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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 2010

    bookworm

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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.

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-27-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-27-13 Member Since 2009

    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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    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. :)

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    Cheri SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-25-14
    Cheri SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    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.

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-23-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-23-14 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.

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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.

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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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