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Smoke (Guardian Security Shadow World) Hardcover – April 26, 2021
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- Publisher : KMRW LLC (April 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1954421133
- ISBN-13 : 978-1954421134
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.85 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,454,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. Michaels has delivered another great book. I will reread the story because I read it the first time so fast because I couldn't wait for the ending. If you are a fan of Kris Michaels's work with the Guardian books, you will like this new book a great deal.
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Smoke's been on "babysitting" new operative Charley for a few months, and the tension of their attraction ratchets up a little more every day. When they get together at the same time as an op kicks off, all bets are off.
Smoke's challenging background and Charley's background secret don't get in their way, but an assassin and his team just might accomplish that.
When the bullets fly and the literal smoke clears, will the two of them remain? When Charley reveals her secret, will Smoke be there for her?
Love, suspense and a Guardian secret make this a superb new addition to Kris Michaels' Shadow World, as well as reuniting the reader with a few previous Guardians and Shadows.
Charley's mysterious past will keep new readers guessing but those who have read the first 22 Guardians (Kings, Defenders, and Shadows) will know who she is. Smoke's past and present bring some angst to his story, especially concerning Sage (he needs to come back and get his own story). More of the second generation of Shadows are introduced (Phoenix is standing out as my favorite, so far) and they are just as interesting as the first generation and their assignment of a codename for Charley is adorable. Between the action scenes, there is plenty of time for conversations between the characters giving us more insight into their personalities. Of course, no Guardian is ever alone anymore, so there are several guest appearances from familiar faces including a man that really does know everything about Guardian (abso-freaking-lutely loved his cameo).
Overall, fast paced, well written, great characters (both new and old), and most of all, keeps your attention through the whole story. You don't have to read all the books before this one but to get the background and understand all of the players - you should start at the beginning and work your way to Smoke.
This two work together and during this time Charley accepts him and helps him to see what kind of person he truly is. They give into their mutual attraction as they take on difficult assignments.
Kris Michaels does a great job developing this relationship between a woman who has secrets and a man that needs help overcoming his unknowns. This story is very well written and has a wonderful surprise ending. Great direction for the Shadows of Guardians. I can’t wait to read more!
I love how Kris Michaels has woven together Guardian and the Shadow World and the new generation of operatives in this book. There will be many more books in these two series. I can't wait!!!
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I do think that this is more Charlie's book, as a number of things about Smoke are still unresolved. Though this just gives me more hope to see more of these two especially in the future books. I am very glad that Smoke was acknowledged for what he means to the Guardian universe.
The revelation was not really a surprise but I think the biggest strength of this book are the changes that are going to come from it. I am guessing the are going to be some more main characters showing up,and well as changes to the company itself. The next generation look bright.
When you read a book that you really, really enjoy you sometimes wonder what the next book will be like because surely they can't get any better than the one you've just read?
I just spent about five hours reading this book because I could not put it down. Even bathroom breaks were difficult as I couldn't take my kindle with me because it was charging up. Suffice to say they were very quick breaks!
This book had so much contained in a nice little package - great characters, intriguing storyline with questions that kept popping up (some answered, some teasers for future books to answer), lots of action and just not in the bedroom and some brilliant scenes of humour. The conversation about Charley's new nickname had me laughing out loud (good thing I live alone). Not to mention the end scene where several pertinent questions were answered in the final pages - questions the author had been very tight lipped on and driving everyone crazy with the need to know answers.
Kris Michaels is the queen of hooking her readers in with the way she drops subtle clues, some true some decoys, throughout her stories making it a compulsion to keep turning the page. And when you finally get your answers there are even more questions because there's a delicate little teaser to hook you into the next book and have you rushing to press the preorder button on your amazon account.
Oh, well, I guess I'll have to find something else to read while the calendar ticks down to the next release in this amazing Guardian World.
Is it tomorrow yet?
Charley is a freshly trained operative with a mysterious background. Lots of guessing who she is but not revealed until the end. She is likeable, still often too impulsive and with a history of acting first, thinking later.
Smoke brings her to scratch and a originally boring babysitting mission turns interesting and dangerous. There is a good mix of action and banter, two more Shadows bring the group feeling I love, compared to the earlier Shadow books where the hero always acted alone. The Kings are never more than a phonecall away .
The author deals with Smoke's baggage well, compared to other Shadows, his history is an open book which I find easier to understand.
Negative is the age gap, Charley is just often too immature. Yes, she brings Smoke to life but I just can't shake a feeling that she knows she would fall on her feet even if she would screw up. Making her 5 years older would have helped for a more believable relationship.
Charley is used to fighting for what she wants, and not only does she want the training but she also wants Smoke....she has never failed yet, however he is proving to be a challenge. This will not be her first failure, he and his heart will be hers, at least until her future is taken from her.....
They both have secrets, they are both running from who they are. But together they find acceptance, for the first time, someone who loves them for them, not who or what they are.
This is a tough one for the Guardians, Charley almost pushes them to breaking point, but it is an awesome book and when we finally find out all her secrets...woah! Not what I was expecting...or what Smoke was expecting....obviously!