Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Shadow Rider

The #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance”* is back with a sexy new series starring a Chicago crime family that hides a dark, mystical secret...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 acti...

Title:Shadow Rider
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ISBN:0515156132
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:448 pages

Shadow Rider Reviews

  • Ezinwanyi  (Oh My Shelves)
    May 05, 2016

    I have taken a long time to think of what to say about this new series. It has potential to be better than it actually was. It has all the necessary tropes to make a great story, rich overbearing alpha male, part of a "powerful" family, damsel in distress, instant attraction, and a sociopath.

    It added a new element of shadow riding, so instead of your typical mafia family, this family dispenses justice against the bad guys.

    Stefano Ferraro and Francesca Cappello are the lead in this first book. T

    I have taken a long time to think of what to say about this new series. It has potential to be better than it actually was. It has all the necessary tropes to make a great story, rich overbearing alpha male, part of a "powerful" family, damsel in distress, instant attraction, and a sociopath.

    It added a new element of shadow riding, so instead of your typical mafia family, this family dispenses justice against the bad guys.

    Stefano Ferraro and Francesca Cappello are the lead in this first book. They fall into the cliche relationship roles, the rich man and the poor as a church mouse girl. She needs his protection and he gives it because she is HIS! He is so sexy and confident, but she is virgin with almost no self-confidence/esteem. BUT she is the only one who can tame in the raging beast in him.

    * The idea of Shadow Riding and the mechanism was new and interesting.

    * Though the Ferraro family were "good", they were still Mob. La Familia!

    * Bad guys get the ending they deserve as the Shadow Riders dispense justice with no mercy.

    * Hot and sexy scenes. Very steamy!

    * Too many hot and sexy scenes. Seriously, too much sex. Even with rapey villains.

    * Francesca is just so weak until the end. She isn't stupid, just constantly afraid. She was kind though.

    * Despite, continual assertion by Stefano that he will "protect what is mine", the bad guy still gets Francesca.

    * Cool Supernatural Powers.

    If you love Christine Feehan work, the characters are in the same vein as the Carpathians and Ghostwalkers. I will still read book 2 because now that the foundation has been set, there won't be as much world building in book 2. This story felt really long because the author was establishing the characters so the sequels should move at a faster pace.

  • Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
    May 07, 2016

    Oh. My. God.

    I am a huge fan of Christine Feehan's work especially her Leopard People series, which is filled with smutty goodness but this? Like every Feehan fan out there, I jumped for joy when I heard she was bringing out a new series. PNR. Yes. Mafia. Yes. Just yes, yes and yes! But this book was a huge disappointment, and I don't say that lightly. It was bad. I still have a very little idea as to what these Shadow Riders are capable off or even what they are, this book was just sex

    Oh. My. God.

    I am a huge fan of Christine Feehan's work especially her Leopard People series, which is filled with smutty goodness but this? Like every Feehan fan out there, I jumped for joy when I heard she was bringing out a new series. PNR. Yes. Mafia. Yes. Just yes, yes and yes! But this book was a huge disappointment, and I don't say that lightly. It was bad. I still have a very little idea as to what these Shadow Riders are capable off or even what they are, this book was just sex scene, after sex scene, after sex scene. Maybe everything got cleared up in that last 10% but I doubt it!

    The violence of my disappointment right now is immeasurable. Where was the world building, yes this is an urban fantasy but where is the back story? I want to know these people, their connections to one another!!! The plot! Where is it? The first scene starts off with Stefano seeing the woman of his dreams walking down the street. Cue alpha male behavior. Our heroine, who was probably the most insipid, weak and I don't know what else little thing, gave a weak attempt and resistance but she gave in surprisingly easily when everything was said and done. Stupid decision after stupid decision. What am I going on about? Not much else happened here. The heroine would make a stupid decision, Stefano would activate his alpha male mojo "turbo". Cue weak resistance from heroine and then they fall into bed. Then the best sex scenes ever.

    But seriously the sex scenes were scorching hot, but that's not why I'm here.

