I'm one of the publishers of All About Romance. I love reading romance, as well as mysteries, fantasy, history and historical fiction, and all kinds of other things. Staying on Goodreads for now but trying this out in case I decide to switch.
My teenaged self loved the Silhouette Shadows line, and I still have a few of them rattling around in my TBR pile. Some of them really are treats, but this one was a little more on the so-so side. On the positive side, the author does a good job of pulling readers into the heroine's claustrophobic world and she also maintains tension well throughout most of the story.
And what is the story? Well, it's basically creepy romantic suspense with a bit of a shapeshifter twist. The heroine, Molly Harris, recently lost her parents and already traumatized from that, Molly wakes up on her floor one morning with a bloody knife and no memory of what has happened. Not surprisingly, Detective John Harlan has some suspicions when he shows up at her door to investigate the recent killing of her maid. Of all the instances involving a hero in a suspense novel tailing the heroine at all times, this one was definitely one of the more believable. After all, Molly does look an awful lot like a suspect.
I enjoyed the story by and large. It's a bit on the dark and creepy side, and the author did keep me guessing about what was happening until close to the very end. While we do get hints of shapeshifters and some Central American lore worked into the text, the author doesn't explore that angle as much as she could have and I found that a bit disappointing. Even so, if you like suspense, shapeshifters and what at times seems like a little bit of homage to Basic Instinct, Lover in the Shadows is definitely a little different than the usual category paranormal.