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Vampire's Mate

(Guardians #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Vampire Guardian, Marcus Dagotto is sworn to safeguard humanity. With the death of his mate, and a curse that will soon catapult him into bloodlust, he focuses on protecting his king and surviving each day. When the gods interfere, it's never a good thing and this time they destine him a new mate. He tries to resist the woman fated to be his, but when she ends up in troubl ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published August 4th 2018 by Valerie Twombly (first published October 2nd 2013)
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Kat Valentine
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vampires mate is a sexy ride from start to finish with great immortal vamps and a very interesting storyline!! Valerie twombly is a fabulous storyteller as well. Marcus's mate was killed many years ago along by drayos and his demons,but he has been given another mate ,the only problem is she's a human! When Cassandra locks eyes with Marcus from across the bar room floor she can't believe it's the lover who's be rocking her world in her dreams and when Cassandra targeted by the evil Dragon shifte ...more
Renea Mason
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love paranormal romance, you'll love this book. It's well-written and a classic tale that vampire fans will love. Marcus is hot and commanding. You can't go wrong. Can't wait to read more from Valerie Twombly.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Christine Feehan's Carpathian series then you will love Valerie Twombly's Eternal Flame. It is like the Carpathian series with a really big twist. This book had my full attention from beginning to end and I am craving more. I love how it all flows and just keeps getting better with every flip of the page. Valerie Twombly has just became another of my top author's that I really love. I love all the character's and the way they harass and banter with each other. The author puts just en ...more
Kishan Paul
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eternal Flame had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter to the end. I laughed, held my breath, loved and hated several of the characters. Thank you Valerie Twombly for creating a world of vampire and dragon heroes. It was a world I didn't want to leave.
Aubrey Wynne
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paranormal is not my usual genre but my sister insisted I give this one a try. Wow. It's not just a vampire tale. Twombly creates a unique storyline with two complex heroes, Marcus and Cassie, and and extraordinary cast of secondary characters that include-yes-dragons. Steamy, exciting and hard to put down.
Tamera McIntosh
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Eternal Flame by Valerie Twombly

I have read this book twice now, and it had me from start to finish. If you like paranormal romance you will love this one! Be still my heart!
I laughed, cried, held my breath,loved and disliked people and places through out the book. To be sure Hell was not one of my favorite places to visit.
We have Gods- who are just as impossible/arrogant pain in the asses as we all know them to be.
We have Guardians who are born with both light/blessing and dark/curse, who are
Melissa Weeks
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-nauba-r2r
If you love paranormal romance, you'll love this book. I loved this book it was filled with action adventure and love all these are a good combo to a great book. the book starts out in the heat of a treible Demonic war with the Demon Drayos. He has caused a curse over the mates of the Guardians and other immortals they have to kill their mates or risk them giving birth to the demons spawn.
Then we go to the present where Marcus the main guy in this book is told he has a mate but not just any mat
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book from Valerie Twombly. I also read her short story Demon Slayer (you should read it too) and was excited for a novel from her. There is great conflict, compelling characters and excellent steaminess! The main characters, Marcus and Cassie, have an impressive supporting cast and even though they have a great HEA, there is so much going on I'm excited to see which pieces Twombly picks up and runs with for book 2. I enjoyed the honourable lives of her vampires and am intrigu ...more
Leta Fisher
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Valerie can transport you into an immortal world and make you feel that you are a part of it! This book is awesome and I can't wait for more from her! Dragons, vampires and Gods grace this story and make you wish you lived in the era! No spoilers!
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the blog tour and in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story of romance, adventure, action, some heart ache and turmoil with a light dusting of steaminess; tasteful steaminess!

Eternal Flame introduces us to so many awesome paranormal creatures. Like: Shifters, Demons, Dragons, Vampires, Gods and Guardians.

