A book that adds on so much to a already good series. Oct 29, Cindyg rated it it was amazing Shelves: Damn this installment really made me nervous Nikki and Michael are sooooo damn stubborn. Just the right about of action and passion. Nikki is really evolving but in to what who knows, not even Seline can get a handle all the changes that she's experiencing.
Michael is not afraid to put his heart out there but he's scared to death of losing Nikki and he fights tooth and fang to keep her out of trouble but trouble just a knack of finding her and she's to hard headed to back away. She heads right Damn this installment really made me nervous She heads right in to the fray. I love this book and I hate knowing that I'm starting the last book in the series, it makes me sad actually.
But not sad enough to not read it, if you know what I mean. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this series, I highly recommend it. Loved this one best. If you haven't read the other two books do before this one. I love the story of these two and the back and forth between them.
The one part near the end was sad but I knew it would happen to someone. I love how she is getting more powerful. I can see a lot more books about these three! Jan 26, TinaMarie rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. On going relationship between Nikki and Michael. He doesn't want her to be involved in his dangerous profession and she does. While they are working out their differences and learning that their powers are changing they have to track down a killer vamp.
Jul 04, Tina rated it really liked it. Nikki and Michael are chasing the smell of evil to San Francisco. Here Nikki's talents further develop as she takes a ghostly dive in a cemetery. Book three in this series is the best by far. You will get misty eyed at Nikki's loss and smile at the sweet ending! This appears to be the last in the trilogy from the Author's website yet there is so much still unresolved and only hinted at Action packed and a wee bit sad. I love this duo, Nikki and Michael are one heck of a paranormal team.
Book Info ebook, pages Expected publication: The wife of an old friend is missing, and Jake intends to find h Book Info ebook, pages Expected publication: The wife of an old friend is missing, and Jake intends to find her—whatever the cost. The authorities believe the kidnappings to be the work of a sick mind, but Nikki knows that the truth is something much worse—especially since she seems to have an unexpected psychic link to the killer.
He wants nothing more than to make Nikki a permanent part of his life, but he knows that her quest is sure to get her killed. As they chase through the sewers and tunnels of San Francisco and the body count begins to rise, Michael badgers her to stay off the case, but Nikki has no intention of complying.
But nothing prepares her for the price she has to pay for her stubbornness—the life of someone she loves. My Thoughts From the beginning of the series Nikki and Michael have been portrayed as solitary independent individuals and that being ingrained for a lifetime it has been hard for the two to form a relationship. Now that they have both decided that they wish to try and make it work as a couple however the overprotective domineering alpha male characteristics that make Michael such a caring lover also make it hard for Nikki to communicate just how much it hurts her to always be left out of the less savory aspects of his life.
Her displeasure finally translates into an ultimatum at one point and at the worst possible time causing the two of them to finally reassess the need for a complete compromise if they are ever to stay together. For me this was the game changer, the truth is that in each book the relationship between Nikki and Michael has always taken presecdence over the investigative case that the two happen to be working on.
It is very understandable that Michael's character is centuries old and was raised in a time where women stayed at home cosseted and protected by their men, content to raise the children and oversee the household leaving the reins of making a livelihood to those same men.
Nikki James however is a very modern female whose life has not been wine and roses but rather having to learn at a very early age to fend for herself and make her own way. Her friend and fellow investigative partner Jake is almost a father figure and when he asks for her help she feels that no matter what Michael thinks if she can render aid than that is what she needs to do.
Of course rendering aid means much more than just showing up and doing footwork to locate a missing person, in Nikki's case it means opening herself up through her psychic ability to whatever dangerous entity is killing the kidnap victims. Thus begins another round of cat and mouse that Nikki is more than willing to participate in and which causes all kinds of grief before it is over, not only for her and Michael but also for the women's spouses including Jake. This is my least favorite story line as the series is coming to a conclusion with Kiss the Night Goodbye and yet at the same time the turning point that gives Nikki and Michael a much needed incentive to learn how to compromise in their ongoing battle of wills.
