Big Shadow Rider fan right here! I love this high-octane world Christine Feehan has created. Fans of the series have been anticipating SHADOW FLIGHT since book one when Nicoletta was rescued and we saw the instant connection between her and Taviano. Readers have seen Nicoletta and Taviano collide in fights and I, for one, was dying for them to get the happily ever after they so richly deserved.
The whole series is dark and follows a mafia-like family of assassins who can ride shadows and perform justified killings. Nicoletta was identified as a shadow rider and it is one of the reasons the Ferraro family worked so hard to protect her. She started the series as a scared and traumatized girl, readers got to see her transform into a strong and confident woman. Taviano sees this too and decides to finally make his move to become more than a friend to Nicoletta.
The romance between Taviano and Nicoletta is gentle and very slow burn for a Feehan novel. Taviano is extra careful with Nicoletta and lets her lead the physical aspects of their relationship. The backstory we learned about Taviano explains why he is one of the more beta Feehan heroes we have seen (although, a Feehan beta hero is still pretty darn alpha). I adored how supportive he is of Nicoletta’s goals. It made me all swoony!
SHADOW FLIGHT was definitely a bridge book to the next part of the series. Many, many Ferraro cousins are introduced. I can almost see the future stories Ms. Feehan is planning (which is excellent because I am obsessed with this series). The bridge parts, while important, made the romance take a bit of a back seat. I also don’t think this book would be a good one to start with because much of Nicoletta and Taviano’s backstory is explained in previous books.
Overall, there is a reason Christine Feehan is a titan of the paranormal romance industry. If you’re looking for a dark, gritty romance with mafia vibes, this series is for you!
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**