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....
©2012 Dianne Duvall (P)2012 Tantor
"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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Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.75
Audio Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: I can't believe it is so long to the next one! I can't WAIT! (I guess I have too)
Story Thoughts: I am going to be honest and say that you will get so much more out of the story if you read these books in order. This one built on the previous two with such greatness that I was immediately drawn into the story. I was really curious how Bastian was going to fit in with the rest of the group and was totally thrilled about how it was handled. I am not giving anything away but the way the whole thing played out was perfectly done. I was not disappointed in this edition of the series.
Character Thoughts: I think Dianne writes awesome characters. Bastian was a character that has grown so much since we met him and I was pleased in how he continued to grow in this story. His support of his vampires never wavers and that makes me love him more! Melanie is the perfect match for him. She has always been supportive and she is strong, smart, and wonderful at defending him. I love her gumption and she is probably my favorite female character so far.
Narrated By Kirsten Potter at a running time 11 hrs and 36 mins
Kristen Potter is really good for this series. I think she has perfect pacing and just the right amount of attitude to pull off the strong characters. She has decent male voices and she has great distinction. You can tell who is talking at all times and I adore that! I recommend this series on audio.
Final Thought: Freaking October! That is when the next one is out *sigh*
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
Another great book from a great series! I have to say that IMO, Dianne has knocked one out of the park with this series. So far I love the characters, the storylines are interesting and engaging in a way that keeps me wanting more and the quality of the stories has been maintained as the series continues!
Melanie is a doctor at the Network (the human network that helps the Immortals). She works with the Vampires they have at their facilities, trying to work with them to keep the madness to overtake them and trying to find a cure for the virus that transforms them. She first met Sebastian under less than ideal circumstances but felt an attraction to him regardless.
Sebastian was originally introduced in Book #1 Darkness Dawns as the bad guy. It ends up he's an Immortal that was mis-led, he thought he was a Vampire and had a revenge plot against the Immortals. After 200 years, Sebastian finds everything he believed was a lie and has to face trying to live life as an Immortal among other Immortals who hate his for his past. He doesn't have an easy time of it as every move he makes and every thing he says is scrutinized for fault. Sebastian, being a smart-butt, tends to let his mouth run away with him (I think as a defense mechanism) and so doesn't make friends easily. Sebastian feels an attraction to Melanie but holds back because he fears association with him will cause her problems with her job (since Melanie's boss is one of the folk that doesn't like him).
Sebastian and Melanie meet multiple times while she tends to the Vampire recruits and Sebastian visits them (they used to be part of Sebastian's army from book #1). Things don't really begin for them until trouble starts showing up in the form of a mercenary organization that seems intent on capturing both Vampires and Immortals for examination and profit (think super-soldiers). Sebastian tries to recruit help from the Vampires while the Immortals try to keep both Immortals and Vampires out of the clutches of the mercenaries. During this time, Melanie and Sebastian are thrown together a few times and it becomes apparent that the attraction between them in mutual but Sebastian is determined to stay away from Melanie because being associated with him would soil her reputation and cause her troubles. Melanie doesn't listen and pushes past Sebastian's feeble resistance, knowing they'll both be happier together. Melanie is pretty kick-butt and doesn't let people tell her who she can and can't be with. She fights for it, even if she has to fight Sebastian. Fortunately, she doesn't have to fight too hard before he gives in.
While things are starting to go well between Sebastian and Melanie, the action plot continues to heat up. Just when they think they've had some success, it ends up bringing about an attack on the Immortal , the likes if which they haven't seen for a long, long time. There are losses but they manage to beat back the enemy and pull things out. Melanie is almost killed and Sebastian has to go to some lengths to help her come out of it (and better then she would have otherwise). In the end, the mercenaries seem to have been dealt with and things settle down. Melanie and Sebastian settle in to their HEA (and Sebastian is even on his way to being more accepted by the other Immortals) which I was very happy with.
This was such a great story. I love the heroes of this series but I have to say that so far, I've really loved all the heroines as well and sometimes that's hard to come by. The heroines of this series are all smart, courageous women and Melanie was just another example of this. I love this series and can't wait to see what comes next. This is actually a reread of this book but I found it just as great the second time around. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up!
I love this series and am so excited the next book comes out on audible tomorrow. I was so glad Bastian got matched with Melanie it was a great pair. The narrator does a great job no complaints there at all.
yes. I liked Melanie being the doctor and having a purpose of her own it made a good lead into the action
That Sebastian was disliked by everyone and didnt care
Sebastian was believable
Time heals all wounds
Love anything about shifters and lycanthropy. Paranormal romance is my thing! best escape and entertainment I can imagine! :]
I don't read.... But i can say i am adoring the narration and the entire series!
I really like the heroines in this series. They are practical and realistic women. They are alot like me! Melanie is awesome and i adore her right along with Aimee and Sarah from the previous two installments.
GREAT NARRATION!!! Wonderful performance! Really good with all the voices and accents etc.
I have laughed out loud more than once. I have smiled and grimaced and really been a part of this world whilst listening. This whole series is one that once i start a book, i can't stop and have to listen straight through... :]
Can't wait to get the next one!!! I want to be an Immortal Gaurdian! (or the girlfriend to one, at the very least!)....
I have really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this series. I like how we get to know Sebastian better in this book. Things that were hinted about in the first books we revisit in this book. Highly recommend all of the books in this series.
I have already listen to it twice. I like where the storyline is going
Just as good as the first two, love all the characters
Yes, this is the best
Yes, I loved when they tracked down the bad guy and Amy was able to get her revenge.
Can't wait for the next book in the series.
There is so much drama,suspense and action in every chapter! This is a very moving love story between Bastian and Melanie.
Bastian. Who doesnt love a wounded soul?
I thought Kirsten Potter did a great job. Loved her voice!
Fast paced romance and danger
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. I am smitten with her stories and characters. The stories will not disappoint!!!
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I loved the book and the reader. It had action and love senses that were hot and I love hot. And at times I had to laugh at the way the main lady talked to her new lover. He was like a man from the 1800's and had no problem telling her just how he wanted to make her feel good. And she had no trouble keeping him on his toes and making him feel like she thought he was no big deal and she could take him or leave him. But her body told him different. Well going forward in the book things change and the twists and turns kept me into the book and I loved it. I'll wait for the next book to come out. I read the first two as this was the third in the series. But I can't really remember them so I'm going back to read them all over again. I love to laugh and feel the HOT togetherness in these books along with action that has you holding your breath one minute and laughing the next. I would pay a credit for it.
There was a story line that branched off. The characters are developed and the interactions between them are humorous and endearing. You feel vested in all relationships and their interactions. The romance is believable and sensual.
Her other books, Night Reigns, same author. They are good but Jeanine Frost is better. The story makes you want more.
She did all the characters very well. You feel vested. She brings them to life.
I actually did listen in one day. After trying some other books with disappointment I have listen to all her books several times. It makes for a clean house.
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