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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.

For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark
Paperback, 1 edition, 344 pages
Published May 21st 2018 by Romandeavor, Incorporated (first published May 20th 2018)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I survived. Barely.

Shades is an edge-of-your-seat kind of book that, despite the suspense and violence, never loses sight of the romance.

(It's also Jaime Reese's first standalone novel, and I hope not her last! I read an ARC of this book, and it was publication ready; no editing errors in sight.)

This is a story about a hitman with a conscience who sets his own rules and the one man who makes him want more.

When Nick, who works as a server at an Italian restaurant, asks Killian his name, Killia
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When I found out Jaime Reese was gonna release a new story, I was over the moon happy. I am a huge HUGE fan of her writing and The Men of Halfway House is one of my favorite MM series. So to say I was excited to read this one would be an understatement.

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The first thing I loved about this book, was the cover. Just looking at it, I knew it was gonna be my kind of book, because we all know how much I love them bad boys. This dark, dangerous, rugged, yet handsome man looking at me...hell yeah ...sign
4.5 Stars

When Jaime Reese showed me the picture she was going to use for the cover of this book, my reaction was "he looks...dangerous." And he does, doesn't he? He looks intense and like he's seen and done stuff that you and I can only imagine. The cover definitely fits the character, Killian Marks, but don't let that intense stare fool you. Killian has layers. He's not as cold-hearted as even he believes. Killian Marks wasn't at all what I expected and I loved him. He could be ruthless, yes, b
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, m-m
3.75 Dark-Angel Stars

Killian is a hitman and he has quite a reputation in the underworld. But still, he is a man with wants, needs, and desires. He knows Nick for almost six months but not really knows him and yet, Nick consumed all of Killian’s mind and body. They both like each other but something stood between them. Killian doesn’t want to bring Nick into his life and put him in danger, unaware that Nick has his own demons. He lives in shadows and lives day to day. All his thought is to survi
4.5 Stars

For me, Jaime Reese is six for six. I actually think she may be the only author, of whom I’ve read everything readily available, that I’ve consistently enjoyed so much and rated so damn high. That makes her an indisputable favourite author of mine and I’m endlessly eager to see what she’ll deliver up next.

Her stories and her fantastic characters just do it for me. I easily fall into these worlds and feel at a loss when the final pages are turned. My experience here was no different.

May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It’s striking.
I’m fussy when it comes to covers and I’ll often either read or avoid a book based on the cover alone. As a rule I’m not a huge fan of covers like this since the face on the front is the one I picture while reading and it’s not often I either like it or it works with the book.
But this one is spot on. The cover is intriguing and it’s Killian.

The beginning of this book has a Warrior’s Cross feel to it which I liked since I love
Shin Mon Thway
I guess I’m in the minority here because I thought I’m going to be head over heels with this book but turned out it was only an ok read for me. 🙂 First, it took me 10 days to finish this book because I really got bored in the middle. Too damn slow-paced, that chase and run which would have been amazing if it were way shorter got boring and winded still after 60% and nothing is happening. 😒 Also, the big issue of these two, Petrov is chasing Nick’s arse then why didn’t Ian kill the man? The probl ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing


I adore every character from this book.
I absolutely loved the story. And how there was a lot of action and fights scene. It surprised me because I honestly wasn’t expecting to be reading that. I thought it would be a back story. AND I REALLY LIKED THAT IT WASN’T.
May 30, 2018 added it
Shelves: ku, lgbtq, not-for-me
DNF @ 70%

I just virtually lost the will power to carry on.
The writing style of this author and me simply don't gel. Everything is too much, too perfect, too over the top. And that includes the plot which took a somewhat ridiculous turn at 59%. I skimmed through to 70% but nothing (not even the sex) really helped to redeem the book. Not talking about overdone feelings and all that cloying sweetness which feels totally unreal.
Also not keen on frequent repetition of certain phrases and expressions.
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4 Stars

I know there’s a bit of divisiveness when it comes to this story but if you’ve read and liked Reese’s The Men of Halfway House series, I would hedge my bets that you’ll like this too. It doesn’t hurt at all that this is basically the love child of Warrior's Cross and Zero at the Bone, which will either clinch your decision to read this book or avoid it all together.

