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Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians series) by [Duvall, Dianne]
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"The narrator Kirsten Potter continues to make the audiobook exciting." ---On My Shelves

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The 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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  • Publisher: Zebra (Aug. 25 2015)
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  • Language: English
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By Evampire TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2015
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Heather’s nightmares come true and she’s suddenly flung into the middle of a war between predators and protectors of humanity and she can’t be sure who to trust in this thrilling action-packed paranormal romance. This series gets more intense and exciting with every story as the one of the Others continues to wreak havoc around the world. The fascinating and suspenseful world enthralls me every time and as I finished this one I reached the conclusion that it’s only going to get better as the Immortals joined by a few trustworthy humans try to stop Armageddon. Note: for the full impact of the continuing war, this series is best read in sequence.

See my full review at: Paranormal Haven .com
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By JLR on Sept. 2 2015
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Just awesome! I love this series and was counting down the days for this release and it didn't disappoint! If you haven't read this series I highly recommend it I wasn't a fan of paranormal romance until reading the novella In still darkness which is 4th in the series I believe I read it in a matter of hours I couldn't put it down, then went out and bought the entire series! Love it and really can't wait for the next book!
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I absolutely love this series! Fiery love...heartstopping action...immortality...mystery...evil...hope. Each character has strengths that complement the team. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. Don't make us wait too long.
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Smoking hot book with great suspense.. Can't wait for the next installment
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35fb7b0) out of 5 stars Excellent addition to series! Aug. 25 2015
By A Voracious Reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*Book source ~ NetGalley

Heather Lane is a telepath, but how does she keep her telepathy a secret and still help people in need? By passing herself off as a FACS specialist to the government agencies who hire her. In other words, they think she can read micro facial expressions to tell if someone is telling the truth or lying. While she’s always known she’s a telepath, she’s never been a precog until recently. The same dream over and over, every night for a year, has haunted her. Seven vampires and someone else, a handsome, sexy, skilled man who is similar to the vampires and yet not, fight in her dream. When her dream finally comes true, she freaks out a bit, but accepts that there are things out there that aren’t fiction and now she’s smack in the middle of a war she never could have dreamed of. Can Ethan and the Immortal Guardians keep her safe from the enemy and prevent World War III and the Armageddon from becoming reality?

There are only a few series out there where I will wring my hands and dance anxiously in place until I can get my greedy little mitts on the next book. This is one of them. I knew when I picked this up I would not be able to stop until I had read it in one sitting. Oh, how I’ve missed the Immortal Guardians! Full of awesome characters, snappy dialogue, exciting action, steamy sex, sneaky shudder-worthy villains and delightful humor, I can never get enough of their world. Bonus that it’s set in North Carolina where I live. This is Ethan’s book and while he’s a fairly new character to the world I had no problem falling for him. Heather is a kickass woman who’s just right for him. And it looks like Chris is finally going to get his woman! Yay! I really, really want Aidan to find his mate. Poor guy! I look forward to Seth finding someone, but I don’t think he’s quite ready for that yet. Hopefully soon. And the surprise at the end? Woah. I have nothing further to say. If you haven’t read this series yet then wtf are you waiting for?! I drool in every review of these books, so you have no excuse. Get crackin’!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35fb804) out of 5 stars It rocks, even for someone new to the series! Aug. 25 2015
By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am late to the Immortal Guardians party. I picked up an anthology a couple of weeks back featuring a short story from this world and liked it enough to try and jump in. Boy, am I glad I did. I really enjoyed this. It's the sixth book in the series, and there is clearly some stuff I missed, but none of it detracted from the story at hand, or the romance.

For the past year, Heather has been having the same dream about a vampire attack --and the super-sexy vamp who helps fight them off. Imagine her surprise when her dream becomes reality and suddenly the hot guy from her dream is a flesh and bone charmer standing in front of her. Heather never thought vampires were real, but she carries a special gift of her own, telepathy. Between her own supernatural ability and all those dreams, she takes the news better than most.

