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The Shadows

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)

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Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never ...more
Kindle Edition, 590 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Signet
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Mandi Schreiner
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr
We all know I love me some JR Ward. I have a freaking information page that is very out of date but devoted to her. I loooooooove her books. They are cracky fun. They have 500 different plot lines in every one, use ridiculous slang but they are my brothers.

The Shadows came out yesterday. I wasn’t that excited about reading it because Trez and iAm haven’t excited me in the past – but some peeps on Twitter said crazy things happened, so I plopped my butt down and read it. And honestly I started to
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Christy
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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Oh. My. God. THE FEELS. I cried in Z’s book. I cried in Rhage’s book. Those two books were by far the most emotional books for me when it comes to the BDB. But this book? This book made me bawl. There were just a few scenes and situations that I could not control the tears. Did I love it as much as some of the other books in this series? No. I can’t say I did. Some of the earlier ones (Rhage, V, Z) plus Qhuinn and Blay’s book will always be my favorites. But I still think JR Ward has an
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Profanities removed and spoilers hidden! Sheesh!

All bets are off…

I have such incredibly mixed feelings about this book, and I’m not sure I’ll ever get them sorted out. Sometimes a story will gut me, and The Shadows did just that. In truth, I don’t remember a time I cried myself to sleep over a book – but I did this time. It was at moments laugh out loud funny, window fogging steamy, sweetly romantic, and profoundly tragic.

I always say that an author should write a story the way that story comes
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Jen Davis
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
If you have managed to make it this far without any spoilers on this book, I congratulate you. There is a reason people are talking about it. Even in the broadest strokes, it's impossible for me not to convey that things go really wrong here. That doesn't mean everyone hated The Shadows. To the contrary, it's got its fair share of 5 star reviews floating around. You'll find readers who love rolling around in the kind of misery only "true love" can precipitate. You'll find others who find beauty ...more
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 There is a thin line between love and hate Stars

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There will be spoilers all over this bitch. Just saying!

First read 2015
Reread April 16 2017

Sometimes, the evil you fought wasn’t anything you could hit or shoot or dismember. Sometimes you couldn’t even hurt it. And that was really fucking awful.

There truly is a very thin line between love and hate and this book tap danced all over the borderline. I took hours after finishing this book trying to decide what to rate this book. What do I rate a
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Kellie Maddox-Ward
Apr 05, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: bdb, paranormal
I wonder what the new cover is going to look like? When the others have all been this hot?
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SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!
I’M NOT FUCKING AROUND THIS WAS TAKEN FROM THE CINCINNATI Q & A TRANSCRIPT APRIL 5TH 2014
DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT ELSE IS IN STORE FOR THE BDB!

Personally I couldn’t wait and NEEDED to know what was coming. So if you are like me, read on!
But If you don’t want to know. Seriously don’t read it!

(view spoiler)
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Tekla
Apr 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not even my worst enemy
I stopped reading this train-wreck after Qhuay's unsatisfying HEA. But I heard about the drama with JRW's newest BDB book and decided to take a look. To my surprise, among all the angry/disappointed and some still bizarrely positive reviews, there was a post from her. She knew she had fucked up so badly, she literally made a post to justify her book on the release day.

Let that sink in.

Now, this is not a review of The Shadows, since I haven't and won't read it, but a comment about her post and se
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Lucy Qhuay

This is, without a doubt, one of the saddest books I've ever read and the saddest in the series so far.

Deep aching sorrow was my constant companion while reading and it's with me still.

Thinking about what happened, of course I wish for a different outcome.

However, and even though I understand some fans were left deeply angered with the way things turned out to be, I can't help but appreciate the beauty in the pain and harbour a small flicker of hope inside of me.

J.R.Ward is a talented writer.
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Sammy Loves Books
OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG.

The Shadows finally get a book! YAAAY

Hold Up!! Wait a minute!! (view spoiler)BOOOOOO!!

Dancing and Crying

****I Suffer from Mixed Emotions****

*****Not. Sure. How. To. Rate. This.****

Final review...with MEGA Spoilers ahead!!!
You have been Warned!!



J.R. Ward remains a brilliant writer, but I thought this series fell under the genre of paranormal romance? Apparently I was mistaken and this series has evolved into what ever the Warden wants it to be. Which
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Lenore
ETA on 11 April 2015: Please see at the bottom of my review.

