Between the Shadow and the Soul by Jamie Craig ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

BetweenShadowSoul Title: Between the Shadow and the Soul

Author: Jamie Craig

Publisher: Amber Allure

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars


Ryan Jackson doesn’t expect too much from his weekend at the Shadows and Souls fan convention in Tahoe—he wants to meet his online friends, engage in a few heated debates about the plot for the upcoming season, and maybe shake the hand of the TV show’s star, Johnny Marlowe. But his weekend goes off course almost immediately after his arrival. First, the hotel loses his booking. Then Johnny Marlowe talks to him like they’re actual friends. And while his head is still spinning, a ghost attacks him in the elevator.
Despite fighting ghosts every week on television, Johnny Marlowe does not believe in the spirit world. He does, however, believe he should get to know Ryan better. Fan or not, the man is not only gorgeous, he’s down-to-earth, fun, and makes Johnny forget about the fake life he’s forced to lead and the ex-boyfriend who refused to participate in the charade. Unfortunately, every time Johnny tries to get close to the handsome ginger, something explodes or the earth shakes or lights blink out—and none of that is as sexy as it sounds.
Johnny doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he knows he has to get to the bottom of this haunting if he ever wants to get close to his biggest fan.

My View:

This may well go down as my weirdest, most imprecise review ever. I enjoyed the premise of Between The Shadow and The Soul, I just don’t think it was executed well. There was no POW, no oomph to it. Maybe it’s just me because I’m a reviewer, but when a book is good I sort of start writing the review in my head as I go, if it’s really good I get swept away and invest in the characters and want to share it with everyone. It’s usually not a great sign when neither happens and I’m stumped as to how to review it. That’s what happened here. It’s not that I hate it or anything, it just didn’t happen for me.

I don’t normally review this way, but a list was… well, it’s all I got.


  • The ghost storyline wasn’t fleshed out well. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Erm… It wasn’t satisfying; it felt underdeveloped.


  • There was no “hook” to suck me in. I found myself easily distracted and basically making up excuses to do really important things like check Tumblr.


  • The dialogue veered into cheeseville periodically.


  • The relationship between Ryan and Johnny relies heavily on telling rather than showing. I want you to show me why it feels like you’ve known each other forever. Don’t tell me that it’s so.



  • Not instalove. It’s a nice start to a possible relationship between two people, who are definitely hot for each other, but they still have things to work out and on. Both realize this which leads me to pro #2.
  • Neither MC is a crazy train. Thank you, Jamie Craig.
  • The shower scene. Woof. Nice.

Essentially, I felt like this was the skeleton of a story that needed some meat on its bones. It’s somewhere between 2-3 Stars for me, so I guess I’ll split the difference and give it 2.5.

Buy Links

Amber Allure
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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