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Demon Marked (The Guardians #7)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  895 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Nicholas St. Croix knows the evil of demons intimately-he was raised by one. Now the woman he loves has disappeared, and he knows his "mother" is responsible. But Nicholas swears he'll find her, even if he has to go to Hell and back.
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Icily controlled and focused solely on gaining vengeance against the demon who 'raised' him, Nicholas St Croix, is human but - having learned to think like a demon in order to survive - he is just a step way from being a demon himself. So when Ash, who has no memories from 'Before', comes looking for clues to her past wearing a familiar face, Nicholas is quick to strike a bargain - She'll help him find his 'Mother' and he'll help her find out 'who' she is - while planning on using Ash as bait.

* Originally Read 8/21/11*

I cannot believe I did this to myself again. I opened this book and didn’t stop until I had inhaled it. And it was so good to revisit this world, but now I’m horribly aware of the looooong wait for the final book. And it’s Michael’s book, so that just makes it even harder. I don’t want to say goodbye, but I want it so bad. I know I’m not going to be able to hold out a whole year. I’m going to crack and have to reread them all to torture myself some more.

I was really su
May 11, 2011 Mandapanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 7 in the very detailed and epic world of Meljean Brook's Guardians. This felt really light in comparison to the other books in the series. Not to say it's bad at all but I expected something more. If this was another author's book I wouldn't be disappointed but I usually end one of these books shaking and tearful with relief that the hero and heroine overcame the massive obstacles against them. The major theme of the Guardian series is the war between Heaven and Hell and this was more like ...more
Dec 19, 2010 Hbeebti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meljean-brook
Oh this was so good! Just when I thought the drama was over, it wasn't. Oh man what about Michael? Wow I did not see that one coming. I cant wait for his book but at the same time, it sucks. Michael's book is suppose to be the last of the series . I don't want it to end. Love MB's books.
4.5 Stars Review

My Review:

The Plot:

Awakening in a psychiatric hospital from a three year catatonic haze, Ash has no memory of the past or who she is except for fleeting nightmares of ice and terror. Escaping with what little information she could find in her patient files, Ash heads to London, to Nicholas St. Croix and the possibility of discovering who and what she is for she's decidedly not human but something...other. While this otherness would undoubtedly cause fear in any normal person, lit
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Demon Marked (Guardians #7) by Meljean Brook
September 6, 2011
Paranormal Romance

Reviewed by Tori

Favorite Quote: “The Guardians are proof that the universe likes to reward those who sacrifice themselves for others-but I’ve never been interested in that martyr bullshit. So… we have to get that reward some other way. Me? I lied, cheated, and killed my way into it. I paid for it in blood…and I would have paid more if I h
Sep 17, 2011 Brie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Meljean Brook is one of my favorite authors, not in the romance genre, or the paranormal genre, one of my favorite authors period. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure that the Guardian series is my all-time favorite book series. I don’t usually preorder books because I mostly only read on my Kindle, but I made an exception with this one just in case they ran out of e-copies (impossible right?) that’s how much I wanted to make sure that I was getting t
Apr 09, 2011 Nath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some people are so talented that it’s weird. One of these people is Meljean Brook the author of the amazing Guardian series! “Demon Marked” is the seventh book in this series and it’s a great book! This time we learn the story of another two characters.

Nicholas (we know him from a previous book) is a human who is very familiar with the demon world. His life was filled with memories of a demon because one of them took over his mother’s body. He wants revenge and his only purpose in life is to des
Well this was a fun and engaging read! I could barely put it down. Definitely one of my favorites of the tail end of this series (Demon Angel and Demon Moon are really hard to beat!). I loved everything about this book from beginning to end, starting with the book's premise of a young woman who has no idea who or what she is and sets out on a mission to solve the mystery of her identity. She becomes entangled with Nicolas St. Croix, a powerful business man who behaves more like a demon than a hu ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
This is a 4.5 star read.

Demon Marked is the story of Nicholas St Croix, started in Demon Blood while still progressing with the overall story arc of the Guardians and their attempt to free Michael from the frozen field. I really enjoyed this instalment, the building romance between Nicholas and Ash was well done and really emotionally captivating.

Meljean Brook has really refined her writing style with this seventh instalment of The Guardians as I found the world building and mythology a bit "den
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Paranormal Romance
Not knowing who she is or why she's different from everyone around her, the heroine is eager to discover her past. In fact, eager is the only emotion she's truly able to comprehend as she doesn't feel anything. Not angry or happiness or sadness. It's all a blank slate. And 2 years of living in the hospital, having everyone fear her beacuse of her unnerving oddities and heavily tattooed skin, she's finally struck out on her own. Wondering the streets of London, she discoveres she greatly resemble ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 07, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Seventh in the Guardian paranormal romance series revolving around a group of Guardian "angels" and the vampires and humans who aid them. The couple focus is on Nicholas St. Croix and Ash.

My Take
Khavi and Ash are both so literal! Khavi is...sort of...a crack up. She's so literal in her understanding and in how she responds to that. It's rather cute how very clinical Ash is, how very honest in her bemoaning her inability to come up with a clever plot against Nicholas, not knowing how to be a good

If you read my review of the 6th book you know that in my imagination Meljean Brook and I are bffs.

So, the other day we were talking (via Skype). And she said, "Well, bestie, what do you think about that?" and lay out what she planned in Demon Marked. And I was all: "WTF? No! I can barely handle Taylor's 'Fucker!' speaches, now you're actually.. NO. No. And what's the shit about Ash and.. no. No one will like that book." And I heard the smile in her voice when she said, "We'll see."

Back t
Aug 06, 2011 Estara rated it liked it
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author and series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2011
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Dec 17, 2010 Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural, 2011
Woops, finished this in a day. I do know it's gonna be a year before the last book comes out :-( but I couldn't stop reading anyway.

Meljean Brook is one of those writers that I just love, the way she constructs a story and the way she delves into her characters psyche is just brilliant. I find it very hard to put her books down, they're never boring, the characters are always interesting and the plot epic but personal.

Firstly I have to talk about Taylor, because once again she takes over the who
I loved this! It really hit the spot! I went through a re-read of books 1-4 in this series earlier this year, and then continued on to books 5 and 6 after that. I purposefully delayed reading this one because I wanted to save it until closer to the release of Guardian Demon - only weeks away - YES!

After learning a bit about Nicholas St. Croix in the last book, I was not too terribly excited to read more about him. A cold, calculating, bitter man completely obsessed with revenge upon the demon wh
Katie Michaels
Dec 09, 2013 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll say this for the Guardian series: as much as these books are woven together, Meljean Brook does an amazing job of giving them all their own identity. Each romance is vastly different from the one before. Each hero and heroine is extremely well defined, with unique histories, motivations, and hang-ups. There is no cookie cutter anything. And yet, they remain cohesive and engaging…. building to a coming crescendo that promises to be fan-freaking-tastic.

Brook shakes things up with a halfling d
Sep 03, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Demon Marked by Meljean Brook
Paranormal Romance – Sept. 6th, 2011
4 stars

Demon Marked is part of the Meljean Brook's Guardian series. Unlike many of the complex stories in this series, I found this book could easily be read by itself. In this story, a cold-heart businessman and a reincarnated demon find unexpected love.

Nicholas St. Croix had a nightmarish childhood when his mother was possessed by an evil demon. Through his formative years he could never understand why he felt so unworthy. That
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
For the last three years, Ash spent her life locked away in a mental institution with no idea as to who she was before she woke up there. For her, there is no sense of loss or sorrow, merely an intense curiosity of who she is, and why she can do things no one else can do. She cares for nothing or no one. Using her preternatural abilities and the internet, she discover a tenuous link to millionaire businessman, Nicholas St. Croix and his stepmother Madelyn. Nicholas has devoted the majority of hi ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ash is a half demon and now she is beginning to feel emotions. Her memory is a mess with large blanks in it. She has vermillion symbols tattooed on the left side of her face and glowing red eyes which often frighten people. Ash had been in a private mental hospital for three years. Nicholas St. Croix had once been her lover. She wants to get her life back together and when she finds out her real name is tied to this man, she knows she has to find him.

