Saturday, 8 November 2014


5 action packed, swoon worthy stars. 
An ARC was received courtesy of the publisher, Montlake Romance, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Ivy Mason is hiding—from her past, from herself, and from anyone who could love her. The only kind of love she’s ever known hurts, leaving scars on her body and soul. Now, her world may be boring and predictable, but that’s exactly what she wants. Until Devon Clay walks into her life.
A lonely man in a deadly profession, Devon works as an agent for an underground British agency known only as the Shadow. Nothing about him is safe or ordinary. The danger that consumes his life turns into an addiction Ivy can’t resist...even if it proves fatal.
As Ivy’s past begins to catch up with her, she wonders if love really is the twisted thing she’s always
thought it was. Maybe it could be more with this man, who’s shown her that she doesn’t need to
protect herself from everyone. Is what she feels for Devon worth the risk? He may save her heart or
break it, if she manages to stay alive.




What a great start to a new series!  I love a book that pulls me into the story from the first paragraph
and Ms. Snow does that with In His Shadow.  The story moves along quickly.  I couldn’t stop reading for two days when I reached THE END.  It is one of those books that once you start you can’t put down.
 The love story is a will they/won’t they type of book. The action is so nerve racking that my stomach kept tied up.
 Ivy, the protagonist, is a woman with a very tragic past.  Her father dies when she was a very young girl then after remarrying her mother dies tragically a few years later.  She has a violent step brother in prison trying to get out on parole.  As if that isn’t enough she is pursued romantically by a spy involved Devon Clay is a hot, mysterious man who only stops at Ivy’s station when he comes in the bank where Ivy is a teller.  He scares Ivy but she is drawn to Devon nonetheless. 
She knows instinctively that Devon is dangerous but that knowledge doesn’t keep her from throwing caution to the wind.  Ivy accepts his offer to dinner and, sure enough finds herself mixed up in a murder investigation, hanging out with spies, crossing paths with a criminal group who wants to develop an Ebola type virus, and for good measure add in the fact that her crazy step brother is released on parole. 

       ”Not only was I in this too deep to get out, I felt too much for Devon to have the will
power to leave. It was a demoralizing realization.”

 In the beginning I had the feeling Ivy is going to be a wimpy and whiny female.  She suffered a lot in her early life and I can understand why she would be a little whipped but that isn’t Ivy.  She is surprisingly strong and independent.  I like that in a female character and I like how Ivy is developed.
There are some great antagonistic scenes between her long time friend Logan and her love interest
Devon.  Devon reads Logan in a way that Ivy can’t.  There is a scene where Devon confronts Logan that is very emotional and telling about both of these men.

Ivy knows Devon is a mystery and he admits he doesn’t usually share his life with anyone.  He knows that a woman can be used by his enemies to get to him.  Therefore he tries to push Ivy away a couple times to protect her but he can’t resist her pull and Ivy can’t resist Devon.

     His eyes were the lightest of blues with a web of fine lines at the corners, as though
he’d spent too much time squinting into sunlight. Some might compare his eyes to an
ocean or the sky. I likened them to ice.

Except for a couple slow moving parts (not enough to take away from the story) the dialog among the
key characters is well written and the story is fast paced.  The bad guys are really bad guys.  You will not feel any sympathy for them at all.  In fact, they are wicked to the core. 

The action is realistic especially with the events happening in the news today.  The suspense is gut
wrenching and moves along so quickly that I had to take a breath every once in a while.

        ”I was caught, caught between what seemed to be two equally dangerous sides.”

There are a couple things that made me angry.  Ivy made a couple strange decisions (in my
opinion)—well more than strange, BAD!  She knows that Devon is a spy.  She knows Devon has a
dangerous job and has to keep his professional life secret.  I get that she has trust issues but she is a
little too blabby with an FBI agent.  This is going to come back and bite them in the future and I don’t
like it.  For me it is a betrayal.  I hated that this incident portrays Ivy as weak and so careless with the life of a man she loves.  I guess it is hard to take since she appears weak and that isn’t the Ivy we know.
All in all, this is a great romantic suspense novel—good spine tingling action, well developed characters that are relatable and hot, hot love scenes.  What more can a girl wish for? This is the first book I read by Tiffany Snow but it won’t be my last. 

Release date is December 16th, 2014.  PRE-ORDER is available now.

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