Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood—but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…
Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her—a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…
Shadow Reaper is the second installment from Christine Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. I didn’t read the first book in this series, which made it difficult at the beginning to get into this novel. I was really lost about the abilities of the characters. As I continued to read, I learned about the paranormal gifts and role of the shadow rider and struggled to put the book down.
Ricco is a shadow rider, trained in Japan. He has been keeping secrets from his family for years, protecting them from his enemies. While recovering from the car accident that almost took his life, he begins to wonder if activities and people from his past are reentering his life.
Mariko has her own secrets. She applies to be a rope model for Ricco and he is immediately enthralled; she is his mate. Mariko is raised to believe she is of little significance, constantly beaten and abused by her stepmother. Receiving the attention of Ricco is a new experience for her, one that she is unsure of, but she knows she has to learn more about him.
Ricco knows that Mariko has ulterior motives and believes she has been sent to kill him, but he can’t let her go. This is the woman he has been looking for his entire life, and he intends to change her thinking about him, whatever it takes.
When someone targets a member of the Ferraro family, they target the entire family. Ricco and his family are at war but they are not sure with whom. This book is packed with action, suspense and steamy, steamy romance. The characters are great and I am looking forward to learning more about the other family members in future books.