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Marked by Passion (Guardians of Destiny Series #1)

Marked by Passion (Guardians of Destiny Series #1)

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by Kate Perry

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1. Don't lose the above artifact you've inherited from your ancestors-no matter how much it starts messing up your life.

2. Do learn how to control its powers. (And, yes, that means putting up with über-complicated guardian lessons from your father

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Marked by Passion (Guardians of Destiny Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
M_E_G More than 1 year ago
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!
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
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!
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author, Kate Perry¿s book, Marked By Passion is listed as part of The Guardians of Destiny Series, with Chosen by Desire set for release in February 2010. She has other titles in contemporary romance; Project Date and Project Daddy. Kate Perry is a 7th degree black belt Kung Foo San Soo and collects swords. She resides in San Francisco, California with her love, Nate.
Gabrielle Sansouci Chin was just about to have all her dreams come true- to have her art displayed in a gallery with her own show. Problem was, the last two paintings contracted weren¿t finished. She just became Guardian of the Scroll and inheriting the artifact mean all the powers of Tu ch¿i that came with it. Her dead father¿s ghost kept lurking and meddling in her life trying to teach her guardian lessons. Mysterious bad boy, Rhys claims to want to help her but seems to have ulterior motives- Not to mention it was getting harder and harder to ignore their magnetic pull. And to top it off, her brother, Paul, decides to pop back in her life to renew their relationship. She knows it is her destiny to protect the scroll at any cost, just as her ancestors have done for generations, because in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world. But darn it, she just wanted her life back.
If I¿m being completely honest, I found two faults with the book. First, it was a bit predictable. I pretty much knew who the `bad guy¿ was and where the plot was headed, though it kept me interested none the less. Second, I found the way that Rhys fell in love with Gabe immediately was unrealistic- but then again, this is a paranormal romance and it moved the plot along.
The story is told in first-person, usually not my first choice, but I¿m not complaining because Kate Perry has a great gift for portraying body language, facial expressions, and dialog- which engage you in the main characters and secondary ones flawlessly to keep you reading and wanting more. I found her quirky sense of humor seeping through into the characters, making the book both steamy and hilarious- A good combination if you ask me. The father, Wu, as the ghost and her mentor, Madame La Rochelle, were brilliant add-on¿s for the book and I adored them immensely.
Marked By Passion, by Kate Perry, is an entertaining, witty, and sensuous tale that is guaranteed to have you rolling with laughter and fanning yourself all at once.

Kelly Moran,
Author and Reviewer
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Athenna More than 1 year ago
Ever since Gabrielle was born and her father seen she was marked to be a guardian of the scroll he has tried training her. He devoted all of his time and attention to her, to prepare her to be a good guardian. But this was never what Gabrielle wanted; all she wanted was to paint so when a fatal accident resulted in her mother's death she ran away from that destiny only to have it delivered to her by carrier all these years later upon death of her father is the only way for Gabe to inherit the scroll. With the scroll in her possession and her powers uncontrollably stronger and the ghost of her father nagging at her to step up and embrace her destiny she's not sure she can handle it all. Then she meets this incredibly handsome man that sends her body into sexual overdrive when he walks in the room. He tells her he wants to help her control her powers and that he is a guardian to. But can she trust him? Is it just a coincidence he shows up right after the scroll gets delivered to her? Then to make matters even more complicated her brother Paul shows up after not even a phone call since she left home all those year and he has a easy out for Gabe , he wants the scroll. He says he will take over guardianship for her. Then she can focus in her painting. Could she give it to Paul? Why does it make her feel like she is shirking her responsibilities? She never wanted this guardianship. But if she doesn't have the scroll she will know for sure if Rhys wants her or her just her scroll. I thought the book was good. I had a hard time with how much French was used in the book with no glossy so at times I had no idea what they were talking about. The story line was different and unique I liked that. It was a quick read. But what I loved was Rhys .. Omg he just radiated sex. He was always well dress and his deep voice with his British accent. oooh so nice .I loved it when he called her love. I loved how he pursued Gabe, he knew he needed to make her see she wanted him before he could fully have her so he kept at it till she was practically begging for him . But he was never too much. Gabe on the other hand sort of got on my nerves at times. I couldn't have denied Rhys as long as she did. She was just a little too distant for me I thought she should warm up sooner. But all in all it was a good read I'm curious to see what happens next there is still three more scrolls and guardians out there.
BlueFairy28 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing how the author develops the storyline!
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy finding new (to me) authors with new ideas. Kate Perry has served up a humorous and entertaining beginning to a new paranormal romance series with "Marked by Passion". In this series, she introduces readers to her version of some ancient Chinese lore. The powers of the world were written on five scrolls by an ancient monk. When he feared their capture by an evil warlord, he distributed those scrolls to five different families...entrusting them with not only the scrolls themselves, but the powers attendant with them. The scrolls and power are to be handed down each generation to the individual 'marked' as a Guardian and they are to be trained and taught and NEVER should the scrolls be brought together.

The series begins with the tale of Gabrielle, or Gabe as she prefers, the new Guardian of Earth. Gabe's biggest problem? After a training accident when she was young where her mother was killed, she has absolutely no interest in the whole 'scroll/power' thing. Added to that, her father and his fanaticism and continuing criticism resulted in Gabe separating herself from the only family she had left...her big brother. So when Gabe, expecting a contract for her upcoming art show, signs for a mysterious package that turns out to be the scroll, her life spins out of control pretty quickly. Enter paranoia and suspicion, not to mention big brother and a couple of sexy men who seem to be vying for her attentions. But are any of these people really interested in Gabe...or just the scroll?

Good first book. I liked the humor and even though there were times I wanted to smack Gabe for her continuing waffling, I'm pleased with the ending. The sexual aspect was actually fairly PG for today's market which may impact sales. I'll be waiting for the next book in the series, "Chosen By Desire" in Winter 2010, to see where Perry may be headed next.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner