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Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
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An interesting new series for Christine Feehan readers. With everything going on, it took me a long time to finish it. I read most of it on the way home from Illinois when we got back from my grandmother's funeral. I was really sucked in at that point. This one is about a family of people whose shadows are alive and they can manipulate and move the through the shadows/ dark spots around them. Cool idea. I'd give the idea definitely over a four star. The story overall is more like a three and a half. I think it's me. I am not into the mafia vibe. There was a pervasive mafia feel to this book I didn't enjoy. The lead character, Stefano seems like a mafia don, a man of infinite power and who is infinitely adored. But he's in a violent world and capable of extreme violence. I think if there was no paranormal elements, this simply would have been a crime romance about made men in Chicago. It was creepy who everyone bowed down to Stefano and his family and was constantly telling Francesca how lucky she was to be the apple of his eye. I think I would want to get the heck out of there. It could be what's going on right now in the country that has me sensitive to a lot of Kool-aid drinking, but that was a turnoff for me.

The other thing that bothered me was so controlling and rough Stefano was with Francesca. Now I can't say he was abusive. But he was very clearly always the one in control and expected Francesca to go along with this. I'm not into that whole aspect in which the hero is uber dominant and the heroine is submissive to him in every aspect of their relationship. Francesca did have a backbone and she was her own person, but I found her too compliant for my tastes.

I was kind of meh about Stefano. He was hot looking, with the black hair and dark blue eyes (which I really like). I dug how the Ferraros always wore three piece suits and looks damned good in them. But being rich and hot isn't everything. I mean, he's a good guy and takes care of the family and the folks in his neighborhood. And he doesn't take crap. He puts his enemies down hard. He really lost me when he kept going on about how he needed sex and lots of it, but the women didn't mean anything to him. I can't stand when the hero's sexual past in rubbed in the heroine's face. Francesca kept running into Stefano's vindictive hookups and many excuses were made about how it was a nature of the Shadow Riders, but she was special to him and he adored her. Then the dude has the nerve to think about hunting down Francesca's first and only lover other than him and killing him. What. The. Frell? Nope. Yes, I like a possessive hero, but not when he's been there done that and gets irritated because the he isn't the first for the heroine. Double Standard Alarm going off.

Another thing is how raunchy and rough the love scenes have gotten to be in Feehan's books. Very much over the line into erotic. I am not against sex scenes, I just get to the point where it's too much for me. Especially when it's about the hero making all the demands the heroine submitting to him sexually. It doesn't do a thing for me.

I guess there was a good love story. I didn't really connect to that aspect of the book. I was more intrigued with the shadow rider concept and the suspense storyline. Feehan knows how to write a good action and suspense story. I loved the climax. It was on point. When I was about to check out because of all the sex scenes that went on too long, the storyline twisted back to focus on the action and suspense, and I was hooked as before.

This was almost a four star, but the things I complained about above kept it in the 3.5 star range. I really wish Feehan would chill down some of the raunchy love scenes and the must have control in the bedroom aspect. That's getting old. I love a tender lover personally in my romances. If he gets a little wild every now and then, that's cool. But rough 24/7, no thanks. I love the family element and I grew fond of the Ferraro siblings. I'm looking forward to the sister's story with the guy who's in the rival family. My luck, it will probably be the last book in the series. Since it's Feehan and she's like my personal brand of crack, I will read them all.
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Reading Progress

February 4, 2016 – Shelved
February 4, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 17, 2016 – Started Reading
December 17, 2016 –
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18.75% "I'm definitely getting a Godfather vibe from this book. Not sure about that. A little creepy. Otherwise interesting."
March 23, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: favorite-or-autobuy-author
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: caveman-hero
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: too-sexy-for-me
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: mafia-vibe
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: set-in-chicago
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: in-hiding
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: brothers-and-sisters
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: family
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: family-legacy
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: supernatural-abilities
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: owned-copy
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: hot-and-steamy-romance
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: bdsm-light
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: inexperienced-heroine
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: promiscuous-hero
May 17, 2017 – Shelved as: heroine-black-hair-blue-eyes
May 18, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-dangerous-hero-challenge

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Lynsey A Great review, Danielle! You brought out some really good points. I agree with them.

I enjoyed the book but have definitely read better. I got tired of Francesca's constant self-doubt. It got old.

I loved the climax at the end too. It was very satisfying.

I actually thought the sex scenes were shorter than ones in books previous but maybe it's been so long since I've read a Feehan I just forgot. :) LOL

The sister's book is the one I am really looking forward to as well. You are right, though. It will probably be the last book. :-/

Sorry about your grandmother. I am a bit behind in reading my book updates so just saw this. I hope you are doing well.


message 2: by Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) (last edited Jun 01, 2017 09:34AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks, Lynsey. She's always had lots of sex scenes, so maybe they just feel more gratuitous than they used to. Speaking of being behind. I am sooo behind on my reviews. I hope to have more Goodreads time this summer. Off to read your review!


Lynsey A You're welcome. I hope you get more Goodreads time this summer as well. Sometimes life just gets in the way...good and bad. Hugs!


Sally An excellent review thankyou, and I agree about the dominant man and rough sex scenes as well. I listened to this one, and was very conscious of the repetitive nature of so much of the book. Repeating over and over his nature and why he was like that, etc. etc. this is a fault in Christine’s books I think and a bit lazy - fillers.


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