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The Guardian

A Gay Romance Novel
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (402 ratings)
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This Story Is Sexy

Publisher's Summary

Jude Shea's life is turned upside down when he rescues a dog he names Joe. Even though Jude has enough trouble taking care of himself—he doesn't even have a job—he can't resist the animal that needs him. Then one night, a man shows up on his doorstep looking to claim Jude's new companion. As they run from a surprise attack, Jude finds out that "Joe" is not what he seems.

Eoin Thral is a guardian from an alternate dimension, and once he leads Jude through the veil that separates their worlds, he transforms into a handsome hulk of a man known for his fighting skills, not the capacity for love. Jude finds himself immersed in Eoin’s world, and he's faced with the fight of his life to secure a happy future for them both.

©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2010 Mary Calmes

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    5 out of 5 stars

Love story for the Ages

I love Mary Calmes. I have listened to a few of her audio books and am always pleased. She is a wonderful writer and this story is no exception. I didn't want it to end. The descriptions were so vivid that I could feel the cold night air once they passed through the veil. Wonderful listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 06-26-11

Excellent

I love Mary Calmes and have all of her books on audio and on eBook. This is a great story and has wonderful characters. Looking forward to seeing 'Trusted Bond' on audio soon, I hope!.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Liana
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 04-28-11

Good but not Best

Not my favorite Mary Calmes book although I did like it a lot. Her series Matter of Time is an absolute pleasure to read, and I find myself thinking of lines throughout my work day. I cannot seem to get through a day without Change of Heart (not so much Trusted Bond the sequel). I would definitely recommend The Servant. And don't even get me started gushing about Timing! In comparison to all of these other books, The Guardian was just sort of 'meh' for me. As someone else pointed out Jude. Is. Perfect! And we get told this over and over and over and over until really it becomes a little annoying. Once you get past the perfection and absolutely stunning gorgeousness that is Jude, the heart of the story is really lovely. I am completely in love with the sexy, strong alpha males that Mary Calmes writes, Eoin (should be pronounced Owen btw not Eh-oh-in as the reader does, but that's forgivable) is no exception. There are funny moments and moments in this book where my heart hurt for Jude. All in all a pretty good book. Just, not the best. If you really want a similar (though WAY better) book by Calmes to read, I recommend definitely getting your hands on The Servant. That's where she hits, where The Guardian misses.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

I am a huge fan of both Sean Crisden and Mary Calmes, but this wasn't my favorite book of theirs. It was amazing up until they were separated, and then it lost some of my attention. Although I like this genre more and the story was very unique and well-written, I think the characters in Acrobat were more likable and believable. Despite that, it was still very good. Sean Crisden was fantastic as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 05-03-11

It felt like she gave up...

The book starts off strong.

I'll admit that I disliked the way the point of view kept changing and that Jude felt like a Mary Sue, but the story itself had potential.

I was disappointed.

JUST as the story begins to build and the adventure REALLY kicks off, Calmes takes a totally different route. It felt like she was giving up on the story. Jude returns home, you don't see any of the adventure the plot had been building up to, you get very little info about how everything resolves and the story just sort of cops out and ends. Happily ever after.

A story is supposed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. This story had a beginning, no middle, and a weak ending.

Jude was too perfect, the love interest felt unrealistic, and the way the plot just sort of quit was such a let down.

This book left me wishing I hadn't spent money on it.

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  • Sharon
  • Alexandra Hills, Australia
  • 03-11-11

missed the mark

I like the ideas and characters Mary Calmes comes up with for her books (her "Matter of Time" series is a guilty pleasure of mine), but I just wish she'd tone down the 'gushing'. In this story almost every time her main character Jude meets a new character, the point of view would switch so that the new character could gush about how wonderful, gorgeous perfect etc, Jude is. I think I strained my eyes from all the eye rolling I was doing every time I had to again hear about Jude's perfection. As for the narrator... I think he'd be better off doing voice over work for cartoons. He's lack of range (two believable voices seems to be his limit) is doing this story no favours.

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A story I can’t help returning to again and again

Let me premise this by saying that while I have listened to a few of Mary Calmes audiobooks, she’s not a favorite of mine. The supposed cluelessness of her main characters gets taxing after awhile and I have a strong dislike for stories that are carried through multiple books focusing on the same two characters. The cluelessness was definitely there in this one, but I also wonder if my strong love for this story is because it’s wrapped up in a tidy bow at the end...no sequels needed.

One thing I will praise about Calmes, however, is the ingenuity that surrounds her stories and this one is no different. It’s a unique storyline that I haven’t encountered anywhere and it’s done superbly. You have the cluelessness with the MC (Jude), but it doesn’t overwhelm the story and I didn’t find myself frustrated with his actions as much as others (His Consort, for example). Eoin was equally enthralling and the chemistry between the two was apparent (in both of the guardian’s forms—dog and man).

I’m actually a little surprised by the subpar reviews. It completely checks all of my boxes—loveable characters, unique storyline, lots of smexy times, low angst and GREAT narration. Sean Crisden does the full range of voices (including accents from “the veil” characters) extremely well and he was absolutely the best choice for it. I have no problems recommending this book time and time again as one of (what I feel, at least) Mary Calmes best stand-alone works.

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Not my favorite

This story felt like it was all over the place. A little bit shifter, a little bit fae, a little bit urban, and none of it done particularly well. I liked the fated partner aspect. I thought that was fairly well handled. It was fun, but not very satisfying. The McDonalds of a Mary Calmes story.

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tired of uber alpha males

I am tired of gay romance so often having uber alpha males. maybe it might get better later in the book. but I draw a line of kidnapping threats of violence and attempted rape from a so called lead. oh they are destined for each other so ok.... that is BS.

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  • VivL
  • Bay Area CA
  • 01-14-18

Enjoyable and cute

I’ve listened to several books by Mary Calmes and have enjoyed them all. This was no exception as it brought may smiles and thoughts to me while listening.