RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Lorna: Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians #6) by Dianne Duvall (@DianneDuvall , @Mollykatie112)

Shadows StrikeThe Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…

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Shadows Strike
by Dianne Duvall

Series
Immortal Guardians #6

Genre
Paranormal Romance
Urban Fantasy

Publisher
Zebra

Publication Date
August 25, 2015

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This series is one of my top paranormal series that I read, and I read more than my share of them, I found this book on Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review, and I jumped at the chance to read it. I always look forward to any book by this author.

Heather has been having the same dream for a year. So she has started putting herself in the situation from her dream every morning before dawn. This involves going outside and sitting in a clearing until a group of vampires comes. Of course she doesn’t believe in vampires but still… And one day it happens-just as she dreamed it. She gets involved in fighting the vampires along side of a vampire that has starred in dreams of a different sort as well-the bedroom kind. Only he is more than just a vampire.Thus begins the relationship between Ethan, an immortal guardian, and Heather, a telepath.

Immortal guardians are people that have the vampire virus along with something in their DNA that gives them an extra gift. Those that are gifted are immortal, while vampires without gifts slowly go crazy if they aren’t killed. Immortal guardians are tasked with ridding the world of vampires before they become insane. In this author’s world building, humans do not know about vampires or immortal guardians-except for a select few that are liaisons between the human and immortal guardian world.

An ancient villain is creating vampire armies, one of which starts by wiping out a small island military installment. It’s up to the guardians to find where the army is hiding and destroy them.That’s the basic premise, but the romance between Ethan and Heather is really the crux of the story for me. Ethan is not as old as the others, at only about a hundred years or so. This means he isn’t quite as strong as the others either. Happily for Ethan, he finds out that Heather is not only having precognitive dreams, but she can also read minds. This means she is one of the few that can be changed to an immortal guardian. She is also daughter of a general, and has been helping him in situations where people could be lying in high security type jobs or other things of that sort.

I thought the premise was very well thought out and constructed by the author. With each of these books, more layers are added to the story. In other words, more characters, more villains, more background, and of course more world building is interwoven into the plot making for a more complex story from one book to the next. Always a good thing. Each book features a different couple, but the premises take the romance and add action and life or death moments at any given moment.This book had very detailed fight scenes between immortal guardians and vampires, so much so, that the reader is drawn right into the action. at least it feels that way.The pacing of the story was perfect for a book of this ilk.

The romance between Ethan and Heather was sweet, but also very sensual. Their meeting and subsequent relationship was easy and their chemistry together more than hot-from the beginning, although it’s not an immediate jump into a relationship thing. It was good to see Ethan get his happy ever after, especially since he was so hurt when his long, but loveless(on her part) relationship with another guardian was broken off. And something else I enjoyed about this read? The inclusion of a new ancient happens in this installment, and I am already wondering when he will get his own book and happy ever after, as well. Unless he’s not a good guy. Hopefully he will be!

If you enjoy paranormal books and vampires in particular, I highly recommend this book. Of course it’s for adults only. Always a non-stop read for me!

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The review copy of this book was suppklied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About Dianne Duvall

Dianne DuvallDianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and “wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews).

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she so loves to create in her books.

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