Release; Shades

Title: Shades

Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: May 23, 2018

 Cover Designer: Reese Dante

Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.
Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.
For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.
Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.


I love Jaime Reese's writing. Her Men Of Halfway House is one of my absolute favorites. I was excited to get a new standalone for her. It's different, suspenseful, engaging, with twists I didn't see coming, a few I did, and great romance. 

Nick has secrets, ones that have forced him to hide in the shadows of life. He doesn't want or need any complications. Until Killian begins to frequent the restaurant he works at. 

For years Killian has followed in his family's legacy. For years he's lost pieces of himself to the darkness. When he meets Nick he sees the light he's been missing. 

Nick and Killian have much more in common than first glance and I love how Jaime Reese weaves the story so that you see just how much these men need each other. Both Nick and Killian are on their way to losing who they truly are deep in their souls. It's only the love they find in each other that keeps them sane. 

I both love and hate reading suspense. Love it because I love figuring out the mystery. I hate it because when I can't figure something out it drives me insane. I'm glad that Shades is a standalone novel because then I don't have to wait on pins and needles for more. 

Jaime Reese has a style of writing that I love. She gives enough detail to keep the reader entertained, but she doesn't bog them down with too much at once. Her revelations were spaced out proportionality to the length of the book and the characters developed naturally over time.

I really loved reading this book and while it took a little longer to read than normal I read it in pretty much one sitting. 


Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.


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