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This was one of the coolest audios I’ve listened to in a long time….Hollie Jackson has a wonderful voice that brings the characters to life!!! I adore everything Scottish, and this audio had it all!!! This story definitely had awesome historical research, magic, danger, interesting characters and most of all, one hot Guardian!!! Rebecca and Cailen, are thrown together as she searches for her missing mother, who is somewhere in Scotland. There is a cryptic letter and a necklace holding a strange stone, left to Rebecca by her missing Mother. She travels to Scotland, and ends up in an old Inn. Rebecca needs to find answers, and begins questioning the locals. When Cailen shows up, she is intrigued, especially since there seems to be an instant attraction. They are both strong willed and must face multiple obstacles to find the answers they are seeking. This audio kept me engaged, and I did not put it down until I finished it!!!. Congratulations Angela…it was a wonderful audio!!!
Also, I read her fabulous book first, and listening to it is so cool. You can pick up those subtle nuances that you might have missed reading it. I highly recommend doing this....as a reader, you can get more of the the experience.
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This was a total trifecta of new for me. New author. New narrator and my first ever audiobook review. The first two didn’t bother me so much, but to review an audiobook is definitely a different beast from reviewing a book because much of my enjoyment lays heavily in the hands of the narrator bringing the story to life and that can be a slippery slope, but in the case of The Guardian, Hollie Jackson did a wonderful job of bringing Angela Aaron’s characters and story to life all the while keeping me engaged the entire time.
As I said, Hollie Jackson did a wonderful job narrating The Guardian. Not only was she able to convey the emotions of the characters well, but she did a great job with the Scottish accents and being able to change her tone so that each character had a distinct voice. Not an easy feat by any measure and after listening for about an hour I was able to tell who was speaking because of it.
Rebecca and Cailen were characters that I really came to like and want to see if they could get past certain roadblocks that could keep them apart. Rebecca was spunky and though she could be impetuous, she had a good head on her shoulders, even when faced with the fact that the Fae were real and that she was one. Cailen was protective and compassionate. He was every bit the Scottish laird, and good lord could he brood, but he never wavered from his oath. Their road to their HEA was a fun, if not bumpy one thanks to the fact that they were raised in very different times, had Fae trying to kidnap Rebecca and a prophecy of sorts hanging over their heads. But as the story progressed the chemistry and connection between them grew stronger and I found that I really wanted them to be get their HEA.
The story was well crafted and I enjoyed the pacing of the story. Nothing was rushed, whether it was Rebecca and Cailen’s budding romance to figuring out how to keep both the Shadowstone and Rebecca out of the Fae’s clutches. Everything felt as if it occurred as it should. One of my favorite aspects of the story was how Ms. Aaron included the various festivals that take place throughout the year in Scotland into the plot line. The geek in me definitely liked learning what each celebrated and learning about the preparations for them.
The Bottom Line: If you like stories about the Fae, hot Scottish lairds, intelligent and feisty women and a well thought out and written story, as well as an excellent narrator, then you should definitely give this one a listen!
~ Audiobook provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ~
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Angela Aaron has successfully combined medieval and modern characters, mythical concepts and a current day setting. The story is interesting and enjoyable, though a bit slow in places. The characters are likable and easy to relate to. The development of relationship between the main characters is fraught with the usual tension expected with such unusual circumstances. Overall, it makes for pretty decent paranormal romantic escapism.