Shadows of Pain

Shadows of Pain

by Ashley Dawn


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ISBN-13: 9781539368649
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2016
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Shadows of Pain 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Joy Hunt 4 months ago
It’s not really fair to pick on Ms. Dawn, because so many Christian romance authors do this. I enjoyed this story. I really like her characters. (WHEN are we going to get Rick and Cassie’s story?? Geez.) I loved seeing the soft side of FBI agent Kami, struck with fear when the killer has been in her own home. Training doesn’t go out the window, but it’s such a different thing when that kind of work follows you home. I also really love the way this “family” – both the ones that are related by blood and the ones who have adopted each other – pulls together. I have a great family, but I’ve always been drawn to those stories of folks that come together and make their own families. There are some things I don’t love – I think Ashley has great potential, but this work can still use some polish. The interagency interactions don’t always strike me as realistic (how is it that Dee Henderson can convince me in the O’Malley series?). There are some editing issues, and the descriptions tend to be overdone in some places and missing in others. But then there is this thing that bothers me, the one that I shouldn’t pick on Ashley for because so many writers do it. Even my beloved Dee Henderson. But I’m still going to bring it up because I think we need to talk about it. The thing about dating a baby Christian. And the way Christian authors so often write about it. These stories rarely show the imbalance that happens when a mature believer gets romantically involved with someone who is brand new to the faith (or even someone who has been a “Christian” for a long time but hasn’t grown his/her faith). That imbalance creates a strain on the relationships involved: the relationship between the couple, and between each person and God. It’s not that the characters made a bad choice…its that they made a bad choice and it looks like a good one. When Christian writers have their long-time-believer character dating a baby Christian (often a few days after the person decided to follow Jesus), it can make it seem like this is the good, healthy way to do things. And it’s not – for either person. Take it from someone who has been there. Plot-wise, there was mostly the one thing that bothered me about reading Shadows of Pain. Y’all, it is literally days from when Daniel decides to follow Jesus to the start of their “dating” relationship. (No spoilers, this is pretty much how the book starts). She doesn’t have any reason to doubt his conversion, but it’s just way too soon. He accepts Jesus, now a switch is flipped and suddenly dating is fair game. And everyone around them encourages it, too. WHEN DOES THE JOURNEY END? I think the reason this bothers me, aside from the discussion above about dating a baby Christian, is that there is an assumption that when someone decides to follow Jesus that’s the end of the story. That’s as sad as saying that when a couple gets married it’s the end of the story. Some things really do instantly change when we decide to follow God, but the decision isn’t the arrival point, it’s the beginning of the journey in so many ways. Would I recommend this book? Yes. There is still some inexperience on the page that you might have to get past, but there’s only one way to get experience as a writer…we have to write, and get feedback, and write, and get feedback. I’m cheering Ashley on as she writes and grows. I received a review copy of this book. Opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 4 months ago
This is a wonderful series. This is book three and I love each and every character. Make sure to read these in order or you won’t know who everyone is. These keep getting better and I look forward to book four. I love the suspense and romance. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Ourpugs 4 months ago
Shadow of Pain I am loving this series. Definitely recommend starting at book 1 and continue on. I am looking forward to the next book. This one is Kami and Daniel’s story. The book starts out with the bad guys after Daniel but no one really knows at that point for sure. The book is suspenseful due to waiting for if and when they may catch the bad guys. I loved Kami, she is smart and very brave. Definitely some exciting scenes in the book. Also, I loved the closeness of all the characters. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
Deana0326 4 months ago
If you haven't read this author before, you are missing out on an author who can write suspense that sends shivers down your spine. This book is the third in a series that has kept me rushing to finish a book so I can get to the next one in the series I love that it surrounds a family who are in law enforcement in some capacity. They are very close knit and have each others backs. This story focuses on Kami and Daniel. Their chemistry is undeniable and I liked how they seemed drawn to each other. It was refreshing to read how faith was very much a part of the story. There is a few scenes in the book where I found the author able to show how someone chooses to invite Jesus into their life. I won't say who the characters are, but it will bring tears to your eyes. Danger is lurking just outside the realm of the Reiley family. When you have a family that lives and breathes law enforcement, it is bound to bring out unwanted attention from someone wanting revenge. Someone is out to destroy a family member or perhaps someone close to the family. The chaos goes full force as attempts on lives seem to happen at a quick rate. The author does a good job of throwing in some twists that left me guessing at what was going to happen next. There are a few times in the story, I would have liked a bit more action. It felt like too much attention was given to Kami and Daniel's relationship. I know this is a suspense book with romance splashed in, but I was disappointed in how quickly they seemed to have feelings for each other. I guess I'm saying this part of the story was very predictable. I encourage readers to start with the first book in the series to get to know the characters, They all travel to each new book in the series and it would be helpful to understand the dynamics of the characters. I did enjoy the book and was pleased with the ending. The author did tease readers with a bit of a hint of a new book in the series which I am thrilled about. Overall good story and a great message about forgiveness and trust. I can't wait to read what happens next in the series. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
BMace 5 months ago
Another fabulous book in the Shadows series that was almost imposssible to put down! Once again this family and their friends are the recipients of stalking, accidents, attempted bombing, shootings and abduction. Who wants revenge so badly, is the question they need to answer if they want to survive. Is it even possible that Charles Deveraux could be orchestrating this from prison or have they angered another criminal so much that he/she has put this into play? When you put the LAPD, FBI and CIA together to solve a problem, things can get very exciting! I received this book through CelebrateLit and this review gives my personal impressions and opinions.
GailHollingsworth 5 months ago
This was overall a good story with suspense, romance and the criminal element. Kami and Daniel are both with law enforcement and find their lives in danger from an unknown subject. Why are they being targeted? Several attempts are made until they band together with friends that are also with the LAPD and the FBI. These are friends that are more like family, family that many of them didn't have growing up. Trying to figure out who is the perp adds the suspense element. I enjoyed the conversations, humor and bantering that went on among the characters. But not having read the first two books in this series left me a little confused as to what was going on. I was also put off some with the grammatical errors and sentence structure. One example: "I am not sure how many of those people there are out there now. It seems like there are a lot of bad cops out there." Another thing that I didn't like was how quickly I would be reading a conversation among the "good guys" and the very next line would be one from the "bad guys" with no break to indicate a change in characters or locations. I'm used to that being a new chapter or at least a good paragraph break. This was a good read but I could only give three stars for the errors I found as well as the flow of the story. I received a complimentary ebook from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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.
Shoemouse More than 1 year ago
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.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"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.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
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! Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
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DolphinChick More than 1 year ago
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!
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Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
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.