Love's Shadow

Love's Shadow

by Nichole Van


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Branwell D'Angelo . . .
Six years ago, I fell in love with Lucy--my brother's girlfriend. Stupid of me, I know, but sometimes the heart doesn't listen to reason.
Six years, I've lived on the sidelines. Seeing him love her, be with her, bask in her sunshine . . .
I watched her break his heart and then cleaned up the shattered pieces of him she left behind.
She's the one woman I can't have but still the only one my soul wants.
Now she's back in our lives and needs the unique help only us D'Angelos can give.
He's not emotionally strong enough to face her. So he's sending me instead . . .

For her part, when tragedy strikes Lucy Snow on a visit to Italy, she can't bring herself to call any of the D'Angelo brothers for help. There are consequences for falling in love with your ex-boyfriend's brother. But Lucy desperately needs Branwell's paranormal skills and his gift of Sight. And if seeing him will negate at least three years of therapy? Well, it's a price she is willing to pay.

Thrown together in a desperate bid to save an innocent life, Branwell and Lucy struggle against their shared past, only to realize that something even more dangerous is reaching through the weight of time to stalk their every move . . .

Though the second book in the Brothers Maledetti series, Love'sShadow is a full-length, standalone novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996893626
Publisher: Fiorenza Publishing
Publication date: 11/24/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Love's Shadow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
The first book in the series, Gladly Beyond, was pretty amazing and made my list for favorites of 2016. This second book did not disappoint and I loved it just as much! Full of emotion, heartache, love, and hope, it brings out all the feels and I shed a few tears while reading. I loved the connection between Bran and Lucy, despite both of them thinking they harbored an unrequited love for each other. There are so many fun quirky details that really make their relationship come to life. The paranormal aspect of the plot isn't too over the top and is based in the family's history, so the modern setting wasn't too much of a contrast for the things Lucy and the D'Angelo family are experiencing, perhaps because it's set in Italy. The supernatural gift/curse that the brothers have form a bond between them and the dynamics are complicated and fascinating. I already can't wait to read more!!! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
ladytechie More than 1 year ago
The Brother's Maledetti is a totally engrossing series that I am loving every moment that I spend with it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from which I always love participating in whenever I can. Love's Shadow is the second book and is Branwell and Lucy's story. Branwell, Dante and Tennyson are triplets and they have been handed what some might think is a raw deal in the form of a curse. Each of them has a different "gift" and I use that term loosely. For those that it helps it is a gift. For them it seems to work more like a curse, except when it allows them to help the ones they love. Lucy and Branwell have a long history together and I have to admit that I was very leery of, she was Tennyson's girlfriend previously and it ended as these things do, with a crash and burn. In my house my family had one hard rule and that is we do not date each other's ex-boyfriends and we never ever date someone the other one is interested in dating. So, I was emotionally involved in that scenario. How could Lucy and Branwell end up together after everything that happened with her and Tennyson? Tennyson is a wreck and getting worse as each day moves on. Lucy has been in the US for the last two years and is visiting Florence, Italy where her brother and his family are living. Lucy is going to babysit her amazing niece, Grace while her brother and his wife take a vacation in Africa. They are gone no more than a day when tragedy strikes, the trail is cold before the police are even involved and the only ones that can help are the Maledetti brothers. Tennyson knows there is a problem with Lucy before she even reaches out to them, but, Branwell is on-site quickly to help because this is Lucy, Tennyson's ex whom Branwell has loved for many years and never had a chance of every having a relationship because it might hurt Tennyson beyond repair. Things in Lucy's brother's villa are odd and it really takes all of the Maledetti's including their sister, Chiara, who is the most well-versed in the D'Angelo's family history, has many connections to pull on to help and is a whiz with research. The situation is fraught and everyone is on edge and things are more on edge because Tennyson is getting worse, Branwell is having problems with his GUT (curse), well more than usual, and Dante has family issues to deal with on Claire's side that makes him not as available as he would like. Florence, Italy is an amazing place to see in person and Nichole Van does an amazing job of presenting the scenery so that it is vivid in my mind and I can see it as if I was still there. She has done her homework on the location and it is evident in the way she makes the location another character in the story that stands out like Branwell and Lucy. It is a book that is hard to put down especially once you start delving into the Branwell's story.