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Niall’s never known anything but betrayal. All Mat wants is Niall’s heart. What will it take for him to coax Niall in from the cold?

Mat's connection with Niall is tenuous; one step forward, two steps back. Since that night on the beach Niall's been avoiding Mat like a bad case of the flu - which, ironically, most of his deputies have come down with. What will it take for Niall to truly believe Mat wants him for who he is?

Mat's overworked, Niall's unnerved, and then things really go sideways.

Will a killer destroy everything before Niall realizes they are stronger together than apart?

Long Shadow is a dual POV about a broody introvert and a somewhat patient sheriff. Mat’s going to have to prove to Niall he's the man for him. The Hamarsson and Dempsey series follows the same couple as they find their way to their happily ever after.

©2020 Elle Keaton (P)2020 Elle Keaton

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Absolutely Brilliant!!

I dived into this after listening to the first in this series.

This series is so well written and interesting.

The mystery and mayhem is very engaging and the characters are enjoyable and entertaining.

Definitely recommend this series

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They’re back

I listened to book 1 in this series almost two years ago but it stuck with me. I really liked the former cop and the hometown sheriff and hoped they’d make a go of their relationship. Possible, but Niall is cynical and hard while Mat is sunnier, despite the tragedies in his life.

This book also has a murder, a separate mystery, an arson, and a whole lot of action.

Niall is sort of committed to staying on Piedras except he doesn’t have a place to live – the owners of the local motel are not enamored of the wolf hound. Fenrir is still my favorite character in the book – I am a sucker for a good dog who doesn’t always behave.

The mystery part was good and I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. I think what excites me the most is the fact there’s a third book coming and there are hints about what happened to Mat’s dad. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Of course I’m loving Michael Dean. His narrations are always spot on and he knows how to say tuque. (Just a little thing we Canadians love.) So on to the next.

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Great Mystery and Romance

This series was tightly crafted from beginning to end. Absolutely fantastic romance with strong chemistry between the main characters. Strong mystery that ran throughout all the books. Highly recommended.

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A wonderful story about how love endure s .

A well written story that was entertaining and the characters were truly in love with each other.

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Great story. Great narration.

I enjoyed the first book in this series and, I like the second even more. The mystery from the first book has left some unresolved issues that we get to dig into a bit more in this book. Niall's history, Mat and Niall's relationship, and some other interesting plot threads are explored a bit more in depth. So much tension! So much action.

Sometimes I need to work really hard to suspend disbelief in a mystery. I didn't need to for this book. The author does all the hard work.

I really appreciated how the the ordnance incident was written. My physics background makes it really hard to appreciate these types of events. No. You don't want to watch an action movie with me. I ruin everything with science. This incident was described just right.

The narration was great again with just a couple glitches that I noticed, but it didn't ruin the experience.

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Wonderful!

I truly enjoyed this story. The narrator is a favorite of mine. Enjoyable and recommended!

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Love Mat and Niall!

I really love Mat and Niall. They read to me as believable characters. They are not perfect but try to make their relationship work. I also like the mystery aspect of these books. This is the second in a series of continuing characters so I would definitely read them in order. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series!!!

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So Good!!!

First of all, let me just say that I love Michael Dean. I choose to listen to so many authors that I am not familiar with as soon as I see that he is the narrator. He did an excellent job in this book as well as with book 1.

Now. Elle Keaton. I believe she is a new to me author and this is only the second book I have read of hers because I read book 1 of the series and I loved it. I couldn't wait for book 2 so purchased it immediately. I was not disappointed. This book has just the right amount of mystery, danger, angst and romance along with humor to make it a perfect read or listen. I am not a fan of any angst in a story but Elle Keaton's writing makes it okay.

I love books with an overreaching plot that last throughout a series if it is done properly. Keaton does it very well. The end of each book so far, even though all the mysteries are not solved, gives you just enough closure that if you didn't listen to the next book you will be okay, but enough of a subtle cliff hanger to make you want to know more.

The next book will be out in a few weeks and I hope the audible version isnt far behind. The book can be a standalone but you definitely need to read book 1 to get the full effect of what's going on. This series is so worth every credit used.

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Love this series!

This is one fantastic series from one of my favorite authors. Long Shadow continues with the story of Niall and Mat, who we met in Book 1 Conspiracy Theory. This book continues with small town sheriff Mat and ex-detective Niall and their developing friendship/relationship. These two are great together; the chemistry is so obvious. If you enjoy romantic suspense with strange mysteries, sexiness, hotness, and low angst try this series. The story is told from dual POVs, which I love, and it aids in getting to know the characters better. The plot and mystery are both interesting and well executed.
The narrator Michael Dean is so good and does a wonderful job; he has a nice, clear voice that helped me visualize these guys perfectly. MD makes you actually "feel" the emotions flowing through both men and that makes the audio so much more riveting. I read book 1 and listened to book 2 in audio and MD's narration really brings the story to life for me. His performance is so good I now want book 1 in audio!

