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Wicked Road to Hell (League of Guardians #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  245 ratings  ·  56 reviews
With the legions of the underworld gathering and chaos close at hand, sorcerer Declan O'Hara's deadly skills will be tested. But nothing will sway him from his duty . . .

Rescued from eternal darkness, vampire Ana DeLacrux owes her life to a mysterious stranger who asks for only one thing—her absolute allegiance. She serves this master without question until Declan, the one
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Avon
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I really like the world Stone has created in this new series. It's a little on the busy side (with a lot of different paranormal elements), but she made it work. I also liked the hero - for the most part. He was pretty solid. He was confident in his abilities and I liked that he knew what he wanted, then went after it.

Where the story broke down for me was the heroine. She was the "act first, think later" type. She kept cracking her neck and acting like she was invincible since she was a 300 year
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
With a unique blend of darkness and light, Juliana Stone will ignite your curiosity with this new and wickedly exciting paranormal world!

If you’re familiar with Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series then you’ll remember the tall, dark, sexy, sarcastic and tortured sorcerer with an unrequited love, Declan O’Hara. His father, a dark sorcerer, was the main villain of the Jaguar Warriors. Declan has fought hard not to follow the same path as his father (His Darkest Hunger) but when he is thrown int
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Declan is a powerful sorcerer who has very some very dark secrets in his past. He has been given a second chance at life though. Declan’s second chance is in the form of him being a soldier of the Seraph. He takes his orders from a Seraphim known to him as Bill. Declan’s current assignment is to locate a target and its protector, get the target to the Seraphim, dispose of the protector if needed. There are just a few issues in his way, a demon lord who is after the same target for nefarious reas ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
3.5 of 5 Stars

Wicked Road to Hell is a solid read filled with all sorts of paranormal beings, stubborn lovers, and steamy romance.

It took me a little while to get into the story because I have not read Juliana Stone's previous series before and I was unfamiliar with the characters and the world in Wicked Road to Hell. However, I was able to catch on pretty quick. Sometime before this book, the vampire Ana had died and Declan the sorcerer had been in hell and served as Lilith's play-thing. Both c
Lisa Annesley
Declan O'Hara has been to hell and back.


Declan, a powerful sorcerer, spent six months as a sex slave in one of the lower levels of Hell. He was rescued by an inscrutable Seraphim whom he now serves as a Seraph. His latest assignment involves finding someone and turning him over to the Seraphim. A typical job.

Except when that someone is being guarded by a vampire he thought was dead for two years.

And who is the woman he's loved for years.

Ana Delacrux was rescued from death by the same S
Laura the Highland Hussy

Last year I got sucked into Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series and I loved it. I also met a character whose story begged to be told, but it wasn’t in the Jaguar Warriors. His story is the first book in a new series called The League of Guardians.

Sorcerer Declan O’Hara was dragged into hell in the previous series. He spent 6 months (of our time, who knows how long he was really down there) as a prisoner of an evil nasty woman named Lilith. She used him
All Things Urban Fantasy
One part gangsta, two parts noir, WICKED ROAD TO HELL certainly delivers the bite and danger promised in the title. Declan O'Hara is neither charming nor smooth, but rather a sharp brand of alpha that treads the line between aggressively hot and just plain aggressive. It did not take long for him to win me over, however, along with his delicious friends.

To be fair, it was not just Declan that starts out a little rough. The politics in WICKED ROAD TO HELL are murky, and I think some of that myste
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This would be the first Juliana Stone book I’ve read. Since this is a new series, I was very excited to get a chance to read a new author, especially a Canadian one. However, shortly after starting this book, I realized that I was missing out greatly.

To my knowledge, Declan O’Hara and Ana DeLacrux have appeared in the last book of Stone’s other series, His Darkest Salvation. I haven’t read this book but figured I would be OK since this is a brand new series. This is not the case.

A lot of backs
A Wicked Road to Hell by Juliana Stone

As a first novel in a new series, I felt that even though I had never read this author, why would I have any problems---new series right? Wrong. Ms Stone has incorporated many characters from her past books and just expanded on them and gave Ana a Vampire her “own” story. I feel that if you are going to enjoy this novel you must have some understanding of the past ones. I didn’t have that understanding of the past so therefore I did not enjoy this book at al
I have mixed feelings after reading Wicked Road to Hell. On the one hand the world building and plot was well done but what let me down were the characters. I went in thinking it was a start to a new series but found a lot of plot and back story flow on from another series and the prequal so it left me wanting.

