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Afraid of Her Shadow

(Rom-Com on the Edge #3)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Forty something, self-proclaimed cougar, Rebecca is committed only to her cats and her career. Her veteran single girl lifestyle has been peaceful and happy – that is until she started dating age-appropriate Steve, an entomology professor with a sweet smile and demeanor to match. Who knew an insect scientist could be so appealing?

The problem? Steve is a widower with baggag
Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 29th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published July 22nd 2015)
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What happens when a cougar, committed to her single girl status and all of its perks falls for a baggage-laden widower whose home is haunted by the memories of his late wife and hundreds of “bugs-in-a-bottle?” Rebecca is part of the crew at Bella Donna Press, and has never longed for the picket fence, the 2 am feedings or any of the trappings of wifedom in suburbia.

Who knew Steve would capture her heart? Who knew Steve’s late wife would be her biggest competition for his soul? His home is like
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book is total chick lit. I quickly read this book over a weekend because I couldn’t put it down. Would Rebecca overcome her phobia of commitment and stay with Steve, the widower, or be tempted by a hot ex who came back to town to win her back? The writing of this book flowed smoothly and I enjoyed reading the second book in the Rom-Com on the Edge series! I could relate to Rebecca being single and feeling ‘old’ in the dating wor
Apr 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking to read an entertaining Rom-Com tale that will keep you in stitches, then Afraid of Her Shadow is the book for you!

In Afraid of Her Shadow, book two of Rom-Com On The Edge Series, the reader follows forty-six year old Rebecca, a human resource manager for Bella Donna Publishing Company in Richmond, VA, as she deals with crazy co-workers and Meetup friends; her lovable widower boyfriend Steve, who lives in a shrine of a house to his dead wife Noreen; and the reappearance of her
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
After 2 months on my ‘currently reading ‘ shelf, I’m removing this book and shelving it as read, but a ‘dnf’. It certainly wasn’t bad but it didn’t hold my interest to return to finish it.
April Wood
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What’s It About?

“How did I go from a cat loving, single career woman who goes out on the weekends and has fun — to someone who lays on the floor in an insanely sexy nightgown with a dog?”

Rebecca is a 40-something-year-old woman who runs the human resources department of an up and coming publishing company. When we meet her, she is celebrating her one year anniversary with her boyfriend, Steve.
Steve, a widower, carries a lot of baggage. Rebecca is terrified of his house, which she refers to as t
Fiona Wilson
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
The first book I read by this author was a very funny read, and I hoped she could continue in that humorous vein with this one. She did not disappoint!

Rebecca is a friend of Claire's, who we met in There Are No Men. They work together. She can see just how happy Claire and Brandon are. She wants a piece of that happiness.

Rebecca is on the right track - she is in a relationship with Steve, who she met at a Meetup group she attends. She is happy with Steve, but he has issues she needs to deal with
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried twice-couldn't get interested enough to finish
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually read this as part of a three book set (Books #2-4 in the series). It was a cute little read, pretty quick to get through. I have the e-book version and would read it while walking on the treadmill at the gym. The characters were likeable, and were a carry-over from the second book in the series. At first, I had trouble reading it because the characters were the same but it was a different person's point of view from the previous book. I kept wanting to scream at the main character to ...more
Janet Graham
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny and Realistic Rom-Com
It is so refreshing to read a longer book that lets you sink your teeth into the plot and characters. And this book has an excellent plot filled with unique characters! This is a fully stand-alone book, but I can’t wait to read the others in the series.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love romantic comedy. Rebecca could be a strong woman if she said part of what she thinks. This is why the book says afraid of her shadow. Loved this book.

Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good read. I do recommend this book. It still has interesting and unpredictable characters. The story has a lot of wit..
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, romance, comedy
I love everything about Carol Maloney Scott’s writing. It is real, down to earth and has you rolling throughout. None of her work is over the top or just humour for humour’s sake. It is always a series of events that I can actually see happening and I find it fun to treat as an inside joke, along with all the other fans of hers.

I fell for the author’s writing, after reading There Are No Men and was semi-patiently waiting for. Ok two, from the moment I closed the back cover. When I heard who the
Tracie Banister
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carol Maloney Scott continues to impress with this second entry in her Rom-Com on the Edge series. Afraid of Her Shadow tells the story of Rebecca, a character readers were first introduced to in There Are No Men where she seemed to be the footloose and fancy free type, bouncing from man to man, enjoying everything about the single life. When this book opens, Rebecca is in a different headspace, having found a great guy whom she's been dating exclusively for a while. What's surprising is that St ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of the Rom-Com on the edge series. I wanted to read this book because I enjoyed the first one. I wanted to know what was going on with Rebecca and also snoop on Claire.

