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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans… I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them. I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the onl From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans… I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them. I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck. An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it. Open myself up to Cassian. If I do, it could spell his death. But if I don’t, it’s mine.


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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans… I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them. I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the onl From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans… I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them. I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck. An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it. Open myself up to Cassian. If I do, it could spell his death. But if I don’t, it’s mine.

30 review for Shadows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    4.5 stars I have heard that New Orleans was the most haunted place in the country, and after reading this story, I have no doubts. Shadows is a paranormal romance and something new and different from Kristen Proby. Shadows revolves around Brielle, one of three gifted sisters. Brielle can see dead people, or “shadows”. When something changes with the shadows, there is trouble. Fortunately, a hot FBI profiler, Cash, is there to help Brielle and her sisters. I absolutely ad 4.5 stars I have heard that New Orleans was the most haunted place in the country, and after reading this story, I have no doubts. Shadows is a paranormal romance and something new and different from Kristen Proby. Shadows revolves around Brielle, one of three gifted sisters. Brielle can see dead people, or “shadows”. When something changes with the shadows, there is trouble. Fortunately, a hot FBI profiler, Cash, is there to help Brielle and her sisters. I absolutely adored Brielle and Cash together. There was no OW/OM drama, just a sweet love story. Yes, it was very insta-love, but it worked. From the very beginning, Cash was very protective of Brielle and there was also a weird feeling that they knew each other, even though they have never met. Honestly, this story is more creepy than scary. There is a murder mystery going on, and let me tell you, the killer is a whack job. You do get to read the killer’s POV too, which also helped with the “creep o factor”. I am anxiously awaiting book 2, which I think may revolve around the middle sister Millie. I have some unanswered questions that I hope will be explained in the next book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: “It’s a hell of a first date,” Millie mumbles. “I mean, most people just get naked and have sex and then regret their life choices in the morning. This is on a whole different level.” I smirk and then shrug. “The night’s not over yet.” “For you,” she says to Cash, passing him a coffee. “There’s a protection spell in there.” “Does it have eye of newt?” he asks, flashing a smile. “Not this time,” Millie replies with a wink, making Cash’s smile slide from his Favorite Quotes: “It’s a hell of a first date,” Millie mumbles. “I mean, most people just get naked and have sex and then regret their life choices in the morning. This is on a whole different level.” I smirk and then shrug. “The night’s not over yet.” “For you,” she says to Cash, passing him a coffee. “There’s a protection spell in there.” “Does it have eye of newt?” he asks, flashing a smile. “Not this time,” Millie replies with a wink, making Cash’s smile slide from his face. My Review: I’m not much of a paranormal reader but I’ve recently discovered this smooth and talented wordsmith named Kristen Proby and thought I’d give it a perusal. Somewhere on page one, her cunning word voodoo sucked me right into her character’s vortex while her strong and crafty juju held me enthralled. I was spellbound by her well-crafted and shrewdly plotted tale. The engaging storylines and writing were absorbing and swirling with atmosphere and cast with oddly intriguing characters. I couldn’t put my Kindle down despite the chilling and gruesome nature of the crimes depicted. It was spine-tingling. I am definitely hooked and while I may not be much of a paranormal reader, I certainly seem to be one when Kristen Proby throws it down.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Wow. What a twisted creepy story! Really good tho!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love it when authors step out of their traditional storytelling themes and dive into something completely different from what they normally write. In this story Proby tells a story about witches and hauntings that is a perfect read for the fall season. This spooky paranormal romance contains many elements of a creepy, twisted story that will stick with you and make you wonder why you’re reading i Wow. What a twisted creepy story! Really good tho!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love it when authors step out of their traditional storytelling themes and dive into something completely different from what they normally write. In this story Proby tells a story about witches and hauntings that is a perfect read for the fall season. This spooky paranormal romance contains many elements of a creepy, twisted story that will stick with you and make you wonder why you’re reading it at night. The characters she creates are so complex, completely believable, and leave the door open for a series of books based on the trio of sisters and their unique abilities. She not only gives us a little touch of the paranormal, but she also involves mystery and suspense. The romance is a fabulous connection and I love that it was just an assumed relationship and leaves out the angst that sometimes goes with two people trying to enjoy each other. Cash and Brielle are amazing together. He is completely supportive of her throughout the entire book even though believing her had to have been a stretch. Just knowing you were meant to be together is powerful and you totally get that in the story. Proby definitely has a winner in this fabulous new series kicking off with Shadows. A magically written story full of so many different elements that keeps your interest high and your nerves on alert. Spooky, creepy, sexy, and so dang compelling. I cannot wait to see what else she brings when the next book comes available! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/shadows-by-k...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    4.25 chill bump raising stars! Now I need book 2! How’s it just gonna end like that?! I can’t believe this is Kristen’s first pnr book! Such a gothic, bone chilling, creepy read. I absolutely love the setting of New Orleans for this story. It created the perfect backdrop for ghosts, mystery, suspense and all things paranormal. I absolutely loved the three sisters, and the bond they shared. They each had different “powers”, but worked together in harmony. Loved Cash, and the protective 4.25 chill bump raising stars! Now I need book 2! How’s it just gonna end like that?! I can’t believe this is Kristen’s first pnr book! Such a gothic, bone chilling, creepy read. I absolutely love the setting of New Orleans for this story. It created the perfect backdrop for ghosts, mystery, suspense and all things paranormal. I absolutely loved the three sisters, and the bond they shared. They each had different “powers”, but worked together in harmony. Loved Cash, and the protectiveness he felt instantly over Brielle. Don’t want to spoil a thing, but I can’t wait to see what awaits us in book 2!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Larissa Ione