I think with any assassin trope with a heart of gold, it is always a bit of a stretch for realistic progression. Killian has
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man. I need a box of shame for this one.

I went into it knowing that I had to suspend disbelief and I was actually enjoying myself up until 50%. But then things took a completely ridiculous turn, soap opera material (for real, it's Days of Our Lives), and the resolution was even more eye-rolling. Add ALL the cheese and the never ending internal monologues (which has always been a problem for me with this author) and yeah, you can say it didn't work. Dunno, maybe I have read a lot of kick-ass
Kindle Alexander
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-written, exciting read that is different in a great way. I loved this book. It totally got me out of my book funk. Highly recommended.
A new Reese book!!! This was definitely my most anticipated book of the year and I was (unsurprisingly) blown away. Shades is dangerous, dramatic, and downright romantic. First things first, I love the title. One of the many definitions of shades is: “when there is a gradual change from one color to another”. Or my favorite, “when darkness is slowly illuminated”. I can’t think of anything that fits Killian’s transformation better. He leads a dark life. He never imagined he would have anything br ...more
DNF @ 66%

I can't take another minute of this fuckery. I've been hate reading since at least 40% and I promised no more pushing myself to finish a book I'm not enjoying so this one is getting tossed.

First off we're just dropped into the middle of an ongoing story. We're supposed to take for granted that these two have this connection. Since we don't see it develop I need to feel some chemistry, some emotions. I didn't. Not even a little.

The plot is so over the top that you have to suspend giant
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I reaaaaaaally wanted to like this. I’m a big fan of Jaime Reese, but unfortunately this didn’t quite work for me.

This is really a case of ‘it’s not the book, it’s me’, because I wasn’t all that interested to begin with when I first read the blurb. Hitmen and underground characters used to be my thing, but they’re not anymore. I thought I’d try it anyway. But I guess I got exactly what I expected, and it just wasn’t the book for me.

Killian is a contract killer. But of course he only kills bad gu
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I have finished reading the damn book.


Please note that this is going to be a lazy review cause it's one of those days where I'm fucking lazy.

This book wasn't exactly remarkable in it's plotting, but what made me enjoy this one so much is the writing. Most of the time, the writer came up with amazing writing skill like this :

Everything about this evening was far beyond what he could have imagined. This was a grand gesture, but it was based on the tiniest of comments. A wistful dream he had v
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May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great example of when bad covers happen to good books. To be honest, I have no idea how I ended up with this book. Cover aside, the synopsis isn't something I would typically be interested in. Hitmen are violent and I rarely enjoy reading about violence. But one day the book showed up on my Kindle then I got an email with a blog tour schedule and I was on it. Silly me, I must have signed up for the wrong book!

Anyway, all that aside the book was awesome!

We start off getting to
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, age-gap, arc, m-m
4.25 stars.

As soon as I saw that Jaime was releasing a new book I knew I had to get my hands on it. Even if I had to beg for it. I will say that SHADES had me on the edge of my seat. I had no idea what I was going to expect and that was one of the things I loved most about this book.

I was never once bored and I just wanted Killian and Nick to have their happily ever after. I'm not going to go into it's plot but I will say that you all need to read this book. It's safe to say that I'm a hu
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It took me FOREVER to finish this book. With 344 pages, it was at least 150 pages too long. It was a struggle to finish.

The story was 30% plot and 70% internal monologues (pining ones in the first, schmaltzy love declarations ones in the second half).

This book also had some of the most far-fetched and ridiculous plot twists that I’ve read in a long time.

For example, the island? The hell? Am I really supposed to take this seriously?

This was my first book by this author and even though I’m not tot
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jaime Reese does it again. This book was exactly what I expected from one of my fave authors! I loved the story and the characters so much! Their backstories were fully formed and full of surprises. Nick's mysterious past was a surprise and a pleasantly added twist. He was not a meek character in comparison to his Whitman counterpart. He was confident and strong in the face of his fears, and they were a big mess. I loved that he wasn't afraid of Killian, and they didn't jump into bed right away. ...more
4.5 stars from me for this assassin with a conscience meets his soul mate story. Loved the shout out to Gus - Cole's brother from A Restored Man, and the pendant?? Well, that part was more than a little predictable [fiction remember??], but didn't detract from the rest of the story at all. YES, I loved it. 😍😍

Oh, and thanks for the complete and utter cock-up regarding downloading the story Amazon UK. You certainly seem to be doing your best as a company/empire to push authors away....
This is one of those stories you will keep thinking about long after you are done reading it. It certainly is heart pounding, thought provoking book that leaves a lasting impression in your mind. How do people from different walks of life get their happy ever after? What makes them tick? How does Fate work?

