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Listen, this book is poetry about the pain of love and loss This book is visceral, bloody, and achingly sweet I loved it It s a romance that s dark because life is sometimes dark and not because it s trying to be edgy Loved it Fighter books are such a weak spot for me Also, I would ve lost my shit in the best way if River had been trans Alas, only in my wishes It s so rough but so poetic at the same time.I suspected I m in for a treat when I received this book A tough to swallow but so worth it treat I was right only I didn t know how tough as well as how worth it would be.Mind the content warnings, dear readers also yay for content warnings though I m not surprised those two authors gave warnings for their book.I was not able to read Shadows You left in one go but I didn t want to do that anyway Instead I enjoyed it while taking reading brea It s so rough but so poetic at the same time.I suspected I m in for a treat when I received this book A tough to swallow but so worth it treat I was right only I didn t know how tough as well as how worth it would be.Mind the content warnings, dear readers also yay for content warnings though I m not surprised those two authors gave warnings for their book.I was not able to read Shadows You left in one go but I didn t want to do that anyway Instead I enjoyed it while taking reading breaks to just let everything sink in To let my mind work through the words and emotions To experience everything.Shadows You Left is no book you read for a nice distraction it is a book that makes you suffer and feel your own demons rise to the surface, but while it does make you feel your darker parts it takes you by the hand and leads you through everything back to safety.Last Words This is one of the heaviest books I have read in my life but it is heavy in the best of ways and I can t wait to go on this journey again.Disclaimer I received a free copy through the NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you @Read Ü Shadows You Left ë ERIKThe white picket fenceThe happily ever afterThat life was never meant for himFor years he s been bouncing from city to city from one cage fight to anotherThat s his outlet That s pain Erik can controlBut in Seattle, everything changedRiver s an artistHe s a pretty boyHe does yogaSomeone so soft shouldn t be intrigued by Erik s rough edgesRIVERHis life was quiet He had a simple routineDesigning tattoos, avoiding drama Well, mostlyThen Erik comes along scarred and dangerous, shrouded in mysteryA mystery River can t resist trying to solveMaybe a secret as dark as his ownNeither of them expected a relationship so complicated, so intenseNeither of them expected each otherErik and River are both trying to escape a shadowed pastBut the thing about shadows is the faster you run, the faster they chase you ETA 6 16 20 Due to recent revelations about Taylor Brooke s harmful and abusive behavior toward BIPOC and LGBTQ people, I no longer recommend their books I am allowing the review to stand for transparency but I am clearing the star rating I do want to note that I still support Jude Sierra s writing and am sorry that she s been impacted by this.Taylor Brooke and Jude Sierra are a dream team Gorgeous prose, richly developed characters, and a captivating plot had me glued to the pages No matt ETA 6 16 20 Due to recent revelations about Taylor Brooke s harmful and abusive behavior toward BIPOC and LGBTQ people, I no longer recommend their books I am allowing the review to stand for transparency but I am clearing the star rating I do want to note that I still support Jude Sierra s writing and am sorry that she s been impacted by this.Taylor Brooke and Jude Sierra are a dream team Gorgeous prose, richly developed characters, and a captivating plot had me glued to the pages No matter what Erik and River have to work through, hope and healing is at the center of this story and I could not have loved it.CW addiction, codependency, casual drug use, alcoholism, violence cage fighting , grief, reference to death of a loved one, anxiety, panic attacks, reference to death by overdoseDisclosure I received an advanced copy from the authors dnf 72% I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for a free and honest reviewI m super sad to be dnf ing this, and I very rarely dnf books this far in But I m so bored The thing about this book is that it has what I love about Taylor Brooke s books their great characters I ve read one other thing by Jude Sierra, which I dnf d too, and for the same reason I m dnf ing this boredom I find that I don t connect with Jude Sierra s plots, and as a whole I rarely like charac dnf 72% I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for a free and honest reviewI m super sad to be dnf ing this, and