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Kissing Demons

(The Guardian Novels #1)

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Guardian Geneva Archer might be more infamous than famous among the supernaturals in Ft. Worth, but when a sexy werewolf enters her territory, she finds herself face to face with her worst fear: save humanity or save her soulmate?

After 800 years of guarding humanity from the things that make your hair stand on end in the dead of night, Geneva Archer is given a two-week v
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Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published December 15th 2014
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Sarah
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
What an utterly unique world I just dived into. Right off the bat I was fascinated. I kept saying to myself, Guardians really could exist because as soon as they leave your presence, you forget about them. What a mind-trip.

I did find a few spots in the center of the story a bit slow, but the last third of the book held me captivated, and I really can not wait to read what happens in this world next.

Good job, Jen Winters, well done.
Veronica Rosa
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars as this book wasn't something I usually read. I'm more into the angst riddled, borderline psychotic paranormal. Kissing Demons was a surprisingly sweet tale considering it dealt with demons, werewolves and Guardians who fight evil.
Geneva, thankfully, wasn't a TSTL heroine. She was smart, tough and willing to kick ass when needed. Yet she didn't fall into the trap of smart ass bitch to get her point across. A strong woman and one I quite liked.
Alex, sad
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Heather Blair
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
For the most part I quite enjoyed this story.

The author obviously has a strong religious/historical background and that comes through in the richness of the detail. The background of the Guardians
was fascinating.

Geneva was compelling, particularly in the beginning pages, and Alex was smoking hot! The insta-love was a little hard to swallow though. I don't generally have a huge problem with that, when the author can make me buy into it. I didn't feel that happened here. I
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Phillip Stephens
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
BTW this is not the book cover for Jen's book

When I first downloaded Jen Winters’ Kissing Demons I suspected it was yet another of the many Laurel Hamilton, Charlene Harris clones circulating the market—heroine meets vampire/werewolf, loves vampire/werewolf, together they kick ass. (Okay, Sookie Stackhouse was more of a wimp but you know where I’m going.) The formula grows wearying after a while.

In fact, had I not been asked by a third party to review the book, I wouldn’t have bothere
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Heidi
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
3 1\2 Stars
I will have to start off Paranormal Romance is a genre that I have avoided because I can't seem to wrap my mind around demons, werewolves, witches, and things that go bump in the night. Jen Winters introduced something a little different which I found interesting Guardians.
Guardian is person God has appointed to keep people safe from evil or other things that go bump in the night. She lead female character protects people who will achieve or their family might achieve gr
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Jessica Wren-Wilson
I swore I’d never lay a hand on Twilight. The idea of hooking up with a non-human, supernatural creature just has zero appeal for me. But when Kissing Demons was featured as book of the month in the club I’m part of, I’d thought’ what the hell.’ And it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, Ms. Winters makes her characters so humanized you forget that one’s half-werewolf and the other’s a guardian (a woman granted the privilege of protecting humans in the afterlife).

Kissing Demons is Book 1 of
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Denise Van plew
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know how when you ask someone who can really cook fabulous how they made something they most times end up saying well you put alittle of this and some of that and for them it turns out fantastic? I would venture to say with anyone other than this author things would not of turned out quite so well-she has a little of this and some of that from the paranormal or fantasy realm and has come up with a different spin in the ever going war between good and evil. You meet Geneva who is a guardian a ...more
Jessica Augustsson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edited-proofread
I had the pleasure and honor of editing this book, and seeing the story unfold from the beginning. Jen's characters are intriguing and the story starts off with a demon-vanquishing bang and escalates from there! Her unique, straight-forward way of telling the main character Geneva's tale is surprisingly refreshing and if you like your contemporary fantasy filled with demons and werewolves and more, be sure to have a look at Kissing Demons. I know I, for one, am looking forward to the next instal ...more
Miranda Shanklin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book started out a little slow for me. I was able to really get into it after a few chapters though. It was a good story line and kept my attention until the end.

Geneva's story was very interesting and it put a new spin on the Guardian perspective. I found myself trying to figure out what would happen next.

