Read: 13th – 16th February 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (HARLEQUIN – Carina Press) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.
The expected publication date is 12th March 2018.
Thanks for the advance copy.
So what’s this book about?
Guardian’s Bond is the first book in a new paranormal romance series – Ancient Ink – by popular contempory and fantasy romance author, Rhenna Morgan who has created a new twist to the shapeshifter genre – the Volán.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
For decades, he’s been alone.
Now, she’s here. His fated mate.
His to win. To protect.
To provide for and pleasure.
Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.
Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.
Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions, and with his body.
Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.
This book is approximately 90,000 words. One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!
So, what did I like about it?
Rhenna Morgan is a new-to-me author. I found her writing style very easy to read, her plot intelligent and engaging throughout and the pace perfect. I loved the way Ms Morgan built her world and the way she gave us that information, weaving it beautifully into this intriguing story without hindering the pace; the clans she created in her new shifter race, their mythology, her interpretation on the shifter genre and the balance and symbiotic relationship she created between the Voláns and their and companion animals. A welcome breath of fresh air in a crowded genre.
I loved our main romantic couple. Eeikki Rahandras aka Priest is our alpha male; he’s a powerful magic wielding shape-shifting High Priest of his clan and in charge of guiding and protecting them, I loved his dominant but caring nature. Kateri Falsen (aka Katy) is an intelligent blonde beauty with a logical scientific mind who has been sheltered from her heritage but is forced to begin a journey of self discovery after her parents are brutally murdered, I loved her resilience and gumption. In fact, I felt that all of the characters in this book were so well written that I was able to connect effortlessly, even the clan members that only briefly appeared captured my interest.
Ok, so if you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I do love passionate, titillating paranormal romance stories, yes there is sex in this story, some quite explicit stuff actually but it’s the sexual tension and anticipation that Ms Morgan built between Priest and Katy that I loved the most. It felt natural, perfectly paced, there was just the right balance of banter, burning passionate words and heated touches. When we finally got to the first fantastically written sex scene; I was breathless. Ms Morgan had built the anticipation perfectly, my emotional connection to her characters complete.
This book had me gripped; I loved the new twists Ms Morgan gave her shifters’ world, the tension she built as the threat of the darkness and the mysteries of the murders crept ever closer, how the anticipation grew between Priest and Katy and the emotional rollercoaster of facing your true self – warts and all.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
No not really.
Now, Guardian’s Bond is the first book in a new series. They are not stand alone tales, so yes I think this book got us off to a great start; it answered enough questions to satisfy the main mysteries and the romance aspect between Priest and Katy but left enough to solve in the ensuing books to make you want to keep reading; a good way to end the first book in a new series without life or death scenario cliffhangers.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this breathtaking paranormal romance.
Guardian’s Bond had everything that I look for in a 5 star book; intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can like (or love to hate) and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story/setting (even when there’s magic and the supernatural involved) and a balanced mix of relationship – platonic or romance – scenes to scenes with action. I look forward to reading Elise and Tate’s story in book 2.
Due to the sexual content– it’s definitely steamy – and the graphic violence, I’d recommend this book to adults who are fans of relationship and romance stories with a good amount of fire and passion.
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