Haunted by memories of her past, Amethyst Lakes left her home to come to Edenton. She was ready to start a new life on her own after being stalked relentlessly. Hayden Hunter is too busy being sheriff to take interest in a woman. That is until his officer drags Amethyst into his life. For the first time he wants to protect and claim. There's instant attraction between the two, but Amethyst isn't ready for anyone since she found out her ex killed himself after she sent him away for good. Preston has always protected Amethyst, and when he finds out something of legend and nightmares is coming for her, he'll do everything he can to keep her safe. Amethyst is either the catalyst to bring nightmares fully into this realm or the one to end them. Can she find the power to stop the darkness, or will she wind up its prey? Pretty little nymph, suspicious but sexy earth fae, cocky mage, and a nightmare of old.
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This is the second book in the Others of Edenton series. I really enjoyed it!
This book is again narrated by Kelley Hazen Story Teller Productions. I really enjoyed her interpretation of the characters. Kelley Hazen's reading voice is lovely to listen to. I love her diction and she gave each character their own voice, which brought them to life. This helped me see them clearly in my mind's eye. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by this lady in the future.
Hayden Hunter is a very enigmatic character. I wasn't sure whether I liked him or not when I met him in the first book of the series, In Too Deep. He is extremely taciturn and mysterious, so I was looking forward to getting to know him a little better. He is a powerful Earth Fae, but doesn't seem to use his magic much. Being the Sheriff of the town of Edenton is not an easy job, but he makes it look like it is. He is well respected by the residents and, by the end of the book, I respected him too. When he meets Amethyst, attraction sparks fly.
Amethyst Lakes is a Water Nymph. I liked her, but on occasion found myself wanting to shout at her and tell her to pay better attention about things happening around her! She can be a little self-centered and a little self-pitying, but she has a good heart. Because she is a nymph, her power comes from sex and lust. She is not ready for a new relationship so soon after her ex killed himself, but after meeting the sexy Sheriff, he is a temptation she is determined to avoid. However, fate (or destiny) has other plans.
Having listened (as well as read) In Too Deep, I was eager to continue the series. I started to listen and was quickly hooked! I must admit that I was a little confused at first, because the story started by following a character called Sapphire, who was a very powerful Water Nymph. But, then I realised that it was a backstory for one of the characters and gave both Hayden and Amethyst a connection, even though remote. The story is told from several characters' point's of view, which gave it an interesting twist. We also get to know Preston, one of the council members, a little better. I must admit that I did feel sorry for him as the story unfolded. He is a really nice guy, who deserves to find happiness. I hope he does in the future. Carl, Amethyst's ex, is (or was) a warlock and a real piece of work. *SPOILER ALERT!!!* His "death" allows a Shadowfae to escape the prison Sapphire had imprisoned him in hundreds of years previously, and sets off a series of events that endanger the lives of several of the Edenton residents.
This story is just as fast paced as the first. There are several surprising twists that I didn't see coming and danger lurks in the corners. However, the only issue I had with this story was with the dialogue. I still felt that the dialogue was a little too "teen/angst ridden" for supposed adults and I found myself rolling my eyes on occasion. Yes, Amethyst is a young nymph, but I felt that some of her dialogue made her seem rather naive and a little immature for being in her early twenties. However, she does grow as a character and it was nice to watch her bloom. This story took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion, with lots of danger and action. I loved how the final showdown between Amethyst and the Shadowfae unfolded. It was extremely exciting and it had me sitting on the edge of my seat! The ending left me looking forward to continuing the series and will read or listen to the next book in the series, Falling Into Place as soon as possible.
Brandy L. Rivers has written an intriguing sequel in the series. I loved her fast paced writing style, and the flow was wonderful. Unfortunately, the melodramatic dialogue was the only thing that let this story down in my opinion. However, with that being said, I would definitely read more of her books in the future.
Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic paranormal romances full of werewolves, vampires, fae, druids etc. - Lynn Worton
"Great Story, Horrible voices"
Yes, I love the stories.
Anyone. Kelley has a horrible reader's voice. Most annoying.
"The voice made me crindge right through the story"
After this performance I'm not sure.
