U.S. Marshal, Jacey Noble, has just taken a well-deserved vacation when one of her fugitives ends up murdered. Detective Trent Vinolva is less than enthusiastic to take on a new partner, especially the hot-blooded Jacey. When they encounter a werewolf at the scene, Jacey is thrust into a new world of supernatural beings and high-stakes encounters with no one else to turn to but Trent.
Jacey discovers that she’s a Shadow, one of an order of powerful beings that are able to manipulate darkness. Amidst the whirlwind of discovering her newly activated powers, Jacey must solve the murder while battling sexual tension with Detective Vinolva. Things get interesting when the pair is led to Jacey’s demon father and her flame throwing sister. Finding herself in a new world on the brink of supernatural war, Jacey doesn’t know who to trust. She must rely on instinct to traverse the unknown.
With the Supernatural Council and Trent, Jacey attempts to accomplish the impossible: evade the Shadows who are on her tail and solve a murder. The only assurance in Shadow Cursed is uncertainty. Jacey must journey down a trail of mystery, destruction, and romance.
“Shadows, werewolves, Supernaturals…was this a jacked up version of the Wizard of Oz?”
This was one of those books where it started a little slow, a little confusing to catch who everyone is, and then all of a sudden you can’t turn the pages fast enough. To be honest, I almost put it down. Almost.
“Every now and then I would catch a glance thrown my way, as if he expected me to jump at him like a wild animal. Granted, I felt wild inside because my body wasn’t exactly the same. Inside it was like I was thrumming with power. All of my body was humming, expecting to release that power soon. What would happen if I never used the Shadow stuff? Would I die from overload? Would I go crazy and kill a bunch of monsters? Supernaturals.”
Jacey Noble is a pretty kick-ass chick. Being a U.S. Marshal is one thing…being a Shadow, now that’s a whole new ballgame. Shadows aren’t a part of the supernaturals like everyone else. They abide by their own set of rules. A good part of those rules include killing other supernatural beings. Except Jacey is different. She is one of the daughters of the Demon King, Lucifer. I know, I know. You’re probably rolling your eyes right now (trust me, I did too). I seriously thought once that little tidbit of information was revealed I would lose interest and end up not finishing the story.
Wrong. In fact, I couldn’t be more wrong.
The journey Hoffman takes you on is nothing short of falling down a rabbit hole. At some point, I didn’t know which way was up. Trent, Evander, Margo, Blake, Eli, Sara, Casey, Nick, Silas…every single one plays a part in keeping you guessing. The mystery behind the Shadow Queen, the killings, and how a U.S. Marshal (presumably human) got involved in a story full of werewolves, vampires, warlocks, demons, and shadows is definitely a good one. It’s a classic “whodunit” with a supernatural twist!
This book reminded me of a grown up, more twisted version of Mortal Instruments. They are nothing alike and yet eerily similar. I would say that is a pretty good reason all by itself to pick up this series. Yes, I said series. This is book two. Hoffman does a wonderful job of making the supernatural world all her own with characters that throw you for a loop in humor, sex appeal, wit (and sarcasm), and overall, loyalty. I was pleasantly surprised and happy I kept reading!
**4 Supernatural Rabbit Hole Stars**
Shrugging, I eyed him as he continued to circle me. Was he the tiger and I, his prey? “I am also a Shadow, your enemy.”
“There is that.” He stopped in front of me, a hand coming up to touch my face. I let him. I should have flipped out and tried to bite his hand or something, but I wanted to be touched. By someone. Anyone. “I can tell you are different, though.”
The way he said it made me feel like someone actually believed in me. No one in my life ever took me seriously, yet here was this beautiful man standing in front of me, saying all the right things. His eyes were a brilliant blue, and reminded me of one of those summer days without a cloud in the sky. “How do you know?”
Evander leaned forward, his lips brushing over mine. My whole body shivered, causing my knees to go weak. He put an arm around my waist. “I can tell because the power I feel rolling off of you is unlike anything I have felt before. There have been stories about a beautiful woman who would lead the hunters-”
“That could be anyone,” I whisper, his lips hardly an inch away.
“No, I am pretty sure that you are the one.” Finally, his lips connect with mine, his arms wrapping me against him. I respond instantly to him, my desire building. All I wanted to do was rip his clothes off. It was like prom night all over again, when I tried to make Daniel Hawkins lose his virginity to me. I know that usually happens the other way around with the guy trying to get the girl to put out. But hey, girls have needs, too.
My mind went blank when his fingers lightly grazed the small of my back, making heat rise in me so fast I was having a hard time standing up. He felt me responding, so he went for my shirt. I helped him, letting it drop to the floor. As his eyes traveled my body, I didn’t feel as insecure as I usually did. I actually felt beautiful to him. Powerful in my own way. Then his eyes landed on my tattoos. He used a gentle finger to touch them, going around to my back. He kissed my neck. “My Queen. You have the markings.”
I was too into the feeling of him touching me to respond intelligently. He came back around and kissed my neck on the opposite side, then lowered to my collar bone. “Have dinner with me.” He said.
I laughed, breathlessly. “Didn’t we just do that?”
Evander flashed me another smile. “Not properly. I want to show you that I am more than a man who wants sex.” He took a deep breath as if trying to control himself, his hands rubbing up my sides. “It will be hard, but I will stop myself, for now.”
Smiling back at him, I touch the skin on his stomach by putting my hands under his shirt. “As long as we can come back to your place afterwards.”
~Ten Fun Facts about N.L. Hoffmann~
1. Love nail polish… I have over 100 right now
2. I am random. I will talk about one thing but suddenly bring up another
3. I enjoy pranking people
4. I love my car and treat it like my other child
5. My kids have inherited my creepiness
6. I am a quiet person
7. I draw tattoos, several of them have been put on bodies including the one that covers my husband’s entire back.
8. I wish I was ninja
9. I like to travel
10. I'm an Army brat
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~About the Author~
N.L Hoffmann is a new paranormal romance author who is currently working on a series called The Daughters of Darkness. Her first book, Blood Slaves, released in January 2014 and just recently on August 1, 2014 she released book two of the series, Shadow Cursed.
Hoffmann was born in Germany to her German native mother and her American soldier father. The family moved home to the states, where she grew up in a rural farm town in Michigan with her parents and two younger brothers. There, in her pre-teens, is when she began writing and developed her love for literature.
Today, Hoffmann resides in a small town in Missouri with her husband and three children. When Hoffmann isn’t busy putting words on the page she enjoys reading, drawing, playing loving pranks on her husband (such as, painting his toenails hot pink while he sleeping), and spending time with her family.