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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517649536
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- Publication Date: September 29, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01600NDIE
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Guarded Hearts (Royal Guard Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The writing style is fairly well done and the premise is incredibly interesting, but everything about the main character and the plot falls apart pretty quickly after the first couple chapters. Lilly goes from being this strong female character who has goals and dreams and the drive to get them, to this angsty, whiny, weak female who literally cries every chapter. She's incredibly oversensitive, thinks the worst about everyone (and always assumes the worst of them), and she can't deal with any kind of confrontation without dissolving into a messy pile of tears. What the heck happened to the strong female heroine that started the book?
Granted, I can understand why she wants to cry considering that the author throws heartbreakin cliché after cliché at her, barely giving the poor girl a moment's peace before hitting her with a new revelation about how almost everyone in her life has lied to her and betrayed her trust since her parents' died. Although, honestly, at a certain point, she should probably just run dry of tears - she must be getting incredibly dehydrated.
I can't imagine why Knox even wanted her to be honest. The very first interaction he has with her, he asks her to dance and when she's astonished, gently teases "I know you know how, after all the other men you've been dancing with tonight." This immediately causes Lilly to think that he's inferring that she's a slvt and that he's looking down on her for not being nobility and that he's a horrible snob and a jerk (like... omg so high school). While I dn't understand Knox's interest in her following this, I could at least get behind her "I'll show them" attitude.
But then, at the trials for the guards, when Knox intervenes because he's worried she's going to be hurt by the giant they've put her up against for combat, she throws a temper tantrum, accuses him of destroying her dream, and runs off and cries about it while simultaneously running away - not caring that she's hurting everyone she supposedly cares about. Like... she already knew she was going to face resistance, she managed to stand her ground to her Uncle, why can't she stand her ground to Knox in the same manner? Point out that the law doesn't keep her from competing? Actually COMMUNICATE?
Communicatoin is def a failing in this book. Her and Knox's "love" for each other pretty much comes about because of all the thoughts they have about each other. She knows that he supports charities, helps the poor, blah, blah, blah and so he must be an all around good guy even though he denied her the chance to become a guard, but they never actually TALK about this. Everything he knows about her comes from his aid - her hard work in school, the fact that she became a maid so as not to accept charity from the family that took her in after her parents died - they never have a conversation about any of this. In fact, every conversation they have seems to end with her in tears... exactly where is the romance in that?
Cliches she faces on her path to more tears
- her so called friend tells the one person she hates most in the world about her trying out to be in the guard (forget that he actually has a decent explanation, she'd rather go pout about it and not give him a chance to explain, because she just jumps to the conclusion that he sees her as a second class citizen... granted, he should have stood up for her in front of the other dude, but at the same time, she should have stopped and listened)
- the prince asserts that she's a slvt at the ball (except, you know, he doesn't actually, she's just really oversensitive for some reason)
- her uncle is unsupportive of her joining the guard and argues with her
- the prince is unsupportive of her joining the guard and tries to drag her from the field after forbidding it to happen (even though there's no law against it, she doesn't bother to actually use that argument, she just runs off to have a good cry)
- the prince shows up at her new job and tells the management that she'll no longer be working there (rather than listening to him for 5 seconds and letting him explain like he begs, she runs away to cry)
- the prince tells her he's her mate (no, seriously, she cries about this because she thinks the big jerk is just joking, even though she knows his entire unit has been looking for her since she's disappeared and he's now followed her to New York... this is what I mean by her assuming the worst about him, even though she also knows that he's "such a good guy" and she's always thinking about it to develop their relationship)
- she finds out that the prince has abdicated his throne to be with her (more crying, because he didn't give her a choice... this one I can kind of get, but woman, get a hold of yourself, he was trying to do something right because otherwise you STILL wouldn't have a choice because HE wouldn't have a choice since his dad wanted him to marry someone higher on the social scale)
- she assumes that everyone in the kingdom will hate her because the prince abdicated for her (and seriously, how does this one even turn out to be true? there will ALWAYS be the people who see this kind of thing as devastatingly romantic, where were they with their signs?)
- she gets shot protecting the queen the moment she returns after overhearing a dastardly plot (because, you know, there wasn't enough drama already going on)
- after being shot, she overhears a whole conversation about how her uncle is actually her dad and they kept that from her (so much more crying, yes this is such a huge betrayal that you have a doting father who loved you and cared for you through your childhood and now you STILL have a father... you should definitely assume that they didn't tell you because they thought you wouldn't have enough love for both of them.)
At this point, I gave up. She IS too weak to be in the guard, she literally cries about everything that requires any kind of complex emotions. That's her only go-to. And apparently she's incapable of understanding anyone else's viewpoint, assumes everyone is a jerk that's out to get her, and her only virtues are when violence is involved - she's super self-sacrificey because, of course, that's the only way people will see her as equal to them. UGH.
I can see that a lot of other people loved this book... I just can't agree. I was so disappointed in what the character became and how many clichés were thrown into the book, just piling on top of each other without any breathing space. I'm kind of surprised that the parents didn't turn out to actually be alive, giving her something else to cry about, since obviously they should have told her that they're still alive and whatever reason they could have for pretending to be dead wouldn't matter. actually, since I didn't read the last 1/4 of the book, who knows, maybe they are. The book would have been much better served with less drama and Lilly crying, and more connection between her and Knox and them actually getting to know each other (you know, after she promises to do just that) instead of us finding out that they've learned (or in Lilly's case, already know because she read in the paper) such and such about the other person and that just makes them love each other so much more. Actual interaction would have been much more believable, relatable, and interesting (interaction that doesn't end with some kind of "dramatic revelation" and Lilly crying, that is).
I really wanted to like this book after reading the description, and I REALLY liked Lilly in the sample, and I think that's why I ended up being so disappointed when Lilly started falling apart and so did the plot. I pity Knox, having to live with her for the rest of his life... any argument is going to end up like a game of hide and seek, except the hider is going to be crying and he's going to have to grovel to prove that he's not the awful person she assumes he is. Ick.
Lilly's parents died when she was a child. Her uncle Marcus could not raise her alone so she was sent to live with family friends. She works hard, studies hard & trains hard.
When it is time for the competition for the Royal Guard Lilly is more than ready. As she is progressing through the test Prince Knox stops the competition. He has discovered that Lilly is his true mate & he cannot risk her being harmed.
I completely enjoyed this book! I am looking for more books for this new series in the future.
I really liked Lilly. She is not afraid to go after what she wants, even with some of the attitudes that she keeps running into, including her own family and the prince. She is also not afraid of speaking her mind or doing what she feels is right, even if that means that she will get hurt. Knox on the other hand has a tendency to act like a spoiled brat at times, but he does knock it down a peg when it looks like he is going to lose Lilly. Lilly goes through some major ups and downs in the story, but again it shows her strength. All in all, a great story and a wonderful start to a new series.
This was a great start to the series and I am looking forward to book two.