Shadow Prince by Terry Lynn Wilhelm

Synopsis: Ariel, a plastic surgeon, takes a job at a residential facility for people who need reconstructive surgery. One evening when she is out in spite of the curfew for patients and medical staff alike she meets a mysterious man, Jonah, who hides in the shadows. They become friends and slowly fall in love, even though Jonah never shows his face to Ariel.

Review: As a lover of Beauty and the Beast stories this was my kind of book. It becomes pretty clear from very early on who Jonah is, still, the reader is being left in the dark about his true story until late in the book. Ariel and Jonah spend a lot of time together on their daily outings in the evening, so there is plenty of time for them to get to know each other. Readers of romance books who need a lot of action, interfering relatives / well meaning friends, colleagues or other busybodies and misunderstandings between h/h that only get resolved on the last page of the book – be warned! No such thing in this book. There is no plot whatsoever apart from interaction between h/h and a bit of sleuthing (and that is already an exaggeration) on Ariel’s part to find out more about Jonah. A few patients and other medical staff thrown in for good measure and that’s it.
I like stories that center on the couple without a lot of distracting outside factors, so this was perfect for me.

The only thing that bothered me a bit was the very quick ending. I felt it was kind of rushed, as if the page count was up and it had to be squeezed in on the last four pages. But this is only a minor complaint which didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book. For me it is a definite keeper.

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