    Super creepy and twisty. The killer was terrifying. It was my first Kristen Proby book, and now I need to binge!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I liked this book. It wasn't perfect but I liked it. Believe it or not, I have never read Kristen Proby's work before picking up this book. I love paranormal stories so I thought that this would be a great place to start. So many things worked really well for me with this book and I am glad I made the decision to give it a try. I loved the premise of this story. There are three sisters that all have extraordinary abilit This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I liked this book. It wasn't perfect but I liked it. Believe it or not, I have never read Kristen Proby's work before picking up this book. I love paranormal stories so I thought that this would be a great place to start. So many things worked really well for me with this book and I am glad I made the decision to give it a try. I loved the premise of this story. There are three sisters that all have extraordinary abilities. The focus is on the oldest sister Brielle in this book but we do get a chance to see the sister's powers in action and learn some of their past. The three sisters all have different abilities. Brielle is able to see ghosts. She lives and works in New Orleans giving ghost tours to tourists and some locals. When she starts seeing recent murder victims, she knows that there is a killer on the loose. I loved the mystery and paranormal aspects of the story. I have to admit that there were parts of this book that were a lot more graphic than I had expected...and I couldn't have been happier about it because I love a good twisted story. The things that were happening to the women he was taking was almost hard to even think about. The bad guy in this one is a pretty sick case. I was so eager to find out who was responsible and what his motivations were. I thought that the way that Brielle was able to use her gift to help the women was rather imaginative. Unfortunately, I did have some issues with the story. The romance is this story completely depends on insta-love. Cash see Brielle and decides he is for her. I can sometimes deal with insta-love if the couple has a lot of chemistry but I wasn't feeling that here. Don't get me wrong, I liked both Brielle and Cash quite a bit but they way they jumped into a relationship so quickly without even sharing a kiss just felt off. I decided to just go with it and enjoy the story but the romance always felt like the weakest part of the book. I would recommend this book to readers who don't mind insta-love romances. Ultimately, I enjoyed the mystery and paranormal elements in the book so much that I wasn't too bothered by the issues I had with the romance. I do want to read the rest of the series to see what will happen to the other two sisters! I received a digital review copy from the publicist and have voluntarily left this review. Initial Thoughts I liked it but the insta-love felt off. I liked the essential mystery and ghost story. These sisters were awesome and I loved their abilities. I didn't feel as much chemistry between Brielle and Cash as I would have liked to see.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is brilliant !! I'm in shock at how much I luvd this book. I was a lil scared when I read the blurb for this book. Normally when it comes to this author I never have to. But when there is PNR mentioned I just don't go near it. It's really not my thing but this book was amazing. It's not really PNR with shifters and vampires it's more witches and powers really. Which I didn't mind at all and it was written so well so that This is brilliant !! I'm in shock at how much I luvd this book. I was a lil scared when I read the blurb for this book. Normally when it comes to this author I never have to. But when there is PNR mentioned I just don't go near it. It's really not my thing but this book was amazing. It's not really PNR with shifters and vampires it's more witches and powers really. Which I didn't mind at all and it was written so well so that really helped. I just luvd the story and the characters in so glad I have this book a go. This book is Brielle's book and she is the older sister out of the 3. All the sisters have different strength and together they are really strong. I luv how close they are and at time it is hard on them but they protect each other the best way they can. Brielle is a great character I really liked her straight away and the connection together her and Cash is strong straight away I really liked there Insta luv. They were so protective of each other from the start. But there was an evil goin around that needed to be stopped. And between them both they were taking it down no matter what they had to do. Cash is a profiler for the FBI and has seen some scary stuff but what's happening around the Bayou is crazy. When he finds out that Brielle is getting dragged into he has to protect her. But Brielle is super independent her life has been easy. Her and her sister have been throw so much it's scary to think they had to deal on there own. But these sisters are the strongest women ever and they will fight whatever they have to with Cash right be there side. No one will take this perfect woman away from no matter what. I luvd this book so so much. Everything about it was really good I couldn't get enough of the story and the characters. I'm really looking forward to more from this series. Like I said I don't do PNR and I wouldn't really call this book PNR to be honest. It's still not made me want to try PNR again it just isn't my thing. But I knew I would enjoy this book from this author. Her writing is brilliant the detail in it from the start to the end was so good. I'm so glad I read this book and didn't leave. I would of kicked myself if I hadn't given it a try. I would highly recommend it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    4++ "You're one of the six."; "I see dead people." Stars! Wow! I really did love this. This type of story appeals to me so much. It very much reminded me of Dark Witch and in my opinion that's a big compliment. The reason this book was not 5 stars for me was simply because everything happen so fast! The romance, the killings, the bad guy reveal. But! I still loved it all. I fell hard for Cash and Brielle was just fantastic. The killer was 100% psycho! The story was written from three POVs- 4++ "You're one of the six."; "I see dead people." Stars! Wow! I really did love this. This type of story appeals to me so much. It very much reminded me of Dark Witch and in my opinion that's a big compliment. The reason this book was not 5 stars for me was simply because everything happen so fast! The romance, the killings, the bad guy reveal. But! I still loved it all. I fell hard for Cash and Brielle was just fantastic. The killer was 100% psycho! The story was written from three POVs- Brielle, Cash and the killer. Let me tell you, the killer's pov is downright chilling. It made the story. Clearly there will be at least two more books. One for both the two other sisters. We were left with just a tease for the next book. We have to complete "The Six". I am absolutely in! I think KP is just getting her PNR sea legs. I'm betting the next two books will be even better than this one. All three sister have their own unique and interesting gift. Can't wait to see how this all plays out. This was a perfect Halloween read! Happy reading!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    This was Proby’s first paranormal/thriller book and I’m having a hard time believing that. The way she wrote this didn’t come off as her first time writing in this genre. I’m thinking she’s been holding back on us! First things first, I loved the atmosphere here. Having it set in New Orleans was amazing and gave it that gothic feel. Some of the scenes here gave me chills and has me thinking twice about heading back to New Orleans. Please be aware of the trigger warnings I put at the end of my re This was Proby’s first paranormal/thriller book and I’m having a hard time believing that. The way she wrote this didn’t come off as her first time writing in this genre. I’m thinking she’s been holding back on us! First things first, I loved the atmosphere here. Having it set in New Orleans was amazing and gave it that gothic feel. Some of the scenes here gave me chills and has me thinking twice about heading back to New Orleans. Please be aware of the trigger warnings I put at the end of my review. Most things don’t bother me, but there were some scenes that made me take pause and come back. Character-wise I liked everyone that we met. Especially Brielle and her sisters! I loved the idea of three sisters all have different gifts living in New Orleans. The bond between them and reading about them in their different elements was really interesting. I could be biased since witches in threes are my favorite. i.e. (Charmed, the Sanderson sisters, etc) We did have a romance here between Brielle and Cash. They met and felt like they knew each other before. Maybe in a past life? I need more information on that. Anyway, while I did like them together, I can say that I wish we got a little bit more actual romance scenes between them. There are a lot of moments of finding a killer but not so much between them actually getting to be on their own. I’m glad this is a series because there are things that I need more information on. Character’s backgrounds and more information about the prophecy of things. From the way this book ended, I’m left wanting more and can’t wait to be in Millie’s POV in the next book. If you are in the mood for a gothic and gory type story, then I would give this a try! TW: talk of rape; graphic death and torture; abuse Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa B

