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Review: Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney (2012, The Relic Seekers #1)

Review: Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney (2012, The Relic Seekers #1)Author: Anita Clenney
Title: Guardians of Stone
Series: Relic Seekers #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pages: 280
Release Date: 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
The BrainsKendall Morgan, a relic expert born with the family gift for sensing the history and location of ancient artifacts.The BucksNathan Larraby, the enigmatic billionaire who has hired Kendall to locate four powerful relics.The BrawnJake Stone, the tough, sexy mercenary with a mysterious past, contracted to protect Kendall.Every mission Kendall accepts carries certain hazards, but Nathan's latest is proving to be the most dangerous yet. Kendall's attraction to Jake — and to Nathan — is making it hard to stay focused, and none of them can afford the distraction. Because there's someone else hunting the relics, someone who will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. But the dark secrets Nathan's keeping could cost them the mission, their lives...and the history of mankind.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Fountain of Secrets, The Lost Chalice
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 Guardians of Stone is a romantic suspense with some paranormal elements mixed in, such as Kendall’s ability to ‘read’ the history of objects–basically psychometry (but I don’t think that term is ever used in the book).

Kendall can also dig into people’s memories or read their thoughts if she chooses to do so. She can also sense the location of an old object. Another ability is that she can see ghosts.

Strangely, she claims she isn’t psychic. That’s a lot of abilities for someone who isn’t psychic. If she were in denial, it would be one thing, but she’s not. So, I’m not sure why she says she’s not psychic.

Anyway, it’s also paranormal because there is something wrong with her employer Nathan. His eyes glow and he moves faster than a normal human.

Despite these paranormal aspects, most of the story is about the mystery of who is trying to kill Kendall and her bodyguard Jake, as they search for the Spear of Destiny.

Also a main feature of the plot is the developing relationship (mostly sexual attraction) between Kendall and Jake. There’s a lot of sexual tension. It was funny how hard it was for Kendall to sleep in the same bed with Jake.

There’s a lot of action and danger. They get trapped in catacombs, their car gets blown up, they get shot at, there are booby traps, etc.

You really don’t know who can be trusted, especially Brandi. I liked that part of it a lot.

The characters are pretty likable. Kendall is independent and can think for herself. I liked that she wasn’t a Daphne, and she doesn’t let Jake boss her around.

Jake is a typical, hot bodyguard. He’s secretive and sex-crazed. However, I appreciated that Jake respected Kendall. He didn’t try to push himself on her. Later in the story, he shows a little more depth and sweetness.

Nathan is a typical, Bruce Wayne-type character–the rich recluse with a secret. I didn’t feel much for Nathan either way. Maybe in the second book Nathan becomes more interesting…I don’t know since our public library doesn’t carry that book.

The pacing is great once you get past the unnecessary prologue. You learn all about Adam later anyway, so I’m not a big a fan of the prologue. After that, though, you know exactly what the goal of the story is. It moves quickly.

Be warned that this book contains very little in the way of setting, unlike many books about locating artifacts. Beyond knowing they travel to Italy, the reader could imagine this taking place anywhere. The author doesn’t describe the locations much.

I only noticed one small inconsistency in the book. There’s a part where one of the guests at the hotel, Loretta, is wearing a muumuu. Then, it says she adjusts her waistband. Hmm. I don’t think muumuus have waistbands. That would kind of defeat the purpose of a muumuu. Anyway, I know I’m being nit-picky. I just like to point out things that don’t make sense because if I noticed it, why couldn’t the author, the proofreader, or the editor?

This was my second time reading Guardians of Stone. I still enjoy it. I would recommend it to anyone who likes sexual tension mixed with the paranormal and an adventure.

I give this book a 4 star rating.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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