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Zac's Mulligan (Guarding the Gods #1)

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Zac Mulligan is a former Marine now providing personal security for the infamous rock band, Black Ice. Seeing all the guys around him in committed relationships reminds him of his childhood best friend . . . the only person Zac has never managed to get out of his head or his heart.

Ben Holland is an artist. Falling deeply in love with his best friend in his teens, Ben is l
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Published by SleighFarm Publishing Group (first published August 9th 2016)
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Wendy
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This is the first book in this new spin-off series. It's a spin-off of the awesome "Rocks Gods" series. For those of you who haven't read the series...this can be read as a stand-alone. I just don't see why you would though, because "The Rock Gods" series rocked...lol

Zac Mulligan is a former marine, who's working as a security guard for the two famous bands "Ivory Tower" and "Black Ice". He got injured in the line of duty in the last book of the Rock Gods. Lately he has been thinking a lot abou
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Jaime
An amazing book and excellent start to a new series! 5 Never give up Stars!!
Zac Mulligan is a former Marine now providing personal security for the infamous rock band, Black Ice. Seeing all the guys around him in committed relationships reminds him of his childhood best friend . . . the only person Zac has never managed to get out of his head or his heart.

Ben Holland is an artist. Falling deeply in love with his best friend in his teens, Ben is left alone when Zac leaves him for the military. B
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Lisa Cullinan
Aug 09, 2016 Lisa Cullinan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read
Oh. My. Guard! Zac and Ben rock!

Anyone who's read Ann Lister's Rock Gods series I'm sure waited with their twitching one-click fingers locked and loaded for the clock to strike midnight. You know what the best part is? This book will blow everyone away—their Goddess absolutely, positively, with everything I can think of under the sun, hasn't let them down.
Zac's Mulligan is the first book in the Guarding the Gods spinoff series. As the author promised—to herself, as much as to her fans—we'd not s
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Diana
Jul 10, 2016 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
WARNING…This cannot be read as a stand-alone. This is a spinoff series from the Rock Gods series and you will probably be very confused without reading the Rock Gods series first

Zac’s Mulligan is the first book in the new spinoff series, Guarding the Gods Zac is returning home after he was wounded at work protecting the rock band, Black Ice. With encouragement from his friend, Lincoln, he decides to try to find his friend he left many years ago, when he joined the Marines. Not a day has gone by
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Gigi
Sep 20, 2016 Gigi marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
Since this is a spinoff and the other books need to be read first, im going to hold off for now.
Cee Brown
Aug 04, 2016 Cee Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a pulse who loves hot man on man action and Lovers of the Rock Gods series.
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Holy Batman Robin!!! Ann Lister has done it again. Of The Rock Gods fame, this newest sequel promises to carry on in its brother's image. This book came at me out of the woodwork and has wormed its way into my small, private collection.

The Marine & The Artist.

Ex- Marine Zac Mulligan was living a dream being a bodyguard to one of the top rock bands during their European tour. That is, until he placed himself in the path of danger to protect on
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Christelle
Ann Lister is an auto-buy for me. I loved the Rock Gods series about 2 music bands, “Black ice” and “Ivory Tower”. Zac’s Mulligan is the first in a spin-off series…although I felt it more like another addition of the Rock Gods series as all the characters are there and it’s nice to follow up on all these guys.
This time, the story is focused on Zac, one of the bodyguard that appeared on the last previous book and got injured during the attack against the band on a tour just after admitting to Lin
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Jennifer Reilley
Jun 21, 2016 Jennifer Reilley rated it it was amazing
This is Ann's first book of the new series, Guarding the Gods. I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. I fell in love with Ben and Zac and the struggles they overcome to find their happily ever after.

Ben and Zac grew up together. In their teens they fall in love until Zac leaves for the Marines tearing them apart.

