Silent Shadows – Natalie Walters – Harbored Secrets #3 – Revell – Published 31 March 2020
Pecca Gallegos moved to the tiny town of Walton, Georgia, to protect her son and escape the dangerous lifestyle that once defined her. When a series of strange circumstances evolve into threats, Pecca finds herself confiding in an unlikely ally–her stubborn patient.
Army veteran Colton Crawford is desperate to recover from the undiagnosed disorder that is ruining his life, and his instincts are on high alert when threats against his nurse and her son force him to take action. But Colton’s involvement only ramps up the danger when he uncovers a family secret revealing that whoever is after Pecca is closer–and more deadly–than they realized.
Silent Shadows is the third book in the Harbored Secrets series. While the books do have a few character crossovers, each of the three books can be read as complete stories in and of themselves. Silent Shadows is a thrilling tale about mistakes, gangs, wounded military heroes, and, of course, delicious romance.
Pecca would do anything to protect her son. Maceo has already faced so many challenges in his life, so she is determined to protect him from the gang violence of his father’s world. Pecca thought she was pretty safe in the small town of Walton, working as a nurse in the Home for Heroes, but when a serious of threats continue to target her and Maceo, she will need to rely on her newest patient, Colton, an Army Captain suffering from a muscle disorder, to keep them safe. But their physically safety might come at the risk of Pecca’s heart and dreams of the future.
There are some wonderful elements to this book. I particularly enjoyed young Maceo who dreams of being like the other kids and being able to play football, despite his prosthetic leg. He idolises Colton, who does such a wonderful job of encouraging Maceo and helping him to see himself for his full worth and not the bits he lacks. This book has a wonderful family vibe, from little kids football games, and after school play dates and all the troubles of kids in school.
I also really enjoyed the romance between Colton and Pecca. While they have a rough start, literally, that doesn’t last long and the attraction is mutual and strong. As they work together, both on Colton’s medical therapy and in trying to protect Pecca and Maceo from the looming threats, Colton and Pecca have some time to really get to know each other. I love that they talk about their dreams and the things they regret. It’s not all chemistry and kisses, though there is some of that, but also a few heart-to-hearts, which gives their relationship depth.
The war heroes of Ward D are hilarious and such a heartwarming addition to the book with their teasing, arguing over the best arm of the military and their support of Pecca and Colton’s relationship. Overall, there is such a welcoming and heartwarming hometown vibe to this book, which offsets the thrills and intrigue perfectly.
Looking for a thrilling, romantic read? Try Silent Shadows. You won’t be disappointed.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: Christian – suspense.
Themes: Romance, military, gangs, children, disability, muscle disorders.
Published: 31 March 2020 by Revell
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook. 336 pages.