Friday, July 31, 2015

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Today we are touring Guarded by Carmen Fox

Title: Guarded
Series: The Silverton Chronicles, book 1
Author: Carmen Fox
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance/Suspense

**Disclaimer:  A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

When everyone's existence depends on the lies they tell, trust doesn't come easy.

Ivy’s neighbors have a secret. They aren’t human. But Ivy has a secret, too. She knows. As long as everyone keeps quiet, she’s happy working as a P.I. by day and chillaxing with her BFF Florian, a vampire, by night. When a routine pickup drops her in the middle of a murder, her two worlds collide. While Florian knows how to throw a punch, deep down he's a softie. His idea of scary? Running out of hair product. It’s time Ivy faced facts. Even with a vampire on stand-by, one gal can only kick so many asses.

For help, she must put her faith in others. A human, who might just be the one. A demon, who will, for a price, open the doors to her heritage. And a werewolf, who wants to protect her from herself.

Torn between these men, Ivy must tread carefully, because one wants her heart, one wants her body, and one wants her dead.
Guarded was a nerve-wrecking read, not in a bad way. Ivy has too much going on! First, how you going to be a P.I. but on the run your damn self? That was the first question I asked myself. Second, how you supposed to be on alert all the time because Mr. Big Bad trying to find you but start letting everybody in the house? SMH. Now that that's out my system, let discuss Guarded. Like I already said, Ivy is on the run from Mr. Big Bad so she kinda hides herself from people. Her best friend, Florian, lives across the street from her and he don't even know her secrets. Florian has some secrets of his own that he's keeping but Ivy already figured that out but didn't tell him. See, Ivy is special. She is able to identify paranormal creatures. So she knows that Florian and his family are vampires and her neighbors are a werewolf pack. All these said people think Ivy is maybe human. Anywho, Ivy is working as a P.I. when her boss send her on a job to pick up a statue. Easy peasy right? WRONG! This one job is like a dam bursting.

While Ivy is trying to figure out why demons are teaming together to find this statue, Mr. Big Bad has found a way to mess with her head. Not only does he show up but a past friend of Ivy's dad shows his face. He drops some history to Ivy that throws her for a loop. She finds out her heritage and who she is meant to be. Of course, one thing leads to another and these two bump uglies. Of course, this is after Ivy meets a dude at the coffee shop. To make complicates worst, Ivy's mom hooks her up with the sexy werewolf alpha that stays next door. That makes three men. All of which she let in her house. This letting people in her house thing is big because Ivy is able to make guards that protect her. She has to give permission for anybody to enter. Remember that. Now Ivy has to figure out the statue, hide from Mr. Big Bad, and figure out which man she wants to be with.

Guarded kept me interested. I wanted to know what the heck was going to happen at every turn. I did however get confused when one minute Ivy is talking to someone and the next she waking up from a dream. That irritated me to no end but that did stop about mid book. YAY. I was happy with the ending because the person Ivy does choose to be with will be a great fit for her and it won't be all about responsibilities. WOOT WOOT. Overall, Guarded receives a cool sultry heart. You will get more detail then a YA book but not throughout the book to make you need to change your panties. LOL. Happy reading.

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Let learn about the author:

Carmen lives in the south of England with her beloved tea maker and a stuffed sheep called Fergus. An avid reader since childhood, she caught the writing bug when her Nana asked her to write a story. She also has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and speaks native-level German and fluent Geek. Her preferred niches of geekdom are tabletop games, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.

She writes about smart women with sassitude, about pretty cool guys too, and will chase that plot twist, no matter how elusive.

Expect to be kept guessing.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER, Carmen’s first urban fantasy novel, was published in March 2015. To find out more, visit her at

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Excerpt time:

A growl from behind made my skin crawl. I whipped around. Florian’s face was grim, his posture unnatural and stiff.

The hairs on my arms stood on end, and I suppressed a shudder. “Are you all right?”

“Can’t.” He propped his hand against the wall. “Not feeling well.”

My gaze followed the direction of his stare. Large crimson stains pooled on the immaculate living room carpet. Oh crap. Blood.

I turned back. Florian’s pupils dilated to form two black marbles, trained on me. His canines lengthened, coming to sharp and lethal points. The pounding of my heart overrode my motor skills, and for a second, I stood rooted to the spot.

This wasn’t how I’d envisioned his secret being revealed to me. I’d pictured cupcakes, and maybe tissues at the relief of finally being straight with each other, not a full-out blood frenzy.

Finally, the switch labeled “common sense” flipped and triggered me into action. I fingered the guards in my pockets. The small plates were my only chance.

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  1. Thanks for featuring me and for your review. Loved it. :-)

    1. Thank you Carmen for the opportunity! Happy writing.



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