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The journey to love isn’t always a path you choose, sometimes it is a risk you must take.

The CIA didn’t care if Agent Victoria Marshal lived or died in an Afghani hell-hole. Yet, she survived each torture session with single-minded determination, but human flesh has its limits. She knew her time was running short.

Jacob King led a privately funded black ops group into that Afghani village to gather intelligence. He didn’t expect to find an American woman. He admired her brave humor in the face of her agonizing injuries. This kind of tough-minded woman was someone Jacob wanted to know, so he asked her for a date…same time, next year.

He checked out of the hospital against medical orders to make that date. The bullet wound he nursed wasn’t going to stop him from meeting the woman who’d haunted his memory. The leggy, blond, bombshell in the red dress who showed up for their date blew his mind. 

Bullet wounds and battle scars were something Victoria knew how to recover from, and she had just the place for this sexy-as-sin southerner to rehab. Time, proximity and their natural attraction blossomed into something neither expected. 

In a world of shadows, deceit and dangerous covert missions, where people in Jacob’s line of work routinely vanish and living one more day is never a given, Jacob and his men disappear on a mission to rescue another team. To save Jacob and the men of Guardian, Victoria walks back into the profession that nearly killed her, but this time she was playing by her rules.

©2015, 2017 Kris Michaels (P)2019 Kris Michaels

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Loved listening to the audio version!!

Fell in love with the Kings of Guardian from the first chapter I read!! Fell in love all over again before the end of the first chapter listening to the audio version!! From a savvy writer and a great narrator you can’t lose, there’s not enough positive adjectives to describe Kris Michaels writing and I think the same will be said of Matt Haynes narration.

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Highly recommend

I loved these stories and have read and reread all of them numerous times. The narrator Matt Haynes does an awesome job and I can’t wait to see what he does with the rest of the series.

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  • 07-28-19

Loved it!

Great start to a series I love. I REALLY hope all the books end up being recorded. It is a sweet and hot. With action and drama.

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Storyline interesting but...

I believe I would have enjoyed the story with a different narrator. Needed more masculine tone for the male dialogue. This narrator was really monotone & lacked emotion.
Will probably buy kindle addition for rest of series.

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FINALLY!!!

I love this series. Having a voice to the characters is awesome. I think the narrator could have been better but not bad. Can't wait for the rest of the audiobooks. Jacob and Tori are the best couple. Great story.

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I love this series!!

I have read this whole series and live it!! I couldn't wait for it to be on audio and it didnt disappoint!

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Powerful and entertaining start of the series

I just loved how the narrator was able to give you a real feel for so many of the characters. You just know Jacob by hearing him and Tori as well. The story has much action and with so many great characters this narrator is excellent at expressing the little nuances that bring them to your imagination. His interpretation of Frank, Amanda and Joseph are just so what you think they would be.
I look forward to more of this series.

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Great Book

An excellent book. Well done. I am a Kris Michaels fan, and although I have read her books as standalones I've wanted to go back and do some research on King characters.

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Shallow and boring

I bought this book based on the reviews but actually only listened half way through and then returned it for a refund of my credit.

It was so unrealistic and there was very little character development.

Jacob rescued her and they only spent a few hours together while she was half conscious and in pain. They have no contact for a year and then meet up again. The first thing she does, is walk up to a man who is still virtually a stranger and kiss him. Who does that? Then 5 minutes later they are all over each other. Then the next morning she already asks him to her dad's ranch. And she is supposed to be this kickass strong field agent but she is giggling and blushing the whole time. It was all so corny and it made me cringe. A woman who has been betrayed by her team and tortured would likely have trust issues and won't behave like that. And then for the next hour and a half basically nothing interesting happens. The characters show no development they just continue with the corniness.

And there were blatant holes in the story. A few times I thought I had accidentally skipped a piece but went back and listened but nothing.

I wouldn't waste a credit, there are much better series in this genre.

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Aweome!!

Awesome!!!! Fully enjoyed every word !! Can't wait till I get the whole series!! Wow!

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  • Charlotte Groenewald
  • 11-25-21

Excellent Listen

There are good stories and there are well written stories- this was both . I really enjoyed this audiobook, it had a good balance of action, emotion and the intimate scenes were just right - descriptive but not smutty. If I have anything negative, it would be that 8 children all with names starting with the same letter of the alphabet may be cute but can be confusing. I had to keep trying to remember who was who and this interrupted the flow of the narrative for me, but otherwise this was an excellent book to listen to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-02-19

Wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!

I absolutely love these books and have waited what feels like forever for them to come out on audio book.! They are great stories, ever so well written, with heaps of fantastic characters all who intermingle, great family banter with twists and turns galore! There are loads of sarcastic moments, tender moments, times to laugh out loud, times to cry at the raw humanity (or lack of it), times to cringe, to celebrate - I just can't rave about this series enough. Great suspense with fantastic plots, fab alpha males, great dynamics, amazing ladies with sass and attitude, incredible steamy scenes that curl your toes and then funny moments where you want to laugh before slapping someone upside the head!!! Start at the beginning and I guarantee you will not be disappointed if military romance is your thing. You literally could not ask for more!!! 50 STARS!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Oh gosh

I don't think I have ever been so invested in the outcome of a story before! Talk about grabbing my interest and couldn't put it down. I even had to turn it off last night so I could go to sleep (I often listened to a book TO sleep) then had to finish it in my lunchbreak but had to turn it off because I was SOBBING at one point - and that is SO not me.
Action, suspense and romance. Keep em coming Kris PLEASE!!

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  • Martyn
  • 08-08-19

A great book come to life

I love these books and it was great to hear the characters come to life. I'm not sure I liked the voice for Joseph (Fury) he sounds a bit creepy so I hope that changes before the second book comes out.

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  • karen grave
  • 05-05-20

this was awesome!!!!

I'm truly excited this is the first I've read of this author and the 1st I've listened to this narrator.
I am really impressed kris does an amazing job at keeping the suspense flowing; at first I thought it was going to be a soft Ops story as the interlude at The Ranch began, however I soon saw it as not only a reprieve but a build up to future plots with insights to other stories so the Ebb, Flow and the suspense an angst of the overall book was amazing.
I liked that the operations part of the story was well researched in regards to weaponry and logistics it tended to give the story some credibility and Flow. Although Jacob and Tori fell hard, hot and fast it seems to be the standard recipe for Alpha males with all authors that write these scenarios.
So looking forward to the rest of the series;
Matt Haynes did an awesome job of narration. I have been moving away from single narrators but the comments about him made me give him a try and I'm happy I did.
it's now dec 2021 and I've just relistened to this book. knowing every book in the series now right through to the gutwrencing end it was awesome to go back as characters I didn't know then, I know now. kris's two books due in March the siege 1 and 2 is already nailbiting as my guardian family are going to be in big trouble.
her in depth description of security for the guardian centre is going to be difficult to counterattack ... if Kris takes that route.....just awesomeness all round.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-28-19

Excellent

Loved it narrator was very good and cannot wait for rest of the series to come out