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Someone Else's Shadow

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  113 reviews
My name is Peyton Lane, and I have no idea who I am.

Six months ago, I woke from a coma with no recollection of anybody, anything.

My family tells me that I’m a good woman, that I’m loved. It seems I’ve lived a full, rewarding life, but I would give all of it up in a heartbeat to remember who I was.

My mind is a blank slate. Every moment in time wiped clean.

But there is one t
Published June 20th 2022
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

As soon as this went live off I went to #1clicking and never looked back. This grabbed me as soon as I started it, falling under this authors spell as she weaved a tale of 'Snow White & her Prince Charming' effortlessly making me fall in love with these characters and this storyline.

Peyton is suffering from amnesia after a driver ran her off the road. No one is giving her the trust she seeks let alone her own mother. Moving out of her parents house, she's
What a freaking mess of a plotline.

I know the amnesia plot can be quite tricky but i just hated how her memories were handled here.

I expected more mystery or some unpredictable twists but everything was so obvious since the very beginning.
I hate when someone tells you everything instead of you remembering on your own. That was my biggest issue with this book.

The relationship between the MC's was so weirdly written that i didn't feel any chemistry for their supposedly epic love.
They had such a
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books
Jun 12, 2022 rated it really liked it



Star Rating : 4/5 Stars

POV : single

Cliffhanger : None

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 6/10

Heat Rating : 3/10

Triggers Involved : past Trauma

Overall Opinion :
Monica James is back! I absolutely love this woman's dark romance books and now we have her excelling in another genre, Suspense and mystery with romance!! This one is a standalone with amazing twists and a plot you won't see coming.

Peyton is lost. She has
Sandy S
Jun 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars--SOMEONE ELSE’S SHADOW by Monica James is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, romantic suspense story focusing on single father/renovator Cayden Coachman, and twenty-seven year old Peyton Lane.

WARNING: Due to the nature of the story line premise there may be triggers for more sensitive readers.

Told from first person perspective (Peyton) using present day and memories from the past, SOMEONE ELSE’S SHADOW focuses on Peyton Lane’s need to uncover the truth. Six months earlier, Peyton suf
Jun 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
What a roller coaster and emotional story from Monica James! This one was a romantic suspense that has elements of second chance, wrong sides of the track and recovery. This book hooked me from the very beginning as I was here for the mystery and banter between our leads. I could totally feel for Peyton as she was trying to put together her identity. And I love the vibes between her and Cayden! The second half of the book kicked into high gear and had a ton of twists and turns! Definitely pick u ...more
The Romantic Rush Blog
Jun 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
Once again Monica James proves she can write just about anything- any genre, any trope, any story- with a deft hand and creative spirit. Someone Else’s Shadow is an enigmatic romantic suspense - a second chance, mystery thriller brimming with angsty emotions, missing answers,

An accident, amnesia, and a red ribbon - all lead our heroine Peyton to the only place she feels at home. She’s searching for truth, for herself, lost in a life that she doesn’t remember but somehow does not seem to be her
Pretty_Book_Whore  Narissa
Jun 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Someone Else’s Shadow is a story that you won't be able to put down!

Monica you really are the stealer of souls!

Peyton Lane suffer from amniesa. She remembers nothing of her family. She does remember a lake with a swing and a red ribbon attached to it. Set on finding who she was, she got so much more. There are lies on top of lies but with no memory, whose telling the truth. When it starts coming back she's left wondering what kind of person she was.

This book will have to crying and holding your
PP's Bookshelf
Someone Else's Shadow by Monica James combines the sharp tension of a romantic suspense with the angst of a second chance epic love. Peyton and Cayden were taken through emotional hell and heaven and we readers are with them.

