Shadow Rider (shadow series) by Christine Feehan
Back cover …..
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone — until now. . .
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her…
Shadow Riders are people who can literally ride a shadow. They are born that way, and are rare, so riders HAVE to marry other riders (or the gift dies out) if not, then they may have other gifted children, but highly unlikely.
Stefano Ferraro is the eldest child and the head of the family. His brothers and sister love him dearly, and would follow him Into hell. But Stefano is missing something, he’s being pressured into marrying another rider (but he will marry when he’s ready) he heads up his family and to outsiders it’s looks like they are a mob family, but Stefano has rules, and the family follow it rigidly, no drugs, no guns, no human trafficking, they are dispensers of justice, if the law can’t punish you, then you get in touch with the Ferraro’s and they may help.
They look after the community that they live in, everyone feels safe, and if you have an issue, they know who to go to.
Francesca is down on her luck, her one chance is to move to Chicago where her best friend lives. Fortune has not been kind, living on the streets Francesca has to survive on her wits. All she wants is a break, and maybe this town will provide that for her.
Stefano is walking through the streets of his town, when he hears a voice? His shadow seems to attach and entwine with a young woman’s shadow….. it’s a shock, but Stefano is certain she’s going to play a major part in his life.
Francesca is fascinated and frightened by the attention of Stefano Ferraro, he is the head of a family that has dubious connections, but when Francesca is with Stefano, all she sees is a man who cares deeply about his family, she wants that attention for herself, being alone for so long is a tempting offer, but Stefano is so dominant, she’s worried he will just railroad over her feelings.
And the reason why Francesca had to leave her old life comes barging back into her life, fearing for her life, she turns to Stefano, will he help? And if so, what’s the price?
A great start to a new series.
These are people born to travel through shadows (like a tunnel) but they need to meet and marry other “riders” to have children, all the Ferraro siblings have been trained from the age of two to be Assassins. Stefano is the head of the family (they don’t get on with their parents)
It’s interesting to read that if they divorce, then the “rider” loses that ability, and the spouse will lose their memory of the family.
We have a large family to meet (and possibly cousins that feature in the book)