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Unintended Guardian

(Mythos Legacy #0.5)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Cursed to darkness, he makes a wish for freedom. She shows up instead…

A shapeshifting gryphon cursed to eternal darkness…

Sunlight shouldn't be deadly to Griff Cyrus. Determined to break his curse, he follows an oracle's bizarre instructions to have a magical package shipped to his apartment. Since when do brown trucks deliver mystical cures?

A lonely woman craving the
Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Published February 22nd 2015 by Blue Phoenix Press
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Yvonne Marjot
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Mythos Legacy, where real myths find real love." Unintended Guardian is a short (too short) but very tasty introduction to the upcoming Mythos Legacy novels. It may be brief, but it gives a very clear flavour of what you can look forward to. I can already tell that the Mythos books are going to contain humour, fun, a gentle eroticism, and that they will reference a whole world of mythological creatures.

What if myths are real? What if there is another world alongside our own, inhabited by cr
Ani Gonzalez
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-crack
Great start to the series. Loved the mythological characters and the unusual use of magic. Looking forward to Treasured Claim's dragon heroine.
One star for massive instalove*, a heroine who is as stupid as she is annoying** and a ridiculous plot. Short stories are destined to fail when an author tries to cram a full length story into a few pages. A short story should be a snapshot, nothing more. We've got a snapshot here, but a snapshot that fits events that should take at least months, if not years, to unfold into the space of about half an hour. I've added a plot summary to give you an idea what I mean.


Devika Fernando
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this is a short story, it's one of the best shapeshifter books I've ever read. I love the hero as much as the heroine. Griff was gorgeous and the perfect tortured, slightly villainous hero to fall for, and Kala with her Asian background and unique character was a wonderful choice too. I'd happily read a 300-page novel with these two... alas, this is a short, eventful and emotional read, and I'll just have to dream up more stories with them. I'll definitely check out Gold's first Mythos ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok

It was a good story, that I was really enjoying. Then bam...over. I couldn't believe it just ended. I feel it could have been so much more. What was there was so good, I wish the Author had not cut off the story.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-romance
New author with a great voice. This was a very well written short story that brings two lonely hearts together to save each other. One just happens to be a cursed Gryphon.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance, fantasy
Oh, did I love the heroine. Take charge, sassy, intelligent, sexy. Did the Guardian ever need her. This is a novella. I wish she had a full book; nay, a full series.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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Sep 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-books, i-own
I think I got this as a free gift when I signed up to her website. Jami Gold has a lot of great info and templates for using Scrivener and I thought I ought to read some of her work.
Sadly, I’m not sure this story was the best place to start.
There is a glitch in my epub file: every apostrophe appears like this “shouldn’t” which is a trifle annoying because it does it for speech marks as well. Like this:
“I recently moved in down the hall. I’m Kala. You’re Griff?â€

Almost unreadable. But tha
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just because it's a short story doesn't mean that it should have been rushed to its conclusion. The female protag - Kala - did things that weren't believable; she started out being quirky, and ended up being annoying. (view spoiler) The story had too much info about the h at the beginning, some kissing, then breezed through with a lot of partially explained and/o ...more
Sharon Hughson
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gets 3.8 out of 5 stars from me. It was a fabulous short story that I read in less than an hour.
It was well-written - which is no surprise since Jami is an experienced writing teacher and editor. The pace was excellent and the characters charmed me.
It was just too short. I found I wanted to believe the love-at-first-sight trope, but I couldn't. It isn't part of my makeup. Attraction, yes, but love that makes someone risk their own life? Not happening after an hour or less.
It was a great st
Robin Witt
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read short stories, and this one reminded me of exactly why... It introduced 3 delightful characters, a serious story problem, delightful tension... and I was hooked. I was ready to spend 10 or 12 hours with Kala and Griff, as they went on a novel length quest to regain his treasure... (gradually falling in hot hot love along the way, right? Oh, yes.)

