#BookReview “Within The Shadows” by T. L. Mahrt



An alternate name for this read could be Men Behaving Badly.


The testosterone levels were off the chart from the beginning. These guys had to get it together if they were going to save Emma.

But no matter how many men loved her and wanted to save her, Emma had to save herself. Remembering what she’d hidden for a lifetime… and giving voice to it is the only way she can let go and move on.

And… defeat her emotional demons and real-life monsters.

Emma’s a good character, though her heart is easily touched. Rick, Andy, Chance, and slimeball Jarrett all love her… and she loves them, but in different ways. Who will win her heart? And who gets to kill Jarrett? HA!

Book 2 is lighter as it’s more emotional and Emma-focused… when the guys aren’t roid-raging at each other. There were more than a few moments I thought Emma should rescue herself… and leave the country! HA!

Knowing Jarrett the way they do, the group knows he will never stop his pursuit of Emma and they hatch a plan to draw him out. It doesn’t quite go as planned and the story ends much like it began… with Jarrett fleeing the scene with Emma.

Though this is Emma’s story, this character-driven read does an excellent job of showcasing the myriad of emotions and sacrifices men go through for love. Okay, that does not include Jarrett, the slimeball!

I strongly recommend reading book 1 first for a better understanding of the backstory and character motivations.




Emma’s world is rocked as the real monster lurking in the shadows is unveiled. 

Emma Andrews’ last memory of her mother is seeing her bleeding to death on the bathroom floor. Several years later, Emma is kidnapped and forced to face the same monster that killed her mother. Quickly, Emma—a daydreamer with an inventive personality—must learn to separate her fantasies from reality in order to differentiate friend or foe.

As secrets unfold and the shadows emerge, Emma wonders if she can endure reliving the trauma of her past. One thing she does know for certain—she can’t do it alone.

Will Emma escape from this monster alive? Will Chance still love her after she reveals her past? Or, will someone new teach Emma the true strength hiding within her?

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