    Let me start off by saying "I DON'T READ PARANORMAL"; however, when I read the blurb about Shadows I was so intrigued that I HAD to read, plus......HELLO.....it's Kristen Proby. Wow... this book was suspenseful, eerie, spellbinding, I consumed page after page of this story not wanting to STOP! The twists and turns that unfold were heart-stopping, mind-blowing and jaw-dropping; needless to say this book NEEDS to be read! I can't wait for the next book because that ending had me swiping for more p Let me start off by saying "I DON'T READ PARANORMAL"; however, when I read the blurb about Shadows I was so intrigued that I HAD to read, plus......HELLO.....it's Kristen Proby. Wow... this book was suspenseful, eerie, spellbinding, I consumed page after page of this story not wanting to STOP! The twists and turns that unfold were heart-stopping, mind-blowing and jaw-dropping; needless to say this book NEEDS to be read! I can't wait for the next book because that ending had me swiping for more pages that just weren't there and I was yelling.......WTF..... NOOOOOO!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Shadows is Kristen Proby's first attempt at paranormal romance/suspense and I am quite surprised. This definitely reads completely different than any of Kristen contemporary romance books and I think that was the biggest surprise. I applaud Kristen for stepping outside of her normal genre but I have to praise her for truly outdoing herself. Kristen does a superb job of the world building in this mystical city with all the musings of witches, warlocks and the like. The descriptions and Shadows is Kristen Proby's first attempt at paranormal romance/suspense and I am quite surprised. This definitely reads completely different than any of Kristen contemporary romance books and I think that was the biggest surprise. I applaud Kristen for stepping outside of her normal genre but I have to praise her for truly outdoing herself. Kristen does a superb job of the world building in this mystical city with all the musings of witches, warlocks and the like. The descriptions and creepy vibes that pull from these pages really sets the tone for this series. Kristen brings us characters that you can easily understand and feel their emotions. I love how she tactfully handles the inst-love aspect and intertwines that into the sisters' world - nicely done. Shadows is book one in the Bayou Magic series and you can easily see that the story of these three sisters is going to be a dark, twisted and complex one but extremely intriguing. The story flows a great pace - fast enough to keep things moving, but slow enough to understand how things come together - it's a great blend. Kristen blew me away with this book. This nothing like her other books and I love that. Kristen does bring her romance musings to this book but it's the world building and paranormal aspect that truly take the forefront of this book and I couldn't be happier. Bravo for Kristen for surpassing my expectations and writing a PNR book that will have PNR fans begging for the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    “I’m drawn to you in ways I can’t explain.” “This man doesn’t merely kiss and call it a day. No, he kisses like it’s his damn job. Like kissing me is the only thing in the world he can think about. As if he’s wanted to kiss me for decades.” Shadows is a haunting and intriguing paranormal romance that will have leave you on the edge of your seat right until the very end… Shadows is unlike anything I’ve read from author Kristen Proby before. From the moment I dove “I’m drawn to you in ways I can’t explain.” “This man doesn’t merely kiss and call it a day. No, he kisses like it’s his damn job. Like kissing me is the only thing in the world he can think about. As if he’s wanted to kiss me for decades.” Shadows is a haunting and intriguing paranormal romance that will have leave you on the edge of your seat right until the very end… Shadows is unlike anything I’ve read from author Kristen Proby before. From the moment I dove into Cash & Brielle’s story, I was hooked. I loved the New Orleans setting and all of the creepy elements the city alone adds to the story. Not only do you have the perfect setting, but when you add 3 unique sisters to the plot line, you are destined for a treat. Now, I’m not going to go into a ton of details, because I want you to be just as surprised as I was. Shadows is a thrilling and creepy paranormal romance. You may think you know what you’re getting into when you pick this book up, but I promise you Kristen Proby has a lot surprises in store for you. The characters are complex, yet so easy to connect with. The paranormal story-line was intriguing and captivating. It was fresh and unique and kept me glued to the pages. The romance and chemistry between Brielle and Cash was intense and off the charts. Cash was the ultimate book boyfriend. He was supportive, protective and oh, so swoon worthy. I loved everything about Shadows from beginning to end. This book is the perfect Halloween treat. It’s well written and consuming. It’s sexy and thrilling. It’s filled with mystery and suspense and things that go bump in the night. It will keep you on your toes and it will keep you guessing right until the very end. Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic Series and I can not wait to see where this series is going to go next!! *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book for free from Book Tour Provided in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Delight I wanted to get back to reading Kristen Proby's books. Her stories seem to be great, but sometimes the bedrooms scenes are over the top to many or really behind a door for us to only imagine. That is the balance I am missing when I read her stories. So if you ignore the bedroom parts of romance, this book has some really hor

