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What We’re Reading: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

15787204We’ve featured this author before when Amber highlighted the first three books in this debut author’s Darkest London series, and so I thought I’d feature Book 4, Shadowdance.

Sorry this post isn’t our normal Friday posts, as we usually do these on Tuesdays, but Ice Storm Leon visited us here in Mobile, and it really threw my schedule out of whack. You’d think that being home-bound 2 1/2 days would give me more time, but oddly that didn’t pan out!

So today, I’m here to talk about the awesomeness of Book 4 in this series. As usual, no spoilers, so I’ll dance around it a bit (See what I did there? Har har. Dance?)

Like her first 3, this one features well-written prose whose descriptions and characterizations suck you right into her richly crafted alternate London. I was really hoping these two would be the next H/h and was not disappointed. They’d been hating each other in earlier books, but you could just tell, you know, that there was sizzle under that spite and I really wanted to see them play out in a book of their own.

Here’s the official blurb:

Once a heart is lost in shadow . . .
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case-and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.
Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years.
He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights-even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack’s dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past . . . or risk losing Mary forever.

This is a story about redemption and revenge, trust, betrayal and overcoming tortured pasts. The sexual tension is palpable as Jack struggles between his need to exact revenge on those who hurt him and his innate goodness, all while dealing with an attraction to a woman he cannot have. And there are twists and turns. Oh boy, are there. And Mary’s past was no piece of cake either, and it’s interesting to watch how their experiences shaped them and how it affects their actions in this book.

If you love historical paranormals, you can’t go wrong with this series. Especially if you also love steampunk.

What about you? Have you read her series? What do you like best about them?

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