Warders Volumes One and Two by Mary Calmes ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Title: Warders Volumes One and Two
Series: Warders Books 1-6

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/28/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Warders Volume One
First time available in eBook!

Most humans live in blissful ignorance, never dreaming of the frightening surprises and paranormal danger that lurks in the night. Most… but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers—their Hearths—to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil.

Novellas included:

His Hearth
Tooth & Nail
Heart in Hand

His Hearth (July 2010), Tooth & Nail (November 2010), Heart in Hand (May 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

Warders Volume Two
First time available in eBook!

Most humans live in blissful ignorance, never dreaming of the frightening surprises and paranormal danger that lurks in the night. Most… but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers—their Hearths—to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil.

Novellas included:

Sinnerman
Nexus
Cherish Your Name

Sinnerman (June 2011), Nexus (October 2011), and Cherish Your Name (December 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

My View:

When I first started reading gay romance all those many years ago, a trusted source recommended I read the Warders series from Mary Calmes.  Since that time I have read them too many times to count.  They, like so many Calmes titles, are comfort reads for me.  

 

These books center around a team of five demon fighters known as Warders.  Every city has a sentinel and 5 Warders to protect the humans from those things that go bump in the night.  In the case of San Francisco, all five Warders happen to be gay.  Hey this is San Francisco after all.  Yes, this is a bit far fetched, but it is Urban Fantasy so disbelief has to be checked at the door.  

 

Each story centers are a different Warder and their chosen mate, aka Hearth.  Some of the stories are new romances and some are established relationships.  Each couple faces their own challenges.  The final story in these volumes, Cherish Your Name circles back to an earlier couple.   

 

These are quick reads with some hotness and characters you have to adore.  Each one is told in first person and from one of the partners.  For some it is from the POV of the Warder and for others it is the POV of the Hearth.   Each novella is it’s own story, but they also build on one another.  Since the first time I read these books, I have wanted one more story in the series.  I have heard rumors that we will finally be getting that story.  

 

I highly recommend reading these stories in order.  With these two omnibus volumes, that is cheaper and easier.  You can catch up before Calmes finally revisits these men.

Links

Warders Volumes One and Two on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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