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Maliki (Guardian Defenders) Hardcover – March 3, 2021
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- Publisher : KMRW LLC (March 3, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1954421710
- ISBN-13 : 978-1954421714
- Item Weight : 1.29 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.93 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,532,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I never really bought into the relationship between Maliki and Poet, and to be honest, I gave up caring one way or the other by about the halfway point of the book. Their relationship was unemotional and flat with absolutely zero intensity. It was extremely difficult to get into this story. The basic outline of a decent story was there, but the delivery left much to be desired. There was no build or tension, which is very bad for something that is billed as a romantic suspense.
I did manage to finish it, which is the only reason I gave it two stars instead of one. As stories go, though, this is just not good at all. Maybe my expectations and standards are too high because I expect a lot more from my fiction reading material. I got this one at a relatively cheap price, but I still regret wasting money on it.
The premise of this is that doctor, Maliki, is called back to his wealthy family after years of estrangement and has to figure out whether he even wants to make peace and find closure with his parents after their betrayal years ago. Meanwhile, he meets Sheriff’s Deputy, Poet, who’s investigating a string of murders of young women that her Sheriff boss seems to want to suppress.
I thought this was really interesting and readable. The suspense elements were kind of low key and accessible. I was a little taken aback at how open and public the Guardian staff were with their identities and information given the broader context of the Stratus threat and the fact that many people are supposedly “dead” and are living under assumed identities. That took a bit of suspended disbelief to swallow. But this, like all the author’s books, was very entertaining and difficult to put down. I can’t believe I’m caught up on this Guardian universe, and I look forward to her next release in this series.
Dr. Maliki Blue is a man defined by his past or maybe because of it. He's been a man in transition ever since a bitterly disappointing family event. Now he's returned to the "scene of the crime" at his mother's request. A local crime puts him on the radar of a local sheriff's deputy, Poet Campbell. Poet is the real deal; good at her job, is unflinchingly honest, and knows what she wants. She recognizes that Maliki may be the answer to the help she needs to investigate a series of murders in the county. Add to that, her attraction to the sexy doctor is off the charts. They team up along with Guardian to do some under the radar investigating. The more time Mal and Poet spend with one another the more their feelings align. Carving out a future may be just what the doctor ordered.
This story does not diappoint. It had everything that I have come to expect from Ms. Michaels. Witty banter. The banter between Joseps and Maliki is uproarious. There were also scenes with him family that were touching, espically after all that happened years ago. There were love scenes, of course. I also quite enjoyed the banter between the Kings as Jason, Joseph, Jade, Jewell, Jacob and Jared all make appearences in this book. That family is a hoot and well once you are made an honorary member of the family, they have your six.
The story grabbed me from the beginning and as soon as I met the heroine Poet I knew that this book was going to be really good. Poet reminded me a lot of Jade, tough, badass, take what she wants but not as "crazy" as Jade. Poet is a smart and dedicated deputy who stops at nothing to solve muders that appear unlinked.
Maliki is strong, independent and he has come from a bitter past of betrayl and finger pointing that ruined his reputation. He is living but I don't think he was living life to the fullest, he was just sort of existing until Poet showed him the way.
This was a great story and well I look forward to the next one.
Top reviews from other countries
When he gets back to where his parents live he finds his father is very ill and he has a chance to settle things between them. On his was he stops for food and ends up being drawn into a situation and saves the life of a crime victim, this is the situation where he first gets to meet Senior Deputy Poet Campbell. The attraction is magnetic between them and they give in to it and it continues to grow. Poet does ask for a little help with some cases and Maliki asks for help from his Guardian family. While Guardian becomes involved things become dangerous....Kris Michaels has once again gives us an a brilliantly exciting, mysterious and sexy journey. I love the strength of Poet and her instincts to know something is wrong. For me this was an absolutely Fabulous read! Can't wait to see who is next in the Guardian Defenders series.
As always having the main characters from the other books being support characters in this book is awesome. As this is my favourite of the brothers, I think I enjoyed this book even more. He might not be in charge of the company but he is still big brother or mother when in this case.
I like that Maliki is re-training and learning so he is not yet up to speed with all upgrades in Guardian. Poet is a great character. Stronge willed and dedicated. Of course she get extra point for her choice in games.
Great book. Great characters, talk about on the job learning. Part of Maliki's story has a personal resonance to the King siblings so it is good for them to try to get some thing back from this as well.
Maliki's story centres around his struggle to forgive his father, his younger self and his perceptions on his life that has sculptured him into the person that he is today. Fabulous played out love story, that awakens the desires for their own better tomorrow and leads onto a new pathway of hope.
Highley recommend this series but please please start from the begining with Jacob book 1 of The Kings of Gaurdian, you won't be disappointed