Rebecca has been in a relationship with Steve for a year now. She has only been to his house twice in all that time and this is because he hasn’t cleaned out his house of his late wife’s stuff. He has a lot of baggage and Rebecca starts to question her love for him and her sanity when her ex shows up and st
Amanda Alexandre
2.5 stars

Most chick lits involve a girl in her early to mid-twenties in some adventure to find a new love. Bridget Jones was thirty something, at least, but there is not much adventure on paper out there for the older ladies. And that's the good thing about the "RomCom in the edge" series, by Carol Maloney Scott. We get to read about older women. Women who were divorced, who had real life problems, and knows a thing or two about how that happily-ever-after form other stories is not so happy in t
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year, I stumbled upon Carol Maloney Scott's first novel, There Are No Men. I loved it and wanted to read more about Claire and her friends. Well, Afraid of Her Shadow does not disappoint. The second novel of the series follows Claire's friend Rebecca and her boyfriend, Steve. The trials that these two go through are funny, yet relatable. Rebecca and Steve meet through a Meet-Up dating group. Rebecca, pushing 40 and Steve, almost 50 are together for a year when we meet them. Steve is a widow ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca has had a boyfriend for a year now, Steve, she is not feeling a lot of sparkles when she is with him, but he is reliable and makes her laugh, and maybe she loves him... The only problem he has is that his house is full of objects of his dead wife and Rebecca doesn't know what to think... Is he still in love with his dead wife or he just doesn't know how to confront her death?
But Rebecca's life will get worse after the returning of her sexy ex-boyfriend... Is he still interested in her? W
Clair Martin
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books

I would first off like to say that Carol Maloney Scott writes really great. It got 4 stars because of the story itself. I felt that Rebecca was way to whiny of a character and I am sure that there are people in real life like that, I do not want to read about them.

Rebecca is in a relationship that she has been in for over a year. She hardly ever goes to her boyfriends house, he always goes to hers, because she does not like that he stil
Margaret Locke
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A frenzied ride with memorable characters.

I read a lot of historical romance, so the first person present approach threw me off initially, but I decided I liked it for the rather confessional tone it loans the story - you feel like Rebecca is whispering her life secrets to you as they happen.

In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I bought into the heroine's main struggle with her new guy - but I have to say a) I have never dated a widower, so what do I know, and b) as the story develops, I really
Teresa Kander
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, There Are No Men, so I looked forward to reading more about the ladies in this book. I was definitely NOT disappointed. Rebecca is a little annoying at times, and made me want to shake her more than once, but that was just part of what made her so human and relatable.

Rebecca has a lot of great lines in this book, and gets herself into some unusual situations. The people from the Meetup group are well-written supporting characters, as are their fr
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Although this is the second in a series, it can certainly stand on its own. Rebecca was a confirmed "cougar" when she met Steve, a widower of an appropriate age for her.Things go pretty well for them until he asks her to move in with him, and an old flame of hers comes back to town. She has a hard time with the fact that Steve has never cleared out all of his late wife's things (down to her toiletries) and the house is full of her photographs. On top of that, his step-daughter moves in shortly a ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love reading about women who are closer to my age, but are still sexy and living life to the fullest! This is the second book in the series and it is as good as the first. I love that the funny parts of the book are not forced and just used as fluff, instead they definitely add to the story and will have you laughing out loud! Even though it seems as though the subject of a boyfriend who lost his wife, but Rebecca makes you think twice. I loved how she interacted both with the males and her fr ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though I did not read the first book in the series, I had no problem getting into Afraid of Her Shadow. Rebecca is a 40 something who works in HR. She loves her independent lifestyle living in her condo with her 2 cats. When her bug loving widower boyfriend asks Rebecca to move into his house, she starts to panic. Rebecca didn't stay over Steve's house because it is filled with pictures and memories from his wife who was killed in a bicycle accident. To make matters worse, she finds out his step ...more
Linda Buzard-Moffitt
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Move on from Claire in Book 1 'There Are No Men' to Rebecca in Book 2 and the laughs keep coming. I do think some of their actions are immature but that is one thing I like about these books and find very amusing. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series, find out what's going on in their lives and laugh a lot more. I was given a free copy of this book to read and review and this review and these opinions are my own. Great Job Carol!
Sue Pride
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for a laugh

This book flows well. It's an easy read but not juvenile. Parts of this book literally made me laugh out loud. I found light and fun. Looking for a quick escape from dull or hectic life, give this book a look.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Read this on Kindle

Picked this book because of the reviews which were so good. Don't think we are reading the same book. I find it confusing and all over the place
Sandy Sharp
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Hmmm, I can't say this book is great just as I can't say it's terrible. I read it, I finished it and really don't have anything good or bad to say about this book.
C.J. Morrow
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read about love and baggage for the over 40s.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dnf @ 17% or somewhere near it... I thought I was in for a wholesome romance and working through your fears to be with who you love..... but I just got cringey, bitter middle aged women and I just couldn’t sit through it.

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Carol Maloney Scott is a frazzled wife, mom, and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater of mornings. Now that she has unearthed a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.

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Rom-Com on the Edge (5 books)
  • Dazed and Divorced (Rom-Com on the Edge #1)
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