Guardians of Eternity #1
by: Alexandra Ivy
$6.99 mass market paperback
Released: January 2007
Abby's got a pretty easy job as an assistant to a rich heiress. She may not love it, but it's better than waiting tables and it pays the bills. The one thing she doesn't like is Dante, the sexy houseguest who makes her pulse to race whenever he's in the room. When a horrible explosion kills her boss and destroys the house, Abby's reeling from shock. When Dante pulls her aside and tells her they must go into hiding because she'd the new Chalice and demons are going to be after her, she thinks he's lost his mind. When the first demon attacks them, however, she begins to realize there's more to the world than she knew, and Dante is her only hope of staying alive.
Dante enjoyed flirting with Abby, but knew his first and only job is to protect the Chalice from harm. When the explosion kills the woman currently holding the Chalice, the power switches to Abby. Now instead of flirting he must guard Abby with his life. A curse long ago by a group of dark witches saw to his enslavement, and he's always resented them for it.
Being sworn to Abby isn't all bad, and the two soon succumb to the passion burning between them. But there are enemies who want the Chalice's power for their own, and will stop at nothing to see their evil plans succeed. It will take all of Dante's considerable skill to keep Abby alive.
This is the first book of the series, and I'm rereading to play catch up before I plow into the newer books I've missed. The attraction between the two was first introduced in chapter one, and only became more prominent as the story unfolded. I liked the idea of one woman being tasked with keeping a great power safe, a power that can destroy evil. The story seemed to drag in some places, but overall it was enjoyable enough that I got the second book.
Carla gives this book a