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Into the Shadows

(The Associates #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  159 reviews
*A sexy stand-alone romantic suspense!*


Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. N
Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published July 14th 2014
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Ash Wednesday
"There are so many layers to our fucked up layer cake, I don't know how to untangle it," she said.
"You don't untangle a cake, baby," he said. "You eat it."


For all the love I have for Carolyn Crane's Disillusionists Trilogy, I'm a little ashamed to admit this is my first of hers outside that series. While this didn't necessarily disappoint, I'm hard pressed to call the high points winning over the lows. It was good in the sense that the things I didn't agree with di
It's funny that I went into this book absolutely disliking Thorne, but came out of it disliking Nadia so much more. I thought she was pathetic at first...but by the end? Well, she's still pathetic, no change there...but then I realized what a POS she was on top of it all. Unless there's a damn good reason (yes REASON, not excuse), I will think you're a POS for hiding someone's child from them.

Nadia had Thorne's kid and didn't tell him about it. Why? Because of some bullshit excuse. She says that
Thorne is the second in command of a brutal gang that deals in human misery, everything from human trafficking to drugs. When a number of their warehouses are raided, suspicion falls on him and he finds himself needing to hunt down the raiders or end up in a shallow grave.

Two years earlier, Nadia was in love with Thorne. Then after her gangster father was killed he kicked her to the curb and moved on to another gang, the Hangmen. All that is left of him is her 2 year old son and she will do any
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-suspense
It’s going to be hard for another book this year to impress me more than this one. Into the Shadows has great suspense. It has a tortured, broken, scarred hero who is an undercover villain. It has a heroine who is a former party hostess to her villain father who now kicks butt. And it has dirty, dirty sex. A damn fine combination.

Thorne had a very bad childhood, and has turned into a lethal, skilled fighter because of it. His sister was sold by his drugged out father to ten men, who ended up mur
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this one just isn't doing it for me. Improbable situations and over the top characters, not to mention angst off the charts.

Nadia Volkov, aka Party Princess, is a woman on a mission and she isn't going to let anything, or anyone stand in her way. Her father was a gangster in Miami and when he died his empire was split up among other gangs called the Quartet. His empire ran so smoothly that the other gangs just stepped right in, run it as
4.5 stars
Warning, I liked this book a lot and when that happens, I tend to want to add everything I possibly can to the review to make others love it too. The consequence is a long review, I tried to edit myself but alas, sorry.
Into the Shadows is book three in The Associates series, would reading book one and two enhance your reading experience of this one, yes. However, as someone who didn't read the previous ones, I never got grumpy over feeling lost; the author does a great job of giving yo
Initial Thoughts: Book 3 of the Associates series was a thrill ride! Take one strong and damaged operative on an undercover operation in the gangs and add one daughter of a mob boss on a mission of her own and you get sizzling sexual tension.

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Wow. This was a thrill ride. If you have not yet started Ms. Crane’s The Associates series, you don’t know what you are missing. This is the third book in that series, however you can read each book as a standalone without really missing any impor
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Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thorne and Nadia

Seriously, I don't think CC can do wrong in my eyes. I love her writing. It is raw and quirky at the same time. I need MORE of this series. Like tomorrow. Full review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

Into The Shadows is book three in Carolyn Crane’s The Associates series. Into the Shadows is also the continuation of my love affair with Ms. Crane and pretty much everything she writes. As far as I am concerned someone needs to chain her to a chair and only allow writing to happen. Dra
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Thorne has given up everything he has to continue his undercover mission for the Associates, even if all he had was Nadia, the Party Princess whom he loves fiercely and was blissfully happy with for a brief span two years ago. Even if she only thought of him as a low life thug and someone she could use to play out her fantasies with, he loves her anyway. But, he never expected his life would bring her back in his path and he never wanted it to as with him he only brings danger and death. Nadia’s ...more
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Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

Thorne is introduced in the previous book as a ruthless killer and a deep undercover agent. He is awesome here. His heartbreaking history, the reasoning behind his actions could save this book even if it didn't have a heroine as great as Nadia.
One of the best scenes in this book involves Thorne and the first time he gets together with other Associates and tells them about Benny.
I really enjoyed this book. It has almost everything one could wish in a romantic suspense.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

Well, I honsetly cannot say that I loved this book... I didn't disliked it, but I was bored often...

The story could have been interesting, but there was too much stressing the hero's "thug-ness", "wothless-ness", "looser-ness", etc... And the worst thing is that it was him who did the stressing!

I got that it was done to render his feeling of not deserving the heroine, but it was overdone!

