Series: Warder 05
Author: Mary Calmes
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Novel (164pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (25th October 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Marcus Roth is a top criminal lawyer by day and demon-slaying warder by night, but he is simply one of five warders—not really important to anyone but Joseph Locke, his hearth. Or so Marcus mistakenly believes.
On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, that belief changes as Marcus unwittingly uncovers a paranormal dilemma and ends up revealing his identity as a warder to Joe’s family. Faced with a traitor, demons, and the return of an old enemy, Marcus must put his own needs aside to save his friends—though in so doing he may lose the man he loves forever. Even living through the ordeal might not be enough if Marcus can’t forgive himself and learn that his hearth and the rest of his clutch can’t do without him.
Review: Well, boys and girls, we come to the end of a much-loved series and I for one am sad to see it end. Marcus is happy in his work, relationship and as a warder but when the worst happens he pushes away those that mean the most to him. Joe loves his man more than anything in the world and when the worst happens he is furious when Marcus pulls away from him.
In this installment we meet Warders from another clutch who when confronted with Jael’s Warders realize that something is missing from their clutch. Marcus finally gets what he means to his clutch and Sentinel. Joe shows him that nothing will keep them apart and we find out lots of little tid-bits about the Warders as a whole.
Well, as always with Ms. Calmes, we are left with that warm fuzzy feeling that always afflicts us by the end of one of her stories (I’m beginning to think witchcraft ‘cause really every book). We also receive in true Ms. Calmes fashion the love, the danger, the conflict, the angst, the self-doubt and (after lots of smashed crockery) the forgiveness. It’s difficult to give reasons for why I liked this one without giving something away and I do really try not to do that but I will try. the emotional trauma that hits Marcus is his own self-doubt and that is anyone’s own worst enemy but when you are a Warder and you feel like you put someone or something else in front of your Hearth then the guilt is crippling.
This is a well written story with a great round-up of characters that ties up loose ends from previous books. I recommend this to those who read this review (yes You) and don’t forget your cup of tea or your choccies (American translation – hot chocolate.)