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Chasing the Shadows (Nikki & Michael #3)

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Four wealthy women kidnapped.

Three ransoms demanded and paid.

Two bodies returned, mutilated and drained of blood.

One man determined to avenge the wrongs of his past.

Nikki James is in San Francisco at the request of her partner and best friend, Jake. The wife of Jake's old friend is missing, and Jake intends to find herwhatever the cost. While the authorities believe th

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by ImaJinn Books (first published September 5th 2002)
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars



CHASING THE SHADOWS is book 3 in the Nikki and Michael series. While I do believe you can happily read this book as a standalone, I would still definitely recommend reading the books in order just because you’ll get the full range of emotions in terms of the romance between our main characters. The story and the mystery itself can work alone, but if you are a Keri Arthur fan, I would suggest starting with book one.

In this book we get a deeper insight into Nikki and Michael’s relationsh
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Felicity Heaton
Nikki and Michael are back in book three of Keri Arthur’s Nikki and Michael series. Nikki, a telepath and telekinetic, has had enough of playing house and waiting for Michael’s return from a mission. Things have been going well for the duo, but their relationship is still strained by Michael’s old-world ways sometimes. It’s nice to have a little tension in the relationship as it grows, but sometimes I felt it was overdone. The story this time takes us to San Francisco, and back to Jake, Nikki’s ...more
Sarah
May 14, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Nikki and Michael series & I'd strongly recommend that you read the series in order. Although I won't give spoilers for Chasing the Shadows in this review it will be impossible not to include things that may spoil the previous books so if you're new to the series I'd recommend you read the reviews for Dancing with the Devil. This is a series I'm thoroughly enjoying so I'd definitely recommend you check it out!

Nikki & Michael have now been a couple for several month
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Tiffany
Apr 18, 2010 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Delve deeper into the mind of Michael

This is the third book in the Nikki and Michael series by Keri Arthur. This book starts off four months later, where Nikki and Michael are living together. Michael is off on an assignment and is returning home . He gets information that he’s needed on another case in San Francisco. He says that he’ll do it but first he wants to get home to Nikki, though she’s not there, she’s already in San Francisco.

Nikki’s friend and boss Jake called Nikki to come to help
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Dianne
Chasing the Shadows by Keri Arthur is filled with all the ingredients for a good paranormal romance, like murder, mystery, love with that electric spark between Nikki and Michael that ignites passion, intense feelings and some fierce disagreements. Michael is very protective and Nikki is strong-willed and needs to feel she is an equal partner in their relationship. The problem is, as Nikki’s special powers grow, she has to struggle to keep them under control. Heading off to help Jake with a vamp ...more
Beth
Chasing the Shadows is a heart pounding, non-stop, emotionally enthralling story. From page one, Keri Arthur hooked us with her memorizing characters and the dark magical world brought to life from Arthur's imagination. Bringing us a story that really hits home with our characters, new revelations and a battle for compromise, I found Chasing the Shadows my favorite Nikki & Michael story so far.

This ARC copy of Chasing the Shadows was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Dell in exc
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Sanny
Sep 28, 2013 Sanny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Once again 3.5 stars

I really like this series and Keri Arthur knows how to keep you engaged throughout her books and there’s never anything that makes me lose interest or bores me…

…BUT Nikki and Michael’s back and forward drives me insane. As soon as one of them is on board with their relationship the other ones starts doubting it. The most obvious solution in the world would be to start TALKING instead of screaming and butting heads.

I really get their points of view but the way they go about s
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Deniz
Feb 26, 2014 Deniz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, paranormal, kickass
This is my favorite book in the series!

Arthur's world building is again fantastic. I love the world she created. Each book in the series add on to it. There are all kinds of different beings and elements added in this one as well.

The plot is rather predictable but very entertaining. This is a page turner! Lots of action, fantasy and the love story of Nikki and Michael make for a fun read.

But my favorite part is the character building. And in fact this is the best in the entire series. Yes, I kn
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Cindyg
Mar 15, 2011 Cindyg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Damn this installment really made me nervous...Nikki and Michael are sooooo damn stubborn. Just the right about of action and passion. Nikki is really evolving but in to what who knows, not even Seline can get a handle all the changes that she's experiencing. Michael is not afraid to put his heart out there but he's scared to death of losing Nikki and he fights tooth and fang to keep her out of trouble but trouble just a knack of finding her and she's to hard headed to back away. She heads right ...more
Glenna Jones
Nov 12, 2016 Glenna Jones rated it it was amazing
At least he realizes that he needs her in his life.
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Book Info

ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Dell (first published September 5th 2002)
original title Chasing the Shadows
ISBN 0345538722 (ISBN13: 9780345538727)
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series Nikki & Michael #3
characters Nikki James, Michael Kelly
Source:Netgalley EARC


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BOOK SYNOPSIS


A QUESTION OF LUST

Nikki James is in San Francisco at the request of her partner and best friend, Jake. The wife of an old friend is missing, and Jake intends to find h
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Jeannie Zelos
Jan 11, 2014 Jeannie Zelos rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Shadows. Keri Arthur.

