Living in Shadow

Living in Shadow

by Jackie Ashenden


View All Available Formats & Editions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619226531
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Living in Shadow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
This was not always a pleasant book to read but I’m glad I did. Set in New Zealand, the book centers around a college law professor and a student in her law history class. It begins as an infatuation between a student and teacher, a May-December romance that is typical of the basics of the romance genre. All resemblances to ordinary end there. LIVING IN SHADOW is a dark novel that explores the minds of two damaged people, one by sexual abuse, and the other by war. Lucien’s obsession with Eleanor is consuming him and once they take the step into a sexual relationship, so many feelings and memories he’s kept buried for years come back to haunt him. Eleanor was abused by her husband before finally breaking free of his hold. Now she’s a confident, independent woman who runs her own show despite her lingering feelings of distrust in her relationships with men. Together, both characters must learn to trust not just each other but themselves, shedding the baggage of the past as they do. I found it fascinating that the story, while classified as a romance, really isn’t per se. It’s a psychological novel that delves into the psyches of its main characters, showing the reader how they conquer their fears and come to terms with who they were and are. The fact that Lucien and Eleanor fall in love often seems secondary to the story. It’s not a novel for the faint of heart. There are some graphic scenes of violence and sex and descriptions of violent actions involving children. Lucien’s plight is a very real one in many parts of Africa and Asia today. It’s a powerful story to be shared.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(3.75-4 STARS) Living In Shadow is the perfect title for Lucien and Eleanor’s story since they are both living in the shadows of their pasts. LiS is not your typical teacher/student romance. For starters the characters are older than most in the genre. Also, the woman is the older of the two and she’s also the teacher. I loved Eleanor’s character and the fact she had a strong head on her shoulders. The only thing that disappointed me was when I found out the series doesn’t continue with them. They both had come so far by the end and with their change in the direction of their careers, I really would’ve enjoyed being able to witness that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and sexy. Looking for my own Lucien North!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Heart wrenchingly honest, this tale of two damaged souls finding redemption in each other is the story of Lucien and Eleanor. Eleanor is a professor of law, on the outside a poised sophisticated woman but carrying the scars of a past abusive relationship. Lucien is her student, old beyond his years in maturity and life experience if not in age. He too carries scars from his life as a child soldier in Africa. A relationship between them is ethically forbidden but Lucien pursues Eleanor and convinces her that he will be worth her attention - but only for sex, not more. Can they find their way through an emotional minefield to a happy ending? Wow, what a powerful book this was! The first thing to strike the reader is the sexual chemistry between Lucien and Eleanor. Charged glances, skin flushes, tingling skin, all the signs of desire and lust are there waiting to be realized. Lucien is bold, dominant, sure of himself and his interest in Eleanor, and convinced she is equally interested in him simply by her avoidance of his gaze. Eleanor is equally interesting as a confident professor, a capable woman in all things but sexually frozen from her past abusive relationship. Lucien makes her feel again, and long for a trusting relationship where she can be true to herself and her submissive tendencies. When Lucien realizes what she wants and that he can give it to her, he does, and the sex scenes between them are seductive and emotionally powerful. Only when he realizes that she is fully trusting him can he admit to himself that he is scared to open himself up fully to her, fearing her condemnation of his past and the decisions he was forced to make. Yet without opening himself up to her, he will never be free of the past nor be able to take the steps forward to create a new and loving relationship. What at first appears to be a simple student/teacher forbidden love affair is really a path to redemption and forgiveness. I found this book to be quite riveting as the scenes played out, well written and emotionally honest, complete with steamy love scenes, heartbreaking truths, and a touching romance. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Living in Shadow is sexy, raw and intriguing, and at times hard to read.  It does touch on a Dom/sub lifestyle so make sure you are OK with that, while it is very light it is there.  The bigger issues revolve around abuse and force, and it is much more violent a situation, so you need to be prepared for that as well.  Ashenden doesn’t suggest that sex and love can cure all of their troubles but the relationship they build together helps put them on a path to a better place.  You just have to be ready to tiptoe thru darker places to get there. Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!!