Thursday, March 29, 2012

[NetGalley Review]: "White Shadows"

White Shadows by Susan Edwards
Publisher: Carina Press (November 21, 2011) [reprint]
Series: The White Series, 3
Genre: Historical Romance (Native American/Western)

Summary (Amazon.com):
Missouri Territory, 1838
Night Shadow is driven by the need for vengeance, to find and punish the man who murdered his family and kidnapped his sister. And what better way to exact that revenge than by stealing his enemy's intended bride on their wedding day: a woman for a woman. He will release his captive if and when his sister is returned to him.

The daughter of a great chief and no meek maiden, Winona fights her captor every step of the way. But she cannot deny that the warrior's touch arouses something in her that her betrothed never has. She sees through the anger in Night Shadow's eyes to the despair within, and knows in her heart it is her destiny to help him learn to live again.

Night Shadow is mesmerized by Winona's beauty and spirit, and soon realizes he must face his past and end the hatred in order to offer her a future.

Book 3 of 12.
Previously published.


Where to Buy*:
You can also try finding the out-of-print copies (different cover) via used bookstores (online or in your area). :)
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My Review:

Susan Edwards delivers yet again! Her bestselling White Series, now being re-released in digital format, allows readers (both new and old) to journey into the wilds of America, when Native Americans still lived on the land—with the land. Each book helps to strengthen the bond between the characters, one big family (if not always by blood), and highlights a new couple for the readers to fall in love with. With White Shadows, Edwards brings us the story of Winona and Night Shadow (aka, Clay, aka Sun Walker—it's a long story...). Once again, I was drawn into the story and fell head over heels for the characters, the writing, and the tale being so artfully told!


Winona is a heroine that I could really appreciate. She was strong, knew what she wanted and was determined to get it. This alone helped to provide a solid foundation for the book; after all, good characters often mean a good book!


Clay (or Sun Walker, depending on what part of the book we are referring to), was a close call. For the first part of the book, I almost couldn't stand him. After all, he was the “bad guy” (or so we thought), capturing Winona to help accomplish his plan for revenge against the man he once called brother (who goes by another name now, and was to be Winona's husband). Much of what he did and said made it hard for me to like him. But the more that his story—especially his painful past—was revealed, the more I started to like him. By the end of the book, I was almost as crazy for him as Winona. Don't worry girl, you can have him—he needs you, after all, and I've seen how determined you are, I would hate to fight you for your man! :)


Clay and Winona's story was very enjoyable, if a bit slow at first (mainly, I think, due to Clay's iffy character). But once the story picked up, the characters came through, and they began to fall for one another, I couldn't put the book down! I was reminded yet again of Ms. Edwards talents at writing a wonderful romance, one full of adventure and passion, love and family. I have yet to be disappointed by any of her novels, and I highly doubt that such a day will ever come.



^Favorite Quote:

“What am I going to do with you?” He hadn't meant to speak aloud. He couldn't believe he'd actually voiced his frustration.
Winona didn't laugh. She didn't smile or act smug at her obvious victory. Instead her eyes filled with tears and her hands crept up to caress the sides of his face. “You are going to live. With me. For me.”

With that bold declaration, Winona kissed him hard. As soon as his mouth opened under the demanding insistence of hers, she slid down and walked off, leaving Night Shadow staring after her with an ache in his loins, eyes filled with wonder and fear, and a slowly thawing heart.



This was around the time that I, too, began to fall for dear Clay. Winona knew what (or should I say who) she wanted, and she wasn't going to stop until she had him!


4 STARS! Another great novel in the White Series, White Shadows has a bit of everything in it, from sweeping romance to steamy love scenes so hot you will need a cold shower (or two—or three) to help put out the flames! Winona and Clay are both great characters, and their story shows that they belong together. Who else but Winona could handle Clay's stubborn warrior attitude? And who but Clay could support and infuriate her all at the same time? Their love is strong and true, and it comes through the pages to the reader. I'm glad that these books are finally being reprinted (if only digitally right now). Otherwise, I may never have had the chance to finish this great series---I managed to find most of her books in a used bookstore, but not all of them .Now I can finally catch up on all my favorite characters! If you have yet to try Susan Edwards, I highly suggest you put these books on your list! And if you are already a fan, like me, well, I guess I don't have to say anything more, do I? For a lushly written Native American romance, one that is both sweet and spicy, Susan Edwards is, in my mind at least, the reigning queen of the genre!



^Quote belongs solely to the author. I do not claim it in anyway.

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I received this e-book from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
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Enjoy!





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