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We are on the run, me— a bodyguard— and him— a prince. I have admired him for so long, but he hates me.

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Two very muscular, shirtless men stand under a cascade of water. The man on the left kneels and rests his head against the other’s torso. His eyes are closed and his palm is pressed against the other man’s heart. The man on the right leans
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Published June 9th 2014 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Another extraordinary, evocative novella from Kim Fielding!

Set in a lush fantasy world of kingdoms, intrigue, and court politics, Guarded follows Volos, a soldier and guard, who would risk his life for Berhanu, the prince who despises him.

The first part of the book is harsh and brutal. Berhanu is arrogant and stubborn, treating Volos with casual cruelty and contempt. Berhanu doesn't realize Volos is the only one who can help him stop the kingdom from being ravaged by war.

Just before the
Julio Genao
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella
pretty ok.


- bottom-vers conan-type warriorqueer with a huuuuuge sword
- a couple lovely secondary characters
- hygiene, bcuz trigger issue, man—srrssly
- nice nod to how much of getting fucked up the butt is submission—and how much is dominance. STOP BLUBBERING AND BASH MY FUCKIN G-SPOT, YE GREAT LUMMOX, et cetera
- good tension during the rescue scene, with a palpable sense of penultimateness penultitution penultimatudity to the proceedings


- i dunno who these mm authors be kissin, but i
Lisa Henry
World building, FTW.

I do love some good world building, and here it's just perfect. A fantasy world that doesn't feel derivative or hastily constructed with the writerly equivalent of toilet paper rolls and sticky tape.

It's good.

Volos and Berhanu were good.

I don't know what it says about me that I could do without the HEA-heavy epilogue -- no, wait, it says I'm a heartless bitch amiright? -- but it's good. Fantastic world building, flawless writing, and it answered the prompt perfectly.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I read this almost two years ago and couldn’t remember a thing. So when the audio came out (Greg Tremblay oh yeah!), I just had to do a re-read.

And I think I was in a VERY good mood when I read it the first time, because I would now give it 3.25 perhaps 3.5 stars. Not the 4.5 I gave it originally. I forgot how gruesome this actually was.

But it had nothing to do with the audio, because that one was great. Although I did laugh when I listened to it. It seems Greg Tremblay decided Wedey people all
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another fantasy gem!

Volos is an amazing character! He’s a brooding soldier, fearless in battle and yet vulnerable and in need of a strong embrace to protect him from his nightmares. Sigh. There’s nothing better.


Volos is a palace guard. He is secretly in love with Prince Berhanu, but the prince looks down on him and constantly insults him because Volos is half Kozari. In the last war with the Kozari, the prince lost several brothers to the cruelty of Kozari soldiers and he lets Volos feel his
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hard won love for a warrior and his prince.

Some brutal moments added realism to this fantasy love story. I liked the honesty of both duty and futility where war is concerned and the terrorizing aftereffects. Nice alpha v. alpha romance.

Favorite passage:
But to me, an oath is much more than that. My promise is… apart from my sword, it’s the only thng of value I possess. And even the best sword can be replaced. My… my integrity cannot.”
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Review written September 10, 2016

3 1/2 Stars - Strong feelings and strong manly men in a interesting historical novella. I enjoyed listening

Kim Fielding is a terrific M/M romance author and two years ago I downloaded this novella for free from MMRG's Love’s Landscapes 2014 (see photo & story letter). I never read it (even if I saw all those happy reviews) but today I got the newly published audiobook instead. — 3:38 hrs narrated by Greg Tremblay.

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A extremely nice Saturday for listening
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Dammit! This book made me miss the DRitC event something fierce!

This is classic Kim Fielding: darkish, fantasy/AU with two strong but somewhat damaged MCs.

Volos is a warrior who's survived a brutal year long captivity and is now a member of the guard of Wedeyta.

Prince Berhanu has been tapped by his father to broker an alliance with Kozar in an attempt to thwart a war with Mudedye.

He doesn't speak Kozari but refuses Volos' aid in translating and skills as a guard. Because he's a stubborn ass!
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was hot as fire and a great tale of old world royalty, honor and nobility. And, or course, love and romance. 5 stars, definitely one of my favorites of the 2014 Love's Landscapes additions.
Trisha Harrington
There isn't a lot I can say about this that hasn't been said in some of the other reviews. This book is beautiful. The world building is flawless, the characters complex and wonderful and the ending left me feeling all happy and content inside.

The first part of the book is not like the second part at all. It was a lot tougher and these guys were no way near what they became. It was hard for me to see Volos so hurt over Berhanu's treatment of him. But that didn't stop him from saving Berhanu. And
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is my second Fielding and I’ve become of the opinion that she is able to take me, put me in a book place and leave me immersed there for the length of the book. And I float happily along, with ups and downs as per the characters are going through.

Travelling with Volos I thought about being alone, needing contact, love, family, all things money cannot buy. Sometimes we believe things about others that are not true and the truth does not come out unless there is communication, so we end up
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review


There is some amazing world building here. Kudos, Kim Fielding!


Volos has admired Prince Berhanu for a long time, but Berhanu's obvious loathing keeps Volos at arm's length. When Berhanu is captured it's Volos who saves him, at great risk to himself.

A word of warning - there are some pretty brutal scenes in this story. The first half of this is harsh. I imagine reading it might have been a little more subtle, but Greg Tremblay is a master of his craft, and he infuses such emotion into scenes
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 60%.

I think this is a case of "me, not you." I've been in the worst book funk in a while, and every book I've come across for the past few days have been DNFs for me. The moment when picking up this story felt more like a chore, I knew I had to call it quits.

