THE SHADOW (4.5) by Aimee Thurlo: With her father dead, Emily Atkins could use the kind of protection Jonas Slowman can offer as a member of the secret tribal police group the Brotherhood of Warriors. With permanent blindness in her future, Emily is fighting against persistent vandals to build her dream BandB. Jonas drops back into her life to protect her and find a missing tribal leader and the bearer bonds he was carrying. Is there a connection between both acts of destruction? Menacing shadows and Thurlo's knowledge of all things Navajo, plus Emily's pride and Jonas' easy switches from warrior to gentleman, make this a fantastic way to start off this year's reading.