Earth Warden

"Step aside, Hawk. Let the dog see the rabbit."

Earth Warden
Mina Carter
ebook, 68 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Blue Hedgehog Press
First published 2009

What do you do when you’re magically inept in a world where your worth rests on your magical ability?

This is the question that has haunted magic-less Warden Lyssa all her life. So when injured Warrior Hawk mistakes her for a full Warden and claims sanctuary she agrees, thinking she can hide the truth for just one night.

Unfortunately it’s not so easy with a Warden execution squad on her tail and then a steamy encounter with her handsome warrior challenges everything Lyssa thought she knew about herself.

Although the daughter of Wardens, Lyssa was declared a null, having no magical powers herself. So she spent her life studying spells, wards, and so on while being shunned be her community. Now grown, she makes a living as a waitress at a diner where Hawk, a Warrior, happens upon after being nearly mauled to death by demons.

Hawk can be quite the top notch ass when the mood hits. Bleeding and weak, he and Lyssa don't share the greatest first meeting. She does her best to appear the ideal servant while his sentences are clipped and rude. The humor lies in the fact that he can read her mind.

When Hawk catches a glimpse of Lyssa's tattoo, the mark of the Wardens, he considers the idea that the fates might have finally smiled upon him after all these years. Wardens are a magical race sworn to aid the Warriors as necessary, although they consider them worse than vampires and pass on many a horror story about their kind.

She offers him a night of sanctuary and makes no further promises. Soon enough, they're being attacked by an execution training squad and Hawk is left reeling with questions he can't find the answers to. He senses the witching surrounding Lyssa but she makes no move to cast a spell. She's as stupid as they come when it comes to protecting herself, and he's left to scramble to get them to safety.

I had some problems with Lyssa and although the story is quick, she does find time to redeem herself. Hawk, despite the ass he portrays in the beginning, also redeems himself with his talent in the bedroom. The two come together in their time of need, his of healing and hers of finally releasing the power she doesn't even know she possesses. It's a happy ever after without any groundless pledges of love which is a winner in my book.

4 out of 5 stars.

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