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book: forsaken by shadow
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Banished from their world with his memory wiped, Ultimate Fighter Cade Shepherd doesn’t remember his life as Gage Dempsey, not even the woman he nearly died for. But when Embry Hollister’s father is kidnapped by military scientists, the only one she can turn to for help is the love from her past. Will Gage remember the Shadow Walker skills he learned from her father, and if they survive, will Embry be able to walk away a second time?
“He didn’t open his eyes when he heard the scream.”
Fantastic first line. It pulls you into the action immediately and makes you wonder who the hell is screaming and why he didn’t open his eyes. Does he not give a shit about who’s screaming? Has he been drugged or put under a spell and he can’t open his eyes? Most people at least open their eyes when they hear a scream. Why not him? (See what I mean? Freaking awesome first line).
Gage/Cade waking up and not knowing who is he (especially his reactions and thoughts) broke my heart. He’s so freaked out at finding himself an amnesiac -with good reason- and all he can think about is *her* …except he has no idea who *she* is.
I haven’t been in a reading funk lately, but I’ve DNF’d a fair amount of books in the past few weeks. Why? My interest hasn’t been piqued and the story hasn’t engaged me from the start. If I can’t get into the book by chapter 5, there’s pretty much no way I’m going to finish it. Forsaken By Shadow pulled me in from sentence one and kept it there. This is the first book in a while that’s kept me up late and made me spend more money at the salon because I didn’t want to leave so that I could keep reading.
The characters are interesting and likeable, and the story is captivating from the very beginning. The back story isn’t over or under told, and the glossary of terms at the beginning of the book is very helpful (so that we’re not bogged down with a bunch of unnecessary exposition). The only issue I really have with the story is that I felt that it could have been longer, mostly because I wanted more of the story. More Gage. More Embry. More of them together. (What can I say? I’m greedy). I hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Gage and Embry.
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