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Loved it!

I love a happily ever after. I am so glad for Mat and Neal that they were able to work together so well. I really enjoyed these books. Thanks

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  • Gwen
  • 08-21-20

More!

Long Shadow shows us more about Niall and Mat. There’s suspense, and arson and a possible killer on the loose. I loved that this books keep me on my toes, searching for clues while also rooting for Niall to come to his senses and just accept love. The characters are endearing, Mat’s family is so sweet and supportive plus that surprise for Niall at the end. I would say they have their happily ever after but there is a sequel that I can’t wait to listen to!

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 08-17-20

Amazing!

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Long Shadow is book 2 in the Hamarsson and Dempsey series and it needs to be read/listened to in order. This review may contain spoilers.

Niall is being difficult at the start of the book and still keeping Mat at arm's length, which I totally get, don't get me wrong. He's had a hard life and it's not easy for him to let anyone—not even Mat, who truly has the patience of a saint—in. As if that wasn't enough, the fires have continued in Piedras island and now they're escalating. 

I'm really enjoying this series, well, other than wanting to shake some sense into Niall, although I will admit it he got much better around halfway through the story. Mat was amazing as always and continues being my favorite of the two of them. They have great chemistry and I felt like the progression of their relationship, while slow, was very organic, especially considering Niall's issues. I loved that we got to see more of them as a couple this time around. 

The mystery of the fires was partially, yet satisfyingly, solved, so even if there are still a few things that need to be addressed, I don't feel like I was left hanging. I just hope Ms. Keaton hurries up with it because I need the next book pronto! LOL

Michael Dean never ceases to amaze me. He has such a wide range of voices and does a fantastic job every single time with his performance, which translates on him not only giving each character a distinctive voice but bringing them and the story to life with his narration. 

Overall, if you've read Conspiracy Theory, you absolutely need to listen to Long Shadow and if you haven't, what are you waiting for? Pick both books/audiobooks, because you're missing out on a great series otherwise. 

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 08-17-20

Mat and Niall are back!

More mysteries to solve, danger to face and those pesky emotions to deal with (for Niall anyway).

A good continuation of Niall and Mat's story with a twisted web of crime and some new found family, this story was a good escape
away to Piedras. I like seeing Niall and Mat moving forward and only one storyline is left open at the end and I look forward to seeing what happens next!

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 08-09-20

Nice slow burn with lots of mystery.

I read Long Shadow when the ebook came out in May 2020 and I was so excited to get the opportunity to listen to and review the audio version. *Michael Dean did a fantastic job with this book, just like he did with book one, Conspiracy Theory.

I started listening to this with the intention of catching up on some chores while I listened. Since I'd already read the book, I figured I didn't have to pay really close attention while listening to the audio version. WRONG! LOL I was totally captivated by the story all over again and couldn't let myself concentrate on anything else while I listened to it.

Michael Dean's voice is so easy to listen to. He does unique voices for each character so it's easy to tell who is talking. I really love the different female voices he used in this one (there are several). I've been known to shed more than one or two tears while reading a book but that doesn't always guarantee that the audio version will affect me as deeply. Long Shadow absolutely engaged my emotions as much or more than when I read the book.

Below is the review I wrote back in May.

Long Shadow is book two in the Hamarsson and Dempsey series with the main couple continuing throughout the series. Book one had a very satisfying HFN and this one even more so. The author does a great job of giving us information from book one that we need to enjoy this story. So, I kind of think you could read this without having read Conspiracy Theory but then you'd be missing a great book.

There is a lot of mystery and intrigue going on in Long Shadow and it kept me on the edge of my seat in places. A couple of things happened that I didn't see coming which is always nice when reading romantic suspense. Mat and Niall's relationship moves along at a steady pace, with Niall pretty much fighting it at every turn until he finally gives in.

I'm a big fan of slow-burn romance and this is a great one. If you're looking for hot and spicy time being front and center this might not be the book for you. What it is though, is a wonderfully crafted story with interesting characters and enough suspense to keep you engaged until the end.

Some mysteries are solved in this book but there are still underlying issues that aren't resolved. I really wouldn't call this a cliffhanger because we definitely know that Mat and Niall are a couple and I didn't feel like I was left hanging so much that I'll die if I can't read the next one tomorrow.

Don't take that to mean that I didn't love this, or don't want the next one as soon as possible, because I do. But the story was complete enough to leave me very satisfied and not unhappy that I'll have to wait until next year to read it.

A copy of this audio book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** (Posting on August 14, 2020.)