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Prequel to Semper Fi-- To the average eye this Washington D.C. power couple seems to have it all: power, money, and status. What they really have is a firm grip on the image they portray. However, like most couples in this social circle, the McNarry’s live very different lives behind closed doors. They believe in getting their love at home and their sex…elsewhere. Leila John Prequel to Semper Fi-- To the average eye this Washington D.C. power couple seems to have it all: power, money, and status. What they really have is a firm grip on the image they portray. However, like most couples in this social circle, the McNarry’s live very different lives behind closed doors. They believe in getting their love at home and their sex…elsewhere. Leila Johnson isn’t your average pre-law school intern. Her mother is David McNarry’s Chief of Staff. Leila knows what she wants, and how to get it, after all she learned from the best. The ladder to her success hinges on manipulation of the Senator, with him in her pocket she can get to the top. Once she discovers his weakness all she has to do is play along with him. Her summer internship has been planned to the most intimate detail in her mind. The only deviation from her scheme is the Senator’s son Logan…she can’t get him off her mind. Falling for his romantic ways breeds nothing but confusion as she fights to understand the new emotion he's uncovered within her.


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Prequel to Semper Fi-- To the average eye this Washington D.C. power couple seems to have it all: power, money, and status. What they really have is a firm grip on the image they portray. However, like most couples in this social circle, the McNarry’s live very different lives behind closed doors. They believe in getting their love at home and their sex…elsewhere. Leila John Prequel to Semper Fi-- To the average eye this Washington D.C. power couple seems to have it all: power, money, and status. What they really have is a firm grip on the image they portray. However, like most couples in this social circle, the McNarry’s live very different lives behind closed doors. They believe in getting their love at home and their sex…elsewhere. Leila Johnson isn’t your average pre-law school intern. Her mother is David McNarry’s Chief of Staff. Leila knows what she wants, and how to get it, after all she learned from the best. The ladder to her success hinges on manipulation of the Senator, with him in her pocket she can get to the top. Once she discovers his weakness all she has to do is play along with him. Her summer internship has been planned to the most intimate detail in her mind. The only deviation from her scheme is the Senator’s son Logan…she can’t get him off her mind. Falling for his romantic ways breeds nothing but confusion as she fights to understand the new emotion he's uncovered within her.

