*****REVIEW***** THE SHADOW (The Florentine, #2) by Sylvain Reynard

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SYNOPSIS:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 He Was Hers Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty)

In The Shadow the love story between vampire William York aka The Prince & the human Raven Wood continues. After being apart for about a month, this unlikely couple is reunited. This extremely powerful vampire who is both respected & feared has a soft side when it comes to Raven. She begins to resurrect the humanity in him he thought was gone. They continue to fall deeply in love with one another & we see a tender side to William we thought didn’t exist. William is absolutely delicious showing Raven how he feels about her! Swoon! ;))

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-“You came back to me.” “I never left.”

-“You’re a dream.” She sighed. “A dream of love I never thought I’d have.”

-“I like the way you feel. I like discovering new things about your body- how you react to my touch, to my kiss, to my body when it’s inside yours. You are a book that deserves to be read over and over again.”

-“I’d forgotten.” “You’d forgotten what?”

-“What it’s like to be loved.”

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I really enjoyed this story & seeing William fall in love with Raven. There is nothing he wouldn’t do to be with her & protect her. We see him try to get justice for wrongs done to Raven in the past. As leader of the principality of Florence & the underworld, William is considered very dangerous. He would do anything to also protect his people & ensure his rule over the city. There is a traitor among them targeting the Prince & threatening his position of power. We get a lot of action & there is also still the mystery over the Prince’s stolen art. Gabriel & Julianne Emerson also show up from time to time in this book. I look forward to the next installment in this series!

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}
(BR with Mel)

“I like the way you feel. I like discovering new things about your body–how you react to my touch, to my kiss, to my body when it’s inside yours. You are a book that deserves to be read over and over again.”

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In this next installment William and Raven’s love grows even stronger. William will do anything to keep Raven safe and is determined to help her get retribution from those who have wronged her in the past. But his thoughtfulness ends up backfiring on him and puts Raven in a precarious situation.

There seems to be no end of villains who are out to dethrone William. I lost track of how many vampires in the Consilium had their own hidden agendas, and I found it hard to remember everyone’s name and what their purpose was in the story. I think that this caused it to drag a bit for me. There were just too many different characters being thrown in and all seemed to either want to assassinate William or to put an end to Raven and William’s love affair. It was making my head spin!!

We learn that Raven is linked to the Curia and that person threatens William to either release her to his custody or he will bring the wrath of the Curia down upon him. William must decide which means more to him—Raven or the citizens of Florence that he rules over. Throughout the story we still get some very steamy moments between the two and it’s clear that they are so much in love with each other that they can’t bear to be apart.

William’s maker and circumstances that brought him to become a vampire are revealed. It was at this point that the story started to really pick up momentum. A ton of action starts to happen after about the 50% mark and we learn by the end that William’s plan to keep Raven safe, may have actually landed her in serious danger. I can’t wait to get the last book to see how it all turns out for these two!!

So even though the beginning dragged, I still would recommend this one because the story completely turns around during the latter half.

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