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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...
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. . .
"These dark, kick-ass guardians can protect me any day!" --Alexandra Ivy on Darkness Dawns
"Whizzing along at light speed. . .this sophomore effort sizzles." --Publishers Weekly on Night Reigns
"Utterly addictive." --Romantic Times
Posted October 2, 2012
Last year, this was one of my new favorite series and I have been dying for Bastien's book. The original bad-guy (in book #1) this is an Immortal that has been on the outside for much too long, when he didn't know any better.
Now, three books later, he has settled into the Immortals group, although no one is very comfortable with the fact. He is daily faced with outright distrust and aggression. What makes this so heartbreaking is the fact that he's truly a good guy. He's always out there trying to protect the underdog (which is how he ended up on the other side from the immortals...he was trying to save the vampires). But too many times, things end up going badly and he gets wrongly judged for it.
One of the few people who truly sees the real him is Dr. Melanie Lipton. She's the doctor working with the vampires they have in captivity, trying to come up with a cure for the virus that drives them insane. The two vampires she's working with are two of Bastien's former followers and he's friends with them. She sees him as he visits them every day and knows he's doing everything he can to ease their positions....even to the detriment of his status within the Immortals. This is a guy who will do ANYthing he has to if it helps a friend in need.
They have a mutual attraction that Bastien keeps putting off. He knows his outcast status will hurt Melanie and possibly even cost her the job she loves and is so good at doing. It's not a risk he's willing to take....either for her or the vampires that she's helping. They are too important to him....all three of them. But things come to a head rather quickly when Melanie discovers an antidote to the drug that can take down the Immortals and Bastien self-doses himself with it to test it.
I continue to adore Bastien's character. He's incredibly passionate. When he believes in something he fights with all that he has for it. But he's also incredibly protective and sweet. He can sense feelings with a simple touch and that makes him incredibly empathetic. He's always willing to give someone an extra chance...and there are several examples of that in this book. I loved watching him become close to the French Immortal brothers in this one. They originally hated him, but by working with him, start to see the error of their ways, especially Etienne who can pick his brain when Bastien accidentally lets his mental barriers down.
I love this whole group of characters. They are a very different group than you normally find with these types of books, but I like them all in their own ways. I am especially fascinated with Zach (much like I was fascinated with Bastien before this book) and hope we get more of his story soon.
I will admit there is A LOT to the over-riding series story...and it is definitely going to some really intriguing places. This whole series is amazingly creative. But in this book, I was thrilled with the first half because it truly focused on Bastien and Melanie. The second half went more into the overall story. While I like that story, I wasn't ready to spend time on it away from Bastien and Melanie yet and that hurt my overall rating on the book, although I do love the whole over-riding series. I know, I know...there's no pleasing me. I just wanted MORE Bastien & Melanie, but that would have probably added another 100 pages to an already long, but really good, book.
If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend this series!!
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Posted November 7, 2012
I would so recommend this book. The third book in the series, just keeps getting better and better. I adore this whole dsyfunctial family. So many unique characters each one deserves his or her own story. I hope there are more coming. A great addition for your library.
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Posted June 21, 2012
This book is for the reading with a magical imagination. Enjoyed the first two books in this series, can't wait until the next book is available.
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Posted October 22, 2013
Awesome Read! The Immortal Guardian books just keep getting better and better. I absolutely love Bastian and was anticipating reading his story. Althought the whole series has been amazing, this has been my favorite book so far. Keep up the good work Dianne Duvall!! Excited for Etienne’s book next!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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" Lieingwhisker showed me the grasskit image in a bush!" Dirtpaw exclaimed. All the apprentices had had the same dream, and they were thinking of a way to stop it. Unfortuanatly, half the cats dead cats had said " it happens tommorow..." so they needed to think fast. Soon,evreyone agreed they would dig a hole the heron would fall in outside the nursery while three apprentices stayed inside,protecting the queens and kits. The three were Dawnpaw,Freezepaw,and Zebrapaw. Dandelionpaw came over." Can i protect my mother, Liondaisy?" She asked. Flypaw gave her a nod and soon night fell. When evrey cat was asleep,the cats put their plan into action. Zebrapaw,Dawnpaw and Freezepaw went inside the nursery. Soon, grasskit groaned and sat awake. The heron called and swooped down,Only to be injured badly. The heron tryed to fly,but Dawnpaw,Zebrapaw,and Dandelionpaw fought hard. The huge heron fell to the ground. Flypaw and Tiltpaw placed it in the fresh- kill pile,then covered the hole. Then daisystar leaped out of a thrub. " Warrior ceremony tommorow!" He cried. Dawnpaw giggled. What a sneaky leader! Zebrapaw did,too. Barkjaw would be impressed.