Ben is now a well known artist basically living alone and is out of the closet. Zac is now a former Marine working security for Black Ice and just can't get the thoughts of Ben out
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Theresa
Aug 20, 2016 Theresa rated it did not like it
Zac was immature and emotionally stupid. He was in denial of his bisexuality but pursued Ben at the same time. Ben was emotionally savvy but could not keep their relationship from being quite shallow. There wasn't any romance and definitely no chemistry. The family drama was OTT. Zac's father's behavior was bizarre. Just really poor character development all around.
Cat
Jul 14, 2016 Cat rated it it was amazing
***5 Star Start to an Amazing New Series!***

Guarding band members of Black Ice has shown Zac that he needs to face his actions toward his best friend and their aftermath, even if it has been a decade since they last saw or spoke to one another. Recuperating from an injury sends him stateside, and now is as good a time as any to get back in touch with Ben.

Ben was shattered by Zac’s departure from his life and the way in which he made his exit when they were eighteen. It altered Ben irrevocably, a
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T.M. Smith
Aug 12, 2016 T.M. Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zac Mulligan and Ben Holland grew up together, experienced all their firsts together included love and exploring their sexuality together. While their mothers saw the writing on the wall, their fathers, especially Zacs, were quite discouraging. Being caught in the years between a teenager and a man, confused at best about his feelings for Ben and then add his father telling him it was wrong, Zac abandoned Ben and their friendship and joined the marines. He's regretted it damn near every day sinc ...more
Dee
Sep 04, 2016 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What happened here? I'm so confused. I have been in love with this author's series through book after book. After months of waiting for the next one here comes the spin off series featuring confused ass, immature acting Zac and boring Ben. Their relationship was like watching paint dry. The set up to the big misunderstanding was so unrealistic to me. Which 17/18 year old boy after his first taste of nookie with his very best friend starts to think, "I am going to leave so I don't come back to hi ...more
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Zac and Ben had been friends since they were young children. They had always been inseparable, joined at the hip. As they grew older the feelings changed, became deeper and much more than friendship, but at 18, Zac leaves for the Marines without even saying goodbye. Something he has always regretted. Now he's back after 10 years to try to make things right between him and Ben. Is it too late?

The worst part about starting a book by Ann Lister, is it'll end. You want to get to the conclusion, but
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I don't think I'm gonna be able to finish this...

"'Looks like you're in pain. Is your hand healing okay?' 'How's the hand?' he asked."

"Would Zac still want to be with him once he knew everything? He wasn't so sure, and for that reason he had to keep his mouth shut."


Ben was also keeping Zac at a distance because of whatever "everything" consisted of. Which is just brilliant logic.

Ben is a photographer. This is Zac expounding on Ben's photographic genius:

"Ben moved the guys around the room an
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Aղցela W.
This book was picked for me in a pick it for me challenge.

This was the first book in the "Guarding The Gods" A new series from an author that I love reading. Zac Mulligan is s security guard for Black Ice more importantly Lincoln and Aaron he was hurt when he took on Sebastian Keating when he tried to take Ryan in Paris. When he has surgery on his hand he is sent home to recover Zac can't stop thinking about his childhood friend Ben so he goes to Cape Cod to see him. Turns out Zac left for the m
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Cat
Aug 08, 2016 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***5 Star Start to an Amazing New Series!***

Guarding band members of Black Ice has shown Zac that he needs to face his actions toward his best friend and their aftermath, even if it has been a decade since they last saw or spoke to one another. Recuperating from an injury sends him stateside, and now is as good a time as any to get back in touch with Ben.

