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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shadow Dreams by Evangeline Anderson

The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 3
  • Plot = 3
  • Setting = 3
  • Originality = 4
  • Romance = 3
  • Sex = 3

Total Score 

The Gist of the Thing

Girl recently dumped by gay ex-husband adopts a dog to find out he is more than he seems. 

Technical Details

  • Re-release on September 30, 2013 by Evangeline Anderson Books
  • I received a copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.
  •  95 pages
  • Paranormal romance

Back Blurb 

Once there was a boy of the Bitterwater Clan of the Din'e, the Navajo People. He lived with his ma'sani, his grandmother in the Four Corners in the Navajo Nation on the reservation? So begins the story of James Redtree, a Navajo man who is transformed into a dog by his grandmother's curse. "You have forgotten the ways of the Din'e and that cannot be forgiven," she tells him. She isn't too happy about not having any great- grandchildren either. Doomed to wander the world as a dog until he finds a woman to love and believe in him, James ends up as Shadow, a huge, mixed breed mutt that looks like a wolf crossed with a pony and it's a short trip to the local Animal Shelter where he's scheduled to be euthanized. 
Enter Angelina Dean, Jelly to her two best friends, who convince her that getting a dog for protection and companionship is the best thing to do. She's alone in the big old house her Grandmother left her since her husband of three years ran off with his personal trainer, Justin. "I guess my ex-husband, Douglas, took the whole 'buns of steel' thing a little too literally," Angelina mourns. Angelina is reluctant to take on such a big animal, having never been a 'dog person' but Shadow's sweet disposition wins her over. She takes him home and weird things start happening. Angelina can't figure out what's going on. Who ever heard of a dog that preferred salad to gourmet dog food? Or one who changes the station from Animal Planet to ESPN when she's out of the room? But what really disturbs her is the strange recurring dream she keeps having. 
Who is the muscular Native American man who keeps appearing in her bed and why are the dreams so vivid? She is plagued by the idea that her dreamsare somehow tied to her new pet, Shadow, but that isn't possible, is it? Then on the last night of the full moon her dream man says something that haunts Angelina, "This is my last chance," he tells her. "I need you to believe in me." But can the practical Angelina do as he asks before its too late?

What I LIKED about this book.

This title was originally published in 2004. It was fun to go back a read her earlier work. 

What I DISLIKED about this book.

She did a lot with 95 pages but I would have loved to see a full length novel. I am spoiled like that. 

Full Review

I love Evangeline Anderson's work. I am a big fan of her Kindred series and the Born to Darkness series. Anderson has a way of drawing the reader in even. I have been resistant to particular storylines in the past but always end on of her books glad I read it. One of the few authors that I will auto buy her work and read it regardless of the back blurb. 

Evangeline had grown in her writing. Shadow Dreams was good, but not as good as her more current work. If you have never read anything by Evangeline, then I would suggest starting with one of her other books but for the fan it is a nice treat. You can see the roots of where we are today present in Shadow Dreams. I would adore it if she went back and expanded this story or created more. She is quite busy with many irons in the fire and honestly I would rather see another Kindred or Born of Darkness book.

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