on July 18, 2017 :
If you thought you had read everything to do with Dracula, then think again. Claudy Conn - Paranormal Romance Author has given the tale a new twist with her Shadow Love series, of which this is the first book. In this, you get a brief background with a few details to be going on with, and then you are in the action. Finding out who is who, wondering about others, disliking or not trusting yet even more.
This is a wonderful story that is well written, well paced and with characters that are fully dimensional and with depth. If you like Alpha Males then you have to choose between Chad and Damon... and even now I'm not sure which one I prefer!
There's not as much 'steam' in this book as in others of Claudy Conn's that I have read but that in no way detracts from the story.
Excellent start to the series.
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
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(review of free book)
on Dec. 25, 2012 :
Another interesting series from Ms. Conn. My only complaint is that her characters are pretty predictable in terms of mannerisms, wardrobe and even dialogue. If one more "Fella" is said I will hit someone! Saying that I still enjoy her books.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 3, 2012 :
Once again Claudy does it again. Where do I start with this book? It had my attention from the very first page to the very last one. She made Shawna funny, well not funny but feisty and entertaining as hell to read about. Then you have Pentim who you know is dangerous but you can also tell he is sexy and very alluring vampire. Shawna and Pantim is a match made in heaven well maybe not heaven. I think the way Claudy made Shawn half witch and half vampire makes u just want to read about it because you know the plot is good especially with her writing history. Shawna is a good person, she never did anything bad she didn't even use human blood for anything! There are so many emotions while reading this book, and I was pregnant when I read this book so I was extra emotional. This story isn't like most I read first its a romance book and somehow Claudy has got me hooked on her romance books. And Second, I just can't stay away from her books period no matter if they are paranormal or not.
5 out of 5
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
on Oct. 6, 2012 :
Claudy has given the ending of this book a Spring Cleaning and I cannot wait to read it again.
Thank you Claudy
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2012 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok wow, this book has a lot going on. Half vamp, half witch Shawna is on the run from her crazy, evil vampire father who wants to turn her all the way into a full vamp. Shawna is a white witch and although she needs blood for her vampire side, she only consumes animal blood from the butcher. She wants nothing to do with him. She runs to Scotland to a little rental cottage owned by a gentleman squire. He seems quite nice but a little off. She has been approached by Chadwick, who claims to want to help her, but she doesn't know or trust him. She also keeps running into an old acquaintance named Damon, He's vamp, but he's also something else too, but for some reason, she trusts him. Throughout this book, she is stalked by vampires and electric entity's amongst other things. Chad says he wants to help her, train her, and defeat her father. She can't figure out exactly what he is either and isn't sure if she trusts him, but there is a major attraction between them that can't be ignored. After a series of close calls, Shawna agrees to train with Chad. But will she have time to hone her skills before her father finds and tries to change her or the entity gets her? Her old friend Damon will come into play during the story as well as DRACULA! Great book, must read.
(reviewed 89 days after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2012 :
Another great series by Claudy Conn!! I was pulled in right away and found it impossible to put down. I loved the way the story unfolded and the characters were incredible. I have already purchased book 2 in the series and can't wait to start it. I know I will be adding this series to my "must re-read over and over again" list for sure!!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
ShadowLove Stalkers by Claudy Conn
Shadow Series Book 1
Shawna MacBay, her current last name she’s using since she has run off to hide in Scotland, is trying to stay ahead of the Rawley Clan. Vampires led by her father, Pentim Rawley, who she always knew existed but he only recently learned that he has a daughter. And why wouldn’t she want to meet dear old daddy? He’s a vampire, and a bad one at that, and he will want her to be one of the soulless creatures as well. No thanks!
Chadwick MacFare sees Shawna as the perfect bait to finally end Pentim’s life. Chad has his own personal reasons for wanting the vamps existence wiped off this earth for good. But first Chad needs to convince the beautiful Shawna to be the bait that draws Pentim to his trap. Unlike most women who would gladly go anywhere Chad asked….Shawna don’t. What will it take to gain her trust? And gain it quickly as the evil things around them begin to close in.
The characters in Claudy's books seem to come alive. Whether it be their Scottish brogues or their unique skills. Alpha men who are taken down by the beautiful women they encounter. She writes so you get to see inside the minds of the main characters and others as well. Sometimes I even get to liking the bad guys because you see what makes them tick but they usually do something evil enough that you don't cry when they are extinguished. We meet a unique vampire in this book as well, Damon Drummond. The second book in this series is called ShadowHeart Slayer and is Damon’s story.
