Shadow : New Species

  • by Laurann Dohner
  • Narrated by Vanessa Chambers
  • Series: New Species
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Book 9 in the New Species series. While each New Species book is a standalone, the greatest enjoyment will come from listening to them in series order.
Beauty resents being labeled Gift Species. Everyone is way too overprotective, males aren’t even allowed to speak to her and so far, true freedom eludes her. Then a big, sexy Species officer mistakes her for the enemy and takes her down - literally. Shadow is dumbfounded. He has a Gift pinned beneath him - a big no-no. But Beauty is fascinated and wants to know Shadow a lot better. She's full of newly discovered, unrequited passion and he’s just what she needs to satisfy her curiosity.
For Shadow, sex means pain and loathing. For Beauty, enslavement and ridicule. Two lonely souls who have never known a loving touch, together in a cabin in the woods. Every caress, every discovery brings them closer to a life they never thought possible... beyond even their wildest dreams.


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Definitely one of my favorites in the series!

I fell in love with this series all over again with Shadow. I think this may be the final one in the New Species series but I wish it wasn't. This is definitely a credit worthy series. Shadow's and Beauty's love story is so sweet and endearing my heart was bursting at every chapter. Also this one had a good balance of romance, action and of course humor...I love the misinterpretations the New Species have. I'd love another New Species story, but if I can't get that, anything from Laurann Dohner will do, she's a great author of this genre and Vanessa Chambers is a narrator I'll seek out for sure!
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- BluBumbleB "Audible OBSESSED!"

Really good addition to the series. Great couple!

4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story. I loved Beauty and Shadow and really enjoyed their story. This one has made it to my second favorite of this series (I can't help it, Valiant is still my fave).

Beauty is a NS (New Species - people that were made in a lab with human DNA merged with animal DNA) female but also has the misfortune of being a "Gift" female (the NS females that were made smaller and weaker than most NS and given away to the financiers of the lab that created them). This meant she was put through some really bad stuff by a man that saw her as a possession. Fortunately for Beauty, she was rescued and taken to Homeland (a compound owned by the freed NS people) where she recovered and learned to live free. The problem is that since the "Gift" females as seen as weak, they're highly protected. The NS males aren't even allowed to talk to them and their movements (even within the compound) are very restricted. Most of the "Gift" females don't mind because they have no interest in males but Beauty is different. Beauty is trying to get over her past abuse and wants a relationship with a male. Kind of hard to do when you're not even allowed to talk to them. One night when she's feeling very restrained by her circumstances, she leaves the women's dorms and goes for a run, not expecting to get tackled when she's mistaken for a human.

Shadow is a NS male and has been through a rough past in the labs which has him avoiding females (intimately). He has been working with the human task force that goes out to capture the fugitives still out there wanted for crimes against the NS people and also saving any NS people that discovered being held captive. He's best friends with Wrath and envies him his mate but doubts he'll ever be able to want a female (human or NS) or ever have a mate. Things change when he captures what he thinks is a human intruder in Homeland and she ends up being a "Gift" NS female instead.

When Shadow captures Beauty, there's a bad storm that comes up and as he's trying to get her protection from the rain, he takes them to a storage shed in the area. As soon as they get inside, hail starts up and it's too dangerous to go outside for a while. When it's safer, Shadow wants to go call a female NS officer (standard procedure with a "Gift" female) but Beauty doesn't want him to leave. She's interested in the big NS male and convinces him she'd be too scared if he left her alone (a bit of an exaggeration) so he wont leave. They start talking and share a bit of themselves. During this time, Beauty brings up her feelings of feeling captive by the rules set in place to keep her safe. This is unthinkable to the NS because they were kept captive for so long. She tells Shadow how lonely she is and would like for someone to hold her and sleep with her in their arms. While the storm still rages outside, Shadow decides he'll give her the night in his arm (it's only platonic though). The next morning they're found as they're waking up together and (since being alone with her is really against the rules) Shadow has to go with Security and account for his actions. Breeze goes to talk to Beauty and finds out what happened and also Beauty's need for more than she's allowed by the rules around her. Breeze brings this issue to the attention of the NS leaders and they decide that Beauty and Shadow should spend some time together.

Shadow and Beauty are given a chance to bond by being sent to Reservation (another NS compound) and they have 2 weeks together in a secluded cabin. Beauty is interested in Shadow but is very shy and wont make the first move. Shadow at first is rather pissed that they sent him there without actually asking him but does finally admit his return interest in Beauty. The problem lies in the fact that Shadow doesn't know a lot about females and because of what he was put through in the lab, he's afraid he might hurt Beauty if he does try to share sex with her. Things don't go well at first but eventually Beauty takes the bull by the horns and get them talking, which eventually leads to other things...thing that work out very well between them. There are a few stumbling blocks but everything starts going pretty well between Beauty and Shadow. Things get disrupted when mercenaries manage to get on to Reservation, hired by Beauty's previous captor and sent to bring her back to him. They cause a lot of problems but things do get handled and Beauty shows some real courage in handling herself and not being the weak female they all thought her. There's a little stress at the end until Shadow and Beauty are able to talk things out after the danger has been handled and all but they do talk (Beauty showing more courage in not being afraid to speak up for what she wants) and decide they want to stay together. They become mates and start their well deserved HEA.

This was a really good story. I loved Beauty and Shadow and seeing them work through their pasts to be together. It was a very good romance but I also liked the story it told about Beauty overcoming how she's seen, both by others and herself, striving to be more and showing a lot of courage when facing danger (both physical and emotional). Shadow did well too but I felt Beauty handled it better than Shadow overall. LOL. I can't wait for book #10, Moon's book (I <3 Moon). I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
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- Malinda "I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-26-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios