- Release Date
- December 2013
- Book 4 of Darkest London
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.
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 12, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
85 people found the following review helpful
I've long waited for Jack's and Mary's story since I read about the tension between them in Winterblaze (book 3), and I'm not disappointed. Love the angst here between them, and, let's just say, SHADOWDANCE is a terrific installment to the Darkest London series!
Mary Chase has been in training to be an SOS regulator and for her first field case, she volunteered for the case involving the Bishop of Charing Cross. The bishop has been murdering demons for months, and Jack Talent has been investigating the case for about a year, but for all his successes and reputation for solving cases quickly, somehow, he stalled on this one. SOS couldn't understand why, until Mary's informant gave her some disturbing news: That Jack is the Bishop.
Faced with Jack's disgust and condescension toward her for years, Mary vowed to take him down, yet her feelings were conflicted due to her unwilling attraction to him and because she knew--or guessed--the possible reason behind the murders, that Jack was merely hunting down and delivering justice to the demons who had hurt and tortured and did unspeakable things to him years ago. And then, a shifter was murdered, and they realized someone was imitating the modus operandi of the Bishop...
Kristen Callihan continued her incredible worldbuilding in SHADOWDANCE. With each book, she builds upon the existing layers until we have something that is fascinating in its complexity. In this book, we learn more about her world and the different creatures that inhabit it, as well as more about the GIMs and the demons. And yes, more about Jack and his paternity!
Mary and Jack are well-rounded and three-dimensional. With each scene and interaction, we peel back more of their layers and see what ultimately make them tick, and the revelation is intriguing. Their unwilling attraction to the other, as well as other more pertinent reasons, increased the angst and sexual tension, making the reader eager for the time when this would explode into blissful satisfaction for all parties. That was a long time coming, and while I understand the need for such, I couldn't help but wish the resolution would've come a bit earlier. Still, the chemistry between both was hot and sizzling, and I found myself rooting for them to overcome their mistrust and confide in the other. Their HEA was hard-won, and results in a satisfied, happy sigh from the reader.
The suspense part was woven tightly into the story, making for an exciting and compelling read. Previous characters, namely Daisy, Ian, Poppy and Winston, make cameo appearances, and you'll also get to see Poppy and Winston's little bundle of joy!
I believe readers new to the series can also start here, as the necessary backstory is provided to allow readers to follow the story without overwhelming them with excess information. However, the stories in this series are so amazing that it's a crime not to read them. I wholeheartedly recommend this series, and I, for one, cannot wait to read the next one!
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