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Demon Marked (Guardian Series) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2011
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It always amazes me how different each of the Guardian books are from each other, and though Demon Marked doesn't have the fiery sensuality of Demon Forged or the brilliant scheme in the background like Demon Blood, the development in the relationship between Ash and Nicholas, and Khavi's use of them to bring about a significant event in the series arc, are both really interesting.
Don't worry, there still is some steamy payoff in the romance, but it comes late in the book - with a decent amount of tension building coming before. But what I found fascinating is that from the start as the pair interact with each other, both characters are on the lookout for nuances and clues into each other - knowing better than to take an 'enemy' at face value - and often the act of hiding a reaction is quite telling. And I really liked how both Ash and Nick actually go from being emotionally blank to being passionate over the course of the story.Read more ›
The fun thing about this read was the male lead wasn't completely Alpha, and the female lead was strong but with a lot of very real, human issues. There's a few steamy moments but they do come later in the book. If you are looking for lots of sex scenes, this isn't your book. If you are looking for an interesting story, check this out.
First Line: "Ash hadn't meant to frighten the girl. She hadn't even noticed the little blonde until after the subway train pulled away. The disembarking crowd quickly dispersed, leaving the underground platform empty but for Ash and a few other waiting passengers."
I liked the first line. I immediately wondered who Ash was, and how she'd frightened a little girl. That kept me turning the page until I figured out that what scared the girl was Ash's eyes, which had started to glow. Glowing eyes...cool! I read on, and was hooked.
This is not the first book in the series. Far from it, it's the latest. So if you like to read a series from the beginning, start with Demon Angel. I haven't read it, but it's on my To Be Read pile as we speak.
Awakening in a psychiatric hospital from a three year catatonic haze, Ash has no memory of the past or who she is except for fleeting nightmares of ice and terror. Escaping with what little information she could find in her patient files, Ash heads to London, to Nicholas St. Croix and the possibility of discovering who and what she is for she's decidedly not human but something...other. While this otherness would undoubtedly cause fear in any normal person, little affects Ash. The blistering cold winter weather in London, while uncomfortable, doesn't slow her down. She needs no nourishment and no sleep. And while people and their thoughts fascinate her, Ash can't manage to produce any emotion of her own. That is until something, someone or some action sparks a moment of familiarity, not exactly a memory, but rather a sense of déjà vu. Upon finding Nicholas, Ash doesn't sense the familiarity she seeks until he captures her mouth in a ravenous kiss.
Concluding what must be a demon wearing the guise of his long dead girlfriend, Rachel Boyle, Nicholas St. Croix feels a rushing gush of hatred and malevolent glee as the opportunity to finally slay the demon that ruined his life now stands before him, snared in his trap. Wanting answers and expecting the demon executing Rachel's mannerisms with perfect ease to lie just as easily, Nicholas enters into a bargain that completely benefits his cause. The demon will tell him everything she knows, never lie, and if she's not the one he seeks, then she'll help him find her; her being Madelyn, his mother. In exchange, Nicholas will help the demon discover who she is.Read more ›
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Another great book had me from the start I love this series of books. This author is one of my top 5 authors I have many of her books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by lynnette
For me this book was 2.5/3 Stars ONLY. It started out strong and then petered out.
I have not read this servies before (This is Book 7) I think it may have been a... Read more
Meljean Brook is a remarkable writer and I so wanted to give her 5 stars for this book as it is one of her best. Read morePublished 20 months ago by susej
I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. I really like the series as a whole, and this is one of the better installments. I really like the heroine, who is actually pretty funny. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by MH
Nicholas St. Croix is out to destroy his mother. Well, he's out to destroy the person he thought for years was his mother, anyway. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Kirsten Lenius
I’ll say this for the Guardian series: as much as these books are woven together, Meljean Brook does an amazing job of giving them all their own identity. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Jen (Red Hot Books)
I strongly recommend this series to fans of paranormal romance. A complex world, good romances, a great overarching plot, some humor. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by JN
The Guardian Series by Meljean Brook is awesome! When I got this book, I thought that it was kind of leading off of the main story line and was a bit slow, but she picked it up so... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Jessica