"no-one does dark & delectable warriors quite like N.J.Walters"
Jacqueline Harris, a quiet, reserved accountant is handed a
client's file to work on when her boss is off getting some
emergency dental work. With her attention to detail,
suspicious entries cause her to look a little deeper into
the figures and she inadvertently uncovers organized crime.
Now, Jac is running for her life and the dark shadows could
be hiding an assassin sent to silence her. But the shadows
could also shield her...
For, within the shadows is Blade, the Dark Ryder
tasked by the Lord of Shadows to protect Jac from
harm. The Dark Ryders , once warriors, were given
the choice before Death claimed them, to serve the Dark
Lord, to become Soldiers of Justice. But, an
eternity of time has passed and these warriors of the
Shadow Realm are now fading into nonexistence. Perhaps,
through protecting Jac and rediscovering passion, Blade can
be drawn back into the light. Together they may ignite a
candle of hope within the realm and so, revitalize the
remaining warriors still shrouded in apathy.
Beyond Shadows is the 2nd installment in the
Shadow Ryders stories created by N.J. Walters.
Although it is listed as a single title on the author's
website, I'm hoping this is a new series and that we will
get many more installments in the future. Though Beyond
Shadows can stand alone as a novel, there are
references within that allude to the first tale; a short
story, Shadows Stir from Dreams of the Oasis
IV, an anthology published by Ellora's Cave. The
reader also gets a tantalizing hint in the epilogue of the
dark and delicious warrior of the next installment ..... like
the sensual pleasure of fine, dark chocolát, a single taste
of N.J.'s passionate warriors could never be enough!
Reviewed by Liz Pawsey
Posted December 11, 2008
An immortal warrior of the Shadow Realm, Blade's self-control has been honed to a razor's edge by centuries of fighting, but it vanishes the moment he lays eyes on Jacqueline Harris. The mere sight of her stirs his blood and he craves physical pleasures long forgotten.
Jac is an accountant, not a risk taker, preferring to live her life quietly. That all changes when she is sent to see a client by mistake and stumbles onto a crime ring. Now she's on the run for her life.
The sexy stranger appears at her beach house, swearing to protect her at all costs. Dark and dangerous, he resembles the assassin she first fears he is. The last thing she expects is that he can morph into the deadly panther tattooed on his chest. The undeniable passion between them flares to life, but it is more than attraction. It is a soul-deep knowing that he will change her life forever. Blade becomes both protector and lover, but it's up to her to save him from the shadows that haunt him.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Book Length: Short Novel
Note:Sequel to "Shadows Stir" from Dreams of the Oasis IV anthology.