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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publication Date: October 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OKZVWF8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"There's mystery, intrigue, danger, romance; everything you could want in a story. This is definitely a book, and author, that deserves more attention." - Charli Denae
"Reading this book is a great escape and will not let you down." - Susan Scarcella
"This book was so good! It had a very sweet romance, but it also had a great, adventurous plot that pulled me in, and had me dying to find out what would happen next. I read the whole book in one day. " - Jessica Hatfield
About the Author
W. E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. Despite wishing he had taken more courses in journalism and communications, he has spent most of his adult life in the corporate business world. Now he reads and writes.
Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with his lovely wife, Martha, and their wonderful children, Abby and Davis.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Told in the third person omniscient point of view, this is a story that I really enjoyed. One of my favorites aspects of this book is the relationship development between Kira and Trevor. It wasn’t rushed into and it was sweet. There are some love-making scenes, but it was done with love in mind, not just lust, which I appreciate in any story.
One of favorite scenes of Kira is when she twisted a man’s wrist and brought him down to his knees after acting inappropriate towards her. I knew right away that I would like her. Though there was one point when I thought she let her cockiness get the best of her, which could have led to severe consequences, but overall I liked her. Another strong female is Kira’s best friend, Malana. This woman shows courage, bravery, and loyalty towards Kira. So much so that she would put her own life at risk in order to help out her best friend.
Though I loved the story and how the plot developed, there were a couple of things that could have been improved. For instance, there were several missing periods and some missing quotation marks throughout the story. Also, at times, some of the dialogue felt a bit forced and unnatural. Therefore, I would suggest another edit through, and then the book would receive a full score from me!
I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoy romance and scenes in nature.
As a warning: There are a few explicit sexual scenes in this book.
This was not really a historical romance. I wish the author had chosen to omit that category, as it led me to expect something that was not to be. “Guardian of Paradise” was an action/adventure story with a dash of romance thrown in (perhaps a bit less than the beautiful cover might suggest), while the ‘historical’ aspects were only hinted at here and there. But, for a book this length, I would rather it be lighter on romance than on plot/action, and oh were there some satisfying moments of comeuppance towards the end!
I don’t know that I’ve ever said this about a main character, but for a good portion of this novel, I despised Kira. I found her to be b*tchy, rude, arrogant, close-minded, and prejudiced. Though she genuinely cared about the people amongst whom she lived (especially Malana and Kupe), I found her manner of dealing with them to be somewhat superior. For many chapters, her feelings (mainly about Trevor) cycled from flat-out hostility to warm fuzzy interest and back again in rapid succession with very little provocation. Her attitude and personality made it hard to relate to her, and thus made me much less invested in her story. She got better as the novel went on, but she was so dislikable at first that I almost didn’t make it far enough to see her character growth.
Trevor, on the other hand, was much more agreeable. Sure, he was something of a flirt and apparently had a reputation of burning through relationships, but his interest in Kira and his attentiveness seemed genuine from the jump. He was committed to his endeavor and went out of his way to be a standup, pleasant, honest guy. It was nice that he wasn’t just a broad chest and handsome face; he had some depth to his personality. Also, I found his ultimate choice to be very satisfying from a romantic perspective.
And the editing…*sigh*. Let me get out my soapbox for another round of AUTHORS, EDITING IS IMPORTANT! The island accent was written inconsistently (“That” was usually written as “tat” but not always. The same for “the” and “tha” or “tee”, and “they” and “tey”.). There were several instances of incorrect word choice that caught my eye (Ex: Knees go weak, not week). Things like that tend to be glaringly obvious to reviewers, especially when they are already struggling to stay immersed and committed. While the imagery is beautiful, the phrasing is occasionally cumbersome and the sentences awkwardly structured. Another round of proofreading would not be amiss here.
Bottom line: Overall, I found this to be a mixed bag. With some polish, I would recommend this to lovers of action/adventure in an exotic setting and those who appreciate a Happily Ever After.
The story and the romance written in this book are like the one from Disney Pocahontas meeting John Smith. There are many sweet and enjoyable interactions with Kira and Trevor in this tale. Trevor is a doctor and joins the crew with the aim to explore and learn new medical discoveries and falls for Kira, his guide to the jungle. Kira’s feelings are more hot and cold with Trevor, which was delightful as it consistently makes the reader doubt about the relationship.
Things take a turn when Kira suspects that the Captian is not being honest and is abusing the recourses he has been freely given by the villagers. This brave and intelligent girl is determined to make sure that this does not happen and risks her own life and the people she loves, trying to guard her paradise.
The general expectation is that when you are raised and live in a small village for your entire life, then your character is known and people trust you. However, this does not happen for Kira. Not only does the chief banish her from the village, but the chief’s son, Kupe, also does nothing regarding her concerns. Even Kupe’s wife, Kira’s best friend, has to be persuaded right up until the end of the story. It was sorrowful to see that Kira’s continuous efforts in protecting the very own village she loved and cared, was giving back so little.
I found this book to be very enjoyable. There are many drama scenes, romance, background story and character building in the plot. The style of writing was very clear and easy to understand. The pace of the story was in such a way that it did not make the reader become dis-interested or have them skip pages to find out what happens. The story did contain many sexual references and content that would not be suitable for everyone, and that is a shame because the book does possess a very attractive plot for younger readers.
I recommend Guardian of Paradise to anyone that likes a good old historical romance book. It does not disappoint and definitely draws you into this wonderful world of love, sacrifice, friendship and discovery of oneself.
Written by Jeyran Main