Friday, October 5, 2012

Review of PHANTOM SHADOWS by Dianne Duvall

Phantom Shadows
(Immortal Guardians, #3)
by Dianne Duvall


Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.5♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Immortals & Vampires

Publication Date: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult

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From the publisher:

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural.  She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes.  So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie.  His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring.  But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire . . .

Bastien is used to being the bad guy.  In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust.  But Melanie is different - and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience.  Giving in to temptation is out of the question - he can't put her in danger.  But she isn't asking him . . .



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Survival Is On The Line

[For the uninitiated, a glossary of terms used in the Immortal Guardians books and in this review is located on Dianne Duvall's Web site.]

Sebastien Newcombe was the villain from Darkness Dawns who believed he was a vampire. He was the nemesis of the hero of that book, Roland Warbrook, and led a vampire attack against the Immortal Guardians. To top things off, he once killed an Immortal Guardian.

And then he found out that he, himself, is an Immortal.

When Phantom Shadows opens, Bastien has been with the Immortal Guardians for two years. He hasn't been accepted by the Immortals, and that's okay with him. He hasn't accepted himself, either. He's an uncooperative, disruptive, bad boy.

But there's one person Bastien wants to be around, and that's Dr. Melanie Lipton. Melanie studies vampires, and has two of Bastien's former followers under her friendly care. Bastien makes every excuse he can to see Melanie when he visits the vampires. The attraction between them is on a slow burn until Melanie gets a peek into Bastien's private--very private--thoughts. Instead of being offended, she ups the game and wants to act upon those thoughts.


Melanie sees noble qualities in Bastien when no one else does. Although he might have been playing for the wrong team in the past due to a tragic oversight and misunderstanding, Bastien is an Immortal at heart. For the cause and people he believes in, he's honorable, protective, and loyal.  She's a doctor who wants to do no harm, and yet she's also kick-ass when necessary.


A threat to the Immortal Guardians is growing, and Bastien proposes a controversial solution. You won't be able to turn the pages quickly enough as Melanie is put in mortal danger, Bastien goes into protective overdrive, and events explode. Literally.

The overall story arc continues in Phantom Shadows, with Ami's tormentor from Night Reigns being involved in attacks on the Immortal Guardians. Favorite characters are featured. Seth is at his lethal best. He and David are scary good. Marcus and Ami have parts to play, as do Roland and Sarah. In a book of many battles, one of the biggest bombshells is the one dropped at the end. Stay tuned ...

Dianne Duvall says that an Immortal Guardians novella will be in the Predatory anthology, which will be released in May 2013. She's working on Immortal Guardians #4, which is Etienne's story. It will be out in September 2013. We can all look forward to it!

In the meantime, treasure Phantom Shadows!





The books in the Immortal Guardians series are:

Book 1
Darkness Dawns
Book 2
Night Reigns
Book 3
Phantom Shadows




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