Peyton Lane had a terrible accident and now she has amnesia. She cannot remember anything about herself or her life. Her rich and snobby family tells her stories but the only thing that sparks some sense of familiarity in her heart is a lake house and a red ribbon. She pushe
Andi Isack
Jun 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Somebody can tell how many colors does Monica's James talent have? It's a rainbow. I swear. She knows every time to re invent, to challenge and to twist her own magical talent. Because every single time she comes up with something different and original.
This story is made of lights and shadows, of a thousand questions and in the end an only right answer, but the path to it.... is unpredictable, rough, anxious, emotional. It's a path of deep emotions and faded memories. It crossed lines, break ru
Jun 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I love a good amnesia storyline. LOVE IT. But I’m extremely picky with it. I find that the stories are amazing and do it justice, or they’re too rushed and too much is going on and it just ain’t it. MONICA’S DOES IT JUSTICE. As per usual. I have never been let down by a story from this woman. Maybe I’m biased. Or maybe her books are just that fucking good.

The anticipation I feel when I hear she’s coming out with a new book is insane. And after reading this one, my god, they just keep getting be
Melissa Goble
Jun 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I want to say thank you so much to the author for the ARC!

I picked this book up late lastnight and literally could not put it down. I pretty much read it in one sitting. This story was so captivating and suspenseful right from the beginning! I think this makes my first romantic suspense and Monica did such a fantastic job with it! They're so many twists and turns, secrets and jaw dropping moments.

The star of the show for me was without doubt Cayden. Monica knows how to write her men. Sh
Jun 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This my friends is a book that made me even forget about Corona and all the side effects of it 😉 and for once I'm not talking about the steamy part of the story (although it's not bad either, but on a low level) 😂

This book is all of that above and so much more.
What a beautiful, suspense-packed, scary-gripping story 😍

This book grabbed me from the first page and the tension only increased as I read.
Incredibly emotional and action-packed story that is crammed with so m
The Smutbrarians
Jun 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Feels 3
Storyline 4.5
Steam 4
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Robin

Lots of intrigue, twists and mystery with this one! We are thrown into the middle of the deep end along with Peyton on a mission to untangling her hidden past. I was sucked into the pages and sifting through the clues...wondering who this girl really was and what happened to her. Cayden was hot and cold...and the handsome devil nearly drove me insane with his stubborn, standoffish demeanor. I found this d
Ashley Olson- lovestoread08
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Someone Else’s shadows Monica James’ newest release and is a stand alone read! This is the type of story that grabs your soul and will refuse to let go at all costs! I couldn’t put this down! If you ever doubted if true love is out there Peyton and Cayden’s story will prove that the heart never lets go of it true love regardless what the brain wants. If you want a love story mixed in with suspense and mystery this is the story for you!!!
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Jun 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing I’m a huge Monica James fan and she did not disappoint! This story has it all it’s suspenseful romantic addictive and it has a mysterious plot with twists and turns that keeps you guessing and on your toes! I was blown away the writing is excellent man I didn’t see that plot twist coming this is another fantastic read by this author!
Candice Willman
Jun 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this book down. It hooked me right away. I must know. Can’t stop. Tell me. So much happens. So good. So amazing. So twisted. So dark. I loved it so.
3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! A second chance romance. An ok read.
Me_myself_and_romance_ Books
Jun 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Nowwwww I’m going to throw a massive statement before I start my review. This by far is my favourite read of this year and my favourite of Monica’s. I didn’t know what I was going to get with this book and I’m so glad I got to read it because it kept me in suspense the whole way through. You meet Peyton who has amnesia and is trying to remember who she is and the only place she feels connection to is this small town. The hate hate relationship she has with her mother is how it begins. The moment ...more
This book was full of romantic suspense and the mysterious & dark elements reeled me in from the very beginning. Undoubtedly, it's one of my latest five-star reads!

The main character, Peyton Lane, suffered from amnesia and she tried so hard to recall who she was by following her heart. And the said heart led her to Cayden Coachman, a handsome guy who seemed to know everything and nothing about her at the same time.

When Peyton and Cayden walked down the memory lane, tears of joy and grief and hat
Readers  Manic
Jun 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Monica is an author who never lets me down when it comes to her books, with each story my love for her work only grows. Someone Else's Shadow is a very gripping suspense novel that kept me stuck until the end.

This story follows the life of Payton, a young woman whose life has been forgotten after a puzzled past, leading her back to a city that she believes has the answers to what she needs and she can move forward. But what she didn't expect was for her neighbor Cayden to spark an instant connec
AHHHHH what I love about Monica she links the story to the book cover, follow the red ribbon...