**Sexual situations and language
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Lovetiggi's Book Reviews
on July 21, 2012 :
ARC for Review. OMGosh I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you Claudy for being generous and allowing me to explore this Amazing world full of suspense, mystery, betrayal, jealousy, gorgeous, lovable characters,with action packed fight scenes with a touch of horror to keep you guessing who in world is that, and just enough eroticism to spice it perfectly.
Shawna Rawley is a young woman on the run from her biological father who after finding out about her, wants to turn her. She likes who she is and will do whatever it takes to stay that way. Enter Chad MacFare, a her world is about to embark on a journey that makes her blood boil in more ways then one. He has his own reasons for wanting her father, Pentim dead, and wants use her as bait! Oh the nerve of that one.. Will they succeed or fail?
Exceptionally well written, easy to follow, characters are well described and lovable or worthy of despise. The world building is awesome and consistent from beginning to end.I fell in love with Claudy’s writing style.
I recommend this book to all 18+ readers out there who like a multi-layered paranormal read with some spice.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on July 16, 2012 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Ok wow, this book has a lot going on. Half vamp, half witch Shawna is on the run from her crazy, evil vampire father who wants to turn her all the way into a full vamp. Shawna is a white witch and although she needs blood for her vampire side, she only consumes animal blood from the butcher. She wants nothing to do with him. She runs to Scotland to a little rental cottage owned by a gentleman squire. He seems quite nice but a little off. She has been approached by Chadwick, who claims to want to help her, but she doesn’t know or trust him. She also keeps running into an old acquaintance named Damon, He’s vamp, but he’s also something else too, but for some reason, she trusts him. Throughout this book, she is stalked by vampires and electric entity’s amongst other things. Chad says he wants to help her, train her, and defeat her father. She can’t figure out exactly what he is either and isn’t sure if she trusts him, but there is a major attraction between them that can’t be ignored. After a series of close calls, Shawna agrees to train with Chad. But will she have time to hone her skills before her father finds and tries to change her or the entity gets her? Her old friend Damon will come into play during the story as well as DRACULA! Great book, must read.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
An Angels with Attitude book Review 5 stars from us !
Shadow Love: Stalkers (Shadow Vampires, #1)
by Claudy Conn
5 stars Review
What do you do when your father wants to turn you into a vampire and the man who offers you protection has his own, dark agenda?
Shawna Rawley has no choice but to run. Pentim Rawley, one of the most evil vampires who has ever lived, has just discovered that she is his daughter. Now he's obsessed with finding and turning her. She doesn't want Pentim to find the people she loves and use them to get to her. She doesn't want him to find and turn her. She has only one ace up her sleeve. The human in her may be at risk, but in addition to being half vamp, Shawna is also a white witch!
Chad MacFare has an offer for Shawna he thinks she can't afford to refuse: he'll protect her from Pentim and his minions. But Shawna doesn't trust the sexy immortal. She knows he has his own agenda-he wants to kill her father, and he wants to set her up as bait...
My Thoughts and Review
Wow ! What a great start to a new series I loved it ! Love the characters and how the setting and how the story ended up in the Highlands.I have to say when I started reading the story automatically I fell in love with Chad what a charmer he was and his had a way with words. Chad the dark and mysterious Lord with a sense of humor and also a passionate and protective fellow.He was made up of so many layers that you kept peeling them back that you kept learning one more revealing secret about himself and his family.I was so wishing I was Shawna without the danger of course ! LOL
I have to say that Shawna was a strong and independent women and to have someone like Chad come crashing into your life knowing everything about yourself and not a thing about him made her uneasy and distrustful but Chad had a way of worming into heart quickly.But with a father wanting to use you as tool for destruction and wanting to make you a vampire Shawna needed to trust someone and Chad seemed the person.But, Chad was an unknown not knowing the extent of his super powers.But, she would soon learn......
The story was quite the page turner for me ! I could not wait to see what would happen next I couldn't put the e-reader down as we speak.There was so much going on in the story with Shawna learning more about herself and more about her grandparents and mother learning the extent of there own families abilities and putting her abilities to use along with Chad's to defeat a common goal and rid the evil vampire.The story also surprises you that Count Dracula plays a part in the story and as the story unfolds so will the part that Dracula plays in it and we will learn that he is connected to the story in some way and the story continues in the next of series.
