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Guardians of Stone

(Relic Seekers #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,413 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Kendall Morgan is a human bloodhound. Spending her childhood hunting relics with her ambitious archeologist father, she knew the two of them shared a sixth sense for the history and location of objects—sometimes even people. What she didn’t know was that their paranormal gift could ultimately be their undoing.

After the tragic plane crash that killed her father as well as h
Paperback, 311 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Montlake Romance
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Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
The minute I saw this book's description, I was intrigued by its being billed as "Indiana Jones meets Stephanie Plum". First of all, who doesn't like Indiana Jones. Secondly, I happen to love the Stephanie Plum novels, which are pure hilarious entertainment. This book, however, is neither Indiana Jones nor Stephanie Plum. Spoilers to follow.

First off, I was completely appalled by Jake being offered up as a love interest. At the beginning of the book, he refers to Kendall as a "skirt". He is such
Ashley Daviau
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
While it was a tad bit confusing at times, I thoroughly enjoyed this book anyways! There were just so many names and nicknames and aliases and relics to remember that it took me awhile to get them all straight. But once I did I started really enjoying the story. It’s non stop action from start to finish and kept me guessing with all the twists and turns. And I really loved the magical aspect of the story, it’s really what made the story for me!
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: target practice

The only good thing about this book is that I didn't actually have to purchase it in order to read it.

HOORAY! for Amazon Prime.

I felt like I was dropped right into the middle of the plot almost as soon as I began reading it. No plot-building, just BAM--head first into crisis.

Sometimes this can be a good thing--it can be exciting--but not when you have absolutely no attachment to the characters.

And I didn't. Not a one. They were friendly acquaintances at most.

I don't think I've ever rea
Indiana Jones with a paranormal twist? With a female lead who is a relic hunter? Who is being sent on a job by her handsome, enigmatic employer to search out and acquire an ancient and mysterious box before a potentially dangerous rival does? And she's forced to team up with a sexy, kickass bodyguard to watch her back? This was worthy of an "Oh YES!"-fist-pump combo. I cracked open my kindle and was prepared to be swept away by an awesome adventure.

It didn't happen. I was so disappointed with th
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kendall has a psychic gift that enables her to see the past of an object, track down the location of objects, and sometimes even sense ghosts. This makes her the perfect employee for relic collector, Nathan. Nathan is a recluse and avid collector of items of importance. He seems to have some connection to Kendall, but it is vague in the beginning. Nathan sends Kendall off to Italy with Jake (a bodyguard of sorts) to track down a mysterious box. They are not the only team trying to secure it. In ...more
Kirsten Lenius
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
For a book with no typos that I noticed, this is one of the worst written books that I've seen. Not the worst. I've seen much worse, but bad enough that I am sorry that I paid money to read it.

Among many other things, the heroine was consistant in doing exactly what she was asked not to do. The characters kind of flapped around, rather than the story escalating; they went places, but it was all pretty much the same nonsense. They couldn't even keep each other's aliases straight. And if I had to
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh boy, I am hooked! Who or what is Nathan? I highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys a good mystery with an Indiana Jones feel to it or those addicted to Kim Harrison's Hollows series.
Lori McD
4.5+ stars

This one is so close to 5 stars, it's crazy! (And it's tough for me to give any book a 5-star rating!) I love, love, love this new series with Kendall, Jake, and Nathan! It's fun, whacky, adventurous, sexy, mysterious, suspenseful, and just plain fun! Kendall is the BEST version of Stephanie Plum - the one that's not so inept; yet there's that vulnerability, a bit of clumsiness, humor, and the two sexy guys interested in her.

But Kendall can stand on her own two feet! She's tough, smar
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow an Indian Jones type book that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. It has fast action, some scary parts, little tease of romance and extremely well written suspenseful moments. Anita Clenney is a consummate writer of beautiful flowing descriptions that makes you feel like you can taste it, touch it, feel it and smell it. I read this book in one sitting it held me spellbound.

