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Gabriel (Guardian Defenders) Hardcover – March 3, 2021
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- Publisher : KMRW LLC (March 3, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 462 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1947178989
- ISBN-13 : 978-1947178984
- Item Weight : 1.78 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 1.23 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,464,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read the many great reviews here, and got this book based on that. But I'm seriously confused, because the book reviewed and the book I just read have some big disconnects.
First, i wasn't sure of the age of the H and h. There were many references to cultural things that were pretty far in the past. Valley Girl references? I grew up in the 60s and 70s, so this made sense to me, but didn't fit with the characters or the time this book was supposedly written. Farrah Fawcett hairstyles? VHS tapes? Many characters without cellphones? There's nothing wrong with this, but it didn't seem to fit with the tone of this story, which tried to appear very modern.
The H...he seemed great. At the same time, he was sort of cardboard. His dialogue was weird. It sat somewhere between British mysteries from the 30s and "upper crust" diction. I started to picture him as a buff David Niven, clutching a sleek pipe and asking for vodka tonics. Not my cup of sexy tea. Sure, I get that he's got more money than Warren Buffet, but his dialogue sounded really off, and made him kind of inaccessible as a love interest. I mean, what is this guy? An international jet setter? A Special Forces dude? A super rich guy ala Bond? Trying to mush all those together did not equal 1 clearly constructed hero.
The h...she seemed far more realistic. But again, I couldn't really get a bead on her age. It's not that the character's age mattered, but it was the disconnects between things she said, the cultural references, and her basic makeup that just didn't go together.
The showstopper for me was the closeted, abusive, alcoholic, murdery best friend of the H. Wow. He was so many stereotypes of actual stereotypes that I couldn't keep up. This character was one of the most offensive ones I've read in recent history. I simply couldn't swallow a closeted gay man who hates his secret love so much that he physically abuses the women who get close to the secret love. What??? And the absolute topper--the h wouldn't reveal this repeated physical abuse to her H? And maybe the final topper--when the H actually sees and hears his closeted best friend saying and doing frankly unforgivable crap to his h, he feels "a serious conversation" is the response? Double wow wow. The H is repeatedly described as a guardian of the down trodden, particularly women, yet he refuses to deal with his closeted best friend, who's a hair away from serial killer status. No. And the seriously weird deathbed/confession scene that's about 3 paragraphs long yet neatly ties up many years of felonious behavior was nowhere close to believable.
There were many things I wanted to love about this book. But the weird cultural positions of the characters, their odd language, and the insane best friend kept me from being able to fall into the story.
Also, loved the setting in the 1980s. I could smell the Aquanet & feel the acid wash denim! It also added suspense, because not everyone is in touch. Tech was very new & you couldn’t just ping someone or have a background check in 5 minutes. At one point & I’m practically screaming about the bad guy needing a background check, but knowing info won’t get there for days! Phew!!!
The 2 careers I’ve had are nursing & law enforcement. To see an author get the lingo, technicalities & family of those professions right... it does my heart good.
Read this one, folks. It’s amazing.
Gabriel’s book was everything and more that I hoped it to be and it’s my new favorite in all of the Guardian books.
So amazingly written.
I loved the era (80’s) the story was written in. That was my era and live that I could’ve identify with many things.
Let me start with Anna Harriger.. love her so much!! She was dorky, sweet, caring and so strong. She was perfect for Gabriel.
Reading about Gabriel or the mysterious David Xavier was awesome. So protective of Anna. And love reading about the beginning of Guardian.
The storyline and the suspense are amazing and so good.
Usually I don’t like Anthologies, but like always Kris Michaels is amazing in everything she does.
I don’t want this series to EVER end.
If you like Security Suspense Romance or Militarily Romance, then you’ll have to read The Kings of Guardian, Guardian Security Shadow World or The Guardian Defender. They are a must read.
My Rating: 5 STARS!
Even though this is the start of a new off-shoot series from the Kings of Guardian, it explains Gabriel setting up Guardian with both an international and a domestic branch, how he met Anna, and his involvement with the King family. The road to the union with their soulmate is never easy for a Guardian and Gabriel and Anna get their fair share of road bumps.
From the moment we meet Gabriel in this book, he takes command. Each new interaction with other characters shows how he gains the loyalty of those around him. Anna is his perfect match. She is an "in-charge" type that gets things done and I loved her first encounter with Gabriel. A supporting cast of well developed characters keeps the story flowing smoothly.
The only troubling part of the story is the confirmation of the situation in South Dakota.
If you haven't read a Kris Michaels' book, you need to - start with "Jacob" (do NOT skip "Joseph"). If you can read M/M books - "A Heart's Desire" is such a fantastic story that I reread it a LOT (I skip the smexy parts - not my thing but love the story). If you read fantasy and M/M - the Everlight series "An Evidence of Magic" and "Incident of Magic" are also amazing. Also, I wouldn't bother reading reviews for Kris Michaels' book - it's a waste of time, when you could be reading her books.
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This is Gabriel and Anna's story. What made this more fun for me, is that it was set in the 90s. No internet. no smart phones .
The mention of of Dallas and Dysntey television series .
We have a serial killer on the loose and Guaridan Securities are called into help. But it is not the serial killer that Anna has to watch out for. Anna and Gabriel's attaction is hot.
I also loved the fact, neither of them pretended how their felt . It was refreshing.
A love story that builds .
I did enjoyed the narration of Matt Haynes. It take me a couple of words and I settle into his voice.
It is also set in the 80s, the good old days when you really could get lost. When your computer wasn't in your pocket, mobile phones were bricks, and payphone were a real method of communication.It
This is a fully packed book. Murder,Romance,Mystery. Sometimes I get bored because all the plot seems to entail is getting the girl, or finding whodunit. But with this there is an after! A beyond! and I just read it in a day. And I'm a book dumper. If it's boring, too much parsing or yet more sex I loose interest. If you have read the Guardian books set in today this is well worth reading, and if you haven't it stands on it own very well.
But that beening said this book is by far the best one of all.could not put it down lost a full day reading this incredible story of gabe and anna.
I now find myself wanting to re read this series to catch the scenes with these to in it.
One of the best military series you will read with great characters in every book written for you to love laugh and cry with. thank you Kris for this story it is the cherry on the top for me.
Usually I hate prequels, to me they usually feel like spinoffs and unnecessary. This is not the case here, this book is a prequel done correctly. It is not only a great story of Gabriel, but of Guardian as well. A great Chance encounters as well. Thrn the book comes back to the present and picks up where the main story left off.
I like that the story show bother characters humanitarian dides but also dispite the physical differences bot the characters are a strong as each other. This story is as much Anns's as well. As I have seen Gabrial from other books of the series I pretty much pieced his character together but Anna is not mentioned as much so it was great to get to know her, though she is one of the few characters not involved with Guardian she save people in her own way one life at a time.
Author brings you into the waiting room Guardian operates in. If you are in there with them you'd better be on the right side otherwise you're in big trouble.
Loved it. Read the whole series you won't be disappointed. I can never be cured my addiction is permanent.
Also , a message to Anna. I like my red wine cold too, so that's three of us in the world