Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett (Roaring Twenties #2)

Grim Shadows by Jenn BennettAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

It’s the Roaring Twenties in foggy San Francisco. Prohibition is on, inhibitions are low, and dark magic is rolling into town… Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco’s wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron’s uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes maddeningly complicated…

Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he’s transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet’s power, she can’t fathom the destruction—or the desire—it’s about to stir up.

I absolutely adore the concept of this series, a little roaring twenties with some paranormal activities makes me a happy girl. This second book is all that I had hoped for as we are again in San Francisco and a Magnusson family member is knee deep in trouble.

Lowe Magnusson is traveling home to San Francisco when he meets an intriguing woman who helps when they get into a dangerous spot. He has just returned from Cairo and is carrying a rare amulet, one that Archibald Bacall, an oddball museum curator and a very wealthy man is interested in. Archie has asked his daughter Hadley, to intercept Lowe in Salt Lake City, not realizing the trouble they get into.

Hadley works with her father, she has all the knowledge that most men in her field have, yet they do not recognize it and it aggravates her. But she is most angry with her mother, who died when she was young; she was not a nurturing woman and had a streak of selfishness that caused future pain for both Archie and Hadley. Currently Hadley is left dealing with a curse that she inherited from her mother, of dark specters feeding off her emotions. Hadley and Lowe team up to find additional pieces of the amulet that were hidden in San Francisco several years ago. They not only have to fight current dangers but they also have to fight past dangers as Lowe’s troubles come back to haunt him and threaten to tear their fragile relationship apart.

Grim Shadows is an amazing book that takes me to a world with engaging as well as evil characters. The setting is a San Francisco that many will recognize during the twenties but with just a little magic to make it interesting.

Hadley is truly a remarkable woman, she wants to be treated like any other person in her field of work but is fighting the times she is living in, even her father does not recognize her contributions and it is very frustrating to her. She is also fighting the shadows or specters that follow her and feed off her negative energy, and several times we are treated to the affects. Hadley is smart and I love the banter between her and Lowe, they match each other with intelligence and wit and it is fun to watch them spar. I love when they each give a secret if the other does, a little of “you show me yours and I will show you mine”, it works so well.

Lowe is a different sort, a definite anti-hero as he is covering one lie after another and they seem to grow. When he does try to go the way of the truth, things still spiral out of his grip and he can’t avoid the trouble that follows. He does redeem himself many times and that is probably why I love him even though he is so manipulative. Hadley and Lowe complement each other perfectly and although I want to scream at him for her, she gives as well as she receives. The attraction they feel for each other is palpable but she has some issues with touch and he feels at bit rejected at times, it is a little amusing to see him so confused. Yet when they do finally break through the issues, they are combustible together and the scenes are very hot.

The secondary characters add so much to the story, I enjoyed seeing Winter and Aida from the first book and although this is the second in a series it can easily be read as a standalone as the story is very complete and the author brings in former characters with ease. The plot is fast paced from beginning to end as we go from Hadley and Lowe running for their lives in Salt Lake City to the streets of San Francisco where they face ever increasing dangers. I highly recommend this book and series for those that love their romance books with danger, intrigue and just a bit of magic.

I give Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett 4.5 stars!

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