Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Shadowdance - Kristen CallihanPublisher: Forever (December 17th 2013)
Paperback: 432 pages
Series: Darkest London
Source: Forever Romance
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once a heart is lost in shadow…

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack’s dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past…or risk losing Mary forever.


This romance has been two books in the making. And thank goodness it was worth the wait. Shadowdance continues in the footsteps of the rest of the Darkest London series, giving us a wonderfully fascinating and dark story.

The Scenario;

Jack Talent, shifter, and Mary Chase, GIM (Ghost in a Machine!) are forced to work to together as agents of the SOS to find the serial killer known as The Bishop of Charing Cross. By now, Jack and Mary have a history and quite the rivalry. At first the murder seemed like a pretty open-shut case, but than things start to change and it becomes even more dangerous with the killer attack the elusive shifters and suddenly revelations (of both the secret type and heart) are realized. Callihan weaves in a great paranormal murder mystery story that definitely had me wanting more with it’s dark and dangerous undertones. The story was well paced and had me thoroughly invested.

The Romance;

This attraction between Mary and Jack has been simmering on the back-burner for a while, but now it’s time for the main course and damn is it delicious. I loved watching their relationship progress. Especially as the friction between them sets of some sparks. And oh do the sparks fly (underlying attraction and tension (of the steamy sort) will do that to you). Suddenly it ignites a whole slew of wonderfully adorable and sweet moments that definitely had me swooning a bit. The secret heated looks, the bantering, the teasing, the little stolen moments, the realizations were a perfect build-up to fireworks.

“A kiss,” he said “is a conversation.” Easing closer, he continued to speak as he caressed her cheeks with featherlight strokes of his thumbs. “A first kiss” – his lips neared hers- “is an introduction”

And then his mouth brushed against hers. The contact sparked, sharp and bright like lighting. Yet his lips soft, unexpectedly so. Her breath caught the same instant his did.

Against her mouth he whispered. “That was hello.”

I think I found my favourite gif.
The perfect .gif for all utterly adorable moments.

Jack and Mary are definitely the highlight of this book. The fact is I adore Jack. Jack was so broken, that I just want to give him some hot coco and a big hug. It totally breaks my heart and definitely breaks Mary’s. He makes himself a totally worthy hero. I adore Mary too, she’s so adorable but also confident and strong. Watching her realize how important Jack had become to her was so endearing. You I just wanted to root for Mary and Jack so badly to get their happy ending. They are the anti-thesis of insta-love, the epitome of the bicker your way to love couple and every moment was worth it for their happily ever after.

She snuggled in closer, letting him curse, letting him pet and kiss her, Because Jack Talent, in all his imperfect glory, made her perfectly happy.

Oh P.S. Kristen Callihan, you are killing me. MY GOSH THE SET UP FOR EVERNIGHT! Why do we have to wait?!!?!?!? /tears. Seriously, every book just gets better. I neeeeeeed to know.

{*Thank to Forever for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan”

  1. Oh wow, I have book one and it looks like I need to take it out and add it to my reading list. It sounds like the series is developing really well. I love when we have to wait for the romance to build. Lovely review !

    1. Yes you definitely must! It’s totally worth it 😉 The series just gets better and better. I just love a romance that’s worth wait!

  2. This sounds like a really fun series. I need to check this series out. Great review.

    1. It is! And it has yet to disappoint me! You definitely should! I could fangirl all day over this series haha!
      Thanks (:

  3. You had me at “That was hello.” I also have book one that I’m definitely going to be bringing back out. Glad you’re enjoying this series and wonderful review 🙂

    1. And there’s more to that bit!! I hope you do read the series! It’s definitely worth it! Thanks!

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  5. Debra Kay Neiman says: Reply

    I love paranormal romance…this one looks inviting. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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