    Let's not forget about the fact that wherever these two show up, everyone around them would stop whatever it is they were doing, whatever the scene. Everyone was watching. Seeing as for the majority of their scene making would be done in public places like restaurants and eateries, it's a wonder how these establishments kept afloat.

    Look I know she's gorgeous and everything but how many times do you have to tell me how thick and shiny her hair is? And every single guy that meets her is just enamored? And the age old, I think I'm ugly but everyone else thinks I'm pretty is tired. Just stop. And her annoying friend who thought everything was either supercool or the Ferraros were superrich, or just plain super anything, was another factor that just ruined this entire book for me. On another note I will most definitely be reading book 2 because I'm hoping its Francesca's book, she and Saldi seemed to have something pretty decent going on.

    Once again please don't take my word for it, there are enough 5 star reviews out there to prove that this book was fantastic and that I'm just full of it. So please read those for motivation.

  • Mei
    May 19, 2016

    Review in few pics...

    Who will enjoy this book?

    Those who:

    - like their heroines totally submissive (where the said heroine likes and enjoys being submissive!)

    - like their hero aboslutely domineering (in every aspect of his and those who are near him lives!)

    - like the very interesting new abilities (shadow riders - WOW - excellent idea!)

    - like a borderline DS sex (well done, but I didn't like it.

    Review in few pics...

    Who will enjoy this book?

    Those who:

    - like their heroines totally submissive (where the said heroine likes and enjoys being submissive!)

    - like their hero aboslutely domineering (in every aspect of his and those who are near him lives!)

    - like the very interesting new abilities (shadow riders - WOW - excellent idea!)

    - like a borderline DS sex (well done, but I didn't like it...)

    So, I liked the idea of the mafia-like new society with awesome ability of shadow riders and their helpers. It was very well done and I enjoyed finding out how that works.

    What I didn't enjoyed very much is the relationship between H and h. For me it was too much unbalanced where H had an absolute power over the h, even in what she wears and who she talks to and how she behaves!!!! It would be OK if we were reading about medieval times, but we're in the present! Too much is too much!!!

    Then we have their sexual relationship that, as I already said, were bordering on DS that is not a favorit of mine, and, obviously I didn't enjoyed it (even if the heroine enjoyed it very much! *wink, wink*) - but that's a question of preference. :)

    So, I'll rate this as a 3 stars, but since I'm curious to find out what happens next with all his brothers and sister, I'll be reading the next book! :)

  • Marta Cox
    May 20, 2016

    Ok I'm writing an early review so will be careful what I say here. First of all I love this authors imagination as it just enthral's me every time. What's even more fabulous is that she stays close to her literary roots here as yet again it's a series with more than a touch of the paranormal. Many authors seem to stray and leave their original fans behind but not Ms Feehan! So settle back and be prepared to get sucked into yet another world with more characters to delight and excite you!

    I liked

    Ok I'm writing an early review so will be careful what I say here. First of all I love this authors imagination as it just enthral's me every time. What's even more fabulous is that she stays close to her literary roots here as yet again it's a series with more than a touch of the paranormal. Many authors seem to stray and leave their original fans behind but not Ms Feehan! So settle back and be prepared to get sucked into yet another world with more characters to delight and excite you!

    I liked the contemporary setting used here as it made the characters seem real. It is an intense dynamic between the family members and at first I was a little confused as to why Stefano was the head of the family but I should have trusted the author a little more as explanations are forthcoming. Stefano is a dominant alpha male but he stands out from her previous characters as he is quite foul mouthed, even vulgar at times and yet this device works well to help the reader discover more about his character.

    Francesca is on the run when we meet her but does fortunately have a good friend that she trusts. For me something a little extreme happens to that friend but it's quickly glossed over and rather peculiarly I thought its just accepted. Hmm this bossy controlling mafia type family are perhaps revered just a little too much for this readers taste. Yet I can't deny that their protective ways do seem to be coming from a good place but there's a level of violence here that at times is shocking. I guess that's where I struggled with Francesca, as whilst initially she balks that all changes as she finds Stefano taking over her life.

