Guardian (Halflings #2)

By Heather Burch
Published on October 2012
Published by Zondervan
Source: Net Galley
Vigilance. The mission to safeguard Nikki Youngblood depends on the fragile alliance of two half-angel, half-human guardians, both struggling with intense feelings for the girl who has been assigned to their care. Mace, steadfast and deeply in love, wants to protect Nikki at all costs, while Raven's loyalty to Nikki finds him advocating for her independence and battling his own darker inclinations. At the same time, Nikki finds it harder and harder to choose between the two heavenly beings she may never have. Dangers intensify, and tensions between Mace and Raven flare as the purpose of their mission becomes clear. Can their defenses hold up to master manipulator Damon Vessler and the powerful secret he holds regarding Nikki's heritage? Can anyone protect Nikki from her true purpose and destiny?

 I am not sure what happened from the last book to this book. There were a ton of changes from book one to book two and I am a little confused in my head if they were good changes or not. I had to look back over my review for Halflings to see if I was just making things up or forgetting things... In book one Nikki is a biker chick. She is a kick butt kind of girl who is not dependent on the people around her. We switch to book two and find Nikki in a very different place- she has almost become helpless. She still loves a good fight and motorcycles, but she has a very "helpless save me" mentality. I don't know if that is simply because of everything that happened to her, but it seemed like an odd progression for a book to take. 

The romance in this book was excellent. I loved the scenes between Mace and Nikki and also Raven and Nikki. I think the author has set up a very solid love triangle. I really felt for both of them and struggled with WHO Nikki should pick. That being said- the struggle I had with most of this book was most apparent in the love scenes. This book was incredibly rushed. I felt like for such little actual action, the scenes felt rushed and not fully finished. I wanted more and was left feeling like I read the skeleton of a book instead of the actual book. While I did have a few problems with this book, it really was still enjoyable (although I still can't stand the covers). I will be continuing on with this series- it is original and I like where the author is going with the plot. I just wish she would make her books a little longer!

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