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Shadows: A Bayou Magic Novel

Series: Bayou Magic, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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From The New York Times best-selling author Kristen Proby comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans.

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them. I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. 

Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck. An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in its wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. 

There might be a way to stop it.

Open myself up to Cassian. 

If I do, it could spell his death. But if I don’t, it’s mine.

©2019 Kristen Proby (P)2019 Kristen Proby

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Suspenseful & Engaging

This was a departure for Kristen Proby from her usual books with the romance being secondary to the paranormal suspense but what suspense it was. This was a chilling read with a terrifying killer who's POV left me tense and not a little afraid of the moving shadows within my own space. There is great chemistry between the three sisters who are central to the story and the secondary characters are fleshed out and engaging.

This book centers on Brielle, the oldest of the psychically gifted sisters who sees the shadows of people who have left this life. The killer has fixated on her and she becomes a target as well as his muse for the women he captures to torture and kill. Aiding Brielle along with her sisters is FBI profiler Cash who is taking a forced break from his job. He meets Brielle on her ghost tour and is quickly embroiled into her life and the hunt for the killer. Although the romance takes a backseat in this story, there is still good chemistry between the two.

This was a scary, suspenseful read that kept me on the edge of my seat. I believe there will be two more books in this series and I look forward to reading about the two younger sisters.

The narration was spot-on in this book. Not used to hearing Jason Clarke sound so creepy, but he nailed it!

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A new series

I really liked this book about the paranormal. Kristen Proby really writes an interesting story. In it others from her Bayou books are brought into it. I liked seeing how the characters worked together. Brielle is the oldest of three sisters who have magical gifts. She is being stalked by a serial killer but doesn't realize it. Cash takes one of her ghost tours and is instantly drawn to her. He's an FBI profiler given an extended break because of a previous case. He's not sure he believes in Brielle's extraordinary gift but he doesn't run from her. When he finds out that she's in danger, he vows to protect her and get the person stalking her. Brielle and Cash have a real attraction to each other and her sisters and others note how they belong together even though they haven't know each other long. The story is pretty intense and isn't finished. I think there will probably be at least two more stories with Brielle's sisters. I thought the narration was great with the three different narrators. Samantha Brentmoor does a wonderful accent, too. I'm looking forward to more stories and hopefully won't have to wait long.

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Loved it!

Such a great book! The writing was fantastic. The narrators were wonderful! I can’t wait for more!

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Great listen!

I bought and read the book but I HAD to have to audio as well. Worth the credit! Cannot wait for the next book or audio to come out. It is a stand alone!

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Great Book!

Kristen Proby sure knows how to write a novel. I love the New Orleans themed books of hers that involve strong gifted women, the paranormal, psychics, witchcraft, etc. She executes the storyline and characters perfectly.

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Good performance, but way creepy!!!

CREEPY!! I’ve always enjoyed Kristen Proby’s books - sweet, well written, creative, interesting characters, and often very different from the standard romance novel.
This book has me shaking my head a little. While it is well written, and has a very unique plot, it was like a completely different person wrote it. It was twisted and creepy.

The good: I loved the relationship between the sisters and loved their personalities. Cash was such a nice, standup guy.

The bad: there wasn’t much romance. They met and were together. That’s it. They spoke about how it was like they had always known each other, and even touched on past lives, but nothing ever came of it. Half the time I was expecting to find out that they really were lovers in a past life (which honestly I would have loved) and the other half I was expecting to find out that the creepy twisted guy was using Chase to get to her.

The ugly: H was a sick, twisted, creepy SOB. I have always enjoyed a bit of paranormal mixed into a good romance, but that’s not what this was. This was a lot of just sick violence that I don’t even want to think about (bone chilling and hard to read at times), mixed in with a bit of a love story. I usually listen to an audiobook for an hour or two at night to relax before going to sleep - not with this book. Way too creepy for me!

It’s not what I’ve come to expect and thoroughly enjoy from this author, and I doubt I’ll read the rest of this series. It’s a shame, because I do like the characters a lot, but the storyline just creeped me out too much.

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Amazing listen!

Amazing narration! Jason Clarke has done some amazing sexy work, but I love his creepy just as much. I’m so glad I chose to listen to this one. The accents and his voice really added that much more to an amazing story line. PNR isn’t my first preference, but the author knocked it out of the park with this one. So good!! Can’t wait to listen to the rest as they’re released!

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Interesting!

I enjoy bayou paranormal books and this one was no exception to that. I am hope the rest of the series in available soon since I hate cliffhangers!

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Kristen Proby has found a new genre!

Full disclosure, I am a Proby fan and have read or listened to everything she has written and always loved each story she has woven. Shadows is a new genre of paranormal for her. She nailed it.
Brielle, Millie, Daphne, Cash and Andy will pull you in. I didn’t want to stop listening. I did want to visit Louisiana and these characters. I wanted to be part of their paranormal world. Despite the creepy murderer, I was intrigued and wanted the story to keep going. I am going to be anxiously sitting at home waiting for Millie’s story next.
Kristen did an amazing job, the only thing I am sorry about is that it took her this long to tell these characters stories. Thanks Kristen for another fantastic listen. By the way Jason Clarke as the murderer is creepy as all get out......

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Fantastic story

This book doesn't disappoint full with intriguing plot twist and also loved the way she tied in some of our favorite characters from previous books.. I love it ,Love it love it.. A fantastic paranormal story told the way Kristen Proby could tell it💘

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  • cherrie
  • 11-15-19

fantastic<br />read. a must for any Kristen print fan.

can't wait for book 13 in this series. a marvelous book I absolutely loved it.