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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue and memories. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Four years after the first lady shoots the president and then herself, a woman in northern Virginia wakes up one morning, looks. Get Instant Access to Shadow Woman: A Novel By Linda Howard #96d19 EBOOK EPUB KINDLE. PDF. Read Download Online Shadow.

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I got bumped to first class. Shadow Woman has everything I love in romantic suspense: a unique plot, a kick-ass heroine, a lot of mystery, and excellent pacing. I think there's a rule out there that a book should never start with the hero or heroine waking up in the morning. Howard not only ignores this rule, she breaks it with flare, surprising the reader and launching them immediately into the story. Lizette Henry, an average office-worker in Washington DC, wakes up one morning and goes about her routine. She's about to get in the shower when she looks in the mirror and is suddenly paralyzed. She doesn't recognize her own face. The situation is, understandably, terrifying. Lizette calls in sick to work and then spends the morning trying to piece together what's just happened.

I didn't feel any of it, nor was it believable to me. I could not connect with either character, and I didn't find myself too interested in the danger they were facing. The ending and epilogue fell flat.

When the dialogue and interaction did finally come it was rushed, and still I was unable to connect. I however will still read her books, even though this one didn't work for me, as I said earlier I love her writing style.

In the past, I have really enjoyed her previous books. Also, I am only one person so please don't let my opinion stop you from reading this book. Everyone has different reading taste, and this book may work perfectly for you. I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you! View all 13 comments. That's what they say, right? And you never do! Linda Howard was my first romance ever.

I was 17, a bookworm teenager and I've read all the classics. And then a friend gave me this book and said: It was Now You See Her and my initiation began. I never looked back!!!!!!!!! As I've already said: So to our story: The First Lady murders her husband, the President, after getting evidence that he was cheating on her with her own and married with a Senator sister.

A Secret Service Agent takes her out but not before she manages to kill one and seriously injure another. Something had happened to her, something catastrophic and maybe even sinister, though she had no evidence of the latter.

Instead she seemed to have been set adrift in a new life, and left to her own devices. Not pale, or red-eyed, but different, as in that-is-not-my-face different. She knows things she shouldn't burner phones, bugs, etc One thing she is certain? THEY must not find out. But what and who are they? And who is the mysterious Mr. X who she can't get out of her head?

After watching her for more than 3 years he is sure that she remembers. A black op guy, he trusts only his gut. But he will be there for here, he always is. He was looking for her and she was looking for him, but walls and doors got in the way. He always did. Every day they are listening and they are ready. They will do anything to keep the secret. Linda Howard has an amazing talent of creating a palpable attraction between her heroes.

I like her style of presenting us with these "grey" characters, it makes reading about them interesting and so deliciously frustrating. This book delivers the usual trifecta. Nail biting action, mystery, conspiracies and the expected sensuality of a Linda Howard novel. Way better than her latest books, but I was looking for a more spectacular ending which seemed a little too easy and anti-climatic after all the information thrown at us.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it to all romantic suspense fans. View all 20 comments. Key spoilers are hidden. Shadow Woman fell a bit flat for me, but there are some excellent bits, and Xavier and Lizzy brought to mind some of my favorite characters from Howard's stock. I will start with what I see as weak points, then move to the good stuff, and finally to the cross-book character comparisons.

If it weren't for that single scen Key spoilers are hidden. And I kinda did. At first, I was interested and absorbed, trying to figure out what happened to Lizzy, but Howard wrote the most opaque prologue imaginable, making it nearly impossible to decipher the back-story. However, I enjoyed trying, and I got some parts right! It's fairly slow at first.

Jolly good! I loved Lizzy's intelligent assessment of each new situation. However, all too soon, the pace slowed down to a crawl again, with too much time devoted to Lizzy's desperate flight into Virginia on dusty roads under a summer sun.

The details of eating and peeing and shopping went on too long, even though I enjoyed the various means of transportation Lizzy used to escape. One character surprised me. And there were some fun scenes, like when Lizzy vandalizes Xavier's motorcycle, thinking he's out to kill her.

He is proud of her, cuz she's fighting back echoes of Death Angel.

Loved the dialogue with his crew, when he called in for a tow truck: Fuck, I'm in love. She's mine. Throughout the book, Xavier was in Lizzy's court, even though he couldn't be with her. He was protective, passionate, and tender. At one point Luzzy was feeling sad:.

