two releases by her as review books (and I freaking loved them), and now I just need to go back and catch up on the earlier books after Behind Closed Doors. In a fit of rebellion towards my stack or required review b ...more
4 stars – Romantic Suspense

Standing In The Shadows is the second book in McKenna’s McClouds series, and I liked it better than the first book, Behind Closed Doors. It’s mostly because the hero Connor is such a rich, multifaceted character who totally keeps the story alive and exciting and the reader on their toes. He’s a flawed, dominating, controlling, stubborn, pushy, bossy, aggressive, and hardcore bully alpha, but at the same time, he’s a goofy, insecure, tender, and mushy big softy who oft
Apr 21, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense

This was a winner for me! I really enjoyed this book and I am so relieved because i wasn’t in love with book 1 (Behind Closed Doors). This is Connor McCloud’s story, and i gotta admit he was yummy! The heroine is Erin Riggs, daughter of Ed Riggs. Ed had betrayed Connor and his partner Jesse when was an FBI agent. Connor was in a coma for a period of time and his partner Jesse was killed (we heard about this in Behind Closed Doors). So here we see Erin trying to keep her life and her mother’s and
Updating my review
2013 5 stars
2016 4 stars

Connor was in love with the heroine for years and had an obsession about his bosses daughter, but that did not stop him from sleeping with OW's over the years, although he was not a manwhore and the heroine slept with one guy it kind of lessened the disappointment for me...still I had to drop a star just for those reasons!
Dec 10, 2015 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Lots of suspense and really steamy! Erin slightly annoyed me at times but I loved Connor. I will definitely read more in this series to see more of Connor's brothers.
Apr 27, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Lots of action, suspense and steamy sex scenes. A fun read, but one that left me vaguely dissatisfied. I think I'm starting to tire of the pushy and overbearing McCloud brothers and their manipulative lovers.
Jan 02, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shannon-mckenna
Shannon McKenna does it again (in my humble opinion, anyway) with the second book in her McCloud Brothers series, Standing In The Shadows. It stars Connor McCloud and Erin Riggs, the daughter of Ed Riggs, who set Connor up to die. Connor has been in love with Erin from the moment he saw her. The fact that she was only seventeen at the time didn't deter him in the least and he vowed to wait for her. That changed the moment he viciously beat a man half to death in front of her and sent her dad to ...more
Conner's been in love with his former boss's daughter from the moment he laid eyes on her and he's waited a long time to have her. But just as he was about to claim her, Erin's well-ordered world fell apart.

Conner feels he was the catalyst for her heartache, when he took down her corrupt father and beat a man to bloody pulp right before her eyes, but nothing could be farther from the truth for Erin. She's loved the sexy, hardnosed ex-FBI agent for a long time too and she's smart enough to realiz

3 to 4 stars

I am in between here, but I am going to round up since I feel part of my problem may be me, not the book or the writer.

Anyway, in some ways I really liked this hero, Connor, but at times, he was a little too rough and domineering with the heroine.

As for the heroine, Erin, she was.....meh. Her character was just all over the place: cool and classy at times, wimpy at times, sassy at times, innocent and vulnerable one moment and then the next....a sex maniac. It just felt very inconsis
Wow. Mystery/suspense romantic/thriller. What a ride! A must read series for fellow like minded readers.
Jan 27, 2015 Wminbc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition reasonable and yet completely lost for Erin...loved the scene in the car infront of her house!
Re-read more times than I can count...why have I not written a review yet???

Con is the gentleman in the family...and if you think that is anything like the guy you know from work or the local coffee would be wrong.

Con is ex-FBI and hardened beyond real life, but compared to his insane brothers, he is the voice of reason, the man of patience and the calm force of the the family
Jane Stewart
Great Read.

This is a romantic thriller. Because the bad guy was so vicious it was almost too scary for me. The bad guy framed good guy Connnor and no one believed him for a long time, which was frustrating for the reader. Because of this frustration, this was my least favorite of her books, but I still loved it. I also loved the way the three McCloud brothers talked to each other and interacted. She is one of my favorite authors.

For a list of my reviews of other Shannon McKenna books, see my 5 s
Mar 18, 2010 Bekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-own, 2010-reads
Wow, so this one was different...a little slow going in the action area. I think I liked Seth a little better at times. Though Conner...after one particular scene near the end involving a dress...he really turned crazy intese, and shocking. I like it, it went fast for me, and I'm eager to get to the next one! So far so good on the series.
Ana T.
Feb 07, 2008 Ana T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I had this book in the TBR pile for a very long time. I was hoping to find the first in the series and read from there but since I vowed to make the TBR pile smaller last week I decided to start this one and if good look for the other one. Well, I don’t think I will be looking…

Ex-FBI agent Connor McCloud can never forget the day he was set up to die at the hands of trusted friend and fellow agent Ed Riggs. Hard justice and loyalty to his badge have cost Connor what he wants most--Ed's shy, studi
Well I have to say I have a particular weakness for bad boys and bad boy hero's and wow is Conner a bad boy. I loved everyone of this man moves. Protective, posessive, jealous, flame hot temper....a demon in the sack. I think I might be in love. I also loved eren, although she tended to get herself in a little bit of trouble when she didn't trust Conner. God and poor conner he was a wonderfully complex character, i just loved him even his paranoia.shannon mckenna this I my first book of yours I ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Mancho283 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 09, 2014 Farah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Connor makes crazy sexy well he wasn't actually crazy but even if he was .. it wouldn't have been that bad *giggle* Connor was a force to be reckoned with !! He was a rock .. always there to make everything so much better with both his presence and his incredible charm .. I loved his sense of humor and his flirty ways .. I even loved his crazy intense moments .. a swoon worthy hero !! Erin was full of surprises .. she'd seem shy and then do something incredibly bold .. she has integrity and al ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Izy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic suspense fans.
Rating~ 3.75 stars.

