Also by this author: Stand & Deliver, Healer's Need
Also in this series: Healer's Need
Series: Ancient Ink #1
Published by Carina Press on March 12th 2018
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For decades, he’s been alone.
Now, she’s here. His fated mate.
His to win. To protect.
To provide for and pleasure.
Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.
Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.
Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions, and with his body.
Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.
Guardian’s Bond is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by Rhenna Morgan. I’ve read the Haven Brotherhood series this author and have come to appreciate her alpha males and strong female leads.
Guardian’s Bond takes a different and new approach to shapeshifter stories. Here the beast is not another form of the human but a companion. Both human and animal are separate entities, sharing both forms. I really love this concept.
Volan are the people gifted with special abilities and a companion once they reach a certain age and are pulled into their Soul Quest. It is up to them to decide whether they accept their heritage or not. Kateri’s father hid his from her and her brother so when their parents are killed she is pulled into a world of magic and has to learn fast what it means to be Volan.
Priest is the High Priest of his clan. When he lays eyes on Kateri something inside him slips into place, like a puzzle piece that was missing. The mate bond, however, needs to be accepted by the female and Kateri’s upbringing works against him.
“You’re my mate. Nothing ranks higher for me than winning you and I won’t quit until you accept me.”
While living as a Volan means relying on gut feeling and instinct it’s the exact opposite of how the young scientist was raised and used to live her life. It is hard for her to disconnect her mind, and acceptance of all things Volan and especially her mate comes slowly. Rhenna Morgan gives us a smart, spirited and beautiful heroine who is more cautious than suspicious. The more I got to know Katy the more I liked her and ultimately I loved her.
“There is no peace in being who others want us to be, and no greater injustice to ourselves.” – The Keeper
Priest’s brother has caused a lot of grief and despair. Draven killed Kateri’s parents and that is only the tip of the iceberg of atrocities committed by him. He robbed the clan leaders of their magic with the intent to take over leadership and killed them. Priest managed to get the magic back but with it came a darkness that now lives within him. And that darkness is so deliciously dirty and sexy. I loved Priest.
“I need you safe, Kateri. Of all the people my brother could use against me, you’re the ultimate weapon. You have no idea how far I’d go to keep you safe.”
He is commanding, dominant but has a tender, sweet side about him like all of Rhenna Morgan’s heroes. He is fiercely protective and a little troubled. But there is also a playful side about him that was a counterpoint to his darker thoughts. And sweet mother of Jesus, that man can talk dirty!
Their connection grew continually and I really loved that – while the attraction was insta (it’s the nature of a mate bond, duh!) they took the time to get to know each other. I also loved their interaction when they shifted into the body of their companions.
She opened her mouth and let out an angry huff. Not quite a hiss, but close enough his panther bristled. Seriously cute. So much so, his chuckle slipped out before he could check it.
“Keep acting like that and I’ll let my panther out. I guarantee he’d give your kitten’s sass a run for her money.”
Pairing an indelicate snort with another snap of her tail, she pushed to her feet and padded toward the clearing, her chin lifted with the same universal defiance of pissed off females everywhere. Oh, yeah. Totally cute. And chock full of attitude, to boot.
Like with all complex paranormal/urban fantasy novels the first in a series always needs a whole lot of world building. In the beginning I’m usually a little confused because you are bombarded with a new vocabulary and a whole lot of explanations. This is definitely the case in Guardian’s Bond and made for a little slower beginning but once the story picked up I was completely immersed in it. I really loved spending time in this world.
Don’t let my 4 stars fool you – this is a strong introduction into a new universe that has a whole lot of sexiness, enough action, a delectable hero and an independent, sweet heroine. If it hadn’t been for the slow start it would definitely have been a full 5 stars.
So I suppose now I need to practice some patience until I can read more of the Volan people and this wonderful set of characters. If all of of this appeals to you and you love PNR give this a whirl!