I liked your face before, and I like it now. You're still you. WHY would Lizzy feel so guilty about what happened four years ago?? Lizzy, a secret agent who looked just like the first lady, was trying to make a copy of the President's thumb drive, which contained evidence of treason.

Both the Potus and his deceitful Flotus were selling military secrets to the Chinese. They both deserved to die, and it was not even Lizzy's fault, since the gun went off when the First Lady jumped her. Furthermore, one of the supposed "good guys" had betrayed Lizzy and Xavier's team, telling the Thorndikes about the plan. Plot device, me thinks. For example, Lizzy reminded me of Grace St.

John, in Son of the Morning. Like Grace, Lizzy had to piece together a bunch of clues to figure out what was going on. Like Grace, Lizzy spent a good portion of the book on the run, living a hand to mouth existence, going from pit stop to pit stop. Shadow Woman has very little dialogue -- and only a portion of it involved Xavier and Lizzy.

However, there were a few glimpses of the bold, sexy banter I loved in Mr. Perfect , with Sam and Jaime. I especially enjoyed the scene when Xavier "accidentally" bumps into Lizzy in Walgreens and gets a lesson in Shampoo Killers are after her, and she has no idea WHY. Resting in her sleazy motel, she's ready to break down and sob.

BUT, like Angie in Prey: A Novel , she refuses to yield to helplessness. The only difference is that Angie had to outwit two types of psychos -- one with four feet. Xavier has the same fetish: Her back was to him No doubt it was her, though; he knew that mane of dark hair, the erect set of her shoulders, the way she carried her head, and holy shit, the inverted-heart curve of her ass.

Lizzy --in person, after years of only hearing her voice or seeing photos. In this book, we had Xavier willing to watch over poor brain-wiped Lizzy for the rest of his life, if necessary. In DA, we had Simon willing to take care of potentially brain-damaged Drea for ever.

Shadow Woman involves two special op agents Xavier and Lizzy who train together, enjoying a competitive but exciting battle of the sexes over the combat mat and the shooting range. These scenes reminded me of All the Queen's Men , but alas, the training scenes were only "remembered" in Shadow Woman -- and then only in fragments -- which compares unfavorably with the vivid co-training scenes I so much enjoyed in AtQM.

Long story short, Shadow Woman isn't so great in and of itself, but I've seen FAR worse, and it brings back memories of lots of treasured stories. I also appreciate the careful editing, the lack of typos, and the non-gratuitous and comparatively sparing inclusion of cuss words and profanity.

View all 16 comments. Nov 04, Elizabeth Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: This is Lizette Henry's new reality. It's possible she's lost her mind, but instinct tells her that's not the case.

There's another answer. In the end, she may very well wish she hadn't sought the truth. It is almost impossibly hard to talk about this s 4 Stars What do you do when you wake up one random morning, feeling like yourself, no amnesia, remembering the day before, your family, where you grew up It is almost impossibly hard to talk about this story without giving some part of the plot away.

And, trust me when I tell you, the way to truly enjoy Shadow Woman is to go into it knowing no more than you absolutely have to. The impact is all the greater for it! What I can share with you is my surprise at just how much I enjoyed reading this story. Linda Howard has been a favorite author of mine for so many years that I've literally lost count.

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So, it was very disappointing to me when, in recent years, I realized I wasn't enjoying her the way I used to. There was some trepidation on my part, considering if I wanted to read Shadow Woman.

But, I am SO glad that I did! This is a complex, intriguing, compelling suspense tale that I honestly couldn't put down. Linda Howard has a great imagination, and she puts it to full use here! Trying to determine what happened, when, where, by whom? It all kept me turning the pages, quickly, to the very end. Honestly, this was a lot of fun to read!

So, why not five stars? Well, much as I feel like Linda Howard is beginning to win me back, and as good as the story was, the one aspect of Shadow Woman that was lacking, for me, was the relationship between the two main characters, Xavier and Lizzy. This is where I miss the Linda Howard of the very early years, and that Linda Howard, I'm pretty sure, isn't coming back.

I miss the romance and the passion with which she could light up a book. I miss the incredible connections she built between characters. I still see glimpses of it. But, they are merely that, glimpses. In the end, for so much of the less than stellar romantic suspense that is being written now, Shadow Woman has to be considered a stand-out.

