UnGuarded by Ashley Robertson
Book description -
Guardian angel Selene was so close to becoming an archangel—the supreme of all beings—until she fell in love with Cole, a forbidden dark one. Once she discovers her vampire lover has been kidnapped and the only way to save him is by abandoning her number one priority—Caitlyn, her human charge—there really is only one answer in Selene’s mind, even though leaving Caitlyn unguarded will most likely cause Selene to fall from grace.
But her choice to save Cole doesn’t come without a price…and now Selene is racing against time to not only save her dark lover, but find a way to keep Caitlyn alive as well.
With the help of a new vampire ally, Luke, Selene will push her diminishing angel abilities to the point where her very existence lies in the balance. Now threatened with the chance of becoming a fallen angel or even dying, Selene can only pray she’ll have enough time—and good grace—to save the ones she loves.
How many chances is a guardian angel given before they fall from grace? For guardian angel Selene she is extremely close to finding out. Before meeting her vampire boyfriend, Cole, Selene was on the verge of becoming an archangel, but after her forbidden relationship was discovered Selene was stripped of some of her angelic abilities. While she still has enough guardian abilities to watch over her human charge, Caitlyn, Selene knows that loving Cole comes with a risk – she could become a fallen angel.
Balancing her life as a guardian angel and her life with Cole has not been easy, but somehow Selene has managed – until now. When Cole is kidnapped Selene’s world crumbles. How can she guard Caitlyn and rescue Cole at the same time? What ever choice Selene makes will result in devastating and life-changing consequences. Selene is the only one that can save Cole, but doing so will mean leaving Caitlyn unguarded, and with dark forces surrounding Cailtlyn, Selene has an impossible choice to make.
Selene will need the help of both light and dark forces if she has any chance of rescuing Cole and keeping Caitlyn protected. Is it Selene’s destiny to remain a guardian angel, or is she destined to fall?
I loved the angel and demon mythology that featured throughout the pages of UnGuarded. It was intriguing and mysterious, and created the basis for a story that was full of unpredictable twists and turns which kept me engrossed from beginning to end.
From the very first page the reader is immersed in main character Selene’s world – a world which is at times intense and dangerous. Selene is different to the other angels. While most angels guard their charges from afar – always silent, always invisible – Selene watches over Caitlyn in human form. This is what connects Selene to humanity more than the other angels.
While guardian angels are encouraged to love, they are not meant to fall in love, and for Selene falling in love with a vampire is probably the worst thing she could ever do – second only to leaving a charge unguarded.
When Cole is kidnapped Selene believes that it is her fault. She needs to rescue him, but how can she leave her human charge? Selene loves her human charge, Caitlyn, and wants to protect her, but how can she not try to rescue Cole, the man she loves?
Selene thinks that she can outsmart the demons that are surrounding Caitlyn – that she can rescue Cole and keep Caitlyn safe at the same time. When things don’t go as Selene hoped or planned everything begins to unravel and Selene is the only one who can fix it – but at what price?
It would be very easy to judge Selene. How could she even consider leaving her charge? After all she is a guardian angel, but she is also deeply in love. How can she not attempt to rescue Cole?
It is easy to understand Selene’s motivations. Through a series of flashbacks the reader is introduced to Selene and Cole’s relationship. It is evident that they care and love each other very deeply, and it is this love that motivates Selene to rescue Cole.
I thought it was very clever of author Ashley Robertson to write the flashback scenes, as it allows the reader an insight into Selene and Cole’s life together. When another male vampire, Luke, is introduced in to the novel, as a potential love interest, it was very difficult for me to decide who I wanted Selene to end up with.
Luke helps Selene in her quest to save Cole, and it is clear that he has feelings for her. As the novel continues Selene begins to develop feelings for Luke, but she doesn’t know the reason behind it. Does she genuinely have feelings for Luke, or is there another reason for her growing feelings?
Even though Cole is kidnapped he has a huge presence throughout the novel because of the flashbacks. The reader is exposed to Cole’s personality, his love for Selene, his past, and his life as a vampire through the flashbacks. Cole is not pushed into the background.
I love novels that keep me guessing and UnGuarded did just that. Sometimes I found myself wondering if those claiming to be good could actually be trusted. There was never a dull moment.
With creative angel and demon mythology and an intriguing storyline, Ashley Robertson has written a novel full of suspense, romance, action and mystery that fans of angel and demon stories are sure to devour.
*Thank you to Ashley Robertson for providing me with a copy of UnGuarded to review.