30 review for Shades of Shame

  1. 4 out of 5

    Margreet Asselbergs

    http://ripeforreader.blogspot.ca/2013... Leila is not the nice person she portrays to be. In fact, she is focused on one thing, and one thing only: How to get to the top of her game.......and how to do it fast. She meticulously studies people around her, strategizing what, and in particular who she should do, to get where she wants to go, with little or no consideration of what is left in her wake. In her mind, she is simply taking the steps needed to ensure her ultimate goal. She had the perfect http://ripeforreader.blogspot.ca/2013... Leila is not the nice person she portrays to be. In fact, she is focused on one thing, and one thing only: How to get to the top of her game.......and how to do it fast. She meticulously studies people around her, strategizing what, and in particular who she should do, to get where she wants to go, with little or no consideration of what is left in her wake. In her mind, she is simply taking the steps needed to ensure her ultimate goal. She had the perfect training ground, her mother is Senator McNarry's Chief of Staff, Patricia Johnson, a woman who herself had nothing less than a singular focus on her political career, to the exclusion of her own daughter. Leila has never known her father and has never known family life of any kind, instead she had been sent off at a young age to mold her, harden her, and prepare her for a life in politics. Ready for her first big move onto the political scene, Leila garners an intern position through her mother's influence, in the offices of Senator McNarry. Logan has grown up a privileged child, somewhat spoiled and entitled. And even though his relationship with his father in particular, hasn't always been as it should be, Logan is a warm and genuine person. When Leila sees him again after ten years, she is surprised to find the annoying bratty boy has been replaced with a gorgeous giant of a man, who makes her laugh and feel things she is quite unfamiliar with. There is an inherent sweetness to Logan, one that is definitely not present in his father, who has more of a predatorial gleam. Leila's focus has to remain on the Senator however, since that is with whom her future advancement lies. Everything else must come second. Leila has figured out that the Senator enjoys playing with his interns and plans to use that information to her advantage. He is a handsome older man and has been quite obviously interested in her, and although this is a liaison he would prefer to keep not only from his wife, but from his Chief of Staff as well, he cannot resist the challenge of the new conquest Leila represents. But the purity of the feelings Logan brings out in Leila, contrasts starkly with the depravity of the scene she immerses herself in for the sake of her career. She is learning what it feels like to be loved, and finds that standing in that glow, she no longer feels a need to be on the shadow side. ***** This is a cutthroat, depraved story of the inner workings of a political family, and at the same time.........it is a very delicate and tragically beautiful love story. The authors have done a wonderful job trying to describe the tentative transformation of a political manipulative man-eating bitch in-training, back to the open-eyed, wonder-filled and simply happy young woman, she should have been all along. It is almost as if Leila, who grew up over-exposed to the underbelly of her mother's world, rediscovered her innocence. While at the same time, Logan, who had managed to cling on to as much innocence as possible, ended up exposed to the full extent of his father's immorality. The sex in this book was imperative to the story, but however well described, most of the scenes did not engage me much, too manipulative or soulless. With the exception of the interplay between Leila and Logan, the chemistry was there...... Other than a few grammatical mistakes here and there, this was a well written story, a good prequel to SEMPER FI. But it left me feeling a bit........dirty, soiled, icky. As if I had touched something slimy, and I almost wished I had read this one first and SEMPER FI second, because I know that book left me feeling a little more positive. I didn't put the book down once, it was morbid fascination. Almost like watching a house fire .........where at the end, they just manage to save the cat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie McGill

    Shame is defined as: "to cover"; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively. It is a conscious condition of what we can outwardly expose what we inwardly want to leave uncovered. “There are many shades of shame, my dear. You just have to find the one you're most comfortable with...” Shades of Shame is the prequel to Semper fi where we met Logan McNarry, the son of Senator David McNarry. He has a scandal that haunts his past and threatens his future. But Logan isn't the only one with s Shame is defined as: "to cover"; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively. It is a conscious condition of what we can outwardly expose what we inwardly want to leave uncovered. “There are many shades of shame, my dear. You just have to find the one you're most comfortable with...” Shades of Shame is the prequel to Semper fi where we met Logan McNarry, the son of Senator David McNarry. He has a scandal that haunts his past and threatens his future. But Logan isn't the only one with skeletons in his closet. Senator McNarry has a refined taste and insatiable appetite for his interns. He uses these traits to quench his thirst for his very own brand of kink in his “Den of Sin.” “The tawdry encounters with women held little emotional importance and were only to satisfy his sexual cravings, nothing more.” His relationship with his wife Elise is one that pulls at your emotions. All she really wants is her husband, and as you learn of his indiscretions and the emotional bond he has with her, you find yourself rooting for the happily ever after, which I always like in a love story. But this is not that kind of story. Lelia, the daughter of Elise’s best friend Patricia, is one of the Senator’s interns. She is career minded, head-strong, and doesn't know what it means to have real unconditional love. Her daddy issues create a situation that puts her heart in the middle of her own emotional game of tug of war. Logan is not who she ever thought she wanted but his power of persuasion has the ability to turn her head his way. Is his love enough to fill the void she is so desperately trying to fill? The book touches on the principles of BDSM, the domination/submissive relationship and the type of play that goes with that lifestyle. I loved the first book Semper fi, the story of Logan and Mattie. I looked to this book to provide me with the details of Logan’s past in order to explain some of his demons. At times, I found parts of this book seemed to contradict some of the first book’s storyline. I hope the third book will give me the explanations for my confusion. I give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story as a standalone book. The characters are developed and relatable even to this vanilla mid-western chick. I was a huge fan of Logan and his story and was not disappointed in his interactions with the other characters. I now have a clearer view of his past and why he made the choices that he did to be in that airport the day he met Mattie. I anticipate the third book will hopefully push the envelope and draw me in as the series continues.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)

