In the Shadow of the Past by J. E. Leak, narrated by Abby Craden

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In the Shadow of the Past by J. E. Leak

In the Shadow of the Past by J. E. Leak, narrated by Abby Craden

This book has the perfect summer energy

I just finished reading In the Shadow of the Past and wow. This book has the perfect summer energy, sexy, sultry heat abounds.

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Jenny Ryan is a bright, high-energy reporter for a big city paper in NYC. The year is 1943 and she’s been pigeonholed into writing puff pieces. But what she really wants to be assigned are investigative articles, especially ones that sleuth out Nazi sympathizers. An anonymous tip sends her on the trail of famous mobster, Marcus Forrester, and she’s off on the hunt whether anybody likes it or not. Then in a smoky club, seeking out the notorious gangster, Jenny is struck by lightning in the form of Kathryn Hammond. She sings from the stage above, clad in a red, satin gown, and mesmerizing all, including the young reporter. Nothing will ever be the same for either of them.

What I love best about the book is the chemistry between Kathryn and Jenny, both exceptionally sharp women who know exactly what they want and who are both used to getting everything they want. They banter and tussle, creating terrific chemistry, will they/won’t-they is always on the line. Book 1 is only the ridiculously hot Flirting Stage so note that going into the story in case it’s important to you. The author paints a seductive mix of noir, era building, and a pair of gorgeous gals who are most definitely in charge and who are going after the bad guys. I so want to read the next book since this one was a great time but I am in love with Abby Craden’s Kathryn. Hoping she will narrate the next one as well. Either way, I definitely recommend In the Shadow of the Past. Great book for a read on the beach or for your listen on a walk. 5 stars.

Length: 11 hours and 9 minutes

In the Shadow of the Past by J. E. LeakIn the Shadow of the Past by J. E. Leak

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