Don’t get me wrong the story wasn’t bad. The basic premise is quite interesting but the relationship between Declan and Ana had a lot of back story that it was hard to follow. I wanted to
I have been looking forward to this book ever since we meet Ana and Declan in His Darkest Hunger. While that book did not focus on them, we still get to meet them and get a background on who they are and their attraction for one another. The two of them have been dancing around each other for years and in A Wicked Road to Hell they finally stop fighting what they are feeling and take their relationship to the next level.

We enter this world focusing on Declan, who is on a mission he thinks will
~E~ Riverina Romantics
I read the first prequel novella in this series (Wrong Side of Hell 0.5) and loved it. I thought it was fabulously written and a great beginning to an outstanding paranormal series. Unfortunately all the aspects I loved in the novella didn’t follow through for me in Wicked Road to Hell.

The emotional connection between Ana and Declan was only a tiny glimmer in my chest. I wanted it to be a full blown orgasm of feeling, but I just didn’t get there. Although the storyline was great and the sex was
3.5 starsThis is the first book in a spinoff series. It is a little difficult to follow at the beginning and it did help that I had read the first one in the other series. This one is set in New Orleans and follows Declan who is a sorceror working for a group called the Seraphim who control Otherworlders. He is sent to find a boy who is being guarded by Ana, a vampire he has obviously known previously. Things get a little complicated as everyone tries to figure out who is on the side of whom and ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I really tried to love Wicked Road to Hell. After all there is everything in this book a paranormal reader loves: sorcerers, vampires, shifters, ghouls, and more. Unfortunately I just feel like the story didn’t flow very well. I had a hard time picking it back up every time I sat it down. By the time I finally finished it I was left with more questions than answers.

I do like the idea of a League of Guardians series. The Mark of Seven concept is interesting and compelling. I want to know more abo
Misty Gee
I really did enjoy this book. The storyline was really thought out and the characters really caught your attention throughout the entire book. There were a couple of times that the storyline really made it hard to follow or the author repeated a similar scene from a previous chapter. I enjoyed the fact that the romance wasn't one of "Love at First Sight" kinda of thing. The romance between Declan O'Hara and Ana DeLacrux built. The sex scenes were seriously hot. I would recommend this book to peo ...more
Paranormal Haven
After enduring months of torture at the hands of the demon Lilith, sorcerer Declan O'Hara was rescued from the bowls of Hell by the powerful and mysterious Seraph Bill. Now a soldier for the Seraphim, Declan is sent on a mission to locate and retrieve a target and if necessary, eliminate his protector. But Declan is in for a shocking surprise when he learns who the target is and that his protector is the woman he loved and thought he lost. Two years ago, Declan watched as vampire Ana DeLacrux wa ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Great set up to a new series with main characters that you will either love or hate.

Opening Sentence: Declan O’Hara stepped into the middle of the crossroads, a lonely stretch of pavement on the outskirts of town.

The Review:

Declan O’Hara has spent the last two years thinking that Ana was dead and since he witnessed her death he has good reason to believe that. After Ana’s death Declan spent some time in Hell as a love slave/torture victim to
Juliana Chen
this is a really wicked one.. as the title.

Finally got the story of Declan and Ana, the Sorcerer and the Vampire..

After the previous series of the Castile Brothers, this new series bring some darker set of stories, including the upper and lower realms.

Declan O'Hara, b3ing one of the Seraph, chosen warriors of the Seraphim, living the live like there's nothing to fight for, after he lose Ana two years ago.
One thing he didn't know, that Bill got some purpose of his own, already brought Ana back
May Mostly Romance
Wicked Road to Hell ของจูเลียนา สโตน

เรืองนีเปนเลมแรกอยางเปนทางการในชุด League of Guardians ซึงเปนองคกรลับสุดยอดทีรวมเอาเผาพันธุตาง ๆ ไวดวยกัน ทำหนาทีรักษาสมดุลระหวางโลกมนุษย, นรก, และสวรรค แตอยาคาดหวังวาจะไดขอมูลอะไรเกียวกับองกรนีมากมายในเลมนีเลยนะคะ เพราะกระทังตัวเอกของเรืองกยังไมรูดวยซำวา ตัวเองทำงานใหกับองคกรนี มันเปนองคกรลับมากขนาดนัน

นอกจากนีเลมนียังเลาเรืองราวระหวางเดคแคลน และอันนา ซึงเปนคาแรคเตอรทีตกคางมาจากชุด Jaguer Warriors โดยทังสองคนเปนสมาชิกในทีมเดียวกับพระเอกเรือง His Darkest Hunger
Jessie Potts
Juliana Stone introduces readers to a brand new series with Wicked Road to Hell. I must warn, though, that while this League of Guardians novel is book one, the characters come from Stone's Jaguar series. If you loved the Jaguar books, you'll be pleased to read Wicked Road to Hell. But for readers just jumping on board, there is a lot of back story and history that you might miss. While it isn't integral to the plot, it does add much more to the character and story development.

