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(The Fallen Guardians #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  98 reviews
One choice: save his soul... or her life?

Hidden deep in the Snowy Mountains, lives a brotherhood of immortal Guardians, banished from the Heavens.

After centuries of exile, Head Guardian Raven can taste Hell. One wrong move could destroy his soul. When Fate assigns him a female mortal to protect, his forbidden desire becomes a distraction he can't afford. Giving in to tem
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Published January 14th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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Marta Cox
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
It takes a brave author to sit down nowadays and pen a whole new paranormal romance series in my opinion. This author has done just that so it was with some trepidation that I sat down to read this the first book. With so many readers and indeed authors turning away from this genre it's hard to find something new, original and frankly interesting that doesn't simply rehash others ideas. Yes I've read about guardian Angels and indeed fallen Angels before but I really enjoyed the twist here with F ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

A great debut book from Ms. Laelyn. A whole new paranormal series with angels and demons (aka Fallen). Make sure you have a box of tissues handy.

The beginning was slow, very slow but it picked up after Raven and Tayla met at about 25%. I enjoyed the interactions between Raven and his team. They are on Earth to save Raven's brother, and can't return to heaven until they do. Raven is assigned to Tayla to protect her, but instead of just protecting her they fall in love. Of c
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Discovering debut authors can be a great thing – and Cassie Laelyn is proof of that. When I stumbled across “Unforsaken” I directly felt compelled to read this book.

Let me throw my thoughts right out as they hit me …

Reading the plot I was reminded of something that resides in the neighborhood of the Immortal Guardians written by Dianne Duvall. And I was not wrong – while the author (and I confirmed that with her) did not know anything about this book series – she managed to create a series so
D.L. Gallie
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantabolous debut from Cassie Laelyn.
I was hooked from the beginning, the opening line caught my attention immediately and I could not put it down.
The sizzle between Raven and Tayla is a slow burn but at the same time off the charts hot. It’s forbidden and delicious.
Aric, EJ and even Blaine are great supporting characters, I want more from each of them.
I cannot wait for more from this talented author.
Dannielle Line
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nobody pisses off Fate, not mortals, not the Fallen and especially not angels. A pity Raven made that discovery a little too late and was subsequently banished from the Heavens along with two of his brothers, Aric and EJ. Now Fate, cunning manipulator that she is, has just given him his first mission in centuries – protect a Chosen one, a woman who will one day make a huge difference to the world. He must protect her from the Fallen, angels who have forsaken the Heavens for darker, twisted purpo ...more
Cynthia Guerra
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley for this and it was the best book i have read so far this year. KUDOS! I hope to develop a nice relationship with these characters. I am reminded of a similar series of books that i cant live without and these are right up there with my new top five favorite authors! A love story involving an angel and his chosen is too good to pass up!
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
The debut novel by this author has us jumping into the world of angel, fallen angels and Fate. What control do we all have over what happens to us? Well, Fate and her Guardians may have something to say about it.

A bulk of the book is spent on world building. We meet the Guardians, they battle the Fallen and we run across the super baddie himself--Blaine. Mixed up in it all is Tayla. She has been chosen by Fate for a special purpose. The Guardians protect her until that purpose is complete.

Felicia Grossman
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore PNR and "forbidden-love," and this book has BOTH plus tons of hot angelic beings AND some delicious sexy-times. UNFORSAKEN, centers around beleaguered, guardian angel Raven and the mortal woman he is assigned to protect WHILE working on fulfilling his deal with Fate and returning his brother to the "good side."

I love the way the book plays with the ideas of free-will verses destiny, brotherly love, hope, redemption. Also there is a maybe-not-so-villainous-hot-villain who hopefully gets
Liv Arnold
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover of the story drew me in to read it. I loved how mysterious and brooding the male hero Raven looked.

This has a unique world building storyline with angels, the fallen and Fate. Raven and Tayla had great chemistry. He goes to great lengths to protect the woman he loves. Everyone will fall in love with Raven, and Tayla is relatable.

I also enjoyed the secondary character Raine - an expensive-stiletto-wearing badass female fighter.

Looking forward to reading more in the series.

