Gabriel: Guardian Defenders Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
David Xavier - and all those he loved or counted as friends - would forever be mouth-watering targets to men of evil intent. His wealth could settle a small country's foreign debt. Because of this, from the moment of his birth, his mother obscured his identity. Reborn as the man named Gabriel, however, he walked free into a world where the innocents and the weak cried out for a defender, for the hand of justice, for a guardian angel.
In response, an elite, paramilitary operation, Guardian, rose to stand between the evil men did and those whom they would make their victims. Gabriel was CEO. His goal was worthy and all consuming, but fighting on the side of angels didn’t make his nights less lonely or soothe the ache in his heart for hearth, home, and family.
He needed a courageous woman of unflinching integrity, of goodness and honor, to stand at his side. He’d given up hope of finding such a person. He thought he'd found her years ago. The sex had been combustible, but they’d met at the very birth of Guardian, when he hadn’t time for a personal life. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.
Over the years, 28-year-old, Denver ER nurse, Anna Harriger, watched as all her friends, many of whom were former patients, found their soul mates, got married, and had children. Shoot, she’d been a bridesmaid six times. She figured she was destined to be the “crazy friend” that everyone liked but who, at the end of the day, went home to a solitary apartment. She wanted love. She wanted a family, but she refused to compromise her standards. She’d met her Prince Charming, but unlike the fairytale, after an incendiary night of sex, she’d never seen him again. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.
When events throw them together again, each find their attraction vastly more than simply physical, but once again, Gabriel’s responsibilities pull them apart. After an absence of almost half a year, Gabriel returns for Anna, but she has vanished.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 13 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 06, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #30,177 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#960 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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#8,213 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
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There is a trigger in this book with domestic violence and assaults. It accompanies a sad story, but is not a justification.
The story flips from present day to past to present. In that manner the ending has a cliffhanger more defined then the previous cliffhanger that alluded to an important character being sick. Hoping for the best and looking forward to reading more!
Anna is courageous, funny, down to earth and highly relatable. To watch Gabriel fall for her ….. unforgettable.
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.
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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.
The second problem I have with this book is MASSIVE. Gabriel runs his security company really well and he cares for women. So why on earth would that evil man still work with him, or be friends with him??? It doesn’t make sense that a man like Gabriel, who is so honourable would have a friend like Craig McNair. He’s already attacked a woman! Why is he still working with him!!! 😡😡😡 He obviously doesn’t trust him as he warned Anna, after she first met him to, “ Stay away from Craig.” So he knows he can’t be trusted with women??? 😡 Gabriel’s company is working the security and the case of a woman who has been attacked by a serial killer, and his second in command can’t be trusted with women??? Nope! Wouldn’t happen.
Quite a few of the reviews, have said the same as me about this book. So I’m not the only one who thinks it doesn’t make sense.
The other thing about this book, is the detail about Gabriel’s teams in war zones. This is maybe going to sound harsh, but I don’t want to read about war tactics and missions. If I did I wouldn’t read romance books. But then this isn’t a romance book! There hasn’t been any romance!! Even their one night stand had zero romance. I’m not really sure what category this book does fall into to be fair, as the serial killer case, just seems to him running round recruiting men and talking about the case.
This is a great series and whilst the timeline of the books is split across Guardian Defenders and Kings of Guardian they all intertwine and overlap.
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.
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.