Chasing the Shadows
As I prepare to read the last book am sorry to see the series end but eager to see whether the pair create the future together that they both long for! Nov 15, Jeannie Zelos rated it it was amazing. ARC provided by Netgalley. This series just gets better and better. Each book builds on the adventures the duo have had in the past, and the dangers they've faced. Michael has just returned from a vampire hunt, expecting to have some much needed time with Nikki when Seline, leader of the Circle, contacts him to say he's needed in a new hunt.
He's not happy about it but finally agrees he's the best person for the job, and although he was looking forward to seeing N Chasing the Shadows. He's not happy about it but finally agrees he's the best person for the job, and although he was looking forward to seeing Nikki he now only has a few hours instead of the hoped for weeks. Nikki has been saying she wants to help him, be a partner in what he's doing but he's not having that. He thinks that if Seline gets hold of her who knows what danger she'll face, as she will want to use Nikki's talents to the full, so despite Nikki and Seline's pleas he remains adamant that Nikki stays away.
However Nikki is an investigator in her own right, and he gets home to find she and Jake, her boss, have left o go on the same hunt Seline has just arranged. Its the usual dangers faced, heart-stopping and vividly portrayed, blood, gore and guts and danger round every corner. Nikki as usual plunges in, and Michael tries to keep her back and safe. He's being a typical man, and not just a vampire in that he wants Nikki safe, and won't listen when she says her life is always dangerous because of what she does and who she is.
And they have yet little control or knowledge about these powers, so the usefulness of them is unpredictable, and they can prove dangerous if they take up too much power leaving them weak and vulnerable. I love Michael but feel for Nikki here. For a long time she's taken care of herself and lived with her life constantly in danger, now Michael wants her to stay at home, nice and safe, away from him for weeks at a time and not knowing if he will survive whatever job he's on.
He just can't understand the stress that is for Nikki, and doesn't see that treating her this way is causing a wedge to develop between them that could force them apart. Nikki loves him but won't be like her mother, dominated by and always controlled by a man. She's too much her own woman for that and knows it would unbalance their relationship detrimentally. Jake — the best partner and boss Nikki could have, he's a real star back up letting her use her talents for the firm but always there if he can be to protect her.
The big problem is he's only human and subject to human limitations.
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On the last job he nearly died, and she's putting her foot down and wants him to look at a simple hotel security job It turns out to be related to the job Michael is on, and with all the attending dangers that brings. As usual Keri has written a tightly knit story, peopled with supernatural dangers and creatures beyond most people knowledge. There's the balance of creating a supernatural adventure set in the human world while making it seem possible for it to happen and for humans not to notice.
The plots flow into one another, seemingly innocuous events turn out to be major dramas, and unconnected incidents start to add up into clues to the main danger. Nikki and Michael are having more problems over his refusal to consider her working with him. Can they find a way to compromise or is this the end? I know how she feels in a way, I'm an above knee amputee and after falling several times from my horse and the attendant concussions and broken bones Him Indoors wanted me to stop riding — but its part of who I am, and in the same way facing danger and doing her best to sort problems is who Nikki is.
Michael has to accept at least part of that in the same way Him Indoors did: Nikki has to lay it out straight for him, and make a decision. Another fantastic, gripping instalment from the duo and I loved it all the way through. Its a definite re read type book and one for the keepers file. Sep 03, Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it. Michael has been spending a lot of time on missions for the Circle lately and not nearly enough time with Nikki; he misses her terribly.
This comes to a head more and more as Nikki rejects his constant protectiveness, his refusal to let her go into any kind of danger and risk and his insistence that she stay at home. Especially since she has a case — as a private detective with Jake Michael has been spending a lot of time on missions for the Circle lately and not nearly enough time with Nikki; he misses her terribly.
Women have been kidnapped only to later reappear mutilated and murdered — and vampires are definitely involved. The case also hits far closer to home than any of them realised The story is pretty well done except for two big caveats. Except for Nikki and Michael themselves. Nikki, as is her wont, even lampshades the whole ridiculousness of it when she points out that all they have is good sex.