    Well it's a very different concept and there are several characters to tickle the readers interest. Brothers, cousins and even a solitary sister who clearly has ideas of her own. The shadow idea and abilities mentioned are not something I've seen before so kudos to what's an original idea to me. Yes it's a passionate romance but there's a build up to it and the sex scenes don't take over, yippee ! There's nothing worse to my mind than scenes of a carnal nature that go on and on and seem to last for three chapters or more! Sensuous is good but sometimes they just need reigning in at times so getting the balance right here was a cause for relief.

    Bottom line is it's an interesting idea that's well written and easy to fall into. Captivating characters are introduced with secrets that this reader would love to explore. This vigilante type family are extremely violent and yet there is a side to them that's very appealing. Plus as this book ends another female with shadow abilities has arrived on scene but I'm not sure she or even we are ready for her story yet.

    I was gifted a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • ♥Rachel♥
    Jun 20, 2016

    Francesca is on the run from a very powerful man. She lost everything thanks to him, her home, and reputation. Thankfully, her best friend, Joanna, was able to help, because otherwise she’d be living on the streets. The minute she gets to Joanna’s town, though, she captures the attention of Stefano Ferraro, a powerful, gorgeous man with a dangerous edge.

    Stefano Ferraro is a shadow rider, a person able to ride shadows, traveling undetected, and endowed with other psychic gifts. He’s fr

    Francesca is on the run from a very powerful man. She lost everything thanks to him, her home, and reputation. Thankfully, her best friend, Joanna, was able to help, because otherwise she’d be living on the streets. The minute she gets to Joanna’s town, though, she captures the attention of Stefano Ferraro, a powerful, gorgeous man with a dangerous edge.

    Stefano Ferraro is a shadow rider, a person able to ride shadows, traveling undetected, and endowed with other psychic gifts. He’s from a long family line of shadow riders trained from infancy to perfect their abilities and use their gifts for justice when the law fails to serve it. When Francesca gets to his town, penniless and frightened, he immediately senses her presence and intense pull. Every cell in his body is drawn to her, and there’s no way he can let her go even if that means involving her in his dangerous world.

    This is my first Christine Feehan book and I’m impressed by how HOT it was! Stefano and Francesca’s romance

    It was almost like the absolute pull mates have in shifter stories, which kind of applies here, too; that powerful bond resulting partly from the paranormal aspect of their relationship. I will say the first 35% or so sort of dragged for me and it took me a while to get past that point. Shadow Rider is a 480 page book, so it was a hefty amount, but once I did the story was quite steamy and addictive. This is a case of a dark, possessive, Alpha-guy who in real life would be considered stalker-ish and scary, but somehow in fiction he’s super hot and delicious, lol! Although, I must admit, Stefano kept dibs on Francesca for protection, and she definitely needed it! She was in danger at every turn.

    This was a great introduction into the world of Shadow Riders! I’m wondering what will come next, a story with Nicoletta and Stefano’s brother, Taviano? My heart aches for what that poor girl went through!

  • Lover of Romance
    Jun 28, 2016

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    Stefano Ferraro has always been able to get access to fast cars, women with zero commitment, and keeping his family secret from everyone apart from those closest to the family. Stefano has always known duty and honor, he lives up to what is expected from him. But he is keeping a secret, a secret that allows him to seek justice for those that the law is unable to protect. Stefano has everything he could want (or atleast in the vi

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    Stefano Ferraro has always been able to get access to fast cars, women with zero commitment, and keeping his family secret from everyone apart from those closest to the family. Stefano has always known duty and honor, he lives up to what is expected from him. But he is keeping a secret, a secret that allows him to seek justice for those that the law is unable to protect. Stefano has everything he could want (or atleast in the view of the public) except one thing, a woman to love and a family. He dreams of finding the one woman for him, that will match him and be his in every way. Until one day he catches a woman's laugh, a stranger who has just come to town. Shaking from the cold, weak from hunger and hiding from her past, Francesca Cappello isn't ready for this stranger who intimidates her in every way possible, but makes her feel safe. Francesca has had it pretty rough, and doesn't trust anyone except her close friend who brought her to Chicago. She doesn't trust especially men with money, especially those that have it easy like the Ferraro family. But soon Francesca has gained the attention of dark and dangerous Stefano and doesn't know if she has what it takes to handle him...and she soon realizes that their love is worth fighting for!

