Most humans live in blissful ignorance, never dreaming of the frightening surprises and paranormal danger that lurks in the night. Most… but not all. These few who stand against the darkness are the Warders, men who fight demons and square off against all kinds of creatures from the pit with only their brothers-in-arms and their lovers-their Hearths-to strengthen them in the unending battle of good versus evil.
Sinnerman (June 2011), Nexus (October 2011), and Cherish Your Name (December 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.
This is a collection of the stories – 3 in each book – designed for either people who’ve never read the books before or for those who want it in paperback format. There are no changes to the stories themselves, nor any new stories added in that I could tell.
As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.
Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover-he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.
Jackson is a warder whose hearth has fallen for someone else. He’s heartbroken and acting like he doesn’t care if he lives or dies.
Raphael is the Kyrie we met earlier who drank from Malic but who only has eyes for Jackson.
Though it takes a lot of “teaching”, Raphael shows Jackson he has something to live for – including love.
The love between Jackson and Raphael is tough to watch at first. Jackson’s heart is broken and he’s so sad. Rafe doesn’t seem like he’s good for Jackson at all, and it feels hard to root for him.
I loved how the story finally comes around to show us the real path. It was very clever writing and it went over well.
This was a great addition to the series and I recommend it with 3.75 of 5 stars!
Marcus Roth is a top criminal lawyer by day and demon-slaying warder by night, but he is simply one of five warders—not really important to anyone but Joseph Locke, his hearth. Or so Marcus mistakenly believes.
On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, that belief changes as Marcus unwittingly uncovers a paranormal dilemma and ends up revealing his identity as a warder to Joe’s family. Faced with a traitor, demons, and the return of an old enemy, Marcus must put his own needs aside to save his friends—though in so doing he may lose the man he loves forever. Even living through the ordeal might not be enough if Marcus can’t forgive himself and learn that his hearth and the rest of his clutch can’t do without him.
Marcus and Joe are Warder and Hearth and have been together for years before this story takes place. In fact, they are the first couple of this clutch of Warders. Marcus and Joe are in Kentucky for Joe’s Grandfather’s birthday. While there, they learn that Joe’s dad is being shaken down for money by a demon!
There is drama, Marcus gets hurt and ends up hiding from Joe and it’s very painful to read about.
In the end, the pair is stronger than ever and the entire clutch of Warders is even stronger than before.
(This is my favorite couple in the entire series!)
In this book the drama is extra scary, but also really funny. All the Warders have to go clubbing (essentially) to gain admittance to the demon they are hunting and that scene was hilarious. (Mary showed us the picture that inspired Ryan’s outfit and Ooo la la it’s HAWT!)
Joe is snarky and sweetly needy, a fantastic juxtaposition for Marcus’ steadfast devotion and leadership. The rest of the Warders look up to Marcus and their devotion to him is touching.
There is a fair amount of awesomely hot sex, but the love the two share is what makes this story stand out. Joe and Marcus already love one another, though the relationship is tested, we get to see them function as an already involved couple more often than not.
I highly recommend this book and the series, and give it a 4.5 of 5 stars.
Cherish Your Name
Malic Sunden is in hell—only not literally… yet. As a warder, Malic is used to fighting demons and squaring off against all kinds of creatures from the pit, but this year he’s facing a new and terrifying prospect: Christmas holidays with his much-younger boyfriend and his family.
He loves Dylan, his hearth, but Dylan’s parents, the Shaws, are another story. They think Malic is a cradle-robber, among other things. At least their neighbor, Brad, seems to like him. Then again, maybe not. When Malic gets offered to a demon who wipes his memory of everything but Dylan’s name, it will take all Malic has to escape his new life in a hell dimension and return to the man he calls home.
Malic and Dylan are a couple but they still have a long way to go. Malic still worries that he’s too old for Dylan. Dylan worries he’s too young.
When they go home to Dylan’s family for Christmas, Dylan’s family isn’t exactly welcoming and Dylan ends up hanging out with his buddies more than Malic.
Mal, on the other hand, ends up hanging out with the neighbor – a seemingly nice guy with a broken leg in need of a helping hand. But things aren’t always as they seem and this friendship causes problems on multiple layers.
I love that Dylan and Mal finally feel more cemented and like a real couple now. Their romance felt shortened to me and this gives them more substance.
The way the drama unfolds is a little scary but funny, too, and Dylan’s response was so very sweet!
It was great seeing everyone again and it was delightful to get a super sweet HEA.
I don’t know if there are more of these stories coming but I’d love a “Where are they now” sort of thing to peep in on all the guys sometime! (Hint hint!)
4 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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