Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

Shadow Reaper

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan continues her sexy new series, as the Ferraros—a Chicago crime family—use their power as shadow riders to protect their empire and the ones they love…Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood - but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past....

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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:480 pages

Shadow Reaper Reviews

  • Joan
    May 20, 2017

    Shadow Reaper is the second book in Christine Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. I have been anxiously awaiting this book since the announcement that it would be Ricco Ferraro’s story and this book more than surpassed my expectations. Shadow Reaper is an outstanding follow up to the excellent first book, Shadow Rider. The main characters in this story are Ricco Ferraro and Mariko Majo and these two take the reader on an exciting, action-packed, romantic ride.

    Ricco has been carrying and keeping a dan

    Shadow Reaper is the second book in Christine Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. I have been anxiously awaiting this book since the announcement that it would be Ricco Ferraro’s story and this book more than surpassed my expectations. Shadow Reaper is an outstanding follow up to the excellent first book, Shadow Rider. The main characters in this story are Ricco Ferraro and Mariko Majo and these two take the reader on an exciting, action-packed, romantic ride.

    Ricco has been carrying and keeping a dangerous secret from his family regarding the time as a teen where he trained in Japan. Now those fears that have haunted Ricco are at the family’s doorstep.

    Although he has suspicions about her motives, that he shares with his family, Ricco meticulously courts Mariko, letting her get to know him slowly and completely. Their romance was a sweet slow burn and the payoff was sensual and explosive. Mariko is a wonderful heroine…she is a trained shadow rider and has been honed to be a deadly warrior. Mariko is such a well-developed character, despite her being a disciplined, honorable rider, she is thoughtful, astute, and compassionate.

    One of my favorites scenes in where the Ferraro’s are gathered in the penthouse sharing a family meal, with Francesca, Giovanni, and Taviano making pasta, alfredo sauce, and garlic bread transported me right into the penthouse kitchen and at the Ferraro table.

    The community aspect of the plot is again, the heart of the Ferraro story. The habitants are warm, loyal, and to the Ferarro’s and each other. Signora Moretti had me laughing out loud at her antics. Lucia and Amo are excellent foster parents to young Nicoletta, who is still emotionally scarred from her traumatic experience of being repeatedly raped by her step-uncles. I could feel her embarrassment and withdrawal around the Ferraro’s; after all they all know what happened to the teenager. She will always have a hard time feeling comfortable in their presence. Even if she ends up married to a Ferraro, her trauma won’t just be between her and her mate…the entire family knows the worst thing that happened to her. I really hope that Emme follows up on actually training Nicoletta. Taviano is most protective of Nicoletta, I suspect she will likely be his mate...many years in the future.

    This is PNR so there is sex but the first intimate scene is not until page 263, well past the halfway mark in the story. Shibari art seems to be an interesting storyline. However, I must admit that I don’t quite understand the rope bondage aspect, it sounds very sensual but agoraphobia-inducing for me.

    I am suspicious of that Valentino Saldi; he seems to just happen to be on the scene wherever Emmanuelle is and inserts himself into her business. I love how Taviano refers to Val as the “prince.” I hope the Ferraro brothers keep an eye on that pretty boy Val, he is not a rider so he’s not for Emme…unless that rapscallion is hiding some skill.

    It was also intriguing turn of events involving Eloisa, she is a tough, fiery grand dame. It will be interesting to see how the next phase of her life plays out.

    Shadow Reaper is a fantastic balance of a character driven story books wherein there is equitable focus on the action, character growth and romance. I have pre-ordered Shadow Reaper and received this ARC copy to review. Shadow Reaper rates ten shining stars!

  • Lynsey A
    May 15, 2017

    Just saw the trailer for this book on Facebook and it was really good. The acting wasn't terrible either. LOL I enjoyed the first one and after that trailer am looking forward to this one.

    ***After Reading***

    I enjoyed this second addition to the Shadow series. I really love the idea of this series, with the Ferraro's family's ability to ride shadows and dispense justice. It makes for very interesting reading.

    This is Ricco's story. He was sent away to Japan to be trained with other riders and that

    Just saw the trailer for this book on Facebook and it was really good. The acting wasn't terrible either. LOL I enjoyed the first one and after that trailer am looking forward to this one.

    ***After Reading***

    I enjoyed this second addition to the Shadow series. I really love the idea of this series, with the Ferraro's family's ability to ride shadows and dispense justice. It makes for very interesting reading.

    This is Ricco's story. He was sent away to Japan to be trained with other riders and that is where something bad happened when he was 14. What happened then, of course, all ties into the story we have today. It was a sad story, sad in the history and sad in what it brought about in the present.

    Mariko, the heroine, is part of that past and it is a predictable intersect for the two, but still entertaining. Mariko is also a shadow rider and is a very good one, with a tragic childhood.

    I really enjoyed the storyline in this book. I honestly, only had problems with the Shibari aspect of the story. Not because I find it disturbing or anything, bu basically, I didn't care about it at all. Those scenes did not interest me and I found myself skimming the story.

    However, I did enjoy the story but it didn't grab me like some of Feehan's books have in the past. Again, with this one, like the previous book, Mariko did not have great self-esteem. While it didn't take up as much of the story as it did with Francesca it was still grating at times.

