Publication Date: 2007
Source: Xmas Gift
Clairvoyant Cassie Palmer has inherited new magical powers-including the ability to travel through time. But it's a whole lot of responsibility she'd rather not have. Now she's the most popular girl in town, as an assortment of vamps, fey, and mages try to convince, force, or seduce her—and her magic—over to their side. But one particular master vampire didn't ask what Cassie wanted before putting a claim on her. He had a spell cast that binds her to him, and now she doesn't know if what she feels for him is real—or imagined… (Goodreads Synopsis)
When I read the first book in this series a number of years ago, I remember really enjoying it, so I was keen to continue with the story. At first, Claimed by Shadow was a struggle, but I think that was partly because I couldn't remember enough from the first book to place what was happening. Once I found my feet, though, I got more into the story and characters.
After a slightly slow beginning (again that may be my memory at fault), the novel picked up pace and maintained that pace nicely until the end. There was plenty of action with storytelling interspersed nicely throughout.
I like Cassie as the reluctant heroine; although, the story and characters were almost too familiar and I felt it was just lacking that certain something to make it really stand out from others in the genre.
If you are a big PNR fan, you should check this series out, but read them in order as this second book does require a strong understanding of the world of the book and the story so far.