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manoela

    3 stars I always liked this author's novels, and I really liked the book that had her paranormal touch, so when I saw this new series I knew I was going to read this book. And after finishing his reading I have to say that it is difficult to review him because I liked some things, not others. What I liked: The paranormal plot was well written and developed and I was intrigued by the story. I also enjoyed see again Mallory, Sophia. I liked the relationship between the three sisters and 3 stars I always liked this author's novels, and I really liked the book that had her paranormal touch, so when I saw this new series I knew I was going to read this book. And after finishing his reading I have to say that it is difficult to review him because I liked some things, not others. What I liked: The paranormal plot was well written and developed and I was intrigued by the story. I also enjoyed see again Mallory, Sophia. I liked the relationship between the three sisters and their dynamics in the story.What I didn't like: For those who have always been a fan of the Kristen Proby novel, I think it was precisely this element that didn't captivate me. I found the relationship superficial and racing, thrown loose in the book. I couldn't connect with the romance between the characters, so I think that was missing here. I will read the next book? Of course, after all the dynamics between the sisters and the paranormal pilot were good and made me want to read the next books. I Received an unreleased copy of this book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B4LnhXDAnmR/ 5 ‘Soul Recognition’ Stars Ohhhh, myyyy, gooooddddd!!! Kristen Proby has the most exciting and goosebump inspiring of reads within SHADOWS! KP’s very first full on PNR – though one of my fav of hers, Easy Magic, already had plenty of supernatural going on – is a mind gripping, heart palpitating paranormal masterpiece! This is the first of a brand new series focused on three witch sisters and this Practical Magic hardcore fan is hooked! The chill inducing take on the serial killer thriller, the suspense, the sisterhood, and thttps://www.instagram.com/p/B4LnhXDAnmR/5 https://www.instagram.com/p/B4LnhXDAnmR/ 5 ‘Soul Recognition’ Stars Ohhhh, myyyy, gooooddddd!!! Kristen Proby has the most exciting and goosebump inspiring of reads within SHADOWS! KP’s very first full on PNR – though one of my fav of hers, Easy Magic, already had plenty of supernatural going on – is a mind gripping, heart palpitating paranormal masterpiece! This is the first of a brand new series focused on three witch sisters and this Practical Magic hardcore fan is hooked! The chill inducing take on the serial killer thriller, the suspense, the sisterhood, and the ROMANCE… We have it ALL!!! Shadows, as the name itself suggests is very focused on the paranormal, mainly in this case, on the dead’s shadows that Brielle alone can see, her gift. Not only was the book fantastic and intricately crafted in this ‘witchy’ universe, but also the interconnection with the serial killer – specially his POV – which was so beautifully executed that more than once gave me literally the CHILLS. That’s is proof on how masterfully it’s written! “Sometimes, monsters walk among us, and there’s just nothing we can do about that.” The love story, oh my, talk about catnip! There are very little things I adore more in my romance than a fated mated /soulmate type of love story, and Cash and Brielle’s meeting and insta feel of connection fit that to a T. Not only that, but thanks to Ms. Proby ‘s usual and fantastic craft, even with this insta parameter, it was just so relatable and believable! I not only read, but FELT their soul deep connection, and it’s blossoming into love. I can’t explain it. I barely know her, but I crave her company. It was as if I recognized her the second I saw her. “I’m drawn to you in ways I can’t explain. Like I said before, it’s a…recognition. Like, I was looking for you and didn’t even know it.” The suspense, the intrigue, the fear and the pain were so perfectly blended with Kristen Proby’s brand of humor, partnership, love and sexiness that we just dive in into this world, and we never want to emerge back. The mystery and the occult were a joy to unveil, the sister’s relationship and hints of the future couple, enticing to say the least, but the love story… WOW… Never once did I forget I was reading a romance, when Cash and Brielle were on page, their chemistry was palpable, and their love and devotion #RelationshipGoals! Awwww, and insanely did I mention that?! “Once I start kissing you, I won’t want to stop there. You’re a game-changer, Brielle, and we’re a little busy right now. This man doesn’t merely kiss and call it a day. No, he kisses like it’s his damn job. Like kissing me is the only thing in the world he can think about. As if he’s wanted to kiss me for decades. Saying I devoured this book is an understatement, because I not only greedily consumed every word, I savored them, and absorbed them into my heart. Shadows was all I hoped for and so much, MUCH more! I was already deeply hooked to Ms. Proby’s masterful contemporary romance, but adding to that my love for PNR, it’s a no brainer that Shadows is now one of my all time fav PNR, and I’m already counting down the days until we get the other two witch sisters, Millie and Daphne, specially after that teasing ending and this book is proof that. Need them stat!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 “Witches aren’t always scary,” Millie says with a wink. “And they look after their own.” ARC kindly provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR for an honest review For full review with Blog Tour, check out my Blog post, http://gisspotreviews.com/index.php/2...