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All it takes is a single brush with the supernatural to change a life forever.

Some choose the path of magic and shadow willingly. Others never see the hand of magic as it shapes their fortunes. They face the extraordinary with nothing but courage and wits to guide them.

Some mortals become trapped in the conflict between angels and demons and find themselves forever changed. For all too many, the shadows lead only to untimely ends. For some, however, the shadows offer seductive experiences that draw the newcomers further in....

Life in Shadows collects four stories set in the world of Good Intentions, where one encounter with sorcerers, demons, or a foul-mouthed servant of heaven is all it takes to turn the world upside down.

Warning: Life in Shadows contains explicit violence, extended explicit sex scenes, explicit karaoke, profanity, rampant nudity, assault, murder, breaking and entering, belligerent urban wildlife, premeditated sexual promiscuity, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, attempted kidnapping, attempted robbery, attempted ritual demonic possession, blatant violation of state regulations of adult entertainment, punching, kicking, cutting, stabbing, shooting, hair pulling, name calling, slut shaming, cheap Halloween costumes, strippers, hipsters, poseurs, police, personal calls while on duty, arson, destruction of private property, lingerie, war criminals, break-up text messaging, lesbian demon seduction, accusations of Mary Suedom, poor workplace morale, premarital sex, nude calisthenics, immolation, false identification, ruthless exploitation of personal beauty, unsafe crowd control standards, vertigo, destruction of evidence, elitism, racism (don't worry, he dies), open relationships, workplace scapegoating, adult use of plumbing implements, fantasy depictions of witchcraft and paganism, at least one reincarnated ancient European warlord, and a girl-on-girl grenade fight. All characters are over the age of 18 except the aforementioned reincarnation of an ancient European warlord. That gets sketchy.

©2015 Elliot Kay (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Tess made this one.

Not as good as the others but worth the read.
A new character and development of some others.

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Wish it could have been longer.

I tend to read books without reading to much about them first, so this time I was a little confused. I thought this book was going to be about the two witches and the book of shadows, and honesty I was looking forward to it. So I was somewhat disappointed when the story seemed to jump around to other characters and never went back to their story. It was good for me, not great like the other books in the series.

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It's good to be back.

Overall I loved the book, although Tess Irondale seems to hace switched Molly's and Onyx's voices. Everytime one of them talked I had to mentally say their name to keep track of who's who.

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Love it

Another great performance by Tess Irondale. She really knows how to bring a story to life. This is a nice little interlude for the characters from good intentions and I hope to see more of the new characters in the next book. I really enjoyed the parts with Kevin an Shannon. I hope Kevin finds out about everything that's going on around him.

Highly recommend this audio/book to anyone who has read the good intentions series.

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Tid Bits of Awesome!

The only thing I wish they had done with the audio version would be to have established the chronology within the series timeline (which is at the front of the kindle version).

The novellas overall were fantastic, each progressively better as the stories rolled on. I do hope "Uncle Kevin" turns into a bigger player on the series as it goes on. with all the foreshadowing and lead-ins I can only see this story getting more and more epic.

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Great Expanded Universe

What made the experience of listening to Life in Shadows the most enjoyable?

Tess Irondale, her performance was great as always

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed all of the primary characters they each have something special

What about Tess Irondale’s performance did you like?

Everything, her range is great and she is able to give each character their own voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no, because it is a selection of short stories it is easy to put down at the end of each chapter.

Any additional comments?

one minor issue Tess Irondale seems to have switched voices for Molly and Onyx. In the previous books Onyx had the more soothing seductive voice and Molly had a bit rougher voices in this book they seem to have switched. With that minor thing said it was a great addition to the universe I hope Mr. Kay will write additional books for these characters in the future.

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The heading is not optional.

They got the voices backwards for onyx and molly. The story feels a bit disjointed.

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Couldn't listen

What disappointed you about Life in Shadows?

The first few stories were boring. I feel asleep through most of the stories. I thought about how boring "the main character" is. He has no feelings, he's just so damn perfect and forgiving it makes me sick. He is honestly the male version of every "damsel-in-distress," it seemed cool at first, but gets really old after a book or two.
He's supposed to be a human badass, but he gets kidnapped every book. Hell, even his human friends are able to take care of themselves better, well, the non-white or non-male friends can. I'm guessing Wade is going to end up gay, because it would fit the narrative. I say that because, as far as I can tell, he is white and a badass, which means he has to fit within the politically correct narrative the is increasingly preached throughout this series.

The PC preaching is this series makes me hate the good parts of these books. I listened to "Personal Demons," and was yelling at the book when characters began their inhuman reactions to realistic situations. Or when the author "characters in the story" would expound their opinion on what happens or happened in Iraq. The entertainment value of a book that should be for entertainment became drudgery.

Has Life in Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I honestly will not listen to this series any longer. I can not stand how preachy and opinionated the characters are any more.

What does Tess Irondale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked what she brought to the series, she has a nice range of voices that bring many aspects of the book to life.

What character would you cut from Life in Shadows?

most of them

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Awesome

this is more like bunch of Novella then book but in a time line LOL my first written review off to the next book

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Not Bad, But Could Have Been Better

Back in 2011 author Elliott Kay released a novel called “Good Intentions.” While carrying out a dumb high school prank in a cemetery, Alex stumbles upon a cult in the middle of a ritual. The ritual involved two women against their will. Unknown to Alex at the time, one woman was a captured demon and the other was a captured angel. The ritual went all kinds of wrong and for his trouble, Alex, the demon and the angel found themselves bound to each other. There have been three novels in the series. All of them containing several other reoccurring supernatural, supporting characters. “Life In Shadows” is a small collection of stories featuring the supporting characters from the “Good Intentions” universe.

If you already like author Elliott Kay’s work from the “Good Intentions” books, you will probably enjoy the majority of “Life In Shadows.” If you’ve never read Mr. Kay’s work, you should probably start with “Good Intentions.”

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  • 01-18-18

another great book.

another great book as expected. But Tess switching Molly's and Onyx's voices kinda ruined the two characters for me, The voices don't match their original personalities. but other than that, another great job from Tess.