Immortal Guardians Unite! Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall #Review

Posted August 24, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 7 Comments

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Immortal Guardians Unite! Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall #Review
Shadows Strike

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Series: Immortal Guardians #6
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Zebra Books
Released on August 25, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
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The actual romance in this this series is getting very formulaic. I enjoy the ongoing story and wish that the romance would have some tough times for once. Everyone just seems to fall in love fast and easily.

I love the world building in this series. Vampires who go crazy, but a select few who have advanced DNA when bitten become Immortal Guardians. What I have a trouble with is how easily the characters fall in love with very little complicating that love. Sure you have almost meeting death up front, but still, it’s nothing that threatens the relationship from growing.

Heather Lane is having visions, visions she is going about to see if they will really happen. While she can read minds, seeing visions is not normal. Each morning at the exact same time she heads to a clearing where her vision happens and lucky gal, this is the morning it comes real. As the dream walks out into reality, Heather comes up against crazy vampires and one Immortal Guardian who rocks her girly bits.

Ethan is an Immortal Guardian tasked with protecting humanity from vampires and other things that government doesn’t want to tell us about. Upon meeting Heather in the field, he starts to fall in love right away. He reveals what he is and what she is like it is an every day occurrence then calls in Chris (the human that keeps them protected) to have her sign a non-disclosure agreement. That was kind of silly, but whatever.

Ethan’s mind is incredibly hard to read, to the point if Seth tries (read the series if you want to know the characters) it ends up in nose bleed that might damage him mentally forever. Scrambled brains anyone? So when Heather can’t hear his thoughts, it’s kind of romantic and exciting. An old world gentleman who wants to romance her? Yeah, baby!

There is the whole plot to find the one like Seth and Zach that is causing the “end of the world” to happen faster than anyone wants. He’s got a plot that is going to hatch into chaos, or so he thinks, but these guys are rough on the his tail and trying to stay even instead of several steps behind him.

All the secondary characters make appearances as they are all involved in trying to prevent the end. The seconds continue to crack me up…but this all leads me to one of the big problems I have with this series. It’s just becoming too big of a believable action to accept these characters just take on a world they didn’t know existed and then fall so deeply in love right away. There feels like there is no conflict between man and woman. The biggest conflict seems to be if they will change into an Immortal Guardian or try to spend the rest of their days as a mortal.

So I mostly continue to read this story for Seth. Yep, Seth, the God like entity who lost his mortal wife and children so long ago. He intrigues me for all the good in him, but also all the vengeance he wishes to seek on those that would hurt the world. He is a complex character I want to get to know better. So the story is mostly how do we get from point A in the turmoil to point B without killing the main characters. And I am ok with that for the most part because the love interest just leaves me blah.

About Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness” was released in the Predatory Anthology in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Angela @ Simply Angela

I’ve been hearing good things about this series and need to check it out.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

I love the series! Mostly for the underlining story and wanting to know more about Seth.

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I will get to these eventually. The worldbuilding and the plotting along with the action pace sound good.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

You need to read them. They are just your type of stories.

7 years ago

I really love this series and I liked this one a lot as well. I really want to see Seth meet his match! He has such a sad back story. I see what you are saying about the romance but I guess it just hasn’t bothered me-but then I am a big PNR fan. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

Braine TS
7 years ago

I don’t know why I haven’t jumped on this series?! It’s rigt up my alley with the paranormal flavor down to the suspense pparts

7 years ago

I started this series at book 4 and really enjoy favorite aspect is the interactions between them.