If you're not familiar with these books, they features a few different kinds of characters. Regular humans, which are self-explanatory; then gifted humans, like Heather. There are vampires, which are regular humans turned by the vampire virus, and Immortal, which are gifted ones turned by the vampire virus. (There are Others, too, but let's put that aside for now.) Basically, human DNA can't handle the virus very well and all vampires eventually go crazy, while Immortals stay sane and protect the world from the crazy vamps. Ethan is an Immortal and the man-candy in Heather's dream.

The two fall for each other pretty quickly, though it helped that Heather felt like she knew him from her dreams. Her telepathy and family ties to the military make her am ideal candidate to help the Immortal cause. It seems that Gershom, a powerful (Other) bad-guy, is amassing a vampire army, hoping to manipulate the human military into starting Armageddon. Heather can help stop his plan, but she'll need all of the Immortal Guardians to stop him.

Writing that out makes me realize that it's kind of complicated, but it's totally in a good way. For people who are already fans of the series, I'm sure it makes total sense, but even for a newbie like me, I promise, you'll catch on pretty fast. The arc moves along quickly, but no sot fast that you can't keep pace. It's just right to keep the pages turning.

Ethan and Heather are both likeable characters and they are good together. The sexual tension and physical aspects are hot, but their emotional connection is good too. There is a healthy mutual respect between them and I loved how much they both wanted to protect each other, without ever taking away the other's agency. What I loved even more is this phenomenal cast of characters that make up the Guardians and their team. These characters are so well drawn. They're unique and I feel drawn to so many of them, I can't wait to go back and read the five books that came before this one.

I almost never jump into a series on book 6, but I am so glad that I did. I hope I enjoy the backlist as much as I did this installment. I have a feeling I will!

Rating: B+/A-
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35fbc3c) out of 5 stars Predictablity Strikes Sept. 23 2015
By Nancy - Published on
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This is the sixth book in the series and I feel the books are getting redundant and predictable. Yes there is a sweet romance where an Immortal meets a gifted woman and they are immediately attracted to each other and she is ultimately transformed. Then you have the usual crazy vampires trying to kill everyone. I was hoping there would be a difference this time as Heather says she's an old fashioned kind of woman-meaning she wasn't going to have sex after just meeting Ethan and Ethan making an attempt to actually court her first before stripping her bare and ravishing her, but not really. OK they didn't have sex after meeting for the first time, but rather the third time they meet when she wakes up with Ethan in bed with her. Heather is a gifted human who has the ability to read minds, but has been having a recurring dream of a vampire attack involving Ethan and so they meet where she dreamed this takes place. There is some drama with Gershom who is trying his best to start Armageddon with yet another vampire army and how Heather fits into his devious plans. It was interesting to read about continuing characters from past books such as Marcus and Ami's child Adira and Cliff the vampire who has been working with the Immortal Guardians. I also was interested in Aidan on how he is doing hunting for a gifted woman to call his own and ease the loneliness of immortality. I hope he finds the one in the next book, but I also hope it isn't as predictable as Ethan and Heather's romance. How about some courting? It just isn't interesting if it's a sure thing when two people meet and then go straight to sex with their declaration of finding their soul mate. How about something fresh and original and not just plugging in different names into the same old plot? I can only hope in the next book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35fbc24) out of 5 stars Good Reading Aug. 31 2015
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
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Ms. Duvall is the mistress of page flipping excitement. You have no idea how many breath stealing, heart pounding, nail biting chapters fill this latest book in her Immortal Guardian series. Shadows Strike is beyond the classic ‘must read’ recommendation. It’s so much better! Each chapter created an addiction for more, and the most wonderful part of that, is that Ms. Duvall delivered and satisfied that craving. This novel rocked!

The story starts with Heather’s premonition of her meeting Ethan. Right off the bat, the author creates an unusual way for a heroine and hero to meet. It makes an indelible impression but it’s only the beginning. The revelations, the action, the worries, the fears, the determination to survive and protect, the wonder, the beauty, the sword fights, and the camaraderie that populate most chapters simply astound a reader. All those things and more provide depth and breadth to the plot and characters that are on stage. Shadows Strike is a big book, a busy book but time ceases to have meaning when a reader is immersed is this extremely well written and awesome novel. Please give yourself plenty of time to sit and enjoy because if you’re anything like me, you won’t want to stop; you won’t be able to, it’s that remarkable.

