by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #6
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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..
Shadows Strike was a stellar addition to the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall. Heat, intense action scenes and strong characters had me completely immersed in this world. Shadows Strike is the sixth novel in the Immortal Guardians series and can work as a standalone, although there is an overall story ARC between good and evil. I started this series with the fourth book and will eventually start at the beginning. *glares at TBR pile*
Heather Lane is a U.S. enforcement agent who can read minds. She hides her gift by claiming to read faces. This allows her to learn whether a client is lying. For the past year, she has been plagued by a dream occurring in a meadow. In the dream, seven men attack a sole male dressed in black. The dream is always the same and she awakes at the very same moment. It has also led to daydreams and sex dreams about the man dressed in black. All of this leads her to look for the field and place herself there every morning. When her dream become reality Heather soon finds herself plunged into a dark world she never knew existed and into the arms of Ethan.
Duvall writes an action packed series that keeps me on edge from the present danger to the overall series ARC. However, the characters are what keep me coming back. Ethan is an Immortal Guardian with the ability to remember everything. He can describe in minute detail a room or place and can recall complete conversations. I adored Ethan; he is a little shy, sometimes cocky and a whole lotta sexy. Heather is such a kick-ass heroine. She is a military brat and her Daddy the General taught well. Mind readers generally don’t have the gift of premonition and the thread about her dreams was fascinating adding to the overall suspense. We spend time with all the Immortals, and get updates as well as see hints of stories to come. Duvall has created this dynamic family with different personalities all working to save the world. I feel at home at David’s and care about each of them. The banter, teasing, feuds and the way they work together as a team have made this series a hit for me.
The romance between them developed like most romances in this genre, but Duvall made their feelings feel genuine and quickly had me falling for them. Heather’s independent, take-charge nature added delicious tension and humor. From the beginning, their connection and the chemistry felt genuine. Readers are sure to fall for them and I found myself smiling as these two tangoed.
Awkward silence engulfed them.
Ethan wasn’t sure he liked the way Heather was studying Zach.
Zach’s lips twitched. “It isn’t what you’re thinking,” he told Heather, who blushed.
“What?” Ethan asked.
Zach nodded to the mortal in their midst. “She’s still wondering what you wanted me to tuck away.”
Lisette and Ethan both laughed.;
Someone is attacking military bases leaving those on the base for dead. The government is scrambling to figure out who is behind these attacks. When Heather’s Dad asked her to analyze a survivor, it becomes clear to her and the Immortals that vampires are involved. Shadows Strike plot was well crafted, with high body counts, suspense and twists to keep you guessing. As dark as the story was, Duvall manages to lighten things up with banter between the characters and tender moments between the couples. A scene involving Heather’s Dad while intense had me laughing aloud.
If you are looking for a paranormal romance series with suspense, incredible action scenes and characters to swoon over then the Immortal Guardians series is one I recommend. Shadows Strike had all the elements I love in this genre with a fun, ass-kicking couple to page turning suspense.