There were two problems that kept me from enjoying Guarded. First, I could not understand Volos' attraction to the Prince. Physical attraction, sure. But the Prince was every bit of spoiled (and racist) brat I have ever read. I just
Eli Easton
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was able to beta this story and I loved it. Enjoy all!
5 Packin'-Punches Stars


This little book sure was intense. The writing was fantastic. The world building was magnificent. The action scenes were heart-pounding. And the smexy scenes were, of course, hawt. Hats off most definitely to Ms. Fielding's wonderful contribution to this year's Love's Landscapes event!

I just couldn't help but love Volos. He is a fearsome warrior with brutal strength, yes, but there was so much more to him than that. He had a kind-hearted soul and wanted nothing
3.5 stars.
I really really liked this story!
The prince was a tiny bit annoying at times, but not enough to make me not liking him, or the story.
Volos was, of course, absolutely amazing! A hero just like we need and want them: a little broken, a little brooding, strong, brave and handsome as all hell.
What I loved most was, that it was a Fantasy, and the author made it a time that men loving men was not an issue AT ALL, just a simple natural fact.
Sweet happy ending to a beautifully written book.
Anna Kļaviņa
Jun 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014, dnritc

I liked how the story began, but after Volos rescued Berhanu it soon turned from OK to bad and from bad to worse.

I couldn't understand why Volos was in love with the Prince. Hell, I continued to read to find out why. Do I really must believe that Volos loved Berhanu just because Berhanu was hot? He was ready to die for a man who didn't even speak to him? Only more ridiculous are reasons why Berhanu was racist and incredible rude towards Volos. (view spoiler)
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just the right blend of macho and sappy, a lot of fantasy elements, but no irritating homophobia. In fact, I adored the idea of a world where people are just sexual and their preferences are merely a way of life. Loved the two main characters (once the prince got his head out of his ass, anyway), and this is one that will stay on my Kindle for future reading.

Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love's Landscapes event. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!

You know when people say "well, the characters were kinda flat and the world wasn't super complex, but it was a short story so..." Well I say, FUCK THAT! There is no excuse, and this is proof. It's hard to describe, but I'll try. This was extremely well paced. I sometimes get bored or frustrated if my guys don't get together right away, but everything happened at the
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) by: Shelby
Shelves: m-m
(4.5 bumped to 5)

When I selected this book I had no idea it was fantasy. I actually groaned and debated on changing my book but decided to just go for it! I am so happy I decided to read it, it was fantastic!!

I'm not much into world building but this didn't seem to drag on like some of the other books i've read. We get quite a bit of backstory on Volos but not much from the Prince. At one point I was hoping to really see why he kept being a total ass but it was handled nicely by the end of the
Compelling characters and fantastic world building. I was so caught up in the story after taking "just a peek" that I didn't wait for the download. Definitely not a light and fluffy read, I was at turns angry, upset, and confused. I was also charmed, though, and overall, enjoyed this story so very much.

Many, many thanks to Kim for sharing this story with us!
Riina Y.T.
`•..• º ..•` Beautiful! `•..• º ..•`

“Even a dragon has his limits,”

I LOVED this story! Quite adventurous and just plain beautiful. Really.

What a great world Kim Fielding built here, it was all kinds of fun to follow Volos on his journey... and I'm so happy with what he found in the end

When he was very young, his father used to tuck him in at night with folktales from his homeland. The Kozari said that the universe was spun by a spider and each of the stars was a glittering jewel caught in
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, short
This enemies-to-lovers story is s set in the Kingdom of Weydata, and follows our hero- Volos Perun. A handsome warrior, who has just escaped from being a prisoner of war. And now he is on a mission to rescue prince Berhanu, who is kidnapped, shortly after he crosses the Kozari (neighbouring country) border. Even thought the prince despises Volos and refuses the king’s request to let Volos accompany him on a secret peace/trade mission to the Kozari, he realizes what exactly from him is Volos and ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I so totally loved this one, OMG OMG OMG!! Kim Fielding has written another winner! This story of Valos a palace guard who has secretly been in-love with the prince who appears to hate him. And when the prince is taken captive, Valos is asked to go on a solo suicide mission to save him. Parts of this story are brutal and hard to heard honestly, while others were so romantic i just melted. This little gem had everything I love and written so well. I was teary-eyed mess by the end…what
Dee Wy
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, free, ll, novella
4.5 stars - I feel like I just read a complete novel, not just a novella. There was so much story to sink your teeth into and this author always makes me FEEL the story - the good and the bad. There were some hard to read parts here but our Prince and his hero made up for all the bad in their lives by finding happiness in each other. Loved it!
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Couldn't sleep last night so I was planning on 'starting' this...but couldn't put it down.

Short, but awesome story about a guard protecting a prince. Made even better because the guard likes the prince and the prince treats the guard poorly. But when they come together....oooo la la!

I loved Volos a lot! Strong, sweet, smart, and kind. He was pretty much perfect. Great story!
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you Kim Fielding for this free story and thanks to all the other authors who participated in this event.

And, ok Dani, thank you, that was just as much painful as it was beautiful. Thank you for convincing me to read it. I too read the end more than once. Read.
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 3.8
Audio book: Greg Tremblay (Narrator) - 4
Book cover: 3.5

Good to do a little something else every now and then. It was good.
Lilia Ford
Another winner from the Love's Landscapes. I just loved this.
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Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phone booth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite ...more

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“From the first time I saw you. You were beautiful and… you had this light to you. It drew me like a moth. I thought, This is a man powerful enough to let me protect him and strong enough to take me. I thought, with you, maybe sometimes I could let my guard down at last. Except you hated me.” 4 likes
“Being afraid, being uncertain you’ll succeed, but going ahead anyway— that’s what makes a hero, Berhanu.” 1 likes
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