Saving Shadow

Saving Shadow

by Laura Beers

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ISBN-13: 9781943048366
Publisher: Phase Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Series: Beckett Files, Book 1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 276,548
File size: 316 KB

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Saving Shadow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great story. However, the language and tone was simplistic. Some plot points were not defined. Author needs an extended study of 18th-19th century England.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I’m always up for new Regency fiction. Throw in some spies, a swoony hero, and a strong heroine? Sign me up please! Lady Eliza Beckett is certainly not a typical Regency heroine. For starters, she has a eidetic memory which comes in handy for snooping around high-stakes documents and correspondence. Because rather than bide her time embroidering on a settee or playing Whist in the drawing room, she is instead Shadow – the code name for England’s most notorious spy and assassin. I loved that she knows her own mind, that she doesn’t take condescension from ‘the boys club’, and that she kicks butt and takes names. There are a few things that could be a bit tighter. For example, a lot of the dialogue feels like narrative/info dumping and overall the narrative itself leans more toward telling than showing. Also, the romance felt a tad rushed and could have used some more development between the initial sizzle of chemistry and declarations of love. Besides the kisses. Lots of kisses. Good kisses. And the swoony Lord Benedict. But it needed more emotional dimension, in my opinion. Bottom Line: Saving Shadow is full of intrigue and romance! From the strong, independent heroine to the dashing hero and most of the people in between, the characters are vibrant and engaging. While it’s true that this debut novel could use a little tightening, overall it is an enjoyable adventure! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
momisreading More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued the moment I read the synopsis of this book. I loved the idea of a female spy during the regency era, but I loved Eliza even more than I expected. She’s brilliant, fierce, confident, brave, witty, caring and kind. Her vulnerability and the way her actions affected her brought great depth to her character. Her trust in Benedict was tender to watch. He is a great match for her! Theirs is a great romance! One of my favorite characters, though, was Mr. Larson. Loved him! I loved the book – the characters, the story, the romance, the suspense. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite Spying in the Regency period was all-important to the British Crown. It was often the aristocracy who became involved in spying - especially the second son of a lord or duke, who by British law would inherit nothing from his father and must therefore find some other way to serve king, country and empire. Spying, though, was a man's game - definitely not for the likes of delicate women who, apart from anything else, lacked the constitution and thought processes required for espionage. Enter Lady Elizabeth Beckett (aka The Shadow), a remarkable young woman with a photographic memory and fighting skills to match any man. In Saving Shadow by Laura Beers, we follow the adventures of Eliza as she spies for the Crown, along with her brother, Johnathon, and the enigmatic, but very attractive, Lord Sinclair. They must not only break up a slavery ring that is kidnapping young girls for sale, they must rescue them and fight treachery and treason at the highest levels. In Saving Shadow, Laura Beers has brought us a spine-tingling tale with all the adventure of a modern spy thriller, but set in the Regency period. Her character, Eliza, is a strong, capable woman who defied all the expectations of the period for females. I particularly enjoyed the interplay between Eliza, her brother, and Lord Sinclair. Despite, as a reader, always knowing deep down that Eliza and Lord Benedict Sinclair would consummate their clear lust for each other, the sexual tension was beautifully maintained by Beers. I loved the way Lord Sinclair was forced to change his opinions of women, as he came to realise just how strong, capable and willful Lady Eliza truly was. This was an exciting, page-turning story that I just couldn't put down and effectively read in one sitting. The action scenes were realistically written, and interspersed with some truly wonderful love scenes. I have not read Laura Beers before, but I have no doubt I will be doing so again in the future. I can highly recommend this book to lovers of history, the Regency period, and just readers who like to get their teeth into a good, old-fashioned spy story with romance. Great stuff!
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I have to start by saying that I was a bit hesitant about starting this one. I don’t read very much romance. And of the romance I do read, none of it is historical. But I was incredibly intrigued by this smart and fierce female spy who lives in the uppercrust of society. Lucky for me, my intrigue won out. This was the book I saved for myself to read as my wind-down at the end of each night. The one that I read to escape reality before bed each night so I could fall asleep peacefully without worrying about the rest of my day. This was both a good and bad choice. Good because it was an awesome escape, bad because I kept reading “just one more chapter” and not getting any sleep. I should mention that the romance in Saving Shadow is clean and fairly mild, allowing for the action in the story and Eliza’s role as an agent for the Crown to take center stage. Now I want everyone to read this book. I want you all to meet Eliza and fall in love with her awesome brain and her take-no-crap attitude. And I want you all to escape to Italy circa 1813 and join Eliza and Benedict on their crazy and exciting mission to take down the horribly evil Mr. Wade.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely not your usual Regency romance! The heroine is one of the elite justice seekers, and because of this the dynamics of her relationship with partner spy Benedict have a different give and take. I enjoyed their passionate romance as they worked together to complete his final mission. The voice and tone of the book was more contemporary than I'm used to in a historical novel, and the purpose of their mission- to stop human trafficking among the lower classes- was surprising since I assumed the purpose of spies were to ensure national security from foreign threats. Much of the story is told in the narration rather than shown, and I felt like a lot of things were being explained to me which prevented me from feeling immersed in the action and characters. Overall this is an entertaining read if the reader is able to suspend belief a bit ;) (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The banter between the characters was very entertaining. I loved how they interacted with each other. The story line was interesting and kept me reading. Will be waiting for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago