Shadowvale isn’t typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.
No one knows this as well as raven shifter Deacon Evermore, who, like everyone in his family, has a curse. While his position as Shadowvale’s peacekeeper lets him use that curse for good, he’d rather live anywhere else. He stays for his family, but doubts he can last much longer.
Fledgling witch Emeranth Greer is determined to escape her past and make a fresh start in Shadowvale with the aunt she’s never met. Her aunt and the town prove to be far better than she imagined. There’s no way Em is leaving this magical place. Especially when staying means more time with the handsome Deacon.
But when Em’s troubled past catches up with her and nearly destroys the romance budding between her and Deacon, her instinct is to run again. Except there’s magic in the mix now and the town won’t let her leave. Only Deacon can save her, but can a cursed man clear her name…or will her history destroy them both?
And a wonderful first book it is. Shadowdale is a unique conception of a community of paranormals and when the protagonist of this book arrives there and learns about her true self her delightful story begins. I hope in subsequent books we readers get to find out who the tiger really is.55
This was not a great read but not a bad one either. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never really did. The characters were not easily seen in my imagination because there was not much description of them. I felt like the entire book should have just been the first few chapters of a bigger book. I was able to continue reading without being bored but it would have been a lot better with a climax and resolution in the book.35
I enjoyed this story so much that I plan on reading it again in the near future. Very imaginative and fun55
I enjoyed reading this except for one thing: the constant use of “snort” and “grunt”. Those words refer to the disgusting guttural sounds made by swine.55
One woman trying to find family and love. One man trying to save family. When their lives collide and sparks fly. I highly recommend this book.45
Great escapism. Makes you want to read the next in the series!55
It was fun leaving the “the real, normal world” to go into the paranormal world. It made you stretch your imagination, life is not as simple and clear cut as it seems.55
Loving this series . Thank you for the enjoyment and laughter55
I enjoyed this light romance. I liked all the side characters and this interesting town. I would have liked to have heard more about the side characters and the town itself.35
I like Kristin Painter’s writing and have read all of her Nocturn Falls series. Shadowvale is not the same type of town, it’s not open to normal humans, only supernaturals and the cursed. This is a rad darker than Noturn Falls but the Author’s humor and likeable characters still characterize this story. The romance moves a bit fast but over all I enjoyed this start to the Shadowvale series and plan to buy the next one.45