Author: Jordan Taylor
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages/Word Count: 42 Pages
At a Glance: For a short book, this one packs a wallop in the emotion department.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: On a blustery November day in London, Gavin catches a bus from Waterloo Station to his office. He makes this journey five days a week, year after year, alone. Or so he thinks.
He does not know that his guardian angel accompanies him each day of his life, watching over him—loving him as all guardians must. His guardian’s feelings, however, fall into baser depths. As all guardians know, it is taboo to feel carnal love for a human ward. Such a relationship would not be viable—or healthy. Gavin’s guardian knows this. Lives and breathes this. And yet, to lift Gavin from depression, he is willing to attempt the impossible: to manifest as a human for Gavin and finally meet the love of his immortal life face-to-face.
Review: Sometimes when we go into books, we expect one thing and get something totally different. That’s not always a bad thing. That’s what happened for me with this book. While not entirely what I thought, this novelette was probably more enjoyable because of it.
A guardian’s job is to watch over their assigned human. Gavin’s guardian, however, begins to fall for him even when he knows he’s not supposed to. And he’ll do anything to become human, even if it’s just for a short time, to make his human happy again.
I won’t lie. My heart broke for the guardian, knowing he was loving someone he shouldn’t. As a guardian, his job is to keep his human safe and love him in a platonic way, but this one goes beyond that. And what’s worse? Gavin doesn’t even know he exists. Even when he touches Gavin, the human cannot feel it. But despite his guardian watching over him and trying to draw out his pain, it’s not working.
There’s not much more I can say without ruining the story because it is so short. But I can say this: the writing is beautiful and packed with emotions. I really did cry over the guardian’s plight, and I felt for Gavin and his suffering. Jordan Taylor did a wonderful job making me care about both of them from the first page until the last.
If you’re looking for a quick read—it took me just over an hour—that’s full of emotion and well-written characters, then look no further. Give Guardian a chance. I know I’m glad I did.
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