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.
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.
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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!.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
It’s clear this was one of Ms. Calmes’ early books. The writing is really not good. The pacing is weird and the point of view changes are abrupt and jarring.
The characters are not believable. Jude feels like a female character, not a gay man. The dialog from Eoin is also really hard to follow. She was trying for a foreign accent and feel, but it’s just clunky.
I recommend picking another of her many excellent books.
imaginative and compelling. Romantic and really sexy. I was instantly drawn to the characters. Great fun!
If you could sum up The Guardian in three words, what would they be?
sexy, enjoyable, entertaining.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Eoin was just amazing in both forms. such strong character and so loving .
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
i have read the book before i bought the audio so i was a little disappointed. it felt kind of forced like the narrator was bored....
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
when the two protagonists first meet was predictable but strong and when they finally see each other after their seperate journeys.