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Marked by Passion (The Guardians of Destiny #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  297 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews

1. Don't lose the above artifact you've inherited from your ancestors-no matter how much it starts messing up your life.

2. Do learn how to control its powers. (And, yes, that means putting up with über-complicated guardian lessons from your father's meddling ghost.)

3. Don't trust anyone. Especially Rhys, the myste
Paperback, 361 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Forever
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 01, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
I do enjoy finding new (to me) authors with new ideas. Kate Perry has served up a humorous and entertaining beginning to a new paranormal romance series with "Marked by Passion". In this series, she introduces readers to her version of some ancient Chinese lore. The powers of the world were written on five scrolls by an ancient monk. When he feared their capture by an evil warlord, he distributed those scrolls to five different families...entrusting them with not only the scrolls themselves, but ...more
Marked for Passion was picked for a specific category for a challenge. Otherwise, I might have missed this one. I'm glad I didn't. I really enjoyed the story of Pour House (great bar name!) bartender/artist Gabrielle "Gabe" Sansouci Chin and mysterious Guardian Rhys Llewellyn (British ... ahhhhhh).

When Gabe's father dies, the ancient scroll her family has been charged with protecting is passed down to her, not her older brother. Gabe was "never good enough" for her father, so she left and mov
Jan 13, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Gabrielle Sansouci Chin works as a bartender. She is also a talented artist. Gabrielle receives in the mail, one day an ancient scroll. The problem Gabrielle has with receiving the scroll is that means that her father, Wu has passed away.

Soon after that, Gabrielle receives a visit from her father, in ghost form. Wu tells Gabrielle that he has to get her prepared to battle as she is now a guardian. Gabe does not want anything to do with her new status or especially her father. It is bad enough w
Feb 21, 2009 Sarai rated it it was ok
Marked by Passion by Kate Perry

Rules for the (very) reluctant guardian of the scroll !) Don’t lose the above artifice you’ve inherited from your ancestors – no matter how much it starts messing up your life. 2) Do Learn how to control its powers (And yes, that means putting up with uber-complicated guardian lessons from your father’s meddling ghost.) 3. Don’t trust anyone. Especially Rhys, the mysterious bad boy who’s always one step ahead of you… and as irresistible as sin. 4. Do anything to ke
Barbara ★
This reads like the Aisling Grey series from Katie MacAlister but not nearly as well-written. I find myself irritated at Gabrielle's stupidity and blatant disregard for the gravity of the guardianship. She just stumbles along without learning the how's and why's of the guardianship and basically ignoring the consequences. Her estranged father (who is a ghost) keeps attempting to help her but she pushes him away and refuses to listen to his advise. The only bright spot in this novel is Rhys Llewe ...more
Paranormal Romance
Marked as the heir to the role as guardian of an ancient and powerful scroll, the heroine never accepted her fate and fought tooth and nail against it. Remembering the day that the scrolls powers killed her mother, the heroine cut ties with her father and brother and moved away, vowing to never again be sucked into the foolish idea of destiny. But destiny has found her. One night at the bar, she receives a package and inside is the damn scroll. This means her father is dead and though she's conf ...more
A new paranormal voice has hit the market, one that is sure to only get even better as the years go on! And instead of focusing on vampires, like (as others say/complain) a lot of the paranormal romances have been, Kate Perry's Guardians of Destiny Series focuses on a new aspect, a mix of old Asian lore and magic.

Marked by Passion provided a fresh new read, and one that kept me reading from morning to night just to finish! Not many books have that affect one me. Oh sure, I READ from the time I
Stephanie  G
Ever since Gabrielle was born and her father seen she was marked to be a guardian of the scroll he has tried training her. He devoted all of his time and attention to her, to prepare her to be a good guardian. But this was never what Gabrielle wanted; all she wanted was to paint so when a fatal accident resulted in her mother’s death she ran away from that destiny only to have it delivered to her by carrier all these years later upon death of her father is the only way for Gabe to inherit the sc ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
Though the Heroine Fights Her Destiny, Passion Leaves its Mark in This New Series Starter ,

Finally artist Gabriel Sansouci's dreams are about to be realized with a gallery showing of her paintings on the horizon. Then destiny comes knocking on her door, Gabe is the `marked' heir to the guardianship of one five ancient mystical Chinese scrolls, even though Gabe has tried to put that part of her past behind her. So now not only is Gabe desperately trying to produce four more paintings for her sho
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Gabe had left her family and her heritage behind 15 years ago - after her mother had died - for which she was responsible. She was now a bartender at The Pour House and an aspiring artist. With her first showing in a few weeks, all she had to worry about was finishing the paintings in the series - or so she thought.

When the package arrived, she assumed it was the contract for her showing - until she discovered it was accompanied by a ghost! The ghost of her father, Wu, no less. It came as a shoc
Feb 23, 2009 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Marked by Passion by Kate Perry
Paranormal Romance- February 1st, 2009
4 stars

Marked by Passion is a fresh start to a new paranormal series by debuting author Kate Perry.

Gabrielle Sansouci Chin is known as Gabe to her friends and patrons at the Pour House she tends bar at. Her life is on track. Her first showing at a premier art gallery is about to open. She just has to finish her last three paintings, the center piece to her theme.
But, nothing ever goes as planned. It isn’t her contract she sign
Jan 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
In this book, which despite its drawbacks, I had a hard time putting down, I felt as if I were forever waiting for the story to get going as the reluctant heroine verbally spars with her would be assassin/romantic interest, ignores clues as big as a stop sign, pacifies bar regulars at a Cheers type pub, and behaves like a child who doesn't want to go to the dentist even though she has a toothache.

I was ever waiting for her to just finish her paintings already. To be as discombobulated as she is
Sep 03, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2009
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf.

