How can he still have that power over her? Eighteen years ago, she saw him die.
Wealthy, selfish, and greedy, the McDowell family raised Carolyn McDowell--a foster child--like a modern Cinderella. Neglected and ignored, good-hearted Carolyn adored scion Alexander despite it all, though even he tormented her.
When Alex ran away one night, Carolyn followed and witnessed his murder, though she never told anyone. Her beloved Alex died when he was seventeen. There was no doubt.
Eighteen years later, Carolyn returns to the decadent milieu of the McDowell clan to care for her dying foster mother, Sally. As greedy relatives gather to claim their inheritances, a stunning stranger arrives, claiming to be Alexander. To Carolyn's utter shock, Sally greets her "son" without question, and no one but Carolyn believes he's a fraud.
As she delves into the mysteries of both the past and present, Carolyn quickly realizes that the resurrected Alex is a dangerous combination of seduction and power. Is this stranger after the McDowell fortune, or is he really, somehow, the Alex of old, come back to claim her? How can he be an imposter and yet know family secrets only the real Alex would remember? Was someone helping him?
What would you do if the boy you loved returned almost twenty years later, and you fell in love with him all over again--even if you were sure it couldn't be him?
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About the Author
Anne Stuart (b. 1948) is an American romance novelist who has written more than 100 books and is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors. Her first book was Barrett's Hill,a gothic romance published in 1974 when she had just turned 25. In addition to numerous stand-alone novels, she is the author of the series House of Rohan, Ice, and others. A native of Philadelphia, Stuart lives with her husband in Vermont.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Omg, I don't even know what to say about this book except that it is AMAZING! I truly believe this is one of Anne Stuart's best book so far and I've read alot of her books. This has to be at the top five for sure. For anyone having second thoughts about purchasing this book, don't, this is a definite buy and you'll be glad that you bought it. Can't praise Anne Stuart enough on her amazing writing skills and her dark heroes. Love it!! -fire
I admit I did not care for this book at least three chapters in. I had to go back and start over more than once. It lagged again a little later on and then it picked up really well towards the end. That's why I gave it 4 stars. If you're a patient person you'll really enjoy this book by the time you finish it. Simone24
This was my first Anne Stuart novel. I know, I know. Why? Well, I'm not sure. I kept seeing her name pop up but never bothered to pick up one of her books. Until now. And I must say, it will not be my last. Alex McDowell disappeared 18 years ago. No one knows what happened to him except Carolyn Smith... who has never told a soul. But one cold winter's eve, Alex returns from the dead to resume his place in the family and secure his inheritance. He looks like Alex. Talks like Alex. Sneers and intrigues like Alex. But could it be him or an imposter? Carolyn may not have been born into the McDowell family but she loves Sally like a mother and would do anything to make her happy or to protect her. She is torn apart. Unsure what to believe or trust. And what ensues is a web of deceit, lies, and mystery. And it is brilliant. It was everything it should have been and kept you guessing. Even though I was pretty sure how things were going to pan out, I wasn't positive and it was so much fun to wait for it all to unravel. Suspenseful with an often confusing plot. This story makes you question everything and look for hints and subtleties (which I LOVE). You don't know for sure until the author is darn ready to tell you. And the romance. A little dark with a hero you love to hate. A heroine who should seem weak but instead is someone who invokes respect and heart. I loved it. READ IT! Do it now.
This was the first time that I read Ms. Stuart's books and I'm hooked already. I hate to put the story down once I got started. The plot was dark, very intense,and suspenseful. No doubt I will be looking forward to read her other books. Don't miss this one!
I really enjoy reading Anne Stuart because she pushes the boundary of romance a little. If there's such a category as "dark romance" then Stuart belongs at the forefront of that group. I love her characters and how they fall in love in despite of themselves. A nice break from the typical "oh, Harold" romance novels that I grew up reading. Shadow Lover has a nice Gothic vibe going for it -- sort of a Wuthering Heights meets Honest Illusions, tense and desperate with a hopeful edge. This one I couldn't put down; there was just the right amounts of romance, sex, action, angst, and characterization. A strong-willed heroine goes head to head with a smooth talking hero... who may or may not be the bad guy. It's a well-paced story that will draw you in quickly and keep hold until the end. I do wish Stuart had given more of Alex when he was young, especially interacting with young Carolyn. Nevertheless, this book is another mark in Stuart's favor.