Guardian of Her Heart

Claire Adele
Guardian of Her Heart
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Release Date
February 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Tormented private investigator Mike Wolfson has a killer to catch. Hidden family secrets, including his shape-shifter side, alienate him from the one woman he's always wanted. Stunning child crisis center director Melissa Haven is threatened by the evil underworld of his greatest enemy. Mike must protect her from kidnappers without revealing his dark reality.

Melissa's always believed Mike's wealth and her middle class status kept them apart. Finally together, they can no longer deny their feelings. Daring and determined, she welcomes his tempting caresses as hidden passions ignite. She never expected to share hot erotic pleasures with Mike.

As Mike protects the woman he's always loved from mortal danger, can he reveal his heart-wrenching secret, or will the truth lose her love forever?

Book Review by Mia (reviewer)
Apr 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
192 people found the following review helpful
A tormented shape-shifter, a woman destined to be his mate. An evil enemy lurking in the shadows waiting for the perfect moment to seek revenge. GUARDIAN OF HER HEART has all the elements needed for a steamy, unforgettable experience, buy sadly it didn't deliver.

Private investigator and shapeshifter, Mike Wolfson has spent his life dreaming of the day he can make Melissa Haven his mate. He has never wanted someone as much as he does her. But Melissa must never know his hidden secrets. Being her friend is best. Besides he must avenge his mother's death and find the monster responsible for hooking her on to drugs.

Melissa has dedicated her life protecting those abused. Her crisis center is the one place women and children can escape and find peace. She has always wanted Mike in her life, but feels that their financial status is the reason they have never gone beyond friends. When the husband of one of her victims targets her, Melissa turns to Mike for protection. It is a natural reaction for her, isn't it? After all, he is one of her best friends.

Mike gladly protects Melissa from danger but discovers that he is tired of keeping secrets. The minute he touches her, the wolf he has kept hidden inside comes out to claim his mate.

GUARDIAN OF HER HEART doesn't leave a reader satisfied, even with the happy ending. You are built up with the expectation of reading a deep and passionate story, but despite its promising allure, it doesn't fully deliver. After a few chapters, the book became predictable and boring, lacking romance. The main characters seem to be built only around their uncontrollable lust. Another sad point is that the supporting characters hardly even existed. You got a quick flash of one and then in the next sentence they were gone.

I felt this book had a lot of potential when I read the summary. Unfortunately, despite being a good story idea, it was not well executed. The story was hard to read, it jumped between characters too fast, and was not consistent. You were not sure if you were reading from the point of view of Melissa or Mike. I'd found myself re-reading in numerous spots just to make sure I understood what was going on.

GUARDIAN OF HER HEART is a cozy paranormal romance and a nice quick read. The suspense of the story and the characters were enjoyable despite being predictable. Unfortunately, the story just never really seemed to suck me in. Not bad, but it could have been much better
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