Ben was shattered by Zac’s departure from his life and the way in which he made his exit when they were eighteen. It altered Ben irrevocably, a
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Natosha Wilson
Aug 07, 2016 Natosha Wilson rated it it was amazing
Zac is a former marine who is now security for two of the hottest bands on tour, Black Ice and Ivory Tower. Over the course of working with these men Zac has become close to them, especially Lincoln and Aaron. After relieving an injury to his hand protecting two of his wards, he took time off and headed home to heal and do his physical therapy. For a while now he has not been able to get Ben off of his mind and feels the need to finally get closure on their past together and find a way to move f ...more
Natalie
3.5 stars for classic Ann Lister

In this first of the Guarding the Gods stories, it seems to be written in much the same tradition as the original Rock Gods series. Familiar elements from those are present, with Zac as the character being unaware or uncertain about his sexuality. Since the two bands are on tour together, our favorite characters all have parts to play and it was enjoyable seeing them. The theme of chosen family and close ties of brotherhood is present as well. So it was mostly enj
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Cindra
Enjoyable read. Loved Zac and Ben's story. But I think my favorite aspect of this book was the dynamic between the men of Black Ice, Ivory Tower, and their new security teams. The way they've formed an unconventional family unit, their ability to pull together and support one another in the face of tragedy, and the love, empathy and respect they have for one another. Really enjoying this rock-&-roll world Ann Lister has created, and look forward to more stories in this universe. Fizzbo and K ...more
Zee♥
Nov 20, 2016 Zee♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to the new series. I loved Zac and Ben. I’m so happy Zac went back and fought for Ben. I just could not believe he waited 10 years to do it. I also enjoyed that all the band members were a part of the story as usual. I’m sorry the tour turned out the way it did though, but I’m curious to see where the author takes the rest of the series.
Centoria Coffil
Aug 09, 2016 Centoria Coffil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!! Awesomely Beautiful!!

I loved this book so much. It is the perfect spinoff and start to what is shaping up to be beautiful series and I can't wait to read more.
Kim Peckitt
Aug 25, 2016 Kim Peckitt rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Calila
I really did NOT like this. Like at all. Okay, I liked Zac, but that's about it. The couple never clicked for me. Probably because Ben is a raging douchenozzle who can't function if he's not a)the victim or b) outraged. I just hated him. It's bad when you are reading his POV and still find yourself with a look of disgust on your face as you go. I thought he treated Zac like crap. Zac deserved better. Yes Zac did crappy thing when he was 18. But honestly it wasn't that horrible. The fact that Ben ...more
Sherri Jordan-Asble
Ann Lister delivers another smashing story. They may not be rock gods but they know how to rock a story! I loved these guys and the Rock Gods cameos. A must read for Lister fans!
Char Moore
Nov 18, 2016 Char Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely Read!

Loved Zac and Ben! Their chemistry was off the charts hot! Can't wait for the next book in this series!! Love this author and this series!!!
Jessica
Nov 21, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Shelley
Aug 09, 2016 Shelley rated it it was amazing

Anyone who's read Ann Lister's Rock Gods series I'm sure waited with their twitching one-click fingers locked and loaded for the clock to strike midnight. You know what the best part is? This book will blow everyone away—their Goddess absolutely, positively, with everything I can think of under the sun, hasn't let them down.
Zac's Mulligan is the first book in the Guarding the Gods spinoff series. As the author promised—to herself, as much as to her fans—we'd not seen the last of our boys from Bl
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Joanne Swinney
Jul 01, 2016 Joanne Swinney rated it it was amazing


I want a do-over, I want to read this book again and then probably again. The Rock Gods series had me hooked. I fell completely in love with the characters of each new story I read and I was patiently waiting for this first book in Guarding The Gods to be released. It was an exceptional read, a story of true love that never fades. It gives you hope that anything is possible. It gave us a sneak peak into how The Rock Gods lives are doing. Oh My God!! it gave me so much laughter, I just want more.
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Devon
I really enjoyed this spin off from The Rock Gods series. Zac and Ben were great characters and having the guys from the other series as background/supporting characters was awesome. I wasn't ready to leave the guys from the other series so this is perfect! New characters with new loves creates new stories but with the familiarity and comfort of old friends, too.
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Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.

After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video productio
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