Thursday, February 9, 2017

Love's Shadow by Nichole Van

Love's ShadowLove's Shadow by Nichole Van
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Description:  Branwell D'Angelo . . .
Six years ago, I fell in love with Lucy--my brother's girlfriend. Stupid of me, I know, but sometimes the heart doesn't listen to reason.
Six years, I've lived on the sidelines. Seeing him love her, be with her, bask in her sunshine . . .
I watched her break his heart and then cleaned up the shattered pieces of him she left behind.
She's the one woman I can't have but still the only one my soul wants.
Now she's back in our lives and needs the unique help only us D'Angelos can give.
He's not emotionally strong enough to face her. So he's sending me instead . . .

For her part, when tragedy strikes Lucy Snow on a visit to Italy, she can't bring herself to call any of the D'Angelo brothers for help. There are consequences for falling in love with your ex-boyfriend's brother. But Lucy desperately needs Branwell's paranormal skills and his gift of Sight. And if seeing him will negate at least three years of therapy? Well, it's a price she is willing to pay.

Thrown together in a desperate bid to save an innocent life, Branwell and Lucy struggle against their shared past, only to realize that something even more dangerous is reaching through the weight of time to stalk their every move . . .

Though the second book in the Brothers Maledetti series, Love'sShadow is a full-length, standalone novel.

My thoughts; I didn't realize that this was the second book in a series. I didn't feel lost in the story, but I think I could have benefited by reading this book after the first.

This was a very interesting book. I was pulled in right from the start. It was easy to get caught up in the characters and the plot. The characters are relatable. They are well written and genuinely good people. It was easy to like them.

The book has a paranormal plot. The triplet brothers have psychic abilities that help them with the disappearance of a young girl. They are brought into a paranormal/demonic mystery. It is intriguing to see where Nichole Van takes it and how she describes it. Any way that I try to describe it will not give it justice. It's something that you need to read for yourself.

The romance is sweet. For most of the story the couple are afraid to show or express their feelings because of the history they share. They are afraid of hurting another, so believe that it is best to not reveal their feelings. It is really sweet how they show compassion to each other and the deep friendship between them.

I found the story to be well written. I couldn't have asked for more in the pacing or descriptions. I stayed up past my bedtime to finish the book, even though I knew I had an early morning. I can't say that I regret that decision. It was worth the lack of sleep.

Now, I feel the need to read the first book. I want to know more about the triplets and their abilities.

Interested in purchasing a copy?

Nichole Van
About the Author:  (Taken from Amazon)  An Amazon bestselling author, Nichole Van is an artist who feels life is too short to only have one obsession. In former lives, she has been a contemporary dancer, pianist, art historian, choreographer, culinary artist and English professor. 

Most notably, however, Nichole is an acclaimed photographer, winning over thirty international accolades for her work, including Portrait of the Year from WPPI in 2007. (Think Oscars for wedding and portrait photographers.) Her unique photography style has been featured in many magazines, including Rangefinder and Professional Photographer. She is also the creative mind behind the popular website Flourish Emporium which provides resources for photographers. 

All that said, Nichole has always been a writer at heart. With an MA in English, she taught technical writing at Brigham Young University for ten years and has written more technical manuals than she can quickly count. She decided in late 2013 to start writing fiction and has since become an Amazon bestselling author. 

Nichole currently lives in Utah with her husband and three crazy children. Though continuing in her career as a photographer, Nichole is also now writing romance novels on the side. She is known as NicholeVan all over the web: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Visit to sign up for her author newsletter and be notified of new book releases. Additionally, you can see her photographic work at and

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