This story had all the things that make a great one for me. Fun characters with whit and adventure wrought with danger, mysterious plot, a love triangle in the making , strange occurrences, more than one person trying to kill you and also had me giggling throughout the story and a ending that you know may or may not he a happy one!
I loved the story and look forward to reading the other books in its series. One of the pluses on this author side for me is she has made this into a continuing series which I so love to read with all the other characters gracing the other stories in its series.Looking forward to learning more about them and the role they will play.
Recommend read to all
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on April 25, 2012 :
Claudy did it again! I love, love, love her Fae series, so I thought I would give her vamp series a go. I am so glad I did. One of the many things I enjoy about her writing is that she takes the lore and makes it her own. This book has vampires, black magic, a half vampire/half witch, immortals, and more. She does not stick with the typical vampire story. I love it!!!! The only issue I had with this book was that it kept me up all night reading "just one more chapter". Of course, that "one more chapter" became the whole book. Consequently, I am very tired today ;). I will definitely, without a doubt, be reading the next book in this series. I am so excited to find a new vampire series to dive into! This was super close to a five star :).
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on March 11, 2012 :
Author: Claudy Conn
Released date: June 1, 2011
Page count: 270
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, and paranormal.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I was reading this because I won it from another fellow blogger. It took about 20% to fully get into it but the wait was worth it.
The plot takes some time to fully get into because she explains everything over time. It may seem slow at times, but once the story gets going you'll be sucked into it. Shadowlove-Stalkers is mainly going around the vampire and immortals with questions about who they truly are and why.
The story had the main conflict that it seemed to stick with normally. It had those small little problems that gave the story feeling. Nothing like a electricity demon thing to only find out some idiot brought his mom back to life. You can see what I thought of him.
1) What do you normally like better vampires or immortals? What are your thoughts when they are combined together.
2) What's your favorite paranormal creature to read about, why?
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 19, 2011 :
Avid vampire and paranormal romance enthusiasts are in for a darkly delicious thrill when they sink their teeth into Claudy Conn’s newest series, ShadowLove – Stalkers. Conn has a gift for character and plot development that sets her work apart from other romance novelists. There are few romance writers of her caliber, who are able to sustain and build a quality series as she can do. It is a pleasurable gift to all of us that she has launched her writing into the paranormal and vampire sub-genres.
Shawna has been running for most of her life. Half white witch and half vamp, Shawna’s daddy is Pentim Rawley, the powerful and vicious leader of a ruling vampire clan. Hidden at birth, protected and trained in the magical arts by her grandparents, Shawna has grown into a feisty, independent, beautiful young woman, but she is deeply lonely and now she has to run . . . Pentim has discovered that he has a daughter and he is looking for her.
Enter Chad Macfare . . . with secrets and desires of his own. He has visions, waking dreams of Shawna in Pentim’s grasp, and what he sees chills him to the bone. Chad is moved to seek Shawna himself, but is torn between the need to protect her and the knowledge that he will have to use her as bait if he is ever to destroy the monster that is Pentim Rawley. This is a deadly game with more at risk for Chad Macfare than losing his heart. Chad is more than he seems. His family has secrets so deep that if revealed would bring them under the eye of the father of all vampires himself, Dracula. Together Shawna and Chad struggle with trusting each other and knowing that the secrets they each keep could place others, innocents, in the hands of pure evil.
ShadowLove – Stalkers is filled with steaming action and dramatic tension. Vampires aren’t the only monsters taking cover in the darkness of the night. There are other powers introduced for the series, whose intentions and capabilities are yet to be revealed. Claudy delicately plants the seeds for future development and characters without distracting from the excitement and romance of Stalkers. She has taken the best of the vampire and paranormal lore and built in many intriguing twists and avenues, exploring and combing the lore so masterfully that she develops whole areas of the genre left untouched by other writers. The result is that she has a paranormal, vampire series, of romance novels, which carries her own unique and spicy aroma.
All that being said and I still haven’t mentioned that Claudy fills her stories with enough passion to make the pages spark, sizzle, and steam. She doesn’t skimp when it comes to building sexy into her characters. The women are luscious and the men . . . well, the action doesn’t stop with the plot. She really knows how to make us tingle with anticipation for her next book. ShadowLove – Stalkers is hot, Hot, HOT . . . and yes, I am blushing.
As reviewed for Ink Slinger's Whimsey, by Vonnie Faroqui
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)