ARC provided by Netgalley.

This series just gets better and better. Each book builds on the adventures the duo have had in the past, and the dangers they've faced. Michael has just returned from a vampire hunt, expecting to have some much needed time with Nikki when Seline, leader of the Circle, contacts him to say he's needed in a new hunt. He's not happy about it but finally agrees he's the best person for the job, and although he was looking forward to seeing N
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 03, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it
Michael has been spending a lot of time on missions for the Circle lately and not nearly enough time with Nikki; he misses her terribly. And Nikki misses him – but is equally frustrated that they’re apart because he won’t take her on missions with him. This comes to a head more and more as Nikki rejects his constant protectiveness, his refusal to let her go into any kind of danger and risk and his insistence that she stay at home.

Especially since she has a case – as a private detective with Jake
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Amy A
Sep 11, 2013 Amy A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing the Shadows begins four months after Hearts in Darkness: Nikki and Michael Book 2 and finds Michael returning to the home they share after a three week absence doing work for the Circle. His anticipation of seeing Nikki after so long a separation is hampered by the fact that she's not home when he gets there. She left to go work on a case with Jake in San Francisco. Turns out, it's the same case the Circle now needs Michael to look into as well, the kidnapping and subsequent brutal murde ...more
Danielle Schneider


I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have had an infatuation with Keri Arthur from her Riley Jensen Guardian series to it's subsequent Dark Angels spin-off and now the her Nikki and Michael series. From what I understand these books were published some time ago but are getting a bit of a face-lift and being re-released. It was the perfect opportunity for me to read some more of her writings. The first too books I have read and r
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Melliane
Oct 17, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I was curious to read the third book. I must say that Nikki and Michael are finally together for our pleasure, something we have been waiting for since the first volume. But nothing is simple, and many things are waiting for our little couple.

Finally, as I said our heroes live together, but Nikki is still apart from his life for the Circle. And you can imagine that she really doesn’t like it, it’s not even something she readily accepts. But whatever happens,
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Austine (NovelKnight)
Keri Arthur kept the pace of Hearts in Darkness going in this third installment of the Nikki & Michael series. The couple has had their ups and downs, especially as Michael is trying to do everything he can to keep Nikki safe, even if it means hiding his work from her. For anyone who read the first two books, you know that Nikki isn’t one to be left in the shadows when she can be doing something useful. Chasing the Shadows was a great continuation of this series and definitely made me want m ...more
Sharon Tyler
Nov 07, 2013 Sharon Tyler rated it liked it
Chasing the Shadows is the third book in the Nikki and Michael series by Keri Arthur. Micheal is finally coming home to Nikki after months away working, only to discover that Nikki is already investigating the next case he has been assigned to. The wife Jake's friend is missing, and Jake intends to find her regardless of the cost. The authorities believe the kidnappings to be the work of a sick mind, but Nikki knows that the truth is something much worse, particularly after she forms an unexpect ...more
Tory Michaels
Oct 10, 2013 Tory Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As usual, Keri Arthur swept me away into her Nikki and Michael’s wonderful world. The growing love story between the two of them is certainly fun to watch as the “old man” tries to adapt to a 20th (21st) century woman who’s determined not to be left behind or coddled.

The mystery kept me intrigued throughout the book, not having any clue who might actually be behind it and why the murderer was taking the victims they did. Michael of course figures it out, thanks to his mental abilities.

Speaking o
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LilyElement
Chasing the Shadows is book three in the Nikki & Michael series. The book can be read as a standalone, but I highly suggest you read these in order. If you choose to read them out of order, you will miss out on what happened between the two main characters, how they got together, their previous missions, etc. Anyway onto the characters.

Nikki is restless just sitting around waiting for Michael to come back from missions he deems too dangerous for her to tag along. So when Jake, her former bos
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Steph
Chasing the Shadows is the 3rd book in the Nikki & Michael series, so some series spoilers may exist.

