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Review: Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall

Shadows StrikeTitle: Shadows Strike

Author: Dianne Duvall

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Immortal Guardians (Book #6)

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: Paperback, 411 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420129821 (Zebra/Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420129823 (Zebra/Kensington)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: She can read minds, he is an immortal guardian and together they have to try and stop armageddon.

Opening Sentence: “Fog stole across the ground and curled cool fingers around Heather Lane’s ankles.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Heather Lane has been having the same dream over and over again. She is killing vampires with another vampire in this clearing every night. Then she wakes up, until one time while reading a book her dream actually comes true and she meets Ethan. Ethan is an Immortal Guardian, which is like a normal vampire but better. They seem to have certain powers, faster, better hearing, all the norms except it also applies to vampires as well. Heather is blown away to realize vampires are real, despite the fact that she actually reads minds and is what Ethan calls a gifted human.

I thought it was grand they made her sign a confidentiality agreement to keep her quiet about vampires. Soon Zach the leader of the Immortal Guardians finds out that she isn’t having premonitions, the visions have been implanted in her head. They assume the other has done this, I will say they are wrong but it would be a spoiler to reveal who is actually behind this. Soon all of her worlds collide when her father calls her to interview the sole survivor of an attack.

The survivor swears that vampires attacked and killed everyone at his base, and Heather knows he is telling the truth. Soon all is revealed to her father and the Guardians and General Lane work together to thwart further attacks against the military. All the while Heather and Ethan fall more deeply in love!

I know it will not shock you to know I haven’t read this series either, all in my defense I have avoided vampires for awhile except for my trusty series I am already invested in. However, that being said, I think some things were a little confusing because I haven’t read the other five books, but that is because of the larger background story. Other than that, I found it was easy to dive in and not be overwhelmed with all the missing facts making it hard to connect to the story. I loved Heather, she is pretty bad ass! Even in her dream she doesn’t really hesitate before slaying some vampires and that’s before she even knows they are real.

So yes, I am a fan, and adding the other books to my overwhelming to read list! If you are already a fan of this series, it’s a great continuation, all the of Immortal Guardians make multiple appearances in this book. If you are new to this series it’s a pretty good vampire series to add to your list!

Notable Scenes:

“A human born with special abilities other humans don’t possess.”

“She had super advanced DNA.”

“As Ethan turned, the vampire lowered his head and buried his fangs in her neck.”

“Ethan tried to hold his shit together for Heather’s sake, but soon bellowed from the pain until darkness opened its gaping maw and swallowed him whole.”

“Heather nodded, knowing no medication on the planet would alter the fact that vampires had just destroyed a U.S. military base.”

Immortal Guardians:

1. Darkness Dawns

2. Night Reigns

3. Phantom Shadows

3.5 In Still Darkness

4. Darkness Rises

5. Night Unbound

5.5 On the Hunt

6. Shadows Strike

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FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Shadows Strike. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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