Black Rose (Shadows #1) by Jenna Ryan

Black Rose

Voodoo is a shadowy business. So is murder.

Shadow, Book 1

Mia LeMay’s Creole ancestry spices the atmosphere that permeates her bluesy New Orleans nightclub and sugar-dusted tearoom. But her cloistered world shatters when she witnesses a murder—and she’s forced to put her life in the hands of a man she’s never met.

A man whose golden eyes hide as many dark secrets as the killer who wants her dead.

Even as Agent Rick Ryder whisks Mia into the teeth of a tropical storm, guilt twists like a knife in his gut. He has a personal stake in keeping the black-haired beauty safe. Once his superiors figure out what he pulled to make sure he’s the one watching her back, his life will be worth about as much as hers if he fails.

Deep in the Louisiana mangroves, desire envelopes them like the steamy bayou mist. But there are many things lurking in the shadows. Things that slither. Things that bite. And something evil that’s determined to make sure Mia never sees the light of another dawn…

This title has been previously published.

Warning: Contains a sexy federal agent (or is he?) who’s a ticking time bomb, and a woman with the bayou in her blood and a wicked way with stiletto heels. Grab your gris gris bag, gaienne, the real bad is comin’!addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Kim Talks TomesTAG

Murder, voodoo, and the bayou all factor into this story. Mia witnesses a murder being committed and needs to be put under protective custody. Enter Ryder – the man shows up and whisks her away for her safety. Or does he? He isn’t who he seems and Mia has no idea who to trust, who to be afraid of, and why she hears voices in her head telling her about her death that the man is a snake.

While I found this story interesting, I also found the changing POV from Mia to the killer to be confusing. I realize that I read an advanced copy, but there wasn’t a clear cut way to tell when the POV changed. The pace of the story is fast, but it still didn’t hold my attention long enough for me to want to continue on with reading it to the end. I did finish it, but did it reluctantly.  With that said, the suspense and thriller part was very well done and kept me on the edge of my seat at that part. Overall, there are good parts of this book if you can get past the confusion.

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