Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Shadow - Marie James - Release Blitz & Review

Title: Shadow
Series: Cerberus MC #3
Author: Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance/MC
Release Date: August 3, 2016
Morrison “Shadow” Griggs, VP of the Cerberus MC, is a force to be reckoned with. Women fall at his feet, willing to do almost anything for a night with him.   Misty Bowen is the exception. She’s young and impressionable, but with her religious upbringing, she’s able to resist Shadow’s advances… for a while at least. Never one to look back on past conquests, Shadow is surprised that he’s intrigued by Misty, which only grows more when she seems to be done with him without a word. Being ghosted by a twenty-one-year-old is not the norm where he’s concerned, and the rejection doesn’t sit right with him. Life goes on, however, until Misty shows up on the doorstep of the Cerberus MC clubhouse with a surprise that rocks his entire world off of its axis. With only the clothes on her back and the consequences of her lies and deceit, Misty needs help now more than she ever has. Alone in the world and desperate for help, she turns to the one man she thought she’d never see again. Shadow would never turn his back on a woman in need, but his inability to forgive has always been his main character flaw. Unintended circumstances have cast Misty into his life, but will he have the ability to keep his distance when her situation necessitates a closeness he’s never dreamed of having with a woman?


5 Stars

 Marie James is very quickly becoming one of my must read, 1 click authors. I have absolutely loved all the books in the Cerberus MC series, and Shadow was no exception. I love an MC series, which is what initially drew me to this series, but the books are all incredibly engaging, entertaining, enthralling with complex and interesting characters. I was hooked with Shadow right from the start, being aware of his character from the other books in the series, I couldn't wait to read his story and once I started I didn't want to put it down. Although this book is the third title in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone. 

The Cerberus MC series, is like most MC books it epitomizes the characteristics of brotherhood, loyalty, friendship and family, but it is also quite unique in that there is minimal violence and death and bloodshed in these books, and in particular in Shadow. 

This is the third installment in the Cerberus MC Series, and it is Shadow 'Morrison' Griggs and Misty Bowen's story. Misty is young at only 21, and quite innocent really having grown up with very religious and strict parents. Shadow on the other hand is 33 and a ladies man. He enjoys his life as a bachelor and in particular that he doesn't answer to anyone. He can't understand why his close friends are getting into committed relationships and doesn't see the appeal. Misty and Shadow had hooked up in Denver on several occasions, and after a series of events she ends up on the club's doorstep. 

These characters are completely endearing, yet at times they were both infuriating. In particular Shadow frustrated me, but in saying that he is a wonderful portrayal of a flawed alpha male, who is not perfect and needs to get his head out of his ass. This book is quite an emotional roller coaster with a lot of anger and sadness, but also romance and heat. The story line is heartbreaking at times and you feel emotionally connected to this couple and pull for them to find their happy ever after. 

