Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: Shadows of Jane (The Shadows Trilogy, #1) by Amy Hale

Book Blurb:

Colt Henderson is a man who lives for the moment. His past has taught him that life is unpredictable and often disappointing. A confirmed bachelor, he believes that love only exists in fairy tales.

She’s lost, scared, and can’t remember a thing about her past or her identity. She senses all is not as it should be, but without her memory, how does she know what to fear and what to trust? Because of her status as a Jane Doe, she names herself Jane and works to put her life back together. In the process she learns that she possesses unique abilities that certain people will kill for.

Fate throws Colt and Jane together, but they both have a lot to learn about forgiveness and acceptance. Colt’s determination and Jane’s remarkable gifts will send them on a journey they never expected. To survive they will need each other, but sometimes facts are scarier than fiction, and the truth is better left unknown.

My Review:

In Shadows of Jane by Amy Hale, Jane and Colt meet when Jane finds her way to his home and collapses.  Physically recovering in hospital, Jane has amnesia and has no clue who she is or where she came from.  As she recovers, she attempts to restart her life as Jane...but her past is not done with her.  Colt has been mesmerized by Jane from the moment he opened his door to her.  He doesn't believe in love, but he can't stay away from her.  As Jane heals, the become closer very quickly.  Even as Jane's hidden powers start to come to light, Colt and Jane become stronger.  But when Jane's past catches up with her, can they trust each other as danger closes in?  To be together they will both have to find acceptance and go all in if they can.

Shadows of Jane was an interesting read of fantasy/romance/amnesia trope.  I would have liked a lot more background on Jane to make it easier to connect with her and understand where she was coming from and what she faces moving forward.  I felt like being so unaware of who she was and where she came from made it difficult for me to feel fully involved in the plot.  Jane is a heroine who is very trusting, and at times so trusting of what people said that it was frustrating and dangerous for her.  I did like watching her become stronger as the plot progressed and found it unique that her 'powers' were essentially just accepted by people.  The quick connection between Jane and Colt is believable for me, because I really believe sometimes you just know right away!  I liked seeing how Colt was with Jane.

There are some great secondary characters in Shadows of Jane, from good to evil that spices things up a lot.

Shadows of Jane was a quick read and fairly well paced.  I'd recommend it to younger adult readers who like a fantasy/paranormal romance mix.

3/5 stars

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