    'Dangerous as he'll proceed with caution'... Even though Shades of Shame is a prequel, it was released after Semper Fi. On one side it was interesting to get some of the blanks filled in, on another it was kinda strange reading about characters that you recognize as being dead in the previous book. I had already made my mind up about these characters. I didn't like them, I was angry at them for the decisions they had made and the people they hurt. It took the wind out of my sails to go back in ti 'Dangerous as he'll proceed with caution'... Even though Shades of Shame is a prequel, it was released after Semper Fi. On one side it was interesting to get some of the blanks filled in, on another it was kinda strange reading about characters that you recognize as being dead in the previous book. I had already made my mind up about these characters. I didn't like them, I was angry at them for the decisions they had made and the people they hurt. It took the wind out of my sails to go back in time and see them when they were young and in love. Before life and their own bad decisions caused them to cross a bridge that couldn't be uncrossed. I kinda felt guilty for liking the people they were before they became the people they ended up being. My heart was touched as I watched love grow when I thought that person was incapable of that feeling. I felt bad for that person who had never received love and therefore didn't know how to express it or even recognize it when it happened. Thanks Laura and Christopher Cooper for totally messing with my mind. All of my neatly tied bows have come unraveled and I have images in my head that won't go away...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    You can find this review at My Favorite Things To be honest, I read this book because the cover is HOT! I kept reading, just waiting for the part of the book that would match up with the cover. And it didn't happen like I expected it to and was over way too quickly. This book was enjoyable, but I found myself getting a little confused over who's perspective I was reading from as it switched so much. The story itself is a twisted, uncomfortable tale of seedy things that happen behind the scenes in t You can find this review at My Favorite Things To be honest, I read this book because the cover is HOT! I kept reading, just waiting for the part of the book that would match up with the cover. And it didn't happen like I expected it to and was over way too quickly. This book was enjoyable, but I found myself getting a little confused over who's perspective I was reading from as it switched so much. The story itself is a twisted, uncomfortable tale of seedy things that happen behind the scenes in the lives of politicians. And I did NOT expect the ending! It left me feeling slightly disturbed and sad. This was an okay book and I do plan on continuing with the series and reading the next one, Semper Fi.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Oh lordy! I did not think it was possible to like a second book more than the 1st, but here we have it. After reading Semper Fi, I thought that it would be my favorite book of all time, but this book just made me want to read anything that Laura Cooper writes in the future. The character development was superb. It told the story of Logan as well his parents from before the Semper Fi book. What each was doing and the reasons for why Logan was the way he was. It answered most every question that I Oh lordy! I did not think it was possible to like a second book more than the 1st, but here we have it. After reading Semper Fi, I thought that it would be my favorite book of all time, but this book just made me want to read anything that Laura Cooper writes in the future. The character development was superb. It told the story of Logan as well his parents from before the Semper Fi book. What each was doing and the reasons for why Logan was the way he was. It answered most every question that I had that was left dangling. The insights of his father the US Senator, his mother, as well as Patricia and Leila. Surprising as it was there was no mention of Leila being pregnant,or the blood on the nail in the closet so maybe that will come out in another book (I can only hope). This is a MUST READ for any who have read Semper Fi!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debi

