Phantom Shadows & The Immortal Guardians Series by Dianne Duvall

Book 1- Darkness Dawns

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Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

My Copy: Bought

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect

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Book 2 – Night Reigns

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

My Copy: Bought

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?

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Book 3 – Phantom Shadows

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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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Phantom Shadows is Dianne Duvall’s third book in her Immortal Guardian series and those that enjoyed the last two books are sure to feel the same about this one. I had the privilege of going into this one blind. I owned the first two books but because of time restraints I chose to read this one first and see if I could understand it as a stand alone book…which happily I did. Of course knowing the back ground information is always a good idea and I really try not to read out of order but I found I understood this one quite nicely. Maybe because of that I liked Bastian’s character much more because I didn’t get to see him as the mean guy in the previous books. By this point in the continuing story he’s been integrated into the inner fold of characters though many are not happy about that. They are leery of his motives and had he not had the backing of their leader, he may not have had such a passable road to where this book opens.

While I did find this to be a lot like several other series I have been reading, I thought it was still well done. Though it may have a hard time standing on it’s own in such a saturated genre, if you like JR Ward or Gena Showalter you’re sure to enjoy these as well. Duvall writes engaging characters that kept me both amused and interested in their various plights. I found that reading about the secondary characters made me want to go back and read how they got here and why they behaved as they did. I wanted to know more about them. The dynamics of this team and the drastic differences between all the characters really made the book stand out to me. This particular group of characters from human to vampire to alien was what set this apart in my mind from the other like books I had read.

Bastion was an interesting character because no one really knew who he was, except for Melanie who saw parts of him everyone else ignored. She immediately believed in him and that bolstered him to become the true fighter he was meant to be and take his place among the guardians. Melanie herself, though not immortal had the tenacity of a pitbull and a backbone of steel. She never backed down and, as a human, was incredibly brave. Her scientific smarts and Bastians abilities together made them a tough team to take on.

I enjoyed this one immensely and I recommend you give this series a try! Duvall has proven herself worthy to me and I will continue to read this series.

I give Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall 3.75 stars! 

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