The Guardian of Bastet

The Guardian of Bastet

by Jacqueline M. Battisti

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The Guardian of Bastet by Jacqueline M. Battisti

Cat-shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine has discovered a demon is killing supernaturals. Magically challenged, she has every intention of letting handsome Alpha werewolf Gordon Barnes handle it. But after a dying vampire gifts Trinity a mystical amulet, she is drawn into the fray as the legendary Guardian of Bastet, a warrior born when the need arises.

Though Trinity initially rejects the role, she warms to the idea when Gordon agrees to train her—and their passion for each other grows as he teaches her to embrace her animal instincts.

As she begins to accept her destiny and believe in her growing powers, Trinity realizes the danger is even closer to home than she ever imagined—and she and Gordon are going to have to face the demon in a fight to the death...

84,000 words

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ISBN-13: 9781426894244
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 685,630
File size: 682 KB

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Like a good girl, I try to say my prayers every morning. This morning was no exception.

"Goddess, it's me, Trinity Morrigan-Caine. Could you please let me get through today without pissing off too many people or wanting to kill anyone? And would you please grant me patience for the idiots I meet and guidance to keep my mouth shut when they say something really freakin' stupid? Thank you."

Afterward, I felt better. Today was just one of those days. I slept through the alarm. My familiar, a longhaired Birman feline named Bronwyn, had to wake me up and there is nothing like being swatted in the face with a clawed paw first thing in the morning. I showered and then realized I had no clean work scrubs. Crap. I put on already worn scrubs which didn't smell too bad. The only brightness of the morning was my cousin and roommate, Lily, had made a pot of coffee and saved me some before she left for work—and probably on time, of course.

Once again, I was late and I knew my boss was going to have kittens because of it. Okay, not literally, although the thought of that made me giggle aloud. No, I was the one who turned into a furry feline once a month. She was just a human pain in my ass.

I grabbed the travel mug and took a swig of the coffee I had heated up before leaving. I didn't even care I burned my lips on the brew. I let out a deep sigh. Ah coffee, the elixir of gods and humans. There was just nothing better than the jolt of caffeine to wake up to. I drove to work whistling.

Dr. Ginean Meyers, the Senior Veterinarian and an all-around bitch, glared at me as I walked in the door. She was standing behind our reception desk with Alice, our administrative assistant. Alice gave me a small welcoming smile, but Meyers's look could have frozen hell.

I took a step toward my two coworkers and stopped. The smell of our animal disinfectant was strong there, however it couldn't compete with Meyers's rancid perfume. I'd rather have smelled a wet dog. My nose twitched in revulsion and my smile slipped from my face as I took two instinctive steps back.

I sighed and greeted them both, waiting for the ax to fall.

"Good Morning, Dr. Caine," Alice said politely.

"Did we oversleep, again, this morning?" sneered Meyers.

And there it was. "Yes, well..."

"Your first client has been waiting for you in the exam room for the last twenty minutes. Perhaps the office should collect some funds and purchase a working alarm clock for you, hmm? Do you think it would help?" Meyers said with such saccharine sweetness, I wanted to smack the icicles off her face.

So much for playing nice. It was lucky for her I didn't want to get closer and endure more of her perfume. To slap a woman properly you had to be nearer than I was willing to get. Not to mention, my common sense told me not to physically assault a senior vet if I wanted to continue in my line of work.

"Yeah, well." I glared back but tried to keep the words civil. "I think I can manage on my own, thanks." Ah. Good. Then I heard myself say, "Nice perfume. My grandmother's birthday is coming up. What scent are you wearing?" Damn. Did that just come out of my mouth? All right, maybe not so civilized; I was still a work in progress.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trinity never believed she was special. As a hybrid witch, cat-shifter, she has never been very powerful. The spells her mother taught her as a child just seemed to fizzle out and her mom gave up on teaching her' which was fine by Trinity all she wanted was a normal life and nothing to do with the politics of the GVSO (group of supernaturals in the area including witches, vampire, sorcerors, werewolves, shifters, and necromancers). From her father, who is a werepuma, Trinity's deluded blood allows her to shift into a house cat. But it also allows her to talk to the animals, which is great for her chosen profession as a vet. But then, Vincent, the centries old vampire, is telling her that she is special. She is a heralded worrier with powers not seen in half a mellenia! Trinity not believing Vincent humors him and accepts the gift he gives her. Supernaturals in the community are being killed and it seems a demon is the cause. Someone is practicing black magic and Trinity is in a race to save herself and those she protects from loosing everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Being from Rochester this book brought back many memories of home. Places she visited and the neighborhood she lived it. Not only that but her writing style was unique and flowed very easily. This book is for anyone who enjoys YA paranormal romance. I would definitely (and have) recommend this to anyone who enjoys books in this genre! I would gladly read more of Jacqueline Battisti's books!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very origional, hope to see more from this author on the chars. Easily could be turned into a very good series!!!
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Kenns_Reivews More than 1 year ago
This is a paranormal fantasy novel that combines all manner of supernatural beings from werewolves and vampires to witches and shape shifters. When we first join Trinity we discover she is a descendant of Morgaine (a powerful witch) and a shape shifter. She has little magical power; shape shifts into a house cat and can mentally speak with animals. None of which makes her a powerful part of the Genesee Valley Society of Others. All of that will change when she has a solitary meeting with the only local vampire. It turns out to be a very long week for veterinarian Dr. Trinity Caine after she learns that someone is hunting supernaturals that live in her home turf. While trying to avoid getting involved in the investigation, Trinity discovers she is at the heart of the action as it becomes centered on her. With the help of her father the puma, her mother the witch, her grandmother the super witch and Gordon, the alpha werewolf she sets out to discover who has started making trouble in the neighborhood. This book is expertly crafted as the storyline flows from mystery to action to romance within the pages. There were some clues to the ending of the mystery that led me to believe I knew who the culprit was, but I was happily proved wrong at the end. The action packed fight sequences were written with just enough detail that it was easy to visualize without taking away from the excitement. And let’s just say that the romance portions (although there are only two in the book) are written well enough to illicit the responses I believe they were supposed to create. The ending was neatly tied up with no loose ends and I’m not sure where the plot will pick up for the sequel, but I know I can’t wait for it to be released and see just what adventure Trinity’s life will hand to her next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable storyline. Author very promising....hope she gives us more with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline was interesting, but the characters were all one dimensional. They seem to pop up and state the necessary lines without depth, motivation or backstory. Even the protagonist doesn't dwell much on why she does things, often thinking to herself "I don't even want to think about this" and dropping her line of thought. The plot ignores big questions such as the punishment of her cousin in helping to summon a demon and sending it on a murderous killing spree because she is "family" and she is pregnant and only wanted the best for her unborn child. Strongly reccomend you avoid this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
8/30/12 WOW! A most excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample for this book is 12 pages and only goes through the authors acknowledgements. Not even one page of the actual book or even a prologue.