This is true — so why do they have all these massive declarations of love — why do they even consider themselves in love when all we have ever seen of them together is arguing or having sex? It makes no sense. He may actually be easier to kill than her, what with his vampire vulnerabilities. The only big weakness she has is that if he dies, she dies. So to keep her safe he decides he needs to head into danger all alone and leave her behind?
What kind of alien non-logic is this?! He wants to wrap her in cotton and make her feel fragile and they have an added friction with her feeling like a kept woman with him and she wants to be treated as a full, active partner. Because that deserves a swift kick to the yin yangs, that one. Chasing the Shadows begins four months after Hearts in Darkness: Nikki and Michael Book 2 and finds Michael returning to the home they share after a three week absence doing work for the Circle. His anticipation of seeing Nikki after so long a separation is hampered by the fact that she's not home when he gets there.
She left to go work on a case with Jake in San Francisco. Turns out, it's the same case the Circle now needs Michael to look into as well, the kidnapping and subsequent brutal murde Chasing the Shadows begins four months after Hearts in Darkness: Turns out, it's the same case the Circle now needs Michael to look into as well, the kidnapping and subsequent brutal murders of multiple women in the area. Michael is determined to keep Nikki safe and to do that he needs her out of this situation and situations like this in the future.
Nikki on the other hand is tired of staying at home by herself waiting for Michael to either come home or for herself to suddenly drop dead because of their bond. Meaning if Michael were to die so does Nikki they are so entwined. And so this theme runs for the majority of the book. She wants him to understand that she can actually help him and is able to take care of herself, and with her powers growing in new and unexpected ways this statement is more true than false.
Michael on the other hand, after years, has seen some truly horrific and terrifying things. Things he knows that Nikki couldn't handle. Instead of putting her in the middle of danger, he would rather keep her safe. I felt like their arguments just went around in a circle. Both side were valid, and I really tried to figure out whose side I would be on.
But Keri Arthur wrote this so well that you really can't side with one or the other. Same as Nikki and Michael. They are both at an impasse and the only thing to be done is compromise. But can and will they get to that point? Nikki maintains that if Michael doesn't let her in more, then their relationship is doomed to fail. Michael would almost rather it fail then to see Nikki get killed on an assignment with the Circle. Meanwhile, our team is trying to figure out who is taking these women and the purpose behind such brutality.
They are sure it's a vampire, and things get even more dangerous when they realize Nikki's powers are growing and she doesn't necessarily need an item of the victim's in order to feel their agony, or the vampire's evil. I thought that the incorporation of Nikki's power growth was very interesting. Seline Michael's boss of sorts in the Circle has an interesting premonition which I thought was a clever way to make readers start thinking about book 4 before book 3 was even finished.
This is definitely a series that has gotten better with each book. I look forward to finishing out the series. I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From what I understand these books were published some time ago but are getting a bit of a face-lift and being re-released. It was the perfect opportunity for me to read some more of her writings. The first too books I have read and r I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The first too books I have read and reviewed and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed them. Nikki and Michael pick up where the last book left off. Michael is going away to do business with his, essentially, secret organization and Nikki is trying to recover from the stigma of losing some of her clients due to tragic circumstances. Michael is given a case in which a seeming pack of vampires has been kidnapping, ransoming, and then subsequently murdering well established women.
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When he returns home with a heavy heart knowing he will have to leave Nikki once more he discovers she's already two steps ahead of him and on a plane heading for San Francisco. Nikki is filled in on the situation by her best friend, Jake, who knew the husband of one of the kidnapped women from college. Nikki is happy to have gotten out of the house finally despite it being under tragic circumstances. She knows that it's only a matter of time before Michael gets the note she left him and follows her here.
All she wants is to feel useful again and since Michael won't allow her to do that on his cases, she can certainly find her own. With Nikki and Michael at an impasse in their relationship and a psychotic master vampire and his loop harem of vampire spawns on the loose, the pair have their work cut out for them. As with the other two books, I enjoyed this book. It continued Nikki and Michael's relationship and gave them a few hiccups in the road. Nothing is more dull than a love story that is just smooth sailing the entire time.