    Stefano Ferraro is one of the few shadow riders left in the world. He is the oldest brother, and will do anything for his siblings. Each of them are shadow riders, and went through rigorous and for some horrible training. Their family has a great legacy, one that isn't easy to live up to. Stefano is the toughest of them all, he is the leader and he has made it his life's mission to protect his family. He has dedicated his whole life since he could walk to being a shadow rider, protecting the innocent, and seeing to his family's needs. He does what is necessary and doesn't apologize for actions he has had to commit. Stefano isn't a easy hero, but he is a hero you want by your side. He is tough, intimidating and pretty scary at times. He is alpha male, but is patient when he needs to be.He can be intense but is loyal and devoted once he commits!!  I really liked this hero quite a bit, much more than the more recent ones that Feehan has created.

    Francessa Capello has had a rough time of it lately. Her parents were killed when they were younger, and she only had her sister. They took care of each other. But then her sister was murdered and the man to blame, has power, police and the law behind him. He has destroyed everything she worked for, and has to be living on the streets to stay one step ahead of him. But now she has a fresh start, somewhere new and hoping to have time to gather what she needs to fight him to get justice for her sister. What she doesn't expect is to be bull dozed over by the most compelling man she has ever met, Stefano. She fears what he is a part of, but can't deny the magnetism, or the sizzling chemistry she feels for him or how safe he makes her feel when he is close. What a heroine this one turned out to be. Probably one of my favorites that Feehan has created. She has some issues to work through, especially when it comes to self confidence, however she has her own strength and I like how sassy she becomes with Stefano and stands on her own feet. She doesn't let the fear control how she handles him. We see her become stronger throughout the story and I liked seeing her inner strength come shining through.

    WHAT a book!! Christine Feehan has done it with this one and I fell in love with so many aspects of this story. Before reading it, I had browsed a few ratings and reviews just to get an idea of what to expect but all I heard were positive things about this new series!! I will admit I was a bit nervous to read this one. Mostly because the past two books from this author I have read, the heroes I had a hard time with, they were jerks and I couldn't stand how they treated their women. However this book completely blew me away!!! First off, the world-building is pretty wonderful. It is still full of mystery and intrigue but I loved what Feehan has shown us so far.  This book pulled me in with the first page and I couldn't put it down!! So compelling and I loved the chemistry between these two. I did like that they didn't have sex until half way, it really built it up just right!! Now the heat is pretty high, and some scenes weren't my favorite. Not a big fan of the BDSM style and it was lighter than typical BDSM but it did have some elements that might not be for everyone. Frankly, I skimmed over those parts, since I didn't feel the need to read them but many will enjoy how Feehan did these scenes. The family that Feehan introduces to us is freakin' AWESOME!! I loved each and every sibling. They each are a bit different, have unique personalities. The sister was my favorite though, she is kick ass but I have a feeling she has quite a few vulnerabilities we haven't seen yet. What is so wonderful about this family is the way they protect each other, watch over one another and support each other in ways that is mind boggling. Seriously, this family almost brought me to tears. All of them have been through hell of training, and each suffer the scars from the past, but they are strong and hilarious at times. What was most admirable is the way they look out for Francesca. The moment that Stefano finds her, they treat her as their own. It really creates the perfect setting because Francesca has no family left and they fill that gap she craves. The actual romance between Stefano and Francesca is beautifully written. I loved the depth and rich tones you feel with these two.

    They have some hurdles to cross, but their story is quite tender yet intense at the same time!! And the bad villain gets his just deserts which I felt was just perfect seeing that. I am curious to see which sibling will be next!! :)

    Interesting, it definitely gives the feels that the book conveys so I do like the shadow effect here!!

