Format: epub (RAK gift)
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Purchase Links: Kindle l Nook
Beauty resents being labeled Gift Species. Everyone is way too overprotective, males aren’t even allowed to speak to her and so far true freedom eludes her. Then a big, sexy Species officer mistakes her for the enemy and takes her to the ground.
Shadow is dumbfounded. He has a Gift pinned under him—a big no-no. But Beauty is fascinated and wants to know Shadow a lot better. She is full of newly discovered, unrequited passion and he’s just what she needs to satisfy her curiosity.
For Shadow, sex means pain and revulsion. For Beauty, it was enslavement and ridicule. Two lonely souls who have never known a lover’s touch, together in a cabin in the woods. Each touch, every discovery brings them closer to a life they never thought possible…beyond even their dreams.
I was a little apprehensive about reading Shadow being that it has the first New Species/New Species pairing in the series and the previous book (Obsidian) was a little bit of a let down. But Shadow quickly redeemed the series in my eyes. The humor, sexuality and overall rhythm of the series has returned full force with Shadow.
Beauty is actually the first real look into the lives and minds of Gift females, who are smaller and physically weaker than their taller, tougher New Species counterparts and are therefore treated as borderline sacred, don't look, don't touch. I wondered if author Laurann Dohner had a plan for these females or if they just decorations to further other characters' stories.
Beauty hates it. She feels that they way Gift females are treated is only condemning them to another prison and she's not about to accept it. I loved her as a heroine. Much more than I thought. She may be physically smaller but she's has more courage than any of the other heroines in the series simply because she's had more odds stacked against her from the beginning so to see her not only survive but go after what she wants was exciting.
Shadow is a relatively new character who was introduced only a few books ago so I didn't have much time to "bond" with him like I have other characters but what I did know of him I liked. He was the example of the New Species male that I had originally fallen in love with. An Alpha male who is more vulnerable than he thinks and more lovable than he knows.
Shadow may have that old familiar New Species magic but it is a bit different from the other books in the series. While previous books were hot, erotic and extremely sexy, Shadow focuses less on the sexual chemistry and more about the emotional side of Shadow and Beauty's relationship. That's not to say the erotic scenes that are an important part of the NS series aren't there, it's just that they're more tied to the emotional development of Shadow and Beauty rather than just sex.
One of the best parts was catching glimpses of previous NS males, Justice (my favorite), Fury and Tiger (another favorite) and finding out Tiger's reaction to Wrath's mate's pet cat's name and what he does to get back at Wrath and Fury's hilarious reactions to his reaction (Were you able to follow all that?).
Overall I really liked Shadow and it renewed my faith and love of the series. I can't wait until my personal favorites Moon, Brass and Harley get their own books.
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