Author(s): Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #5.5
Also in this series: Darkness Dawns , Night Reigns , Phantom Shadows , In Still Darkness , Darkness Rises, Night Unbound , Shadows Strike, Blade of Darkness
Narrator(s): Arika Rapson
Published by Tantor Audio on June 29, 2021
Length: 3 hours and 54 minutes
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
A gifted one, Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, but he knows better than to make contact with them. 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.
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🎧︎Phantom Embrace is book 5.5 in Dianne Duvall’s exciting Immortal Guardian series. It tells the story of the Immortal Guardian Yuri Sokolov. Yuri appeared in the prior books, but he didn’t play a central role. Despite this, I hoped he would get his happily ever after. At the end of Night Unbound, I lost hope of that happening, but 🎧︎Phantom Embrace restored it.
The events occurring in 🎧︎Phantom Embrace also occurred in Night Unbound, with one exception: the romance developing between Yuri and Cat. Now Yuri and Cat were an unusual couple. Cat was a ghost residing in David’s House. David is Seth’s second in command. Yuri is one of two immortal guardians who possesses the ability to see ghosts. Yuri, doesn’t make it a habit to converse with the spirits as there is always a downside, but for some inexplicable reas0n he is drawn to Cat and soon they are spending lots of time together.
Armed with the information from Night Unbound, the bittersweet ending of 🎧︎Phantom Embrace offered no surprises. There could be no other outcome, seeing that their happily ever after was the objective. Yuri and Cat’s love story is one of hope. Yuri yearned to find that special someone after spending centuries alone. Cat became that person for him. Cat’s past was tragic and since her death, her spirit found no peace, but all that changed when she came in contact with Yuri. They both provided each other with the companionship and comfort they desired.
Despite the circumstances of their unlikely situation, the feelings they shared felt genuine. Their story encompassed the perfect blend of emotion, tenderness and passion, and it made up for my disappointment from the previous book.
I am used to Kirsten Potter narrating the series, so I was a bit disappointed to learn that a different narrator narrated 🎧︎Phantom Embrace. This is my first time listening to Arika Rapson. She did a fairly good job of giving life to the characters and the scenes. She created different voices for each of the character making it easy to distinguish between male and female and being able to determine which character is speaking at any given time. Her accents, however, were a bit off and could have used some refining.
🎧︎Phantom Embrace, with its bittersweet ending, delivered a beautiful story of hope and love.
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Its always disappointing when they switch narrators and it can really throw off the experience when its mid series like that. I hope the next installment is a better experience for you.
Lovely review Nadene!
Nice review, Nadene, I’m glad it ended satisfactorily for you on a note of hope.
I’ve always wanted to read this author. Someday.
It can be hard when they change the narrator mid-series. This is a series that I do hope to read at some point.
Love this series and so happy to see them coming to audio.
Kirsten Potter is a favorite narrator of mine so I can understand why you’d be disappointed to have the switch. Glad you enjoyed it overall!