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Phantom Shadows: Immortal Guardians, Book 3 | [Dianne Duvall]

Phantom Shadows: Immortal Guardians, Book 3

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 12-07-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2015

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    "AN ADDICTIVE PULSE POUNDING PARANORMAL TALE"

    Loved each and every book so far but I advise listening to them in order to get the most out of the Immortal Guardians and each of their adventures.

    Bastien is a hunky, handsome, misunderstood Immortal who's still brooding on delusions from decades past which has led him to be the most disliked Immortal and is alienated by his fellow Guardians, and that of course just makes us like and root for him - the hurting underdog - all the more. This book contains an action packed storyline that's full of suspense, intrigue, passion and humour that has me begging Ms Duvall for more more more please.

    Worth a credit? Yes definately and if you liked Lords of The Underworld and/or The Black Dagger Brotherhood then I'm sure you'll think so too (but if you haven't heard of these books before.... firstly, where have you been? and then secondly, check them out ASAP!!).

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 11-03-12
    Wendy HAWKINSVILLE, GA, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great Book!"
    Would you listen to Phantom Shadows again? Why?

    Yes! I really like the charaters and story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my avorite character is Seth! I can't wait to see how his story plays out.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. She is very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed it alot. It was a great listen.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thomas 11-02-12
    M. Thomas 11-02-12

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    "Phantom Shadows - I Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this series was very good, made me laugh, cry and sigh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sebastien and Melanie. I loved Melanie's assertiveness, you usually do not read that in the heroines, but she was a refreshing character. As for Bastien, almost every one loves the bad boy, and an underdog to boot, what's not to love.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me laugh many times and close to tearing up a time or two.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 11-18-12
    Donna Pennsburg, PA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2014

    I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.

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    "Done and waiting for Book 4!!!"

    Phantom Shadows was as good as the rest of the books in the series. Bastien is one of my favorites and was happy his story was told. I love the Immortal Guardians and am looking forward to the next books in the series. Kirsten Potter as always gives each character his/her due. Wonderful... Start with book 1. =]

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-05-14 Member Since 2014

    itsallaboutthestory

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    "AGAIN I SAY AWESOME!!"

    I love this series. If you have any questions about it check out my other reviews. I've listened to all of the series and loved every minute.
    In this story Bastien, the bad guy from book one, an Immortal who thought he was a vampire is trying to help keep a few of his men from book one from going insane from the vampire virus. Bastien has a lot of issues, he doesn't feel like he fits in with the other Immortals, there's too much rivalry from his past for the comfort of the others. However, Dr. Melanie Lipton sees through his brash attitude to the sensitive man underneath the bluster. Bastien fights his attraction to Melanie but she won't have it. Their story is really sweet. There's plenty of stuff going on with the other characters as well. You will want to listen to it all at once.
    I recommend this for adults only. Worth the cash or credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 04-08-13
    BluBumbleB 04-08-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "GET THIS BOOK!"
    What did you love best about Phantom Shadows?

    There are so many things I loved best about this book--the love story, the action, the humor, great narration, it's just SUCH a great paranormal series I can't believe it took me so long to finally listen to it. I had Darkness Dawns in my library forever before I listened to it, once I had, I immediately bought the next two in the series and Phantom Shadows has to be the best so far, I can't wait for the next one!


    What other book might you compare Phantom Shadows to and why?

    So far, I haven't read/listened to any series that I can compare to Phantom Shadows, although I'd like to find one that I can get into as much as I have this series.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    The primary male immortal leads from each book are definitely my favorites--I could listen to the world according to Bastian, Roland and Marcus all day long.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Twilight meets X-MEN and then some!


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book and the series! Well worth a credit or an outright purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Myhre 01-09-13
    Sara Myhre 01-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVED this book!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Lipton


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Sebastian


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed out loud several times


    Any additional comments?

    So sad I have to wait till October for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Queens, NY, United States 11-17-12
    Mari Queens, NY, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "REALLY!!!! How long until the next BOOK!!"
    Would you listen to Phantom Shadows again? Why?

    WOW! I just love the intertwining that Duvall writes. Her growth from book to book is AWESOME! Never losing sight of prior characters introducing new characters - FABULOUS!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ami - she is strong, she is fearless - she is weak, she is afraid - she is HUMAN! so giving of herself.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her take on the voices - the quips, emotion just spot one. you can HEAR the body language - that's how GOOD she is!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Wanting more just wanting more - Zach? Cousins? Seth? So many more books to go in the series - SO EXCITED!!


    Any additional comments?

    When is the next book coming OUT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cyn 01-05-15
    cyn 01-05-15
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    "Beautiful story can hardly wait to read the next"

    Bastien is finally in the fold, and am dying to read about Marcus and Amy
    With there special surprise, who knows what will happen next. Keeping my finger,s cross for Cliff

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-01-15 Member Since 2014

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Really Loved IT!"

    Listened for fun (Audible)
    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.

    Audio Thoughts:

    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*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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