Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12.5
Published by Penguin on January 19, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.
But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again...
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With the conclusion of the Chicagoland Vampires coming upon us so quickly, this little dip into Merit and Ethan’s life was welcome for me.
This takes place not long after Midnight Marked and everyone is still trying to settle after that fight, when this new conflict comes up involving something the gang didn’t think was possible. Someone is playing in the cemeteries and bringing about some new enemies to play.
I was amazed at how much power these enemies had. Merit and Ethan work with the team to try and research who they are actually dealing with and how to stop the magic from getting any deeper. The magic is different from what we have seen and it is interesting to see how the plan comes together to deal with it. I love how paranormal shows are portrayed! I got a good laugh from it.
Phantom Kiss managed to include pretty much all of our main characters and I loved seeing them. We do get to see Ethan and Merit do what they do best, and even some of their relationship outside of the action. These two work and play so well together!
I thoroughly enjoyed Phantom Kiss and the distraction it gave us while we wait for Blade Bound. We get things that are different from our usual conflicts so this could definitely be read as a standalone. Who would want to do that though? You have to read the whole series! Just my opinion though ;).