Also, I wanted to kick that Lil' bastard Leprechaun. Hard. So more pages of story where events could slap around that little punk
Amy Patrick
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast and fun read, a great introduction to the series! I've never read anything featuring a Gryphon, and I really liked it. Great writing. Definitely made me want to read more.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was too short. I wanted more... Loved it.
Clare O'Beara
This short is probably meant to be read as humour, because it doesn't make any sense. A young woman in Los Angeles accepts a package delivered for her snarling neighbour, and accepts that he manhandles her to get it. Then she sees a moving little person pop out of the package. She goes away, comes back, feeds her neighbour strawberries and starts stroking his face.
The grumpy man (he does have a reason) is three hundred years old. Sorry, that's creepy.

I have not read any of the series in which
Ann O'Nymos
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I am not a big fan of insta-love but in a short story like this there isn't a lot of time.
The story was nonetheless ok, your typical supernatural meets mate thing, two strangers both lonely finding each other. Up until the point where Griff (view spoiler)
E.B. Rose
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very brief introduction to the Mythos series. I love the fun, humorous language. I think the length is just appropriate for the plot. I'm not really into romance, I'm more into fantasy/paranormal genre, therefore the love side of the things didn't really pull me in, but I liked the rest of it. I definitely recommend for romance readers who are looking to discover a quality, professionally self-published series.
Rayne Anderson
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Short Story

This was an amazing short read. It left me pinning for more. Saucy, sexy, and brazen. Well written. Thank you Jami.
Alice Fitzmaurice Stander
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unintended Guardian a must reas

Brilliantly written. The only bad comment that can possibly be leveled at this story, is that it was too short!
Aurrora James
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

Cute but too short. I definitely would love a longer book. The leprechaun was a fun addition to the story.
Just A. Bean
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I mostly read this as a pallet cleanser for a heavy lit fic book, and it worked really well on that level. It was, unfortunately not great in most regards.

It's possible that I'm just not into shape shifter romances, though I do like Marjorie M. Liu's, but there wasn't enough set up to get the pay off. Granted, it's a short, but there's almost no characterisation or points of interest. They just meet, immediately solve a problem, and then get together. Plus there's a leprechaun with a phonetic Ir
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
More meat, Less unnecessary fat

Pretty clean, just poorly written kissing. There's a lot of extra baking info, that could've been left out. Other interesting stuff could've filled those pages. Like a better explanation of things at the end. Editing should be taking a look at this as well. I think the girl's last name got changed half way through. I'll forget about it by tomorrow.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an introduction to a series, this very short story has me intrigued. The author did a brilliant job of bring bringing the characters to life without unnecessary filler, a writing style that appeals to me.

Thankfully I picked it up for free, or I might have had a hissy fit when an already short story, was made even shorter by ending at the 68% mark.

Julie Kastner
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unintended Guardian was fun to find out about each character.

I loved this book, it kept my attention. (Which is about the size of a nat.) I could not wait to find out more about Griff.
Christine Albion
This was a wonderful introduction to the Mythos universe. I enjoyed the characters and was very intrigued by the world that Gold has created for us. The short story was steamy but not explicit, which I enjoyed. I would recommend this to others!
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted more!! I know it is a short story and yes they did advertise it as short and sweet and that's exactly what it was. A quick sweet read that could have easily been so much more. I did finish it I laughed and then it was gone
Shah Wharton
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As expected for the awesome Jami Gold - fabulous frolicking well written fun. X
This was a freebie.

A short and sweet lightning romance. It had to be, because it's only a short story. Still, I liked them both and how the got their HEA.
Lizbeth Gabriel
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Harmless fun, well written, insta-love, perfectly predictable. Fans of Paranormal Romance will surely enjoy it.
Cheryl Viner
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love that the moral of the story is that a treasure is not always a possession or thing. I also like that it takes a woman to each a man that lesson.

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