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Gunnar's Guardian

(Protect and Serve #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Aside from being a cop, Kennedy is used to living a quiet life. But when a new neighbor moves in next door, his peaceful days are at an end.

Gunnar pushes all Kennedy’s buttons. He’s rude, cocky, and overconfident. He’s also sexy, and Kennedy can’t deny the attraction that simmers between them.

He helps Gunnar find a job at the local firehouse, where the younger man seems to
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published May 7th 2020
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The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
2 stars!
Story: ⭐⭐
Main Characters: ⭐⭐
Cover: ⭐⭐

While I was expecting hot firefigthers and sexy cops solving a suspensful arson investigation, I got ... well, if I just knew what I got, writing a review would be much easier, but it seems like this book wanted to be too many things at once.

Kennedy is a cop with a difficult past. He seems grumpy and unapproachable at times, but when his new neighbor, Gunnar moves in next door, Kennedy feels instantly attracked to the cocky young man. While their fir
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, hurt-comfort, series
I really liked the first half of this. I was even thinking this might be a 5 star read. But somehow I felt the story got incredibly messy in the second half.

There was a spanking scene that came out of nowhere (and I hated how it started), and when Kennedy suddenly started to act like a dick because he wasn't sure he wanted a relationship..... ugh... just no...

I thought the first half had this nice flow with Gunnar suddenly being out on his own, and his neighbor, hot muscular cop Kennedy, trying
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
** 2.5 stars **

At the beginning I was really excited to read this. New series by this author, finally. She was squeezing her psychic series way too long. I hoped to love it. All the elements were there: hot detective, tragic past, arson and danger. Alas, it was not to be. There were too many small inconsistencies that really bugged me that were far away from reality, and they kept me from enjoying the story.

I really disliked Gunnar. The author introduced him in such a way and made him childish
2.5 stars rounded down... because I have no idea what it is I just read. Seriously. I'm so confused by this book. Seriously. So confused.

It started out great. I was totally into grumpy Kennedy and naive Gunnar. I was there for their ride thinking it would just go straight forward from them meeting. That however, didn't happen. There were roads leading everywhere. Sure there was a good introduction to the other characters, some that I'm sure getting a second book. But it took away so much from t
Cee Brown
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
¸.•´¸★*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤New series, great concept.¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★

Leave it to Pandora Pine to make me cry somewhere in one of her books. I. Just. Can't!!

I just can't believe Pandora actually stepped outside of the paranormal world and presented us amidst all that we are fighting, to bring us a heartfelt book about finding live, love and family.

I was hooked from the start, just like when I first met Ten and Ronan from Cold Case Psychic. I know these two characters would stand out as far as th
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who's read the majority of Pandora Pine's books, you'd think I'd be prepared for heavy emotions to be at play, but with Gunnar's Guardian she gets you in the feels RIGHT. OFF. THE. BAT! Fortunately, there is also a healthy dose of humour, sweetness and mystery to provide balance to the tragedy in the narrative. There's also plenty of action as Kennedy runs a sting operation as a police officer in the vice squad and his brother is investigating a serial arsonist operating in their town ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great new series from one of my favourite authors and it's another that has got a wonderful community and a real family feel, just like Cold Case Psychic.
My heart immediately broke for Kennedy and everything we learn about the prologue about his traumatic childhood event. Luckily, he went on to grow up to be the one to protect others with a loving and supportive family who then go on to lend themselves out to Gunnar who moves in next door to Kennedy with nothing but a couple of suitcases afte
Amy Dufera
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Pandora Pine's Gunnar's Guardian is the first book in her contemporary Protect and Serve series.

Awww, the author's writing style is always soothing to me. Add in the extra treat of it being a contemporary read, which is my normal taste, and it makes me giddy.

Gunnar's unsure of his way in the real world, delightfully unsure of how to do anything for himself. Own his own, kicked out for being gay, he is truly on his own. His neighbor is Kennedy, a detective. Kennedy was raised in foster care, but
Kaity B
2.5-3 stars

This book had potential, I think that if there was more background with the characters or if they had more dimension I would have enjoyed the story more.

There was a lot of times when it was all calm and they were talking then BAM idk what happened but it was like lets "make out and do it" or they got in an argument and sat there like "hmm okay this doesn't flow"

Also there was a lot of telling not showing I think that is why I didn't connect with the characters as much as I would like
2.5 stars. I probably should’ve DNF-Ed this one, but I was interested enough in the story line that I kept going. However, I think Pine’s writing style just isn’t my cuppa. It seems to be definitely a me thing, but it just didn’t work for me. Pacing felt weird, and I failed to connect to the characters.
Soda Pop
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this, because I loved the foster brothers setup, but this was just bad. The pacing was bad, the weird-antagonistic/protective/ownership vibe was bad, the surprise (sort-of?) D/s dynamic was bad, the WAY too many hair-trigger boners were bad... The writing wasn't bad, just OTT and pacing problems. DNF at 60% and wishing I could get those hours of my life back. ...more
Diane Dannenfeldt
I as so excited that one of my favorite authors has started a new series and boy did she tear my heart out. We have Gunnar who comes from a very rich family, but when he comes out to his parents, his dad kicks him out. He is only allowed to take his clothes, not even his bed. God I hated his parents. I think I hate his mother the most because she should have protected him. She does give him money to help him out. He finds a place to live and it happens to be next door to Kennedy who is a detecti ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is an amazing start to a new series and I love everything about it. Gunnar's Guardian is beautifully written, sweet, emotional, hilarious, gritty, heartbreakingly sad, inspiring, shows that perseverance and personal growth always pays off in the end, I love the family dynamic between the brothers, the characters are real and very relatable, it deals well with some very difficult issues and I could not put it down. Both Kennedy and Gunnar have dealt with a lot in their lives and they meet af ...more
Kendra T
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to hear that Pandora had a new series out, and she did not disappoint at all! This is different from her other more recent stories in that there is no paranormal element, and I loved it just as much. Kennedy is a detective with an amazing family. He was a foster kid, but the family he gained was perfect for him in every way. I completely fell in love with the McCoy (etc.) family. Gunnar came from money but had horrible parents. When they kicked him out, he had no clue how to liv ...more
Mari  Cardenas
Overall 4 Stars
Performance 4.5 Stars
Story 3.75 Stars