Nicholas St. Croix’s mother’s body was posses
Melinda VanLone
Apr 17, 2012 Melinda VanLone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to this author when my book club picked The Iron Duke to read. I loved it so much, I decided to check out this paranormal romance. I’m so happy I did! I had such a good time reading it, and it was fascinating to me to watch the protagonist learn about emotions and how to handle them. See, she’s a demon, but she has no idea how she came to be one. And Nicholas? He might as well be a demon, because he’s learned to bottle his emotions to hide them from the demon who pretended ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)

Full review posted at my blog:

I was immediately drawn into this story from the get go. Thanks to Meljean’s amazing ability to create engrossing, detailed worlds and plots, I became wrapped up with finding out about Ash’s past. Who is/was she and how did she become this way? The story unfolds at the perfect pace, mixing the mystery-solving with action and romance.

Ash is a great character. She h
Jun 11, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing book in the Guardian series! Meljean Brook never ceases to please and delight her readers. The story-line makes it difficult to put the book down. Full of intrigue, suspense and excitement. There is nothing I like more than a book that can hold your interest and keep you guessing till the end.

The plot is extremely clever and nothing is ever obvious about how issues and situations will be resolved. You have a halfling demon with no memory, who should be evil but shows none of the
It's taken me a long time to read this book - if the boarding pass I left in it at the end of Chapter 1 is anything to go by, we're talking ~15 months.

However, given that that meant I was trying to read it very soon after Dad's death, I'll assume the problem was with me and the kinds of novels I could handle at the time, rather than the book itself. On that basis, I started reading from the beginning again last week, and this time it TOTALLY hit the spot.

Ms Brook is one of those few writers whom
I love Meljean Brook’s books. I was introduced to her series via book 3 (Demon Night – which is a good starting point for anyone interested in the series. Books 1 is actually insanely confusing, even to someone inducted into the series. And book 2, while being a great story, is a bit of a head-scratcher as well.) Her new steampunk series (book 1 is “The Iron Duke” and book 2, “Heart of Steel”) is magnificent, and I’m hard-pressed to figure out which series I like better.

That being said, while De
Nov 07, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is still one of my favorites, but this was not my favorite installment. The beginning was strong, with Ash basically standing in for the new reader: she doesn't know what she is, doesn't know what she can do, and doesn't know anything about the universe of powerful beings around her. Nicholas is a dick, but he's supposed to be, and he's very believable. He goes through the "lying or not lying, endless twisty plots" thinking that is the hallmark of this series.

Ash being a half-demon,
I loved this and I was obsessed with the OTP! This, with Demon Angel and Demon Moon, are by far my favorite in the series. Actually, it might be my most favorite.

It involves a human demon-hunter whose childhood has been wrecked once a demon took over his mother and did her best to destroy everything in his life and an amnesiac half-demon who has been made into one as a result of being a human who made a bad bargain. He loathes demons but can't help but care for her.

How could I not go for it? S
Kirsten Lenius
Feb 20, 2014 Kirsten Lenius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, demons
Nicholas St. Croix is out to destroy his mother. Well, he's out to destroy the person he thought for years was his mother, anyway. It so happens that she is a demon who took his mother's form and made his life a living hell. He is attempting to destroy Madelyn's business and to find her and kill her.

While Nick is waiting, Ash shows up at his mother's old home. Ash has very few memories, other than being dropped off at a loony bin, albeit a posh one' by a woman. She doesn't know who the woman wa
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The Guardians (8 books)
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  • Demon Night (The Guardians, #3)
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“You came." His gaze held hers. "And I knew that you are not useful to me, Ash. Not anymore. Except as a reason to get up in the morning --"

"You don't sleep anymore," she reminded him, smiling.

"Except as a reason to keep breathing --"

"You don't need air."

He narrowed his eyes at her. "I'm still new at this Guardian thing. So just shut up, and let me tell you that I love you.”
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