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

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

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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?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014646857
  • Publisher: A.M. Hargrove
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Series: The Guardians of Vesturon , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 37,292
  • File size: 926 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    This is the third book in this series, but it's able to be read

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    Determinant is the 3rd book in The Guardians of Vesturon series.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

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    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    My Thoughts: The third book in this series is a little differen

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Loved it

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Anonymous

    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.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Highly recommended it

    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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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    OMG!! So amazing

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Love this series

    Grat series love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Just finished, third in the series.  Loved all three, can't wait

    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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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    Really enjoying this series, and loving the introduction of char

    Really enjoying this series, and loving the introduction of characters!! Cannot wait till the fourth!

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

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    I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Great third installment!

    I have read all three of the series, and although I loved the details of getting to know the initial characters in tge first two, January and Rykerian have been my favorites. I think if you are going to read this book, though, it is good to read the first two in the series to give you the full picture. Hiwever, this book could stand alone as a four-star read. I gave it five since I have read them all. I think the bond between January and Rykerian is much more richly descibed and we, as readers feel more attatched to them as a result. Great read! Looking forward to her next book already!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Great read

    I thougt this was great book and it was just as exciting as the other 2 books in the series. Now i have to wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    AMAZING

    I couldnt read it fast enough what a page turner i cant wait for the next one

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  • Posted October 24, 2012

    Its good

    Lots of action and romance.. Tons of repetition.. say it once not every chapter.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

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    The third book in The Guardians of Vesturon series was my favori

    The third book in The Guardians of Vesturon series was my favorite,
    although I loved the first two books as well. Determinant is fast paced
    and full of adventure and surprises that will be sure to keep you
    guessing. Plus, it is packed full of hot guys…who can resist? January
    is a great character. She has had a tough life but despite her past, or
    maybe because of it, she is a strong lead and knows how to take care of
    herself. She is easily likable and fun to be reading about. I really
    love Rykerian. I loved having his point of view in the story. He's
    sweet, smart, funny, and obviously cares very much for January. My
    favorite new character in the story was Jurek. He was mysterious and
    complex. If he were real, I'd marry him. That's all I'm going to say :)
    Although this is the third of the series and the characters from the
    first two books make an appearance, Determinant could be a standalone
    book. However, I would suggest you read Survival and Resurrection first
    to get all of the background and because, well, you'll love them.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    I thought this was a wonderful story. January has had a tough up

    I thought this was a wonderful story. January has had a tough
    upbringing, and after learning a big secret the day of her high school
    graduation, she is forced to leave her cruel/heartless parents and
    loving young siblings behind. January then heads off to college where
    she gets used to this new lifestyle. She creates new friendships, but
    one of her friends and suite mate (Maddie) suddenly disappears,
    reappears, and then disappears and after two years, is still not heard
    of. As January is still facing a hard time with Maddie's absence, she
    interns with the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, and after a
    awhile, strange things occur, like a virus spreading around town and
    most possibly around the nation. January then finds herself in a strange
    place, like a new world and meets Rykerian, a Guardian and Vesturion.
    Their journey and story is one that was pretty great, all the way to the
    end! This is the Third Book of The Guardians Of Vesturon, but can also
    be seen as a Stand Alone; just to let you know. I think there was so
    much story here, and it was pretty good as I felt there was a nice flow.
    The scenes were well developed. The characters too were described
    nicely. I felt the feelings that January felt, of not being wanted and
    other unfortunate feelings; it's just hard not to. She has been through
    a lot but after she gets to know this Rykerian, there is no denying the
    love that blossoms between them; there are some strong emotions at
    times, but there are good feeling ones that just ring out...love. It was
    a romance story with other Paranormal elements! I loved reading two
    POVs, January's and Rhkerian; it was just so needed and so helpful, to
    make me understand what they have both been through and what they truly
    mean to each other. Wonderful story!

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Determinant is the third book in The Guardians of Vesturon serie

    Determinant is the third book in The Guardians of Vesturon series. I
    haven't read the first two books, but I had no trouble following the
    storyline so I think this one could easily be read as a stand alone. I
    had some trouble getting into this book because I thought it started off
    a little bit on the slow side, but about half way through is when things
    start to get very interesting. There were a lot of twists and turns that
    I didn't see coming! I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this book.
    I thought January and Rykerian made such a cute couple! I adored
    Rykerian, he was so sweet and caring. You could tell he truly cared
    about January. I didn't really like January in the beginning mainly
    because she was so depressed, but once she met Rykerian she turned into
    a totally different person. Overall, I'd say Determinant was a good
    read! If your in the mood for a sweet romance, then you should
    definitely check this book out!

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    This story starts out with a prologue type thing in third person

    This story starts out with a prologue type thing in third person p-o-v.
    All we know is that this group of guys are stealing a deadly virus from
    the Center for Disease Control. They come across the girl, and all we
    know afterwards is that the girl can read minds. Then, the Bad Guys
    spread the virus around for what we think is 'to save their planet'.
    Then, we skip to a girl's point of view, and she's trying to head home,
    even though she's ready to pass out, has a really high fever, and his
    hallucinating. All we know before the end of this is that she's lost.
    Skip to three years before, and the girl, January, has just graduating
    college. It's immediately apparent that her parents don't care that much
    for her when they skip out on her graduation. She goes back home to ask
    why they didn't and she eventually finds out that she's the product of
    her mother's rape, and that they ALL hate her (except for her little
    brother and sister). Her parents then kick her out of the house.
    Eventually, we get to present day, and college... Then, when she's
    trying to head home with the high fever, hallucinations, and passing
    out. She gets lost in the woods. And then, part two starts, in
    Rykerian's point of view. (I'll save that for you all to read instead
    of telling you it). So, I'll tell you all right here. I liked the
    story... but (you knew a but was coming), I didn't really like how the
    story was mostly worded. It sounded too proper, too stiff to be
    teenagers/ young adults talking. I connected to the idea of the
    characters, but I just couldn't connect to the words/ wording. A lot of
    times it annoyed me, but I liked the story enough that I tried to get
    over it, and finish the book. I also didn't like how the pint of views
    were in parts like 'part one' and 'part two'. I would've liked it better
    if it alternated between the characters; that would have made it more
    enjoyable, in my opinion. So, I gave this book four hearts... well,
    more of a 3.5

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