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This book focuses mainly on the romance between the two main characters and how they feel about each other. They have an instant attraction to each other and it is obvious from the outset that they will overcome any obstacle to be together. This detracts from the romance which would have been far better with a slower build up.
The background story is much better. It involves the Nemesis character wanting vengeance on the criminal who killed his best friend, and the assistant DA, Deborah, wanting to track down a drug dealer who is causing devastation in the city. This is a good plot with some tension and action as Deborah makes progress with the investigation, and the drug dealers see her as a threat. The action scenes are quite good. There is also a good twist in the end which I didn't see coming.
If the book had spent more time focusing on the plot, and built up the romance at a reasonable rate instead of undying love at first sight, this could have been a much better book. This is the first Nora Roberts I have read. I didn't feel inclined to rush to get another, but you never know. The performance was better than the story. Kate Rudd handled the accents and different voices well, and put some feeling into the dialogue.
Any additional comments?
Audiobook just over seven hours long, narrated by Kate Rudd.
Gage = Lead male character = Charming, tall and handsome, ridiculously rich, Type A chauvinist.
Nemesis = Charming superman-vigilante, with a bizarre paranormal ability, who always seems to be in the Night Shadow ready to rescue a damsel is distress. He wears all black, including a mask (Spoooooky).
Deborah = Lead female character = Assistant District Attorney (the damsel in distress), career obsessed, beautiful, swoons to the charms of both.
Before the end of the first chapter you’ll have no trouble guessing Nemesis = Gage, both of them give Deborah weak knees. Deborah is written to be the strong female lead, but succumbs to the sexual innuendo of these two characters like a high-hormone-laden teenaged girl. Her reactions are awkward and silly. The romance aspect of Night Shadow is so mawkish your eyes will roll back to bounce on your tailbone. Fast-forwarded a lot through several required, and lengthy, sex scenes to get back to the mystery. Typical of Nora Roberts, 70% of the novel is sickly sentimental foo-foo, 30% mystery, and point of view is an author whim. Nora has a wonderful way of throwing conventional writing dictums out the window :-).
For anyone familiar with the In Death series by Nora Roberts/J.D.Robb, the Deborah/Gage dynamic is just too similar to that of Eve/Roark. Coffee references, Gage being filthy rich … even has a secret high-tech room in his mansion, Deborah being in law enforcement … all uncomfortably similar. Roberts/Robb should simply adjust character names and re-work a bit to create Night Shadow - In Death. Might consider changing the narrator to Susan Erickson for the audiobook and ta-da … new book in the In Death series.
The story line is pretty basic, but good. A cop killing drug dealer is the target of the DA, and for personal reasons, the target of Gage. When the two can stay focused on the bad guys instead of dewey-doe-eyed lovey-dovies, it’s not a bad story.
Kate Rudd is okay. Over emotes a bit.
If you like Nora Roberts romance novels, you’ll like much more of the story than I. *shrug*
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What did you like best about Night Shadow? What did you like least?
The story was a well written Nora Roberts Romantic Suspense featuring a strong leading couple. The Narrator ruined the story. As always, Roberts gave us a strong independent woman who left her family to go to the big city to establish herself as an assistant DA. She had strong beliefs in following the law and often argued with the hero's beliefs. The Narrator made her sound like she was crying while explaining her feelings. She whined through most of the scenes with the hero. I just wanted to tell her to stop whining. I wanted to stop listening about 1/4 of the way into the story. I only continued to listen because I trust Nora Roberts' style of writing. When the arguments decreased, the narration improved. I do not recommend Kate Rudd as a narrator. The whining was very annoying.
What did you like best about this story?
The super power of the hero and Nora Roberts' style of writing. It was a great Romance. Nora has indicated that she has no say about who narrates her books. I believe that she would not have been happy about this whiny narration.
Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?
I bought the entire Night Tales Series on Audible. I hope that there are different narrators. If not, I will give Kate Rudd another try. If it isn't any better than this book's narration, I will be returning the other books.
What would have made this romance irresistible?
This romance would have been much better if Deborah would have been portrayed as the strong woman Nora described instead of the cry-baby Kate made her.
Any additional comments?
It is a shame that the authors can't audition prospective narrators. This would ensure narrators dramatized the book properly and did not become too melodramatic.
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