The Guardian of Destiny Series
Date published: November 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
When Willow Tarata’s mother was killed, she inherited her mother’s Guardian status and now has to take care of the scroll of the wood. Along with this task, she has also inherited certain powers, like being able to get trees and plants to do what she wants them to. She trusts no-one and she has dedicated her life to helping the world get rid of those human predators, who prey on the weak and get away with it. She is also obsessed by her goal for revenge and she is determined to find the man who killed her mother.
Inspector Rick Ramirez has been called out to a murder and it’s a pretty strange one. He also thinks he sees a woman at the scene, lurking in the shadow. Later he meets her again and evidence is pointing to this woman being highly involved in the murder and probably others too. Willow and Rick end up working together to find the man that they both desperately want. They are also exploring their attraction to each other, an attraction that could kill them both.
This is a very deep and intensive story. It’s the kind of story that I enjoy reading very much. A bit dark, lots of grey areas and a heroine and hero you can really enjoy and root for. There is lots of action and you’ll find that Willow is a complex character who, although very powerful, still needs to control her powers. Rick is suspicious, being a cop and always abiding by the rules he is used to seeing everything in black and white. Trust is a big issue between Rick and Willow. I found Rick to be a very sexy hero. His grandmother is a wonderful character. So too are the other Guardians that make their appearance. This is not only action packed, but this is also a very sensual story. The romance between Rick and Willow fairly burns up the pages in sexual tension alone. I was quite fascinated by the Chinese mythology in this story. This is one series I really need to catch up on and I look forward to reading more. If you pick this one up for a bedtime read, be prepared to stay up late.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.