Publish Date: October 1, 2012
Origins: From Author for Review
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Synopsis: 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...
Review: Bastien Newcombe was once the leader of a vampire army intent of wiping out the Immortal Guardians. Now he is an Immortal Guardian, but doesn’t have the trust of many people, except Seth and David. Then there is Dr. Melanie Lipton, a network employee who cares for the capture vampire and is working to combat the tranquilizer used on the Immortals in previous fights with the so-called vampire king and Emrys (see previous books in the series). Melanie is drawn to Bastien like she’s never been drawn to anyone else. Yet with the threat of mercenaries and a war against the Immortal Guardians looming, will Melanie be safe with Bastien…or a target?
I love Ms. Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series and “Phantom Shadows” is no exception. The combination of action, mystery, romance, and of course, vampires and Immortal Guardians is a heady one. I liked Melanie’s character because she stood up for what and who she believes in, no matter the consequences. She is truly a good soul who strives to help people every day, which is why she became a doctor. Bastien Newcombe on the other hand is a bad boy who lost his humanity and hasn’t cared about regaining it – until now. Since his sister died centuries ago, he’s had no one he could count on or trust until Melanie. Her passion and compassion draw him like a moth to a flame and he’s not sure what to do. “Phantom Shadows” will leave you breathless as the action takes you rocketing away and Melanie and Bastien’s inner passions are released. Another great installment in the Immortal Guardians series and I am excited to see where Ms. Duvall takes us next!
Immortal Guardians series: Darkness Dawns (1), Night Reigns (2), Phantom Shadows (3)