Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #4
Hero/Heroine: Jack Talent/Mary Chase
Genre: MF Paranormal Romance, Historical
Length: 427 Pages
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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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.
YES!! Shadowdance goes back to everything I love about this series: ample sexual tension between a hero and heroine who can’t get along while giving me tiny bits and pieces of a twisted mystery that I cannot put together on my own. Winterblaze was definitely not my favorite, but it was very important in setting up Talent and Mary’s story…so it must be read. Shadowdance picks up two years later…
We originally meet Jack Talent and Mary Chase in Moonglow. Talent, the valet and heir to lycan Ian Ranulf. Talent’s unique ability as a shifter allows him to shift into the form of any living being… “That was the way of a shifter, not owned by a single monster but possessed by all. He was everything, and he was nothing in particular.” …of course we find out soon enough that Talent is a little bit more than the average shifter.
Mary is a GIM, “otherwise known as Ghosts in the Machine” and “were the best spies because they had the ability to leave their bodies and roam in spirit form.” For twelve years she was the companion to Lucien Stone until she decided to make a life of her own and join the SOS…the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals. Now, she is working as a regulator and her first assignment: partner up with Talent to investigate the Bishop of Charing Cross, a crazed killer who has been murdering demons and leaving the bodies in Trafalgar Square. But Talent has been anything but kind to Mary since she met him four year ago. He won’t be happy when he finds out she will be working with him…especially if he knew she suspected him to be the killer.
“I’ve lost myself,” he whispered. “And don’t know how to get it back.”
“You are coming back.” Her voice was cracked and too loud. Mary swallowed and spoke again. “You are not a mindless killer.”
“But I want to be.” The confession was soft. Talent ran his thumb along the claws that had formed on his hand. “If I’m mindless, then I won’t remember.”
I’ve been wanting Talent’s book ever since he appeared in the second book of the series. So much darkness and distrust and hurt inside him. And when I found out that Mary would be the heroine? Well, I was interested in knowing more about the GIM, but when I realized there was so much animosity between the two of them, that just made me crave it more.
The Romance: So much angry sexual tension! On both of their parts. Talent for the way Mary makes him feel and Mary for the way Talent has treated her over the years…but she can see his soul and they are forever linked. As I suspected, their history goes back much further than four years ago and it won’t be easy for them to move past it. There isn’t much sexing, but OMG the voyeurism scene! And their first kiss! VERY hot and sexy!
The Mystery: Damn, the villain was a horrible creature!! The things he was doing were quite gross and there were some scenes with a bit more gore than I expected. Ha! But I loved it! It took me forever to figure out his end game and then when it was finally revealed, I couldn’t figure out how Mary and Talent could possibly get themselves out of the mess with both of their souls intact. Of course, it all worked out and there were plenty of details and clues set up along the away…I just couldn’t predict how it all would end! I did question how it was all explained to the SOS, with the exception of Father. And I was a little disappointed that Ian didn’t come to Talent’s aid.
The GIM: Wow, what an interesting concept with the clockwork hearts…and it plays a very big role in the plot of this book. Trust me, we learn a lot about what it is to be a GIM and even get to meet Adam for once. I can’t wait to see what Daisy plans to do with her “gift”…and I wish Lucien would get a HEA of his own.
What’s Next?: Well, it’s all set up for Will Thorne and Holly Evernight’s story next. I expect it to be an AMAZING enemies-to-lovers tale…Nex vs SOS!
Overall Impression: I Loved It!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*