Giveaway and Review: "The Guardian"

"The Guardian"
 by Margaret Mallory

Publisher: Forever
Release Date: May 1, 2011

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Summary from
Four young Highlanders - Connor, Ian, Alex and Duncan - hurry home from France after hearing news of the disastrous Battle of Flodden against Henry VIII's forces. With his father among the dead, Connor must take his place as chieftain. Before he can lead his clan through the perilous times ahead, however, he must first dislodge the usurper who has taken his family's castle and claimed leadership of the clan. Connor's cousins and best friend, Ian, Alex and Duncan, will stand shoulder to shoulder with him in every fight. They are willing to give their lives for their clan and their new chieftain. But taking wives to serve the clan's interests is a different matter altogether...

My Review:

I was really looking forward to this book because I loved the author's previous book, "Knight of Passion" (review here). Most of the reason why I loved that book so much was because I loved the hero, Jamie, and the romance. Here, I was disappointed in both of those aspects that I was really looking forward to.

There were many great characters in this book, but the hero, Ian, wasn't one of them. Sileas had what I like to call "Twilight" syndrome, where she is surrounded by great guys who respect her and care about her but she 'loves' the one guy who treats her disrespectfully.

Sileas spends more time with Ian's brother, Niall, who I absolutely love, than she does with Ian. Niall is so sweet and caring, even accompanying her on a dangerous trek. But she's not into him. She also is very happy when she's around Alex, Ian's cousin. Alex treats her well when Ian doesn't and picks up the slack for his cousin, trying to smooth things over. Also, Sileas is always laughing and happy around Alex but not around Ian. I would love to read the books where these two upstanding young men are the center of the story.

I really liked Sileas' relationship with Ian's family. They really were her family too, and there was a lot of love there. I don't think Ian would have had much of a chance with Sileas if it weren't for her bond with his family.

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 3/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 3/5
Cover: 3/5 (not really a fan of this one, where's the romance!?)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: I felt like all Sileas and Ian had was the physical bond, and it just wasn't enough for me. I would have loved to see the heroine with either Niall or Alex, who both clearly respected her and cared about her.


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  1. gfc rlrlaney
    thanks for the review

  2. The whole "twilight" aspect kind of put me off it

  3. Thanks for the review and giveaway. I would like to check this book out.

    gfc follower


  4. I love Highlander Romances and this one caught my eye. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  5. Whoops...forgot my email.
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  6. From everything I've been hearing around the web, this sounds like a great story. I'm looking forward to reading The Guardian.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  7. I'm always reading all sorts of romance books and I do love highlander romance books. Thanks for the great review. I would love to win this book. That cover is great, don't you think?

    I am a gfc follower.

  8. I am a follower and would love to be entered.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  9. What a great giveaway! This novel sounds good! Thanks:)

    I follow!


  10. Just dropping by to share the love of Margaret. She's awesome. No need to enter me in the contest and I've already got a copy. Keep on writing, Margaret. You're books are the most excellent!

  11. Just dropping by to share the love of Margaret. She's awesome. No need to enter me in the contest and I've already got a copy. Keep on writing, Margaret. You're books are the most excellent!

  12. I don't think it's too bad to be surrounded by great guys :D I'm following on GFC @headlessfowl.

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

  13. Got to love those highlanders. Great review!!

    (not an entry)

  14. I want to read this one because I loved Margaret Mallory's other books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Definitely a book I would enjoy reading. Please enter me to win this and thanks!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  16. gfc follower

  17. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. Great to read what you thought about it! Thanks for the giveaway, please count me in!


  18. oh no! Ian's an Edward? lol! Love those highlander stories though!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com
    GFC follower

  19. Oh Highlander romance. Nice!

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  20. I loved this one, but can see how Ian isn’t for everyone :) Great review, Carrie!

    P.S Alex is my favorite of the four. I wouldn’t have minded seeing him with Sileas either.

  21. GFC Follower. Would really enjoy this.

  22. There are so many great Highlander books coming out right now...this one is sounds like no exception!

    I am a GFC follower!



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