What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tracking Shadows by Regan Black

Tracking Shadows
Regan Black
Urban Fantasy

In 2096, the American government has gone above and beyond to 'protect its citizens', even regulating sugar and coffee. Every new legislative measure opens up a black market for an enterprising person willing to seize the opportunity.

In Chicago, Slick Micky is the king of smuggling. Known to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, he specializes in caffeine and sugar and works in the anonymity of shadows. But recently an old enemy is tired of waiting for Micky's empire to crumble and has called in the best assassin in the business to take him out.

Trina Durham is an assassin with a sterling reputation, thanks to her unique ability to induce deadly hallucinations. When Slick Micky killed her best friend, she left Chicago - forever. She's back now, unable to resist the perfect opportunity for vengeance. But no one warned her Slick Micky might as well be a shadow. Or that shedding light on the man and his secrets would put both her heart and reputation at risk.

If there is one genre that I love almost as much as romance, it's urban fantasy and when I find a book that has both - I'm in serious heaven. I was given a review copy of Tracking Shadows as part of a blog tour and I'll admit, I generally stay away from futuristic stories but I'm telling you, right here... right now... I WOULD'VE BEEN A FOOL TO PASS THIS BY. I absolutely fell in love with this book and wild horses couldn't drag me out of it. Forget being pulled into a story, I was sucked in and held captive. I did NOT want this book to END *pouts*

What an amazing storyline. I have to give kudos to Regan because there was no point in this story were my energy lagged or where I found my attention drifting. She created characters that I instantly liked and I'll admit, I was a little "unsure" about the name Slick Micky. The image that came to mind was not very flattering and for a romance junkie who is all about the sexy and swoony, I had my fingers crossed. What a welcome surprise when Micky turned out to be this guy that was all kinds of seductive goodness. I LOVED everything about him... the danger of his position as the "head" guy, the protectiveness he felt towards those who worked for him, the vulnerability and emotion he brought with his feelings for Trina and just the "feel" of him. I can't describe it... I'm crushing hard!

I LOVED the concept Regan used for smuggling. It made me giggle that the contraband of the story were things like sugar and coffee, things we take for granted now but in the future, things we'll move heaven and earth to get a little of. I love that even though Micky was the "King of Supply and Demand" with his slogan "Anything.. anywhere... anytime", he worked hard at providing a safe place for people. I loved all the drama that came with the story, the conspiracy and hidden plots in trying to assassinate Micky and the incredible intelligence it took to figure it out. It was a complete rush to read as it slowly unfolded.

I am a huge fan of strong heroines. Nothing turns me off more than a weak spined female that cowers and simpers and waits for a knight in shining armor to sweep in a make everything better. Sure, that may be nice once in a while, but nothing beats reading about a woman who can think for herself. Trina is this kind of woman and I loved watching the way she developed throughout the story. She was so hell bent on revenge, devastated over the death of her BFF and as her plans unravel, she's left unsure of where she fits. What she does know, is she will protect and do all she can to keep the man of her heart safe. I really liked watching her melt and change and accept that Micky wasn't who she believed he was.

I have to share. For the Menage A Blog, the author shared one of the swoony moments in the book. It left me with a huge smile on my face but there was another scene that touched me, so much I'd recommend the book just on it. Micky, for the big, bad smuggler he was, grieved heavily for the loss of a beloved friend. When it came time to give his speech at the memorial, his emotions choked him and it was Trina who helped him through it. CHILLS that kept on coming as he later sought her out and the moment they shared had me stop reading so I could share it with my BFF. It's emotions like those that make reading an amazing experience for me and I was SO glad to find them in Tracking Shadows.

This is definitely a book I'd recommend to die hard urban fantasy lovers but also to romance lovers because it really was the best of both worlds. This book has a lot to offer and I'm really glad that I had the chance to read it. Now, all I need do is convince Regan to write more Micky. I feel an addiction coming on! Happy reading.



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