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Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians #5.5)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  667 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Across dimensions . . .
A gifted one, Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, but he knows better than to make contact with them. Yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.
Book after book, Duvall brings
ebook, 112 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Zebra
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Jan 15, 2016 Dali rated it it was amazing
In Phantom Embrace, Dianne Duvall gives us the bittersweet story of Immortal Guardian Yuri Sokolov and Catherine Seddon. Don’t misunderstand, it’s a great story told like only Dianne can and it does have a happy ending. It’s just that loving a ghost has its drawbacks. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Yuri’s immortal existence can be summed up in three words: “hunt, sleep, repeat.” For centuries he’s had his kindred and duties as a guardian. He’s also felt a deep loneliness. But since he was tr
Dec 25, 2015 AJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

I read this novella as part of the On The Hunt collection, and loved it!

Book 5.5 of the Immortal Guardians series, this short gives us the story of Immortal Guardian Yuri. Time-wise, it takes place during the events of Night Unbound, Zach and Lisette’s story, which is a hugely intense time for the Immortal Guardians. They are facing down an enemy unlike any they have seen before, and the warriors are under threat and gearing up for an epic battle.

But while it’s all going down, Yuri is f
Nov 03, 2015 Emalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Note: I already read Phantom Embrace, when it got out in On The Hunt. Here is what I wrote for it.

I already knew how this one would end, since I read the other books in the Immortal Guardians series, but this novella makes the end of Night Unbound so much more bearable. The relationship between Yuri and Cat was cute and heartbreaking and I kind of hope to hear from those two again in a later Immortal Guardians book, but I'm not sure if it w
Waaaaaah :( I didn't realize I'd read this short as a part of the On the Hunt anthology in 2015. So, the wait continues for the next full installment, Untitled.

Review: Duvall's short was the perfect salve for the wound left by the events of Night Unbound. The short picks up in the midst of/toward the latter half of the story told in that full installment.

Yuri Sokolov has always been able to see spirits however he's learned that to acknowledge them isn't always the best course of action. Yet, wh
Trish R.
May 18, 2017 Trish R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal lovers
Recommended to Trish by: My daughter
Phantom Embrace (Novella 5.5 of the Immortal Guardians series.)

First read October 25, 2015.

As to this novella, it shows it’s the 5.5 novella on the list of Audible books of the Immortal Guardians series but, believe me, that’s wrong. In book 5, Night Unbound, Ami had her baby but in this novella about Yuri she hasn’t had the baby yet. So it was kind of weird reading about Ami’s big belly when I had just finished the book where she was born.

Anyway, it was good that Yuri only had a novella becau
4.5-5 stars

***Warning...spoilers are present in the review of this story****

Yuri is an Immortal Guardian and has spent the past 500 years hunting vampires and protecting humanity. TBH, I was really surprised to see that he got his own story because (as you'll know if you're current on the Immortal Guardians series) he dies at the end of book #5, Night Unbound. The majority of this story takes place during the time frame of Night Unbound, explaining how Yuri (who has a gift that enables him to se
I downloaded this book yesterday and I realised after starting this story late last night that I'd already read it. Phantom Embrace is part of a collection of novellas that appear in On the Hunt which I read back in August 2015.

My Review of this story still stands:
I am already a BIG fan of Ms Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series and have read all of the 6 novels published to date plus the novella. This novella takes place during the same timeframe as the 5th book “Night Unbound” but like the other
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Originally read in the anthology On the Hunt which I rec'd from NetGalley

Immortal Guardian Yuri Sokolov can see spirits and he’s been obsessed with one he keeps seeing around. Cat Seddon has been a spirit for a very long time, but there’s something about Yuri that draws her. An immortal and a spirit, what kind of relationship are they going to have? Only one way to find out.

I love, love, love the Immortal Guardian series and this short story (#5.5) is a wonderful and unique addition to a really
Dec 09, 2015 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
Oh my god! I love the Immortal Guardians soooo much! This short story is about Yuri and Cat. The thing about Cat is, she's dead. I'm really not a big fan of ghost romance stories, because the happy endings are still sad. Somehow though, I feel in love with this story maybe cause I already loved Yuri from the other stories or because this story told about Cat, the unfortunate sister to Bastien, I'm not sure. Dianne Duvall is all about the Happy Ending and I really cried at the end of this, I'm ac ...more
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Forgot I read this in an anthology. Still good! Touching HEA for Yuri.
Ingrid Thomas
Jul 01, 2016 Ingrid Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can a love between two people in different realms exist? Can it find a way to surpass the odds and the difficulties and still bloom??

Those are the questions that Yuri and Cat need the answers to, and Dianne Duvall definitely delivers in this beautiful and bittersweet story!!!

‘So, ” Marcus spoke after a pause, “have you found it yet?“
“Found what?” Yuri asked absently, his mind a maelstrom.
“The catch, the downside to speaking to her” Yuri responded with a slow nod. “What is it?” Marcus asked

Jan 16, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dianne-duvall
NOTE: I already read this novella in the anthology "On the Hunt" by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne. This was my review of Ms. Duvall's story.

"Phantom Embrace" by Dianne Duvall. Book 5.5 in the Immortal Guardians series.

