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Review: Anchored (Guardian series #1) by A.J. Larrieu



Author: A.J. Larrieu
Title: Anchored
Series: Guardian
Book #: 1
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 10, 2013
Publisher: Curtis Brown Digital
Length: 60 pages
Heat level: Moderate, steamy but classy
Review copy provided by: Reviewer, personally purchased
Reviewer recap: As the guardian angel of Biloxi Mississippi, Susannah March lives for her beachside grill and nights spent protecting her city. When a fellow guardian brings news of a new healer he'd like her to audition, Susannah staunchly declines, hiding from a traumatic experience in her past. But even a hurricane and Susannah's surly attitude won't scare away Jason Delacourt, and sparks fly as the pair uncover a nasty new threat in the city. Will Susannah be able to accept Jason into her job, life, and heart before it's too late?
Writing style & finesse



Character development

Likeable/relatable characters

Plot tension

Flow & pacing

Heat &/or sexual tension

Total Score
8.7/ 10

User Rating
52 total ratings



Excellent pacing, relatable characters, exciting action!


Wish it was longer!

Bottom Line

Kudos to A.J. Larrieu on setting such a high bar for her work on her first published novella. This is a story that should appeal to anyone with an soft spot for angels-doing-good and charming romantic suspense. The love scenes are all about classy heat and simmering connections, and radiate a lovely glow without straying into erotica territory. The action is well-grounded and just descriptive enough to keep you interested without being confusing. I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series! Anchored is a GraveTells “must read”!

Posted April 5, 2013 by

Full Review

This wasn’t supposed to be a review book, just a quick “breather” read between other blog work.  A.J. Larrieu, however, apparently had other plans for my past 12 hours when she penned her debut paranormal romance novella Anchored.  Angels?  Been there.  Vamps?  Both good and bad, done that!  But the way Ms. Larrieu imagined her fictional universe breathes life and energy into a story even further supported by stellar characters with multi-faceted personalities.  Little nuances kept me glued to my e-reader for solid chunks of time, as the plot smoothly transitioned from setting-the-scene to action to heart-racing conclusion.  There is nothing boring about this novella and I was definitely not ready for it to end!  These characters and this story could easily have filled the pages of a full-length novel and kept my rapt attention.  Hell, I borrowed the book from the Kindle Prime library and wish I’d bought it outright!  Totally worth the purchase.

I don’t want to give too much away due to the short length of the book and the fun I had discovering the characters’ backgrounds, so I’ll just say that the main male protagonist, Jason, made me laugh, shiver, and really wish I had male friends like him, regardless of his former profession!  This is not an alpha male, bowl-you-over hero who pushes his way around anything he doesn’t get by consent.  Jason is an easy-going man with spirit, good humor, some darn handy skills, and a straight-forward attractiveness that is hard to resist.  Susannah, our angel heroine is just about everything I like in a strong female lead and nothing that I don’t.  Willful but not irresponsible, powerful but not abusive or stupid, respectful but not obeisant, and compassionate but not overly emotional  If there were really a guardian angel watching over my city, Susannah is exactly the kind of warrior I’d want on the job.  Together, they share an effortless bond that feels natural and right.


Memorable Quotes

All that charm must be illegal… somewhere.
“I wouldn’t think a man like you would object to a few days of vacation with free room and board. It can’t be much worse than your previous accommodations.”
“The bed’s a little lumpy, actually.”
“I’ll get right on that.”
“Now we’re talking.” He winked at me.
Everybody needs a little “complicated”…
“We can’t,” I said against his mouth, still returning his kiss. “We shouldn’t.”
“Why shouldn’t we?” He slid his hands to my neck and drew me closer, forcing me to tilt my head. One hand found the soft feathers where my wings met my back and stroked. I moaned at the virgin pleasure of it.
“Complicated,” I gasped out. “Make things complicated.”
His other hand went to my waist, dragging me forward on the bench and then up, into his lap. “Yes. Let’s make things complicated.” His erection pressed against me, and his lips went to my jaw, my neck. “Let’s complicate the hell out of them.”
I’ll take 2, over-hard with a sprinkling of cheese…
[Jason] came to me with a plate of perfectly fried eggs. He’d even garnished it with a sliced strawberry. I tried to get up, but he pushed me back down one-handed.
“You are the hardest woman in the world to make breakfast for.”
“I’m fine.”
“Shut up and eat.”
He handed me the plate. The eggs were perfect.

You might also like…

If you liked Anchored and enjoy stories about angels fighting the good fight and vamps who aren’t always the good guys, check out Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series.  It’s some of the finest Urban Fantasy you’ll ever read, with vivid plotlines and gruesome action mixed in with scorching hot romance.  Get the series started with Angel’s Blood.
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Rating: Anchored



Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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