Warders: Volume Two (Belen’s Review)

Title: Warders: Volume 2 (Warders #4-6)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 311 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.

Novellas included:
Sinnerman
Nexus
Cherish Your Name

Sinnerman (June 2011), Nexus (October 2011), and Cherish Your Name (December 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

Three novellas included on one volume. All three stories are single POV.

Sinnerman 4 Stars

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.

I really enjoyed this story. This is my favorite in this series.

Jackson is a warder who’s hearth has cheated on and then left him. Though the reader doesn’t get to see what they were like as a couple, we do get to see how broken Jackson is by the betrayal.

I love a good hurt/comfort, and this delivered for me in spades. I wasn’t happy with the relationship between Jackson and Raphael, at first, but once Jackson truly claims the kyrie – it was game on!

Nexus 3.5 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.

I love the relationship between Joe and Marcus. I loved that even though Joe is blind he isn’t treated as disabled, and the bond between the two was palpable. Which makes the separation they face even more unbearable. All told, a solid inclusion in the series!

Cherish Your Name 3.5 Stars

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.

I love a good age gap romance, and I loved reading about Dylan and Malic as an established couple. sure, they had issues and still needed to work on their communication, but the happy ending works out and is all worth it in the end.

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These three stories in the series focus more on the relationships between Warder and Hearth than the fantastic paranormal world they live in where demons, vampires, kyries, and all manner of things that go bump in the night are not only real, but are fought against daily.

There’s some nice action in between the relationship-building and the guys learn how well they work together versus other clutches of Warders and their Sentinels.

I’ll admit I enjoyed this volume of stories more. I liked the relationship building, and felt like we got more hurt/comfort and sweet, sweet loving from this group than the first volume. There’s was even a bit more world-building, but I still think it needs to be filled out more.

In the end this series is about exceptionally hot men with weapons and supernatural abilities kicking ass and coming home to the men who love and cherish them. And I’m all good with that.

Warders Series


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Galley copy of Warders: Volume Two (Warders #4-6) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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