Title: Eternal Flame (Guardians)
Author: Valerie Twombly
Published Date: October 18, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream…
When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the gods have gifted him with a mate, he is pissed. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists.
Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep.
Two worlds, one desire. When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?
***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
In this first book of the Guardian series, Valerie Twombly introduces the reader to a world that appears impossible to exist. She brings to life a world that includes magical beings that can shift into dragons, vampires, angels and mythical gods. There’s even a literal trip to Hell involved.
Cassandra, the main female character, has had her share of heartbreak in her life and has given up on men. The only man in her life is in her dreams. Dreams that are sexually charged and filled with things she’s never done. Cassie is convinced that this man can’t possibly exist…then to her surprise and horror, she sees the man from her dreams in a bar she and her sister Jill go to. She’s flustered and turned on at the same time, and she doesn’t know his name. She runs from him, but not far enough because he rescues her hours later. Sparks fly between them and she tries to fight it because she knows this man can hurt her.
Who is this man? This man is Marcus. He’s a vampire guardian sworn to protect the human world from harm. He too has had his share of heartbreak centuries before and is completely against the new mate that the gods picked for him. He thinks it’s a waste of time and that no human woman would stay if they knew who he is. When Marcus meets Cassie, he feels the attraction and knows instantly that she’s his mate. He too fights the sparks so that he doesn’t get hurt in the end.
These two people are thrown together in the middle of a war between two different species: dragon shifters and the guardians (vampires). Marcus knows that he will protect Cassie at all costs but fights hard not to love her. Cassie is scared of the feelings that she has but as she learns more about Marcus’ life and world, the more she understands that she doesn’t want to live without him. But is it enough to defeat an evil demon who wants her blood in order escape Hell?
This first book in this series and it was amazing. Valerie brought to life things that I can only dream of and she made them incredibly realistic. There are twists and turns throughout the book that I didn’t see coming and was constantly surprised. The characters develop well throughout the book, although there were some points where I think Cassie asked too many times for things to be explained and re-explained. The plot flows well but does leave you with a cliffhanger. While the cliffhanger does set up what I think will be the starting point for the next book, it doesn’t give you any closure. All in all it was a great book and I would love to read the next one.
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