Publication Date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Paranormal Romance
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Sensation)
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Excerpt from, Guarded, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature
She’s given up on finding love…
Veterinarian Shelley Morgan has always preferred animals to humans, and not simply because she can communicate with them psychically. Unlike most people she’s known, animals have never broken her heart. But after six months in her new town, some of her favorite four-legged companions begin disappearing from the local zoo. Determined to track down the animals and their thief, the telepathic vet decides to investigate, unknowingly delving into a deadly mystery…
He’s ready to make her heart go wild…
Although his bear-like physique has been an advantage in the Tidewater Police Department, Dev Jones’s size often intimidates people. Only Shelley has seen past his massive build to the intelligent man inside, but that was years ago. So when she contacts him requesting his help to solve a series of animal kidnappings, he’s eager to reconnect with her. But the thefts escalate to murder and all the evidence points to Shelley as the killer, and Dev faces a devastating choice: forsake his career or risk losing the woman he’s grown to love…
Guarded is the second book in the Tidewater series by Mary Behre. This series focuses on three sisters separated after the death of their parents. Each girl with a special supernatural gift/curse. Behre combines the paranormal with romantic suspense and a touch of humor to give readers a unique reading experience. With fast paced action and plenty of passion in and out of the bedroom, Guarded is an excellent addition to the series.
What I liked:
After reading Spirited, the first book in the Tidewater series, I was excited when Guarded came along. In Spirited readers got their first taste of three sisters that drive the series. Jules coined the phrase 'crift' when describing her supernatural give/curse of being able to communicate with the dead. Now in Guarded readers get to learn about another one of the lost sisters, Shelley, who is a veterinarian with the ability to communicate with animals. One of the things that I find intriguing about this series, is the originality of the idea behind it. Readers who have been reading paranormal books for awhile have probably seen 'ghost' and 'animal' whisperers before, but not quite in this manner. Having three separated sisters who are trying to find each other, and who can combine their gifts and use them together is something new and different. I think Behre is really on to something here.
I actually liked several things about Guarded a little more than I did Spirited. I liked the idea of the heroine being able to talk and understand the animals around her. I am an advocate for animal rights and fair treatment and I felt that Behre actually used this story as a platform for causes dealing with animals, whether she meant to or not. Shelley had such a great heart for the animals she worked with and it made her a believable and endearing character.
Dev was a great hero. I enjoyed reading about him a lot. He just seemed like such a good guy. Big hearted and built like a bear. He had connected with Shelley in the past and wanted to help re-unite her with her sister, as well as, solve the mystery surrounding the theft of the zoo animals. The more the clues pointed toward Shelley, the more I felt like he was determined to see the good in her and knew that she could not be the culprit. I loved his faith in her and his romantic and loving way of dealing with her.
There is quite a bit of romance in this book and some hot love scenes, for sure. But Behre really knows how to write suspense. The action starts out slow and starts to build until it is almost at a frenzied pace at the end and readers will find it hard to put down even to eat or sleep. It has some very intense scenes, tempered with moments of levity, like the meeting of the two sisters after so long. It was a good balance, but did lean a little toward the suspenseful side to drive the story.
What I didn't like:
Toward the end, as the mystery started to wind up, things got a bit chaotic. I understood the need to wrap things up, but it seemed like there was an inordinate amount of changing directions and dead ends, and backtracking and all of that. It got a little confusing right before the big reveal at the end. I also has a few issues with Shelley's inability to let the people around into her heart. I was glad when she finally started to drop the walls, it just should have been a little sooner.
Guarded is a great addition to the Tidewater series. I can't wait to read Hannah, the final lost sisters, story. I think Behre did a great job of writing a book that incorporated the paranormal and romantic suspense into it seamlessly. The story was tilted toward the suspenseful side, but that didn't seem to take anything away from my enjoyment of it. Shelley was a good heroine, with a great 'crift' and readers are sure to love her.
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I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Mary Behre, author of Spirited, is the lone female in a house full of males and the undisputed queen of her domain. She even has the glittery tiara to prove it. She loves stories with humor, ghosts, mysteries, and above all else, a good romance. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gluten-free baking, and spending time at the ocean with her family.
Daily, she can be found in her office. With her Pomeranian at her feet and her hands on the keyboard, she spends her time plotting new ways to torture her characters before they find their happily ever afters.
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