    Netgallery and publisher provided a copy for honest review My first Laura Cooper work, so I've not read Semper Fi. When Shades started it was a bit disjointed for me...like vignettes. Little scenes that added layers to David McNarry, his family, and associates in politics. It quickly builds to show the Shades of Shame each character should bear, but the only innocent was his son Logan. Sen. David McNarry wants it all. He has a beautiful wife, a handsome athletic son, staff to ease his way, and you Netgallery and publisher provided a copy for honest review My first Laura Cooper work, so I've not read Semper Fi. When Shades started it was a bit disjointed for me...like vignettes. Little scenes that added layers to David McNarry, his family, and associates in politics. It quickly builds to show the Shades of Shame each character should bear, but the only innocent was his son Logan. Sen. David McNarry wants it all. He has a beautiful wife, a handsome athletic son, staff to ease his way, and young interns to debauch. Twists and turns with no one off limits to him, David cannot help but put it all a risk...in this story, everyone pays. I felt sucker punched by the end. I am blinking, looking around, thinking what was that...off to buy Semper Fi and Boneyard Beach!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    I wanted to like this book, but it was a real struggle from start to finish, luckily its a prequel novella so it wasn't overly long. The writing felt almost clinical in parts, emotionless and cold. The characters were all pretty much abhorrent, except for Logan, but I think I felt sorry for him more than anything after the way he was treated. The sexual element reads like a list as if the author is trying to keep you interested, Dom/Sub, Switching, F/F, Vanilla, Anal, BDSM and so on, and you would I wanted to like this book, but it was a real struggle from start to finish, luckily its a prequel novella so it wasn't overly long. The writing felt almost clinical in parts, emotionless and cold. The characters were all pretty much abhorrent, except for Logan, but I think I felt sorry for him more than anything after the way he was treated. The sexual element reads like a list as if the author is trying to keep you interested, Dom/Sub, Switching, F/F, Vanilla, Anal, BDSM and so on, and you would think with all that variety of erotica, it would keep the reader entertained, but it just seemed like it was being put in to add content some of the time. So for me not one I can really recommend. ARC was supplied via Netgalley for review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I waited for this book for what felt like forever. I loved Semper Fi, my heart melted for Logan! I could not wait to get my hands on the prequel as soon as I heard that there would be one! And I was not disappointed, Laura and Christopher Cooper out did themselves! I was completely shocked with every twist and turn! I never thought I would like Leila but then again everything I thought I knew from Semper Fi was out the window by the second chapter! Highly recommend this series! Great story and h I waited for this book for what felt like forever. I loved Semper Fi, my heart melted for Logan! I could not wait to get my hands on the prequel as soon as I heard that there would be one! And I was not disappointed, Laura and Christopher Cooper out did themselves! I was completely shocked with every twist and turn! I never thought I would like Leila but then again everything I thought I knew from Semper Fi was out the window by the second chapter! Highly recommend this series! Great story and hot to boot!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Foxy Roxy

    ARC was Given to the Blog for An Honest Review Shame is defined as: “to cover”; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively. It is a conscious condition of what we can outwardly expose what we inwardly want to leave uncovered. “There are many shades of shame, my dear. You just have to find the one you’re most comfortable with…” Shades of Shame is the prequel to Semper fi where we met Logan McNarry, the son of Senator David McNarry. He has a scandal that haunts his past and threatens his f ARC was Given to the Blog for An Honest Review Shame is defined as: “to cover”; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively. It is a conscious condition of what we can outwardly expose what we inwardly want to leave uncovered. “There are many shades of shame, my dear. You just have to find the one you’re most comfortable with…” Shades of Shame is the prequel to Semper fi where we met Logan McNarry, the son of Senator David McNarry. He has a scandal that haunts his past and threatens his future. But Logan isn’t the only one with skeletons in his closet. Senator McNarry has a refined taste and insatiable appetite for his interns. He uses these traits to quench his thirst for his very own brand of kink in his “Den of Sin.” “The tawdry encounters with women held little emotional importance and were only to satisfy his sexual cravings, nothing more.” His relationship with his wife Elise is one that pulls at your emotions. All she really wants is her husband, and as you learn of his indiscretions and the emotional bond he has with her, you find yourself rooting for the happily ever after, which I always like in a love story. But this is not that kind of story. Lelia, the daughter of Elise’s best friend Patricia, is one of the Senator’s interns. She is career minded, head-strong, and doesn’t know what it means to have real unconditional love. Her daddy issues create a situation that puts her heart in the middle of her own emotional game of tug of war. Logan is not who she ever thought she wanted but his power of persuasion has the ability to turn her head his way. Is his love enough to fill the void she is so desperately trying to fill? The book touches on the principles of BDSM, the domination/submissive relationship and the type of play that goes with that lifestyle. I loved the first book Semper fi, the story of Logan and Mattie. I looked to this book to provide me with the details of Logan’s past in order to explain some of his demons. At times, I found parts of this book seemed to contradict some of the first book’s storyline. I hope the third book will give me the explanations for my confusion. I enjoyed the story as a standalone book. The characters are developed and relatable even to this vanilla mid-western chick. I was a huge fan of Logan and his story and was not disappointed in his interactions with the other characters. I now have a clearer view of his past and why he made the choices that he did to be in that airport the day he met Mattie. I anticipate the third book will hopefully push the envelope and draw me in as the series continues. http://bookfri-ends.com/shades-of-sha...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Rainey

