Shadow's Edge

J.T. Geissinger
Shadow's Edge
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Montlake Romance
Release Date
June 2012
Book 1 of Night Prowler
Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance

Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father's mysterious disappearance, not since her mother's sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn't trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…

Book Review by yadkny (reviewer)
Jun 05, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
203 people found the following review helpful
"Life is pain and everyone dies, but true love lives forever."

Jenna's birthday toast from her mother every year after her father disappeared was unforgettable to say the least, but unfortunately was the basis of her parents' tragic relationship. For most of her life, Jenna has been confused by her mother's repeated warnings and lives a solitary existence because of the paranoia they brought on. As the years passed without incident, the unexplained gave her no reassurance and only a false sense of security. That is until she finally meets the "they" she was warned to run and hide from. Now Jenna is willing to risk it all for answers.

"Don't mistake us for humans, Jenna. The Ikatiare animals. And like all animals, we're concerned with only three things: hierarchy, territory, and procreation."

Jenna is inconvenient and dangerous to the rich, powerful, and elite Ikati race. As the half-Blood with unknown abilities, Jenna could jeopardize their entire existence. They offer her a chance to prove herself as an ally or traitor, but with her freedom at stake, Jenna is only willing to go so far. Even if that means giving up on the chance to shed the loneliness and experience something more with the Alpha leader who has managed to get under her skin. Yet without trust and the constant threat against the Ikati and several against Jenna, exploring anything outside of the physical is too risky to her heart.

From the beginning, the reader is easily drawn into the Egyptology intro to the Ikati race. Thereafter, the story wastes no time in bringing Jenna's uniqueness to light and so begins her and the readers' journey from normal everyday to the extraordinary unknown.

Jenna is so much stronger than even she knows and a quite likable character despite her stubbornness. And while her full "Gifted" potential is still a bit unexplored, there was just enough revealed to keep the story moving quickly. The history of the Ikati is well drawn without being overwhelming nor is it front loaded on to the reader in the beginning. Instead, the author reveals relevant and interesting points throughout the plotline. It all leaves just enough mystery for the next installment and I am very excited to see where it all leads as this race of shifters continues to evolve.

The conflict in the story is short lived in the action department as it leads to a bigger war brewing for future books in the series. Instead, the focus is on Jenna and the building pressure of learning who and what she is and the conflict is more romance based. Leander is definitely worthy of the Alpha male title and manages to steal the show with his displays of affection both verbally and physically.

Romance readers looking for a healthy dose of spice with great sexual tension will love how it is portrayed in this story. This author has definitely proven her worth in the romance genre by seamlessly blending paranormal and fantasy elements. I couldn't have been more impressed by this debut novel and absolutely plan on coming back for more.
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