The heroine tried to keep the baby secret too much.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed on Read Our Lips:

Thorne´s been working undercover for the Associates for years and he´s finally getting close to his endgame, the revenge he´s been craving for years, when another craving returns to his life.
As daughter to a notorious top dog, Nadia was used to spending time with various henchmen, but one effected her in a way no one else could.
When Thorne left her, two years ago, he did so without knowing what he really gave up on.
Now Nadia´s got another agenda, one that will bri
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-suspense
2.5 stars

Pure fluff. Enjoyable, if predictable.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Into the Shadows feels like the most strategy driven story with more emotional character definition.  Both Thorne and Nadia have been working hard and for some time on their projects. Now they get tangled up together and as things blow up, they need to figure out a plan to reach both their goals.  The costs are brutal and their lives are on the line. It's an emotional roller-coaster. It was easy to like them and root for them!
Amy R
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Engaging. Riveting. Explosive. Emotional. Gripping. Action-packed. These are the words I brainstormed about the book before writing this review. I wasn’t able to connect them all into coherent sentences, so thought I would just give it to you raw. I just finished Into The Shadows by Carolyn Crane and wow. Into The Shadows is the third book in The Associates Series and had me feeling the whole gamete of emotions. I was engaged from the first page and was pretty much on the edge of my s ...more
God, I love Thorne. He’s so ridiculously bad, yet vulnerable. Sometimes it was difficult to see that he was undercover because he seemed like all of the other gangsters, just better. I wanted to wrap my arms around him; he deserved more from life than what he got. Nadia and Thorne’s dynamic is so different from any other romance I’ve read before and honestly, I shouldn’t have been surprised given that Carolyn Crane wrote this book. Even though I was so overly biased on Thorne’s behalf, I think C ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane was another excellent addition to The Associates series. I have a wishlist now of peeps I would like to get a story.

Quick Thoughts: You know that moment when you finish a book and you have to wait? That is how good this series is! I love it in audio so I am having to wait a little longer than the
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3 1\2

Absolutely cute, if too light for my tastes. (Yes, it's fluffy for me even with all that suspense and presumed bad-ass-ness :)
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-suspense
Holy Hell. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I may do a review if I can get my thoughts together enough, but needless to say, this is a must read, people!!

Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just one word for this book - THORNE!!! <3
Michelle Cristiani
This series is stunning, one of my very favorites. My issue with this one - which I enjoyed, but didn't love to death like #2 - is that the protagonists were apart for a lot of the book. Martin writes banter so well and I missed having that in conversation. It's solid, though, and has a couple cameos. ...more
Dec 16, 2017 marked it as tbr-own-this  ·  review of another edition
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ARC Review

This book is so much more than I had hoped!

Thorne is an “unofficial” operative of the Associates, a clandestine organization fighting crime so deep undercover that the members don’t even know who is on their side. Thorne is recruited by the Associates to infiltrate the Hangman gang and work his way to becoming its leader. He is in deep in more ways than one. During his tenure under the former boss, Victor, Thorne falls in love with Victor’s daughter. Unfortunately, due to a series of u

“I’m the loser who will never deserve you, but I’ll always fight for you”

The quote above practically sums up the psychology of the delicious hero in the story. Shoot me for saying this, but the reason I picked up Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane from Netgalley hinges on the fact that the cover is so bloody hot! And I say that in the best way possible. Having never experienced Carolyn’s writing nor the fact that there are two books prior to this in The Associates series to which this book belon
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

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Bruce Lee. . . Secret Baby. . . Scorpions . . . Into the Shadows has it all.

Bruce Lee?

Yeah, he was my least favorite element of Thorne's story. Apparently Thorne lived and fought by the Bruce Lee code. It was cheesy and got on my nerves pretty quickly. But that's my only complaint about Into the Shadows , every thing else was great!

Secret Baby

I don't feel like I'm spoiling you on this topic since it's in the book's summary so don't give me stink e
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

I started this book in the middle of the series. It came highly recommended by several other bloggers that I know. I asked around if I could start with this one or if I needed to go back and start at the beginning. I was assured by several different people that starting with this book would be fine. I have to agree. I have no idea what the first two books were about, but this one felt almost more like a book one or ev
Thorne and Nadia had a passionate affair two years ago that ended badly due to a misunderstanding. That doesn't mean they are over each other though. Their love has turned into what Thorne would call "lovehate," and what I would call "annoying." I was mainly interested in how they would come back together and how the misunderstanding would be dealt with.

I don't really know how I feel about this one. On one hand I flew through the book, it was fast-paced with lots of action, and I just had to kno
Lindy at BookBlinders
3 1/2*
This is the first book I've ever read by Carolyn Crane and it was an exciting introduction to some edge of your seat writing.
Nadia, former "Party Princess" is the daughter of a dead crime lord, Victor Volkov, who is struggling to take care of her baby son while staying alive during secret raids on what is left of her father's empire. She is trying to find her birth mother that Victor had locked away in a sweat shop or brothel after lying to Nadia about her for as long as she can remember.
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