Overall this book has a wonderful story line, and is beautifully written, and I don't hesitate in giving it 5 stars. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Cerberus MC. 
“Fancy seeing you here, Darlin’,” I whisper into the neck of the familiar female.     I see her smile, turning her head slightly toward mine. “Shadow,” she says softly as if she’s seen me prior to now and was waiting for me to come to her. “Let’s dance,” I say grabbing her hand and walking her out to the small dance floor. I met Misty Bowen months ago when several of the Cerberus MC members traveled to Denver with Kincaid, our president, to help find his cousin’s abducted girlfriend. She was working in the front office of the school Josie worked at and was abducted from. Being there was routine for me, part of my job was to canvas the area and see if anyone had seen anything unusual leading up to the kidnapping. What wasn’t routine was my heart skipping a beat and my cock thickening in my jeans at the sight of the young, dark-haired beauty answering calls at the front desk of the elementary school. Not one to deny myself, I pursued her relentlessly in my down time in Denver, finally catching her a few days before the mission ended in finding Josie alive, tied up in a closet in a meth den. It was actually Misty who called and gave me the heads up that a little girl came and reported her parents for keeping a woman tied up in their house. She was the consummate, attentive lover, keen on any suggestion I made. We’re back in Denver for Josie and Kaleb’s wedding. I’m slow dancing with the girl I never thought I’d see again. To be honest, I’m an asshole, and I haven’t given her much thought since the last time I climbed out of the hotel bed, leaving her asleep without so much as a kiss on the cheek. Seeing her now with her dark hair pulled up high on her head, leaves me with a little bit of regret, wondering if I shouldn’t have handled things differently. She’s gorgeous in her conservative, black dress as we sway to the music. I came to this wedding with every intention of finding a chick to take back to my room, but I also never considered that Misty would be here. It’s perfect actually because I know she’ll be willing to accompany me without much of a fight. This gives me more time with her body than if I had to woo some other chick tonight. “I guess I should have expected you to be here,” I say into her hair as I lead her around the dance floor. “I know you and Josie are friends.” She nods. “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I didn’t think the rescuing bikers would come back though.” “We always show up for family,” I say in explanation. The song fades from one song to another more upbeat song, one I wouldn’t be caught dead dancing to. “I’m gonna grab drink, Darlin’. I know you’re not old enough, but you want a water? Coke maybe?” She grins mischievously. “I’ll have a martini.” I cock an eyebrow at her. “I turned twenty-one last month.” “Martini it is,” I say wrapping my arm around her waist as we make our way to the bar. We drink. We dance. We stumble to my room in the hotel a few hours later. Through the haze of alcohol, I clumsily remove her clothes, licking, kissing, and sucking every inch of her body that comes close to my mouth. She does the same. She was shy and reserved the first time I managed to get her under me, but in a matter of days I managed to turn her into the minx she is now pawing at my clothes. “Fuck,” I groan when she bites my nipple just a little too hard. I pick her up and toss her on the bed, undressing myself to avoid further injury to either one of us. I grab the condom from my wallet before shucking off my slacks. I’m sure I pop a button off my white shirt in my haste to get it off my body. I stare over at her, legs spread wide, hands groping at her full breasts. “Damn, Darlin’,” I say walking to the bed and tearing at the condom wrapper with my teeth. “Don’t get started without me.” I crawl between her legs. The shift in the mattress causes me to lose my balance. I fall to my side, but right myself quickly. I pick up the rubber that bounced out of my hand and begin rolling it down my throbbing cock, watching Misty’s face. Her eyes are hooded, and looking down to the apex of her thighs I can see her arousal glistening in the low light of the room. “Goddamn it,” I spit when the thin latex tears in my fingers. “What’s wrong?” she purrs. I rip the ruined condom off my cock and sit back on my heels, hands on my thighs. “That was my only fucking condom.” She shakes her head. “I’m on the pill,” she pants reaching for my dick, stroking it in long firm pulls. “I haven’t been with anyone since you.” I pull her hand off me, but rather than tell her that’s not going to happen, the bourbon changes my mind. I spread her legs and line my bare cock against her entrance. “Yes,” she begs. I thrust into her in one stroke, loving the way she encapsulates me. Hot, tight, perfect pussy quivers along my length as I lean over her. Slanting my mouth slightly, I kiss her sloppily. She doesn’t seem to mind and gives just as good as she gets. I feel her legs wrap around my hips, and I plunge even deeper. I can feel her breasts shifting and moving from the pounding, relentless drives of my hips. Her whimper is the first sign of her impending orgasm, so I grind my hips, rotating my body against her clit. Nails dig deep into my back as she clenches around me. I swallow her cries of ecstasy and give her mine as I explode inside of her. “Fuck, Misty.” I kiss her again. “This pussy is going to be the death of me.” She nips at my chin as I pull out of her and flop on my back. My breathing is erratic, and I hate the way the cold air hits my dick so soon after leaving the warmth of her body. I hear my cell phone chime a text. Looking at the bedside table, I see that it’s after two in the morning. Only important shit hits my phone this late. I reach into the pocket of my slacks and pull my phone out. Kincaid: Wrench is in town. Get your ass over here. Kincaid and Emmalyn are staying at Kaleb and Josie’s tonight, and he has a pretty good sixth sense about shit like this, so I know he’s not just being overprotective over his girl. I climb out of the bed and begin pulling my clothes back on. Once dressed, I lean over Misty who still has a sated smile on her face. “I have to go, Darlin’.” Her smile falters slightly before she tugs her lips back up. I lean in and take her dark nipple into my mouth, sucking it to a hardened peak. I mentioned I’m an asshole right? I need to make sure that she’s down to meet up again should I find my way back to Denver anytime soon. I kiss her long and hard before walking out of the room to make sure my club president and his woman are safe.
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Marie James: I’m a full-time, working mother of two boys and wife of 11 years. I've spent almost my entire lifetime living in central Texas, with only short stays in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. I've always wanted to write novels and just recently had the gumption to sit down and start one. My passions include reading everything under the sun and plotting out new books to write in the future.   Kincaid is my 7th book. I’ve also written the Hale Series, Love ME Like That, and a FanFiction named Psychosis, featuring up and coming cover model, Matthew Hosea, as the main character. This book was done for fun and all of the proceeds are going to charity. All of my books are currently available on Amazon.