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Review: Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook

Guardian DemonTitle: Guardian Demon

Author: Meljean Brook

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Guardians (Book #8)

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Format: Paperback, 576 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425250989 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425250983 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

In this thrilling conclusion to the Guardian series, New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook delivers another stunning page-turner, in which the fate of humanity depends upon a tortured warrior winning the trust—and heart—of the woman he wounded…

After a terrifying encounter in Hell destroys her trust in Michael, the Guardian’s powerful leader, former detective Andromeda Taylor is ready to call it quits as one of the angelic warriors and resume her human life again. But when demonic forces threaten her closest friends and she uncovers a terrifying plot devised by Lucifer, Taylor is thrown straight into Michael’s path again…

To defeat Lucifer, Michael needs every Guardian by his side—and he needs Taylor more than any other. The detective is the key to keeping his own demonic side at bay, and Michael will do anything to protect her and keep her close. And when Taylor manifests a deadly power, her Gift might tip the scales in the endless war between Heaven and Hell…or it might destroy them both with a single touch.

Quick & Dirty: Andromeda Taylor is a guardian who is sworn to protect humans from all otherworld creatures. When Lucifer decides to break through hell into our world it is up to Andromeda and the other guardians to keep everyone one on earth safe. If that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor must protect herself from getting hurt when Michael, another guardian, decides he wants her for himself.

Opening Sentence: Detective Andromeda Taylor’s life had ended with a kiss.

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The Review:

Detective Andromeda Taylor sacrificed her life to save the life of her partner, in doing so she became a guardian, sworn to protect humans from demons, vampires and any other unnatural creature. Still a novice guardian, Andromeda is put to the test as a guardian when the battle between Heaven and Hell intensifies. Lucifer is bent on breaking out of Hell and into earth. If he succeeds, he plans to destroy the world. Now, with the help of the other guardians, Andromeda must defeat the most powerful demon in the world. Also, she must figure out how she feels about the leader of the guardians and whether she can trust him with her heart.

I really liked Andromeda. Even when things go wrong and most people would just give up — she does not. She stays strong and endures. She is a wonderful heroine. She fights her own battles and does not need a man to always rescue her, but she does enjoy being rescued by Michael at times. Also, Taylor has a strong sense of right and wrong which helped her be a good cop and an even better guardian. Taylor is very loyal. She doesn’t love easily, but when she loves someone, it is unconditional.

Michael is your typical hero, very well built, dark, mysterious and he would do anything to protect the woman that he loves. On the other hand, he has wings, can heal any supernaturally received wound, and can teleport to anyone who does not have a strong mental shield up. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like Michael. First because I thought he was supposed to be an angel and I have never really enjoyed angel stories. It turns out that guardians are not angels, but are actually somewhere between angels and humans. The second reason I did not think I was going to like him was because he had a dark side that once harmed Taylor. As the story progressed, I started to like him. Even though he was thousands of years old, he still made mistakes and felt guilty about them. Also, though I am independent, I like a man who would do anything to protect his woman, even if it killed him in the process. He is strong and a good leader, protecting those in his command. Also, Michael never asks the other guardians to do something he is not willing to do himself, which is a really good quality in a leader.

Even though this is the first book I have read in this series, it was very easy to follow and understand what is going on and what has happened in earlier novels. I thought I was not going to enjoy this book when I started to read it, but it actually surprised me and turned out to be a very enjoyable read. I recommend this to fantasy lovers. Also, if you are like me and do not like angel type books try this one —- it is truly a book worth reading.

Notable Scene:

Khavi yanked the spear back. Excruciating pain tore a gurgling cry from her, but that wasn’t all that went. Bits of her bone and flesh clung to the spear. Michael’s big hands rose to catch her even as the spear’s head, dripping with her blood, jerked back through his body.

And her mind didn’t release him. He was ripped away, and she screamed as his psyche tore free with bits of hers still clinging. He caught her as darkness filled the shredded remains. No white light, no kiss. Just darkness and pain and the stench of Hell, wrapped up in Michael’s arms.

The Guardians:

1. Demon Angel

2. Demon Moon

3. Demon Night

4. Demon Bound

5. Demon Forged

6. Demon Blood

7. Demon Marked

8. Guardian Demon

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Guardian Demon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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