January 29, 2013

Review+Giveaway: Shadowguard by Michelle Zink

Series: Shadowguard 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: 
December 3, 2012
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Source: Swoon Romance
Genre: PNR
Purchase: Amazon
When Rowen Black is assigned to the elite unit of angelic assassins known as the Shadowguard, he thinks his biggest challenge will be overcoming his less-than-stellar reputation. But that’s before he meets his match in Scarlet Montgomery.

Beautiful, strong, and with a temper to match Rowen’s own, Scarlet is focused on the Shadowguard and her possible future as its leader. She’s become an expert at keeping her personal life separate from the Guard, all too aware that as the boss’s daughter, fellow warriors see her not as someone to be respected, but as someone to be protected.

Avoiding entanglements gets a lot harder when Rowen saunters into the room. Rowen puts the bad in "bad boy." Their connection is hot, visceral, and instantaneous.

When the pair are assigned to a joint investigation, they come face-to-face with their undeniable attraction, forcing Scarlet to consider that the connection is not only physical, but a destiny written in the halls of time.

TEMPTATION'S HEAT, is the first novella from Michelle Zink's brand new PNR series, Shadowguards. Incidentally, the reported trilogy is also MZink's debut writing for the adult audience. I say she made the transition seamlessly and I look forward to reading more adult romance novels from the beloved YA Author. 

TEMPTATION'S HEAT is a great introduction to the Shadowguard world. Here we learn the myth behind these angelic descendants and the war they are waging against the wraiths and Legion's Blackguards to preserve the Alliance and protect humans. Aside from the well imagined world, the characters are fleshed out and intense. MZink picked the right pair of people to launch her series in Rowen and Scarlet (I think the names have a great hook too). 

Rowen Black is arrogant, handsome, protective and brooding. He is the perfect match for the equally stubborn and eager, Scarlet Montgomery. Their story is well formed despite the short novella length. Scarlet is desperately trying to prove herself to her ailing father, the head of the Shadowguards, and the group, that she's a worthy soldier despite being one of the very few women who are part of the elite group. Getting involved with Rowen might be a complication and their push and pull was very tense but it was inevitable given how much they are attracted to each other. 

TEMPTATION'S HEAT is high in action and romance and the steam factor is to the nth level. MZink did great in not only launching her new series with this volume but to mark her place in the PNR genre as well.
She turned and headed up the walkway, leaving him on the pavement, the only item in his life he'd stood with his heart in his hands.

Walking away from him was the exact opposite f what she wanted to do, which was to stand on tiptoe, wrap her arms around his neck, press her body against his, and kiss him in full view of anyone who happened to pass by.

Series: Shadowguard 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: December 3, 2012
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Source: Swoon Romance
Genre: PNR
Purchase: Amazon
Lily Montgomery is perfectly happy taking care of everyone else. That is, until her friendship with Shadowguard warrior, Kane Dawson, begins to blossom into something more.

But Lily has a secret. One that will keep her from ever making her feelings known to Kane.
One of the Shadowguard’s fiercest warriors, Kane has a soft spot for Lily. A long-standing member of the Shadowguard, he can’t figure out when his feelings for Ambrose Montgomery’s youngest daughter morphed from brotherly affection into desire and an unfamiliar longing that feels a lot like love.

Kane holds himself in check knowing that Lily deserves better. A man in a suit, dinner at six every night, rosy-cheeked children who won’t have to worry that their father might be killed by one of the Legion’s wraiths.
But when the pair are thrown together by a set of circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to confront their growing passion and decide if love is worth the risk of baring it all.

TEMPTATION'S KISS is my favorite of the two. It's as romantic as its predecessor albeit slow burning and more on the sweeter side. Kane Dawson is a Shadowguard and have been secretly admiring Lily Montgomery, Scarlet's younger sister, from afar. Lily is the opposite of Scarlet, she's very homey, content in the confines of their kitchen cooking for her family and the group. She's very girly splurging on La Perla and other sexy lingerie and its her seemingly delicate and hearth goddess charm that got to Kane. But despite this very put-together outward appearance, Lily has a secret that have her hesitating from being involved with a man.

TEMPTATION'S KISS is light on the action and heavy on the romance. Actually the term courtship is more applicable because Kane sort of wooed Lily and seeing this big, hunky and tattooed guy get all mushy over the blonde, petite and ethereal looking girl is swoon worthy. The rough-soft contrast these two have is very engaging. Like Scarlet, there are times where I was giving Kane a mental push to go ahead and make the moves on Lily! Their HEA is feel-good and your standard romance story.

TEMPTATION'S HEAT and TEMPTATION'S KISS are both great, steamy short reads. The only complaint I have is the stories are too short I wanted more! The third and last (press release says this series is only a trilogy) novella is scheduled for release on February 5 and I can't wait to read it! The third installment is the last Montgomery sibling's HEA, Ivan, and in the first two novellas he's portrayed as a pain-in-the-ass kind of guy. I'm a fan of taming bad boys and I am looking forward to how shrewd reporter, Maggie O'Reilly, is going to domesticate this beast.
"What else haven't you told me, Lily?...Tell me."
"I...I can't."
"You can, Lily. And if you still think you can't, it just means I've done a shitty job telling you what you mean to me. Telling you how much I want you. not just in my bed. By my side, every day and every night."
Finally, Michelle Zink, if you're reading this, please write more adult books! As a fellow Moning Maniac and romance novel fan, you so get what makes us hopeless romantics tick. We want more!

Digital copies of Temptation's Heat and Temptation's Kiss up for grabs courtesy of Swoon Romance

Good luck!


  1. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I'd have to say guns or swords :)

  2. I've always wanted to learn how to wield a short sword and dagger combo.


  3. Quarterstaff-- I don't know why, it just feels so comfortable when I use it in stage combat.

  4. Ooo This is awesome giveaway Nice to see Michelle is writing in adult and lovely covers!!! Woot!! Ok My weapon would be me thinks a badass boomerang which had a blade in it. You didn't see that one coming did you!! Get it!! hehe!!!

    Awesome posting and the lads on the covers are yummy :)


  5. The bow and arrow have always seemed like a girly weapon. I would master that or a dagger.

  6. Besides hand to hand, I would have to say I would want to be a master in blades and the bow and arrow.

  7. I'd go back to working with swords - maybe a cruciform. I love blades!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  8. Great and interesting answers! As for me I want to be a ninjas & learn how to use shurikens

  9. I'd have to say swords...I think they're sexy! :)

  10. I'd say a crossbow. Fighting from a distance sounds safer.


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