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Posted December 25, 2013
First of all, either my tastes have changed, or I did not connect with this book like I did the first. In fact, I was just rereading my review of "Shadows of Suspicion," and for some reason, this book did not capture my attention as much as that one. However, let me be perfectly clear. This is a clean romance with a Christian message. For that reason alone, I can give it a four star rating because it if not too often I find a book that I don't have to "warn" my readers about.
Ashley Dawn has a readable style, for sure, and her romance is sappy. Mostly, this was no problem. I liked the romance between Kami and Daniel, but sometimes it became a little sickening sweet for me. I also felt that Daniel's conversion was a little contrived. But there is not doubt that these characters relied on God for everything.
There are definitely aspects of this book that are pretty exciting and nail-biting, but maybe since I read her other book, I didn't get into this one as much. When there was danger, it didn't get to me in the same way as her first book did. I wanted to connect with the book more, but perhaps the characters just didn't interest me very much. But don't let that stop you. The book is sweet and clean, and if you have never read an Ashley Dawn book, this is a fine book to begin. A great, quick read for the long, cold winter nights.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted December 14, 2012
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. The review was my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.
Shadows of Pain is a Christian suspense that weaves a tale of various coincidences surrounding Daniel, Kami, Aurora and Jordan. It starts out with a motorcycle accident that turns out not to be accidental. There's a killer out there with his heart bent on destroying a family employed in the criminal justice field. Ashley Dawn takes you on a fast-paced journey that will leave you on the edge of your seat unable to put the book down until you finish it. Her incredible ability to draw the reader into the story is captivating. She keeps your attention throughout the entire book and ends the story with you wanting more. Although this is the third installment in this series, of which I have not read yet the previous ones, she does not leave you wondering what was going on prior to where this book starts. Ashley Dawn has done a marvelous job with this book and I'm looking forward towards reading others by her.
This was a fast-paced, excellent read and I recommend this as a must read for anyone who wishes to read an exciting suspense story.
Posted December 14, 2012
"Shadows of Pain" is the third book in the 'Shadow Series'. Ashley pens her characters believable and relateable in this fast paced Christian themed, suspense romance. I suggest starting with the first book in the series, but this book is also good for a stand alone...even though I would feel kind of lost if I didn't start in the beginning. A good clean read recommended for all readers.
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Posted November 28, 2012
This story is the third one in the series and I have to say that I actually felt like I was missing a little information when I started. I started off with book two for a book review and of course I can't pass up continuing to review the series when they come my way. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to read book one, Shadows from the Past. The story jumps right into action and you find yourself reading about a troubled man questioning his belief in God who finds his way into a hospital bed. He is surrounded by "family" and friends (family is in quotes because none of them are blood related) who are very devout Christians, but also are love him the way he is. Where I felt like I was missing information was in the relationships between these people. Apparently a great deal of information about each of them is in the first book so I spent some time just trying to understand how they were "related" to each other when in fact most of them are not related at all. That said, the rest of the plot seems to be very easy to follow and will leave you in suspense. These stories are all crime related and focused on the Riley family. The Riley's have a lot of law enforcement in their ranks and after taking down a major crime family, that family is out to destroy everyone they hold dear. This results in the discovery of how God is always active in their lives as well as finding true love in some cases. This particular story is centered on Kami and Daniel. Neither are a member of the Riley family, but their law enforcement partners are. Will Daniel no longer be the troubled man and learn to accept God in his life? Will Kami be able to get over her troubled past and accept that Daniel just might be the man God has planned for her? Will they both live long enough to see where their relationship might go? You'll have to read to find out!
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Posted November 14, 2012
Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers Favorite
Kami and Daniel both had unhappy childhoods. While LAPD Officer, Daniel, did not know where his parents were, Kami and her sister were estranged. After Daniel had a motorcycle accident he discovered his brakes had been cut. Several suspicious things happened: his partner JD’s car was rigged with explosives and Kami’s door was booby trapped with a gun set to shoot when opened. Daniel, JD and Kami, along with officers Jordan and Aurora, tried to figure out who was trying to kill them and to apprehend him.
This book has strong Christian overtones. Daniel struggled with his faith but turned back to God after his accident. While romance was the last thing Kami or Daniel expect they were drawn together. This book is excellent Christian suspense, with good moral values and a deep abiding faith. This is the third book in the series. I enjoyed revisiting the Reiley family.
Posted May 4, 2012
This was book 3 in the ‘Shadow’ series and it did not disappoint! Instead of focusing on the incredible Reiley family this book is more focused on Aurora’s ‘little bothers’ who are pretty great in their own right…though it begins with Daniel getting in a bit of trouble! Of course the entire family is soon involved because they are incredibly close which is always nice to see! You get to hear more stories about others in the family that were mentioned in the previous books, Shadows of the Past & Shadows of Suspicion, and if you haven’t read them yet I highly recommend it!
It has the same fast pace as the others, but gives you a couple breathers while giving a little back story so that even if you have not read the first two, you won’t be totally lost.
It also has the same positive message throughout of hope and trust in God! I’m hoping there are more to come, as there are many family members I’d love to know more about! Can’t wait!
Posted December 14, 2011
Shadows of Pain by Ashley Dawn is the third in the ¿Shadows¿ series, but instead of focusing on the Reiley family, it zeroes in on a cop colleague, Daniel Jenkins and his love interest, Kami Reynolds. The book begins with Daniel having a motorcycle accident, but we soon find out that it was no accident at all. Instead, a crazed killer from a previous story is out to destroy the Reileys and those they love. A continuing line up of near misses puts this cop family and their friends on alert. As the story moves forward, Daniel and Kami begin to fall in love, but both have to deal with baggage from the past. As well, Daniel must let go of his cynical attitude toward people of faith, and does come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
There is tons of action and excitement in the book, but there is also a lot of back story and explanation of the rather complex family relationships within the Reiley clan which sometimes tends to slow the story down in spots. The redemption element is strong, however. Those who enjoyed the first two books, Shadows from the Past and Shadows of Suspicion, will probably want to read this one as well.
Posted May 9, 2012
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Posted February 16, 2012
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