    Night Owl Review ***4 1/2 Stars*** Original Review Published here: http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Rev... ‘Shades of Shame’ is the prequel to ‘Semper Fi’ in the Semper Fi series by Laura and Christopher Cooper. In this book we learn about the scandal that changed the McNarry family forever. David and Elise McNarry are Washington’s power couple that seems to have it all. However, behind closed doors their lived are different from what everyone thinks. While David and Elise love each other, they sp Night Owl Review ***4 1/2 Stars*** Original Review Published here: http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Rev... ‘Shades of Shame’ is the prequel to ‘Semper Fi’ in the Semper Fi series by Laura and Christopher Cooper. In this book we learn about the scandal that changed the McNarry family forever. David and Elise McNarry are Washington’s power couple that seems to have it all. However, behind closed doors their lived are different from what everyone thinks. While David and Elise love each other, they spend their time in the bedroom with different people. Leila Johnson spends her time climbing the ladder so she tries to manipulate the Senator. She falls in love with David and Elise’s son Logan. Lelia is the daughter of Elise’s best friend Patricia. She spends her time calculating her next move weather at work, or at home. She tries her best to manipulate those around her to better her life. It was hard to read her because she always seems to have an ulterior motive. Logan McNarry makes a small appearance in this book, but this book is mostly about his parents and Lelia. Logan has fallen head of heals in loved with Lelia. The chemistry between them was great. I think in the end if Lelia was not so power hungry they would have been the next power couple. David McNarry seems to have a problem. He can’t stay away from interns. His wife is well aware of his problem and seems to wander as well. All Elise wanted was for his extra marital affairs not to be thrown in her face. That seems to be her biggest issue, not his affairs. I enjoyed reading this book after I read ‘Semper Fi’. I loved how it explained the background of the McNarry family as well as telling the tale that was hinted and half-explained in the first book. I now understand the decisions that Logan made better. I found this book very well written. I enjoyed how Laura and Christopher Cooper did not tell the reader who really killed Lelia but give you more suspects. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Makayla

