Ivy Mason is hiding - from her past, from herself, and from anyone who could love her. The only kind of love she's ever known hurts, leaving scars on her body and soul. Now, her world may be boring and predictable, but that's exactly what she wants. Until Devon Clay walks into her life.
A lonely man in a deadly profession, Devon works as an agent for an underground British agency known only as the Shadow. Nothing about him is safe or ordinary. The danger that consumes his life turns into an addiction Ivy can't resist... even if it proves fatal.
As Ivy's past begins to catch up with her, she wonders if love really is the twisted thing she's always thought it was. Maybe it could be more with this man, who's shown her that she doesn't need to protect herself from everyone. Is what she feels for Devon worth the risk? He may save her heart or break it, if she manages to stay alive.
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"Never have I seen such a STUPID heroine!!!!!!"
Even though free, I WON'T, CAN'T bear to listen to the next 2 books.
She is rude to her best friend and did only 2 things intelligent in the entire book.
"AN ADDICTIVE LISTEN THAT PACKS SO MUCH IN"
There's only one thing better than stumbling across the start of a brilliant trilogy.... and that's to have all three parts available right now - no waiting impatiently, no forgetting the plot-line and the da da of a cliffhanger becomes a mere bump in the road. However, I am getting a little tired of books being split into trilogies when so many, not so greedy Authors/Publishers, manage to write and deliver WHOLE books that only cost ONE credit (ok rant over!).
This is a mystery thriller with suspense, tingles and shivers as Ivy slowly reveals her past (spoiler - child abuse) to the one man who should never have been affected by it..... Devon the ice-cold, mysterious, handsome, sexy, charismatic Spy. Because his heart is cold, he's no good for Ivy, but their mutual attraction can't keep him away and can't stop Ivy from saying yes.... yes to the passion-filled sex, yes to falling for him and yes for hoping for more.
Lots of secrets, lies, intrigue, twists, regrets, betrayal and revelations. It's got sex, emotional highs and lows and lots of action-packed drama and, while the plot slowly unfurls, the characters develop, feelings deepen and the storyline takes them into murky and dangerous waters. Told from Ivy's POV except the bloody and brutal Epilogue where Devon kept his promise. The narration was okay.
Worth a credit? It would have been well worth a credit but, at under $8, I just bought it and saved my credit for a costlier book - but it may not be as enjoyable as this.
"Heavy Subject Matter with Good Suspense"
The subplot of the story is a very weighty topic. The story itself has teeth as well. This is not my usual Genre of books to read however I wanted to give something new a shot. It was very steamy and it had some great fantasy chick lit aspects with superb character development. The backstory bothered me greatly however which is why I didn't give it as high of a rating. Overall it keeps you hooked until the end if you're into thrillers!
"3.5 Stars Mixed Feelings"
My overall impression of this first book in the new Tangled Ivy Trilogy is it's going to get better. For me, In His Shadow was a slow start, setting the scene for the following books and lacked the “wow factor.”
As an victim of abuse, Ivy has built a wall around her life to protect herself. Her best friend Logan introduces her to suitable guys to date, but she prefers to remain single and unattached. She's living her life as she sees fit and enjoys a lifestyle comparable with young women her age, whilst hanging out with friends that she trusts and make her feel safe. So with this in mind, I didn't comprehend why Ivy was attracted to Devon; the mysterious customer from the bank she works at.
Devon Clay is an enigmatic guy, who plays his cards close to his chest. He has an eye for the ladies' but only long enough to satisfy his needs. He is a man of few words, at least in the beginning, so I didn't feel any chemistry between him and Ivy. For me, actions didn't speak louder than words on this occasion. Towards the end, Devon begins to open up more about his feelings, so only then did I see a glimpse of mutual attraction.
I thought I would really love this book and although I finished it because I wanted to find out what happened, there was just a lot I did not like about it. The story was engrossing enough, but a lot of it seemed a bit too "cliche". I found myself thinking "Oh, come on. Seriously?" far too often at some plot twist or umpteenth time the heroine was rescued. Ivy's relationship with her roommate and long time friend made me crazy. Can she honestly not see how he feels?
Towards the end of the book, the plot picks up pace and we finally begin to see the brilliance of Ms Snow's writing, hopefully a launch pad for better things to come in books two and three. Whilst I'm not completely sold on this first book in The Tangled Ivy Trilogy, I firmly believe what will follow will be worth taking the time to listen too.
Karen Peakes was good with the delivery of the story.
I have been waiting for Tiffanys new book to come out, and now that it has I am very disappointed. I have tried to get thru this book several times and usually cannot listen to more than a chapter at a time...just so bad.
"SLOW START BUT WELL WORTH THE WAIT !!"
As other reviewers have stated, the first few chapters are excrutiatingly slow going and painfully uneventful, but I toughed it out and am so very glad. This was just the beginning of a trilogy of amazing intrigue, suspense, romance, and on-the-edge of your seat mystery. This author did a wonderful job with this book and Karen Peakes has an astounding ability with English and Scottish accents, southern drawl and the voices of the different characters (all different) throughout this book. The combination of these two women is a great one and hope their partnership in audio presentations of future books remains solid.
"Entertaining read ....."
I have mixed feelings about this story. I enjoy the spy who falls for the damsel in distress as much as any other romantic ... but I really wanted to smack Devon. Ivy has an abusive past which she is fighting to over come. She settled into a comfortable life until Devon enters her life and she is drawn into a situation from one of her banks customers. Is this story believable? Maybe. I was drawn into the story despite my misgivings. I ended up believing that Devon was distancing himself from Ivy to protect her ..... warning this is a TRILOGY. I don't know if i am invested enough to read the other two books. The attraction/sex is hot ... Ivy certainly finds herself in life threatening situations quite often. I used a credit for this story and certainly feel it was worth while.
Excellent storyline. Gifted narrator. Great range of love, sex and danger. This is another Tiffany Snow book that you just can't put down until finished. Then you start all over again and again.
"fantastic story. so glad it continues ."
so glad this story continues in shadow of doubt. wonderful story. could not stop reading. so disappointed with myself for devouring it in two days. I highly recommend this book. you won't disappointed.
"Looking forward to book 2"
I really enjoyed the book. There were a couple times when I was a little confused in her writing but managed to get back on track quickly. Love the characters. Looking forward to book 2...
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