I look forward to the next book in the series!
Rachel Annie
I'm always on the lookout for stories which feature religious subject matter, and Kissing Demons delivers. It's also a paranormal romance that pretty much exists in the world we mere mortals know, with the supernatural (or in this case the Divine) hiding in plain sight. Another one of my favorite themes. ☺

Jen Winters penned an impressive, satisfyingly complicated, rather epic tale filled with a ton of characters possessing well-thought-out backstories and distinct personalities. The firs
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Jamie Jeffries
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
Kissing Demons was a fascinating read, and not only because it was a great story with a hot romance. I have to say, it challenged my thinking when some rather deep aspects of the nature of a loving God were explored with expertise and humor. If that isn't your 'thing', you probably won't notice it. As someone who has studied classic civilizations including their pantheons, I appreciated every reference I found and especially the way the author has blended bits and pieces to create her world in t ...more
Mistral Dawn
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kissing Demons, by Jen Winters, is one of the sweetest, happiest stories I've read in a long time. You wouldn't think it would be given that the premise is a heroine, Geneva, who is a Guardian charged by God to protect humanity from the supernatural world, and a hero, Alex, who is a half demon (incubus) and half werewolf, but Ms. Winters spins these characters into a truly enchanting tale. The story is full of tender moments, characters working together for the common good, and "people" who truly care ...more
Lisa
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am totally in love.

This book has everything. Geneva is breathtakingly sweet character with a tough side and some serious magical back up. Alex her love is just got. And what every woman dreams of. But they have a tough rode to following to there ending. And wow what an ending 10 thumbs up. I won't spoil it. There's demons. Angels. Guardians. If you can dream it up its probably in there. Paranormal romance has never been better. And what about a witch line that has over 300 daughter's? And
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Marie
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was unlike any PNR I've ever read! Exceptional story with original concepts. I liked that Geneva wasn't the perfect heroine. She often doubted herself and had to turn to others for help. Her relationship with Alex was steamy but perhaps a bit too perfect. I would have liked a bit more drama between them. Even immortals have to argue sometimes.
The ending was satisfying, the epilogue leaving an opening for sequels. Wonderful read!
Rebecca
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
First let me start by saying, I am doing this review in conjunction with #NerdGirl. I am not paid for my reviews, I just do them because I like to.

Where do I start with Kissing Demons? There are so many facets to this novel that I can't even imagine where I am to begin reviewing it. For the most part I enjoyed reading the book. Guardian Geneva has been roaming around girl for centuries helping humans by protecting them from demons. In this beginning of this story we find out heroine working har
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Dana Busenbark
This book was written from Geneva's point of view. It picks up with her life 'before' meeting Alex in the novella before this, and then continues on. It is fascinating to watch how her life changes as she discovers the relationship that she and Alex have and what it means. Even more interesting is watching her take on Alex's father, trying to find a way to rid the world of him. So many things change, and having been a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I saw some correlation between events ...more
Lorrie Farrelly
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
KISSING DEMONS is the exciting, imaginative start to what will surely be an outstanding paranormal series. Author Jen Winters has given us characters – especially Geneva, the irresistible, kick-ass heroine who repeatedly risks her life protecting humankind from evil – who not only grab attention but make the reader really care what happens to them. The world in which these characters operate is very well-thought-out and consistent within its own rules. I particularly liked the thread throughout ...more
Rebecca Rogers
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
W O W.....This is my first time reading Jen Winters and I am very impressed with the level of imagination and the world she creates for her characters. I am a huge paranormal fanatic and this has an interesting take on the supernatural, not just fae, vampires, and such but also demons and we are introduced to the Guardians.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the setting, while I have read so much set all over. Jen has hers set in the Dallas Metroplex, my stomping grounds. It cr
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K.T.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting start to a series involving angels, demons and such beasties as werewolves and vampires. The main female character acts out a pivotal role within the novel, a woman of extreme power who is the lynch pin for the main action. There is a sense that the writer is hugely invested in the plight of humanity and despite the often amoral goings on, there is a thread of conscience which runs throughout. The book was relatively easy to get into with some decent twists and turns from ...more
Candace
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This could very well be the next Epic Series in Paranormal Romance!!!

