I will have to disagree with some of the comments. And yes publishing houses are demanding that authors churn out book like bakery loads. More than 1 book per year, max two is too much, and although most of these books are less than 300 pages long, a slower pace could bring quality back.
I actually liked "Me and my Shadow" for the very reasons others disliked it. These series was less about romance and more about relations, transformation, humor, fantasy and action falling in a different genre.
In this last book May further transforms from the shadow slave into a free individual on her own. The love/attraction for the Dragon Gabriel grew, "humanized" May, and empowered her to seek her individuality, no longer satisfied with just being a shadow. Even if the motives of neither Gabriel nor May to get initially together were not honest, their relationship and love was born from the initial lust and the selfish Gabriel's motives. Gabriel gave her what she wanted most: to be cherished and loved for what she was, and for what she became. The shard that she feared was the most surprising of all. The sex scenes did not lack humor or steam, and for sure did not lack imagination. Wow!
The fact we get to see some more of prior characters make it even more appealing. We see the circle expand and we are able to visit with old friends and meet new ones. i.e. Ash and Drake and future family, we meet new players, and solve old riddles and are presented with new ones. Black is grey, and white is tan.
Magoth, the now ex- demon lord with his incredible arrogance, conceit and other bad traits keeps things going and fresh. He is the man-demon-thing who cannot take no for an answer, who might lost most of his status and power but not an ounce of conceit or evil, and whose actions always elicit a good laugh. Without May`s inner struggle with her unwelcomed Magoth's ongoing sexual attraction, the story would have been less real a and not so funny. Jim, the demon dog, whose wry humor kept me laughing, should be a guest in books to come. He is one of the best side kicks ever: doggie, cute, sassy, a bit crass and with just enough evil to make him even more likeable. His comments are just too sweet, wicked and to the point...Ouch!!, and he just cannot keep his mouth shut. But best of all, he just loves being a dog and wants to stay as one.
As for the ending was not bad while it gave us some closure it presented new possibilities, and why not? Waiting can be fun too.
Ms. Macalister's new direction in writing, one that might diverge from heavy romance while not ignoring it completely, targets a wider audience, one who wants fantasy, action and romance and more in the books they buy. Ms. Macalister follows a less traveled path; one that is being tested by other writers with some success and is developing into a genre of its own. It is an intelligent mix of noir, fantasy, steampunk, action, and with characters who are complex and flawed, less predictable, harder and tougher, heroines that reinvent their selves into newer, darker, tougher models, and that are not afraid to love while keeping their individuality.