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Posted April 9, 2013
I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review. Dr. Melanie loves her work with the supernatural and knows a lot about them. She helps all of those that she can even the ones that the other supernaturals want to kill or don't trust. She fights to protect those she cares about. The other doctors don't like Sebastien Newcombe and the supernatural have reasons to hate them. Melanie is attracted to him even if tho she knows she shouldn't she sees more in him than the others do. Bastien is used to everyone not trusting him or liking him. Melanie is different than the others. She treats him different but he still tries to keep a wall up and not let her in. She may just fight him tooth and nail to get over that wall.
Melanie is one of those characters that I loved right away. She is tough, doesn't let anyone boss her around and takes up for the ones other people want nothing to do with. She also has a soft heart but she has plenty of backbone. Even while Bastien fights to keep her away she fights to show him all she is. I love her she is amazing. Bastien has so many layers to him. He has to face people daily that don't like or hate him. He has done many things wrong in the past but doesn't hide them or try to explain them away. He lets people think what they want. He is afraid to let Melanie get close to him because he has been alone so long. He also is afraid she will be hurt some how. I loved getting to know him as I read this book.
I have not read any of the other books in this series but I didn't get lost reading this one. I will be reading the other books because I really enjoyed the story line of this book. The battle you get to see unfold in front of your eyes is incredible. I loved all the fight scenes and all the action this book has in it. It really has the perfect mixture of action and love in this book. It really was a pleasure to read Bastien and Melanies story as they have a wonderfil chemistry that you just know they will be perfect for each other. I really enjoyed all the secondary characters as well. I need to pick up their books to see their story. This book is just jammed packed with awesomeness that left me craving more books by this author. If the rest of the series is like this book I recommend it to all paranormal lovers.
Posted March 23, 2013
Phantom Shadows in the third book in the Immortal Guardians series. Ms. Duvall’s vampire world is action packed and filled with deliciously sexy immortals. Need I say more?
Bastien could be a poster child for bad boys; gorgeous, angry, misunderstood and tortured. Man you gotta love them bad boys! For the last two years, he has been working with the Immortal Guardians. All of his existence has been trying to destroy them, so it’s understandable that they are leery of him and would rather see him die a painful violent death. His view on the situation…bring it on boys!
Melanie has watched how the immortals have treated Bastien and she is confused. While she has seen the bad side of him, she has also seen the good. She might not understand why everyone hates him, but she is more curious with how much she desires him. Following her feelings, she needs to figure out how to convince him that he is worthy of her attention. Their blossoming romance may be the last thing they should be developing right now, but it is exactly what they both need.
The battle Bastien started years ago is escalating and needs to be stopped before all hell breaks loose. The immortals need to let the past go and Bastien needs to look towards the future and Melanie just needs to survive. Can these three sides find a way to bring it all together and save all they know and cherish?
I’m always game for a great vampire story and Ms. Duvall doesn’t disappoint. Her vampires have humor and brawn and for me that is a perfect combination. In this third novel, we get to see the other side of the resident black sheep, Bastien. I could tell from earlier books in the series that he was not what he seemed and I couldn’t wait to read more about him. I really enjoyed the development of Bastien and the view that he really is “human” and cares deeply and will likely love even deeper.
I’m not sure if I would consider Phantom Shadows a standalone book. Both the prior novels are referenced often and when I went back to reread a scene that I forgot, I realized how intertwined the novels are. Ms. Duvall has done a great job with continuity and storytelling and I believe this series should be read in order.
Phantom Shadows is a fantastic addition to a richly developed series. The action is exhilarating and the love scenes are heart pounding. This is top notch reading and high quality paranormal world building. So grab the Immortal Guardians series with both hands and hold on tight. These guys really know how to take you on a ride of your life!
Posted February 3, 2013
It made me laugh, it made me cry, and scared me too. Love this book the best so far. I love the way Sheldon interacts with Richart and Bastien in the book. Great job Dianne~AliceWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2013
Third book of the Immortal Guardians series and it just keeps getting better!!! Great characters & storyline. Dianne Duvall's books do not disappoint!
Posted January 25, 2013
Posted January 7, 2013
I looked forward to Sebastien's story since his first appearance in this series. I'm glad to say it was worth the wait. I was pleasantly surprised at Melanie's great sense of humor and strength of character. I have enjoyed each book in the Immortal Guardians series and can't wait for the next story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.