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Brielle and her sisters Millie and Daphne have always had strange abilities but it was only when they were older and able to escape the abusive home that they grew up in that they were able to find another witch to teach them how to use them. Living in New Orleans Brielle's connection to the dead has caused her no end of trouble and she sees the shadows of ghosts wherever she goes. It's only recently that these shadows have started to appear as real people that are able to communicate though and Brielle and her sisters Millie and Daphne have always had strange abilities but it was only when they were older and able to escape the abusive home that they grew up in that they were able to find another witch to teach them how to use them. Living in New Orleans Brielle's connection to the dead has caused her no end of trouble and she sees the shadows of ghosts wherever she goes. It's only recently that these shadows have started to appear as real people that are able to communicate though and, with a serial killer targeting young women who look just like her, now they're reaching out to Brielle for help. FBI profiler Cash is only in the city on forced vacation after working a difficult case but he's enjoying spending time with his brother and he finds himself drawn to Brielle from the minute they meet. He's not sure what to make of it when she mentions her abilities but when a young woman they've both met goes missing he agrees to help her liaise with the local police to try and help with their investigation. The two quickly find themselves drawn into a dark and disturbing case and it looks like Brielle may be a target for the killer. Shadows is my first Kristen Proby book but it won't be the last and I'm already looking forward to getting to know Brielle's sisters better as this series continues. I found all three of them really interesting characters and I loved the different abilities they all have. They had a really tough upbringing but it just brought them closer together and there's a really strong bond between them. Since leaving their home they've built a supportive community around them and found other like minded people to learn from. Cash was a nice guy and I liked how supportive he was of both Brielle and her sisters but if I have one complaint about this book it was that the connection between them was a little too fast. I found it hard to believe he would be so quick to believe Brielle about her abilities and thought he would have been much more suspicious of her claims, at least in the beginning. I think a slower build on their connection would have made their relationship that bit more believable but I liked the two of them together so that only bothered me in the very beginning. One thing I will say is that Shadows was far more creepy than I expected it to be. We see parts of the story through the eyes of both the serial killer and his victims so considering how much he loved to torture people that did get quite dark and hard to read in places. I'm not knocking it because it was very interesting to read but I just think you should know going in that this isn't a light and fluffy paranormal romance so you're prepared. The mystery was good and I like the way things were left off ready for the next book in the series, it wasn't a cliffhanger though, more of a winning the battle but still having the rest of the war to fight kind of situation. The rest of this series is definitely on my wish list but I think I'm going to have to check out some of Kristen Proby's other books while I wait for the next one to be released.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    * A review copy was provided by the author * ~ 5 Out Of This World Stars ~ Kristen Proby has outdone herself with Shadows!! This book was beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It is so unlike anything I have ever read before or from Kristen Proby. I am not a huge paranormal fan. I have read a few other paranormal stories, but they usually aren’t for me. But knowing one of my all time favorite authors was venturing out into something new, I just knew I had to give it a try. I/>~ * A review copy was provided by the author * ~ 5 Out Of This World Stars ~ Kristen Proby has outdone herself with Shadows!! This book was beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It is so unlike anything I have ever read before or from Kristen Proby. I am not a huge paranormal fan. I have read a few other paranormal stories, but they usually aren’t for me. But knowing one of my all time favorite authors was venturing out into something new, I just knew I had to give it a try. I am so glad I did, this book was FANTASTIC. I think Kristen has a terrific future writing in this genre. I loved seeing a new side to Kristen’s writing. I am excited for what’s to come next!!!! Shadows really took me out of my comfort zone, not only because it is a paranormal story, it was also because the subject matter was both creepy and bone chilling. Some parts were hard to read but that just makes this book that much better. If you aren’t a fan of paranormal stories, I think you should still give this a try. It isn’t like other paranormal stories that I have read….there aren’t any vampires or werewolves ;) I will say that the basis of this story really makes the reader think while reading this book. I have always wondered if things like this really happen?? Shadows is not what I would consider a standalone novel. It is the first book in Kristen’s new series, but I believe this is a series that will NEED to be read in order. We get an ending to this story per say , but in the epilogue Kristen ends it with a to be continued ending. She sets up the next book in this series. I am DYING to get the next book. In Shadows we meet three sisters, Brielle, Millie and Daphne. This book focuses more on Brielle’s story, but Millie and Daphne play a huge part in this book as well. I absolutely loved the bond between the sisters. Now don’t get me wrong, yes this is a paranormal story but it is also a romance book. This book has an AMAZING romantic suspense element to it. It will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through. I don’t want to say too much about this book, you really should go in blind and just enjoy how this whole story unfolds. This is definitely a book I could go on and on about. I can’t recommend this book enough!! I know I will be reading this book again in the future. I don’t feel that this review does this book justice, so I will just say…. ADD this book to your TBR list NOW!!! Actually put it on the top of that list. You will want to read this book as soon as it releases!!! Trust Me!!! Definitely my favorite of 2019 so far!!! Follow Us at :: Book Bitches Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Garner