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I was immediately captivated by this story, and it does stand alone. Each of these Maledetti triplets has a gift (GUT) that adds an interesting paranormal element to the plot and I loved watching their gifts come to light. Branwell has been in love with his brother's girlfriend, Lucy, for years and although they are no longer together, family comes first. He's extremely loyal and has the self-restraint of a saint, which leads to some fiery chemistry between the two of them when his brother asks him to help Lucy with the disappearance of her niece. The problem is, Lucy feels the same way. Fiery chemistry. I love the way the story is told. My emotions were yanked around when the story goes from a few years ago to the current time and from Branwell's point of view to Lucy's. It's always clear at the beginning of the chapter when is it and who's speaking, but I'd get so immersed and then have to wait for awhile to get back to that storyline, while immediately being drawn to the chapter at hand and what's going on there. Sometimes this doesn't work, but Ms. Van has a very good grasp on how to keep it all together and how to keep the reader completely engaged. I was held in the clutches of this book from start to finish. The characters and setting (Italy) are very well done and are vividly imprinted in my mind. I wasn't expecting such a well-done mystery with a perfect balance of suspense, as well as such an entertaining mix of romance, longing, and guilt interspersed throughout. What a pleasant and enjoyable surprise! I already hoping for more. Content: mild swearing; mild and swoony romance; mild violence. *I received a copy through eBooks for Review, with no obligation to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
momisreading More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It had mystery, history, romance and supernatural elements all combined into a thrilling novel that left me racing through to find out what would happen. The characters are great! Lucy is so vibrant and fun. Branwell is a rock for everyone around him. They had such a strong connection and I loved watching their relationship develop. The entire D’Angelo family is special. (Although, they did annoy me a bit when they were talking to Branwell about Lucy.) I loved seeing the brothers’ GUTs in action again and the ways they are evolving. The story brought together the past and present in such an interesting way, solving the mysteries in a way I didn’t see coming. I finished the book in the early morning hours of the day. I knew I was going to be exhausted, but I just couldn’t stop reading. I can’t wait for the next one in the series!! I received a complimentary copy of the book. I have given my honest opinion.
DMGP More than 1 year ago
Book 2 begins with just as much intensity as book 1 and it's just as good. The author creates a delicately crafted story with multiple levels to follow. I found romance from the first page to the last. I found mystery and intrigue, familial love and devotion, heartache and bliss, and a healthy dose of the paranormal. This edition focuses on Branwell D'Angelo and his forbidden love for Lucy Snow because Tennyson met her first and was already dating her. The author does a masterful job of telling the backstory as well as the current events happening around Branwell and Lucy. The second layer of the story focuses on Lucy Snow and her niece, Grace, who mysteriously disappears. Lucy needs the D'Angelo brothers to help find Grace, but she's not sure because of all the history between them. But, she quickly learns that they are the only ones who can help. The third layer of the story brings the reader up to date with the rest of the D'Angelo family - Dante, Tennyson, and Chiara. I appreciate it when an author doesn't abandon the other characters. I like knowing what happened after the close of the previous book and it also sets the stage for what's coming in future books. All in all, this is a fantastic book. It grips your attention and doesn't let go. I wish I didn't have to wait for the next book! Romance - PG - some kisses Language - PG - some mild cursing Violence - some scenes have blood, nothing graphic or gory My rating - 5 stars.
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
I’m particular about giving away 5 stars. The novel needs to strike me deeply and keep me engaged to the point of pushing off bed time. Loves Shadow, in my book, earned six stars. It’s completely captivating from beginning to end. The characters are rich and delightful. The story line took unexpected twists, slightly dipping into the supernatural world and with the perfect blend of dialogue and description. The romance was swoon worthy, tugging at your hearts, causing sighs of bliss, yet keeping it clean! Another bonus, is that Nichole has created a series where each book can stand alone. I’m certainly anxious for the next one to be released. I would highly recommend this series to everyone out there who is as picky as me on what they read, or not.