Desired by Shadow by Cynthia Luhrs

Desired by Shadow by Cynthia Luhrs(Cover picture courtesy of Paperblog.)

Betrayed…A modern-day ghost story with a twist.

Kidnapped on her way home from work, Maggie is thrown into a terrifying world of shadow. Narrowly escaping death, she flees her kidnappers only to come face to face with her greatest fear.

Helping a dying stranger, Maggie unleashes a terrible curse when she saves Robert. Now with only a week to break the curse, time is running out as they are locked in a deadly fight with forces that will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Intensely romantic and thrilling, Desired by Shadow portrays the struggle between redemption, retribution and the desire to find a love that transcends time.

If you enjoy persnickety gods, supernatural creatures and ghosts with the ability to manifest physical bodies, then Desired by Shadow is for you.

[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

What I found interesting about Desired by Shadow is that it continues on where Lost in Shadow left off by telling the story of someone else.  That someone else is Maggie, a woman who can see Shadow Walkers and is kidnapped by the Day Walkers to spot them so they can be hunted down and killed.  She already knows a little about this mysterious world when she accidentally saves Robert, the charming pirate from the last book, on the anniversary of his death while trying to escape from the Day Walkers.  As for Robert, he is a typical playboy and doesn’t want anything to do with the whole soulmates thing his friend Colin and Emily went through.

Maggie is a very different woman from Emily in the first book.  She’s spent most of her life out on the streets and things are finally starting to look up when she’s kidnapped by the Day Walkers.  Maggie is a very capable woman and successfully escapes from the clutches of the Day Walkers all on her own, which was quite impressive.  However, what I like the most about her character is that she learns to trust again.  She learns to trust people in general, but more importantly she learns to love and trust Robert when circumstances bring them together.

The romance between Robert and Maggie develops similar to Colin and Emily’s but there are some nice, notable differences so it doesn’t feel like a complete repeat episode.  The only thing I can really criticize is that the proofreading doesn’t seem to be as good as it was in the last novel.  I caught way more typos than before and I’m not sure if it’s because I just noticed more or that there were actually more.  None of them really take away from the story, but it’s certainly worth mentioning.  They may have been corrected in the actual ebook now that it’s been out a few weeks and I was reading an ARC through NetGalley.

If you liked Lost in Shadow, you’ll probably like Desired by Shadow even more.  It expands on the world-building from the first book, the characters are believable and the plot is fast-paced if a little predictable.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

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