Light The Shadows by Michelle Clay

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Light The Shadows by Michelle Clay
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (240 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

In a twist of fate, a woman flees purgatory and jumps into a newly vacated body. Now she has a brand-new life as Micah Munroe and a whole lot of questions left unanswered.

Sully knows she’s an imposter because he reaped the soul of the real Micah a week ago. He suspects she might be a misplaced shadow, what he calls vengeful spirits. He’ll stop at nothing to find the truth and send her back to purgatory where she belongs. What he didn’t bargain on was how his body would react to hers or how powerful the white light within her is.

When a powerful shadow and her horde of angry spirits kidnaps Sully’s best friend, they must work together to get him back. Fighting their feelings for each other isn’t half as difficult as fighting the army of shadows bent on starting a war with the living.

Michelle Clay’s novel starts with death and ends with life, and love. For most novels, that is backwards, but most novels do not include Death in their star cast, or Grimms, or Reapers (note the separation here – they are not one and the same).

Micah (aka Kelly) jumps into another body but this is not a typical possession. She grows to love the people in Micah’s life and makes more of it than Micah ever did – fitting in does not seem to be her forte. Her character is steady in its reckless attitude to life, if lacking in detail. However this is explained by the body jump and resulting lack of memory.

Her fellow protagonist, Sully, has a detailed background and solid reasons not to get involved with modern women. He has been hurt before, as all bad boys who are soft on the inside have been. This may be a little stereotypical but the paranormal aspect of the story and his undead state brings new life to this stereotype. And, let’s admit, it’s a stereotype because it’s a draw. Sully is magnetic to a romance reader who wants a happy ending and for both partners to have their lives improved or “fixed”.

The dialogue is short, pointy, full of emotion, character and therefore realistic. Both protagonists are solid characters and have no glaring defects.

The plot itself is fast paced enough to keep a reader interested, though it could be a little faster if needed. The main crisis of the story revolves around a young girl. She grows dark after her death and becomes a power to be reckoned with. As a reaper, Sully must deal with this and, with her new paranormal connections, Micah helps, but Death is an odd presence here. He helps once, because it seems he has to, but refuses to help again – even though this may be a quicker and less dangerous solution. He is posed as a workaholic who feels minutes away from their job throws everything out of whack. With the importance of his job, this is believable…but then he makes a few emotional visits into the world. This confuses me. If he is moved enough to do this, he should be moved enough to help with a crisis.

However, this does not upset the core of the story for me. There is back story after back story to this novel. There is more to be learned in Death’s background, and Micah’s, and this could well be revealed in sequels. Perhaps there, this discrepancy will be addressed.

In the mean time, I am enamored with this new world and its cast of ghostly and undead friends. I am also smiling rather goofily at the hot, risky romance between a bad boy and a risk taker. It is wild, crazy and could well be unstable but it satisfies the romantic itch and the sex scenes are hot as hell. Clay’s hand has crafted a great bedside or bath-side story here with a jolt of fresh paranormal juiciness running through it. I can’t wait to read more from her and uncover some of the mysteries behind these characters I have grown so close to.

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