Gabrielle Sansouci, also known as Gabe to all of her new found friends, has an ancient secret that she is sworn to silence. She is the next heir to a family heirloom that goes back hundreds of years, and she doesn't want it. She can't help it though, because she has been marked since the day she was born, and has been training for this day her whole life. Despite all of this, she is still surprised the day it lands in he
Marked from birth to be a Guardian of an ancient Chinese scroll and the power of the element of Earth, Gabrielle "Gabe" Sansouci Chin couldn't be any less pleased and has, in fact, spent the past fifteen years running from a destiny she loathes. A destiny that caused the death of her mother and ensured constant disappointment from her father. Now that her father is dead, the scroll has come into her possession and the power of the scroll has flared to life in her. The problem with that is that s ...more
Kelly Moran
Dec 18, 2008 Kelly Moran rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Author, Kate Perry’s book, Marked By Passion is listed as part of The Guardians of Destiny Series, with Chosen by Desire set for release in February 2010. She has other titles in contemporary romance; Project Date and Project Daddy. Kate Perry is a 7th degree black belt Kung Foo San Soo and collects swords. She resides in San Francisco, California with her love, Nate.
Gabrielle Sansouci Chin was just about to have all her dreams come true- to have her art displayed in a gallery with her own show.
Shera (Book Whispers)

Gabe is a struggling artist who's finally getting her big break, with her first gallery showing . Unfortunately the past she has run away from has caught up with her when an old family heirloom shows up. It's the family heirloom she was marked to protect, the very item she walked away from after she killed her mother trying to control its powers. Not only does she get uncontrollable earth powers from the scroll, but her father's ghost is connected to it and he's determined to make Gabe
Jun 04, 2009 Lola rated it liked it
Shelves: romance_suspence
I love Kate Perry, i enjoy her writing and the way she builds her characters with a sense of humor, strength, and self assurance. With that said i do have to say that i was both intrigued and disappointed by this book. Again, Perry chose to write in first person, whereas this works with her other books, i felt it was a hindrance here. Although Gabe was not like other typical romance heroines, i felt she was a recreation of Perry's female character from her debut novel Project Date, only with a m ...more
May 14, 2009 Leslie rated it liked it
I picked up Marked by Passion because the back cover plot summary sounded interesting. Five Guardians watching over five scrolls, each one associated with a different element (earth, fire, water, metal, wood) in the Eastern tradition.

Gabrielle, the main heroine, knew from an early age that she would be the next Guardian of the Book of Earth. Her father started training her, seemingly ignoring Gabrielle's brother (who seriously coveted the whole power idea). One day, the power Gabe was using spun
Bobbie  Crawford
Jan 27, 2009 Bobbie Crawford rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Paranormal Romance Readers
Marked by Passion
Written By: Kate Perry
Published By: Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, 2009, First Edition, 400 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-0446541008

Marked by Passion is a very engaging novel. The story is fascinating, with a set of highly detailed characters who are very striking and distinctive. The settings are described so well that you feel like you are in the room with the characters. The plot takes exciting twists and turns, making me wish I have super powers too! The pacing
Oct 26, 2009 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
She's an artist who just got a showing in a San Francisco gallery. The day the contract is to arrive a Chinese scroll comes and with it tu chi energy starts flowing through her body. Her father, the guardian of the scroll, has died and she is the next guardian. This books gives new meaning to the saying "You can run but you cannot hide." I am enjoying the flow of the story line which includes her dad-Wu- who comes back as ghost to teach her how to deal with the tu chi... another guardian- Rhys- ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Lori rated it liked it
The first half of this book drove me crazy, with the heroine refusing to see what was right under her nose, her refusal to question people who could give her answers she needed, and a general unevenness of plot, but the heroine is still an interesting person. The hero is also interesting, though there are some problems there, too. Mostly, the heroine’s refusal to question the people around her made me crazy. Still, the last third of the book made the earlier unevenness less frustrating. The sati ...more
Theresa Dansereau
Mar 10, 2015 Theresa Dansereau rated it it was amazing
loved this book. Perfect amount of everything.
Jun 04, 2012 Juliko rated it liked it
3,5 stars for me. I thought it was fine and I liked main characters, but couldn`t find myself fully involved in this book. Not so mach action and I often asked myself a question: where`re we going with all this? And one thing more: I couldn`t count how many times the hero left the heroine. It was like a game for him. Say a last word, brush a kiss-goodbye and live the scene proudly.
I do hope next books will have more action and will open this world of Guardians fully.
Sep 22, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Good book. Interesting plot. Want to read the next one. Hope the next one goes into more depth with the characters and explains the premise a little more. I think this book set up what the point is and I hope the next one goes more in depth with the story. I like the characters. I wanted a little more information. The love story was a little flat. I would have liked a little more there but it filled its purpose.
Apr 11, 2010 Tiffany rated it liked it
Quite good. I saw the ending coming a mile away, but I still enjoyed the story getting there. If you enjoy romance with just a trace of paranormal, this isn't a bad book. I definitely developed an interest in the characters and their story. I'll be looking into getting the sequel as well.
May 24, 2011 Tammy rated it did not like it
I really tried to like this book. I read until page 108 and had to quit - I had too many other books calling my name. The story was slow moving and bland. Seemed like it went in circles. The interesting parts were few and far between.
Joann Downie
Dec 04, 2010 Joann Downie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, I havent read PR before, this book was just great! I look forward to the 2nd one!
Mar 26, 2009 Liz rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a book. Totally new concept and great characters. So much sexual tension it is unreal.

Jul 19, 2011 Marianna rated it did not like it
Lyra Rose
Jun 14, 2010 Lyra Rose rated it really liked it
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