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER ALERT!!! I was so geeked up to read this prequel after having read "Semper Fi" which I really enjoyed. However, I found this book to have several inconsistencies in the story from the first book. There was no mention of the pregnancy; the first book made it seem like the Senator pushed for a marriage to get him off the hook with the illicit relationship with Leila and subsequent pregnancy; there was no mention of the scene where Leila was left tied to the nail in the closet for failing t SPOILER ALERT!!! I was so geeked up to read this prequel after having read "Semper Fi" which I really enjoyed. However, I found this book to have several inconsistencies in the story from the first book. There was no mention of the pregnancy; the first book made it seem like the Senator pushed for a marriage to get him off the hook with the illicit relationship with Leila and subsequent pregnancy; there was no mention of the scene where Leila was left tied to the nail in the closet for failing to use the safe word; Gracie made it sound like Leila was constantly sneaking to the house to see the Senator, but this book read that it only happened once. I wonder if the authors did a little revisionist writing of Leila's character to make her more appealing to readers? I didn't go for it...the details of the first are too stuck in my mind. I read the first book several times because I so liked the story. I definitely don't remember feeling much sympathy for Leila after the first book, especially after the way Patricia and Gracie described her to Mattie, and I couldn't quite feel sympathy for her in this book either, although the author tried to write her as a character deserving sympathy. And further, if I recall, Elise in a moment of clarity in "Semper Fi" told Mattie that the Senator had someone at an auto shop tamper with the brakes of the vehicle because he was fearful of Leila ruining his chances for reelection with the pregnancy. In this book, it doesn't even appear that he was concerned with her telling anyone about anything since the pregnancy was not even part of the plot line. The Senator wasn't even aware that the lid was off the secret until the night Elise took him into the playroom which was the same night that Leila and Logan were in the accident! I think I was a little disappointed with this one. It gets three stars for the scorching scenes....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Shades of Shame – Laura Cooper 4 ½ Stars Keep in mind that this book is a prequel to the first book in this series, Semper Fi, in which I had formed an opinion of a deceased character in it. Leila. I thought she was a dirty pig who was out for herself and used anyone in her path to further her career. A selfish, lying bitch. A woman who broke a man’s heart and sent him reeling. A woman’s actions who seemed to be the catalyst of a family falling apart. Boy was I surprised to read Shades of Shame wh Shades of Shame – Laura Cooper 4 ½ Stars Keep in mind that this book is a prequel to the first book in this series, Semper Fi, in which I had formed an opinion of a deceased character in it. Leila. I thought she was a dirty pig who was out for herself and used anyone in her path to further her career. A selfish, lying bitch. A woman who broke a man’s heart and sent him reeling. A woman’s actions who seemed to be the catalyst of a family falling apart. Boy was I surprised to read Shades of Shame which was HER story from her point of view and saw how wrong I was. Well, not totally wrong. She was no Mother Theresa but not the devil as I thought she was. I actually can say I liked her a little bit. It was nice to see her true feelings towards Logan and that she truly did love him. In reading Semper Fi, I saw the destruction and heartache she left behind and loved that I got to see how she got to that point to begin with. I don’t want to give too much away because you really need to read this book after Semper Fi but the twists and turns and revelations of the relationships between characters is shocking!! Truths are revealed and while I liked and felt sorry for characters in the first book, I felt the opposite once I read this book and saw who they really were!!! Loved it and hope there is more to this series!!!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Review posted at: http://bookcrushbookreviews.com/2013/... Rating: 3.5 stars It was my own fault when starting to read Shades of Shame because I looked at Goodreads and realized that Shades of Shame is book #.5 and Semper Fi is book #1 and I read Semper Fi first because I didn't know they were in a series together. And because of this I couldn't get into the book...again this is my own fault and nothing to do with the book. We're given the history of Logan and his relationship with Leila. All the Review posted at: http://bookcrushbookreviews.com/2013/... Rating: 3.5 stars It was my own fault when starting to read Shades of Shame because I looked at Goodreads and realized that Shades of Shame is book #.5 and Semper Fi is book #1 and I read Semper Fi first because I didn't know they were in a series together. And because of this I couldn't get into the book...again this is my own fault and nothing to do with the book. We're given the history of Logan and his relationship with Leila. All the "baggage" he has in Semper Fi is from the occurrences in this book. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters in this book, except Logan who still makes me melt. The description of his looks is best in Semper Fi!! I also felt this book moved along quickly in that scenes were jumped and I felt that I missed out on getting the details of parts if the book. Relationships also moved along quickly in this book. The writing was great and I followed the story easily, just more detail would've allowed flowed smoother. Give it a try, followed by Semper Fi.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    After reading Semper Fi, I was predisposed to hate all of the characters but Logan. Given the history that was talked about in that book I knew what was going to happen in this one, but still couldn't stop reading it. I couldn't bring myself to feel sorry for Logan's mother, she made her bed, she can lay in it. Much the same for Leila's mother. There was such a weird dynamic between the Senator, his wife, and his campaign manager/her BFF. At times it seemed like each of them enjoyed that they co After reading Semper Fi, I was predisposed to hate all of the characters but Logan. Given the history that was talked about in that book I knew what was going to happen in this one, but still couldn't stop reading it. I couldn't bring myself to feel sorry for Logan's mother, she made her bed, she can lay in it. Much the same for Leila's mother. There was such a weird dynamic between the Senator, his wife, and his campaign manager/her BFF. At times it seemed like each of them enjoyed that they could twist another and get one over on them. I sure didn't feel sorry for Leila at all. I don't think that she would have been able to go through with what she talked about with Logan. Logan is the one that I really felt sorry for, he lost it all, but most especially any illusion that his parents cared.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Leila and Logan have not seen each other in ten years and they both have changed. Their attraction is obvious the first night they seen each other after all those years apart. Leila is a conniving person, and only out to get what’s best for her and what will make her future better. She seems to have little regard for other people. Logan is a level headed person, even though he grew up a privileged child. Logan seems to be a warm and genuine person, whom you can’t help but like. The story takes a Leila and Logan have not seen each other in ten years and they both have changed. Their attraction is obvious the first night they seen each other after all those years apart. Leila is a conniving person, and only out to get what’s best for her and what will make her future better. She seems to have little regard for other people. Logan is a level headed person, even though he grew up a privileged child. Logan seems to be a warm and genuine person, whom you can’t help but like. The story takes a number of twist I never seen coming. It actually turned into a tragically beautiful love story. I feel this book was very well written, the characters were easy to understand and each had a very special part in the story. The plot developed very well, and there were defiantly a lot of detail sex scenes. I did not read SEMPER FI (but I will now) you can read this book without reading SEMPER FI it’s a book all in its own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rjsmommy

