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?
Shadow’s Passion is a prequel to a new paranormal romance series, Shadow Warder by Molle McGregor.
Celeste is a Shadow, with special but volatile abilities, exiled by her people, and hunts Vorati demons.
Gabe is a Warder assassin, hunting Vorati demons as well, and renegade Warders. Because of some ancient reason, Shadows and Warders are forbidden to interact, despite their mutual enemy. Needless to say, Celeste and Gabe team up, and soon they are interested not only in the hunt, but in each other as well.
He laughed. “Of course I’m hiding things from you. We just met and you’re a Shadow. Not an enemy…”
“But not an ally,” she finished.
World-building. Well-thought-out, logical and unique. Many things remain unrevealed, but just the right amount to intrigue you to read the following books.
The demons fed on emotional energy. Any emotional energy would do, but the Vorati savored the negative. Pain, fear, hatred, and rage were a gourmet buffet. Eventually, the demands of the demon spirit in a human body would burn out the host. The body would crumble, leaving the Voratus once again incorporeal, searching for a new human to infect.
Plot. Well-paced, dynamic and exciting, with lots of action.
Characters. Well-balanced and engaging characters, with very composed behavior and attitude. I find their colliding powers and the potential in that very interesting.
Celeste and Gabe are very likeable, even if they are a tad clichéd. Celeste is petite and blonde, strong and independent. Gabe is dark, tall, handsome, with darkness in his heart, and a hunger for revenge.
On the outside all looked as it should. On the inside, Gabe was a wasteland of pain and rage. The sunlight of her touch spread through him, dragging every cell back to life with a prickling awareness not unlike a sleeping limb waking back up.
Romance. A little bit rushed, insta-love, but sweet.
If he turned her down, she’d be embarrassed. Mortified. But it wouldn’t kill her. And if he didn’t turn her down, she thought she might be in for a very good time.
Erotica. Hot, intimate, but not cheesy.
“I was thinking we should have sex.”
Writing style. Well-structured and captivating. Very professional.
All in all. It is a surprisingly fresh and gripping novella, a great start of a new series. I’m definitely going to read the next book!
An ARC copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.