    I'm really hoping that Emme and Val's story is next. The way Feehan portrayed somethings between them, I'm thinking it might be the next story. Here's hoping!!!

  • Beth
    May 03, 2017

    Shadow Reaper was fast, fun and full of some really steamy romantic scenes.

    Ricco, playboy, racecar driver has become a serious topic of concern with siblings. Recently, he barely survived a deadly crash and they aren’t sure he did it on purpose.

    Mariko’s brother was kidnapped and the only chance she has at saving him is to carry out the worst crime by a Shadow Rider, kill another Shadow Rider, Rico.

    Unfortunately for the both, they are destined mates. Rico must uncover Mariko’s secrets before it

    Shadow Reaper was fast, fun and full of some really steamy romantic scenes.

    Ricco, playboy, racecar driver has become a serious topic of concern with siblings. Recently, he barely survived a deadly crash and they aren’t sure he did it on purpose.

    Mariko’s brother was kidnapped and the only chance she has at saving him is to carry out the worst crime by a Shadow Rider, kill another Shadow Rider, Rico.

    Unfortunately for the both, they are destined mates. Rico must uncover Mariko’s secrets before it’s too late. While Mariko must choose between Rico and saving her brother.

    This is second book in the Shadow Rider series, and I feel like we are barely scratching the surface of this “Shadow Rider” world.

    Feehan fan girl here. I've read everything that she has written and that is no lie.

    To say I was pumped about a new Shadow Rider series installment would be an understatement, so with greed anticipation, I delved right back into the Shadow world with Ricco's story.

    I love the family dynamic of Ferraro family and highly enjoyed the romance.

    My only complaint, I did find the telling a little repetitive. I mostly found the character's emotional/internal issues caused this hangup.

    Pushing that little issue aside, I can't wait for more and didn't want the book to end...with it being over 400+ pages that is saying something.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication May 30, 2017.

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Christine Feehan

    Series: Shadow Riders Novel, A (Book 2)

    Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages

    Publisher: Berkley; Original edition

    Publication Date: May 30, 2017

    ISBN-10: 0399583955

    ISBN-13: 978-0399583957

    Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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  • Kelley
    May 12, 2017

    Shadow Reaper - The second book in the Shadow Riders series. Ricco has a dark edgy side that you found in Shadow Rider and you knew you wanted to find out why! Here is your chance.

    What I truly love about this series is the absolute sense of family ties for the Ferraro clan, from the siblings to the cousins and the ties to the neighborhood and how they all matter. The respect they all have for Stefano and the love he clearly feels for his brothers and sister.

    Ricco has been carrying a dark secre

    Shadow Reaper - The second book in the Shadow Riders series. Ricco has a dark edgy side that you found in Shadow Rider and you knew you wanted to find out why! Here is your chance.

    What I truly love about this series is the absolute sense of family ties for the Ferraro clan, from the siblings to the cousins and the ties to the neighborhood and how they all matter. The respect they all have for Stefano and the love he clearly feels for his brothers and sister.

    Ricco has been carrying a dark secret his entire adult life, one he finally has to share with Stefano and his family. He has done everything he can to try and protect them from something that happened when he was a 14 year old sent far from home to train in Japan. Forces are coming together to try and eliminate them or is it just Ricco? Enter Mariko, a woman of mystery, one who has her own demons to get through. Will she and Ricco be able to work together to get beyond their past, will she be able to put trust in Ricco a shadow rider who is being blamed for a brutal act? Who to believe, the family who took her and her younger brother in or Ricco who seems to look at her and see something more, more than anyone, including herself has ever seen.

  • Lover of Romance
    May 13, 2017

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    What a wild ride this book was and NOT what I was expecting. I really wasn't sure how this one would compare with book one which I fell in love with. In Shadow Reaper, we have Ricco's book. Ricco is a bit of a mystery, so I was pleased to see that this was his book. At the beginning of this book, Ricco is in big trouble with his siblings. He ends up in a car accident and almost dies from it. So he is slowly recovering from it, but Ricco is

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    What a wild ride this book was and NOT what I was expecting. I really wasn't sure how this one would compare with book one which I fell in love with. In Shadow Reaper, we have Ricco's book. Ricco is a bit of a mystery, so I was pleased to see that this was his book. At the beginning of this book, Ricco is in big trouble with his siblings. He ends up in a car accident and almost dies from it. So he is slowly recovering from it, but Ricco is also struggling with his past from his training he had to go to in Japan, when he was only 14 years old. And he goes through some life changing events, events that leads him haunted and threatens the life of himself and his family. Our heroine of the story is a fellow rider. Mariko Majo, was lied to growing up and even though she was trained as a rider, she was made to feel by her adopted family weak and incompetent.  When her brother is kidnapped, and she it told to kill Ricco to get her brother back, she goes to investigate Ricco. But posing as a rope model for him, she realizes what a good man Ricco is, and she can't trade his life for her brothers ,especially when she doesn't know if killing Ricco would mean getting her brother back.