    This is the prequel to "Semper Fi" and what surprising background info do you get from it. Even though it is a prequel, I would suggest you read it the way I did, "Semper Fi" first and then "Shades of Shame." Why? Because it will just shock you all the more. I knew I hated Logan's father in SF but I really loathe him in SOS. And Leila, I really hated her in SF but end up feeling very sympathetic towards her by the end of SOS. All is not what it seems in SF because you only get certain characters This is the prequel to "Semper Fi" and what surprising background info do you get from it. Even though it is a prequel, I would suggest you read it the way I did, "Semper Fi" first and then "Shades of Shame." Why? Because it will just shock you all the more. I knew I hated Logan's father in SF but I really loathe him in SOS. And Leila, I really hated her in SF but end up feeling very sympathetic towards her by the end of SOS. All is not what it seems in SF because you only get certain characters POV's while in SOS you get the actual events. Most surprising of all, is Logan's mom. Her secret is the biggest, and never revealed in SF. And I think that is for the best, because if Logan discovered what his mother had done, I believe it really would have destroyed him. At least in SF he thinks he has one sympathetic parent, if he knew the truth...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I believe that this book is a prequel to the first book in this series, Semper Fi. This books seems to stand alone, but was not as satisfying as i would have liked. I really didn't like the characters. I haven't read the first book, but other reviewers have suggested the character of Leila is not written to be liked, so the Coopers have achieved that goal! This book had many twists and turns and the psychological aspects were excellently handled. The pacing was even, the premise strong, the sett I believe that this book is a prequel to the first book in this series, Semper Fi. This books seems to stand alone, but was not as satisfying as i would have liked. I really didn't like the characters. I haven't read the first book, but other reviewers have suggested the character of Leila is not written to be liked, so the Coopers have achieved that goal! This book had many twists and turns and the psychological aspects were excellently handled. The pacing was even, the premise strong, the setting interesting, the characters definitely engage your emotions. I plan to pick up the first book and see what the fuss is about! I believe I will like it - I like this author couples writing style. *I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. The plot setup, with high-powered Washington movers and shakers, the women who manipulate and in turn are manipulated, and spicy BDSM and love scenes should have worked. However, the characters begin as caricatures and once they develop any depth or hold my interest, the book is done! The ending was much too sudden, trite, and thoroughly unsatisfying. It also attempted to cover too many relationships... Each chapter could have been an outline for a well-d I wanted to like this book, I really did. The plot setup, with high-powered Washington movers and shakers, the women who manipulate and in turn are manipulated, and spicy BDSM and love scenes should have worked. However, the characters begin as caricatures and once they develop any depth or hold my interest, the book is done! The ending was much too sudden, trite, and thoroughly unsatisfying. It also attempted to cover too many relationships... Each chapter could have been an outline for a well-developed book on its own. I believe an opportunity was missed here. I also am just not a fan of denigrating language. It just felt forced to me, and almost offensive (and that's hard to do when it comes to sex scenes!) Sadly, I do not see enough in this prequel to continue this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sapphire Kande