Wicked Road to Hel
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive in starting this book. I had problems with my only only other Juliana Stone novel, His Darkest Salvation. I got lost in the world-building --and the hero was a huge asshole to the heroine in that book. But I am so happy to say that not only were my fears unfounded, but I found myself really enjoying this one.

A few years back, the sorcerer Declan was sucked through a portal to hell. He was a prisoner there for six months, tortured and brutalized at the
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

This was a great beginning to what looks like a great new series by Juliana Stone. I really enjoyed this book and I'm super excited that I was finally able to see Declan and Ana get their HEA. Ever since I picked up Juliana's first book His Darkest Hunger, I've been dying to see what was going to happen with Declan and Ana. There were just so many sparks between them both. It sucked having to wait so long to finally see them get together but i
Barb Lie
We meet our hero, Declan O’Hara, just about from the start. He is sent on a mission by a Seraphim, who is called Bill. It is Bill, a very very powerful being, who saved Declan from the depths of Hell. Declan, who is a powerful sorcerer, now has a dark and more magical side to him, due to his 6 months being tortured by Lillith. When he was rescued by Bill, he became beholden to him to be a warrior of the Seraph, to help fight evil.

The mission sends Declan to find a target that the demons are als
Review written for

Declan is a sorcerer who has been forced to work for the Seraphim and has been told to pick up a man and deliver him to the Seraphim_. However when he gets there he is in for a couple surprises. One the "man" he was sent to pick up is actually a teenager and two he is protected by Ana, the lost vampire love of Declan. Also the teen is the fifth in the Seventh Mark. These are a group of seven who will grow and turn to either the light or dark and could pos
WICKED ROAD TO HELL by Juliana Stone is a MUST READ for anyone who loves great story-telling!

Even if you're not a fan of paranormal, Juliana Stone's writing has developed into an incredible force of which I feel everyone should experience. She's truly come into her own with this series and I expect great things to come. She writes with such depth and imagination that it's like watching an artist paint a portrait with an extensive pallet of colors and then have the portrait come to life. WICKED R
I have waited for Declan and Ana's book since they had their whole unrequited sexual tension thing going on way back in His Darkest Hunger.

The journey has been long and to be honest there was a moment in His Darkest Salvation, when I thought I would have to give up and it was sad. Then I saw that Juliana Stone was writing a new series and the first book would be theirs.

Surprisingly Ana and Declan get together very quickly and thankfully there's no stupid misunderstanding. They finally go for it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I bought it because I thought that it looked different from a lot of other books on the market and Stone's past history is good.
This book's plot was alright with a lot of interesting ideas and plot twists that I was fine with. What irritated me, however, was the fact that the characters' relationship felt really unrealistic.
Usually in a book you read you get swallowed into a story and you want to read every single page. With this page I found myself losin
Liz at Fictional Candy
In Wicked Road to Hell we meet Declan (awesome name, btw!), who is a sorcerer who has just been rescued from the third level of hell by Bill, a Seraph. Yes, Bill the angel. Awesome! In return for plucking Declan out of Lilith’s hell Declan is basically in servitude to Bill. Declan’s current task is to find someone and bring him back. He doesn’t know who, but of course that eventually comes to light.

Then we meet Ana. Ana is a centuries old vampire; a royal vampire at that. Declan and Ana have it
"So, what brings you back to these parts, my friend?"
"I'm looking for someone."
Ransome snorted. "Aren't we all?"
"This one's special."
Again the wolf laughed. "Aren't they all?"
Declan shook his head. "Not like this one."
The smile that graced the wolf's face fled immediately and his eyes narrowed. Declan nodded. Now he had his full attention.

Declan O'Hara thought he was on a routine assignment. He was sent to retrieve a person of interest for the Seraphim. The Seraphim are "angelic creatures who
Nikki Brandyberry
Recently rejoining the living, well sort of, vampire Ana has only one thing she needs to do…protect a important artifact that also happens to be a teenager she has grown to care a lot about. She will stop at nothing to keep him hidden away. Even when the man she craves and equally loathes shows up wanting to take him from her.

Declan went to hell once, spent a lot of time there, and he doesn’t want to go back. When faced with the one woman he thought was dead he soon realizes that for her, he’d g
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