Friday, July 6, 2012
Title: Enslaved in Shadows
Series: Shadow Unit Book #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: Tigris Eden
June 18th 2012
Publisher: Book Rhythm
Summary from Goodreads
A man's Past leads to his Future......
Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit's job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.
When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can't help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.
The Heart of a woman is Tested........
Jes can't let the tall dark agent back into her life.
How can she trust any man after what she's endured. Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn't have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn't abused her physically but he's tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life.
Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again?
One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late.
The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.
Enslaved in Shadows is a new urban fantasy novel from debut author, Tigris Eden. Let me say up front that Tigris is a friend of mine. She's my fellow Sister of the Werefly and I was uber-excited to read her novel. I received the ARC in early June and started reading it with glee. The bad news is my "writing" brain took over as I read each page. There were editing challenges throughout that wouldn't allow me to sink into the story. The good news is - I had an ARC and Tigris let me know that changes were made to the final print version and many of the editorial issues were corrected. So instead of continuing with the ARC, I purchased the book with "One Click" and let Chessiebomb read to me. I'm a Text-to-Speech whore with my Kindle 3 - aka Chessiebomb. Listening to a book allows me to turn off my writing brain be 100% in reader mode. I'm happy to report It worked.
The world of the Shadow Unit is an interesting blend of the usual paranormal creatures such as werewolves and vampires, with a few new immortals that aren't commonly seen. The world building was extensive and felt a bit rushed at times, but being the first book in a series, it's expected.
The romance between the main characters, Jess and Draven is three-alarm chili hot with several steamy sex scenes. Jess is a broken woman trying to rebuild her life when her past catches up with her and turns her world upside down. Draven is pure alpha male and is a great contrast to Jess' personality. I wanted to know more about his background beyond the Shadow Unit. I wanted to see what made him tick. There were glimpses - but not enough to satisfy me. Hopefully we'll learn more in the next book.
There are a couple of torture scenes that I could have done without. One was okay and fit well with the scene. The second had me a "WHOA!" After learning about Jess and what she's running from, the torture scene didn't see balanced with the details. It was a bit much for me.
Overall, the story kept me hooked. I really enjoyed the secondary immortal characters and Ms. Eden in a great path to adding humor and snark between her characters. I look forward to learning more about them and their special skills in future books. Enslaved in Shadows is a great start to what I hope will be a long running series.
Get your read on!