"Behind the Shadows," Patricia Potter

Pros: Very enjoyable romances; interesting mystery & suspense; enjoyable characters
Cons: Some tension between the genres
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review copy courtesy of Penguin Group.


First of all let me apologize if the letter ‘t’ is missing from this review at all. My keyboard is sticking a little. I’ll do my best to catch it.


Kira Douglas wants to donate a kidney to save her mother’s life. The compatibility tests, however, turn up something stunning—she isn’t her mother’s biological daughter, and she’s dead certain her mother isn’t aware of this.

Kira has little time to find her mother’s biological daughter and convince her to save her mother’s life. In the middle of this she can’t help wanting to know about her own family, and she’s dismayed to find that, in a colossal case of bad timing, she’s falling in love…


Patricia Potter manages to pull off, in the space of one book, a primary love plot, a secondary love plot, AND a mystery/suspense. It’s really pretty impressive. There’s plenty of tension. Best of all—I love watching the romances develop. I have to give Potter some pretty serious credit for creating much more believable and natural-feeling romance progressions than I’m used to seeing in books.

I enjoyed the characters, and I enjoyed watching Potter create tension between them without making half of them into bad guys. She does a bang-up job of simply giving them conflicting, yet understandable, needs and points of view. She also gives the men more personality and depth than some romance authors do.

The only real problem I had is that the suspense genre has one or two semi-fundamental conflicts with the romance genre. Let’s just say that in order to conform to the needs of the romance genre, assuming someone knows what those assumptions are and realizes this is a romance, you remove some of the tension of the suspense side of things. Still, there’s enough mystery, I believe, to keep the reader happy even so.

Standard note: explicit adult material (relatively tame).

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2 comments on “"Behind the Shadows," Patricia Potter
  1. Sandra says:

    Patricia Potter did a great job in the subplot. There was so much excitement at the beginning of the story. I finished this book in one day. I also enjoyed the characters, and I enjoyed watching Potter create tension between them without making half of them into bad guys.

  2. Tim says:

    Seems like an interesting book. I might get it.

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