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Guardian’s Bond (Ancient Ink #1), by Rhenna Morgan


For decades, he’s been alone.
Now, she’s here. His fated mate.
His to win. To protect.
To provide for and pleasure.

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.

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March 12, 2018
Carina Press



Guardian’s Bond was a pretty fun read for me. While it starts off a little bit too slow for my tastes, Morgan quickly picks up the pace by the second act. The set up for this new series comes in bits and pieces which made me frustrated with questions, but many are answered by the time this book finishes… thankfully. While this is a tale filled with magic, shifters, and people from clans that are all new and different than those in any other of Morgan’s books, that cool uniqueness she tends to spin is totally there.

For the most part, I enjoyed getting to know Priest and Kateri as well as the others that set up this group of people trying to save their clan, despite the slow roll. The world building for a series like this is important. I just wish it was a little bit more informative and had a faster pace. Still, I think once things kicked off and it was full steam ahead, the magic and shifting capabilities of the clan is entertaining. I’m anxious to see where the series leads and just how Priest is going to save them all. It’s going to take a lot more than just himself, so the journey the characters have to take in the next books will be important, and hopefully, fun.

For the romance of it all, the whole true mate thing really does come into play. If you’re not a fan of that concept, this might not be for you. But, as I’m finding myself read more and more shifters, this seems to be a common theme so I just go with it. And in this case, while Priest if really over protective and very Alpha Male, he’s not so overbearing that I hated him for it. He’s quite perceptive and learns Kateri’s needs quickly, understands her wants and has a great respect for her. Kateri is highly intelligent, very independent, and takes no shit. She is also really living her life with blinders on and when they come off, she’s even more fun to read. And their passion together was not only interesting but pretty hot.

With really good characters to meet and learn about, the set up for this series is good. Looking forward to what happens next.



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Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon



Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried. 


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Mare's Review

4.5 I’m not Joshin stars

This book guys. This book. Was so damn good.


81000 word count= sheer bliss.

Mystery/Suspense is not my go to genre. I find that when I read this little things make me jump. The rustle of leaves, that one lone leaf scraping against the concrete in the wind. Trees swaying. People walking behind me. In general I become this paranoid mess and I second guess most people’s motives. ON EVERYTHING. And yet, its been drawing me in this year. More and more because there is substance and intrigue, story lines that don’t falter, the ahh ha ha moments when you guessed the whodunnit right.

I’m kinda new to the Josh Lanyon fan club. I only started reading ALL of his books this year. And I liked them all. BUT. I felt left. Like when you have an argument and think about all the things you could have said, but didn’t and will never get another chance to. All of his books have left me wanting more and wanting to throw my e-reader across the room. AND. Make me seethe with hate.

Stranger on the Shore left me fulfilled, satisfied, happy. Made me feel not so much of a murderous rage like Jake did, but more of a why? why? why? you douche Pierce .

As with Lanyon, it is heavy on the mystery, subtle on the romance and a slew of supporting characters that make you second guess the motives, the reasons and the why’s of it all. I loved where the story went, I loved how it kept me guessing. I loved that the clues kept me going, kept me turning the page, kept me so entranced that I couldn’t, wouldn’t put the book down.

And as per every Lanyon book the 2 MCs have the similar mannerisms but their individuality makes them… well them in each book.

You can’t help but fall in love with Griff. He’s easy to want to love. AND. You can’t help but to hate a bit, a tad bit, a wee bit,  on Pierce. Lanyon is excellent in making you feel so many feelings for the MC. And he excels at writing men that “seem” cold and heartless, mean and OMG asses! Excellent at making us pick apart the MCs until we feel we’ve gotten to the core. But. We haven’t because  like a true mystery writer we’re still left with…well… a mystery. And I like that because I will think of these characters long after I have finished reading these books.

I can’t wait for more Lanyon books. And I hope and pray and ask for full length novels. Because 100 odd pages of his magic just isn’t enough.


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