I received this book for free from Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Guardian's Bond by Rhenna Morgan
Also in this series: Healer's Need
Series: Ancient Ink #1
Published by Carina Press on March 12th 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting
Source: Carina Press
Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.
Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.
Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions and with his body.
Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.
This book is approximately 90,000 words
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Edited by Angela James
Rhenna Morgan is one of those authors that I just count as my favorites, and I will seriously buy anything that she writes because her books work for me in just the ways the I adore a solid romance. So when I heard about her new series, I was over the top excited because I was curious to see what she would do. She tends to do wonders with switching genres, so I was so intrigued. I honestly don’t even think I read the blurb before reading it, I just started reading and my world was blown away….so let me tell you why….
Priest Rahandras has lived alone for so many years. Ever since his brother betrayed their people and slaughtered so many of them, Priest has had a part of that darkness living inside of him and he wonders if that darkness will overcome the good in him. He is focused on protecting those he protects and teaching everything he can to those vulnerable. His primary goal is to rebuild his clan, never suspecting that he would meet his mate. Everything in him, the man….the jaguar…and the darkness all pay attention from the moment he sees her walk into his shop with her brother and her grandmother, an elder that he never thought he would see again. But now he will have to prove himself worthy to his mate, who is clueless to their ways and customs, and show her that she is worthy of love and passion.
You’re my mate. Nothing ranks higher for me than winning you and I won’t quit until you accept me
Kateri Falsen has been trained her whole life to focus on the logical and the “facts” and to not ever to rely on her emotions. But her life gets turned upside down when her parents are murdered, and both she and her brother’s lives are in grave danger. Her grandmother insists that they go to the one man that can protect them. Kateri doesn’t understand her connection to this scary male who is very intimidating, but she senses something deeper and even though she isn’t used to relying on her instincts, she starts to realize that he calls out to the deepest part of her.
“I’m not a kitten.”
“Yes, you are.” Spoken right beside her ear, low and daring her to argue otherwise. “Fearless and so ready to grow into your claws you can’t hardly stand it, but curious enough to get into trouble.”
From the first part of the story we are sucked in completely into this book, I mean honestly, I read a few paragraphs and I was HOOKED….Rhenna Morgan surely knows how to bait me the right way because this book did everything I am looking for in a romance and MORE. What we see in this story is seeing a group of people trying to survive a great evil that is hunting them but there is only one powerful enough to save them…Kateri.
A young woman who was never told of her talents or her heritage because of fear and now Kateri will need to make a choice…ignore what she feels, or embrace her destiny and save her people that need her. We see such growth and changes in Kateri and such a beautiful journey that she goes on. Seeing this logical thinking woman learn how to rely on her instincts and her heart. And boy does our hero know how to court a woman. Man just thinking about our hero gives me all the yummy tingles.
I love that in this book, he has to prove he is worthy, that he doesn’t rush her before she is ready and that he accepts her for who she is and only wants to stand by her side and be her support. LOVE that so much. We see that Priest slowly teaches her how to defend herself, to embrace those parts of herself that she has ignored, and shows her the desire they feel for each other and a tender yet powerful love builds between them. There is a great villain in the story and I am guessing will be in the series too, because wow he is craft and cunning but our Kateri is one powerful woman!! She really packs a punch and when she is protecting those she loves….watch out folks because she kicks ass.
Whatever the cause for the rigid structure that controlled her life, he was prepared to fight it. To annihilate whatever barriers caged the woman inside and show her how sweet life felt when lived outside any pre-defined paths.
We get introduced to some fun characters and I do want to mention the worldbuilding in this book which is so superb. Honestly, I LOVED the details and getting pieces of the puzzle with each chapter and learning more about the nuances of this world that Morgan introduces to us. I seriously was so drawn into this world that when the book ended I was like WHAT???!!! It can’t be over already….but alas it is….I will just have to try to be patient (not my strong suit) and wait for book two.
Overall I found Guardian’s Bond to be a stimulating, edge of your seat, give you a thrill straight down the spine and strikes emotionally provoking to the heart that leaves you breathless and aching for more!! EXHILARATING!