It was OK nothing amazing to speak about kind of a let down after In too deep, I found the main Character really lacked confidence and really didn't improve even at the end, normally a character grows as they take their journey Amethyst did not. I found her lacking any strength and just really unbelievable. Haden's character also was disappointing as the hard assed sheriff wasn't even preforming his duties properly and turns into some dirty little prep boy. Some may enjoy this story I was not impressed, it sounded so promising at the beginning, but not long into it. Sadly disappointing.
Stronger lead character and the voice ARHHH it was so high pitched I really had to listen hard to understand what the character was saying and it was like nails being run across a blackboard.
I do try not to pull a novel apart but just give my honest opinion of what I think of it. Criticisms I give I wish to be taken as constructive and not hurtful.
I have enjoyed other novels from this author and performer and would still recommend them to others.
"Really bad narration for a decent story."
The story is ok, but I actually caught myself cringing every time the narrator did the voice of Amethyst. The narration is more suited to a young child's book, I found it very irritating.
"What a fantastic series"
I am loving the Others of Edenton series. When I read the story it seemed to pick up in the middle of lives in progress. Each of the couples have intriguing paranormal powers and the couples have great chemistry.
Adored reading this book and loved it even more on audio!
Shadows of the Past is book 2 of The Others of Edenton Series (but the 4th book in the series). This is Amethyst's and Hayden's story.
After leaving San Francisco and the mess of her old life behind, all Amethyst wants to do is move to Edenton to rebuild herself and heal. She wants to rest, spend time with friends, and have some alone time.
Enter Sheriff Hayden Hunter. He is a sexy earth fae who is captivated by the beautiful lavender haired nymph from the moment he sets eyes on her.
Something dark and evil is happening in Edenton. Will Amethyst be able to overcome her past and discover her true power to help?
I absolutely love this series! I count down the days for each new book! If you have not had the pleasure of reading them and you are a paranormal lover, do yourself a favor and discover the brilliance that is Brandy Rivers!
"Could not put the headphones away! LOVED"
I am completely taken with Brandy’s books and the dynamic characters and intensely complex worlds and dynamics she has created. I am lucky enough to be able to listen to this series since it enhances everyday chores and life taking me to new places and intense loves. Brandy’s books on audio never let me down and make putting the headphones away and paying attention to life an impossible task. Shadows Of The Past had this novice paranormal lover learning about new types of beings and the passionate ways they live and love.
Amethyst and Hayden’s story is one of hurt, pain, passion, love and power. The Fae are a new being for me and I have fallen deeply for them . Amethyst is a nymph who refuses to use her powers for selfish wants. Stuck in a bad situation she runs to Edenton for a new start. When a bad situation becomes worse, the town sheriff, Hayden, is there to lend a helping hand. When the Shadow Fae come to town causing havoc and leaving corpses in it’s wake everything becomes complicated. Even with trouble brewing Hayden and Amethyst cannot deny their pull towards each other and giving in is a given.
To make complicated matters even more complicated, Amethyst has always crushed on Preston but he has always denied his attraction to her citing her young age as a reason for pushing her away. Now, as years have passed Amethyst has matured and he starts to see his desire for her as something he cannot deny. Timing could not be worse and puts strains on their friendship. I desperately love Preston and hope that in future books we get to see him find peace and happiness.
Hayden and Amethyst have a intense dynamic and are so sexy together I cannot even begin to explain it all. Hayden’s desire for her has him doing things that he never thought he would do and even though he feels guilty he cannot force himself to stop. I cannot say how sexy (and trust me in no way creepy) he is. As a nymph, Amethyst, has always been in touch with her sexuality but the connection she has with Hayden takes that to a whole new level.
Brandy writes strong heroines to put up against alpha males like no one else. Her women do not need saving, they need a partner to help them save themselves. I love this concept. This does not stop her men from having all the sexy protective strong alpha qualities we have all come to love.
The others of Edenton is a sexy and action packed series full of worlds I never knew could exist. Every book I read in this series I love more than the last and that is saying a lot. Highly recommended you don’t want to miss these fast paced and sexy books.
