|The Fallen Guardians #1|
|January 14th 2019|
|Hidden deep in the Snowy Mountains, lives a brotherhood of immortal Guardians, banished from the Heavens.
After centuries of exile, Head Guardian Raven can taste Hell. One wrong move could destroy his soul. When Fate assigns him a female mortal to protect, his forbidden desire becomes a distraction he can’t afford. Giving in to temptation risks plummeting into the fiery pits of Hell, dragging her along with him.
Tayla Eason is on the run, escaping a horrific attack on her life. When she lands in the arms of the sexy, alluring man who saved her, the shadows of her past swiftly close in. But when Fate throws a twist, Tayla’s forced to choose between saving Raven’s soul or fleeing before the creatures strike again.
In an ultimate test of love, the two must battle against the almighty Fate. But will it be enough to save them both?
|Discovering debut authors can be a great thing – and Cassie Laelyn is proof of that. When I stumbled across “Unforsaken” I directly felt compelled to read this book.
Let me throw my thoughts right out as they hit me …
Reading the plot I was reminded of something that resides in the neighborhood of the Immortal Guardians written by Dianne Duvall. And I was not wrong – while the author (and I confirmed that with her) did not know anything about this book series – she managed to create a series so different – yet so fitting for that genre.
If this imaginary world would be a town – Dianne Duvall’s Immortals would live on one side of the mountain while Cassie Leelyn’s Fallen Guardians would call the other side their home. And Ravens new best friends would probably be called Roland and Zach.
I loved the world she created even if it took me a while to get into it as you are thrown directly in the middle of it from the first page on. But hey – I had to start the Black Dagger Brotherhoods first book by JR Ward three times until I could finally make myself finish it – and that was just because the world was too complex to get into at the beginning. (I almost gave up and just went into it again because people kept telling me how good it was) SO – don’t give up on a book just because the complex new world takes a minute to get used to.
After I allowed the story to form pictures in my mind – it was easy – the plot unfolded and I loved what I read. The series has great potential and the secondary characters we were introduced to all have great prospects of becoming the next leads in further books. I especially hope a certain “Fallen” gets his book and it works out like I hope – if I am allowed to cross reference to Ms. Duvall again I would say one word “Bastien”.
The only thing stopping me to give 5 stars was that I had no heart stopping moment. If you follow my reviews, you know that my 5 Star Books all need to make me cry or laugh and Unforsaken left me hanging there. Not sure why as all the ingredients were present – my only suspicion is that I could not fully connect with Tayla.
While we heard a lot about Raven and his background / motivations and it made him falling for her believable. Tayla’s motivation and her falling for Raven felt like it was only based on his looks and I even thought she only felt sorry for him.
Do not misunderstand – this is a great storyline and beautiful developed especially for a debut – but I will remain true to myself – if it does not squeeze my heart , makes me tear up or laugh out loud – I can not give that last star.
On the other hand I have no doubt that the writing of this author will develop further during the course of the series and most probably already the next book in that series could hit that spot. There was not much missing and with further books the background of the series will deepen and leave more possibilities to the character development. But even if it doesn’t this series is worth exploring as other readers might totally feel different about my last Star issue.