I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shadow Flight by Christine Feehan
Also in this series: Shadow Rider, Shadow Reaper, Shadow Keeper , Shadow Warrior , Shadow Fire
Series: Shadow Riders #5
Published by Berkley on May 5, 2020
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
Chicago’s Ferraro crime family will do anything to protect one of their own in this thrilling entry in the Shadow Riders series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
Nicoletta Gomez was a terrified teenager when Taviano Ferraro and his brother saved her life. Ever since, she’s been trying to rise above what was done to her, molding herself into a survivor under the protective eyes of the Ferraro family. All the while, she’s been falling hopelessly in love with the man who knows her darkest secrets.…
With one look, Taviano knew that Nicoletta was his, just as he felt their shadows connect. But no matter how much he wanted to claim her, he knew she needed time to become her own woman. When Nicoletta once again finds herself in the sights of dangerous men, a split-second decision has Taviano breaking all of the Ferraro family’s rules to keep her safe. And as far as he’s concerned, the reward is more than worth the risk
Shadow Flight is the latest installment of the “Shadow” series by Christine Feehan. There is something so fun about this Italian family that we have become so familiar with and at this point, they feel so real and vibrant. Throughout the whole series, we have been able to see this family’s growth and the way love has turned their hearts even more golden than ever before. I went into this book not even having read the “blurb” because I honestly don’t need to with this author. She always delivers the best delights and I was so ready for this adventure and boy what a fun-filled journey Feehan delivers to us but I am all for it and adored every beautiful moment in this book.
Taviano and Nicolette and both kindred spirits and fully understand each other. Taviano was sent away from his family to learn training in the shadow tunnels but was abused as a boy by some distant cousins. Our lovely heroine was rescued (book one) when her parents were killed and she was sent to live with her father’s family and sexually abused in the worst of ways. And even though she has done much healing, she doesn’t know if she can ever be worthy to be Taviano’s wife as he desires her to be. When an event occurs and Taviano and Nicolette are to marry out of convenience….something more substantial is part of their bond and they will have to face their pasts and their inner fears to embrace the beautiful future that is in store for them.
Shadow Flight was such a delicious read and I had such a blast with this book. But honestly, does this come to a surprise to anyone???!! lol probably not. This author is my auto-read list, I never have to read a book synopsis (blurb) because I know she always will deliver such a solid romance and boy does she on this one. We got the last playboy brother and now we have the sister and yes I can’t wait for that one. I think all of us that are fans of this series have been wanting her and Val’s book from the very beginning when we were first introduced to this family. I am very eager to see how Feehan will develop that book and all the hidden vulnerabilities in those characters.
This story, however, was truly such an emotional read and it really worked all of my feels in only the way that Feehan knows how to do it. Nicolette is a character I have been watching for, I knew she would be a heroine in the series and what a power keg she is. I just love her inner strength of steel that we see from her. I honestly, never expected to see that but very impressed to see her depth of character and how at ease she is in becoming a shadow rider and how strong-willed she is especially in how she fights for her own happiness and fights against the mother of the clan. The theme of sexual abuse that both characters have suffered is handled with delicate perfection and I really feel like with Christine Feehan’s personal work in this area really played a role in how she wrote this theme here. Very impressed with seeing the panic attacks and anxiety that comes with healing from this type of abuse.
Overall I found Shadow Flight to be an edgy story that is full of tender romantic promise, fighting plot points, dynamic family entanglements and plenty of sensuality which fills the pages in such a majestic way you won’t resist putting this one down until you reach ‘the end’ ….PHENOMENAL!!