This was my first read by the author, I saw this book ages but it appeared on my scribd homepage and I took a chance at reading it. I did not read the first book in the series which made certain things confusing not many that effected my enjoyment just in terms background of certain things that had happened in the first book.

I quite liked Connor and Erin. Connor and Erin were likeable and great together. Connor was slightly goofy and sweet towards Erin apart from the whole be
Kaylea Cross
Aug 03, 2010 Kaylea Cross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My fave of McKenna's McCloud brothers series. I'm a sucker for stories where the hero and heroine have been fighting their attraction for each other in the past. McKenna's writing style is smooth and very engaging, and she does the male POV really well. A great book! Loved the dynamic between Erin and Connor.
Aug 30, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It just got better and better. I wish I had not let this book sit as long as I did in my TBR pile. I was also not planning on getting more books in this series but now I want books 3,4,5 and 6. I have already ordered book 3 so I hope I do not let it sit here like I did this one.
Apr 07, 2014 Madhellena rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense-mystery
Well, that was a rush! So much happening in this book that I couldn't put it down until I finished.
It's my first by this author and I haven't read that many suspense stories because the characters always seem to blend in the background of the plot. This happened here less, it was a very character driven romance, but there is still something that rings hollow.
I think it's mostly the lack of respect the heroine has for the hero. She is so stuck in her world that she ignores everything her lover te
This novel is a re read for me, first time was 10/20/13 but I did not share a review at that time. I am once again enjoying a Shannon McKenna book. Re reads to me are like revisiting old friends and Ms. McKenna's book, Standing in the Shadows, makes that journey a delight to a seasoned romance reader.

The premise of this story is about Connor McCloud, ex FBI agent, who was hurt and in a comma for over a year in a horrible attempt to kill him by a double crossing agent. Because of his permanent in
Standing in the Shadows
4 Stars

Former FBI agent, Connor McCloud has been in love with Erin Riggs for years. Unfortunately, he is responsible for putting Erin’s corrupt father in prison and knows that he can never have her. Now an enemy from their past has returned and Connor must put his feelings aside in order to protect Erin from a devious killer bent on revenge…

Standing in the Shadows is closely related to the first book in the series, Behind Closed Doors, so it is important to
When Connor McCloud uncovered the real culprit (his onetime boss) behind his best friend's murder (and his own stint in a coma) in Behind Closed Doors and sent him to prison, he lost all hope in winning the girl of his dreams, Erin Riggs, said two-faced bastard's daughter.

Or did he?

Erin Riggs has been in love with Connor McCloud since she was sixteen (more than eleven years) and has never thought she had any chance whatsoever with him - especially now, that he's sent her father to prison.

But no
Aug 02, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense
It's very rare that i find a book that i love so much, that i purposely take my time in reading, just so i can make the experience last. This was a book like that for me.

Having read McKenna's previous book Behind Closed Doors, i was already a fan of her style of writing; romantic suspense with a heavy dose of erotic steamy goodness. However, though i liked the hero of BCD, and was able to look beyond his sometimes overly bossy nature, i could completely understand why so many were turned off by
Jul 22, 2010 Crista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the McCloud brothers series does not disappoint. I was hooked until the very last page. This is Connor's story. We were introduced to him first in Behind Closed Doors as Seth's friend, and I was intrigued by him the minute he came on the scene.

Erin and Connor have a past. I LOVE these types of stories. Erin has been in love with Connor since he worked for her dad and Connor has been lusting Erin for just as long. This story starts up almost right where the last left off, so new reader
To begin with, you must get the first book by Mckenna called Behind Closed Doors which happens 6 months prior to this story. You will understand who the characters are and the situations better in Standing in the Shadows.

With that said, McKenna is becoming a rising star with her blend of suspense and erotica. In the next few years, she will become a true star in the book industry if she continues to write in the same manner.
We first met Conner who was recovering from a coma and the death of hi
Sep 25, 2011 LanyBelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was full of action, suspense and love. It was AWWSOMEE!!!
Connor: Oh sweet Connor! wish I had someone like ya!!! *swooooon* His love for Erin is so real and transparent you can't help but be jealous of her! hehe. He fell in love with her when she met her at age 16. Problem was that he is 9 yrs older than her. He knew it would seem wrong to pursue her at that age so he decided to wait for her. Even though he knew that there might be a chance she might marry before that can happen, he
Hot Hot Hot! I love this series and I love Shannon McKenna's talent!

Lots of of reviews here already, with descriptive details of the plot, character, etc. So, check those out, and read my very short opine:

I appreciate the imperfection of her main and 2nd-line characters, they add an element of realism to an romantica-fiction fantastically improbable plot. When reading it, I don't feel that way, which is helpful, because when I find myself analyzing, rolling my eyes in the middle of a book, there
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McClouds & Friends (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Out Of Control (McClouds & Friends #3)
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