It's a real improvement over Linda Howard's last few books, and it renews my hope for her future writing projects. If you're a Linda Howard fan, or even if you're not, I think you might want to give this one a try! View all 18 comments. US president shot by his wife! She also remembers the last two years of her life…before that she has no recollection. Forced to go on the run, trying to avoid being killed and determined to find out what happened to her.

Dangerous people involved in a conspiracy that are determined to do anything to kill anyone who poses a danger to them. I liked the first couple of chapters. The tension and suspense as Lizette tries to finding the answers to what had been done to her. Being chased by the bad downloads and followed by the shadowy Xavier, who is part of the conspiracy but happens to be the good guy here. I would have liked Lizzie and Xavier to have more interaction with each other.

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They only get together almost at the end and most of the story is the thoughts in their heads. The lack of romance was lacking…. I found the plot interesting and intriguing and the ending where all is revealed, quite clever even if a bit implausible. View 2 comments. Shadow Woman 3 Stars Lizette Henry awakens one morning to discover that she has lost two years of her life. She soon finds herself on the run from anonymous assassins sent to ensure that the secrets she holds remain forgotten forever.

Unfortunately, Shadow Woman is not one of the better examples of her work. To begin with, the conspiracy plot fails to live up to the tremendous potential esta Shadow Woman 3 Stars Lizette Henry awakens one morning to discover that she has lost two years of her life.

To begin with, the conspiracy plot fails to live up to the tremendous potential established in the incredible prologue. This is mainly due to the repetitious and overly detailed descriptions related to the return of Lizzie's memories and her attempts to outrun her pursuers.

On the romance front, Lizzie and Xavier's relationship is woefully underdeveloped. In fact, the entire book is more of a thriller than RS as the couple barely share any scenes together until the end of the book. Despite these issues, the tension and suspense of the story are exciting and one cannot help rooting for Lizzie.

All in all, Shadow Woman will appeal to readers who enjoy a good conspiracy theory but may disappoint those more interested in a good mix of romance and suspense. All right, folks This is the second of Linda Howard's new-ish books that I have avoided due to lackluster ratings and some very very meh reviews. Perhaps it's due to my lowered expectations, but I found this to be pretty damn good. Not quite five stars, definitely not my favorite by her but it felt like a Linda Howard story.

And I really dug it. The story is pretty original and kept me guessin All right, folks The story is pretty original and kept me guessing, to a certain extent. Lizette is an interesting heroine in that she changes constantly, slowly morphing from a shy, boring, monotonous robot woman into a really dynamic, multifacted, kick ass person.

The Shadow Woman heebie-jeebie comes from the fact that she is being pursued by a few different organizations Not to mention the fact that she doesn't recognize her own face. I felt that the whole face thing was explained Yeah, we figure out what happened but it's very glossed over and really left up to a near science fiction tale. Another thing that kept me from loving this as much as I used to love her books was that the hero, Mr. That's way too much alone time for my taste, even under the circumstances that come to light within this story.

I can totally understand some readers frustration with this.

I actually tend to really love a slow burning romance, and this was even too little too late for me. But this has that classic LH suspense and mystery, along with eventual smoking hot sexual chemistry.

The end was climactic and intense, satisfying my need for a solid romantic suspense. I listened to the audio and thought the narrator did a fantastic job. Definitely added to my enjoyment, rather than detracting. View all 21 comments. Feb 23, [Aengell] rated it really liked it Shelves: Nothing out of the world, but it's hard to find suspense novels that don't stick tot the same old formula, so this was a nice change.

The blurb is intentionally vague and I will leave it at that, because any further information could be classified as a spoiler.

Lizzy, the heroine, is a complex character who goes through a big development from the first chapter on, and it was fasci 3. Lizzy, the heroine, is a complex character who goes through a big development from the first chapter on, and it was fascinating to see her come to grips with her true identity and her true self.

I liked the writing style, I can easily see myself become attached to the narrative voice because it has a laid-back, neutral undertone that fits perfectly into a suspense novel, and where the romance comes into play it doesn't become clinical or detached, but subtle and still quite strong.

