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June 27, 2008

Review: Phantom in the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon w/ Dianna Love

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Phantom in the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon w/ Dianna Love

As a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s B.A.D. series, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Phantom in the Night. I knew this novel was going to be different from the other B.A.D. books because this is the first collaboration with a co-author, Dianna Love, in this series. I felt that this would have a different feel to it than the previous B.A.D books and I was right.

Honestly, it took me longer to get into the storyline. The pacing is slow in the beginning but as the story progresses, it picks up and becomes more interesting. There were times that I was confused by where the storyline and characters were headed, but the intensity and love between the hero Nathan and heroine Terri kept me interested until the very end.

Terri Mitchell’s life has been turned upside down. As a DEA agent, she and her partner were double-crossed and both were viciously attacked. Her partner lost his life and Terri was tortured and almost molested. As she is under investigation for the attack, she is recruited by B.A.D. (Bureau of American Defense) and is working with the New Orleans police department to find and arrest those who are funding the actions of terrorists as well as find out who betrayed her and her partner. She is a very strong, smart, likable heroine who has developed some serious trust issues because of her past.

Nathan Drake is a man with integrity. He has sacrificed so much in his life for his family. He was once a Special Forces soldier who gave up the career he loved to protect his brother who made a horrible choice and got into trouble with the law. Knowing his brother would never survive prison, he takes his place and serves time for a crime he didn’t commit. While in prison, his beloved mother dies and his brother is murdered right before he is due to be released. Having nothing to lose, he sets out to find the person who killed his brother and ruined his family forever.

I absolutely loved Nathan. He is a man’s man. Sexy and strong-willed, he is a hero to be reckoned with. There were times I got tired of Nathan’s self- destructive determination to be the martyr for others and sacrificing his own needs and happiness. Nathan has some serious trust issues of his own, and it was interesting to see how he and Terri came together. As their paths continue to cross throughout their investigation, their relationship begins to develop as they start to reluctantly rely and trust one another. They soon start bringing out the best in each other. Nathan starts thinking of his own happiness for once, and Terri finds the wall she has built around her heart and soul start to come down.

This is the sixth and longest book in the B.A.D series. In my opinion this book was more complicated, intense and darker than the previous B.A.D books. It is not a book you can skim over; there is a lot going on and is more difficult to keep everything straight at times. It was more suspenseful and not as light-hearted and humorous as the previous books. It definitely can be read as a stand-alone book without being lost or not understanding what the B.A.D agency is about.

I am looking forward to reading more B.A.D books written by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love. Phantom in the Night was an enjoyable read, and will hold a place on my keeper shelf.

For more information on the B.A.D series and the authors, please visit their web addresses at: www.authordiannalove.com and www.sherrilynkenyon.com .


Reviewed by Shellie


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