ARC Book Review-Prince Of Shadows

Prince Of Shadows
Moonlight (8)
Nancy Gideon
Pocket Star Books
ARC E Book
Published May 2013
384 Pages
Shifter Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4516-8948-8
Author’s Website

Synopsis 
A gentle lady held hostage in a deadly play for power, Kendra Terriot’s only means of survival for herself and her family is to play to a careful courtship game. The one she chooses from the dangerous Terriot heirs will inherit the coveted crown, but the one she longs to have rescue her belongs to another.

Favored son of their cruel Shifter leader, the only calm in Cale Terriot’s necessarily violent life is his childhood love for his delicate distant cousin whom he’s pledged to make his queen. With Kendra at his side, he knows he can become the kind of ruler his clan needs, but first he must learn how to become the kind of mate she desires.

In a treacherous race for control, where weakness means death, Cale must prove he’s not the beast his beauty fears and still protect her, especially once her chosen love returns to free her. The only way to win her respect could mean surrendering his throne. The only way to win her heart could mean letting her go

My Thoughts

Summary 
Kendra has no choice but to stay within the bounds of the House of Terriot. She will have to choose a mate, or one will be chosen for her. Kendra is still a virgin, and protects her innocence like a shield. With her only family now gone, hoping for their help in escape, her plan is to bide her time. But when Cale Terriot focuses his intention on her, she feels like she is about to sucuumb to his seductions. Cale has worked hard to get to where he is now. He has loved Kendra since they were children, but he was forced to leave the two women he loved more than life. In order to protect them, he had to stay at the House of Terriot, and continue to be under his father’s thumb. He has become a powerful warrior and all he has done to survive has been so one day Kendra will be his Queen and stand by his side when he takes his fathers place. It will take Kendra fully trusting in Cale and his love in order to survive the treachery that has been surrounding them.

The Hero (Cale Terriot)
Cale has sacrificed much to get to where he is today. Most see him as ruthless and cunning. However Cale has had to make sure he seemed that way, especially to his father. Cale plans on taking over his father’s place. His father is very brutal and swift in his punishments, and Cale is biding his time. When he was a boy he fell in love with Kendra, but then when her father was killed by his father in the most cruel way, she has despised him ever since. Cale has had to suffer punishments and forced himself to become strong…but for one reason only…to have Kendra as his wife and his queen and he will do everything he can to prove to her of his love.

The Heroine (Kendra Terriot)
Kendra, has known Cale since they were children, but she fears the boy she once loved and adored, is no longer there. When her mother dies, and her father is brutally killed, she wonders if Cale had stepped in, her father might be alive right now. She knows the boy she once knew is gone and in his place is a ruthless prince who will do anything to take his father’s place. When her cousin is forcibly removed, with small hope of being rescued, she is forced by Cale’s father to pick a mate from four of his sons. Even though she doesn’t know what Cale has become, there is a stirring within her that connects her to Cale. She starts to see beneath his tough exterior, to the heart of the man who has always held her heart.

My Thoughts 
I was given the ARC to this book through Pocket books and Edelweiss, and I am glad that I was given the opportunity to read this one. I first read Masked by Moonlight a few years ago, and loved it, and to this day I don’t know why I hadn’t read more of this series. Now after reading Prince of Shadows, I am going to have to work on that and SOON!! I love a good shifter romance, but there was a lot more to this story than just a shape shifter romance story. It didn’t take me very long to be drawn instantly into the story. I stayed up until 1 A.M reading this because I honestly couldn’t put it down once. There was such complexity to this story that has so many twists and turns in the plot that it definitely kept me on the edge.  A story full of intrigue, danger, and a intense love story. Gideon takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster that is so vividly portrayed, with a passion that sizzles, characters that will capture your heart, and a compelling story to take your breath away. A delicious addition to an fascinating paranormal series. It swept me away to a world of danger and a world of romance and sensual desire. A Winner of a Read!!

First Line 
Excitement and pride added a strutty arrogance to Cale’s step as he followed his father. 

Favorite Quote
I have loved you all my life and will never be any kind of man without you.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
Masked by Moonlight
Chased by Moonlight
Captured By Moonlight
Bound By Moonlight
Hunter of Shadows
Seeker of Shadows
Betrayed By Shadows

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