About the Book:
Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her - a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She's someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco's embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them...
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Just Enough Rope to Hang it With
This book had such promise, but that potential soon turned to boring, repetitive narrative that didn't draw me in so much as it made me cringe.
If I had to read: "the ropes were an extension of him" one more time, I was going to throw my Kindle across the room. Come on, Christine! You're better than that! You can come up with a better way of saying "he's really good with tying ropes." While the plot nugget of Shibari is a new one, the rope tying scenes made my eyes cross, and the sensuality seemed forced. Because the man and woman seem to fall into insta-love/lust with one another, there is no real push and pull. It felt like they just fell into one another and voila! they have the sex.
Mariko is a kick-ass lady who can snap a neck as easy as she can put on her lipstick. One of my favorite scenes is when she is shadow riding through the garden, happily snapping mercenary necks. Mariko had the makings of a truly bad-ass heroine, but she slipped from being an assassin to being a ass-butt--a total wiener who couldn't seem to keep her edge. I don't think Ms. Feehan knew what to do with the character. One minute Mariko was this cold, analytical meter of justice, and the next she was weeping into her jasmine rice. While I do like how hard the Ferraro men fall for their women, Ricco was such a mushy bag of hurts and over-used playboy tropes, he couldn't seem to stand up straight enough to be seen as a capable alpha male. Also...the man was so poetic (the bad poetic, not the good kind) about his feelings, they felt forced and overly flowery. They didn't sound sincere. I rolled my eyes a lot.
I really like the idea of a rare breed of people who can use shadows to mete out justice, and I am looking forward to seeing more of their romances through the series, but this story fell flat for me.