Thursday, April 12, 2018

Her Guardian Angel by Larissa Ione – Lexi Blake Crossover Collection Blog Tour


After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules… even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.

Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.

Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives… or their hearts.

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“I already said I’m not taking that job,” Declan sighed.

“And you didn’t say why.”

“Am I required to?”

“You know you’re not.” Tag stopped in front of him, his blond hair ruffling in the stiflingly hot breeze. “But this is right up your alley. You grew up in D.C. You know the people. You know the politics. You know the money.”

Yeah, Declan knew all of that way too intimately. “I said no.”

“I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t think you were the best person for the job.”

Swearing silently, Declan looked up at the evening sky until he could reliably talk to his boss without losing his temper.

Finally, he looked back at his boss. “I left that cesspool when I was seventeen, and I haven’t looked back. I’m sorry, Ian. I respect the hell out of you, and if you need me for anything else, I’ll do it, no questions asked. But not this. Fire me if you need to.”

Tag let out an exasperated curse. “You’d seriously rather take the mission in the jungle that’ll probably get you killed than work with Senator McRory and his aide on some routine security issues?”

Okay, Tag was exaggerating the risk of the South American job, but even if he weren’t... “I can’t even count all the ways I could say yes to that.”

“Fine,” Tag said, “but at least think about it. Your plane doesn’t leave until tomorrow night.”

“Yeah, sure,” Declan offered, knowing he wasn’t going to think about it at all. Not for a single second. As far as he was concerned, the topic of the D.C. job was a dead thread.

“Thanks, man.” Taggart clapped Declan on the shoulder and headed toward the parking lot.

Declan hung out for another minute, trying to decide what to do now. Going home to an empty, depressing apartment didn’t appeal to him, but neither did hitting a noisy club, not when he’d been getting so many headaches in recent months. Besides, he wasn’t the most social person on the planet and he hated the bar scene. He only put up with it because lately he’d been restless when he was alone.

Maybe he needed a girlfriend. Or at the very least, he needed to get laid.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Paranormal Romance
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This is the first in this series that I've read. I will say that I didn't feel that I needed to read the previous books because of how things were explained and the glossary key. This is really a story about finding your true calling.

Suzanne is charged with protecting Declan. She is making her way through life in order to become a full-fledged angel. What she knows for sure is that she is attracted to her charge and there is a demon after him whom she has never encountered before. In order to protect Declan better, she asks her siblings to help her set up a backstory and hires Declan, who is a bodyguard, to protect her.

Declan has had a challenging life. He was abused as a child and then went into the military where he saw a lot of things he wishes he could un-see. When he's hired to protect who he believes is a wealthy woman, he has preconceived notions about her. He ran away from money at the first chance he had. What he finds is Suzanne – a woman who is much more than she seems.

With a war brewing, it's up to Suzanne to protect Declan, who is to play an integral part in this war. However, doing this without his knowledge proves to be very difficult. What makes this even more difficult is her attraction and the reciprocation of attraction by Declan.

This was entertaining and I wish that we would have gotten to see more of Declan and Suzanne further in to the story, but hopefully in more books, we'll see them more.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is part of the Masters & Mercenaries crossover series that is being released by a number of super talented authors. I am so happy to be reading these books and reviewing them. I am a huge M&M fan, and this was another great addition to the series. I have not read the Demonica Underworld series before but intend to remedy that as soon as I get a chance. I was grateful of the glossary at the beginning.

Declan has always been slightly aloof and resentful, and it is clear that his hateful upbringing affected him greatly. The references here can only make you angry at his father and sad for the little boy who suffered such verbal abuse. I was very happy he stood up for himself finally.

Things are happening on the streets of Dallas which should not be – like horned demons appearing. Suzanne needs to stay close and protect Dec, but the easiest way to ensure she can be by his side is to employ him as a bodyguard. I love this turnabout and how she has to try and act human in his presence. Her affinity to cooking and the ability to affect moods through her shows is another fabulous touch. This is not a long book, yet it packs in plenty of explanation of the underworld, the hierarchy, and the rules – which Suzanne is determined to break with Dec!

As we learn about the threat to Dec, and he discovers more about himself, he and Suz also find out how good they are together. It is a brilliant combination of supernatural, romance, and hope for the future of them as a couple and the world as a whole. Read it and be as enthralled as I was. Thank you, Ms. Ione, for bringing a whole new dimension to M&M.




Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Her Guardian Angel (Demonica Underworld #6) by Larissa Ione to read and review for this tour.

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