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Beautiful but naive Sarah St. James entrusts her life and honor to Morgan Kane, a ruthless, unprincipled rogue and adventurer, on a perilous trek into the savage wilderness of the Amazon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! 14 Jan 2006
By PandaBee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Love the sexual tension and passionate relationship between the hero and heroine!

At first I just skimmed through the book, reading passages here and there to get an idea of what the story's about. The hero seemed a bit crude at first, and a lil rough around the edges...

But when I actually sat down and read the novel, Morgan's story really touch my heart. It's clear that he loves sarah very deeply and passionately... bordering on obession, I'd say...

Morgan is... let's see... a bit on the mean side. He rages and

has a tendency to grab/shove/squeeze/slam people. He yells at sarah a lot and has a habit of stalking and staring at her from afar... And even though he tries like hell half the time to avoid her, he just always seems to seek her out in the crowd, and watches her when he thinks she's not looking. And he just loves sarah so much. She...gives him a reason to live, I'd say.

Morgan also has a tragic past of being abused, molested, abandoned, tortured, and betrayed... So you can get a pretty good idea why he is the way he is -a bit on the rough and crude side... but never evil like King, who seems to share a common past.

Sarah is a sweetheart... a bit naive when it comes to matter of evil and danger...but stubborn as hell. No matter how tough things get, she grits her teeth and bears it all. One heck of a gal.

Sarah is ... a bit confuse when it comes to Morgan. She's really attracted to him, but she's scared to accept his love because that would mean giving up everything she's ever heal dear, everything that is stable and safe in her world.

Throughout the story, however, you can see how she matures and emotionally grow. Her experience with danger and death teaches her that there's more to life than social repectability and a titled husband... I love the person that she's become at the end...

Somethings I did not particularly like about the novel was the disturbing details about how King tortures and kill his slaves... it made me kinda nauseous, so I don't know if that's a compliment to the writer for successfully getting her point across, or what...lol...

I also wish the ending was a bit more climatic... I kinda wish King would die a horrible, painful death... lol ... Sorry if that's a bit blood-thirsty. You'll know what I mean when you read the book.

For some reason I kinda feel like the book is incomplete somehow... mostly the story between Morgan and Sarah... I didn't really see how Morgan went from someone who didn't think Sarah would ever love him, to someone who feels he's worth something (IF he indeed undergoes that spiritual realization in the end) I didn't really see that... Miss Sutcliffe kinda left out that part, I think...

Anyway... this one's a keeper folks. You won't regret buying it.

Incredible sexual tension... very passionate and deep in a way not many novels can compare with...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth finding 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have now read two of Katherine Sutcliffe's books, this one and "Notorious" and they are both way above average. "Shadow Play" is a breathtaking story of unrelenting passion and bravery. It's a page-turner and it stays with you long after you've finished it. Morgan Kane is a hero you won't forget. "Notorious" is also a cut above average. Ms Sutcliffe's writing, character development, dialogue and plots are really excellent...so far. Can't wait to read another of her books.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A DEFINITE KEEPER 3 May 2000
By SHARON H. BRYAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I HAVE JUST FINISHED READING SHADOW PLAY FOR THE THIRD TIME. THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK THAT GRABS YOU FROM THE START AND JUST GETS BETTER. I REALLY ENJOY A BOOK WHEN THERE IS A GOOD PLOT, LOTS OF ACTION AND CHARACTERS WITH DEPTH. SHAWDOW PLAY HAS ALL THE ABOVE. THE AMAZON (THE MAIN LOCAL OF THIS STORY) IS GRAPHICALLY DESCRIBED BY MS. SUTCLIFFE. THE CHARACTER, MORGAN KANE,IS WHAT I LOOK FOR IN A HERO: STRONG AND SEXY AS HECK YET VULNERABLE AND STRUGGLING WITH ISSUES FROM HIS PAST. THE FEMALE CHARACTER, SARAH, IS NOT ONE OF THOSE WEAK WOMEN THAT SOMETIMES BECOME BORING. SARAH VENTURES IN THE AMAZON WITH A CREDIBLE DETERMINATION. THE LOVE INTEREST KEEPS BUILDING AND YOU KNOW EVEN THOUGH SARAH IS ENGAGED TO ANOTHER, AND MORGAN FEELS HE IS UNWORTHY OF LOVE, THAT THESE TWO ARE GOING TO MAKE THE PAGES SIZZLE. I ALWAYS ENJOY A ROMANCE THAT KEEPS YOU READING AND KNOWING THE LOVE SCENE COULD BE ANY PAGE BUT THE CRESCENDO IS THE LURE. SHADOW PLAY DOES THIS WELL. MS. SUTCLIFFE IS A GIFTED AUTHOR AND I THINK SHAWDOW PLAY IS ONE OF HER BETTER BOOKS. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL ROMANCE READERS.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I want a Boto.... 25 Jun 2009
By babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Morgan was one of the sexiest bad boys I've ever encountered. Goodness gracious, Sutcliffe made this beautiful man as real as can be; you could almost feel the sweat on his brow, smell the cigarettes he loved to smoke, and get lost in those enchanting silver eyes of his. WoW! And I just adored Sarah. Usually when I love the hero as much as I did Morgan the women the author pairs him up with is hardly ever a perfect fit in my eyes (b/c of course she's not me. Ha!). Anyways...I couldn't have hand picked a better match for the famous Boto. Her character began as all the English ladies are, but she grew so much that I just loved her too.

All of the memorable characters that are involved in this story are brilliant, their stories come alive in a way that rarely happens. My favorite part of the book (believe it or not wasn't a love scene, although those were piping hot too), it was when Sarah was in the jungle and she found the mango. I couldn't believe how real that seemed. I was scared to death...It was like I was actually there.

Katherine Sutcliffe's books are usually a hit or miss for me. I either love them or hate them, and I've gotta say I loved this one, and everybody's correct in the fact that this is one of the best love stories of all time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant book! 5 Dec 2003
By nurul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nothing has prepared me for the breathtaking illustrations of the Amazon as potrayed by the author. I know it is a dangerous place to be in but never in my lifetime could i have conjured up the distressing and life-threatening experiences that had befallen the characters in this book, and in real-life, the explorers and adventurers who had been brave enough to enter it. And the fact that whilst it might be the likes of real-life versions of Morgan and Sarah who had been the early Europeans who came to my country Malaysia (then Malaya)to plant the rubber seedlings years ago, it makes my heart swell knowing how risky their tasks were in trying to take the seedlings from the depth of the Amazon and turned Malaysia into an established rubber planting country (with glorifying results in the early 20th century).
And congratulations to Ms Sutcliffe, Morgan and Sarah are two characters that I haven't been able to forget up until now, neither can I forget the storyline. Thank you for your talents and imaginations, not to mention extremely detailed researches on the Amazon and the history of rubber trees.
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