A STARLET REVIEW: BENEATH THESE SHADOWS BY MEGHAN MARCH

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Synopsis:

From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes another dangerously sexy alpha hero…

The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.

I drift form city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.

Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.

Until New Orleans.

Until her.

She’s everything I’m not.

Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.

I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.

But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.

Beneath These Shadows is a STANDALONE romance set in the world of the Beneath series. You DO NOT have to read any other books in the series to enjoy it.

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An Excerpt from

Beneath These Shadows

“You ever broken the law before this, Eden?”

I expected a quick and unequivocal no, but it didn’t come as fast as I thought it would.

“I don’t think so. I mean, I’m sure I have by accident sometime. I’ve jaywalked. But I’m not some kind of criminal.”

Well, that makes one of us, I thought.

My anger from earlier started to fade and be replaced by the heat of the knowledge that Eden’s naked tits were only inches from my chest, separated by water I could see right through. Last time I’d seen them under her pink bra, she’d been too fucked up for me to take advantage . . . but tonight she was completely sober.

I raised my gaze from her chest, expecting her cheeks to be red when she realized I was staring at her nipples, but she wasn’t watching my face. She was staring down at my body.

“Like what you see?”

That got her attention.

Eden jerked her head up to meet my eyes, and the blush colored her skin like I’d timed it.

“You’re . . . big.”

A booming laugh broke free from my throat at her unexpected response, and her cheeks flamed even brighter.

“No, that’s not what I meant. I mean . . . everywhere. Not just, in the . . .” She looked down, then jerked her gaze back to mine. “I’m going to shut up now.”

That kind of awkward and fumbling response couldn’t be faked, and protectiveness rose in me again. Eden was no con artist. She was a girl who couldn’t even say the word cock without turning red.

“Ain’t no shame in my game.”

She reached out a hand and covered my lips with her fingers. “Stop. You’re just making it worse. I wasn’t checking out your . . . package. I mean, I did before you got in the pool, but that’s only because I thought you’d have underwear on because who doesn’t wear underwear?” The babbling continued, and so did my laughter.

Hell, I hadn’t laughed this much since Delilah had given in to a customer’s request and tattooed a flexing veined eggplant cartoon on a client so he could send pictures of it instead of dick pics.

Eden pulled her hand back and covered her face. “I’m going to stop talking now. I seriously can’t be trusted to say anything that’s not completely humiliating when you’re standing this close to me naked.”

“I disagree, and since I’m not ready to get out and put my clothes on, you’re going to have to deal with it.”

She mumbled something under her breath.

“Come again?”

Eden pressed her lips together for a beat before saying, “I don’t know how to deal with it. This isn’t something I’ve ever dealt with before.”

A crazy thought popped into my brain. “Are you a virgin?”

If there was a red brighter than fire engine, that was the color of Eden’s cheeks. “No! Of course not. Really. I’ve touched a dick before. I mean, just the one, but it still counts. Well, I didn’t really touch it. Except, you know, inside me. Oh my God, I’m just going to shut up now.”

Realization dawned on me as her babbled protest silenced. “You’ve had sex with one guy? Once? How old are you?”

Eden turned to bolt, but instead smashed her tits into my arm. I stepped close enough so that only an inch of water separated us.

Her gaze went skyward. “This is so humiliating.”

That’s where she and I had differing opinions. “Why? Because you haven’t fucked every guy you’ve ever met? What’s wrong with that?”

Eden’s gaze snapped down to mine and her brows drew into slashes. “Hey, whoa now. You can toss that double-standard crap right in the trash. What if I had screwed every guy I ever met? Would that make me less of a person? I mean, it’s not like you probably haven’t been with dozens and dozens of women. I’m not judging you. Except for maybe that Kitty girl. I mean, really? You’ve got to have some standards.”

My laughter boomed out again across the courtyard. “Cupcake, just because I can get most any pussy I want, doesn’t mean I do it.”

“Still, double standards are—”

When she started on another tirade, I decided to silence her the best way I knew how.

I leaned down and covered her lips with mine.

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 My Review

This series just cannot come to and end!  I have read and devoured every single book from the very first to this very last.  I can say with absolute certainty that every one of them has been fabulous for me.  It’s not very often that by the time you make it to the sixth book in a series that you still want more, and I can say that I want MORE… More of all of these couples!  These last two books though have literally held me in a new captivity.  Beneath these Shadows took us on a new journey through the bayou of New Orleans, like we haven’t seen before!

From the moment we meet Eden, I knew that this was going to be something a little different.  The daughter of a mob boss, is always bound to lead to a lot of suspense, and Meghan lived up to it in such a different way.  I was excepting this to be a mob based story for the most part, but it really and truly isn’t.  We get to see some of it, but it isn’t the focus.  I loved how she took Eden’s character and showed her resilience, her ability to adapt and adjust as needed, yet displayed that vulnerability that was so important to her true character.  There wasn’t a time when I thought that her vulnerability was annoying.  She has led a very different life from most.

Then there is our resident bad boy.  But maybe he’s not as bad as we all thought he was.  Because truly when he meets Eden it’s like he becomes a completely different person.  You can see the transformation start to happen immediately.  He’s intrigued by this beautiful mystery in front of him, he knows she’s out of her element almost immediately with her cardigan sweaters, and his inherent need to protect comes out full force.  It’s really fun to watch Bishops transformation in this book.  I always kinda thought he was a jerk in the previous books.  But honestly I fell in love with his demanding and protective side almost immediately!

I cannot give too much away with this one.  Honestly it would ruin the story.  Just like with the last book you have to read this one to uncover the twists for yourself and when you have that AH HA moment you will be glad you read this!  It’s a really good twist, that was well hidden!  I loved every minute of this book and this series.  I loved how Meghan brought back every single one of my favorites from the previous books.  I absolutely LOVE the girls of this book and how they welcome in a newbie with open arms but protect all their men as much as their men protect them. When push comes to shove, every single one of them are there no matter the personal costs.  Those are friendships that mean everything.  And the people of the Beneath series have a bond that keeps you wanting more of these amazing couples!

If you haven’t read any of this series… GET. THEM. NOW!!!!! They are all stand alone but I highly recommend each and every one of them….

five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

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About Meghan March:

Meghan March has been known to wear came face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered books, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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