This is a romance suspense and sort of like a detective story because, Peyton lost her memory and she has a dark feeling that her "parents" are keeping something for her. And that memory she keeps to herself, told no one so she trys to find out what it means...get ready for that surprise

"I suppose we don't have a choice with a lot of things in life."...
"But bad days build better days"
This quote right h
Jun 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! I devoured this book in one sitting because I had to know what was going on!

I loved the whole vibe of this book and I literally had no clue as to what was happening which made me love this book even more because it wasn’t predictable!

Peyton overcome a lot in this book. She has amnesia from an accident and not knowing would be the absolute worst thing especially when you’re drawn to a place you have no recollection of knowing

Cayden was a beautiful suprise. I instantly knew
Heather (getdownwiththefiction)
This book just solidified why Monica is one of my top favorite authors! I felt every emotion throughout reading this. I audibly gasped several times, cried and almost threw my kindle against the wall. Someone Else’s Shadow is an amnesia romantic suspense story. I couldn’t tell you if I’ve ever actually read an amnesia plot line before, but I can tell you this one was my favorite! The book follows Peyton who was in an accident and lost her memory. Peyton desperately is trying to remember who she ...more
Books With
Jun 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Miss thing never misses 🔥

I absolutely adore MJ’s writing and the effortless way she tells a story. Once is started the book I could not put it back down and I read it in one sitting.

I just needed to know what was going on and when I though I put the pieces together… plot twist that I never saw coming.

I really love Peyton and how determine she was to put her life back together and finding out what happened to her.

You need to go in blind and enjoy this story.

RTC closer to release date.
Robin Powers
Jun 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Lots of intrigue, twists and mystery with this one! We are thrown into the middle of the deep end along with Peyton on a mission to untangling her hidden past. I was sucked into the pages and sifting through the clues...wondering who this girl really was and what happened to her. Cayden was hot and cold...and the handsome devil nearly drove me insane with his stubborn, standoffish demeanor. I found this dark story deeply addictive and entertaining from cover to cover.
Booklover Mercis Bookish Blog
Monica James has always been one of my favorite authors. Ever since I first read Bad Saint and got pulled into her worlds. So I knew I would love this book from the get go but I was not prepared for just how much I would love this book. Monica has weaved a story of loss,pain,tragedy,love and forgiveness that knocked me off of my feet and had me grasping for anything I could to keep me grounded while it tore me apart. Peyton and Cayden are star crossed lovers woven in a tragic tale who found thei ...more
Jun 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One thing that can be said about this author, is that she knows how to weave a story that sinks it’s claws into a reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end. I’m a huge fan of this author and devour anything she writes. Regardless of the trope, she excels at creating a story in which her characters leap from the pages.

I knew from the blurb that this was going to be good. I mean, how could an amnesia story not be? The suspense was fantastic. Each character and interaction had
Jun 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
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This book grips you from the start! What an amazing story. A breath of fresh air.
Peyton's story will keep you captivated, intrigued and you won't stop until you have all the answers.
I love how the author fries different genres and this book clicked all my boxes.
Great writing and swoon worthy romance.
Sarah G
Jun 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“ 𝐈𝐟 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭… 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐫. 𝐍𝐨 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐈 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞.” — 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐬𝐞'𝐬 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐰, 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬
( eARC review)
Monica James never ceases to amaze me with her words, and that spectacular mind of hers. Once I got started, I couldn't leave Peyton's world.
Getting a romantic thriller/suspense from Monica was a surprise, and my mind was blown from the first sentence.
Peyton and Cayden's story is surely one of my favourites.
Their story was addicti
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
Omg, what did I just read?
Someone Else's Shadow by Monica James is perfection. This multilayered romantic suspense was filled with some well-placed twists and turns, making this book unputdownable. I literally couldn't read this book fast enough. I won't forget this unique memory loss romance any time soon, and neither will you. Don't forget to one-click it on June 20th. Someone Else's Shadow is on my Best of 2022 book list.
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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S.,

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