**can be read as a standalone but I do recommend at least reading the novelette, Shadows Fall featuring Amethyst and the circumstances bringing her to Edenton. Also, on the whole I personally recommend reading the entire series!
"This book does not belong in the shadows"
Shadows of the Past was Amethyst's story, it carries on from book #1 and book #1.5. I really liked Amethyst she was a caring soul who doesn't like what her fae powers can do.
Hayden the suspicious Sheriff we met in previous books has a larger role in this book, I loved seeing more of him, I wish we got to see more of what his Earth Fae powers can do. Hopefully we can see that somewhere in future books.
We saw a lot more of Preston then I was expecting. You could say his life path changes in the book, I can't wait to see what instore for him in the future.
Now the Robert, Liz and Tremaine triangle is intriguing... Ms Rivers give me more!
I have loved this narrator during the other books of this series, but her voice for Amethyst grated on me a little too much in this book, I had to listen in short stints because I couldn't handle it for long periods.
The storyline flowed really well and like I said earlier I just adore all these characters. I can't wait to pick up the next book that Brandy gives us. Brandy L Rivers is an Author who I will automatically buy anything she writes, as she never disappoints.
The voice of the main character Amethyst sounds like a 3 year old, Not of a young being that is old enough to find a mate.
"Love this story"
I absolutely adore the dynamic between Ame and Hayden in this novel. They are fierce once they stop fighting everyone around them. The author does great at leading into other storylines so that we know that more is coming in this series.
I was fortunate to read this in ebook prior to the audio version and was already in love with this story. The down fall for the audio for me was the tone selected for Ame. All in all great story, great inflection by the narrator and can't wait for more!
Both amazing but listening to it, brings the story to life
Amethyst - I enjoyed seeing her get more comfortable with herself and her powers. LOVED seeing her come out of her shell and become the girl she was meant to be.
the narration by Kelly Hazen Storyteller Productions was on point. She managed to bring the story to life and as always, her different tones and voices enhanced the already fabulous plot. My only teeny, tiny issue was that Amethyst’s voice was a little bit ‘too high’ for my taste, but that did NOT take away from the amazing that this audio book was – at all – or from Kelly’s talented narration.
Everything was balanced out perfectly and kept me 100% invested and intrigued. This book was FAR from boring.
This series keeps getting better and better!! Shadows of the Past was yet another masterpiece by Brandy L Rivers! Really – I completely loved this book! Once again, the narration by Kelly Hazen Storyteller Productions was on point. She managed to bring the story to life and as always, her different tones and voices enhanced the already fabulous plot. My only teeny, tiny issue was that Amethyst’s voice was a little bit ‘too high’ for my taste, but that did NOT take away from the amazing that this audio book was – at all – or from Kelly’s talented narration.
If there is one thing I love about this series, it’s the female lead character in each book. Ms. Rivers has managed to write strong women that, quite frankly, kick butt and take names. They don’t take crap from anyone, not even their men. In Shadows of the Past, Amethyst was no different. She may not have been the tallest girl around, but she was not a pushover by any means. I enjoyed seeing her get more comfortable with herself and her powers. LOVED seeing her come out of her shell and become the girl she was meant to be.
Hayden and Amethyst did not get off to a wonderful start. They both had their fair share of hesitations where giving into each other was concerned, but it was clear as day that they wanted to do so from the very beginning. They couldn’t help it, really. Their reasons for not giving in so quickly were totally understandable, though, especially knowing what they each had been through.
Hayden and Amethyst were a perfect match - just what they each needed and man, what a perfect timing! They both were adamant about not falling in love and all that, but really? They could not fight it any longer. Their chemistry was palpable and it truly sizzled. I loved listening to their and I could not help but have a smile on my face the whole time.
Along with the very steamy romance, Rivers mixed in drama really well. I honestly consider Shadows of the Past to be a true page turner. Everything was balanced out perfectly and kept me 100% invested and intrigued. This book was FAR from boring. I loved seeing the other characters throughout the plot and all their interactions. Others of Edenton is a highly addictive Paranormal Romance series that I highly recommend! Another FIVE STAR, MUST READ, steamy romance!
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