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Jacob (The Kings of Guardian Book 1) Kindle Edition
The CIA didn’t care if Agent Victoria Marshal lived or died in an Afghani hell-hole. Yet, she survived each torture session with single-minded determination, but human flesh has its limits. She knew her time was running short.
Jacob King led a privately funded black ops group into that Afghani village to gather intelligence. He didn’t expect to find an American woman. He admired her brave humor in the face of her agonizing injuries. This kind of tough-minded woman was someone Jacob wanted to know, so he asked her for a date…same time, next year.
He checked out of the hospital against medical orders to make that date. The bullet wound he nursed wasn’t going to stop him from meeting the woman who’d haunted his memory. The leggy, blond, bombshell in the red dress who showed up for their date blew his mind.
Bullet wounds and battle scars were something Victoria knew how to recover from, and she had just the place for this sexy-as-sin southerner to rehab. Time, proximity and their natural attraction blossomed into something neither expected.
In a world of shadows, deceit and dangerous covert missions, where people in Jacob’s line of work routinely vanish and living one more day is never a given, Jacob and his men disappear on a mission to rescue another team. To save Jacob and the men of Guardian, Victoria walks back into the profession that nearly killed her, but this time she was playing by her rules.
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- ASIN : B073Q8V8WT
- Publisher : KMRW LLC; 4th edition (July 3, 2017)
- Publication date : July 3, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1584 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1947178075
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,104 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In chapter one we meet a woman named Tori ,who, while undercover for the CIA, as a photographer, was taken hostage by a group of terrorists; this section of the book was very interesting and had the potential to go somewhere, however, the next thing I knew she was being rescued by a group of men and taken away to safety.
The part I have a problem with, in this, was reasoning; there was no information given for why she was sent there, nor why the "security group" was there in the first place. What was their mission and what was hers? I think the readers would really like to know that. Moving on.
At the end of chapter one, the hero, Jacob and the heroine, Tori, make plans to meet up in a year to have their first date; I loved this idea , but when she arrives a few chapters over, for their first date, shes in a chauffeured car and wearing thousand dollar shoes. No mention of her being rich until a few chapters later we learn she is the daughter of a very wealthy man who owns a ten thousand acre ranch, but I digress.
In the same chapter, right after their reunion, she becomes very dominating and aggressive about what she wants, which is him and apparently, sex; there is no build up, nor talking like a normal couple would, just tension and innuendos. This was when I began having the feeling I was reading an erotic novel in disguise of a romance novel; I am on chapter six and its not getting any better in terms of character depth and growth.
There is a scene where she is talking with her Dad ,or Daddy as she speaks to him as if she was a little girl and not a former CIA officer, which drives me insane. She tells him all about how rich the man she's with is and how he works in private security; something, according to Jacob, was a occupation which was supposed to be secretive.
Now ,as I am attempting to read a little more, she is now in the bathtub with the hero and they are preparing to have unprotected sex: so far the dialogue sounds like a poor quality porn movie. I will update when I decide rather I will continue this book or not.
Okay, so, I can't finish the book; bad went to worse when the ex CIA agent, Tori, arrives home and skips to her Daddy, yes, skips to her Daddy. On top of that the transition from paragraph to paragraph is confusing; one paragraph the hero is sitting and the next he's closing his door, which is it?
Anyways, I am disappointed with this author because I really wanted to read this book and find a new author who could merge, passion and action perfectly, but unfortunately, this is not one of them.
P.s. no dead wife, no secret baby, no manwhore, no cheating, no cliffhanger.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm not going to precis the book here (I personally HATE reviews that try to tell you the story before you buy it), but what I will say is that this is an incredibly well written, well plotted, character laden thrill of a read. I have never read a novel by a new , to me anyway, (and these Guardian books are all I could find on Amazon.co.uk) writer, that so cleverly and brilliantly lays the foundations of the series' they want to create.
This isn't just boy meets girl, but in a thrilling, in places heart stopping series of circumstances you meet the central characters of this book, then the wider family both of blood and work that will people and star in those following; and, before the end of this book you will WANT to know about them. How did the trials, torments and torture leave their mark, how they're going to pick up the pieces and carry on; If there are even any pieces left to pick up? The writing leads you smoothly and lightly in a joy of tight dialogue and description, without resorting to banality or unnecessary crudeness, even in the hottest and heaviest love scenes; and there are some hot & heavy love scenes, alongside the adventure and heartache there are endless hours spent waiting and wondering, uncertainty that you feel with them, the sacrifice and exhaustion, it's all there; but it's seamless, your pulse is picking up almost without you realising it.
Yes, the hero & heroine got very serious very quickly (a complaint in some reviews) if you call a year quick but I bought both of the next books before I finished reading this one, that makes it a total 5 Star read to me.
Oh and just as a quick FYI 'a deuce and a half' is a 2 1/2 ton military vehicle that gained it's nickname in WW2, Happy Reading.
I was hooked from the very beginning and at no point did it disappoint. Tory is saved from a fate worse than death by a man who changes her world. Their relationship is explosive, hot and utterly heart wrenchingly amazing. Not only does she become his whole world, with them ending up working together, but she also saves him and members of his team when they come under fire on a mission.
Jacob is an alpha male through and through who loves with his whole body and soul, will do anything to keep his woman safe but is man enough to not feel threaten by her independence, sharp mind and great skill sets.
Becoming a member of the Guardian Security family means being woven into a fabric of a very close knit family unit, friends who become brothers and sisters, and experiencing a love so deep it will penetrate your soul.
This is only the first book in the series and I’m already looking forward to reading the next one — it is that good.
She was brutally tortured. But we don’t know anything about that as it wasn’t written about. And no, I don’t want a graphic account of her torture. It just didn’t explain how she was captured, and why, what was her mission? What were they sent in to do if it wasn’t to retrieve her.
On the rescue he (can’t remember his name.) he complained about her crying!!!! 😡😡😡😡😡 He talks about this connection that he has with her but then tells his boss that it was nothing. Sorry but it’s awful!
There are some potential triggers relating to torture and a fade to black rape scene.
There are no grammatical or editorial errors
This book marks the start of the world of Guardian security and it is a fabulous example of Kris Michaels writing style, the characterisation is outstanding both lead and supporting characters.
The plotline is engaging and ensures you keep turning the pages.
There are some sex scenes and some swearing.
The whole series is one of my all time favourites and I can't recommend it enough.
Let me say this first. I started reading Jacob on a Monday afternoon at about 2pm. By 4pm on the Tuesday afternoon, I had finished all four books in this series. Holy crap. These books are absolutely amazing, the characters are well portrayed and the men are hot alpha males that will go in the book boyfriend hall of fame. The story flows in such a way that you can't help but continue turning the page. The book is one that you will not be able to put down and I guarantee you will fall in love with the men and women in this book. You will also need to keep a fan close too as the love scenes are white hot, you won't want to use your kindle as that means you'd have to stop reading.
Kris Michaels has written a killer first book for this series and you're in for an absolute treat with the others.