If I could give this story more than 5 stars, I would! You can read this novella as a stand alone BUT it is much more enjoyed if you have read the series. This story takes place during the same timeline as the previous book "Night Unbound" but you g
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I want to ask Dianne Duvall WHY!! did she charge $1.99 for a story her fans of the Immortal Guardians have already read? There is nothing new added to the IG storyline no new characters added. Everything in this story readers of the series have already read from the prior books in the series!! So Why? The only marginal difference is that we know Yuri who was killed in a prior book has been in love with Cat Saddon. Cat is the dead sister of the Immortal Guardian Bastian who though he was a vampir ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Jujubee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, on-nook
Dianne Duvall's heroes and world of immortals had me at book one with Roland Warbrook *swoon* Phantom Embrace was intriguing simply because it centers around two secondary characters, which in previous books did not seem to me they would ever need their own story.
So why did Yuri and Cat (Bastien's sister) find each other?
How did the author craft their romance? The author did them a solid on taking time to share their story with her readers. I won't give away anything away. And you don't have to
I just read this as part of the Anthology, "On the Hunt". This was my favourite tale in the collection. A bitter sweet romance of star crossed lovers. There are a lot of spoilers in this one so I wouldn't read it until you have read 'Night Unbound' first. I have really enjoyed this series, but somehow this short story was so much more poignant than the other full length novels. I hope the author can somehow bring Yuri and Cat back into future stories.
I did not know anything about the story going
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡

Read as a part of "on the Hunt" and reviewed there ...
Jan 24, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome as always.
Jan 12, 2017 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful filling-in of the Immortal Guardians characters with a HEA I sincerely appreciated. Thank you Ms. Duvall! And the narrator - Kirsten Potter - for an impeccable performance which is consistent between books which I find extremely delightful. Now how does SETH get his HEA, if there is such for the most powerful IG on the planet?
Athene Lipsanos
I love this series and love the writer but this one was just weird.
May 19, 2017 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome add to the series, can't wait for the next.
Aug 19, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immortal Guardians #5.5
Yuri Sokolov & Catherine (Cat) Seddon find their happily ever after in the afterlife… A very well done short story, mostly covering time we've already read about in "Night Unbound" only from Yuri & Cat's points of view. Only the very end covers a time yet unknown to us. Very well done!

To get the most out of this story, I suggest you read the entire series in order as listed below. I highly recommend this series. It's excellent!

August 19, 2016 - Kindle Edition

Nov 11, 2015 Sonja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one in the On the Hunt anthology and I was so looking forward to it. Which is why I feel bad about only giving it 3 stars...I absolutely love the Immortal Guardians series. But sadly, this one kind of disappointed me. With Yuri having died at the end of book 5, but nowhere in book 6, I was definitely curious as to what happened with him in between. I think what let me down was that a lot of this was him wooing a ghost and falling in love with her. I get it, I really do. But it was ju ...more
Buffy Kennedy
Jun 28, 2016 Buffy Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a rather interesting read. It stands alone fairly well. It’s written wonderfully to catch the reader up if they’ve not read previous books or may have forgotten anything relevant.

I love that Cat was brought back after learning of her terrible demise in book 1. Throughout the series, Stanislov and Yuri have been around, but we have not really gotten to know them much as they’ve merely been supportive roles. Now we get to know them a bit better, Yuri in particular (obviously). I have mixe
Nov 27, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
Aw Yuri.....I knew of you but not all about you.

This novella gave us a glimpse into Lisette's sports buddy and Stanislav's brother/best friend. Who know what an engaging personality he had. And Marcus, we know that falling in love with Ami had changed him but the empathy he shows to Yuri then Cat....damn, another Immortal Guardian I'm crushing on.

Cat, spirit that has walked the Earth for 2oo years after her husband killed her. Cat, sister to bad a** Bastien. Cat, who brings life to Yuri world a
Yuri can see spirits and has been following Cat for a while now. Normally he ignores the spirits he sees as he knows interaction with them always come with a catch. But one day he can't stand to feel Cat pain anymore so he decides to speak to her.
Cat is Basiten's sister. She walks the floor of David's home but is constantly drawn to Yuri. Unaware he can see her she ventures into his private rooms and watches him. That is until one day she shocks her by talking to her.
It was nice to see Yuri fal
Angie Thompson
Oct 26, 2016 Angie Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very sad and sweet

As always we have another amazing story.. I did not read this read this book in the recommended order, I've read the other stories at least 3 times each bit must've overlooked this one so it was the first time over read this. I really do not know how to feel about this book.. It was just such a sad situation. I do wish it was longer so Yuri could have interacted with Marcus or Seth at least, and we could catch a little glimpse of life after death and whatnot.. It was nice to g
Apr 25, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella is Yuri's story and without giving any spoilers (which will be a bit hard), this story goes parallel with Night Unbound, so you know the plot line and the villain. But this focuses on what is going on with Yuri at the same time, with his growing relationship with a ghost named Cat. Cat is Bastian's dead sister who died 200 years ago when her vampire turned husband killed her. Yuri can see ghosts and until her, he avoided them. He never let them know he could see them, but he is draw ...more
Jun 03, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am completely new to the world of the Immortal Guardians, and have listened to/read this story as part of the “On the Hunt” anthology. I was just thinking it was so-so at first, until it was revealed who Cat really was. I was immediately taken by that little twist of events, and wanted nothing more than to finish this story! Yuri and Cat’s story was so sweet – and bittersweet! Apparently, this short runs parallel to book #5 of this series, so if you’ve read book #5 then you already know what h ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda Felts
Dec 15, 2016 Amanda Felts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply Wonderful

This story had a rather unique storyline for a love story. It is part of a series, which I think made it that much more satisfying for me. I loved getting to know Yuri, who has only been mentioned briefly in passing in other stories. Cat is a character who we also only hear mentioned in passing, mostly regarding her tragic death and her black sheep sibling. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know her as well. The storyline was rather simple, yet rather magical in its own right
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Immortal Guardians (7 books)
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