Phantom Shadows

Phantom Shadows

by Dianne Duvall

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Dianne Duvall lures readers into a world of romance and suspense, where love can mean the difference between life and death. . .

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420128369
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: Immortal Guardians Series , #3
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 64,741
File size: 414 KB

About the Author

Dianne Duvall earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and currently lives in Texas with her husband. Information on her books and the latest news can be found on her website at

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"Both characters have realistic and very human emotions, lending them significant relatability. Duvall uses recurring characters from previous titles to continue building her intriguing paranormal world with increasing flair and writerly skill." —-Publishers Weekly

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Phantom Shadows 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: 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!! Giggle-worthy quote
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story. It was a great addition to my shelf. would recommend
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
**SPOILER ALERT** I hate tow write anything negative about this series. It is one of only two or three series I actually reread. And Dianne is my favorite author. Her writing is so intense and full of emotion, yet at the same time she is able to deliver the funniest scenes. I had read this book way back when it came out and I didn’t know about writing reviews. This one is my least favorite. I was so disappointed with how the other immortals treated Sebastian. Of course, Seth did save him from execution. But he still wasn’t very kind. If I were him and Melanie, I would’ve wanted to leave. There wasn’t many scenes of Bastian and Melanie in the bedroom. But there was so much action with hunting Emrys and the mercenaries. We see a lot of Cliff. I LOVE his character and hope he is saved and gets his own book. What really disappointed me was how this book seemed more about Ami. Of course, I was happy to see more about her. And I do like her character. But Seth almost kills Bastian for using her after the network is attacked by the mercenaries. They couldn’t reach Seth and Marcus had okayed it and was with her. Plus she can kick ass. Then what happens? Seth turns right around and uses Ami for the same thing because she is the only one who can track Emrys with her gifts. He didn’t even apologize to Marcus or act like it was hypocritical. Seems like this annoyed me more the second time around listening to the audiobook. Plus, it’s getting annoying how they’re all “protect Ami”. Like they don’t care if anyone else dies. These are supposed to be like Seth’s children and he’s acting like they are nothing to him compared to Ami. Why doesn’t Marcus and Ami have their own place? I would be pissed if I were them. I know she needs protecting and has a unique situation. After what she went through, I can understand why. But the relationship between her and Seth and David is getting ridiculous. And at the end when she thinks she is infected by the virus, Seth almost kills Marcus because David and him and Darnell assume Marcus bit her and Seth won’t even believe Ami when she says he didn’t. Marcus isn’t even breathing any more and David has to heal him. Does anyone apologize? No, they start raising hell again at him because he didn’t use condoms. Thinking him stupid. WTH? And if they only like organic stuff because they can taste each individual ingredient and additives, including in chocolate that isn’t organic, why does Marcus have a stash of lollipops? Ok, sorry to rant. I still recommend this series and even this book. Because any author who can evoke this much emotion in a reader, be it good or annoyed, is a good author. It means I care lol. Trust me, the rest of the books are worth getting upset over this one. There are big treats in store. We meet Zach in this book. He’s a winged being like Seth. I can’t help but think they are angels. And what’s up with the sacred place Seth goes to? He even let Ami in on that and his secret I assume. Yet, he doesn’t trust Bastian even at the end of the book. More than he did but seems he would shed little tears if he died. I feel like we will know in the end why Seth does what he does. If you like audiobooks, try theses in that form. This is one of the best narrators. Don’t listen while driving because the intense action will make you drive too fast lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging world and awesome characters
WordForward More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Phantom Shadows is book 3 in the Immortal Guardian series. There were a lot of characters in this book but they were all so well developed it was easy to keep track of them all. There was a lot of action throughout this book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really liked Bastien and Melanie’s characters together. The author did a great job of creating angst with these two. The part that is keeping this from a higher star rating is because of what felt to me like a little too much unfortunate circumstances happening to Melanie. The rest of the story was great and kept me riveted throughout. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Bastian and Melanie's story. Can't go wrong with the redemption of a bad boy and Bastian certainly needed a lot of work. I also liked how all the characters keep making appearances maintaining continuity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original concept, intriguing characters, hottest sexiest men, strong adventurous women, beautiful love stories, deeply satisfying action, hateful villains, charismatic leader, mysterious background,what more could anyone want.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable story
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Loved it
TJ_Shaw More than 1 year ago
Great PNR Read! Didn’t think I’d like this one as much as I did. I wasn’t necessarily a big fan of Sebastian (he’s the black sheep of the immortal family) and Melanie hasn’t played a big role in the previous books. Having said that, Bastian totally grew on me! Fell in love with both him and Melanie. They’re a great PNR pairing. In addition to the continuing plot twists in the overall story (again I was completely surprised…hand clapping for Ms. Duvall), I love the dialogue between the characters. Some of the scenes had me laughing out loud! Kudos to Ms. Duvall for hooking me into her story. Love this paranormal romance series! Focused. Strong. True.
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aMariej0724 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More!More! More! Impateinetly waiting for the next book.
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Buukie More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this series. Looking for to more books by this author.
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Its a very very good read!!" Not only one book but all of her's book are good!!! I just love your books!!" Keep up the good work!!!