Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her…

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ 

And back to reading another Christine Feehan book. This is the first book of her new series and I’m liking it about as much as I do her Dark series books (I admit I like her Sea Haven stories a little more; I still haven’t read the two other series she has yet). That’s probably because they have a lot of similarities with the big dominant alpha men, although our hero Stefano is a bit much ‘more’ then her usual heroes in that the man liked a little bondage which I don’t remember reading in  her previous heroes. Perhaps with the popularity that Fifty Shades has with some readers, Feehan is trying to emulate a bit and draw in some readers? If that’s the case, I hope she chose to use Maya Banks as a resource since her stories are much better crafted then anything E.L. James has done (that and Banks doens’t use dumb ass metaphors like James).

That being said, Feehan does love her dominate men in her books. She also likes creating mystic like bonds. So WARNING SOME SPOILAGE COMING!!! In the Dark series, we have a race of men and women who need to find their other halves to feel whole. For the women, they feel less if they never find their man and as for the men…? Well they go to the dark side and turn into evil bastard vampires who like torturing folks and forgetting all the decency and ethics they once had. With this Shadow Rider series, what we have is no soul bond, but instead forcing marriage to shadow riders to be a forever thing unless they want to lose their ability to ride shadows (essentially travel through travels and hide in them) and forget anything related to shadow riders, so basically most of their life and any children they may have. Depressing how until death do us part really has an impact on this story. Being stuck with someone you despise because if you separate, your shadows which for some reason decided to bond and mesh when you said “I do” tear apart to rip away your powers and memories.

In any case, decent enough story. It’s a least good enough for reading again and thus will probably eventually make it into my Nook collection when the Nook version is at an acceptable price. I will say there was more sex in this book then Feehan’s standard. She usually weaves a decent story, so I was little irked that there was more hip grinding then story this time. Hopefully the next story will prove to be better.

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