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Review: Anchored (Guardian series #1) by A.J. Larrieu

Review: Anchored (Guardian series #1) by A.J. Larrieu

by davincikittieApril 5, 2013

This wasn’t supposed to be a review book, just a quick “breather” read between other blog work.  A.J. Larrieu, however, apparently had other plans for my past 12 hours when she penned her debut paranormal romance novella Anchored.  Angels?  Been there.  Vamps?  Both good and bad, done that!  But the way Ms. Larrieu imagined her fictional universe breathes life and energy into a story even further supported by stellar characters with multi-faceted personalities.  Little nuances kept me glued to my e-reader for solid chunks of time, as the plot smoothly transitioned from setting-the-scene to action to heart-racing conclusion.  There is nothing boring about this novella and I was definitely not ready for it to end!  These characters and this story could easily have filled the pages of a full-length novel and kept my rapt attention.  Hell, I borrowed the book from the Kindle Prime library and wish I’d bought it outright!  Totally worth the purchase.

I don’t want to give too much away due to the short length of the book and the fun I had discovering the characters’ backgrounds, so I’ll just say that the main male protagonist, Jason, made me laugh, shiver, and really wish I had male friends like him, regardless of his former profession!  This is not an alpha male, bowl-you-over hero who pushes his way around anything he doesn’t get by consent.  Jason is an easy-going man with spirit, good humor, some darn handy skills, and a straight-forward attractiveness that is hard to resist.  Susannah, our angel heroine is just about everything I like in a strong female lead and nothing that I don’t.  Willful but not irresponsible, powerful but not abusive or stupid, respectful but not obeisant, and compassionate but not overly emotional  If there were really a guardian angel watching over my city, Susannah is exactly the kind of warrior I’d want on the job.  Together, they share an effortless bond that feels natural and right.


Memorable Quotes

All that charm must be illegal… somewhere.
“I wouldn’t think a man like you would object to a few days of vacation with free room and board. It can’t be much worse than your previous accommodations.”
“The bed’s a little lumpy, actually.”
“I’ll get right on that.”
“Now we’re talking.” He winked at me.
Everybody needs a little “complicated”…
“We can’t,” I said against his mouth, still returning his kiss. “We shouldn’t.”
“Why shouldn’t we?” He slid his hands to my neck and drew me closer, forcing me to tilt my head. One hand found the soft feathers where my wings met my back and stroked. I moaned at the virgin pleasure of it.
“Complicated,” I gasped out. “Make things complicated.”
His other hand went to my waist, dragging me forward on the bench and then up, into his lap. “Yes. Let’s make things complicated.” His erection pressed against me, and his lips went to my jaw, my neck. “Let’s complicate the hell out of them.”
I’ll take 2, over-hard with a sprinkling of cheese…
[Jason] came to me with a plate of perfectly fried eggs. He’d even garnished it with a sliced strawberry. I tried to get up, but he pushed me back down one-handed.
“You are the hardest woman in the world to make breakfast for.”
“I’m fine.”
“Shut up and eat.”
He handed me the plate. The eggs were perfect.

You might also like…

If you liked Anchored and enjoy stories about angels fighting the good fight and vamps who aren’t always the good guys, check out Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series.  It’s some of the finest Urban Fantasy you’ll ever read, with vivid plotlines and gruesome action mixed in with scorching hot romance.  Get the series started with Angel’s Blood.
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Rating: Anchored


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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at

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