    Holy suspense! Wow this book gripped me by the throat and would not let go. I devoured this book in 1 sitting, and I am sorry it's over. The premise is amazing, and setting in New Orleans, pure genius. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the setting to the plot line. The 3 sisters each with their own gifts(or curses) coming together to back each other was awesome. The by play between all the characters was great, I don't feel the author scrimped on any development. I Holy suspense! Wow this book gripped me by the throat and would not let go. I devoured this book in 1 sitting, and I am sorry it's over. The premise is amazing, and setting in New Orleans, pure genius. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the setting to the plot line. The 3 sisters each with their own gifts(or curses) coming together to back each other was awesome. The by play between all the characters was great, I don't feel the author scrimped on any development. I felt the world was very well researched and thought out. In this book everyone has secrets, and as they come out it just adds another dimension to the story as a whole. This story is told in dual pov, with a little something thrown in that I won't talk about...because you need to read the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    Ummmm, wow! It’s two thirty in the morning and I’m at a loss for words, but I need to talk to someone about this book right now! This story was incredible and I didn’t want it to end. The suspense was exhilarating and intense, giving an overall ominous feel. I loved that we never really knew what was coming next. There were many times throughout the story that things got super creepy. I’m not sure I would say that I was scared but there was definitely some anxiety and moments of uncertainty for Ummmm, wow! It’s two thirty in the morning and I’m at a loss for words, but I need to talk to someone about this book right now! This story was incredible and I didn’t want it to end. The suspense was exhilarating and intense, giving an overall ominous feel. I loved that we never really knew what was coming next. There were many times throughout the story that things got super creepy. I’m not sure I would say that I was scared but there was definitely some anxiety and moments of uncertainty for me. Proby created such a captivating story. I couldn’t put it down!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    Well, that was super dark and creepy. A very different type of story from Kristen Proby. The romance between Cash and Brielle kind of took a back seat to the suspense. But I still enjoyed it and am anxiously awaiting the next book ; especially after that ending!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews

    This was amazing! I loved it so much, everything about it. From the creepy gothic feel, the witches, spells, covens, the suspense mystery. Romance, old and new loves, character development and an amazing plot. I was hooked from the beginning and I can not wait for more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Smutbrarians

    Feels 5 Steam 2 Storyline 5 Overall Rating 5 Kindle eArc provided by Author Reviewed by Stephanie I love when an author steps outside of their normal genre and gives us something new and unexpected. We all know Kristen Proby can write a great romance but after Shadows we also now know she can write absolutely amazing paranormal. This book was chocked full of so many great elements. From the suspense that had me at all loss of what was coming next, to the ghost Feels 5 Steam 2 Storyline 5 Overall Rating 5 Kindle eArc provided by Author Reviewed by Stephanie I love when an author steps outside of their normal genre and gives us something new and unexpected. We all know Kristen Proby can write a great romance but after Shadows we also now know she can write absolutely amazing paranormal. This book was chocked full of so many great elements. From the suspense that had me at all loss of what was coming next, to the ghosts that were often something out of a nightmare that I hope I never have and of course there was romance thrown in alongside some really creepy and gruesome parts that all combined made it a fantastic and unique read. “Much of what I know has been told to me by the souls who experienced it.” Brielle lives in New Orleans close to her two sisters. Each one has their own I guess you could say unique skill set. Brielle’s is she just happens to be able to see dead people, souls that are basically everywhere, like all the damn time. I don’t think I’d ever sleep. Anyways she’s also a guide for haunted ghost tours and it’s on one of those tours she meets Cash. They hit it off right away, and the fact that he doesn’t run screaming once he finds out about her abilities doesn’t hurt one bit. These two were great together. I love how he feels so protective of her and how she lets him into her small trusted circle even though she’s always tried to keep everyone else at arms lengths not wanting them to have to share in all that comes with her special abilities. I loved so many things about this book but the romance between Brielle and Cash was one of my favorite things. “I’m drawn to you in ways I can’t explain. Like I said before it’s a …recognition. Like, I was looking for you and didn’t even know it.” Okay all the while Brielle and Cash are developing, there’s also something so dark and sinister happening in the French quarter. A man is taking and brutally torturing girls. These were super dark, gritty, evil parts of the story that just tied in so well to the mystery and suspense. Brielle and Cash along with her sisters know they are supposed to find the killer and stop him but how, and will they find him in time? “He reaches for the hacksaw. Here we go Brielle. Now, be a good girl.” I loved so many things about this book. This was truly a dark paranormal at it’s best. The characters were amazing and I loved that the story was unique and kept me intrigued from start to finish. And oh boy, that finish? I can’t believe the author left us like that...I need the second book now! If you are in the mood for a great read check out Shadows and let Kristen Proby take you down to the Bayou in a book you don’t want to miss! “The shadows are everywhere.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)