I seriously want to be like Kendall. She isn’t afraid to go after what she wants or tell people
All Things Urban Fantasy
A kickbutt premise stumbling over the execution, anyone who picks up GUARDIAN OF STONE for adventure, mystery, and cinematic action will not be disappointed. While I was never quite swept away, I will certainly remember the mythology and ruins of this particular Italian adventure.

My biggest issue with GUARDIAN OF STONE was the writing style. Clenney gives us the story from both Jake and Kendall’s perspective, but their inner thoughts and back and forth banter supplants almost all other descripti
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book has so many flaws that it's diffucult to decide where to start. At the beginning I was seriously thinking to DNF it.
The characters are so over the top bad that I couldn't believe it. She is the stereotypical dumb blond, of course she is beautiful (way beyond that actually, model worth...sigh). She is also IQ less, as in "oh there's a button with Armageddon on it. I wonder what will happen if I push it". Yeap that kind of idiot. The rest of the crew is no better at all.

Oct 18, 2012 marked it as didnotfinish
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I had to stop just over a third of the way through. I found both of the mains to be complete idiots and the plot was so full of holes, I'm surprised it didn't create a vacuum.

Other than that, it was well written (ha, yes, go ahead and laugh) but I could tell that the author had put some time into developing the story. However, her editor should have kicked it back for character development and plot darning before publication.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
The story was boring, the narrator sucked, the characters were as interesting as watching paint dry, & I am glad it was free. 1.5 stars
If you're interested in a relic hunter with paranormal powers, an interesting plot, & multidimensional charecters I'd suggest Getting Wilde immortal series.
I loved everything about this book. It was so entertaining that it was hard to put down once I started.

Guardians of Stone, again, is such a good opener for the Relic Seekers series. Kendall was such a lovable MC. She has a psychic gifts that lets her see past an object. She can even sense ghosts sometimes. This of course makes her a hot topic for Nathan, who is a relic collector.

With Nathan there's a hint that him and Kendall have a connection but its so freaking vague that I got frustrated rea
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Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pyschics
Guardians of Stone (The Relic Seekers) ended up more on the okay to pretty good side for me, mostly because I had a hard time really connecting with the characters. All three of the leads, psychic Kendall -whose talent gives her impressions of objects and people- her employer Nathan and her crass but hunky bodyguard Jake all have mysterious backstories that are hinted at but never fully exposed, which is sort of intriguing but also mildly annoying at times. But my bigger issue was that Kendall k ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Playing With Metaphors


So, the normal order of things is that you have a great book, and then the film / television industry get their hands on it...they do a re-write aimed at the lowest common denominator, then to be sure...they dumb it down even more.


But, this book seems like it's ready for the film and television industry straight out of the box. To be honest, I wonder if it was written with film options in mind.

For what it is it's not bad. I noticed some people likened the story to Indiana
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book since it was first released and just now decided to read it. You see I love Anita Clenney but I had fallen in love with her highlander series. How dare she write something totally different from that. Seriously??
So begrudgingly I started it and wouldn't you know it, I found it hard to put it down! Loved all the mystery of the relics and the order. I enjoyed the banter between Jake and Kendall. Beware of the man you think of as a jackass, just saying. :). It was an easy and qu
Lyndi W.
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
It's like a really campy urban fantasy version of Indiana Jones. With ancient Christian relics, immortal knights, booby traps, Roman catacombs... I mean, it's kinda ridiculous.

There were quite a few times when I felt like everyone was dumb. Just dumb as fuck. Kara running off all the time and Jake thinking with his dick, Nathan being a do-good-kidnapper... These people are straight up stupid.

Still... it was entertaining.
Lynn Worton
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in The Relic Seekers series. I loved it!

