Determinant, a YA Paranormal Romance (Book 3 of The Guardians of Vesturon)

Determinant, a YA Paranormal Romance (Book 3 of The Guardians of Vesturon)

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by A.M. Hargrove
     
 
NOTE: Though this is the 3rd installment of the Guardians of Vesturon, this book can be read as a stand alone novel.
January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening,

Overview

NOTE: Though this is the 3rd installment of the Guardians of Vesturon, this book can be read as a stand alone novel.
January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014646857
Publisher:
A.M. Hargrove
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Series:
The Guardians of Vesturon , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
119,174
File size:
948 KB

Meet the Author

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

Boss: Hello

A.M.: Boss, is that you?

Boss: Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?

A.M.: Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.

Boss: Why ever would I want to do that?

A.M.: Because I quit!

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

A.M.: Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?

Hubs: Sure... Having some car trouble?

A.M.: Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.

Hubs: WHAT?!

A.M.: It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival and Resurrection are her first and second full length novels in the series and Beginnings is the prequel novella. Her third installment, Determinant, will be released on June 30, 2012. (It didn’t happen exactly like that, but you get the idea!)

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Determinant, a YA Paranormal Romance (Book 3 of The Guardians of Vesturon) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Shelly329 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series, but it's able to be read as a standalone. I do have the other two books, but I was concerned that I wouldn't have time to read them all and stay caught up with my other review books so I opted to just read this one. I didn't have any problems getting into the plot of the story so it really was good as a standalone. I also don't really feel like I need to go back to read the first ones. I enjoyed the sci-fi plot of this story a lot. I liked the 2 main characters Rykerian and January, but I wasn't particularly drawn to either of them. I definitely felt compassion for January because of her home situation, but I felt like she was kind of whiny especially when it's 3 years past and she hasn't really moved on too much. Here is what I think it was, I felt like I was being told too much. I should have felt these things for her because of how her story is written but she, January, reiterates over and over how she never felt love, etc... I think it's one of those "show me don't tell me" scenarios. It's almost the same with with Rykerian, he's a little too open for me! I think maybe this is one place where it would have been helpful to have read the other books, then I may have had a little more insight into his character. He just seemed to fall in love really quickly, but even that turns on a dime when he gets a little jealous. My absolute favorite character was Jurek and I would love to read a whole story just about him. He was complex, but unlike the other characters he wasn't an open book. There are definitely things to be learned about him and his mercenaries. I think he added something to the story that was necessary. I am still anxious to see what his connection is to January. I would love to see a spin off series with Jurek and his whole group! This story really is pretty fast paced, there is a lot of action, but it's not too hard to keep up with and it's plotted out so that it's unfolds pretty naturally. I think that if you are a fan of YA paranormal, you will really like this series. It's a whole new spin on Aliens, and let me tell you they are pretty darn hot!
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Determinant is the 3rd book in The Guardians of Vesturon series. Ms. Hargrove writes a fast paced, well written plot with lots of twists, turns, romance and heartache that will keep you captivated from the beginning. I could put the book down once I started reading and finished it within a day. This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the third book in the series and i thought it was amazing, as were the first two. I loved the fact that this book brought back a character from the first installment who we almost new nothing about, except that she was hiding some deep secret. Also, i loved how maddie came into view again and how we heard heard her thoughts, now that she is married. Lastly, i definetly recommend this book and cant wait till the next one comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think january is a little whiny and very annoying and does know how to stay calm she is very weird she does not really care about others feelings and she is a big huge sl** and doesnt care if someone dies and only thinks about her. Even though i feel bad about how her home situation was.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: The third book in this series is a little different that the first two. This book doesn’t follow Rayn and Maddie, although they do appear throughout. Determinant is told from January’s perspective as well as Rykerian’s. We met January while Maddie was in college, and we’ve known of Rykerian since Maddie was saved from her abduction. January’s story starts before Maddie’s did--on the day of her high school graduation. When I started reading about what January went through, my heart went out to her. It was completely unexpected, the tale of her life. Then we see her through college and her internship. This part goes by quickly, which is nice to me since I’m most anxious to get to where book two left off. Once we get to that point, it starts to get interesting. Rykerian was at one point smitten with Maddie, even though she was meant to be with his brother, Rayn. I thought it was wonderful to see him fall for somebody, especially after his heartbreak. And that somebody, January, was definitely a wonderful person. I adored their relationship throughout. Of course, it can't just end here with the two of them falling for each other... Enter Jurek. He’s not like anyone on Vesturon, his people are completely different. With these differences, he has a certain advantage over them. Because of this, he uses his powers to get them to help him rescue his family from the Xanthians, a people who are not kind in the least. At first, you want to hate the guy for what he is putting the Yarrister’s and January through, but then you see that he really isn’t that bad. At least, I grew to like him a lot. The bond he and January formed was pretty amazing. He helped teach her about things she wanted to know, and also needed to know. As expected, Determinant was a wild ride, just like the others in the series. A lot of twists and turns and love and sadness. A.M. Hargrove delivers again! I can say that this one is my favorite of the three so far. I liked January a little more than Maddie, she was less, childish, in her manner of speaking and thinking. Seeing Rykerian finally find his happiness was great. And the introduction to Jurek, awesome. I cannot wait to see where the series leads to next! My Rating: Very Good: Stay up late
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now you're starting to go the route of everyone else, I can't believe it! You're beginning to ruin the readability of your books for multiple age groups. Not only have you brought more sex into your sex scenes, rather than just hinted at, you're bringing in more language albeit not the really bad kind. However, this does mean that this series cannot be made into books which can be read by the tweens and under group who are more advanced readers. I am so disappointed in your choices with this series. Then I found your website and read through it for your other book series for the first time, can I just say, WOW! I would have never guessed by the first few books in this series that you also wrote smutty books. I'm devastated, I had hoped I'd found a new author I could recommend to my young nieces, nephews and grandchildren because of the high morals found within this book series; I was encouraged that perhaps you would be making more of those first wonderful books. Is this true or are you going to stay south and smutty?
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Awesome!!!!!!!!!
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bookwormED More than 1 year ago
Keep me interest the whole time. Keep me up a couple night wanting to finish and to see how it ended How there are more books coming out. I'll be looking for them
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Sue-Ann-Moriarty More than 1 year ago
This just makes waiting for the next one so hard to wait for. I love the different stories of the whole family and how great the whole story is written. Definitely on my favorites list.
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Grat series love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished, third in the series.  Loved all three, can't wait for more.  As someone who has been married to my one and only I was thrilled with the characters mating for life and being true to each other as I believe in that also.  Recommended for anyone wanting a good read of love, devotion and loyalty combined with strength of character.
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kerg More than 1 year ago
Really enjoying this series, and loving the introduction of characters!! Cannot wait till the fourth!
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Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. January finds out on her graduation day that she was a product of rape, not only did her family not show up for the ceremony, she was thrown out of the house the very same day. I loved how the story started out as a drama and turned into a sci-fi novel. My only issue was that January didn’t come across as a strong female character that I’d have expected to develop because of the situation she was in. Other than that, I think it was a great story and it kept me hooked!
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