The God's rule over all others; there is one God who rules over the other God's too; his name is Zarek.
The Guardians are sworn to protect huma
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reveiw, erotic
*I was given this book free, in exchange for an honest review*

Guardian are born with both light and darkness in them. A blessing and a curse. They are sworn to protect humans from the dark powers that be. Marcus is second in command to his King Aidyn. Zarek, the God who created the Guardian’s grants Marcus a new mate. A human mate, not even some one immortal like him. He’d watch her age and die, it wasn’t fair, a cruel trick of the Gods. Marcus and the other guardian’s are on the hunt for the le
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Lordy....... Lordy....... Lordy....... where to start with this review..... first I want to say how much I love Paranormal romances. There is just something about the love between two people who try and fight it for the sake of the other that I love. But what was different for me in this reading was the paranormal element. There was so many different paranormal beings from shifters to guardians to vampires and Gods that I was so enraptured in my reading that I could not out it down.

Marcus Dagot
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

I received this book from the author via Paranormal Romance and Authors that rock, for a fair and honest review and I thank you kindly for such a smashing read!

Marcus is a Guardian, a vampire Guardian, a healer amongst his people. he has been alone since he had to kill his mate after she was taken n the Demon Wars some 300 years before. Cassie is a nurse, who has been alone since her ex dumped her on their wedding day, cos he wanted children she could not give him. Shocking twists and

Marcus Dagotto never wanted another mate, but he has been gifted with one, a human whose life is slowly dwindling with each day she takes a breath. Marcus had lost his mate once before, he doesn't want to feel those feelings of loss again but the more time he spends with Cassandra Jensen. the harder it is to resist.

Action packed, Eternal Flame tells the story of Vampires protecting those who deserve it, those who don't are destroyed. On the path of a dangerous demon who is planning to take over
Kishan Paul
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassie's your average beautiful woman with some very steamy dreams about a man she's never met before. Marcus is your average paranormal good guy hunk who's never gotten over losing his mate. You put these two together and then throw in Valerie Twombly's awesome writing skills into the mix and you end up with a story that is anything but average. I found myself laughing, holding my breath, and cursing from the first page to the end. From dragons, to vampires, to devils, Eternal Flame's packed wi ...more
As a Guardian, Marcus Dagotto protects the world in an ongoing battle of good vs evil.

Giving his loyalty to his king and best friend King Aidyn, Marcus will literally lay down his life to protect Aidyn to his last breathe. The two have gone through a lot including supporting each other after the deaths of their parents who werre killed in a violent attack by those they felt were their allies, the Draki.

Vowing to exact revenge, Marcus gets a tip and travels to New Orleans where his parents kille
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of paranormal stories I was immediately drawn to the sweeping storyline Ms. Twombly presented to us readers. The mythology of the vampire Guardians is intriguing, if a bit confusing at times, but it allows for a diverse cast of characters with unique abilities to each. Not only is each vampire capable of unique talents to save humans as is their sworn duty, but they're all super sexy as well and I look forward to having each of their stories told with each successive installment.
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Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ancient vampires, with sometimes archaic speech, add dragon shifters, an ancient curse, and a god who has decided it’s time to find mates for his guardian warriors and I am hooked on Valerie Twombly’s Eternal Flame the first in her new series Guardians. Marcus has lived alone for centuries, ever since he lost his mate and that is just fine by him, no one to need, be needed by, feel pain for, etc.

Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well when I began reading, everything was super confusing, but after some time some main things cleared, and the book got even more interesting. Well you get to follow Marcus aka immortal guardian aka vampire, who is blessed by gods with a mate. There is a saying by Oscar Wilde: “when gods wish to punish us, they answer to our prayers.” And as Wilde’s gods these gods are also arrogant, and do as they wish. This time, Marcus’s mate is human – Cassandra. Follow b
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Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so Marcus has some serious stamina and odd sense of loyalty and guilt towards Eliza whom was granted supposed to be his mate but was also infected and needed to be eliminated for the fate of their race. To carry that guilt though all those years wow. And than his reaction to be fated another mate was just comical and sad. I mean your given another chance take the bull by the horns son and roll with it.

