Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Andrew Shwartz
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/20/2012
Length: 02 hours 40 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Julian Nash should be excited: he’s just earned a huge promotion at work and is going out to celebrate. But his happiness fades when he discovers his date cheating on him an hour before. Suddenly alone when everyone knows he’s supposed to have a plus one, Julian is set for a long night until longtime acquaintance Ryan Dean bails him out of the embarrassing situation. During dinner, they discover they have more than just friendship between them: there is mutual admiration and heated attraction. But getting to know Ryan better-and finding a place in his life-will bring Julian surprises and danger he never expected or dreamed existed.
At under two and a half hours this audio book packs in a lot of story.
To keep the demons of the world under control each city has a sentinel and a group of warders. They fight bloody battles and often have to kill the enemy. To counteract this grim life they each have one person in the world that brings them balance. This person is their hearth but finding them can be difficult and if they get it wrong it has severe consequences. Once they have found them they form a bond enabling the warder to better fight his battles – I would have liked to have read more about how the bond works but maybe we get that in later books.
When Julian Nash walks in on his boyfriend and finds his head between another man’s legs its game over but it leaves Julian without a plus one for an important company dinner celebrating his and his best friends promotion. Enter Ryan Dean, screen star and current client of Julian’s who literally sweeps him off his feet. Julian is what I think of as a classic Mary Calmes character – everyone loves him, most people want him but he is totally clueless of the affect he has on people. Ryan Dean wants him and if he gets him, which there is never really any doubt, he will want to keep him forever.
Ryan is a warder and if Julian proves to be his hearth the deal will be sealed and the bond will be formed. If he isn’t? Well that doesn’t bare thinking about and it won’t work in Julian’s favour!
This is a quick read with an interesting world that we don’t quite get to know enough about. I’m looking forward to further world building as the series develops.
When I looked up Andrew Shwartz on Audible it appears he has only narrated four books and they are all in this series. His voice isn’t the best I have listened to but nor is it the worst. His narration pace is fast, sometimes so fast I wondered whether he was even breathing but you can’t knock the man for his enthusiasm! He enthusiastically relays the story as if he is the same room as you and is very excited about what he has to say. The other odd thing, and I didn’t like it at all, is the strange echo the book has but that wasn’t the narrators fault.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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