I honestly have no negatives to convey. This book is perfect. The dialogue, the descriptions and most of all, the surprises, totally and completely worked. Not all the surprises were good, some were downright deadly. Some took the main characters completely unaware and they fought for their lives, more than once. One completely floored me and greatly affected Heather and her relationship to Ethan. I never saw it coming.

The most adorable moments came from a tiny baby. I simply adored those scenes because Adira was the bright spot that brought charm and levity in an otherwise serious story. Her little character showed that no matter how gruff, tough and deadly the immortals are, they are also capable of tenderness, affection, gentleness and love and it was proved every time they held her, or protected her. For such a wee thing, she had a strong presence.

Heather and Ethan as a couple are wonderful together. I enjoyed their dynamics, their dialogue and how they fell in love. When they finally succumb to their physical passions, it was hot, delightful and well written. I was very happy to see Ethan finally in love.

Secondary characters abound and most are from the previous books. I’m really feeling sad for Aiden. I hope he gets his happy ever after soon. He’s such a good guy, he deserves it. Then again, so does Seth. But what kind of woman would be his equal? I hope someday to find out. As it is, every single character, including Zach and Lisette, play pivotal supporting roles that help support and foster Ethan and Heather’s growing relationship.

Shadows Strike proves once again that Ms. Duvall is a masterful storyteller. Its drama and suspense kept me on edge but the romance made me melt. I can’t get enough of this world that Ms. Duvall has created. When I am reading her books, I feel like I’m right there, and it’s exactly where I want to be.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35fd0fc) out of 5 stars Great addition to the series :D Aug. 31 2015
By Malinda - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and a fitting addition to the Immortal Guardians series. Ethan and Heather made another great couple and I was actually surprised at how much I liked them. I'd met Ethan in previous books and didn't think much of him at the time. When I saw this book was his story I figured I'd like it but I ended up enjoying it (and Ethan as the hero) much more than I expected.

Heather is a gifted one and has telepathic abilities. She makes her living as a consultant, supposedly reading truth or lies based on facial micro-expressions but she really uses her telepathy. Heather's father is a General in the military and he does his best to safeguard her secret.

Ethan is an Immortal Guardian that has been alive for over a century. He was trained by Lisette (the heroine from book #5, Night Unbound) and they had been lovers for a while until she met and married Zack. Since then, Ethan has been going on with life but has felt like something was missing.

About a year before the story begins, Heather started having dreams about a fight with Vampires taking place. She's never had prophetic dreams before but the dream kept reoccurring and she felt the need to see if it actually would happen. Heather managed to find the clearing where the dream took place and rented a house near by and then every morning (at the time it took place in her dream) Heather visited the clearing. She never actually expected it to happen and is surprised when Ethan and a group of 7 vamps (all of whom she saw in the dream) actually show up. Heather ends up helping Ethan kill the vamps and that throws them together. There's a strong attraction between them and despite the fact that Ethan's world in dangerous, Heather gets pulled into it.

The fact that Heather is having prophetic dreams indicates that the enemy of the Immortal Guardians (a bad guy that wants to start World War 3) might be playing with her head so the Immortal Guardians keep her close to protect her...which gives her and Ethan time to get to know each other better (and fall in love). There are many difficulties though as Heather's father gets pulled into things and the Immortals aren't sure if he'll be an ally or try to use them for his own aims. The bad guy has learned to shield himself and it makes his capture difficult. There are battles and many things going on that keep the story interesting and kept me engaged and overall, I really like how things are progressing. The series storyline is continued into the next book but this book does end with Heather and Ethan together and starting a HEA.

I enjoyed this story greatly. Ethan and Heather are a really good couple and I enjoyed seeing them come together. The series storyline is intricate yet easy to keep up with and the author has done a great job at keeping the action ongoing without making things repetitive or boring. I highly recommend this story and the series. :D

* note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a great job as usual.