Kendall Morgan is a wonderful character. However, I sometimes wanted to shake some sense into her. She works for a billionaire as a relic finder. She doesn't go to archaeological digs, not since being a child and her father and best friend were killed in a plane crash. However, she has a special gift that allows her to track down, as well as know things about, the artifacts she procures for her boss. When her boss, Nathan Larraby, hi
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
I'm so conflicted on this book so three stars is my "I'm not quite sure what to think" rating.

On one hand, the premise is really cool. There's a woman who can tell an object's provenance and history by touching it. So she is obviously going to go into basically an archaeology type role. Then there is the big bad protector who is done with all bullshit ever and just wants to protect her. They are funded by a mysterious and rich benefactor who is a collector of rare objects. And when there is one
S. Wideman
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'll start off saying, I kinda know this author. So, I was rather hesitant to read this book. Mainly because I have a crippling fear of, "What if I don't like it" and it somehow ruins any good will between us. I was supposed to read this book a year ago, but kept putting it off. Turns out, it wasn't bad, and I'm happy to review it. This book wasn't perfect (none are), and it did touch on a few major buttons of mine, but not enough that I'd pass up any other book by this author. Which is good, si ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-m-m
When my dog immediately ate the cover of this book, I thought it was a bad sign. Thankfully I was wrong and Guardians of Stone is a really fun, entertaining, and sexy foray into a new series and new author for me. I’m actually lamenting the loss of the cover because it’s hard to convince people to try a new book with teeth marks on the spine; no really, the dog LOVED it too. The review quote on the back is a perfect descriptor as “a cross between Indiana Jones and Stephanie Plum.” The book is ni ...more
Megan B
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA mostly
Shelves: fantasy
The writing itself made me cringe- a lot! We are given way too much detail on some areas and not nearly enough in others. Some examples...

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A nicely timed mystery with paranormal and romantic overtones, Anita Clenney’s Guardians of Stone opens with a brief, gently haunting prologue then moves swiftly into the lives of the talented Kendall, manipulative Nathan and rebellious Jake. Soon there are hints of mystery in all the protagonists’ pasts, but the author fills the story with adventures the present, keeping the reader intrigued as the pages fly by.

Sent on a quest to find a curious box, hidden by a secret order, perhaps, and never
Kathy Martin
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book starts a new series by Anita Clenney and, unlike most series starters, this one doesn't start with tons of story-building and characters introductions. We find ourselves with Kendall Morgan meeting with her mysterious new boss billionaire Nathan about finding a relic that he is searching for. Kendall has a psychic talent that lets her locate missing objects and also lets her learn about people when she touches them - which isn't very good for her love life. Nathan has also recruited a ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I gave this 3.5 stars

GUARDIANS OF STONE is another one of those books I had never heard about until it showed up in my mailbox.

I liked Kendall, She was easy to connect with and read about. Her ability was neat to witness and it was fun watching her push down most of Jake's sexual attempts. Kendall has a habit of putting herself in more danger then needed but besides that I enjoyed following her character. Jake starts off as a sexist bad boy that ends up being so much more than that. He was a gre
A kickbutt premise stumbling over the execution, anyone who picks up GUARDIAN OF STONE for adventure, mystery, and cinematic action will not be disappointed. While I was never quite swept away, I will certainly remember the mythology and ruins of this particular Italian adventure.

My biggest issue with GUARDIANS OF STONE was the writing style. Clenney gives us the story from both Jake and Kendall's perspective, but their inner thoughts and back and forth banter supplants almost all other descript
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kendall Morgan is sent by her rich, attractive boss Nathan Larraby to Italy to retrieve a box. Along with her is hunk Jake Stone who is her bodyguard. A simple extraction turns out to be a long journey in search of this mysterious box and also into the past of all three main characters.
All three characters have troubled backgrounds. This adventure will slowly uncover more of themselves as they trek through the various towns of Italy. The past weaves with the now, as do the castle and its various
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Anita Clenney is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author of the Connor Clan highland time travels series and the Relic Seekers series.

Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory, a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and has been a secretary, executive assistant, and a real estate agent. She lives with her husband and two children in Louis

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