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Chasing the Shadows

(Nikki & Michael #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,738 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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 her—whatever 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—especially since she seems to have an unexpected psychic link to the killer. B ...more
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 relatio
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
Mica Thornton
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I actually enjoyed this book..
Typically I don't like books that have too much sexual content but tbh.. It fits.. Just that their minds are so blended and they feel each other the same as they feel their own emotions..
I love Michael anyway and towards the end I really liked Nikki.. Thought she was a bit of a brat at the beginning but she warmed up to me.

Good story and great characters.
May 14, 2010 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 months but al
Mar 22, 2010 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
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
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 exchang
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, kickass, paranormal
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
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
Alana Byers-crawford
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ahh so good!
I'm so glad Arthur kept Nikki true to her character and beliefs and didn't turn her into a damsel that sat around waiting for her man. Nikki has never and will never be that.
I loved seeing more action with Jake and nearly cried at his misfortune.
The fighting between Nikki and Michael started getting a bit repetitive and was glad Arthur finally resolved it so we don't need to read about it anymore.
I like the new addition of ghosts and getting more understanding of the actual conne
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series! Loved this one best.

Another good story. If you haven't read the other two books do before this one. I love the story of these two and the back and forth between them. The one part near the end was sad but I knew it would happen to someone. I love how she is getting more powerful. I can see a lot more books about these three!
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! Nikki and Michael are chasing the smell of evil to San Francisco. Here Nikki's talents further develop as she takes a ghostly dive in a cemetery. Book three in this series is the best by far. You will get misty eyed at Nikki's loss and smile at the sweet ending!
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lync Lync
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appears to be the last in the trilogy (from the Author's website) yet there is so much still unresolved and only hinted at ...
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
Action packed and a wee bit sad.

I love this duo, Nikki and Michael are one heck of a paranormal team.
Beth Curl
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Really loved it.
Sharon Parsons
Re-read series after many years and throughly enjoyed this great series
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really have no clue what to say. The story is great as always, but it left me very sad.
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)
series Nikki & Michael #3
characters Nikki James, Michael Kelly
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Nikki James is in San Francisco at the request of her partner and best friend, Jake. The wife of an old friend is
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 15, 2012 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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 03, 2013 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
Amy A
Aug 23, 2013 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
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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 r
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's a ridiculous OTT melodrama for teens only. Female MC is a tiresome martyr. There are a lot of holes in the story eg why the 'The Circle' is of no help, even with a psychic in charge who should know more, & could send help.
WTF Dialogue:
"No woman deserves to die the way this women did" Nikki said softly, "Not even a prostitute." -very nice!
"Death is an ever present danger of the trade, & every client a potential nut case" Jake said with very little sympathy in his voice." - that's the case fo
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
Tory Michaels
Oct 10, 2013 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
Sharon Tyler
Nov 07, 2013 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
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 hun
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 boss th
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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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