Daniela Petrova
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down! What a great debut! ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new paranormal romance with some new twists. The loyalty of a brother to save his forsaken sibling leads to his banishment from heaven. Raven has spent his cast out time battling the FALLEN while leading his team of fellow guardians on Fate's mission. When his Chosen mission is to keep Tayla protected; Raven struggles with his desire for her. Lots of guardians in this novel that should carry through nicely as this series continues. "A copy of this book was provided by Wild Rose Press v ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not usually one for paranormal romance but have been getting bored with the usual stuff so I thought I’d give this one a go...And I absolutely LOVED it! I was hooked from the beginning and pretty much spent the entire weekend with my nose in this one. Highly recommended and I can’t wait for the next book!!
Leah Hines
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new take on the paranormal romance genre. This book is full of world building. The mythology is different than other stories out there, a compelling take on Angel's, Fallen, Fate, Heaven and Hell. Tayla and Raven are great characters and their intense connection and steamy romance is well worth the read. There is so much to delve into in this new series and I can't wait! ...more
Laura Baird
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deeply gripping story that quickly had me engrossed. The bond between Raven and Tayla was amazing, sensual, and contained breath-catching emotion. Looking forward to more in the Fallen Guardians series!
Breane Ross
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received and arc from netgalley. REALLY enjoyed this paranormal. Definitely recommend it! Great start to a promising series!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Missed it when I finished reading it. Can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Jacquie Underdown
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great debut novel and an enjoyable set-up for an ongoing series. Cassie Laelyn has a wonderful writing style and ability to plant the reader in the middle of a scene. Her skill with dialogue, specifically with the smoking hot male characters, is excellent. Unforsaken is based on a unique and interesting mythology that I'm excited to see expand over the following books in the series. I would have loved to have seen a little more depth to the characterisation, a little more about the Raven and T ...more
Aleksandra Tasheva
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!I knew I will from the first time I saw it!!🤩🤩🤩
The author made such an interesting and great story, so magical and refreshing, the rare one that doesn't let you go untill the very end.
I can say for sure that Unforsaken has an
original baseline with a story that is so fluent and goes under your skin and in just a blink of an eye takes you among it's heroes and their inner and outside battles.
I adore Raven, the leader of the Fallen Guardians, the angel that is on the edge of losing
Ally Parker
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I absolutely loved this book. This baby kept me glued to the pages and I devoured it whole. I can't wait for more! ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firstly, be prepared to drool slightly over the cover of this book. Definitely be prepared to swoon a little once you meet the characters. One piece of advice – don’t start this one until you have time to read uninterrupted for a while. I could not put it down and, after starting it near midnight thinking I’d just read one chapter before sleep, I ended up reading fifteen chapters in one go. Book hangover guaranteed!
I have always enjoyed paranormal romance, and I am quite fond of the winged ones
Mary Kirkland
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tayla is a chosen, a rare mortal created by fate to fulfill an extraordinary destiny, in the end tipping the scales back in fate's favor. She has no idea that she's a chosen or that she's on the path that fate wants her on but the fallen keep coming after her and she's a bit jumpy because of it.

Fallen were angels who chose to fall and live in hell and all they did was find souls like the chosen and lure them to the dark side. Souls that were lured to the dark side tore apart fate's plans.

Karen Roma
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unforsaken is the first in the brand new Fallen Guardians series by Cassie Laelyn, who is also a brand new author. And while Fallen Angels may not be a totally new concept; Ms Laelyn’s interpretation is definitely refreshing. As with any PNR story involving conflict, there are good guys, bad guys and the ones that somehow get caught in the middle. This is the story of Raven, the immortal Fallen Guardians leader, and Tayla, who is a mortal Chosen and Raven’s to protect. Then there’s’ Blaine; he’s ...more
Shelley Nolan
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderfully hot and steamy paranormal romance that will be sure to delight readers who adore being swept up in a love story that has the power to change fate. The first in a series that focuses on a group of angels who have been banished to the mortal realm, it features Raven and Tayla. Raven is a Guardian, assigned to protect his Chosen. Tayla is a mortal woman who has a destined path that sets her in the middle of the battlefield between good and evil. After protecting Tayla from af ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unforgiven is the first book in The Fallen Guardians series by Cassie Laelyn. The story focuses on head Guardian Raven who was exiles centuries ago and has a sense of foreboding that his time may soon be coming to an end. He is given the task of looking after a mortal, Tayla Easton who is on the run after surviving a horrific attack on her life. The story focuses on Fate and how entwined Raven and Tayla’s life have become and how sometimes life comes down to the hard choices.

This story was slow
Eleni Konstantine
4.5 stars

The debut of author Cassie Laelyn is a must for paranormal romance fans - with romance, adventure, sexy heroes, and a gutsy heroine, it's everything you'd want. Some steamy scenes, tender moments, heartbreak and joy with characters, Chosen Tayla and the dashing Guardian Raven. I enjoyed the world-building and the relationships between all the characters. Looking forward to seeing each secondary character getting their turn as the series progresses, and learning more about each of them a
Shahla's World
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was so awesome. It took me a but at first to get into it, (sometimes I hate too much info or background, I'm impatient), but when the story picked up, I couldn't put it down. At one point I actually hated Fate and the Angels. I cried so hard my heart hurt. Whenever I read a story that gives me such strong emotions, I know it's a gr8 story. I recommend this ...more
Maya Linnell
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cassie has a fantastic sense of humour that shines through in her writing. I loved the adventure and suspense in this hot novel. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!
Cathleen Ross
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The writer is great and the book excellent. I think though, Cassie's editor has let her down. There were quite a few errors in the manuscript. Won't stop me reading more, but it would be a better book if cleaned up. ...more
Ally Parker
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a fantastic read. I was glued to every page and devoured it. I can't wait for more. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so very lucky to get an early copy of this book. This is the first of a series and a first from this author. If you like paranormal romance I would recommend this. It has all the ingredients to a great read. I even fell in love with the “bad dude”. Imagery is astonishing, could see it all in my mind’s eye and the characters are well fleshed out. Chemistry between the characters is hot. I was reading through my lunch hour and doing the one more chapter last night.
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Award-Winning Australian Paranormal Romance Author.

Growing up in a military family, Cassie had a childhood filled with countless crazy adventures. Eventually, sunny Queensland stole her heart, and she now calls it home with her husband and their two BMX-crazy boys.

Borderline obsessed with the paranormal world, Cassie loves nothing more than crafting stories involving strong, otherworldly character

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