"Intense, Passionate, Vampire Tale with an Ironic Twist"
Lucian had been the guardian of his people for centuries, a
hunter and destroyer of vampires. He'd finally delivered
his beloved twin into the arms of his lifemate, and his
soul was in fragments. He was tired and ready to end his
bleak existence. But Francesca, Gabriel's lifemate, had
urged him to hang on for the sake of his own lifemate, who
she assured him existed, a child in great pain.
Jaxon Montgomery is a protector as well. It is part of her
nature, her childhood had demanded it. Her father had been
a Navy SEAL. She'd been in training practically since she
could walk. Her mother had been fragile. Many of the
household responsibilities had fallen upon her young
shoulders as well. Her nightmare had begun when her father
was killed while on assignment. Jaxon had thought it a
blessing when his best friend, a fellow SEAL, had stepped
in to fill the breach. Tyler Drake had promised to watch
over her and keep her safe. But then he'd changed. His
twisted obsession with her, his need to be the focus of her
attention, had led him to destroy anyone she'd cared about,
her family, her friends. Tyler was well trained and clever,
he'd eluded the authorities for years. Even now when she
was fully grown, a police officer, sworn to defend others,
he was still a threat to anyone whose life she touched.
This weighed heavily on her soul.
Jaxx's protective nature had nearly gotten her killed when
Lucian intervened. The same intuition which made it
possible for her to be a lifemate to one of his kind, had
always alerted her to the presence of evil. The bust she
was on was about to go sour. She'd alerted her fellow
officers, but one of the men had failed to take heed. She'd
done the only thing she could do. She'd followed him into
the ambush, with her partner close upon her heels.
Attempting to draw fire away from her men, she'd been
severely wounded. Perhaps it was for the best.
She awoke not in the hospital, but in a room of a private
residence, in the care of a strange and incredibly handsome
man. Her sixth sense told her that he was a predator, but
she sensed no evil in him. He claimed that she was his
lifemate, and that he would always see to her protection.
But he was wrong, it was he who needed protection. From
her. She couldn't afford to care for him, or anyone. Tyler
Drake would never allow it. The choice is taken out of her
hands when Lucian publicly declares her as his own. Now it
is inevitable that Drake will strike again. Jaxon refuses
to stand idly by and let Lucian handle her problem. She
vows to keep HIM safe at any cost. Lucian quickly learns
that loving a person means accepting them as they are. This
petite dynamo had brought color and emotion back into his
life. It was his duty to see to her happiness. If Jaxon is
determined to fight by his side, there is but one thing he
can do to assure her safety, bind her to him in the way of
his people. Their journey is about to begin.
Ms. Feehan has turned up the intensity once again.
Naturally the human sociopath is the least of their
problems. Where there is a potential lifemate, vampires
congregate. Followers of the series are aware that Lucian
is an ancient and perhaps the most powerful Carpathian in
existence. Of the line of the Dark Ones, he is both healer
and hunter. Not even his twin could equal him. Although
most unmated males of his species live solitary existences,
the unique relationship of being, and working in tandem
with his twin, has made Lucian more adaptable and able to
accept his lifemate as a partner. She is a strong protector
in her own right, determined to be treated as an equal
rather than be protected and cosseted. Her innate ability
to sense danger is an asset, a compliment to his Carpathian
abilities. Together they are an unbeatable combination. Of
course as with all of her stories, the dramatic tension is
only surpassed by the sexual tension. Gabriel and Jaxon
sizzle. DARK GUARDIAN is another highly enjoyable
Carpathian tale filled to the brim with suspense, passion,
and a delicious twist of irony.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted May 9, 2002
A Carpathian Novel
Jaxon Montgomery is a woman hunted. Trained by the Special
Forces, honed by a traumatic childhood, she is a policewoman
with an undisputed reputation. She meets her match when she
is set up to be murdered by an enemy. Hunted on all sides,
she can only turn to the mysterious stranger who seems more
dangerous than any other she has ever known.
He ran with the wolves?
Materialized from the mists?
Hijacked the very heavens to his whims?
He was the Dark Guardian of his people. So how, after
centuries of bleak, soulless existence, had he suddenly come
to crave petite, curvy, colorful lady cop Jaxon Montgomery,
who foolishly made it her life?s work to protect others from
Fiercely daring, Jaxx would sacrifice anything to shield
others - particularly since a deadly menace dogged her every
footstep, threatening all who got close to her. And
strangely seductive, piercingly erotic, this stranger
claiming her was no exception. He was powerfully, perilously
mesmerizing-oddly gentle yet clearly a born predator. He had
vowed to possess her, to guard her for all time. Yet with
his every thirsty kiss, was he drawing Jaxon more deeply
into danger?and his dark mysterious desires?
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Shapeshifter