Guardian of Fate by L. J. Kentowski
(Fate #1) 
Self-Published (Dec 2011)
Kindle, 302 pages

Paranormal Romance

There are demons on earth that will have your soul if they cause an accident resulting in your death, to try to stop these demons harvesting more souls the angels have sent human guardians to interfere, trying to prevent the accidents from happening. Cassandra (Cassie) is one of these Guardians and the main protagonist of Guardian of Fate, which is written from her point of view.

Shadows were immortal demons from a place called the Underworld. They were sent to this earth to collect people’s soul, forcing them into an eternal life in some hellish world. The victims were never meant to die and never suspected a thing out of the ordinary, because the demons were devious entities that made their deaths appear as natural, accidental events.

Cassie is a college student who around trying to live a normal life receives visions, in these visions she is able to see the next target and how their life would be taken, giving her knowledge allowing her to interfere so she can prevent the accident from happening. When Cassie has a vision she has to act upon it immediately, dropping anything or anyone without explanation, meaning she has only one friend, her house mate Nora and has been unable to have a boyfriend for quite some time.

Cassie’s latest vision is different, the demon seems to be able to sense Cassie and this time she is unable to save the victim. Discouraged and feeling guilty, Cassie makes her way to a bar where she meets the bartender, Caleb. Good looking, and interested in Cassie, Cassie feels the attraction, then in walks another hot man, Hunter. With no chance of finding a boyfriend for a while, Cassie finds two hot ones at once.

Hunter and Caleb are both interested in Cassie and both are having very different approaches at claiming her affection, Hunter is domineering and direct trying to take what he wants and always turning up unexpected while Caleb is more sensitive, giving Cassie a choice.

I must admit I was not a fan of Hunter, I dislike men thinking they can just keep trying things on waiting for the moment you eventually cave in, Cassie is a strong heroine, she has a sense of responsibility and a desire to save those around her even if it means putting herself in danger. I Liked Cassie’s personality and I connected easily with her however, when it comes to Hunter, we find Cassie’s weakness.

With her soul in danger, Cassie has to work out who she can trust before it’s too late and a dangerous attraction could result in eternal torment. With everyone around her keeping secrets, trust could be more difficult to find than Cassie could ever imagine.

VERDICT:

When I come across new authors that I have heard nothing about I am always a little sceptical, there was no need to be with Guardian of Fate, the writing flowed, the plot was clear, I definitely enjoyed it more than I anticipated. Cassandra is a good heroine, courageous, kind and easy to connect with, add in hot demons, action, romance, a bit of sex and a decent plot and you have an enjoyable read.

There were a few aspects of Guardian of Fate that I was uncomfortable with, Hunter for me was a little too domineering and didn’t listen to Cassandra enough for my liking, it was the only part of Cassandra’s personality that let her down as she was easily swayed but saying that, I wonder how easily persuaded I would be, if I hadn’t had any intimacy for a while. ;)

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Becs

A midnight book worm who loves dystopian and young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. As long as the leading man is dead sexy, she's happy. [Becs no longer reviews for the site.]

4 Comments


Laura December 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I like the sound of parts of this story – for example the visions, but I’m not totally sure on the domineering relationship part. I think I would feel similarly to you. I think domineering has a fine line between sexy and annoying!

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Becs December 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Thank you Laura. Yes I like a man to take control but not be controlling or at times forceful and for me hunter was a bit too much.

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TYBC December 15, 2012 at 2:28 am

This book is definitely on my wish-list to buy.

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Becs December 15, 2012 at 8:14 am

I hope you enjoy Guardian of Fate TYBC, the plot is good. Come back and let me know your thoughts as a book is different for every reader.

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