    This book was nothing at all like I thought it would be. It was sooooo much more. I was expecting this kink filled story where love would eventually bloom. What I was not expecting was this beautiful love story. Yes, there was some kink, but that is not what this enchanting story is about. I read and review a lot of sexy books and once in a while, a straightforward book comes along that presents sex as it should be--fun, fresh, rich and inventive. This is one of the few books about sex that you This book was nothing at all like I thought it would be. It was sooooo much more. I was expecting this kink filled story where love would eventually bloom. What I was not expecting was this beautiful love story. Yes, there was some kink, but that is not what this enchanting story is about. I read and review a lot of sexy books and once in a while, a straightforward book comes along that presents sex as it should be--fun, fresh, rich and inventive. This is one of the few books about sex that you actually want to sit down and read. The quality is amazing! I really liked this book. Highly recommend it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bishop Harber

    I think this was the final straw for me on so-called "erotica." Admittedly, I wanted to understand the genre from multiple angles. I've read a bit here and there—and probably more than I should admit—but I find them lacking in any kind of substance. If I wanted to actually engage porn, there are a whole lot of viable alternatives that don't offend my literary sensibilities. But to pretend these kinds of books have an resemblance or connection to a reading experience would be the lowest kind of d I think this was the final straw for me on so-called "erotica." Admittedly, I wanted to understand the genre from multiple angles. I've read a bit here and there—and probably more than I should admit—but I find them lacking in any kind of substance. If I wanted to actually engage porn, there are a whole lot of viable alternatives that don't offend my literary sensibilities. But to pretend these kinds of books have an resemblance or connection to a reading experience would be the lowest kind of delusion possible. I can't even bring myself to give it a rating.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This had the chance to be a political thriller with sex scandals reverberating everywhere. Instead, it was really political erotica. Well, you learn something new everyday as I did not know that category existed. The sex was interesting enough, but I hated the ending as it felt a bit pat.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Texas

    Logan and Leila, David and Leila, Elsie and David Elsie and Patricia my goodness the webs we weave and then some simply check out. Logan joins the Marines Sempre Fi. was thrown for a loop when Leila dies

  23. 5 out of 5

    Genney Blass

    4.5 stars. Okay this book, was Dayum, WTF! Very much a dayum Senator again WTF! But it is true what they say, a person can be all don't judge the book by it's cover. Kudos to the authors. Thank you Mara for the recommendation. 4.5 stars. Okay this book, was Dayum, WTF! Very much a dayum Senator again WTF! But it is true what they say, a person can be all don't judge the book by it's cover. Kudos to the authors. Thank you Mara for the recommendation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Drea Perez

    After reading this book it explains a lot from semper Fi.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gina Mart

  27. 5 out of 5

    Crystal N.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

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