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Feature book: Guardians of Stone

6 February 2013

Guardians of StoneGuardians of Stone by Anita Clenney

Kendall Morgan is gifted; when touching objects or even people she can see their history. Kendall has a sixth sense for finding things, making her a desirable employee for Nathan Larraby, the mysterious, sexy billionaire who spends his money building his vast collection of historical relics. When Nathan sends Kendall to search for a mystical box, he also sends Jake Stone, the brooding semi-mercenary also on his payroll. The box they seek is well protected by an ancient order and is also sought after by other ‘collectors’ who have no problem killing to obtain it. Nathan believes the contents of the box are dangerous and must be protected.

Kendall is stubborn; while used to working alone she struggles to let Jake lead when their journey becomes dangerous. She is the typical heroine—smart, strong and impulsive—although sometimes she doesn’t use her head to realise how much danger she is in (Jake is there to save the day). Jake is gruff and caring towards Kendall—resolute in his quest to keep her safe and sleep with her. Jake is not subtle in his attraction to Kendall and the sexual tension builds from their first meeting. Add in the gorgeous filthy rich Nathan and you have a romantic triangle. Jake sees from his first meeting with Kendall that Nathan cares deeply for her. Kendall is oblivious.

The relationship between the three main characters is entertaining, and the dynamic between them is magic. Nathan trying to hide his feelings for Kendall, Jake not hiding his at all, and Kendall not really knowing what is going on; the dialogue is hysterical. Jake can be annoying with his blatant come-ons to Kendall, also his need to rile Nathan. Nathan is the mysterious one, and the novel leaves you with more questions. Nathan’s and Jake’s characters are the most mysterious and you are left with questions about their pasts.

This is the first novel by Anita Clenney I have had the pleasure of reading and I will be adding more of her books to my TBR pile. Guardian of Stone has so many fabulous aspects—it is nicely balanced with action (searching catacomb tombs full of booby traps) a romantic triangle and questionable actions by main characters. I grew up loving the Indiana Jones movies and this book certainly has the aspects that made the series enjoyable—humour and a fast-moving pace, with antics that are interesting without being too ridiculous. Anita Clenney has set the stage perfectly for the next book; Guardian of Stone leaves you wanting more, ready for Kendall’s next adventure.

reviewed by Aimee

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

  1. 8 February 2013 7:47 pm

    Also not a fan of love triangles. They are so very rarely done well.
    For me, unless a favorite author is involved, it means an automatic pass even if the story sounds intriguing.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    8 February 2013 7:42 pm

    Looked really interesting… until the love triangle popped up…
    I’m so tired of triangles.

    Give me a threesome and I’m perfectly happy. But triangles bore me to tears.

    Just saying…

  3. 8 February 2013 7:40 pm

    thanks for the review Aimee

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