Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.
Or maybe not.
Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.
Right from the first.
A lusty, gritty though at times quite funny biker romance from a favorite author and series was one of the highlights of my reading year.
As part of the 1001 Dark Nights, Shade’s Lady can be read standalone and is a great introduction to the author’s writing and the world of her biker romances.
Shade’s Lady focuses on the Reapers MC at the National level rather than the local chapter like the previous books in that series and takes up the story of the Reaper’s Nat’l President and the woman who dares challenge him and might just be more relationship shy than himself.
Like any fan of the series, I’ve known of Shade’s existence- the voice on the other end of the phone or the guy calling the shots from the distance, but this was for all practical purposes the first real encounter. I enjoyed it. Shade and Mandy were a combustible pair. Both so fiercely strong and freedom was important, but also a loneliness and need for connection.
The limelight is on Mandy as the main narrator though Shade gets some narration time, too. Mandy is a sexually confident woman and she has spirit. She’s a great match for a guy like Shade. I could have done without the distracting inner monologuing she did with Wonder Woman (yep, she has silent discussions with the great Amazon warrioress herself), but they were sometimes funny so I tolerated them.
As novellas go, this was fantastic. I enjoyed it so much that I wish it had been a full-length piece. Mandy’s background is well drawn, but I felt even by the end that Shade was still an enigma. His background and how he arrived in the place in life he was is still obscure. This did not detract from the story, but just left me utterly curious.
No, this story was full throttle from the first scene with Shade and Mandy, through their wary circling, to family troubles for Mandy and her sister, and all the way through to the perfect epilogue.
I definitely recommend this to other series fans, lovers of biker romances, but also I think it is a great place for newbies to biker romances to dip in your toe to see if its your thing.
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