The Guardians by Elise Marion

MarrionTheGuardiansWhere I Got It: Review copy.

Publisher: Marion Press (2015)

Narrator: Henry McNulty

Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

Series: Book 1 The Guardians

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Addison is a hard working young lady with a difficult past. Her future may be even more difficult. Jack and Micha are team, Guardians, and they have been tasked with finding Addision, convincing her of the truth of her origins, and convincing her to help them. There is a battle between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, Guardians and Demons. Addison and Jack are in for more than they expect.

I enjoyed this book far more than I expected. It is the perfect mix of urban fantasy and romance, being more the first rather than the latter. The characters are all a little flawed in some way, making them very human. Even more so, they each are aware of their own little hangups, each trying in their way to work them out. No one needs to be coddled.

Bad things happen to folks in this book. We’re dealing with demons and other agents of the Devil, so it makes sense that not everything will be roses and sugar cubes bathed in golden rays of sunshine. Each has lost something precious to them and each has to address the choice: walk the path of good and true or the path of evil. This book was more complicated than I expected in this aspect and I really appreciated that. Things are not black and white.

Addison was my favorite character. She didn’t have the best upbringing and learned at a young age to be self-reliant. But as the years have gone by, she seems to have less control over herself when she gets angry, and sometimes detrimental things happen to those around her when she gets angry. She had to face quite a bit in this book, including the possibility that she is worthy.

Besides the agents of evil and demon beasties, the quest to save humanity and face inner demons, there is the romance and sex. Both are hot. The romance doesn’t take up too much of the book, but rather gets wrapped into the plot. The one sex scene is gorgeous and lush. Definitely worthy!

Micha stole the show quite a few times. He’s a chef as well as being a Guardian. His cooking is featured more than once and it is not just his human friends who  enjoy it. Periodically angels pop on by for a chat and tasty shrimp in sauce over grits.

This is a lovely addition to the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres out there. It does a great job of balancing the action and the romance. Also, while the characters each have their own ideas about their chosen deities, the author never gets preachy.

The ending of this book isn’t all sweetness and light. Indeed, we are left with something of a cliffhanger, so you might want to have Book 2 ready to go. Still, I liked the ending because this quest to save humanity is not meant to be easy.

I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author via Audiobook Blast Facebook in exchange for an honest review (thanks!).

Narration: Henry McNulty had the perfect deep rich voice for Jack, who tells the bulk of the story. McNulty could melt ice cubes in outdoors in winter with that voice. Additionally, he had believable female voices, Hispanic accents, and evil demon noises.

What I Liked:  Great mix of action and romance; tasty food is involved; not preachy at all, even though we have angels and demons; lovely sex scene; complicated characters; very dramatic ending!

What I Disliked: I know this is small, but the cover, as handsome as it is, doesn’t really reflect all the awesomeness contained in this book.

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