A novel of the Guardians


Laird of an ancient, powerful Scottish clan, Duncan Macrae is committed to ending the ceaseless strife between Scotland and England. But he also has other, secret powers—those of a Guardian, humans with mystical abilities to control nature's forces and see into the hearts of others. And from the moment he encounters the young and independent English widow Gwyneth Owens, his fiery spirit is irrevocably drawn to claim her as his own—a passion that will not only set his loyalty to his land against his sworn Guardian vows, but will also threaten everything he cherishes most.

Though Gwynne's father was a Guardian, she believes that she has inherited only her mother's beauty, not her father's power. Then one kiss from the dangerously alluring Laird of the Macraes ignites a hunger that shakes her to her soul—and reveals visions of a looming catastrophe that threatens England and Scotland both. Only by becoming Duncan's wife, and ultimately betraying the man she loves, can she avert disaster.

As destiny and two mighty nations clash, Gwynne and Duncan must push their powers and passions beyond the most forbidden limits if they are to save their love—and secure the future.

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"Intriguing historical fantasy romance"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 20, 2004

Two years ago, her "mundane" mom died leaving Gwynne Owens without any prospects. Septuagenarian Guardian Lord Breen married the teen so she can have protection until her destiny calls her. A few years later, the kind Breen dies leaving Anna alone, but at least she has widow status and enjoys Read more...

"exciting premise weakly handled"
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 3, 2007

There are supernaturally endowed Guardians who lived amongst the Mundanes, mere mortals. The Guardians each have special talents, and were sworn to protect the Mundanes. Years ago, Gywnne's father, a powerful Guardian took a Mundane to wife. This was not forbidden, but was discouraged because a Guardian man needed Read more...


A Kiss of Fate
(Guardians: Book 1)
by Mary Jo Putney

Ballantine Books
July 1, 2004
Available: June 29, 2004
ISBN #0345449169
EAN #9780345449160
352 pages
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Mary Jo Putney

A Distant Magic
Dragon Lovers
The Marriage Spell
Stolen Magic
The Journey Home
Dearly Beloved
The Bartered Bride
Irresitible Forces
Uncommon Vows
Christmas Revels
Twist of Fate
Dancing on the Wind
Christmas Revels
Veils of Silk
The Bartered Bride
The Spiral Path
The China Bride
The Burning Point
Faery Magic

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