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Publisher's Summary

She fell for the wrong woman...now it’s going to cost her.

New York City, 1943. Reporter Jenny Ryan is plagued with guilt. Plunging into a world of danger after her father's murder, her burning need for justice drives her to take on a ruthless tycoon. But her plan goes awry when she falls for the criminal’s alluring mistress.

OSS agent Kathryn Hammond seethes with frustration. Trapped stateside in a dead-end assignment, the undercover spy fears she'll never pay her wartime debts. But when a feisty journalist enters the picture, her resentment blooms into undeniable desire.

When she discovers her revenge could destroy the woman she loves, Jenny is faced with an impossible decision. But as Kathryn falls deeper for Jenny, giving up their forbidden relationship could be her only chance at redemption.

Will their passion cost them their lives, or can the star-crossed lovers still create a happy ending?

In the Shadow of the Past is the mesmerizing first book in this lesbian historical romance series. If you like slow burn romances, secrets, and spies, you'll love this emotionally sweeping love story.

Listen to In the Shadow of the Past and get lost in the intrigue today!

©2021 J.E. Leak (P)2022 J.E. Leak
  • Series: Shadow, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Hurry with part 2 & 3!!!

I was so excited to have a new Abby Craden audiobook to listen to! She’s been gone from the WLW world for far too long. This one won’t disappoint!

The characters: OSS spy Kat (tall, dark-haired blue-eyed beauty with a brilliant strategic mind and a difficult past)
And newspaper columnists Jenny (short, blond-haired, green-eyed innocent with a proclivity to attract trouble and a wide eyed optimism) …. My absolute favorite type of duo!!! iykyk 😉

The story is filled with intrigue and secrets making it have a bit more focus on the OSS spy stuff than the romance but the romance doesn’t disappoint. Additionally, I loved the focus on love for country and patriotism.

This is definitely a slow, slow burn on the romance side, that doesn’t culminate in this book.

I could tell about halfway through that this was setting up a series of books which I am super excited about. I love that there was no consummation in the first book because it allows the connection and romance to breath and grow deep strong roots.

As for Abby Craden… what can I say? She’s a brilliant artist and an absolute gift to this genera and hopeless romantic lesbians everywhere. She played the voices perfectly (per usual). If she doesn’t narrate the next two books, it will be a tragedy.

I can’t wait for the next audiobook (although I will be buying it when it comes out) but I need to know what happens next, so I bought the next book on kindle. I’ll just have to put up with the sound of my own inner voice for the time being.

Happy reading!!!

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In the shadow of the past

I love this book it is the best I've read all year I would recommend it on every level. The tension, Sparks and intensity between the two main characters is perfect. I personally love historical fiction and the fact that it's an lgbtq book makes it my perfect book not to mention that excellent writing which puts it in my top 10 favorite books of all time. This book was narrated by the one and only ABBY CRADEN !!!!! THANK YOU FOR THAT!
I hope that Audible picks up book number too soon I've searched and I'll keep searching but that has been the only let down so far please keep writing these wonderful books. Thank you big fan!!!

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Wonderful!

It's been awhile since I was so engrossed in an audio book! I love era stories and this one did not disappoint. I will have to say though, Jenny got on my nerves in a few spots, but other than that, it was great. Can't wait for the next installment. For now, ill read the book.

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PLEASE HURRY WITH THE NEXT 2 books!!!!

Loved this story. Am looking forward to the next two books!!!!
So much excitement you will you not want to put this book down!!

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  • 06-28-22

Loved it

This is my first from this author. Certainly won’t be my last, Beside I have to find out what’s install for Kat and Jenny.

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  • 06-05-22

Chemistry of war

So I may be a closet spy wannabe but this is the best lesbian romance I have listened to this year. Rich and complex story arc and amazing chemistry.