This story not only had all the paranormal aspects for a great story, but the characters are well developed and the plot is plausible in the world created by Jen Winters. I love nothing more that a Fiction read that incorporates History accurately. This story does just that. While reading it dawned on my the Leading Heroine in this story is actually my 23 Great Grandmother, and of course that made me giddy as a scho
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Joan Clark
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

The story and background that was created in this novel is unlike any I have previously read. The concept of the Guardians, their purpose, and their beginning was fascinating. I enjoyed reading the tidbits dating back to Geneva’s human life. The insight into her past made her more relatable and likeable to me. She has a very strong sense of family. This is not only those with a genetic tie, but her Sister Guardians and her staff. Geneva was a picture of love in my opinion. A
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K.M. Lowe
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the first time I've read a book by this author, so I had no idea what to expect...The beginning of the book started off slow introducing you the world of guardians. The first few chapters showed Geneva at her best helping people by setting them back on the right track of life. Just when you think that's what the book is going to be like throughout, it opens up to the world of Soulmates and demons...Geneva meets her Soulmate Alex, who is a halfling - half demon, half wolf...his father is ...more
Carole Parkes
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kissing Demons is mostly a fast paced fantasy, but does slow down in places where necessary explanations are given. As a new reader of fantasy, I found these passages helpful but others might think differently.

It has all the usual elements of guardians, demons, werewolves, fae, and witchcraft. The heroine Geneva, an immortal guardian, along with her sister guardians have to fight and destroy a powerful demon who’s sired many Halfling children. Geneva discovers one of them is her soul
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Duawana Wilson
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guardian Geneva Archer puts in 110% to her guardian duties. She lives and breaths being a guardian. But when she meets Alex her world turns up side down. Alex is the one who can complete her after being alone for 800 years. Alex is devilishly handsome werewolf with a demonic side. Geneva has to balance her personal life with Alex while dealing with the worst Demon the Guardians have ever seen. The Demon Yuruch is set on destroying humanity and to do it he needs his son Alex. Geneva must find a w ...more
Jessica
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am glad to say that the book did not turn out like I was imagining. It turned out even better! Kissing Demons kept me guessing what would happen. The book is about Geneva and Alex, who find out they are soul mates. Geneva is a Guardian and Alex is a wolf and demon mix. I found myself cheering them on throughout the book. Through the bad and the good parts of their story, Kissing Demons was a great read. To me the book ended way too soon. Although the book is not very long (to me anyway) it was ...more
Lorraine
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, paranormal
Another fast-paced, page-turning, paranormal romance from Jen Winters.
An enchanting tale written from the POV of the heroine, a smart, tough and tender Guardian.
I love the writing style, the depth and strength of the many characters, the fascinating and unique world, and the hot yet sweet romance.

I am looking forward to reading the next installment... Falling Angels
J. Thomas-Like
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this is not generally my genre, I did enjoy reading this book. There were certain premises I had not thought of before which made the story engaging. While I admit that I got a little confused at time by the number of characters that got introduced, once I got the hang of it, I kept reading right till the end. I think people who like demons/angels/werewolves/vampires, etc. will certainly like this title and will go on to read all the books in the series. Certainly an author to watch!
Natasha Kendrick
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok so this book wasn't what I was expecting, it was so much better I love the way the author Jen Winters wrote this suspenseful masterpiece. It's about Geneva a gardian and Alex a half wolf half demon who become close and have all kinds of things happen to them and I never knew what to expect next and I recommend giving this book a read love it.
Angie Fournier
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Captivating

Absolutely one of the best stories I've had the pleasure of reading! If you read any paranormal genre, this book needs to be on your TBR list. It's got everything you never knew you wanted to read.
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Jen Winters fell in love with paranormal romance after her daughter was born and she needed a way to escape reality for a few minutes a day. She loved it so much she decided to take her own pen to it. The world of the Guardians was developed through deeply irreligious conversations with her father who likes to misinterpret scripture as often as humanly possible and a good dose of did-I-just-read-t ...more

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