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When Heath’s beloved foster mom, Linda, is brutally murdered by Burke, a crooked, small-town police chief, Heath reacts quickly, leaving a bad cop dead and going on the run.

With Rori, the chief’s daughter under his protection, Heath must figure out how to outrun and outsmart Burke and his highly trained bounty hunter, Art Dominguez, who will stop at nothing until both he a
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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published November 15th 2022 by Kelp Books
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Beary Into Books
Nov 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4

Wow, this book had me from the first chapter! Reading this was like playing a movie in my head. I’ve always been a fan of action movies and to be honest, I don’t read enough action type crime thrillers. The author did a fantastic job with writing descriptions and setting up the scenes. I never once felt confused and could easily follow the action. The reader can tell the author did their research in how the weapons along with other certain aspects were described and explained. This made
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Kara (Books.and.salt)
Nov 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifted
The first chapter of Shadow Valley grabbed me by the throat and the book never let me go. This gives "fast paced" a whole new meaning! The plot is relentlessly twisty and gets much darker than I expected, which I LOVED. The slow reveal of Heath's past was done so well; I was dying for him to have an opportunity to resume his "story" during their journey.

Heath and Rori are utter disasters. A lot of their decisions were extremely infuriating, but knowing their past (and current) circumstances, I c
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Nov 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


In 1988, Heath Walker, who had spent the majority of his youth in group homes, works as a bartender and sells marijuana to help support his sick foster mother. At his pub, Heath meets and falls in love with the bold and attractive Rori Burke. This sets off a chain of events that results in the deaths of Heath’s mother and a police officer and puts Rori’s father, a corrupt small-town police chief, on the hunt for the killers. Heath is carrying a ring that could hold the answers to his lifelon
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Beverly Laude
Jun 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Heath Walker had a troubled youth, growing up in foster care and group homes. When he meets Rori Burke at the bar where he works, Heath thinks that he has found someone for him. However, the young couple soon find themselves on the run from her abusive father as well as a drug cartel and a bounty hunter!

This book is a mix of Bonnie and Clyde and Quentin Tarentino. Plenty of action, villains, and heartbreaking descriptions of child abuse, it will keep you reading long after you need to be doing s
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Beverly Manring
Aug 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
WOW! WOW!WOW! What a high octane run. I just finished and my stomach is still tied in knots. Like the best rollercoaster ride, I have ever taken. It starts out third gear, faster.. . . .faster,. . .faster. Plenty of twists and turns just like a really great roller coaster. levels out and picks back up fast and hot takes you to the top then leaves you free falling together just Heath and Rori.They definitely cannot trust anyone else, or can they? In the end, time has past by a couple of years or ...more
Sally
Nov 14, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-read
Shadow Valley is energetic and exciting with a lot going on, both in the present and the past. It’s rough and violent and unpredictable and so fast paced you have to hang on for dear life.

Heath Walker is immature, impulsive and often infuriating. He knows how to take care of himself, but not really. He’s a street kid with a lot of street smarts, but also with a lot of gaps, and he has a lot to learn. While it is easy to see why the hard knocks of life have made him the man he is, it is not alway
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Kristina
Nov 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
🌛 Shadow Valley 🌜

Hector Montoya and Lindsay Sheldon love their son, Heath, but the life they’ve chosen—Hector as a hired killer, and Lindsay as his former handler who deserted the CIA—forces them to abandon their 1-year-old child. They’d prepared for this possibility and had a plan in place for Heath to be adopted by a couple Lindsay had met. Twenty years later, Heath is in his childhood home in the outskirts of Shadow Valley, California, and his life isn’t going so well. Determined to help his
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Vidhika Yadav
Nov 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and full of unexpected narrative turns, Shadow Valley is a novel you won't soon forget. The author did a superb job of building up the situations and giving details. Even though I found several of the stories to be somewhat predictable, they were still enjoyable. There were occasions when I thought I was reading a script. I read this book in one sitting since there were so many unexpected turns. I loved this book even more than I anticipated, and I thought I would!

The characters are o
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Lora Ashley
Nov 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
I can't help but love an action-packed crime thriller and I definitely think Shadow Valley lives up to just that. From beginning to end, I was hooked on the crazy ride with some really good twists and turns. Shadow Valley was well written, very engaging, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The author did a fantastic job at his descriptions of characters, places and weapons.

