Book Review: Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall

On the Hunt anthologyTitle: Phantom Embrace (Part of the On the Hunt Anthology)
Series: Immortal Guardians, Book 5.5
Author: Dianne Duvall
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: August 25, 2015 by Zebra

ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti
While searching for a meteorite, Nora Mendina is arrested by her sheriff ex-husband—who's only gotten hotter than the Nevada desert since she last saw him. When the meteorite breaks open, the few survivors gain extraordinary powers, unleashing a crazed super genius killer. Can Nora and her ex stop the murders…while igniting a new love affair?

PHANTOM EMBRACE by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, 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.

STAKE OUT by Hannah Jayne
Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

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Reviewed by: J9


I got this anthology for the Dianne Duvall story, so I only read that one (the Ivy story is from a series I don’t like, and I don’t read the other two authors so I didn’t read their stories either.)

I am an unabashed fan-reader of Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series so was giddy to read this. However, it totally didn’t work for me. I thought the romance lackluster and the resolution not well explained. Yuri and Cat has characters were wonderful but they seemed removed from the Immortal Guardians world and that world is such a reason I love the series that I was disappointed. Plus, given where the story leaves Yuri and Cat, series readers will be mightily pissed if they don’t make appearances in future books (I just read the book that releases after and no mention of Yuri and Cat so I’m a little worried!) I’m bummed that I didn’t love this story but given that I just finished the full length book that’s next in the series, I know this story is the anomaly.

J9’s Rating:
2 1/2 Frogs

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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