Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...
I have gotten a little bored with Ms Feehan's books of late. I had been a die hard Dark series fan for over a decade, but lately it just hasn't resonate with me and I still haven't finished the newest Dark book. I never got into the Sea Haven books or the leopard ones. I read the first few Ghostwalkers and gave up.
However, I did very much like "Shadow Rider" despite the very 50 Shades "I will dominate you" alpha male that just tends to piss me off. The basis of the story is very interesting. The Ferraro family comes from a long line of shadow riders. People who can see the shadows and ride the shadows into every nook and cranny of the world. They use this ability as assassins, although they are very picky about what jobs they will take. Some of the family who are not able to ride the shadows are investigators, they are able to tell a lie. The investigators will research every aspect of the potential victim as well as who hires them, to make sure that the person they are taking out is deserving of it, such as pedophiles and child abusers.
When Stefano first lays eyes on Francesca, he sees that she is a shadow rider and also that she is meant for him. He immediately stakes his claim for the entire neighborhood to know. Francesca is running from a violent man who murdered her sister and made her out to be crazy. She has to stay in the shadows and not bring attention to herself if she wants to live.
Life with Stefano and his numerous siblings and cousins is not easy and definitely doesn't keep her in the shadows. When Stefano finds out what happened to Francesca and her sister, he is determined to take out the man who hurt his woman.
I could do without the sex scenes what felt like every three pages. But overall I liked the story.