Red Shadow by Lynne Connolly

Story: 6.75
Presentation: 9
Total: 15.75
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Erotic Paranormal (Vampire, m/f/m)
Blurb: Book 3 in the Ecstasy in Red series.

Johann isn’t happy with his latest assignment for STORM. That changes when he meets Ania.

Johann and Ania ignite passion that lights up the Los Angeles sky. They can’t get enough of each other, even though Johann thinks Ania knows more than she’s telling about his quarry, the elusive Dr. Bennett.

Ania should be concentrating on her failing catering company and her sick brother, not spending her days and nights in sexual ecstasy. She just can’t stay away from Johann. When Johann introduces her to his best friend, she discovers what it’s like to have two demanding, lustful men in her bed.

She’s falling in love with Johann, even though she knows, as a vampire, his lifespan is much longer than hers. Perhaps in his arms she can discover what forever feels like. Or perhaps they’ll both die, if they don’t find Bennett before he finds them.
Review: Red Shadow is a complex story. But sometimes when a story can take so many twists and turns it leaves you dizzy. There are really several stories going on at the same time. You have a developing love story between Ania and Johann that will leave you breathless, a thriller with a rogue sociopath that keeps you on the edge of your seat and a battle to save a diseased brother, a devastated business and a woman meeting her destiny head on.

I have to be honest here and say there were times that the stories didn’t seem to weave together, but yet other times the words were a tapestry of fast paced, explosive storytelling. At halfway through the story, I was confused at Johann’s relationship with Ricardo. I also didn’t believe Ania’s reaction to it. For me it felt like male/male interaction thrown in for titillation, but it didn’t work for this reader (and I love m/m romances). The relationship between Johann and Ricardo didn’t add to the story and as quickly as Ricardo came in and staked a claim on Johann and fucked Ania, he was then gone again and no part of the resolution to the story. Basically 20 pages of the story that didn’t need to be there.

However, when you get to the end of the book and the action is fast and furious, and it more than makes up for the lapse in story midway through the book. The ending is so spine tingling and edge of your seat squirmy, that you will fear for Johann and Ania’s very survival.

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