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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
No. I seldom recommend books that are less than a 4 or 4 1/2 and or I have listened to multiple times.
He was fine with the male voices but not the female voices. He seemed very robotic too. I am not sure for a narrator.
I did finish it and the ending was happy so, there is that.....
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.
Antony Ferguson is an excellent narrator.
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.
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.
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
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. :)
Absolutely. It was exciting and romantic with all the action of a paranormal adventure,
It pulled me into the story right away and kept me wondering who was the villain.
When they were in the barn together, his fierceness to have her belong to him was amazing.
I love Donna Grants writing and am always looking for her next adventure to begin. Her highlander novels are incredible.
I don't want to live in a world without books!
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.
"could not put this down"
one of my top reads
hugh, because of the way he commands without being over bearing and i like his humou8r
guardians of the shield
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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