Kiss of the Phantom Author:Julie Leto Treasure seeker Mariah Hunter has traveled to a remote corner of Germany in search of a stone that could solve her financial troubles. But from the moment she touches the artifact, Mariah is haunted by erotic images of a mysterious man named Rafe who appears just in time to save her from certain death. But as she finds herself undeniably drawn t... more »o her dark savior, it might be Rafe who is the real danger to her heart...« less
Mariah Hunter is a thief and an adventurer, but she gets more than she bargains for when she steals a fire opal out from under her old partner and lovers nose. Ben tries to warn her, but she flees the scene and soon finds herself being hunted by one man and travelling with another who popped into her hotel room out of thin air.
It has been years since I read the first two books in the Phantom series so when I originally started this book I had to stop and go back and reread the first two to refresh my memory. I am glad I did because it gave me a chance to rekindle my attachment to a lot of the characters.
This third book is definitely my favorite. I love Mariahs spirit and her tough outer shell. I loved reading about her and Rafe and watching him page by page melt her icy heart. The heat between the two is incredible and their lead up to happily ever after realistic and exciting. They both have a past with baggage that adds to paths they select when dealing with each other, emotionally, it gave the story depth and added a layer of believability to their relationship.
I really enjoy the magic and the glimpses of the old Romani Village, Valoren, that Rafe and his family come from. If you havent read the first two books in this series, I strongly suggest you do so. They are all connected and characters appear and reappear in each book. Had I not read them I really feel like I would have felt a little lost or at least like I was missing out while reading this one.
Some things were left up in the air at the end of this book, and I find myself wishing I had a book four in my hands. I dont feel like I have all the closure I need to have with some of the other characters like Ben and Cat, Gemma and Paxton and finally Rogan and Sarina. I would love for another book in this series, and the sooner the better - tomorrow would be great!
Cherise Everhard, December 2012
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I read the first book in this series, "Phantom Pleasure", and enjoyed it. In my opinion, this was a good continuation of the storyline. I enjoyed the read, but I felt a tiny bit less passion than in the first. I think I would have enjoyed a bit more of a build up prior to her discovery. None the less it was still entertaining.