Prince of Shadows by Nancy Gideon

prince of shadowsMoonlight Series book eight

Genre Paranormal Romance  Published 27 May 2013  Publisher Pocket Star

The fourth original eBook in the steamy Shadows paranormal romance series features a woman forced to choose a mate, and a Shifter prince who may need to give up everything to win her.

Held hostage until she chooses a mate, Kendra Terriot must play a careful courtship game when choosing among the dangerous Shifter heirs. As a prince in the House of Terriot, Cale knows he can be the leader his clan needs with Kendra at his side, but first he must learn to become the kind of man she desires. In a treacherous race for the crown, where weakness means death, the only way to win her trust could mean surrendering his throne. But the only way to win her heart could mean letting her go…

The Urban Book Thief Review

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He-ll-ooo sexy shifter romance – why haven’t I met you before?!?

This book is pure unadulterated romance with a sizzling Romeo and Juliet plotline. Yes, it’s that old chestnut – boy meets girl, warring families come between them, mutilated mothers abound, mad fathers spoil it for everyone, their love is torn apart, Juliet wants Romeo to die a long painful death, Romeo pines pitifully for the next ten years. Et voila – Prince of Shadows!

All sarcasm aside, I mightily enjoyed this book. I had not heard of the series before and was intrigued by the blurb I read on Edelweiss. The series takes place in modern day America where shifters live in secret from humans. I was a wee bit apprehensive at first about dipping in so late in the series but it wasn’t too hard to get the hang of this violent underground world and its inhabitants.

Prince of Shadows focuses on an unruly herd of Princes living in Nevada who belong to the Terriot clan, a violent family who have destroyed pretty much any and all opposition in their territory. While ruling his people with an iron fist, the King had also been a busy boy and begot himself many, many fine (darn fine) sons. One of the finest of his prodigy is Cale Terriot. A ruthless, scarred, vision impaired beast of a man and dare I say it… slightly mentally unstable after his tragic upbringing.

Cale

Cale

The Terriot men are designer suit wearing, sparkly diamond wearing hot rods. Arrogant and cruel, most of them are willing to kill in order to possess what they want. So when the King proclaims that his heir will be the man who mates with Kendra, daughter of his defeated enemy – it’s a fight to a death. But what everyone doesn’t know is that Cale has a history with Kendra. He made a promise to her many years ago, and irrespective of the crown – he wants his woman back.

Cale is such a sweetie-pie. Born weak, he had to fight for everything from the get-go and boy, do I love me a scrapper. This man doesn’t muck around, within a couple of chapters he had already stated his intentions to Kendra. He works fast! But standing in his way is Silas, his childhood playmate turned enemy. So Cale spends most of the book wringing his hands and trying not to think of his lost lady love leaving him for the dastardly Silas.

Oh Kendra, you sweet little virgin lady. What to do with you? I like to read about strong, empowered female characters who like to kick ass, so when I come across sweet simpering lady loves I usually want to wring their necks. You grew in confidence as the book progressed, but still – get a handle on the simpering and the blushing please! Kendra is somewhat of a political prisoner after her parents both died. Her family were considered traitors and she is ostracized within the female prison-like community of eligible ‘breeders’. Living in some kind of dorm room hell, she and her friend Brigit want to escape their prison before being married off to unknown Terriot men. Fortunately, Brigit is successful in her escape, but alas Kendra is not and she has to play nice with the Terriot Princes while they try to woo her. Oooh! Woo!

Cale is sensitive about our dear lady’s plight:

“I know how much you hate it here. If I were any kind of man, I’d let you go, but I can’t. I can’t just walk away from my life here and go with you, either. I don’t know the answer. I do want you to know that I’d understand. I’d forgive you.”

Kendra

Kendra

Cale’s mother was best friends with Kendra’s mother and so they spent a lot of time together growing up. But after a violent encounter between the King and Kendra’s mother, Kendra has not been a part of Cale’s life at all. She is mortified and sickened by his now violent behaviour, especially when he fights his own brothers for the opportunity to mate with her.

The romance is slow at first, even though Cale has a reputation for not only being a bit of a horndog but a slam, bam, thank you ma’am kinda guy. Kendra is a virgin and he respects that – even though she is 27 and treats her hooha like some holy temple. Seriously honey, just get it over with. Like my mother said – lie back and think of England. But when it happens, it ha-pp-ens! Cale is pretty hot stuff in between the sheets. Kendra calls him a ‘steamy, slow-burning sex incarnate.’ Plus interestingly, they like to play around with car metaphors while doing the nasty… whatever floats your boat I guess…

I enjoyed the storyline – Cale was so desperately in love with his ‘Katy’. You don’t usually see the hot alpha stud as the more romantic one in a paranormal romance pair, so I liked that different perspective. This was quick, fun romance. For me though, the overarching shifter storyline didn’t really progress. But if you are only in it for the romance – then this story is a winner!

The Urban Book Thief has awarded Prince of Shadows a kiss factor rating of four – what a smorgasbord of shifter hotness!

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