Reading Order:
Dancing with the Devil (Nikki & Michael, #1) by Keri Arthur Hearts in Darkness (Nikki & Michael, #2) by Keri Arthur Chasing the Shadows (Nikki & Michael, #3) by Keri Arthur

In Chasing the Shadows Nikki and Michael have been living together for a little under four months. Michael returned to her, after leaving (view spoiler) until he "got the beast back under control". He's now realized that "after living alone for over three hundred and
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Grete
Since the beginning of their relationship, vampire Michael has wanted to keep Nikki safe, and to do that he has to keep her apart from his working life with The Circle. As a private investigator Nikki knows that sometimes you can’t protect someone by keeping them ignorant or keep them safe without smothering them and this often leads to heated arguments. When her partner Jake is asked to look into the disappearance of a friend’s wife, she is more than ready to show Michael she can take care of h ...more
Shari Kay
Nov 29, 2015 Shari Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
Well... I'm thinking this author just isn't my cuppa.

The heroine, Nikki, was a biotch. She was like a dog with a bone. What happened to, "I have an eternity to convince him"? She's been with him 4mo. But if she doesn't get her own way she's gonna leave Michael. Yeah, leave him before bitterness sets in. Four months... wow, way to hang in there kiddo. This is the same guy you said you'd die for and refused to live without in book 2. Yea,that guy.

And what did she do to prove she could work with h
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Jenni Ebba
Jun 15, 2013 Jenni Ebba rated it liked it
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
At long last Nikki and Michael's relationship has become what it could have always been. Michael isn't playing the "I'm a creature of the night; I don't deserve love" card, but there are still issues. In this latest installment of Keri Arthur's Nikki and Michael series Nikki is on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Four women have been kidnapped, ransomed and when two of womens' loved ones paid the ransom they received their mutilated corpses
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Artemiz
Dec 05, 2014 Artemiz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
Chasing the Shadows by Keri Arthur was not a good story for me. I have not read the previous two books, so I knew nothing about Nikki and Michael and this book does not give much of background information to help a reader along, if they stumbled on this book first. It's not a stand alone story, since here are a lot of hints about previous fights, victims, friends, lovers ... but they are just empty hints, without any additional information, more like page filler than delicious crumbs that make y ...more
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 22, 2013 Kirsten Lenius rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chasing the Shadows is the third book in the Nikki and Michael series which is Urban Fantasy in genre and involves vampires.

Women are being kidnapped and held for ransom, but even though it was paid, the bodies are beginning to turn up, murdered and horribly mutilated.

After his near death, Jake agreed to go to San Francisco to work as a Security Manager at a fancy hotel, in hopes that this rather unexciting job would allow him time
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Susan
Sep 28, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Having enjoyed reading Arthur's work before, I was thrilled to have the chance to read and review Chasing the Shadows. I have not read the previous books in this particular series however Arthur was able to quickly catch me up to speed while at the same time throwing me right in the middle of the action. Michael was returning home having just finished a case only to be given a new one that Nikki had already agreed to look into. The reader quickly learns that despite having worked together in the ...more
Betty-Braden
(I received this book as an ARC copy from NetGalley.)

"Four wealthy women kidnapped. Three ransoms demanded and paid. Two bodies returned, mutilated and drained of blood. One man determined to avenge the wrongs of his past. Nikki James'partner and best friend, Jake has asked her to help him find the missing wife of an old friend. Michael Kelly has followed Nikki to San Francisco, not only to keep her safe, but because he fears the psychic talents she's beginning to develop and can't control. As t
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Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!)
Jul 20, 2013 Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!) rated it really liked it
Michael’s reluctance to have her assistance on cases for the Damask Circle, her lack of work since Jake’s injuries on their last case, and seclusion in a cabin she shares with Michael has Nikki wondering if she made the right decision. The restlessness encompassing her soul begins to ease when Jake invites her to San Francisco to aid in a case. With Michael on another case without her, she ceases the opportunity to do what she loves most, find trouble.

When Michael goes to San Francisco at the r
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Mara
Jul 24, 2013 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
3.5
"Nikki & Michael" walks the line between UF and PNR. The main focus is always on the leading couple, but there's no denying that the external plot is UF and interesting at that.

After three books the plot does seem a little bit repeated: vamp serial killer on the rampage, Nikki follows into peril, Michael gets furious. This time though it's the lady that saves the day (yeah!).
This is not to say that Chasing the shadows is in any way boring. The romantic thread will avoid it :) There are a
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs
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