Thursday, December 6, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Betrayed by Shadows

Nancy Gideon With over 50 sales to her credit since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon’s writing career is as versatile as the romance market, itself. Her books encompass genres from historicals and regencies to contemporary suspense and the paranormal. Her works have been published overseas in Romanian, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, German, Icelandic and Chinese, among other languages.

Also listed on the International Movie Database (IMDB), she collaborated on the indie horror films In the Woods and Savage with screenwriting and ADR script credits, and even played the character “Bar Extra.”

A national speaker on writing in general and romance in particular, Gideon is a Western Michigan University honors grad with a major in journalism and minors in history and communications. She’s a member of Novelist, Inc. and the Mid-Michigan, Greater Detroit, PASIC and FF&P chapters of Romance Writers of America®, and is former vice-president, published author co-liaison and award-winning newsletter editor for MMRWA.

The mother of two grown sons, one married and proud producer of her grandson and the other shanghaied into being her assistant, she also works full time for the law firm, Redmond, Redmond & Yokom.

A prolific writer, Gideon attributes her creative output, which once peaked at seven novels in one year, to her love of history and a gift for storytelling. She also credits the discipline learned through a background in journalism and scheduling writing time around diaper changes, Scout meetings, band lessons and outings to the Zoo Boo...and, of course, OCD. The due date for her third book and her second son were on the same day...and both were early! When on deadline, she turns on the laptop between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. to get a chapter in before work.

While the pace is often hectic, Gideon, a Gemini, enjoys tackling diverse projects. One month it’s researching the gritty existence of 1880’s Texas Rangers only to jump to modern themes of intrigue and possibly a legal thriller or two. Then, it’s back to the shadowy netheworld of shape shifters, vampires and movie serial killers. When not working on her latest plot twist before sunrise or arranging medical depositions, she enjoys indulging in Netflix, hosting her critique group, and feeding a variety of wildlife on her fourth-floor balcony including a yearly family of raccoons. And, of course, reading.

Betrayed by Shadows, MOONLIGHT Book #7
Author:  Nancy Gideon

Balancing a criminal empire and a preternatural clan war, reluctant front man Giles St. Clair doesn’t need a problem like Brigit MacCreedy . . . How much trouble can the head-strong and manipulative Shifter beauty get into in two weeks? Plenty when her schemes range from kidnapping to fleeing the retribution of her dead lover’s relatives.

With her family’s lives on the line, Brigit is willing to do whatever it takes to save them. The only thing standing in her way is an immovable stone wall of a man she can’t bully or beguile . . . a human, no less, who has promised to protect her from the secrets and dangers she conceals.

Risking her own safety gets complicated when an honorable and annoyingly desirable man puts himself between her and her powerful enemies in a battle he can’t win in this Taming of the Shrew meets Shifter Goodfellas on the bayou tale of consequences, redemption and finding love in all the wrong places.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

*eARC received from Edelweiss

In the 7th installment of Nancy Gideon's MOONLIGHT series, we get a peek into the history of Giles St. Clair and Brigit MacCreedy...

Giles was a human hired gun for the mob until Max took over and he started walking the line towards law and order again. Sort of. Giles is an incredibly honorable, loyal, and GOOD guy who doesn't try to pretend that he's not a little bit bad, but being one of the lone humans in a world full of powerful shifters requires one to be a little bit, well... different. So, when Brigit MacCreedy, sister to Giles's co-2nd-in-command comes into town trailing nothing but trouble behind her, Giles takes responsibility for her and ends up in the middle of something much bigger and learns quite a few things about his charge (and himself) along the way.

I really liked Giles as a hero! He's exactly what I look for in my alpha males (even when they are human) - sexy, confident, strong, a bit cocky, different, and slightly damaged.

Brigit grows on you as a heroine. I honestly wasn't sure if she would... She has a lot of baggage herself and comes across incredibly selfish, spoiled, and slightly irritating at first. Once she starts opening up and helping Giles and those in his inner circle, however, she shows that she's incredibly strong despite her insecurities, and it becomes apparent that a lot of her bluster is just for show to shield her from being hurt.

The two of them together as a leading couple are frustrating, heartbreaking, sexy as sin, and ultimately perfect.

In Giles and Brigit's action packed quest to make the world safe again for themselves and those they love, lots of secrets are revealed, unlikely alliances are forged, some new friends and relationships are discovered and solidified and things majorly change in the whole outfit of the clans. I don't do spoilers, so you're just going to have to read Betrayed by Shadows and find out everything for yourselves. I will say however, that I absolutely LOVE the St. Clair dysfunctional family. ;-)

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Betrayed by Shadows 4 1/2 Skulls and most definitely recommends it to all fans of Nancy's MOONLIGHT series as well as Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Shifter fans.

Betrayed by Shadows stands alone just fine as a novel, but you do miss the history of the supporting characters by not reading the first 6 books. I would suggest just settling in with book 1 and enjoying the ride!

Betrayed by Shadows

No comments:

Post a Comment