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  • Secrets get revealed

    Oh I love this series and heartily recommend reading from the beginning if like me you enjoy a paranormal romance. Chaaya was sacrificed by her Druid mother in order to save the world from a hungry Beast. She has been trapped in a hellish dimension and now finally is free. Chaaya isn't quite as human as she appears as she can quite literally dissolve through walls but this tiny firebrand is determined to live life to the full. It's just too bad that she's surrounded by grumpy, stiff ( no pun intended ! ) Vampires who seem set on following her around and spoiling her fun ! When an old enemy escapes prison it seems that maybe Chaaya might know how to capture her but she's not going alone because her gorgeous, boring nemesis Basq is sent with her and that's when secrets really come to light ! Another fabulous story set in this world that features Vampires, Demons, Fae, Mermaids, Weres, Imps , Djinn and even an adorable Gargoyle. I wasn't sure about the romance angle initially because there wasn't really much chemistry but I did become convinced as the story progressed. I am still a little unsure how I feel towards Chaaya as she seems forever to want to cause trouble and mayhem wherever she goes. Basq sadly felt quite distant at times and I really wanted a bit more about him. What does have me cheering are the scenes with Levet the tiny French gargoyle who steals every scene he is in. Plus as this ends I'm pretty sure we will get more about the Weres in this world soon and I'm really hoping that the author gets inspired to write a book around the Djinn because there aren't that many stories about them around and if there's an author who can bring them to life its Ms Ivy. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

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  • Levit Rules!!

    I’m a long time fan of the Guardians of Eternity series. This is another great edition. Chaaya was sacrificed by her Druid mother. She finally escaped now she is much more than a ghost. She is a unstoppable mess. Basq has know for a while that Chaaya is his mate. She drives him batty with all her antics. There was a teeny tiny chance she’d outstayed her welcome. “I told you not to cause trouble,” Basq chided, his expression tight with disapproval. Levit is my favorite character he always finds himself in the thick of trouble. This time attached to a escaped were. “He’s in a poopy mood,” Levet groused. “It’s better than always being a gloomy butt.” He dropped his arms, studying the tight line of her jaw as she struggled to contain her temper. “Does nothing make you happy?” You always go on a a great adventure when you read these books. Hunky vampires, tiny gargoyle and lots of others make for a great read.

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  • Enjoyable Paranormal. Alpha and smart women

    I love this series and really you cant go wrong. Like anything some are better than others, but I enjoyed this one. You have weres, imps, vampires, demons, dijin, druids, I mean really, how can you go wrong? I enjoyed Chaaya. Was she responsible? No. You try living in hell for centuries protecting the world and then tell me how you would give a care when finely free, Wouldn't you want to live? Basq seemed remote, but then when you read the blurb, he intentionally doesn't feel I am good with the the romance and mayhem. It was great to see Greta again, and of course Levet made me chuckle. This is a well rounded paranormal romance that can be read as a stand a lone but is enhanced ten times over if you read from book 1. If you love to read, its a win-win. 16 books of romance, paranormal, alphas, and smart women, Yes! Thank you to the publisher, NetGalley and Alexandra Ivy for providing me this arc and taking me on an enjoyable ride. I freely volunteer my thoughts and opinions.

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  • Excellent book

    This was an entertaining, well-written book. Chaaya revels in spreading mayhem wherever she goes, but then she has to go after someone who may be under the influence of the evil being who imprisoned Chaaya for years. There was humor, action, snark and heat. Basq refuses to let her go alone. Sparks of all kinds fly between them. The book was fast-paced and impossible to put down. This book can be read as a standalone story, though it is #16 in the Guardians of Eternity series. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books in this series as well as other books by this author.

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  • steamy, emotional romance, with mystery & magic

    Lively and vivid description, mystery, steamy romance, and humorous, emotional, and intense interactions between the characters make Shades of Darkness an intriguing fantasy/paranormal romance read. Chaya is sent along with her bodyguard Basq into the hellscape mirror London to recover an escaped prisoner believed associated with the enemy with whom she endured centuries of imprisonment as a sacrifice to protect her people and magic. A vampire, Basq is the strong, silent, solitary type who prides himself on his control, but he constantly struggles for that ease of control around Chaaya. Chaaya, a ghost whose true powers and fey identity are unknown, is fierce, independent, passionate, reckless, and fearless, determined to enjoy her life now that she is free of the hell dimension. On the path to locating the missing prisoner, Chaaya and Basq grow closer, learning more about each other and about themselves and to trust and depend on one another, as Chaaya confronts her painful past. The banter between them is enjoyable as is the development of their relationship. With fiery chemistry and completely divergent approaches to almost any situation, they are the epitome of opposites attract, but they definitely bring balance to each other’s lives. A novel structured with intrigue and mystery upon mystery, it is filled with a lot of different characters to keep straight. As the story progresses each of the character’s place, and importance, in the story begins to take shape, which makes it easier. The characters are pursuing different aspects of the prisoner’s escape. For the most part the cast of characters, primary and secondary, are unique and fairly well developed as are their interactions and relationships. The diversity of fey and supernatural creatures featured in the novel is one of my favorite things about the novel. I also found myself most intrigued by Inga, the Queen of the Mer-folk, and Troy. This is my first book in the series, so perhaps I might have to go and read more books in the series for their stories. The novel starts off a bit slow and confusing, but the pacing does pick up as you start to figure out who the characters are and that there are multiple, but associated, mysteries going on at once. Ivy’s vivid description, well-structured mystery and plot, timely humor, and banter between the characters makes up for the slow pacing and confusing start. Shades of darkness is just the quick fantasy/paranormal romance read if you are in the mood for a mystery-driven, humorous, and emotional romance, that mixes magic with bits of action and royal intrigue.

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