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Phantom Shadows

(Immortal Guardians #3)

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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,568 ratings  ·  322 reviews
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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Black Sheep Stars



First read 5/2014
Reread 5/2019


OMG I fucking love me some Bastien. The Immortal black sheep just does it for me. Misunderstood, treated like shit, and excluded Bastien wasn't brought into the fold with welcome. Every time one of the others treated him shitty I wanted to reach though my book and backhand them. Richart is one of the first Immortals to treat him decent and for that I love Richart.



Sebastien Newcombe was all that was mouthwatering. He had a colored past, was lie
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

Bastien on a rampage. BEST THING EVER!!!! My favorite scene in this series so far, will probably remain so even after I read the other ones. THE BEST!


CC
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re read via audio

Original comments:

I totally enjoyed this installment in the Immortal Guardian series. Bastian is a truly tortured soul. Having lived life for 200 years believing something that was not true, he can do nothing right now and has stopped trying. Melanie is the doctor that has always looked at him and seen good when no one else does.

Yes - he fights the attraction some. But is not too hard to come around. I think his downfall into love was sweet. Usually I do not like when the heroi
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Cyndi
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really loved Bastian! He was a cranky, rule breaking badass! There wasn't anything about him that bothered me. I totally understand why he thinks and feels the way he does. I loved Melanie too- she went after what she wanted and stepped up when she was needed. They were a great couple! I liked the suspense part if the story too!
Vanessa theJeepDiva
The Immortal Guardians is a series that you really need to read in order. Dianne does a little rehashing on key points as refreshers so you’ll easily remember some of the details from the previous two books. Bastien started as in the first book Darkness Dawns a man who thought he was a vampire. He is hell bent on getting revenge against the Immortal’s who he believed killed his sister. He is now within the network of immortals that are fighting the vampires and a new unforeseen foe.

Bastien may
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Beth
Phantom Shadows is the story of Sebastien Newcombe. He is the reforming villain from Darkness Dawns. Bastien fought and even killed an Immortal before he realized he was one. Shunned by nearly every Immortal and mortal in the Guardians compound, Sebastien faces a difficult road and he chooses to face it alone.

Dr. Melanie Lipton is struggling to find a cure for the madness that eventually attacks all vampires. She befriends the vampires in her care and has always been kind to Bastien. Bastien is
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T.J. Shaw
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Didn’t think I’d like this one as much as I did. I wasn’t necessarily a big fan of Sebastian (he’s the black sheep of the immortal family) and Melanie hasn’t played a big role in the previous books. Having said that, Bastian totally grew on me! Fell in love with both him and Melanie. They’re a great PNR pairing.

In addition to the continuing plot twists in the overall story (again I was completely surprised…hand clapping for Ms. Duvall), I love the dialogue between the characters. Some
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Denisa
3.5 I liked this story more than I expected to



I liked this book, the heroes were unexpected and I loved the female character (as you may know by now, I love strong, sarcastic characters).

The story was fun and I enjoyed the plot although, true, there was nothing unexpected. Still, it was a fun book to try out :D
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Oh la la, not sure I can wait for the next one. Review to come.

Quick review:

Cover: Yum
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: HOT HOT HOT
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: I was left wanting more
Characters: Well Written
Plot: There is war and no one is safe
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Sebastian

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Okay, it’s been a while since I read this series. I spent the first several chapters trying to reacquaint myself with the series. Still this book was on the move. It m
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Malinda
4.5-5 stars

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 madne
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TJ
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the first two books in this series years ago and just remembered and decided to continue with this third story. I learned that they are definitely NOT stand-alone novels. The first 1/3 of the book was confusing, as we jump right into the world and the many characters with very little back-story to go on (and there is a LOT of character’s back stories that this book depends on.) The largest hole was Bastien’s because this entire installment revolved around him with very little explanation ...more
AJ
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better! More action, a deeply intricate plot, kickass paranormal powers, fantastically funny banter and a romance between the snarky Immortal and a sassy heroine. What more could we ask for?