    I can't believe I'm already done with this one. That like went super quick haha. And such a craptastic and even eerie at times kinda suspenseful romance haha. But I mean that in the best way possible haha But this book was an interesting one. It's so dark compared to Kristen's other books. But I loved that step she took away from her norm. And I'm always a fan for a good paranormal book. Especially one set in New Orleans. I grew up not far from St. Augustine, and now live near Savanaa I can't believe I'm already done with this one. That like went super quick haha. And such a craptastic and even eerie at times kinda suspenseful romance haha. But I mean that in the best way possible haha But this book was an interesting one. It's so dark compared to Kristen's other books. But I loved that step she took away from her norm. And I'm always a fan for a good paranormal book. Especially one set in New Orleans. I grew up not far from St. Augustine, and now live near Savanaah GA. So I'm all about learning about all the ghost stories and craziness in older towns like those. I find them so interesting. But this was definitely a wild ride of a book. And I really liked seeing her dive more into some of that paranormal stuff we got to see in Easy Magic. (And maybe a familiar face or two to haha) I honestly think my favorite things in this book were the characters. I really adored Cash and Brielle. And also Daphne and Millie too. They make up such a great cast of characters. And all have such varying personalities that it makes it fun to see what craziness will happen from it. Cash is just such a sweet and really is so kind and dedicated to not only Brielle but to his job and the good he can bring from so much bad. And Brielle was just adorable and fisty.a nd I adored that even though she deals with so much darkness and such. That she still can pull on her big girl pants and keep going. And wasn't afraid to get down and dirty when she needed to. I will say my only one complaint with this book was that it did seem a bit rushed in a couple places. The pacing of the story was great. Although I really got scared there for a minute there wasn't enough pages left to close put this part of the story haha. And I know some of that rushed feeling was done on purpose. But I feel like things moved super quickly in some places. And that even the ending was a bit on that side too. But honestly it is still an overall good book. And dang. If you like a dark suspense like I do, or are into Criminal Minds or any of those other detective/ crime shows and documentaries (like all the Netflix ones here lately) then you will love this book. Its written in a very intersting way perspective wise. And I found myself not wanting to put this one down so I could see what was going to happen next and who the big bad was. And let me say. I had no clue. Kristen does an awesome job keeping her secrets in this book hidden. And that was avery fun aspect for me. Plus the romance is just so sweet in this one. Not the forefront of the book by any chance. Because I mean... The suspense is definitely the star of this book. But you get a little of eveything in this for sure. I cannot wait to see what Kristen has planned next. As I get some serious vibes that this book is just the start haha SHADOWS is definitely a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐4 STAR READ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hatton

    WOW..... I just couldn’t put this book down and now I’m disappointed I’ve finished it. I don’t usually read paranormal but when given the opportunity to read a copy of this book, how could I miss the chance to read something new and different from one of my favourite authors. This book gripped me from beginning to end and definitely a good choice when starting on this genre. This was another great hit from Kristen Proby and I can’t wait to read more about the sisters, each one is diff WOW..... I just couldn’t put this book down and now I’m disappointed I’ve finished it. I don’t usually read paranormal but when given the opportunity to read a copy of this book, how could I miss the chance to read something new and different from one of my favourite authors. This book gripped me from beginning to end and definitely a good choice when starting on this genre. This was another great hit from Kristen Proby and I can’t wait to read more about the sisters, each one is different and you must know that whoever they get paired up with will bring he best out in them. Loved the start to this new series!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa DeBerry

