Dec 10 2013 12:00pm

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s Shadowdance (December 17, 2013)

Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan
Forever / December 17, 2013 / $8.00 print / $7.59 digital

Once a heart is lost in shadow . . .

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case-and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years.
He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights-even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past . . . or risk losing Mary forever.

With a series title like Darkest London, there’s a promise that, along with a deeply emotional romance, there will be supernatural derring-do, exquisite worldbuilding and layers upon layers of intrigue. In Shadowdance, Kristen Callihan most definitely delivers. Longtime fans of the series finally get to see the enigmatic Jack Talent take his turn as hero, and Mary Chase, bless her clockwork heart, is more than up for the job of heroine. When two people are absolutely perfect for each other, it makes for a romance like no other. The course of true love, especially the supernatural variety, never does run smooth, so while the happily ever after is guaranteed, the way Jack and Mary get there is full of surprises.

Picture London, 1881. It’s dark, it’s dangerous, and the bodies of dead demons are showing up in Charing Cross. In a world where the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals does its best to keep supernatural doings safe from prying human eyes, this is a task that’s going to require the very best of their operatives. Enter Jack Talent, shifter, a man whose hatred of demons goes deep, giving him a closer connection to the crime than perhaps anyone. Enter also Miss Mary Chase, a Ghost in the Machine, or GIM, who can leave her body and travel in spirit form. Readers who have been following the Darkest London series know the bond that already connects Jack and Mary, but new readers will have no trouble at all picking up on the complicated and sizzling tension between the pair.

Both Jack and Mary are seasoned survivors, though their pain comes from different sources. Jack has lived through demonic torment, while Mary’s abuse is of the all too human variety. Working together, they need to fight the very dangerous attraction that they cannot deny. While the personal aspect of their relationship is fraught with challenges, as a professional pair, they hit the right chord, which amps the romantic tension all the more. Readers who like both historical verisimilitude and a hero and heroine who see each other as equals will love the energy of Jack and Mary’s interactions while on the job, a counterpoint to the complicated dance of two broken people longing for a soulmate, yet unwilling to risk rejection on this most intimate level.

Jack was born to immortality, but Mary chose to become a GIM after a senseless accident took her life. Jack can’t understand why Mary would choose the prison of immortality, choose the endless procession of one day after the next, and turn away the gift of death. For Mary, the immortality that is torture for Jack is an adventure for her. If this isn’t conflict enough, there’s yet one more secret that ties Jack to Mary, making his need to understand her choice extremely personal. As much as what they are ought to keep them apart, it’s who they are that continues, time and time again, to draw Jack and Mary together for their happily forever-and-ever after.

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Anna C. Bowling considers writing historical romance the best way to travel through time and make the voices in her head pay rent. She welcomes visitors to her blog, Typing with Wet Nails and to follow her at Twitter.

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