Welcome to release blitz organized by Give Me Books Promotions for a first book in a new and exciting paranormal romance series with jaguar shifters – Shadowed Lover by Lauren Dawes. This blitz includes some details about the book and author, an excerpt, teasers, review and a link for giveaway via Rafflecopter. So, here is the book of the day 😊
Loyalties will be tested.
Brooding leader of the Black Claw Shadows, Drake is still haunted by the loss of his twin sister over a decade ago. Tasked with investigating a string of female kidnappings in the jaguar shifter world, he’s also asked to protect the Leo’s only daughter, who turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for.
Betrayals will be revealed.
Headstrong daughter of the pride’s Leo, Neve wants more from life than to be mated and produce the next generation of shifters. When her cousin mysteriously disappears, Neve knows she’s become the latest victim of the rash of abductions. Willing to do anything to save her, she demands that her Shadow-turned-babysitter allows her to tag along on his investigation.
Delving deeper into the mystery together, will they be able to ignore the building attraction between them, or will their mate bond prove to be too strong?
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She flung open the front door and walked out onto the porch, planting her hands on the railing and leaning into them. Sucking in a few mouthfuls of cool night air, she looked up to find Drake standing at the bottom of the stairs, his eyes reflecting the light coming from the house.
“What are you doing out here?” she demanded, embarrassed she’d been caught less than composed for a second time in an hour.
“I could ask you the same thing.”
She narrowed her eyes at him. “You’re infuriating.”
His mouth flexed into a sinful smile. “I’ve never been called that before. Stubborn. Unyielding. Hard.” Jesus. “All of those things.” He climbed the steps, and she turned to face him. “But never infuriating. I think most people would be too afraid to tell me that to my face.”
She darted her gaze to his mouth and let out a shuddering breath.
“Why are you out of the house by yourself?”
“I’m not by myself. You’re here,” she replied sweetly.
“You know what I mean.”
She bristled, but kept her anger locked down. “I can look after myself.”
“Your father has given me a direct order to guard your,” his eyes drifted down hungrily, “body, and I’m a real stickler for rules and order.”
She glared at him. “I just bet you are, but you should know I’ll make your life a nightmare.”
His mouth curled into a mocking smile. “You already do, sweetheart.”
Shaking her head, she said, “I don’t need you here when I’m at home. I don’t even know why you’re still here, lurking outside the front of my house like a goddamn stalker.”
“Your father wants me with you twenty-four-seven, so you’d better get used to seeing my face.”
She didn’t miss the fact he didn’t answer her other question. “I still want my privacy.”
“Bathroom and shower breaks. All other times, you’re going to think I’m glued to your ass.”
Wow. That was an interesting visual, but it wasn’t wholly unappealing.
Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Half Blood Trilogy and the Dark Series. She likes her vampires dangerous, her werewolves vicious and her Norse gods ruthless.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hanging with her young daughter or designing book covers. She currently lives in Canberra, Australia.
Title: Shadowed Lover
Author: Lauren Dawes
Series: Blood Bound #1
Publication Year: 2020
Genre: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from author via Give Me Books Promotions
Rating: 4.75 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for paranormal romance readers. *Note. Trigger warning: rape, attempted rape, kidnapping and grizzly murder.
Shadowed Lover is one of the best urban fantasy and paranormal romances that I have read this year, but you must be warned that this is a dark story with such themes as kidnapping, captivity, rape and grizzly murder, however, the romance is not dark, not abusive nor unhealthy.
The story was fast-paced, action packed and bloody, but also sweet and entertaining with some banter, humor and steam intertwined with the darkness, pain and fear.
It had it all – suspense, mystery, romance and action with entertaining plot, well developed characters, complex world, engaging story with some twists and turns, darkness, pain and a range of emotions that will leave you raw. But it offers also loyalty and betrayal, blood chilling events and lightness with humor as well, and chemistry with sparks that will ignite on the page and make you fall in love with these intriguing characters.
This book is told from 6 different POVs.
However, there are 2 POVs that take main stage in this story Drake (a leader of a Shadow unit of Revenant, they are jaguar shifters with some supernatural powers who are also stronger and faster than the rest of the shifters, so Shadows serve as protectors and security for the rest of them, but Revenants make sure that other Shadows follow the rules) and Neve (a daughter of a Leo – leader of one of the jaguar shifter prides – Black Claw pride) with their romance and investigation of the kidnappings.
We also get several chapters from Katie (a jaguar shifter and Neve’s cousin who gets kidnapped), Jett (a jaguar shifter and Shadow, who is part of Revenant unit with Drake) and Avah (a human journalist who wasn’t connected to the rest of the events of this world yet but we could see glimpses of coming connection in the next book). Then there are couple of chapters from Asher’s (a jaguar shifter and the villain of the story) POV.
He felt like they’d been dancing around this attraction for weeks, when in reality, it had only been a matter of days. But that was how it went when a male found his blood-bonded mate. Time ceased to make sense, and all they saw was their female.
What else can I say? I loved it, I was hooked from the first pages and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. I fell in love with these characters, I fell in love with the story that made me feel alive and raw, the characters and story had depth and flaws that made them perfect. I couldn’t put this book down as it took me on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride with its entertaining banter, sweet romance, emotional depth, blood-chilling darkness and heart-breaking suspense.
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