And although there is not much on-page romance going, Mrs. Howard succeeds in creating a strong couple with Lizzy and Xavier, both of whom are well developed and share a deep sexual and emotional bond. Xavier's reputation was sometimes a bit over the top, but in the end it worked out well enough.

The reason why I can only round it up to 4 stars is the pace of the story and the length. Not only did I feel as if or even pages more could have made it more developed and flowing, sometimes I also felt as if everything developed too fast and without the necessary page-time. An enjoyable romantic suspense that got me hooked, but I have yet to find a Linda Howard book that I actually really, really like. View all 9 comments. The prologue opens up in San Francisco four years prior. Laurel Rose is secret service and coming off duty.

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She hears gunfire and rushes to the rooms of the President and First Lady Fast forward to four years later and we meet Lizette Henry. Lizette wakes up one morning and doesn't recognize herself in the mirror. Linda Howard has written some of my most favorite books and while this won't be one of them, it definitely was worth reading for me. The suspense and intrigue were edge of your seat The prologue opens up in San Francisco four years prior.

The suspense and intrigue were edge of your seat good. However, the romance element was a disappointment for me. The focus was more on the suspense and mystery which was fine for the most part. I just love romance and would have liked for Xavier and Lizette to have more page time. Still I would recommend it to Romantic Suspense lovers.

View all 7 comments. Audio book Amnesiac heroine's recovering memory triggers a Hunger Games style chain of events. Nov 09, D. Check out this review and others at badassbookreviews.

The prologue is unbelievable and my eyes were almost Check out this review and others at badassbookreviews. The prologue is unbelievable and my eyes were almost out my sockets when it was done.

As I continued reading, my mind was racing trying to connect the dots and figure out the way our characters were involved in the developments of the prologue. There were hints and clues to whet my curiosity but not enough to know exactly what happened. This is the kind of book that keeps you reading straight to the end because you HAVE to know the truth. But Ms. I really liked that Lizzy had mad skillz. It still worked for me — what Xavier did for Lizzy was the epitome of romance — but the relationship is not the main point.

And if you like thrillers, then you may get distracted with the explicit dreams Lizzy has about Xavier, which is the way the Ms. Howard brings the character together when they are apart. Overall, a good thriller with a strong romantic elements. Jan 27, Crista rated it really liked it Shelves: A woman wakes up, looks in the mirror, and has a panic attack.

She has no memory of at least 2 years of her life and doesn't remember how she got her current job or her current face for that matter.

To say I was intrigued by this plot would be a huge understatement. I wanted to understand the "whys" and "hows" of this woman's life.

As Lizette slowly begins to piece her life back together and seeks to understand what has happened to her, it is v 3.

As Lizette slowly begins to piece her life back together and seeks to understand what has happened to her, it is very apparent that there are people watching that do not want her to remember What ensues is a very entertaining and suspenseful read. In some ways, this is classic Linda Howard. It had smart, witty, and engaging dialogue and internal monologues. I enjoyed the characters Lizzy especially. For those that like heroines tough, Lizzy will be a breath of fresh air. She doesn't stay on the defensive and hide, instead she attacks and actively seeks out answers to all the discrepancies in her life.

I respected her character greatly and was cheering for her as she uncovers the truth about her life. Xavier is, for lack of a better word, incredible. He is dangerous, mysterious, sexy, and the type of hero that really works for me. The problem with this book is that Xavier and Lizzy aren't reunited till the very last part of the book. This is too bad, because their relationship was a story that should've been told in more detail. The page time this relationship does receive was pure gold and makes this book absolutely worth the read.

Unfortunately, the suspense plot really lost steam for me and turned out to be rather unsatisfying hence the 3. Still, a better representation of Howard's talent than her past few books have been. View all 8 comments. Jan 30, willaful rated it really liked it Shelves: Shadow Woman is definitely romantic suspense rather than suspenseful romance. It reminded me a lot of Howard's Son of the Morning -- not in terms of the plot, but of the action.

Like in that book, the heroine Lizzy spends much of the book on the run, learning -- or in this case relearning -- survival skills; until the last quarter of the book, she interacts with the hero Xavier primarily through her dreams. This is the sort of story Howard writes very well, and the action and suspense are excellent. But that's what it's all about.

The characterizations are basic -- imagine the biggest badass guy ever, imagine a smart, sassy woman in trouble. It's more like a movie than a book, really -- and there isn't anything wrong with that.

