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A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1 | [Donna Grant]

A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1

Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that.
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Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest.

In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that. The last time he found myself so drawn to a woman, it nearly cost him the lives of his men. Hugh cannot allow that to happen again. He won't allow that to happen again. Yet every time she looks at him, begging him with those blue-green eyes to believe her, he finds himself sinking further under her spell. Her mouth is a temptation mortal men will never know, and her love will either bring him the peace he thought he'd never find - or the death he's managed, thus far, to avoid.

©2012 Donna Grant (P)2013 Tantor

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-16-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "PARANORMAL INTRIGUE,DUTY & LOVE MAKE A GREAT COMBO"

    Six handsome hunky time travelling Warriors working for the Fae battling evil and saving realms then moving on to the next evil threat. This was a delicious start to DG's new paranormal series that had fast paced action, mystery, magic, a murdering demon, romance, sex, love, evil siblings, a few twists - and all this was intertwined with the 'oh, who is it?' basis of the storyline that keeps you guessing..... and your earphones glued in.

    Great characters, Hugh the leader of The Shields is instantly attracted to Mina however they were there to do a job and so he tried to fight his attraction to the lovely Mina but, of course, he failed. However, her family had really done a great job in tormenting her through the years so her self-worth was at zero but despite that she started to believe him. Hugh had been deceived before by love and just couldn't trust her and this played a big part in the story which, unfortunately, became repetitive and a bit annoying coupled with Mina's constant low self esteem issues sadly lost this otherwise exciting listen a point from me.

    Worth a credit? Now we've met the characters, learned some of the who, what's and whys of The Shields the foundation has been set and I can't wait to discover what imaginative supernatural story-lines DG will conjure up for us in her forthcoming books as she adds and subtracts the Warriors in the series. Sorry, back to the worth a credit question - well that should of been easily answered by my review - an absolute YES.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 12-12-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Simple, light, quick story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there are many people that might like this book. For me it was like a B movie. The dialogue seemed forced for lack of a better term.


    Would you recommend A Dark Guardian to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I seldom recommend books that are less than a 4 or 4 1/2 and or I have listened to multiple times.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Antony Ferguson?

    He was fine with the male voices but not the female voices. He seemed very robotic too. I am not sure for a narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I did finish it and the ending was happy so, there is that.....


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the story 3 even though it was not near as good as other 3s because I finished it, so I didn't want to give it 2s across.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 01-25-14
    Cheri 01-25-14
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    "Weak"
    Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Antony Ferguson is an excellent narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is weak compared with her Immortal Guardians series. I could not get invested in the characters. It was more like a fairy tale "dragon slayer saves the princess" type of story.
    I will give the next book in the series a chance since I loved the Immortal Guardians.
    If Immortal Guardians was a dog I would say it was a German Shepard and Shields is a frou-frou lap dog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-23-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-23-14 Member Since 2014

    Love Audible Books! Love the new whispersync! Not sure why it says I have been a member since 2014 I have been a member since 2010.

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    "A decent read/listen"

    This was a decent read/listen. I liked the story enough, however I will say it did take all the way to the end to get any answers at all, with no other surprises or twists. The end did get a bit cheesy even for a HEA. The characters were very likable and there was plenty of dialogue. There was a couple decent sex scenes in book.

    Although I liked the book well enough, I don't feel like it was a potential addiction book that gave me a rush to read the next in the series.

    The narration was good enough. Antony Ferguson is no Robert Petkoff who is the best male narrator ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-27-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-27-13

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Loving the Shields."
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book. Donna Grant wrote a full rounded story that was full of wanting excitement and Demons. Antony Ferguson was excellent with a wonderful way of changing his voice for each character. Most enjoyable all round. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen North Providence, RI, United States 07-13-13
    Ellen North Providence, RI, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I can't wait to begin the next book."
    Would you listen to A Dark Guardian again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was exciting and romantic with all the action of a paranormal adventure,


    What did you like best about this story?

    It pulled me into the story right away and kept me wondering who was the villain.


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Lady Mina


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they were in the barn together, his fierceness to have her belong to him was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Donna Grants writing and am always looking for her next adventure to begin. Her highlander novels are incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-25-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-25-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Irritated and Exhausted"

    Now, I know that a romance wouldn't be a romance if the H/h came together happily from the very beginning; however, I become most exhausted when it takes 97% of the book before the H finally accepts that his one true love is right in front of him. I must let you know that it was not the h in this book which failed to keep me happy, it was the H. And yes - it did take him 97% of the book to realise that he could trust the h and keep her. Whew - I was exhausted and irritated and not feeling fluffy and happy about this book.

    The story begins where there is an evil creature killing everyone at the castle and village. The Fae send in warriors to kill the creature and make everything right. The H falls for the heroic h right from the beginning, but feels that she is the reason why the creature came about and THE reason it cannot die. Now - you have the siblings of the h who are selfish, mean, nasty, and downright cruel to the h for most of her life - including every time the good guys are there to witness. You have these same siblings doing mean things and ACTING guilty from the very start. You can't help but love the h. She is kind to everyone, beautiful, heroic in her own sense, and the only one who is willing to try and kill the creature - unlike her mean sister and brother. But....over and over again the H thinks it's something that the h is doing - or that she is controlling the creature - it is the h's fault as to why the creature won't die and that there is something bigger and more evil coming.

    Even though the creature tries to kill her countless times, even though the h is with the good warriors most of the time, even though the Fae likes the h and tries to help the H along with his thoughts, what do we get................the H not believing the h is innocent in all of this? Even when she is kidnapped once again at the end, the stupid H still believes the h is to blame. I got so exhausted from his lack of brains, that I got irritated the story.

    It just didn't do it for me. There wasn't enough passion or commons sense for me to be interested.

    Antony Ferguson's narration was OK but a bit bland

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-19-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?

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    "Not helped by beautiful but plodding narration"

    I listened to this to the end, but I listened to it a chapter at a time, like a comic book. It too me over a period of about a year, picking it up only when I wanted to be mildly entertained in preparation to fall asleep. The story itself is very comic booky in style. We have heroes, a beautiful girl, a creepy brother and sister, a castle under seige, and of course, a monster. There is nothing very original, or even very interesting here. It's not horrible, but it's far from great, or even fun.

    I love Anthony Ferguson's voice. It's deep, resonant, and has a lovely British accent. Unfortunately, he reads each sentence as if it will be his last. I wonder how good he could be if only he would read without so many melodramatic pauses and a more natural delivery.

    I wish there was a way to get an email to him -- the guy has the potential for greatness if only he'd relax a little.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 04-29-15
    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Bad"

    This is the start of a series. I already have book 2 so I will at least go that far. It is not a bad book but the narrator nearly ruined it for me. He is fine in general but it is too monotone or something. He is awful when it comes to the romance or expressing emotion --just that same even monotone. I think a female would have been better. As I said , I will do book 2 but I don't plan to go further if he narrates them all. There was not a lot of explanation about the creatures, the shields, and how and why they time travel. Hopefully that will become clearer in the series or it will be a big disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "could not put this down"
    Where does A Dark Guardian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my top reads


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hugh, because of the way he commands without being over bearing and i like his humou8r


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favourite?

    hugh, val


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    guardians of the shield


    Any additional comments?

    this one of my favourite reads this year, from the minute i tu7rned the book on i read it til the end and finished in only a few days. the charactors are varied and well defined and the relationships between charactors fully formed. i found that fact that you only learn small bits of the shields history intreaging and a real twist on the fnatays gondra.

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