Sunday, November 2, 2014

Short and Sweet Review: Guarding Poppy (Men of Brahm Hill #2) by Christine Wenrick

Guarding PoppySeries: Men of Brahm Hill #2

Category/Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Red Tree House Publishing
Publication Date: 8/1/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 318
Source: Author
Rating: 3.5 stars

Someone Else's Sky (review)

One night . . . one violent, supernatural battle . . . and five stories of the men whose lives will be changed by it.

Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.

Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector. The real problem, though . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.

Will Alec find his way out of the darkness and surrender to his feelings for Poppy before the warlock chasing her catches up to them both?

My Short and Sweet

Alec finally gets his own book! And wow, was I ready for that.

I enjoyed seeing the responsible, serious and sexy Alec in the spotlight, and though Poppy was clumsy and paranoid to the max (there's an explanation), I liked them together. He's stubborn, she's stubborn snd it's a frustrating and fun battle of wills.

And Kane's back! I'm not ashamed to say this sexy, snarky shifter still makes me giddy.

At this point in The Men of Brahm Hill/Charmed Trilogy spinoff, there's a whole lot of story going on. We have vampires, dhampirs, shifters, a wraith, witches and an evil warlock, just for beginners. Each subsequent installment seems to add a whole new layer to Wenrick's unique and complex world-building/mythology. Guarding Poppy contains a lot of surprising and complex twists and turns, and I'll admit to sometimes feeling lost. All the details can be overwhelming, but if you find yourself invested, it's worth it.

Guarding Poppy was exciting, sexy and surprising addition to the series!

Favorite Quote

  "Just think of me as the yin to your yang. Batman to your Superman. The epic to your fail."
  Alec scowled at him. "Why do you get to be Batman?"
  "Really? You're going to complain about being Superman? He's, like, the most powerful being in all the world--and he can fly."
  "Batman has all the cool toys."
  "True...But that's why the analogy works so well for me," Kane said, with a wag of his brows...

The Men of Brahm Hill Series

Someone Else's Skye (Men of Brahm Hill, #1)   Guarding Poppy
(covers lead to GoodReads page)

Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her Charmed Trilogy. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

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  1. Aaaand I'll go check this series out! Thanks for reviewing, Andrea :)

  2. Sounds good. I like you short and sweet review.

  3. I'm intrigued, Andrea. :) I've been reading a few more paranormals recently and this one (and the series) sounds like something I'd like. Great review, hon!

  4. I'm glad that one of your favourite characters was finally able to get his own book Andrea, I do like my stubborn characters, so I think that me and Alec will get on just fine! Fab review! :)

  5. I just love the name Poppy. I do picture some crazy redhead (why? I don't know) when I hear that name but it's just so cute. And yay for an awesome character getting a book of his own. Seems to take forever sometimes (do the authors do it just to make us suffer? I think they do sometimes!!)

  6. I thought this would be a contemporary for some reason! These two sound like they are a lot of fun together, Andrea. I want to meet them because I can tell they will make me feel all the feels!
    Great review!

  7. Oh this sounds like a fun series. I love when a bunch of paranormal elements come together. Great review!

  8. I'm surprised to see a supernatural read here and I am loving these short reviews. If only I can do the same thing, blogging would make it easier for me.

  9. wow this sounds like a fun paranormal! kind of wondering how I never knew about it. I love great world building.

  10. LOL sounds fun! I love that one of the returning guys made you giddy. So know that feeling :D


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