For me, the main problem was that I felt as if I were expected to be far more invested in the secondary characters than I actually was, and for that reason, the ending came off as anticlimactic.

It was a fun ride, but not the kind that has me saying, "I wanna go again! View all 4 comments. I personally like books which use a good balance of narrative and dialogue.

For the most part, Shadow Woman contains heavy narrative and few interactions between characters. The storyline has great potential, but the execution falls flat.

Still, it is a decent RS read. Heavy focus on the bad-ass chick. Dude was great, but he wasn't the focus. Low on romance - it did give me some grins and swoons.

High on action. A story where a woman saves herself. High on the list of LH favorites. May 17, Jacqueline J rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. If however you are expecting romance, look elsewhere. I was riveted though by the suspense element of it all, why she didn't recognize herself and why she had 2 blank years etc. So this is nothing like Linda Howard of old where the relationship was the main thing but more like Cry No More and Death An I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting.

So this is nothing like Linda Howard of old where the relationship was the main thing but more like Cry No More and Death Angel but even a step beyond those in the lack of relationship development.

I loved both of those books because even though those heroes were assassins and such, you got to spend a lot of time with them and feel their love for the heroine grow. Here not so much. View 1 comment. Nov 16, Kat rated it it was ok.

I got this book to review from NetGalley. Linda Howard has always been one of my go-to authors when it comes to Romantic Suspense. The heroine Lizzy woke up one day, and looked at herself in the mirror only to find out that the face that she was seeing wasn't hers. She comes to realize that there were some gaps in her memory and suddenly she feels watched all the time.

Bit by bit her memories come back to her, along with that of a man she must have loved once. The majority of the book was about Li I got this book to review from NetGalley.

The majority of the book was about Lizzy trying to evade the people who were after her. downloading necessities in a grocery store, stealing a car, leaving the car, getting cash, crazy driving and shootouts etc. And while she was on the run, Xavier, a man form her past was also trying to get to her.

This isn't one of Linda Howard's best novels. The suspense was good enough to have kept me reading but in the end, there were still a few holes to story. The romance wasn't really there, I didn't feel like it had time to build up.

The story just kept on building up to the point when the hero and heroine would meet against all their pursuers. And at the moment they get to meet, they're in love again and that's it. The pacing is okay, I liked the part when the heroine was running from the bad guys and looking for smart ways to evade her pursuers. I would have also wanted more character development.

Still, it's a Linda Howard and fans of her work might find this enjoyable enough to pass time. May 05, ShoSho rated it really liked it Shelves: Loved it! Not big on romance but what it had was great. May 01, Lisa Kay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 02, Paula Brandon rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Lizette wakes up one morning and doesn't recognise the face in the mirror as her own. She hasn't lost her memory or anything like that - so what is going on?

When she calls in sick and her boss mentions it's her first sick day in three years, it causes confusion. She thought she had been at her job for five years!

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She slowly realises that she can't remember actually starting her job, downloading her house or downloading her car! We the reader know it must be related to the events in the opening prologue, Lizette wakes up one morning and doesn't recognise the face in the mirror as her own. We the reader know it must be related to the events in the opening prologue, in which the First Lady shoots her husband, the President, dead, and opens fire on Secret Service agents before being killed herself.

But how? At first, I was interested and absorbed, trying to figure out what happened to Lizzy, but Howard wrote the most opaque prologue imaginable, making it nearly impossible to decipher the back-story.

However, I enjoyed trying, and I got some parts right! It's fairly slow at first. Jolly good!

I loved Lizzy's intelligent assessment of each new situation. However, all too soon, the pace slowed down to a crawl again, with too much time devoted to Lizzy's desperate flight into Virginia on dusty roads under a summer sun. The details of eating and peeing and shopping went on too long, even though I enjoyed the various means of transportation Lizzy used to escape. One character surprised me. And there were some fun scenes, like when Lizzy vandalizes Xavier's motorcycle, thinking he's out to kill her.

He is proud of her, cuz she's fighting back echoes of Death Angel. Loved the dialogue with his crew, when he called in for a tow truck: "I need a tow for the Harley. Fuck, I'm in love. She's mine. Throughout the book, Xavier was in Lizzy's court, even though he couldn't be with her. He was protective, passionate, and tender.