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The Guardians Book 1
Tessa McFionn
Paranormal Romance
Etopia Press
December 26, 2014

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Voivode Malakai Gregori Vadim was the Crown Prince of the Moldavian Province of Iasi and his last battle changed his life forever. Kai was recruited as a Guardian Warrior fighting against Rogue Warriors who are intent on chaos and destruction.

It has been seven hundred years since Kai has fought against his enemies and protected the innocent. On this particular night in California, he will once again protect an innocent, only it will also change his life. He sees what appears to be a young girl standing on a bridge intent on jumping. Kai immediately goes to the girl’s side, only to realize she is older than he first thought and that she is none other than his spiritmate. Her name is Siobhan (Voni) Whelan and she is far from being young, she is actually thirty and a dancer.

Since the death of her fiance, James, Voni has spent the last year in total darkness. Every night she suffers from horrendous nightmares and every day she asks herself when will the pain end? She decided to end her miserable life until she looked into the eyes of her savior. Her savior was tall and gorgeous and had a tenderness and elegance about him. She couldn’t come to terms with the fact that she felt a deep attraction for him, something she hasn’t felt in a long time. Kai knows he has to have her, but he knows he must take his time since she is in a very fragile state.

In order for a Guardian to take a spiritmate they must either bring her into the Guardians or choose another to take his place. He must also get her to begin to live again. She has little or no confidence in herself and cannot believe a man such as Kai would be interested in her. He knows he has a challenge in front of him, but there is no way he is giving up on the one person who will complete him.

When I first started the book, I was immediately pulled in. I loved Voni and Kai and the relationship between them. I read as Kai began to realize her darkness was caused by Konstantin, his enemy from the Rogue Warriors, and that she could be in danger. I had only one problem with the book and that was my interest waned when the story dragged on. For almost half of the book, it involved Kai’s feelings, his constant talk of his shrinking pants, and trying to give Voni confidence. When it wasn’t Kai’s feelings it was Voni’s, and although at first I loved it, it just became redundant. It gets tiring having the same thoughts expressed over and over again. That is the only reason I did not give the book five stars.

When an author is lucky enough to grab her audience’s attention, it is sad when that attention begins to fade as it did for me. I look forward to the next book in the series, but hope that it is shortened. The book did have sex, romance, lies, and surprises, although the sex didn’t come till half way mark.