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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"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.
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!.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Fun if a bit corny and predictable"
I pretty much always enjoy Mary Calmes writing voice. This story has a very "school girl fantasy" element to is - what with the shifter element and the "fated for you" element. It was quick and fun and I enjoyed the trip. I've listened to it 2, maybe 3 times since I bought it. Love the intriguing sort of hint at the end that this supernatural world might be linked to the mundane world of the Matter of Time series.
It was a little corny and a little predictable but still the rich and well fleshed out writing of Mary Calmes. Well worth a credit in my estimation.
Very enjoyable read! Would love to read more like this one or more from this author!
"So In Love!"
I just fell in love with the story, with Jude, with everything about this and to have Sean Crisden bring it life was just amazing.
I'm really bummed though because book 2 and 3 has a different narrator and there is just no point in spending my money on someone that is no where near as amazing as Mar. Crisden.
I'm done buying audio books with narrators who sound decades older than the main characters and who are just awful narrators. I guess if authors don't care who reads their work of art for money, then I'm not wasting my hard earn money on their art.
So, this story was fabulous all around, I'm sad to miss out on book 2 and 3 but that narrator is a no go!
"Fantasy vs. Reality"
What a warm and sensual story. What happens in fantasy can become reality if one jus believes enough. If only.....
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