In the process of doing just that so many things happen. Aidyn gains power and royalty. Be
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Paranormal Romance Fans That Rock (PR&ATR)
Recommended to Suzanne by: Paranormal Romance & Authors
This book was given to me by the author and PR&ATR for an honest review. Eternal Flame is the first book in The Guardian series by Valerie Twombly. This is a paranormal romance that centers around vampires that are immortal guardians over humans. Vampires, demons, shifters, dragons, gods, angels and even a Wendigo are involved in this fast paced paranormal. Marcus Dagotto is second in command under the king and ruler of the guardians, Aidyn. The guardians have been cursed by the demon lord D ...more
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 4 Eternal Flame Stars ~

Eternal Flame is book one in Valerie Twombly Guardians series. She starts us off with action, heartache, loss and war. The ending leaves us wanting to know what happens to the rest of the guardians as well as some other characters introduced to us in this book. I enjoyed how the book starts and ends.

For some reason I thought this book was going to be all about dragons. No I did not read the book blurb. I do that some times think its something and it totally turns out t
Paulina Woods
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vampires created to be guardians instead of leeches needing to be staked, sign me up.
Once in a while a book comes along that makes me mad when it ends. Valerie Twombly transport the reader into a world filled with vampires, demons, dragons and HELL. Yup a trip to hell is required. Towards the end I tried to slow down, hoping to spend just a little more time with my new friends.

I love strong main characters; the woman has to be just as strong as the man. She must stand on her own before she sta
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-the-top-10
Any one who is a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon The DARK-HUNTER Series will recognize many similarities in this story to the HUNTERS. Example: Squire to her Chosen, The Sanctuary to her Roxies and there's a lot things happening in the city of New Orleans.

The story starts out in the heat of the Demonic war with the Demon Drayos. He has caused a curse over the mates of the Guardians and other immortals leaving Marcus without a mate. Flash forward to modern day, the gods decides it time for Marcus to mat
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Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great paranormal series......chock full of hunky Vampires, Dragons and Demons!!! The first book in the Guardian Series and from the beginning I was totally hooked.

When Cassie Jensen dreams about a hot sexy guy...night after glorious night....little does she know that this hunk, is Marcus Dagotto, known as a guardian and from a world parallel to hers. She soon discovers she is the mate Marcus has been longing for, only problem is she's human and he's a vampire. Sometimes the gods can be
Brooklynn N.  Gibbs
I must say, the world Valerie Twombly weaved is a very interesting one. The characters are interesting and all their own, and I like that everyone gets a shot at being their own person and not shoved into the background.

There is a lot of fighting. And sex. Lots, so for those of you who love it, I think this is a book for you! I wish that the world was described a bit better, but what I did see was ok. The writing style kinda annoyed me a bit because it seemed a bit amateur - ish, but again, it w
Amie Knight
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock. Thanks for the awesome read! This book was heavy on the paranormal and heavy on the romance which made me oh so happy! I really loved it. Hot vamps, demons, dragons, and really strong and determined heroines. This book had it all. Between the shocking plot twist and steamy love scenes I couldn't put it down. Did I mention I loved this book? I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series and which awesome character the next
Robin Malone
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book by the author, Valerie Twombly, for an honest review and so I shall deliver.

The Review:

This is the first book I've read by Valerie Twombly and I must say, she has some amazing talent.  The Guardian, Marcus, is sexy and Cassie is a sweetie.

The book opens with Marcus being forced to kill his mate, Eliza. She'd been turned evil by Drayos.
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Tears stung Marcus’s cheeks when he raised his sword. “I am so sorry, love. I have failed you. It should be I who die
Nicky Peacock
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I really liked this book. It was well written and the story itself was a good one that didn’t just rely on steamy sex scenes and a destined romance – however I really feel like the title lets it down. Eternal Flame is the name of a very famous Bangles’ song that has been covered several times and can be heard in wind chime format in lifts all over the world – not to mention hold music. By giving it a title that can never truly belong to the book lightens its impact. I know there are many b ...more
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Award winning and bestselling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother's shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper.

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