After the death of her brother, Shalina is determined to find the murderer and bring him to justice. However, the scientist Branick turns out to be more than she bargained for. Now she must decide if she is willing to put aside her life's dream to become a full Guardian, or join forces with him against her people and find true love.
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“Guardian of My Heart” takes place immediately following “Crystal,” however any of the books may be read independently. In this novel, the Guardian Shalina captures Branick—who is a relative of the Dryden family and the scientist that found the way back to Careen’s world—believing he murdered her only brother. Despite Branick’s claim of innocence, she is certain she has abducted her brother’s killer and is determined to take him back to Guardian headquarters for execution. The problem is that along the way, another Guardian tries to steal her prisoner in order to gain glory for himself. Very quickly her ally becomes her enemy, and her prisoner becomes her ally. To further complicate matters, she falls in love with Branick. Now she must choose between her life long dream to become a fully acknowledged Guardian, or to disgrace her family name, risk execution herself, and side with the man she loves. This book is packed full of action, with back-to-back chase and fight scenes. A stunning revelation is exposed at the end and is certain to surprise even the most gifted of puzzle solvers.
"Your life is worth more than money," he told her. "I have already lost one child; I do not want to lose two."
Shalina saw through his motives, but wisely chose not to challenge them. Instead, she opted to play along. "Yes, but Myrick's life was worth more than riches as well. It is true I want whatever wealth he was after, but I also want revenge. I loved my brother and feel I owe it to him. Besides, I don't want his death to be in vain."
"Yes," Raef drawled out, pondering her words. "If he was murdered, I want justice served on the person that robbed me of my son. But it was months ago. Finding the trail now will be difficult at best. Do you really think you could do this without . . ." he paused, searching for the right words, ". . . without giving yourself away or bringing shame to this family?"
"Don't worry, Father," she said with purpose in her voice. "I'll find out what happened if it's the last thing I do. If he was murdered--and I know he was--I'll find who did it and why. I'll also bring that person back to you. We will get the riches Myrick spoke of and our revenge for my little brother's death."
"Yes," Raef agreed. "We will get our revenge."