1.5 stars rounded up.

First of all, I would like to clarify that the blog J.R. Ward posted on release day of The Shadows played a major role in my opinion and my rating of this book.

J.R. Ward attributes everything she puts on paper to her Rice Krispies, assuming the role of the Delphic Oracle, or that of a mere conduit who doesn't have a say in her own work.

She also keeps breaking her own rules, conveniently forgetting that writing fant
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Laura
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|4.3 my feels are all over the floor stars|

You know, I think I need to lay down and think about what I just read...

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I've been reading these series since 2006 (soon 10 fucking years, OMG!!!) and I always feel like being home. Want me to get all nostalgic? Make me read some J.R. Ward and that's it. I'll always going to have a soft spot for her and these series.

That being said I really really enjoyed this book. I mean, it was a very heavy reading and I was way too invested in the story, so for me it
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Beanbag Love
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Popular author: "Hey, come over here, I want to show you something!
Popular author's fan: "OMG! Of course. I've been waiting a whole year for you to show me something! I'm so excited!"
Popular author: "Here, look ..."

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And now for the full report. So long some of it had to be my first GR blog post.

I’m an addicted reader. If you see me, there is a Kindle or a book somewhere on my person. It’s how I spend most of my free time. I love reading all kinds of stories, but mostly I love Romance. I read a l
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Amy
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2readseries

What a heavy, depressing, disjointed and disappointing book. I just can't even....

I feel like I've been slapped in the face by Ward. The Shadows contradicts everything Ward has lead us to believe regarding "bonded" mates. The stars, the ending, the audacity that this is suppose to be a HEA is complete BS.

The H/h was one of MANY problems of the storyline.

I just don't have the words to express my disappointment and I can't believe I am one staring a BDB book from my favorite PNR author but it is
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Apr 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
Read this review on Got Fiction? book blog

Original Review:

*heavy sigh*

No.

I have to get my thoughts together on this one, but no. No more. I'm done with this.

Full Review:

*********SPOILERS ALL AROUND*********

Wow. Where to begin. So I'm not sure how many of you are aware of the spoiler that JR Ward posted, but I'm grateful she did. I decided not to buy this book after reading it. But after a few days online and seeing the reactions, I figured I owed it to you guys to write an informed review of why
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Erica Ravenclaw
Apr 07, 2014 marked it as to-read
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OF COURSE I'M GOING TO READ IT. I can't be saved, I'm too far gone. Save yourself.
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews  ❤️
4.5 Emotionally Battered Stars!!

I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, than I cried some more, and finally my heart crumbled in pure agony!! This is going to be a difficult review, I don't want to give anything away about the outcome.....

Trez and Selena:
I've been intrigued by the Shadows since Rhev's book Lover Avenged. I didn't think that the WARDen could pull off Trez being worthy of a Chosen because of his manwhoring ways, he came off as..... I don't know...not callus because he was alway
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P
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
“She is . . . the moon in my night sky. And that is the beginning, middle, and end of it. There is no more to be told than that, and never shall I speak of her again.”




I've been waiting for this book since I finished The King, and consequently my hope was too high before I could get my hands on this beautiful book. The Shadows follows after what happened to Trez and iAm in the previous one, while Trez can't stop whoring himself, iAm is trying to fix things his brother has done until now. The s
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Alisa
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zz-2015, vampires
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Britney is not the only one not feeling it. I can not believe how boring this book was. I was as bored as a stone statue (oh yes I did go there). I'm not even going to write a comprehensive review. I'm just going to jump from one rant to another. I mean if the author can write an almost 600 pg book just jumping around randomly from plotline to plotline then why can't I? (There will be spoilers in my rants so stop right now if you don't want to know stuff)

1. I loathe these Chosen chicks. Like re
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Auntee
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series but expect the unexpected
Seeing some one star reviews kinda scares me...

Now I know what the hulabaloo was all about!

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I'm just going to come out and say it...I loved this one. I had absolutely no idea before reading this that there was any kind of controversy brewing. But then I saw some one-star reviews, and I thought "Uh-oh, how can that be?" J R Ward with one-star reviews???