    I wasn't too sure about how i would feel about this book when Kristen first announced it. I don't usually like paranormal stories. BUT...with that being said, THIS IS A PHENOMENAL BOOK!! I love Brielle and Cash!! This book, while having some paranormal activity, isn't all about the voodoo, witches and dark magic! There is an excellent storyline, plenty of romance and a great and enticing ending!! I can't wait for Millie and Daphne's books!! Another excellent and wonderful book!!! Kristen has ano I wasn't too sure about how i would feel about this book when Kristen first announced it. I don't usually like paranormal stories. BUT...with that being said, THIS IS A PHENOMENAL BOOK!! I love Brielle and Cash!! This book, while having some paranormal activity, isn't all about the voodoo, witches and dark magic! There is an excellent storyline, plenty of romance and a great and enticing ending!! I can't wait for Millie and Daphne's books!! Another excellent and wonderful book!!! Kristen has another great series in the making!!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Incredibly Chilling, goose bump raising, and heart racing! I will be the first to admit that I am a wimp. I don’t do scary movies or a lot of paranormal activity. This novel however was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. It’s going to haunt my thoughts for quite some time...in a good way of course. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t stop reading. It did set my anxiety off quite a bit so I blame Kristen for that. I am torn between not wanting to ever think about this story again and w Incredibly Chilling, goose bump raising, and heart racing! I will be the first to admit that I am a wimp. I don’t do scary movies or a lot of paranormal activity. This novel however was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. It’s going to haunt my thoughts for quite some time...in a good way of course. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t stop reading. It did set my anxiety off quite a bit so I blame Kristen for that. I am torn between not wanting to ever think about this story again and wanting the next book as soon as possible!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    First of all, I am glad this is going to be a series. This book was so well written and believable. I enjoyed how well Cash and Brielle’s story was woven into the main story, but neither overpowered the other. I don’t want to give too much away, but the detailing was amazingly well done. I cannot wait for the second book to come out!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic series by Kristen Proby. Unlike the rest of KP's books, this one is a paranormal novel with some suspense. Of course, the romance is also here, but not so much on the focus. Some readers might be turned off from the instant spark between Brielle and Cash, but I didn't mind and there was even mention of past lives, so I was in for the ride. The blurb mentions the name Cassian Winslow which is the hero of the novel, but everyone calls him Cash, so I am Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic series by Kristen Proby. Unlike the rest of KP's books, this one is a paranormal novel with some suspense. Of course, the romance is also here, but not so much on the focus. Some readers might be turned off from the instant spark between Brielle and Cash, but I didn't mind and there was even mention of past lives, so I was in for the ride. The blurb mentions the name Cassian Winslow which is the hero of the novel, but everyone calls him Cash, so I am also going to go with it instead of his full name. The epilogue of the story ends with some mild cliffhanger, but Brielle and Cash's story ends in this book. Still, the book is not s stand-alone novel in my opinion. Too many things are still going on and we have questions that need answers. Each book might feature a different couple, but I have the feeling that the story will continue in the next two installments. Our heroine, Brielle, can see Shadows, which are basically ghosts and her sister have also gifts which I am not going to reveal. I liked both sisters even if Daphe's entrance made me dislike her a little bit. I really want to read her story, but from what I gathered she will be the last sister to find her happy ending, which sucks, but I will have to accept it. Cash is visiting New Orleans after he was forced to take a sabbatical from his work as a profiler. Due to his job, he is very insightful and helped Brielle with her case. Still, most of the work is done by the sisters. He and Brielle just clicked for me and I loved them together! I loved the paranormal aspect of the story. I was reading the book at 4 am and I was getting some chills especially when there were mentions of the shadow and even worse, the man who was hurting all these women. It was very creepy and he was a twisted man. I got immersed in this paranormal world and I am delighted that Brielle's sister's are also getting books. We have so many questions unanswered and I need to know what is going on! To sum it up, as you gathered, I loved the book and I would recommend it! Kristen Proby did a great job at introducing us to this new world and I look forward to seeing more of it in the future books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Romance Schmomance (Malia)

    Holy moly, what did I just read?! If you're like me and essentially afraid of everything, DO. NOT. READ. THIS. AT. NIGHT! I have to say, when an author decides to write in a different genre and absolute nails it, you can't help but just rave about it. Kristen Proby absolutely killed it with her first paranormal. And YES, it is 100% a paranormal and I was just not prepared for it. The romance lover in me will always beg for more, it was a little low in Shadows , but it was completely fitting. And to be honest, if Kristen decided teverything, DO. Holy moly, what did I just read?! If you're like me and essentially afraid of everything, DO. NOT. READ. THIS. AT. NIGHT! I have to say, when an author decides to write in a different genre and absolute nails it, you can't help but just rave about it. Kristen Proby absolutely killed it with her first paranormal. And YES, it is 100% a paranormal and I was just not prepared for it. The romance lover in me will always beg for more, it was a little low in Shadows , but it was completely fitting. And to be honest, if Kristen decided throw in the steamy scenes and then BAM, creepy-spooky scenes. Talk about 180! CHECK OUT THE REST OF MY REVIEW | HERE BLOG | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON | BOOKBUB | TWITTER

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers

    Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic series by the very-talented, Kristen Proby. I love me some Proby books! This is her first paranormal book and she did a fabulous job.if you read her Boudreaux series then you will be in for an extra treat since there are some cameos. She touched on some paranormal with Easy Magic which was a fun treat so I was excited she was delving into it even more. I don’t want to spoil anything since it has added suspense! Three sisters. One tourist. One killer i Shadows is the first book in the Bayou Magic series by the very-talented, Kristen Proby. I love me some Proby books! This is her first paranormal book and she did a fabulous job.if you read her Boudreaux series then you will be in for an extra treat since there are some cameos. She touched on some paranormal with Easy Magic which was a fun treat so I was excited she was delving into it even more. I don’t want to spoil anything since it has added suspense! Three sisters. One tourist. One killer in the French Quarter. One day Brielle was doing her walking ghost tour in the Quarter and that night she was being followed. It was nothing new to her when she saw shadows of the dead around the city but it was another when they followed her home. On the same day she met a man with the green eyes that matched the pendent she wore every day. There was something about him. Like he was an old friend or someone she needed in her life. She had no idea how much that day would change her future. Someone was out there. Lurking. Taking girls from the Bayou and having their twisted way with them. That’s all I can say about the story. I will say that I was addicted from the beginning until the very end. I love creepy, dark, and twisted. Maybe it’s because I am a Halloween baby. It’s definitely darker than any other Proby story. She can write anything, really. I love the characters. The writing. It was the perfect blend of humor, darkness, witchiness, and romance. I can’t wait for the next book!! Quotes: “I told you the other night, I’m a complicated woman. I wasn’t kidding.” “I suppose we’re all complicated, in our own ways. You haven’t scared me off.” “Yet,” she whispers. “I like you.” “I feel like I was just given a test that I didn’t prepare for.” “You were,” Millie confirms. “You passed. Now,”—she turns to me again—“talk to me.” “I don’t know where you got this chair, but I like it. Whoever owned it was happy and quite playful.” “Well, that’s fun,” Millie says, grinning. “You should re-christen it later. After we leave.” “Thanks for the pointer,” I say with a laugh. “It’s not a bad idea,” Cash says, making me grin. “Focus, please.”

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