Warders: Volume One (Steph’s Review)

review masterTitle: Warders: Volume One (Warders #1-3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.13 stars out of 5

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:

His Hearth
Tooth & Nail
Heart in Hand

His Hearth (July 2010), Tooth & Nail (November 2010), Heart in Hand (May 2011) were previously published individually in eBook format by Dreamspinner Press.

Okay, so this volume was an enjoyable and quick read. The author does such a great job with bringing in humor and sarcasm; not to mention the hot sex scenes! Now this is where I break it on down for you 🙂

His Hearth
Honestly, the story about Julian and Ryan just felt like an appetizer. There wasn’t much story to it. Mostly hot awesome sex and a very brief explanation about the Warder/Hearth. I was wondering when the paranormal aspect was going to come into play, and when it finally did; well it was over. Like if you were to blink, you’d miss it. Literally, I was like… and… Yep, that about sums it up. Don’t get me wrong, it kept me entertained for the most part. It was cute, funny and there was lots of sex. Plot and conflict however, not so much.


Tooth & Nail
Malic and Dylan:

Malic: Big, scary and stubborn. Dylan: Small, beautiful and pushy. So what happens when you put these two together. Well, you get an increase in plot and conflict, that’s what you get. Oh, and instalove 🙂 I felt that his book, was better all around; however it was still lacking. While there was a bit more of a supernatural aspect to this story, it still only accounted for maybe 5-10% of the total story.


Heart in Hand
Much better, so much better! In this story, Leith and Simon are already an established pair, so finally around 10% in it went from our world to the supernatural. Oh, and how fun it was. It was nice that the author brought back Raph for more than a mention in this book. I have to say that I’m intrigued by this character. My only complaint is that I wish that there was more to the story, because the end felt somewhat abrupt. In addition, I thought that the story could have done without Eric, Simon’s ex, because IMO he really only felt like filler to me.

With all that said, is this a great read? No, but it was fun and kept me entertained. In addition, I have noticed a trend here. It seems as the books progress, so does the quality. With that in mind I cannot wait to at least read book five in the series. Here is where we will get to read Jackson’s and Raph’s story.


Side Note: If you are looking to read a paranormal book with depth and detail (character and scenes), this isn’t a book for you.

Some food for thought: Why don’t the demons go after the Warder’s Hearths’? Seriously, by taking them out it, especially since it is like finding a needle in a haystack, they could actually do some damage and possible annihilate them. Yeah, I probably have too much time on my hands, but I think about these types of things.

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Galley copy of Warders: Volume One (Warders #1-3) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.