There has to be some animosity, some heat, and some drama to keep me intrigued. This book did that. That coupled with a vampire with odd, and a bit immature, reasons for murdering women and mutilating them, was pages of fine reading. I don't think Keri Arthur is capable of putting out a substandard novel and she is starting to forever become one of my favorite authors.
It is a book that will leave a lasting impression to say the least. Jul 05, Karol rated it did not like it Shelves: It's a ridiculous OTT melodrama for teens only. Female MC is a tiresome martyr. I must say that Nikki and Michael are finally together for our pleasure, something we have been waiting for since the first volume. But nothing is simple, and many things are waiting for our little couple. Finally, as I said our heroes live together, but Nikki is still apart from his life for the Circle.
But whatever happens, he remains determined to keep her away from it. But could this stubbornness break their relationship for good? However, the mutilated bodies reappear and our heroes need to understand what is going on to save all these young women. But the danger is becoming more present, especially when the madman behind the murders decides that Nikki might be too dangerous for him and that she must at all costs be eliminated.
I admit that I was very curious to find out who the culprit was. I did not expect that the story would be solved like that and I was surprised more than once. The survey is well done and I found it very interesting to follow the tracks throughout the story. I was however heart broken about the relationship between Nikki and Michael. But of course they want to go against the wishes of the other and sparks erupt more than once between them.
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I hoped they could reach a compromise and yet the two are the most stubborn people I know. Nikki has changed a lot since the first book and I hope she will accept the person she is becoming. Yet we also see that our two heroes love each other a lot and it was a pleasure to see them so happy when they do not fight.
Regarding the end of the book, as stated in the synopsis, a person close to her will die and I did not really expect that. At the same time, this death will make them understand many things. So it was again a good book and I look forward to read the fourth volume. The story and the mystery itself can work alone, but if you are a Keri Arthur fan, I would suggest starting with book one.
Both of them are fiercely independent people so part of the struggle with them is to find a balance. In this, this book reminds me a little of Cat and Bones of the Night Huntress series who have their own personal relationship problems within the series. I think having those struggles make Nikki and Michael a stronger couple and also, it makes them feel so much more real, as they undergo changes in their lives that find that happiness. The case they are working on this time is probably my favorite in the series so far. Four wealthy women have been kidnapped by vampires. They have been mutilated and killed, even when the ransom money was paid.
All this becomes clearer as the past of these women come into play. This mystery hooked into me skin and just dragged me through the whole story until I finished. I read this whole book in one afternoon and found myself riveted by the pulse-pounding action as well as the developing romance. One other thing I absolutely loved about this series is Seline. She has these mental conversations with Michael all the time and I always find myself looking forward to her scenes because she has known Michael the longest and I feel as if we get better insight into his character through her.
She is also a compelling and interesting character herself so I like it whenever Michael calls her. I loved this book! I would also recommend this book to fans of the In Death series by J. Robb because the mysteries are very well done and they have a paranormal twist to them usually. View all 8 comments. The couple has had their ups and downs, especially as Michael is trying to do everything he can to keep Nikki safe, even if it means hiding his work from her. Chasing the Shadows was a great continuation of this series and definitely made me want more.
Nikki and Michael are traveling once again, this time to San Francisco. After Michael is put on a case there, he arrives to find, to his surprise, Nikki. Together, she and Michael work to catch the killer before the next victim turns out to be someone close to them. Arthur creates this delicate weave of mystery and suspense with Chasing the Shadows. This book, in my opinion, was definitely darker than the first two and some scenes and descriptions made me cringe a bit. As for the rest of the book, the plot was packed with action and thrills, but it did get a tad repetitive with each kidnapping.
Each one occurred in roughly the same manner and was solved the same way. I recommend these to readers who like real characters with real problems and no easy way out. This is a great series and I look forward to the final book. Nov 07, Sharon Tyler rated it liked it. Micheal is finally coming home to Nikki after months away working, only to discover that Nikki is already investigating the next case he has been assigned to. The wife Jake's friend is missing, and Jake intends to find her regardless of the cost.
The authorities believe the kidnappings to be the work of a sick mind, but Nikki knows that the truth is something much worse, particularly after she forms an unexpect Chasing the Shadows is the third book in the Nikki and Michael series by Keri Arthur. The authorities believe the kidnappings to be the work of a sick mind, but Nikki knows that the truth is something much worse, particularly after she forms an unexpected psychic link to the killer.