I very rarely dnf books this far in But I m so bored The thing about this book is that it has what I love about Taylor Brooke s books their great characters I ve read one other thing by Jude Sierra, which I dnf d too, and for the same reason I m dnf ing this boredom I find that I don t connect with Jude Sierra s plots, and as a whole I rarely like character driven romances Romance driven maybe, plot drive definitely, but character driven contemporaries in general is something I rarely enjoy Raw, deep, metaphoric That was this book 2 men learning to get through their past hurts and traumas so that they can be with the person they love Learning to love even with your and their baggage This book had you cheering for both MC s through their struggles and wanting so hard for them to make it on the other side so they would be together This is not a fluff book Both characters have to dig deep and open themselves up to the possibility of love And watching them is a struggle at times Raw, deep, metaphoric That was this book 2 men learning to get through their past hurts and traumas so that they can be with the person they love Learning to love even with your and their baggage This book had you cheering for both MC s through their struggles and wanting so hard for them to make it on the other side so they would be together This is not a fluff book Both characters have to dig deep and open themselves up to the possibility of love And watching them is a struggle at times because you want to shake them both They both make mistakes but when dealing with the cards they had it s understandable And in the end it s a work in progress because this kind of work takes time and lots of healing The smexy scale is a fade into black style so beware of that I do wish it was written in because boy would that have been explosive, and not just because of the sex itself, but because some of the do you want to hurt parts would have been amazing to experience with them DNF 6%.I guess when I glanced over the blurb, I missed where Erik was a cage fighter I don t like reading book with bloodsports, be it boxing, muay thai, MMA, etc But what killed it for me, and drove me nuts for two days was that River thinks that Erik smells like leather and vanilla.I would love to be a MC in a MM romance so that I, too, can smell of leather, vanilla, sugar, spice everything nice But,I find it hard to believe that a guy who lives above a Thai restaurant and shares their DNF 6%.I guess when I glanced over the blurb, I missed where Erik was a cage fighter I don t like reading book with bloodsports, be it boxing, muay thai, MMA, etc But what killed it for me, and drove me nuts for two days was that River thinks that Erik smells like leather and vanilla.I would love to be a MC in a MM romance so that I, too, can smell of leather, vanilla, sugar, spice everything nice But,I find it hard to believe that a guy who lives above a Thai restaurant and shares their ventilation system something that Erik points out as a downside to living about it wouldn t he also smell like a Thai restaurant coconut, lemongrass, jasmin rice, cilantro, curry, etc Not vanilla and leather Excellent The characters in this M M contemporary romance are intriguing and captivating River and Eric are two broken souls who are rocked by their attraction to each other It is unexpected, intense, and swift They both have secrets and pasts they don t want to talk or think about and each has handled their pasts very differently They shouldn t work but they definitely do The chemistry between them jumps from the pages I enjoyed their story very much and would definitely recommend it to Excellent The characters in this M M contemporary romance are intriguing and captivating River and Eric are two broken souls who are rocked by their attraction to each other It is unexpected, intense, and swift They both have secrets and pasts they don t want to talk or think about and each has handled their pasts very differently They shouldn t work but they definitely do The chemistry between them jumps from the pages I enjoyed their story very much and would definitely recommend it to everyone ETA 6 15 2020 Downgrading my original rating and deleting the review due to Taylor Brooke s abusive behavior toward BIPOC folks. You know how sometimes you read a book and at the beginning, middle, end, and after, you just don t even know how you feel Did I hate this Like it Tolerate it Thus my experience with SHADOWS YOU LEFT.This is definitely angsty and well, yeah Angsty That s all I got You know how sometimes you read a book and at the beginning, middle, end, and after, you just don t even know how you feel Did I hate this Like it Tolerate it Thus my experience with SHADOWS YOU LEFT.This is definitely angsty and well, yeah Angsty That s all I got