I really liked Heath, I just couldn't help but feel for his character. He went through so much as a child a
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Fedythereader
Nov 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Thank you so so much to the author for sharing an ARC copy of this book with me on Bookinfluencers.com !!!

“Easy. Everything in the world is about sex. Except for sex. Sex is about power”

“The bounty hunter was alive, which meant Rori and I would never be safe unless this drug runner could protect us”

A thrilling story of action, mystery, intrigues, love and what it means to be without one’s identity and loosing it all !!!
I felt hooked my Heath’s story from the very first pages. Surely a complicate
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Judi Haley
Nov 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Heath has lived a hard life going from orphanages to temporary homes, until he winds up with a great family that he loves as though they are his real mom and dad. Now grown, his mother is very sick and they are going to lose the farm. Trying to figure out a way to make some money, his old friend tells him that he can get him a job that he would make a quick 250,000.

While waiting for this friend to call him, he meets Rori and falls instantly in love with her. But, she is running from her father,
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Josephine Sorrell
Oct 24, 2022 rated it liked it
Heath Walker, spent most of his life in a group home he refers to as hotel dog shit. Yes he can be bitter and rightly so. Now he bartends and sells weed to support him and his ailing foster mom. When Heath meets and quickly falls for the beautiful, out of the box Rori Burke at his bar, the two, Bonnie and Clydeish foster events that leave both his mother and a cop dead. Rori's father, a crooked small-town police chief and child abuser is now on the run to get his daughter, and Heath be dammed!

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April Bowen
Oct 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
Get ready to hold onto your belt...Shadow Valley is definitely a fast paced story with lots and lots of plot twists that you will NOT see coming! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists as they left me wanting to read more. The main characters in the book, Heath and Rori, are definitely not the most pleasant people, and I was often left despising them both. I wanted to like them both, but found myself not in the end. As a warning, I will say that the main characters can trigger some feelings for th ...more
Spiri Skye
Nov 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a noir crime/action book about a guy named Heath who after surviving a lot of abusive foster care homes helps this girl Rori run away from her abusive father. But her dad has hired this guy named Art to get her back and Art can find anybody. This book was very faced paced but also gives flashbacks to Heath’s backstory and how he is connected to Art. It’s told mostly in two POV’s between Art and Heath. I really liked the ways the characters were connected and how their stories were constr ...more
Rebecca Cook
Nov 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book would make an amazing film, the action was high octane from page 1 and did not let up for a minute. I was hooked and didn't want the book to end. The action is this book is quite brutal so if you're squeamish please keep that in mind.

I loved the pacing and characters who jumped off the page, I would love to read more from this author in the future.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Gabby Munoz
Nov 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as an ARC. Thank you for that. I couldn't put it down. The characters weren't exactly the most likeable, but that is not what makes a great read in my opinion. My inablilty to put it down, and the fact that it stuck with me days later...that means it was a good read. Ha. Pardon the pun. ...more
Jake
Oct 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book through a giveaway, and man am I glad I did. This book starts off with a thrillling opener, and it it doesnt quite until the exciting end. I coulnd't put it down. Wow. ...more
Rosalía
Sep 25, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Shadow Valley tells the story of Heath, whose parents left with a foster family because they were in great danger. We get to meet Heath when he’s already a grown up and he does not seem to have his life together. After a while he gets involved with Rori, the chief’s daughter, who is desperately trying to scape from his father. So, the young couple tears away on journey from Santa Cruz communes to cartel territory in Baja and they are willing to do anything for their forbidden love to survive. Me ...more
Derek Jackson
Aug 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfult and overall well written novel. It breaks my heart and gives me hope at the same time. I love and hate these characters in the same breath. And with that, it makes me want to read it again.
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Nik Xandir Wolf grew up in California's Central Valley. He moved to Monterey years ago and picked up surfing as a form of recovery. He has worked in various fields and has volunteered for many organizations. His most rewarding volunteer position was held at CASA, where he represented abused and neglected children in the juvenile dependency system in court as a Guardian Ad Litem. He spent 12 years ...more

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