Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians #3)
by Dianne Duvall
by Dianne Duvall
October 1st 2012 by Zebra
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 . . .
Bastien Newcombe is definitely misunderstood. Having lost his beloved sister and only recently learning of the real murderer, Bastien has spent almost all of his Immortal life hating the wrong man. Among the first ever to create an army of sorts out of maddening vampires is quite the task for one Immortal but Bastien has done so in past novels. But as the saying goes, "Cut off one head and another grows." The phrase is actually used in Phantom Shadows because Bastien was the very first adversary of the Immortal Guardians. Now, he has joined ranks with the Immortals and fight with them.
Possessing the talent to feel the emotions of others with one touch has given Bastien glimpses into Melanie's heart. He is impressed by her kind and loving nature and especially that of hr treatment of the vampires he has come to know has friends. In the Immortal Guardian series vampires are humans who have been infection with a virus. The affects is such they gain all the enhancements we've come to associate with vamps. The big different between vamps and Immortals is that of how the virus affects the body in the long run. Vamps slowly slip into a psychosis while Immortal retain all their screws. Immortals have to have been previous 'gifted ones' which is something different with their DNA and accepts to virus willing. I apologize for my brief explanation and even then I likely screwed up something but you get the picture. Malanie is the doctor at the Network and test the vampires from Bastien's old army with each vamps full consent. The Network hopes to find a cure. What Melanie has devised so far is an antidote to a sedative that the adversaries are using.
Bastien, with all intent and purpose to help the vampire-kind, shares a common bond with Melanie and their relationship begins from there. With Melanie and Bastien working together there is no stopping the positive results they achieve. Melanie is not interested in all the bad things said and thought of with Bastien, she decided to make her own judgement on the matter and she decides that he's worth something. Reading the two fall in love is beyond charming. I could not help but to love the character couple.
The end...... is mind-blowing. Something new is brewing and I am all the more eager to read on. The only downside to the novel was that the previous main character from book two, Ami, seemed to high-jack the last half of Phantom Shadows. Not to mention the climax didn't seem as heightened. But, all in all, I could not place this book down!
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