Title: Guarded (Guarded #1)
Author: Kim Fielding and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A brutal war left Volos Perun with physical and emotional scars and with a reputation as a hero. Now he’s a soldier stationed at the palace, desiring Prince Berhanu while receiving only loathing in return. But when Berhanu foolishly refuses the king’s request to let Volos accompany him on a peace mission to the neighboring country, Berhanu is kidnapped and brutalized. Now Volos must risk his life as he works to save Berhanu and help his country avoid another devastating war.
There is some amazing world building here. Kudos, Kim Fielding!
Volos has admired Prince Berhanu for a long time, but Berhanu’s obvious loathing keeps Volos at arm’s length. When Berhanu is captured it’s Volos who saves him, at great risk to himself.
A word of warning – there are some pretty brutal scenes in this story. The first half of this is harsh. I imagine reading it might have been a little more subtle, but Greg Tremblay is a master of his craft, and he infuses such emotion into scenes that it was pretty hard to listen to at times.
Trigger warning: Rape.
I loved listening to this story of two men who have both been through unspeakable horror and pain who learn to open up to each other and share their hearts.
Never fear, though, folks, even though the first half is dark, the second half is all about healing and there is a pretty wonderful HEA waiting on the other side and the best bonus is you get to listen to awesome narration too!
Bottom line? Kim Fielding knows how to spin a yarn and Greg Tremblay knows how to weave it. Really well done, all around.