Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett
Series: Roaring Twenties #2
Published: June 3, 2014 by Berkley Sensation
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco’s wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron’s uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes maddeningly complicated…
Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he’s transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet’s power, she can’t fathom the destruction—or the desire—it’s about to stir up.
Grim Shadows is an engaging adventure through a 1920’s San Francisco and it was a lot of fun to read. I always enjoy the stories Jenn Bennett creates as she weaves together magic, Egyptian mythology, action, and romance. In a lot of ways, this reminds me of the movie The Mummy and since that’s one of my favorite movies, that’s the highest of compliments. What truly makes this story are Lowe and Hadley whose personalities just leap off the page. The romance in Grim Shadows is electric and Hadley and Lowe had so much chemistry.
A handsome man with a silver tongue, Lowe is no stranger to getting into trouble but he always finds a way to talk himself out of any problem. Lowe rides that perfect line between charming and overly cocky and he was a really enjoyable hero. I loved all the cover stories he created but also how he shows Hadley that between them, he’ll be honest. Settling down was never something he considered, but Lowe was a natural romantic when it came to Hadley, not to mention deeply loyal and caring of his family.
Cursed since she was a young child, Hadley has kept everyone at a distance and works hard to control her emotions or risk letting the dark specters that haunt her free to hurt others. At first Hadley wants nothing to with the charming Lowe but she begins to see the good man underneath. I really loved Hadley’s character and how strong she is in the face of everything against her. She’s smart, resourceful, and though she tries to hide it, incredibly passionate.
While these two started out as oil and water, they quickly learn to work together and begin to provide a safe and welcoming space for the other. Lowe and Hadley’s personalities and upbringing might be different but each of them yearns for adventure and mystery and this makes them a perfect match.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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