So the further I got into the book, I sensed what that was all about. Yet I held out hope that maybe it was something else? Maybe what I thought w
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
So, this is my review of the latest Ward book. I love this time of year, and the traditions that come alone with it as a long-time JR Ward fan. It's a big part of why I enjoy this series so much.

Sorry, but this is a really long review. I had a lot to say!

Possible Spoiler Disclaimer: I will warn readers that while I really tried not to use overt spoilers, you will see that there is an emotional shock that comes in this book, but I don’t reveal exactly what it was. Readers beware!

The Shadows is
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

J.R. Ward changes the game with THE SHADOWS with not just one hero, but two in Trez and iAm. As these two brothers have their stories told, expect a lot of emotion, action and passion. All of these things are things I’ve come to expect in a J.R. Ward book, but especially in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

The Shadows have been in the series for a long time, but since they were just on the sidelines I never gave them much thought until now. As the eldest of the two, Trez is the Anointed On
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
I'd never pegged J.R. Ward for a sadist before.

Oh, those pesky feels. You can go away now, thanks.

Yes, anger was included in that list of feels. But I'm surprised at how much I liked The Shadows in spite of the abuse I suffered.

Here we go into spoiler territory...

(view spoiler)
...more
AJ
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Brilliantly devastating stars

If you’re a BDB fan, then you’ll know what to expect from this series, and once again, JR Ward totally delivered. This is a multi-layered story with action, suspense, excitement, romance, sex, multiple love stories and heaps of emotion. In fact this book totally ripped my heart out. But OMG, it’s such an amazing story!

I went into this book with an idea of how I thought it would all go down, and while I had the general idea right, the story has some huge surprises,
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Sophia Triad
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
iAm and maichen (Or (view spoiler))

“Will you let me see you,” he said in a deep voice.
maichen swallowed hard. Then she lifted her hands to the mesh that covered her face—but it was to hold the masking in place. “I am afraid.”
“Of what?”
What if he didn’t like what he saw?
“I already know you’re beautiful,” he said, as if he read her mind.
“How?”
He touched the center of his large chest. “I see you in here. I know you … in here. Y
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Shawna
4 stars – Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Unfortunately (and perhaps fortunately), I was spoiled and warned on this one before I started reading it, so I’d mentally prepared myself for potential anger, disappointment, emotional betrayal, and abject misery.

And yep, part of me feels like I’ve been royally bitch slapped.

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And part of me feels pretty damned emotional, devastated, and weary after reading this.

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The (view spoiler) romance lover in me wants to be mad at J.R. Ward and
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Jen
I am going to rate this a 4.5 stars, and my reason I can't really reveal without spoiling part of the story. This book was an absolute roller coaster ride in the best, and at times;worst way. I need to sit and contemplate before I write my review. It will be a tricky one, as there is so much I wish to say; but can't because I don't want to reveal anything. This is a highly emotional book..That is all there is to it..and I will say that after reading this story, I won't ever be the same. It gives ...more
arissa
Still a good book, despite you know what (view spoiler).

PS: Will I ever get Nalla interacting with the Brothers? WITH HER DADDY? Is all I ever want?



-----------Apr 08, 2014----------
Trez and iAm's book!
Melanie
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is going to be filled with SPOILERS, rantings and colorful language (sorry, Mom)!

I finish this book last night, I fell asleep crying (from the sadness, the beauty, and staying up way too freakin' late). I woke up, went about my day, and felt composed enough to write my review. Then I see my news feed... People actually returning this book, because they are not happy with the ending. What do you expect from the author? An apology and a promise to write something more catered to you an
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Midgetbee
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-2015, a-ipad, mine
This should've been called 'Jane Whitcomb Runs the Clinic and Everyone Loves Her'. In fact just name all the books that from now on, it'll save time.

The further into the series the books go and the more it becomes less about the Brotherhood themselves and them fighting an all-out war against the lessers and the more the books become all about Doc Jane and all the patients she treats. The Brothers barely even fight any more. Instead they stand around Wrath, flexing slightly and growling. I get t
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Sarah
This was an adult paranormal romance, which focused on the romantic lives of iAm and Trez.

Trez and iAm were both interesting characters in this story, and both had their own problems. I liked how they supported each other though, and didn’t only think of themselves.

The storyline in this was about Trez finally getting together with Selena, and us finally finding out what her illness was and how it affected her. We also got a romance happening for iAm, after his shock revelation in the last book,
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