The story of assassins and their soulmates because that is what Nick was to Ian has been told before but this time what made it different was Ian's ability to feel deeply and embrace love with
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
2,5 stars because I feel generous

The summary promised darkness, the cover is all dangerous hot guy smoulder and I was in!

But within the first few pages it is clear that the author is more in love with the idea of 'darkness' than actually committing to it. We have barely gotten to know Killian before he is already making sure that we know that his targets are usually bad guys. You know the human trafficking, drug dealing, raping, snuff film producing and possibly pedophile kind. And while he's no
This. was. beautiful!

I was so excited to read it from other reviews and it did not disappoint! We get to go on such a journey with Nick and Ian throughout this novel and how they get to their happily ever after.

Ian is a third generation hitman, a killer - and in his eyes, a monster. Nick is a seemingly ordinary but attractive and adorable, sweet guy who is Ian's regular waiter at a restaurant Ian frequents because he can't let himself not have this one indulgence of seeing Nick - but there is
Absolute perfection (for me)!! I always have a hard-on for anti-heroes, characters such as hitmen and mafioso. Shades is right up my alley and I love every bit of it and more. Killian 'Ian' Marks is in his 40s, a hitman with a heart of gold. I know this is not something new, but it pushes all the right buttons for me. Ian is contemplating retirement and leaving everything behind, but feel tied down due to his attraction to a certain restaurant waiter.

Nick had been working in the restaurant for
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
Killian was a hitman who was looking to slowly retire. He was the best at what he did and lived a life insulated by death and destruction. He had one indulgence- Nick. Nick was a waiter who served Killian every week, he was the only one to deal with Killian and people were wary of the vibe he put out. Nick took a risk one day and helped Killian with an injury and this set the ball rolling. Rather than admire Nick from afar, Killian decided it was time to claim him. Both men had secrets and both ...more
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Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tough “Angel” hitman and the incognito Nico !
Spectacular !
I frickin’ loved these men; it’s a stunning story !
Beautifully paced. Ripe with anticipation throughout, a mystery/thriller that’s action packed, and the sex bursts into hot flames. Our two men give us everything we need.
Killian/Ian, 45, a large, blue-eyed, worldwide hitman,

with an intimidating presence. Dex is his cleaner and right-hand man. Killian needs to retire, but not yet...
He dines at his usual restaurant, his usual table
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Wow why have I just discovered this author! Shades was the perfect book for me (if not a retelling of a previous book I’ve read) Here’s why:

1. THE INTIMACY: This may be just my opinion but WTF authors rarely write about the INTIMATE MOMENTS BETWEEN CHARACTERS OUTSIDE OF SEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like Ian and Nick touched each other in non sexual ways *GASPS* !!!!!!! The cheek cupping, head leaning, hair combing was just soooooooooo sweeeettt. I WANT THAT! I’d give up all of the sexy
So good!

Love, loved. It’s the killer with a conscience trope and Jaime Reese nailed it giving the story her own touches. Killian/Ian is a terrific character and his longing for Nick was so sweet. He’s convinced he’s unworthy and Nick thinks he can’t possibly have a future with anyone. It’s slow burn for quite a while as trust and understanding grow. Some of the twists are surprising, some sort of preposterous for real life but perfect for the story. Events occasionally take on a sort of fairyta
So, that was different.

I am unsure where I fall with this one. Maybe I’ll just stick in the middle. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. It was a tad better than ok so yeah, the middle. Of course, I am sure my review will read as negative but thems the breaks. Believe me when I tell you I wanted to love this one.


I think my biggest struggle was that it seemed so slow. It took forever for anything to happen. FOREVER! I became impatient and that isn’t my norm. I was frustrated. I wanted to keep
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