Why I read it
I read the first in the series and I loved it!
What I rated it
What it’s about
Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood—but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…
Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her—a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…
Although Christine Feehan has been around in the romance world for years, I had not had the pleasure of reading one of her novels until I read Shadow Rider last year. I was absolutely enthralled with the Ferraro family and this entire world and cast of characters Christine has created! She does a great job of painting the scenes, making you feel like you are right there with the characters.
Shadow Reaper picks up shortly after Shadow Rider ends, but this time, we are following Ricco, one of the other Ferraro brothers. I loved that while a new story, some themes and story arcs carried over from Shadow Rider. Ricco was a bit of a mystery in Rider, but in Shadow Reaper we get to see why he is the way he is. And when you find out why Ricco is the way he is, your heart just may break for him!
Ricco meets Mariko very early on in the book, and you can see the chemistry from the first sight! One thing I loved about the relationship between them is the complexity. Without spoilers, all I will say is that nothing is always what it seems, and people can have conflicting agendas and still make it work.
Ricco spent a long time studying in Japan, and while there, he learned an ancient art form that he practices still. He was looking for a model when he met Mariko, so they are able to share in this love of the art. It added another layer of intimacy and trust between the two.
One of the main reasons I was hooked immediately with Christine rang true for Shadow Reaper as well, and that was her ability to write an extremely intricate and detailed action sequence. I LOVE a good action scene, but so many authors end them earlier than I want them to. Christine nailed it with this book, and I was stuck glued to my Kindle FOREVER (it only felt that way) trying to get to the outcome!
I really loved Shadow Reaper, and I cannot wait for more books from Christine in the future!