We all love it when the asshole falls in love, and Bastien is an asshole. Still battling with the bitterness of his past, he has major trust issues. He is ostracised by the majority of the Immortals due to his shady history and his more recent past as their enemy, and is an an
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Dianne Duvall has created an intriguing paranormal world with alluring romances in her Immortal Guardian series that is heightened with its newest release, Phantom Shadows.

Sebastien Newcombe use to fight against the Immortals with his army of Vampires, now he fights alongside them but no one fully trusts him. And why should they when he killed one of their own? Bastien doesn’t seek acceptance though, or so he tells himself. But when Dr. Melanie Lipton enters the picture and ignites feelings ins
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Cocktails and Books
I have truly enjoy the Immortal Guardian series. Dianne Duvall has created such a fabulous world where Gift Ones, lead by Seth and David, fight to save humans from the evil clutches of vampires and those that would use them as weapons to gain world domination. Each story demonstrates how living hundreds of years could put a slant on how a Gift One would view the world and the job they do to save it, until they find the one person who makes them whole.

Given Bastien's confusion over who he was and
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Naudia
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Uh, yeah. With three chapters left i'm soooo over this book. I loved Bastien and was really looking forward to his story but this is just not what i expected. I wanted more for and from him, and i'm just not a fan of the woman being the aggressor, at least not the whole dang time. =D

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Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe
Sebastian Newcombe is the black sheep of the Immortal Guardian. Dr. Melanie Lipton contacted him to let him know about Vincent’s mind’s decline to madness, a vampire that is under his wing. They met with Bastien combing and blasting through the network, bloody and creating chaos. As per first meetings, theirs was an unusual one.

The attraction was instant for Melanie, and he sees what everyone doesn’t see in Bastien, compassion and care for others. As for Bastien, he found something in Melanie th
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Dee
4.5 Stars

This is another series that I have loved right from the very start and have eargerly awaited for this installment to be released! I fully appreciate that it takes time for an author to write a book that is of high quality and for it to be published, but I really wish the process was a lot quicker....Yet again I struggled in places with this one as I racked my brain to remember events or characters of the past. I know that at times we often groan about the amount of background informatio
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Ira
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This is Sebastian's story, he is the bad boy in the group!
He is a very interesting guy who use to fight the immortal because a big misunderstanding.

I kind of feeling sorry for him and love his 'don't care' attitude but he is so sweet to his very understanding girl:)

Still multi POV, but since the story continuing from the earlier books, all good!:)

*off to the next book*
Aissa
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We need more!!!! 2013 is too long to wait!
Trish R.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked paranormal
Recommended to Trish by: My daughter
Excellent.. As was book 1, the day before yesterday, and book 2 yesterday..

I first read this around September 25th, 2013. The third in the Immortal Guardian series and I have to admit I liked it better than Kresley Coles’s Immortals After Dark series, of which I read the first 14 then stopped. There was just something more exciting about these books, better storylines, and the characters were so much more likable. But, that’s just my opinion.

AnyWHO, I Love, love, loved Sebastien and Melanie’s st
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Lucy Dosch
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Bastian Newcombe has spent the past two centuries hating the Immortal Guardians. He believed that his pregnant sister was slaughtered, drained of her blood, and his brother-in-law forever changed into a vampire at the hands of a vicious Guardian. Then Bastian too was changed by his brother-in-law, a man he greatly admired, and who he watched descend into madness until he was murdered by the Guardian, Roland Warbrook, the same Guardian who Blaise said was responsible for his sister’s death.

Basti
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Debrac2014
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story line and characters! I like Melanie and Bastien together! I enjoyed the scene where Sarah kicked Bastien's butt! Now I'm interested in Zach!
Shauni
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so very excited about this book, it is one that has been on my waiting list since I finished Night Reigns (the second book in the Immortal Guardians Series). The problem that so often happens when expectations grow like that is the book falls flat.. WHOOOO EEEEE Can I just say that did so NOT happen. Dianne Duvall has started the snowball rolling in her Immortal Guardian Series and it has hit Avalanche speed!

