I loved the writing and the plot/sub-plot so hard. The humor was a bit more subtle than I normally go for, but it really works well in this book. The...moreI loved the writing and the plot/sub-plot so hard. The humor was a bit more subtle than I normally go for, but it really works well in this book. The descriptions of places and people was on point. Which I, of course, love. For someone with such a weak imagination like myself, it really is great when there's descriptions of things… it's one of the main hooks that pull me in a story and when it's neglected, I may as well be reading an instruction manual in Japanese.
Anyway, the pacing is decent throughout the book and really picks up at the end. There were no awkward, bored moments ever. The plot and sub-plot were so intriguing that when I did have to put the book down it was with a lot of reluctance. The characters were so great! I loved them all, but Lily was the favorite. She has a quiet, understated strength that works so well. She's also spunky, sassy, and sharp as a tack. I'd love to have her as a friend.
Matt is equally impressive, but he has a shy, self-conscious streak that I'm not a fan of. I suppose Lily's flamboyant side makes up for that though. He is awfully cute, sexy and charming but things got rocky for him during the end conflict. But he so redeems himself! Their romance was truly beautiful. Believable in the natural progression of their feelings for each other I thought.
Overall, this was a great read. The plot is intriguing, the characters endearing, the ending is sheer perfection in my eyes (even though I did need a couple tissues). So many memorable scenes and moments that take your breath away, I couldn't help but root for Lily and Matt to get their HEA. And I just love the prologue when we catch up with everyone 5 years later.(less)
4.5*'s. Would have given 5, but the ending kind of got a touch cheesy for me. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Daisy is probably my most favorite...more4.5*'s. Would have given 5, but the ending kind of got a touch cheesy for me. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Daisy is probably my most favorite heroin ever. Strong, capable, stubborn, and a smart-ass. Nick is great also. He tended to bounce back and forth between beta and alpha hero. Although I'm sure he'd take offense at being called a beta. I thought it was a wonderful, fast-paced read, by one of my favorite authors that I would happily recommend.(less)
I love Susan Andersens writing style, it just seems to flow perfectly for me. Which is probably the biggest saving grace in this book. I also liked th...moreI love Susan Andersens writing style, it just seems to flow perfectly for me. Which is probably the biggest saving grace in this book. I also liked the romance between Char and Kev (even though it was only hinted at). The dialogue between J.D. and Dru was enjoyable.
But it was difficult to get into the book, and then once in, hard to stay focused and care. It was kind of boring. And the characters weren’t all that memorable. J.D. struck me as anti-social, paranoid, distrustful, ungrateful and insecure. Not exactly how I prefer the heroes I read about to be portrayed. He did seem to be slightly more endearing when he was with Dru or Tate… but not much.
As for Dru, I didn’t like her at all. I can’t pinpoint what it was about her other than she was completely uninteresting. And I don’t like when a heroine fancies herself in love after one round of sex. Which Dru did… and J.D. was on his way there pretty fast too. And at the end she turned into a manipulator. Ugh… that really ruined it for me.(less)
I love this book. Aside from pacing issues early on, this is a really great read. The characters are great. Believable, endearing. They all did some q...moreI love this book. Aside from pacing issues early on, this is a really great read. The characters are great. Believable, endearing. They all did some questionable things, but I feel that that made them more human for me. They weren't perfect, or too-good-to-be-true.
The writing — hello? Susan Andersen? — is excellent. Even though Shadow Dance was originally published in 1989 it was brought enough up to date where it's not noticeable at all. And being Andersens first novel, I'm blown away at how well it's written. Love it!
Overall, I love this book. This is one of my yearly re-reads. I've read it every year for the past 9 years. And I plan to continue that tradition. It's like a giant bowl of chicken soup for my soul, constantly reminding me of what I really enjoy in a story. Definitely one of my comfort reads. The suspense is raw, the "bad guy" chilling. An intriguing, smart, gripping novel that never fails to deliver for me. I highly recommend this one to fans of Andersen or romantic suspense novels dealing with a psychotic serial killer.(less)
Bor-ing. While I might have loved this book years ago, I now find myself mostly annoyed (okay… very annoyed) with it. And bored with the con...more2.5 stars.
Bor-ing. While I might have loved this book years ago, I now find myself mostly annoyed (okay… very annoyed) with it. And bored with the constant derailments and senseless rambling. What speaks volumes though is the fact that I bought and read this book when it first came out and, for the life of me, I didn't remember anything about it, not even why I loved it enough to put on my keeper shelf to begin with. And I remember all the good books I've read prior to this one… So it's not a very memorable read either. Oh well, more space on my keeper shelf since this book is destined for the donation bin.(less)