Review: Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett ★★★★★

Grim Shadows (Roaring Twenties, #2)Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Roaring Twenties #2
Publication Date: June 3rd 2014
ISBN: 9780425269589
Page Count: 325
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: 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.


REVIEW

I can't quite decide if I love this series so much because I've discovered a passion for the 20s era it's set in, or if I only love it so well because of Bennett's exquisitely sensual and clever writing, but either way, I'm definitely loving it! Grim Shadows is an excellent follow up to Bitter Spirits in every conceivable way.

We return to the delectable Magnusson brothers, this time with Lowe, younger brother of Winter from book one, who's just back from his grand adventures in Egypt, and is the bearer of a recently discovered and highly sought-after ancient artifact. It should be a triumphant return, but Lowe is feeling anything but proud of himself. He's in financial trouble, but would rather chew off his own arm than ask Winter for a hand out. He's also being pursued by those who seek to get their hands on the artifact via any means necessary.

Fortunately he meets Hadley, the rather dowdily-dressed owner of a seemingly captivating round, high bottom, and the unfortunate sufferer of ghostly sightings, who also happens to be the daughter of a wealthy collector desperate to get his hands of Lowe's recent find, but who is actually willing to pay for it, which is a novelty. Does this mean all his troubles are over? Not quite. Not only is the deal not so simple as cash on collection, it also means spending more time with Hadley who seems to be getting under his skin alarmingly quickly!

Hadley and Lowe together were exceptionally cute. I particularly loved the idea of Hadley being this uptight, studious woman, hiding her beauty under drab grey clothes, when really, she's passionate and fiery, with a penchant for extravagant lingerie - much to Lowe's delight! The way their relationship evolved was delightful and perfectly paced. I really was invested in them and their success as a couple.

Hadley's paranormal Sight and the side effects connected to the artifact brought some excellent heart-pounding scenes filled with high stakes action. That, combined with the sweet and sexy love story, was about all I could ask for from this book. It was a great read!

5 Stars ★★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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