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Night Whispers

(ShadowLands #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  46 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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Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this science fiction romance set in a post apocalyptic world. I was so absorbed and at the edge of my seat with all the fast paced exciting action. The bond between hero and heroine was so strong and what he does for her was awesome. Field agent Jules is guided by her technical adviser James through a special collar she wears.
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, pnr, beta-hero
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
Taryn Pierson
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I was browsing for sci-fi romance, I did a double take when this cover popped up—I had no idea Alisha Rai had ever dipped her toe in the sci-fi romance pool. But since in my mind she, Penny Reid, and Talia Hibbert are tied for Queen of Contemporary Romance, I had to get my hands on a copy of Night Whispers. It was a little difficult because the title appears to be out of print, but you can find used copies if you poke around. And it’s safe to say this is the most romantic book I’ve ever read ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know what's worse, that I read a sexy book about vampires or that I wanted more about the vampires.
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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Kate Sherwood
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed by this one - not that it was bad, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping, based on my one prior Alisha Rai read.

For this one, I never really accepted some of the premises. I loved the book up to the VR sex, but it just didn't make sense - somehow a pair of glasses allowed the VR to tap into the participants brains, or otherwise give them sensations all over their bodies? And there were details like "his taste" that made no sense, unless somehow the VR program had been ab
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Different take on zombie apocalypse!
Book  Minx
Post-apocalyptic with vampire creatures a la I am Legend ... With more humans and hot sex. Yes please!
February 2018 - I just wish, the author would finally write and publish the next books!

May 2017 -5 stars

October 2014 -4,5 stars
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, it wasn't anything like what I was expecting. For me, Alisha Rai usually means a bit of smut with some interesting characters. But this one went beyond that and added in some fascinating world building too, and an action sequence (or two or three) as well! If anything, the smut was pretty limited, taking second place to the characters and story.

Jules is the hardass fighter, accustomed to working alone and taking out the bad guys.

James is the analyst who monitors her from a
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Joint review originally posted here:

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
Fast paced dystopian romance with a kick ass heroine and a swoon-worthy hero. I absolutely loved it. The story doesn't lag too much anywhere and there's a good balance between action and romance. The world building could've been better, and there were a few loose ends that need to be addressed, but this is only the first book in the series so I hope all this would be cleared up in the next release.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun, but hit on one of my pet peeves. It's kind of annoying when an author names something really lamely, like "The Group" or "The Illness". You're a very creative person if you can write a book. Just take that extra step and give that thing a name!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting world, action driven plot, and an open-ended resolution that invites sequels and leaves you thinking about the world after the book is done. I wasn't sure about the development of the central romance or the hand-wavy virtual reality, but I enjoyed it overall.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was really well-written and very enjoyable! The characters were unique and relatable and the story wasn't based on ridiculous clichés. I was instantly hooked and flew through the first half without pause and then pulled an all-nighter to finish it.

Interesting take on a zombie/vampire-type virus outbreak. Not overly original, but handled in a way that was refreshing and held my interest. Basically, all the cool stuff you love about apocolypse settings without the annoying bullshit other auth
Sarah Jane
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
August 2015 book club pick. Picked on the recommendation of the NPR summer of romance books series.

Interesting book! First off, I fucking hate zombies more than anything. I really wanted to give this book less stars based on that fact but it's not really fair. In the first chapter or two I was reeeally curious where the heck this was going and how our love interests are ever going to get together (though I've got to say I've never read a book with virtual reality sexytimes before, so that was a
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
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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
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books
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
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
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
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
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
Suleikha Snyder
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Liana Brooks
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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