     

    What I truly liked about this story was seeing a more backstory to the characters. Both Ricco and Mariko, have a strong bond to each other and its just not in the present. They have an important past together, and even though this story was a bit more slow going than book one, I still had a blast with this book and seeing these characters come together. And we get some plenty of fun action between the family members here. We get a bit of a teaser between the sister and Val (I have a feeling that will be a whopper of a read when we get it) and I did love seeing Stefan and Francesca again. And the way they welcome Mariko into the family, despite her not so honorable intentions from the beginning. And I do feel that this book was more exciting in some of the action scenes that are written. I felt as if I was on a roller coaster, and it was very thrilling. The dynamics of the story overall is what really kept me intrigued. It was so wonderful to see this book come together, with the family drama and intrigues, the more complex and depth of characters and the spicy romance. Now I do feel that the romance could have used a bit more juice to it. There was plenty of sex scenes, but I really wanted more of the emotional intimacy between these two, it felt a bit less than book one. Of course, there was quite a bit going on in this book and if you enjoyed book one, I do think you need to pick this one up and fall in love with this fun and thrilling family and I can't wait to see which sibling will be book three. Overall I found Shadow Reaper to be a thrilling adventure of rich Japanese culture, thrills and chills to keep you on the edge and a epic filled romance to give you all the feels!!

    You have to know that I want you with every breath I take

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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    Jun 01, 2017

    DNF at 25%

    This writing style is sadly not for me. Too much insta everything and I think I made a mistake by jumping into this without having read the previous book because I struggled to understand the world building. The writing is a little too stuffy and purple prosey for my taste and ultimately what made me stop reading. Sometimes a book just isn't for you, and sadly this one definitely wasn't for me.

  • Give Me Books
    Jun 04, 2017

    Secrets, lies and love…

    The Ferraro family are back! Was I stalking the shelves, haunting my kindle? Well, yes, but for very good reason! And Ricco and Mariko’s story is it!

    Their stories are complicated. Painful, full of blinding grief and hurt, they both have lived their lives in the shadows of haunting events from years ago. Their coming together is shrouded in sexual tension, secrets,

    Secrets, lies and love…

    The Ferraro family are back! Was I stalking the shelves, haunting my kindle? Well, yes, but for very good reason! And Ricco and Mariko’s story is it!

    Their stories are complicated. Painful, full of blinding grief and hurt, they both have lived their lives in the shadows of haunting events from years ago. Their coming together is shrouded in sexual tension, secrets, and the comforting feeling their souls were meant for each other…

    The Ferraro family members are alpha men and women. They are shadow riders, by birth, by blood, by family. There is a price to be paid, however, and Ricco knows that only too well. His story, Mariko’s story, unfolds in one devastating revelation after another. Their hearts are firmly in the right place as their minds try to keep up with each blow that comes their way. Trust and control, compassion and love wind their way through Ricco and Mariko’s relationship, binding them together one thread at a time…

    This author knows paranormal. She can write unique stories, entire series that feel fresh and new each time. Family and love are at the center of each, however, and this series proves it in entertaining detail. I am almost giddy knowing there are many more Ferrero stories to come – and they have a heck of a lot of extended family. *insert happy dance right here* -Diane, 4.5 stars

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    Jun 07, 2017

    Shadow Reaper is book 2 in Christine Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. Ms. Feehan has built an incredible, original, intriguing and sexy world with the Shadow Riders series.  I do strongly suggest you read bk 1 to get a better understanding of the Shadow Rider’s world.

    Ricco and Mariko are both strong individuals with horrible experiences in their past, I felt they were perfect for each other. Their chemistry was intense and each provided the other with something that they needed to start moving on

    Shadow Reaper is book 2 in Christine Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. Ms. Feehan has built an incredible, original, intriguing and sexy world with the Shadow Riders series.  I do strongly suggest you read bk 1 to get a better understanding of the Shadow Rider’s world.

    Ricco and Mariko are both strong individuals with horrible experiences in their past, I felt they were perfect for each other. Their chemistry was intense and each provided the other with something that they needed to start moving on from their past hurts. There are many twists and turns in Shadow Reaper that kept me on the edge of my seat and some shocking me so much I thought to myself “Did I just read what I thought I did?” I found that this is one of the few times I have actually enjoyed the action and suspense in a book more than the sex scenes. Now this could be because I’m not a huge fan of Shibari and found the scenes to be a tad long, making me skip through them, don’t get me wrong there are part of the scenes that are truly hot and I would say some of the best Shibari scenes I’ve read.  The only other issue I had was I thought explaining how the Riders felt each time they entered the shadows got repetitive. I can 100% say that I totally understand what happens when entering the shadows and don’t need to be reminded each time. (Wait was I just repetitive?)

    I absolutely fell in love with the Shadow Rider world and the Ferraro siblings and cousins in book 1, my love for both only increased while reading Shadow Reaper.

    All in all in I really enjoyed reading Shadow Reaper, just not as much as Shadow Rider. But don’t we all have at least one book in a much loved series that we don’t like as much as the others? I absolutely can’t wait for the next book in this innovative, original series Ms. Feehan has shared with us!

    ARC provided for a voluntary and honest review.


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