(The Guardian Series, #2)
Publication date: June 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Maria Del Voscova is a powerful witch with a past. When she’s asked to become a member of the elite Guardians she knows she can’t risk sharing the truth about her messed-up family. But we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes, we don’t always know what we want.
Though Mar absolutely knows she doesn’t want Neeren, King of the Parthen. She alone sees the darkness in him and it reminds her too much of the past. She knows better than to fall for his stoic, tortured soul façade.
She’s training to be a Guardian, a shadow; tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world. It’s what she wants—to be better than her family was.
But the past has a way of catching up to Mar and the future has a morbid sense of humor. On her first mission, she’s kidnapped by the enemy she’s been running from her entire life. Thankfully the guardians look after their own. As it turns out, so does Neeren.
As Mar finds herself caught between the past and the future; between blood and bond; between the light and the dark, she realizes her only chance at surviving may be in trusting a man who is the most dangerous of them all.
I really enjoyed reading this book! I’ve only recently been getting more and more into romance novels, but paranormal and fantasy books have always been some of my favorites. Haines does an amazing job combining complex paranormal elements such as shapeshifters, witches and beings driven by elemental forces within the context of every day society.
While this is a paranormal story, the characters within it live inside of the world we are all familiar with, which makes it easy to keep up with the fluid travel movement that takes place within the story. Not to mention the hot and steamy relationship brewing between the Panther King, Neeren (shapeshifters and dreamwalkers), and Mar (a witch of extraordinary power).
This is book 2 in Haines’ Guardian series and is shaping up to be quite an impressive compilation!
Rayanne Haines grew up on a small horse ranch in Alberta. She spent most of her youth re-enacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables to attentive audiences that included pygmy goats and roan stallions. The horses were thrilled. Her father could never figure out why it took her three hours to clean the barn.
Her mother is an avid reader and instilled a love of literature in her at a young age. She has always been fascinated with learning people’s stories.
She has a fondness for mountains and rivers and all the creatures that live within them.
She believes in magic and the search for great love. She loves to write about strong women who will accept nothing less.