In Book Three, the Vampire King is dead but now humans have gotten in on the deal.
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Jen Davis
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoy a redemption story and I’ve been hoping to get one for Bastien from the beginning. It didn’t disappoint. In fact, I’m learning that the Immortal Guardians series is pretty much guaranteed to deliver exactly what I am looking for, every time I pick up another installment.

Bastien is almost universally despised by the other Immortals. After all, he was essentially the villain of book 1, but it wasn’t his fault. He truly believed that he was a vampire and that the Immortals were the enemy
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Buffy Kennedy
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a work of art. There’s so many amazing things that I loved about it that I don’t even know where to start! Let’s go simple and start with our stars. We meet Melanie briefly in book 2, but she really shines in this book. She’s strong and brave for a human, and she’s more than willing to stand up for who and what she believes in. Bastien is the villain from book 1, so naturally he’s not exactly voted most popular with the Network or the Immortals, but we get to know a side of him that ...more
BiblioJen
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2013
3.5 stars

Hmmm ... so, I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. If you are looking for the intense, ramped up Black Dagger Brotherhood-esque stories? These are not the droids you're looking for. If you want emotionally damaged men, saved by falling in love with good women, with a minimum of relationship angst? BINGO! You have won the gift card to the Friday night buffet at David's house.

Some of the elements that worked in the first two books got a bit tired by round three. I was hear
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Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Picks up where the last book (Night Reigns) left off. Melanie is a doctor working for the Network. Bastien is an Immortal who had gone after the other Immortals for Personal Reasons. Realizing they were huge misunderstandings (aren't they all?), he's realized his mistakes. Both were interested in each other in the previous book, so I was excited to read their story in this one.
I liked that Melanie took the lead, because Bastien had worries over how she would be treated once it became known they
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Hannah
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-proudly-own
This was a great one. I was hoping this one was Sebastian's book. Melanie is such a sweetheart and never the push over she stood tall when she needed to and when Bastian needed her to. I love how the Immortal Guardian's opinion of Bastian didn't change over night he is having to gain their trust one at a time.
*Flora*
2018 Review
I'm just re-reading the Immortal Guardian series as book 8 Awaken the Darkness will be published on 10th July 2018 and I wanted to reacquaint myself with the characters and remind myself of the action so far... Bastien was one of my favourite characters, I'm glad to say my love for his hasn't diminished.

2017 Review
You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

So, what did I like about it?
I have become a definite fan of Ms Duvall’s writing style and find her book
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Christi Snow
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Last year, this was one of my new favorite series and I have been dying for Bastien's book. The original bad-guy (in book #1) this is an Immortal that has been on the outside for much too long, when he didn't know any better.

Now, three books later, he has settled into the Immortals group, although no one is very comfortable with the fact. He is daily faced with outright distrust and aggression. What makes this so heartbreaking is the fact that he's truly a good guy. He's always out th
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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choic

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Immortal Guardians (9 books)
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  • Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5)
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“I stole some of your lollipops.”
“Really. Well, if you’re in the mood to lick something . . .”
She laughed.
“We can hear you,” Seth called.
“So?” Marcus countered and kissed his wife again.
“So she’s like a daughter to me, jackass.”
“Yeah,” David seconded. “There’s a reason I poured thousands of dollars into soundproofing your bedroom.”
“Hmm.” Marcus sounded thoughtful. “I do believe your family is trying to tell me I should take you to bed.”
“That isn’t what I— oh screw it,” Seth muttered.”
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“I’m a grown woman and can take care of myself. If someone has a problem with my feelings for Bastien and thinks I shouldn’t get involved with him because they don’t like him, they can kiss my merry mortal ass.” 4 likes
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