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Marked by Passion (Guardians of Destiny Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2010

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    This book wins you over in the 1st chapter.

    I thought the way the author tock the character Gabrielle through the story was well played. I could not figure out how the book would end. Kate seemed to know just how to write so that any women would relate to Gabe even with the fantasy thrown in there as well.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

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    Fun Paranormal Romance!

    Not to be confused with the musician Katy Perry, the author of Marked by Passion, Kate Perry, launches a new series with this novel. And she kicks this series off with a fun, hip and passionate romp.

    Gabrielle "Gabe" Sansouci has a problem. She's just inherited a family legacy -an ancient scroll with magical powers and the disapproving ghost of a father she hasn't seen in 15 years. She decides to ignore both as best as she can, but the powers prove too difficult to ignore. or control.

    Rhys Llewellyn (refreshing -a Welsh hero!) is a hot new customer in the bar where Gabe works and he's watching her closely. And following her in his sleek, expensive automobile. And calling her 'love' in a sexy, husky, Brit accent. Oh, and saving her from mysterious stalkers.

    The tension between the hero and heroine is hawt, hawt, hawt and compelling. The author knows precisely how to ratchet up the tension between them, while interweaving a bit of intrigue. It's clear they'll end up together but they have major trust issues to work through -at least Gabe does. Rhys just personifies male patience in this story. Yum!

    By the end of the book, I was satisfied with the major plot points and romance resolution, but I couldn't help feeling that there were a few minor plot and character details that were left unresolved. Details specific to these two and their relationship, not things that are likely to be addressed effectively in a later book in the series with another couple as the centerpoint.

    But, all in all, a fun, smart story. I've also purchased the next in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    Can Gabe become the Guardian without losing herself?

    Gabe had left her family and her heritage behind 15 years ago - after her mother had died - for which she was responsible. She was now a bartender at The Pour House and an aspiring artist. With her first showing in a few weeks, all she had to worry about was finishing the paintings in the series - or so she thought.

    When the package arrived, she assumed it was the contract for her showing - until she discovered it was accompanied by a ghost! The ghost of her father, Wu, no less. It came as a shock to her to realize that her father was dead, but she had put her family and heritage behind her long ago - and now they were back.

    The package contained a scroll and she had just become it's guardian. Tu ch'i - the power that accompanied the scroll - began to surge inside her. Wu had come to teach her how to control her power before it controlled - or worse - destroyed her.

    Two more men entered her life within days of receiving the scroll. Her older brother, Paul, who had always felt he should be the one destined to be the Guardian, but without the birthmark, it was not his destiny. And then Rhys - who was handsome, rich, powerful - and could calm Gabe's tu ch'i with just a kiss.

    I have not read a lot of paranormal books, but they are quickly becoming my favorite. Kate Perry gives her characters such life. Even though it was a paranormal - I felt like these were people you could actually find at the corner bar. The chemistry between Gabe and Rhys sizzled off the page!

    In addition to Gabe, Wu, Paul and Rhys there is also Jesse - Gabe's ex-boyfriend from a year ago, Carrie - another bartender and the epitome of the Midwestern girl next door and Vivian, the buxom bartender you love to hate. These people rounded out the story and helped to give it a realistic flair.

    If you like paranormal, you will like this book - if you like romance, this book will also appeal to you. If you like both - then this will be a true winner!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

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    engaging romantic urban fantasy

    In San Francisco Gabrielle Sansouci Chin works as a bartender so she can eat while hoping her paintings will soon pay her way. However, when her father dies, Gabrielle has little time to grieve her loss as she inherited a role she does not want. She is the latest guardian of the ancient Chinese scroll of Earth that each generation Chin has past down to the next seemingly forever.<BR/><BR/>On the plus side is some neat new powers, but on the down side she has no idea how to use them even as her late father¿s spirit keeps encouraging her to hang on as it will get easier. Gabe chooses to ignore her responsibility, which frustrates her late father. Meanwhile treasure-hunter Rhys Llewellyn wants the scroll, but Gabe so far has refused though his seduction and her pondering not having to deal any longer with the duty makes handing it over feel like nirvana. Still, when danger mounts, Gabe has no choice but to take charge of her task.<BR/><BR/>This engaging romantic urban fantasy stars a woman in total denial in spite of the evidence that she has no choice but to get involved. The story line is action-packed as Gabe eludes her responsibility and is fortunate the enemy fails at killing her and stealing the scroll. Still in spite of much of the story line focusing on her dodging her inherited duty as much as the villain, Gabe brings a freshness to the sub-genre as she fails to dive head first into the battle; instead choosing to hide her head in the sand. Fans will enjoy her escapades MARKED BY PASSION although the same spin is told too often losing some of the early briskness her refusal to participate brings to the plot.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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