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Double Book Review: Shadow Flight (A Shadow Riders Novel #5) by Christine Feehan

May 5, 2020
432 pages
Chicago’s Ferraro crime family will do anything to protect one of their own in this thrilling entry in the Shadow Riders series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Nicoletta Gomez was a terrified teenager when Taviano Ferraro and his brother saved her life. Ever since, she’s been trying to rise above what was done to her, molding herself into a survivor under the protective eyes of the Ferraro family. All the while, she’s been falling hopelessly in love with the man who knows her darkest secrets.…

With one look, Taviano knew that Nicoletta was his, just as he felt their shadows connect. But no matter how much he wanted to claim her, he knew she needed time to become her own woman. When Nicoletta once again finds herself in the sights of dangerous men, a split-second decision has Taviano breaking all of the Ferraro family’s rules to keep her safe. And as far as he’s concerned, the reward is more than worth the risk.

Mary Kirkland-Dark Thoughts Blog
I give this book 5 out of 5 sheep.
Taviano and his siblings are shadow riders, meaning they can disappear into the shadows and ride the tubes of the shadows to get from one place to another very fast. The family are essentially assassins and use their gift to meet out justice for people who have been hurt in very bad ways. They kill the worst of the worst so even though they are a very dangerous family and a lot like mobsters, they do it for a good cause. He and his family saved Nicoletta from her vile uncles who abused her and now he and his family keep her safe. 

Nicoletta asks the Ferraro family if they can get tickets to a concert for her friend's birthday. Taviano goes with the girls to keep them safe but someone from Nicoletta's past spots her there and tries to kidnap her and her friends. Taviano has always had feelings for Nicoletta so when she asks to go with him to rescue her friends, it doesn't take much to convince him even though bringing her along might put him in deep water with his older brother.

The guys chasing Nicoletta are the same ones who abused her when she was with her evil uncles after her parents died so she wants to make sure her friend is alright or at least be there for her if she needs a woman to help her through what's happened to her. Taviano agrees to her request but puts her in danger by letting her come along.

Once the friend is rescued they have to make some hard choices about their relationship because she's now nearly twenty-one years old and Taviano has decided to pursue her in a romantic way. At first Nicoletta thinks that he's doing that because he has to until he finally lets her know how he's always felt about her. So their relationship starts out a little bumpy and she's not sure she can ever be with him in a sexual way because of what happened to her in the past but she feels safe around him and is head over heels in love with him so she agrees to give it a try.

He's a really nice guy under the hard exterior but I already knew that from seeing him in the other books in this series. The whole family goes after the gang that is after Nicoletta, they work well together. The family wants to make sure she is safe from this gang.

Their romance is slow and sweet because Taviano has to go slow with her but once Nicoletta feels more comfortable around him the romance gets hot and spicy. It was nice to watch these two get closer.

The most shocking thing in this book though was what was happening to Taviano's mother, Eloisa. In all the books in this series so far, she's been a hateful, vile woman that seems to hate her own daughter and wants to make everyone's life hell. She seems to hate all of her daughters-in-laws and there's never a real reason for her to act this way...until now. If you've been a fan of this series, you'll want to read this book to get caught up on this and the other things going on in Taviano's siblings' lives.

This series is one of my favorites right now because of the characters and all of the secondary characters that always pop up that are so interesting. They have a lot of cousins, some of them are also shadow riders so there's always talk about who they're going to go after next and why.

This series has a little bit of everything, intrigue, danger, romance, mobster-like families, alpha men who love with all their hearts and supernatural gifts that let them do things regular people cannot.

Bianca Greenwood
3 Sheep
Shadow Flight is the fifth installment in romance phenom Christine Feehan’s Ferraro crime family series. The series follows the enigmatic Chicago-based Ferraro family. Perceived mobsters, the tight-knit members are actual righteous vigilantes, protecting the vulnerable and exacting justice. Select members of the family have the supernatural ability to “ride the shadows”, essentially dissolving in darkness to travel swiftly and furtively. 

Book five is Taviano and Nicoletta’s story. Followers of the series will recall Nicoletta was rescued from her deranged step-uncles as a teenager and brought into the Ferraro family fold. Throughout the series Taviano has watched over Nicoletta as she worked to heal her scarred psyche. In Shadow Flight Nicoletta has grown into an accomplished, brave fighter ready to stake her claim on Taviano, the youngest Ferraro brother.

This installment has all the tried and true hallmarks of the series; high drama, loads of action, abundant steamy sex, and a happily ever after. Taviano and Nicoletta are likable enough and the story sufficiently entertaining. I like this series but worry it’s run its course. The books all follow a similar arc, and Shadow Flight didn’t have the same level of suspense present in some of the other books. The Ferraros can’t fail and justice is always served.

I hope Emmanuelle, the sole Ferraro sister, has a book on the horizon. Her story has been woven through those of her brothers, but I think it is time her whole story is told. The drama surrounding her romantic life is intriguing and perfect for the series. I sense Feehan has been laying the foundation of what could be one of the best Shadow Rider installments.

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About the Author:
I write every day and have done so since I was old enough to pick up a pen. (I spent a lot of time getting in trouble at school for writing instead of doing the things I was supposed to do.) Once I create my characters, I try very hard to have them react to situations as they really would. Sometimes I have preconceived ideas of what I would like them to do, but they don't mind me, because it would be out of character for them. They take on a life of their own. Sometimes when I throw difficult situations at them in the hopes I'll get a certain reaction and they don't do what I want, I complain bitterly to my husband and he laughs at me. Still, it is important to me to have them be real, not perfect people, so they make mistakes we lesser mortals might make.

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