    Shadow Rider is a thrilling tale that will have you on edge, a romance that is tender and a story you don't want to miss out on!! A TRUE JEWEL!!

  • MelissaB
    Jul 29, 2016

    After my issues with how Feehan has taken her Dark series off a cliff the past few years, I was reluctant to try this new series of hers but with my Apple refund burning a hole in my Amazon pocket, I figured why not. I was mostly pleasantly surprised. The story kept me entertained and I enjoyed it overall. There were some small issues, I felt the heroine's friend came off very immature and made me feel like Feehan is pretty out of touch with young people of today. But overall, I enjoyed the stor

    After my issues with how Feehan has taken her Dark series off a cliff the past few years, I was reluctant to try this new series of hers but with my Apple refund burning a hole in my Amazon pocket, I figured why not. I was mostly pleasantly surprised. The story kept me entertained and I enjoyed it overall. There were some small issues, I felt the heroine's friend came off very immature and made me feel like Feehan is pretty out of touch with young people of today. But overall, I enjoyed the story and will be trying the next book. At least in this book I don't have to deal with the God awful made up Carpathian language that she is ruining the Dark books with.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    Nov 01, 2016

    I keep telling myself that I am not going to get any more books by this author after the last disasters that I have read. But no, I continue to "martyr" myself.......just hoping that maybe, perhaps, this one will be a total winner and get me back into her fan club!!!!

    Sadly, Shadow Rider the 1st novel in Christine Feehan's Shadow Riders new paranormal romance series, Shadow Riders did not turn out to be that winner ....so, it's true to say that I have not rejoined the fan club again!!!

    Seriously,

    I keep telling myself that I am not going to get any more books by this author after the last disasters that I have read. But no, I continue to "martyr" myself.......just hoping that maybe, perhaps, this one will be a total winner and get me back into her fan club!!!!

    Sadly, Shadow Rider the 1st novel in Christine Feehan's Shadow Riders new paranormal romance series, Shadow Riders did not turn out to be that winner ....so, it's true to say that I have not rejoined the fan club again!!!

    Seriously, if I didn't know better, I would think that this book was written by someone else..........it just did not feel like a Christine Feehan story to me.

    Shadow Riders, the series opener is set in Chicago and the story centers around Francesca Capello,has a lot of dark secrets and is fleeing from something from her past and Stefano Ferraro, the head of the very wealthy and mysterious and much feared Ferraro family with a secret as well....they can travel through shadows......

    He's dangerous and scary and within seconds of meeting Francesca realizes that she's also a shadow traveller...(of course, she doesn't' know this yet!!!!).

    The plot of shadow travellers is an interesting and unique one but that's the only thing about this book......it seemed interesting but it just turned out to be a total bore!!

    How many times must we hear from Francesca how beautiful Stefano is...once???

    twice????

    three times???????????????

    No, more than three times...more than 4, 5, 6 times...I lost count after a while....when it came to how many times the other Ferraro men were so beautiful..........I never gave up!!!

    Then the whole Francesca/Stefano debacle!!! Within a second, he knows she's the one for him..........insta............insta....insta-love moment....And guess what? This is a total alpha...yes, he is!!

    He's so controlling...domineering....he just takes over her whole damn life...and he does this..why????

    Francesca was the most boring and total wishy washy heroine!!! She's suppose to be this brave and heroic woman but what does she do when Stefano tramples all over her and takes over her life...including the clothes she wears!!!! Nothing!!! Just gives in...because she's attracted to him and because he's so beauti........ful!!!!! Please!!!

    There is so much repetitive sentences...and the dialogue! OMG!!! I was between laughing my head off, tears in my eyes or rolling on the floor!!!

    I so wanted to give up.............but I pushed myself to finally getting to the last page..........what a damn waste of my very precious reading time!!!!

    I noticed that there are a lot of readers that loved this book.....but for me........I was disappointed and unless you are a diehard CF fan, I cannot recommend this book to anyone


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