But as always, she is more than willing to put herself risk in order to save another. In Chasing the Shadows, Nikki and Michael are still struggling to find a balance between Nikki's need to be out there fighting and Micheal's need to keep her safe. Along with an intriguing mystery of why women are going being killed in gruesome ways after the ransom is paid, there are several moments of danger for everyone and the exploration of the ever changing psychic gifts of Nikki and Micheal.
I think what makes this the best book of the series so far is that Nikki and Micheal actually spend time discussing their relationship and what they each need to continue moving forward. I liked the parallels that are given here with Jake and his wife Mary trying to find their own balance after Jake has recovered from a brush with death.
Please try again later. Add to your library ASAP!!! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Keri Arthur has done it again! It never ceases to amaze me how much she can do with her words. With her hands she fashions these characters, living remarkable lives with supernatural elements who still seem relatable and humanly flawed. Her plots are out of this world and the one for the book is as usual incredibly unconventional and intricate. But she's never repetitive. If you've ever read a book by Keri Arthur and loved it, read everything she's written. Not only will you not be disappointed but you won't be bored or feel as if you're reading the same thing over and over.
If you're a fan of the supernatural, every book Keri Arthur has written is a must have. Also, do I think the title worth buying, would I buy it again, and best of all will I read it again in the future a and this passes with flying colors on all accounts. One person found this helpful. Loved this one best. If you haven't read the other two books do before this one. I love the story of these two and the back and forth between them. The one part near the end was sad but I knew it would happen to someone. I love how she is getting more powerful.
I can see a lot more books about these three! Michael is a three hundred and sixty year old vampire who works for The Circle, an organization of paranormal beings dedicated to destroying their evil kin. Nikki is a thrall, a being similar to a vampire without the need for blood. She and Michael are a couple in trouble because he wants to protect her and she wants to work with him for The Circle.
When Michael arrives home after an assignment, he finds that Nikki is not there, she has gone to help her partner in their private detective agency track down a killer who is abducting, torturing and killing women. When Michael arrives, they learn that the killer is a vampire out to settle some old scores from his high school days. Only through teamwork can this killer be stopped, but even working together that remains a dangerous proposition since he has targeted Nikki as one of his victims. Keri Arthur is one of the best supernatural romance writers of the new millennium.
Her books are always refreshingly different and she has a knack for creating characters it is easy to care about. Vampire lovers are going to love this book and want to read the next book in the series because there are questions that need answers. I love this duo. Action packed and a wee bit sad. I love this duo, Nikki and Michael are one heck of a paranormal team. This was my first Keri Arthur book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was fast paced, well-crafted and believable. The romance which was also well done and well developed wasn't the main thrust of the book, the story was.
The only problem I had with this particular book is that I didn't get a complete mental image of the three main characters, Jake, Nikki and Michael. I suspect that the problem was that I hadn't read the other books in the series published before this one. But, since I loved this one so much, I intend to not only read those books, but the rest of Ms. Keri Arthur is a wonderful author. I started reading her books a couple of years ago. Starting with Riley Jensen and tresgressing back to others. So now, Nikki and Michael are my second choice. I can't put any of the Nikki and Michael books down.
I get so wrapped up with the characters that my husband gets jealous. Keri has a way of writing that you feel you are actually watching the scenes play out in your mind. Makes me feel like a child again, playing imaginary games inside and out doors. Thank you Keri for your wonderful works of art! This series is a good read, the author uses a bit too much gushy omnicient musings, but the series is new and different.
The characters are well developed with minimal annoying self deprication like some other titles i have recently read. Generally speaking it was worth the time and I plan on picking up the next installment. This book was about compromising in a relationship between two very strong characters. Michael wants to keep Nikki safe from his world and ends up making her feel left out. It ends on a great note and the villain is top-notch. See all 52 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 year ago. Published on August 13, Published on March 17, Published on November 4, Published on July 9, Published on May 20, Published on April 28, Published on April 7, Published on March 7,