Shadow's Passion is the Prequel Novella to the Urban Fantasy/Supernatural Romance Series: The Shadow Warders
He lived for vengeance, until he met her. Now he has to choose—revenge or love?
Exiled by her people after an accidental death, Celeste’s power is so unstable the elegant Shadow healer is considered a deadly menace. Fifty years of isolation have left her a little lonely. And more than a little bored. When a nearby family falls victim to demon infection, she decides to go hunting. Without backup, it won’t be long before the demons are hunting her.
A dangerous assassin, Gabe has better things to do than save a Shadow from her own reckless behavior. Like find the demon who killed his brother. Sure, the Shadow is gorgeous, alluring, and she needs his help. But he can’t afford to get distracted. Everything changes the second he spies his brother’s killer among the demons after Celeste. Now, nothing will tear him from her side.
Gabe is dangerous and secretive. He’s also a skilled fighter and sexy as hell. Celeste knows better than to team up with a Warder, but she’s not sure she cares. It’s been a long dry spell since her exile. Neither of them expects their fling to turn into something more. But when Gabe’s past catches up with him, he learns that his brother’s murder was just the beginning. A new evil is rising, and its sights are set on Celeste. Now Gabe has to make a choice: revenge or love?
If you love magic, psychics, demons, tons of action, urban fantasy & paranormal romance, this series is right for you. Recommended for ages 17+ due to the adult nature of the romantic elements. (Meaning, it doesn't have more than an R rating, but the love scenes are pretty steamy!)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a prequel in The Shadow Warder Series. The prologue provides a bit of background on the basic set up of the Shadow and Warder world and the reasons behind the bonding between Shadows and Warders as told by Zach, a powerful Shadow Oracle but if you haven’t read the first book you’ll be left with some questions regarding the details concerning the main storyline of the series. I recommend reading the first book before reading this novella. Celeste is a Shadow whose abilities are off. Mishaps with her powers occur whenever she is around electricity and sometimes those mishaps cause danger to others. After a particularly scary and sad incident Celeste is forced to leave the Shadow compound to live off on her own in isolation in the mountains of North Carolina. Gabriel is a Warder but not your typical Warder he’s a Sicarius, a deadly assassin who not only kills Vorati demons, but he also takes out Warders who break the rules. He’s known as the best and the scariest of the Sicarius and no one wishes to have the dark Warder after them. Celeste and Gabe weren’t complicated or dishonest with one another. I appreciated Celeste’s mature and blunt approach to Gabe. She didn’t beat around the bush with the way she felt and the two were so sweet together. The romance was fast paced but for a novella I expected things to move fast and to get straight to the heart of the story. I did find myself crying a bit at one point so be prepared with some tissues. I won’t spoil what happens but my heart broke. I thought the storyline was action packed and it left me wondering about Amelia. Is she now paying closer attention and keeping track of all the changes going down? Is she going to start gathering the other Warders and work with the Shadows? Will she eventually approach the other directors with what she knows? Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
First of all it is a novella which equals an extremely short story. I would have liked an intro explaining the reason for the animosities between the races and even a better description of them. I still have many questions about them and the characters themselves which I hope will be answered with book one. Celeste is a Shadow. Her power is focused on healing but she somewhat short circuits around electricity. because of something that happened many moons ago, she basically lives as in exile all alone in the woods. She notices a nest of vorati demons. She did not ignore them even though she probably should have. Think selfless and bad a** here! While she is fighting the demons and getting herself in trouble, Gabe happens upon her. Gabe is a Warder and is basically forbidden to interact with shadows even though they fight the same enemy. Needless to say there is an element of insta lust here. Call it the lure of the forbidden, fate, etc.... Regardless they discover that they are better together and bada boom bada bing, things happen and then it is all said and done. The ending felt somewhat rushed to me but I can live with that because I know that there is more to come from this author! I just hope that there is more of an explanation about the races, the animosity between them, and of course more of Celeste and Gabe. ;-) There was some steamy action but it was nicely written. The characters were likable. The plot was engaging and action packed. I really liked her writing style and the way things were presented. Oh and I should mention that these demons are vile. It was about time an author presented them in such a way. I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. Great read for a novella. I am overly eager for the next book!