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  • By: Kris Michaels
  • Narrated by: Matt Haynes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Gabriel

By: Kris Michaels
Narrated by: Matt Haynes
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David Xavier - and all those he loved or counted as friends - would forever be mouth-watering targets to men of evil intent. His wealth could settle a small country's foreign debt. Because of this, from the moment of his birth, his mother obscured his identity. Reborn as the man named Gabriel, however, he walked free into a world where the innocents and the weak cried out for a defender, for the hand of justice, for a guardian angel.

In response, an elite, paramilitary operation, Guardian, rose to stand between the evil men did and those whom they would make their victims. Gabriel was CEO. His goal was worthy and all consuming, but fighting on the side of angels didn’t make his nights less lonely or soothe the ache in his heart for hearth, home, and family.

He needed a courageous woman of unflinching integrity, of goodness and honor, to stand at his side. He’d given up hope of finding such a person. He thought he'd found her years ago. The sex had been combustible, but they’d met at the very birth of Guardian, when he hadn’t time for a personal life. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

Over the years, 28-year-old, Denver ER nurse, Anna Harriger, watched as all her friends, many of whom were former patients, found their soul mates, got married, and had children. Shoot, she’d been a bridesmaid six times. She figured she was destined to be the “crazy friend” that everyone liked but who, at the end of the day, went home to a solitary apartment. She wanted love. She wanted a family, but she refused to compromise her standards. She’d met her Prince Charming, but unlike the fairytale, after an incendiary night of sex, she’d never seen him again. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

When events throw them together again, each find their attraction vastly more than simply physical, but once again, Gabriel’s responsibilities pull them apart. After an absence of almost half a year, Gabriel returns for Anna, but she has vanished.

©2019 Kris Michaels (P)2021 Kris Michaels

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omg!!! it's Kris Michaels at her best..again!

I was wondering if I wanted to go back in time....but I'm glad I did.
I've missed Ms Michael's writing and I really enjoyed listening to how the foundations were built.
I simply loved the research put in to ops and logistics and I must say I didn't peg the baddie till it was almost on top of me.
and the SUBLPLOT oh my word it was awesome....your mind Ms Michael's is intricate and wonderful. I've read all of the J's and the Shadows and although I have 2 or 3 exra extra faves....all of them are exceptional...well that's my opinion anyway.
there is that wonderful mixture of family, down time , angst and black ops, gut wrenching emotions, suprise, shock , love, romance and hot steamy scenes.....what more can you want.?
Matt Haynes is the solo narrator but he does a wonderful job. I've listened to him in all the guardian books and he merges his tone and inflections into an easy flow that becomes familiar with each book and individual character.
Maliki has popped up in the J's books and has intimated his story,...so yay...now I get to know.
my little picky bit was the hero not seeing the forest for the trees...(no spoiler) but I broke it down and looked at POV's ...then I realised the feasibility. once again great read and nicely narrated


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Disappointing and Too Long

I like these books but this one went for way too long! Also I agree with previous reviews about the way Gabriel views his friend’s violent behavior toward women- i.e. Out of sight, out of mind! Even when the physical abuse is directed at Gabriel’s lover the response is a strict talking to! He was all talk when action was needed. I’ve always liked Gabriel but he disappointed me in this book and I doubt I’ll see him as the solid good-guy in future books. It’s very disappointing because the other books in this series show the Guardians all stand against abuse of women & children but here we see their leader show a harried response. I think this book was an opportunity lost for Kris Michaels.
PS - can we try a different narrator?

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