I really liked Gunnar. He started out as a poor little rich boy who's thrown out by his parents after they discover he's gay. He's naive and spoiled, but throughout the book, he has amazing character growth. He's hardworking, determined, sweet, and friendly and I just wanted to hug him and make it all better. Kennedy, on the other hand, was grumpy and possessive and had certain attitudes that didn't endear him to me. In fact, up until the last
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great start to a new series! I love the premise that each book is going to be about one of Kennedy's foster brothers. They have such a wonderful brotherly bond and I can't wait to see each of them find their HEA (especially Ozzy because he is just gorgeous and he's a fire captain... no need to say anymore). This story belongs to the detective, Kennedy, and his new younger neighbour, Gunnar. Having recently been kicked out of home, Gunnar has to become independent really quickly, and it le ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can he follow his heart and find real love?   Two men who have learned not to trust find an incredible connection and learn to listen to their hearts.  I really loved this story-line and was delighted with really good writing that created a 'could not put it down' story.  I really enjoyed the MC's, their characters were touchable and they were so very real and flawed.  I found myself laughing out loud several times in this story and there were other times that my heart broke for a character.  I ...more
Cheryl Kaiser
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pandora has brought us another fantastic story. Gunnar’s Guardian is book one in her new series Protect and Serve. This story contains an age-gap and public and private sexy times, just to mention a few treats this book has in store for its readers.
Our main characters are Kennedy and Gunnar. Kennedy is a seasoned police officer who after a work shift, meets his new neighbor Gunnar. Gunnar comes from a well to do family, that has disowned him for his sexual orientation. Kennedy comes from humble
C Kind
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting but melodramatic

Generally interesting read, with good pacing, but a bit overdramatic (in my opinion).

- I liked Gunnar overall, and the secondary characters
- The story moves at a good pace. I had some eyeroll moments, but I wouldn't say I was bored at any point.
- The arsonist angle was intriguing (but wasn't really explored much in this book. I guess it's meant for subsequent books in the series?)
- From a grammar and flow perspective, I thought the writing was decent

- It defi
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up.

This is a new series by Pandora Pine featuring hot alpha men and highlighting their fall into lust or is it love. Kennedy is a police detective and Gunnar is unsure what he is. I loved Gunnar. He hit rock bottom but managed to remain optimistic and open throughout his evolution. I really admire that Pandora did not make him a doormat. Kennedy is also a work in progress (aren't we all) but at times I was really irritated with him and wanted to yell into the book at him to get
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Expected more. Everyone had a dramatic backstory. The parents were extremly perfect.
I think they will search the arsonist through the books; I expect there will be four - one for each brother.
All the characters were a bit of a cliche. Kennedy sums it up by himself " I was some kind of a billionaire Dom from a movie." Yeah that was his behavior most of the time.
And the end. OMG. Sooo dramatic (view spoiler)
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Good start

The story drew me in quite like the authors other series the Cold Case Psychic. The main characters were well written, the supporting characters could have been described more, but that is relevantly trivial. I liked Gunners character growth and his relationship with the McCoys. Though I wished there would have been more interaction/development with his actual parents towards the end-they were written as almost an after thought. All in all it was a solid book and a good start to the
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great start to a new series

I really enjoyed this story. I love how Pandora always has a strong sense of family in her stories, whether its family from birth or family you make. This story was full of drama, emotions, and love with an interesting plot and well-developed main characters.

Kennedy is a bit rude at times, but his heart is in the right place. He really cares for Gunnar and it shows. Gunnar is sweet and I liked watching him grow more into the man his is going to be.

I’m excited to re
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author knocks everything they write out of the ballpark. This was amazing and fun. Sexy and fast paced. I loved it...these characters made me times. Can't wait for the next one
YAY! A new Pandora Pine series. I really enjoyed this one, too. Kennedy was kind of wishy washy though. He was so hot and cold and I hated it. I can not wait for more!!! I'm loving these brothers! ...more
Tangled N Books
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Read by Shon

3.5 stars

This book was over the place. There was a lot going in this book.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
What did I just read? 😓
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Minor unmarked spoilers. Major marked spoilers.

This is one of the worst books I’ve ever made it to the end of, and I say that as someone who’s willing to forgive a lot in a romance novel, particularly one which includes police officers and/or protective relationship dynamics.

The characters are terrible, particularly the two leads. Kennedy’s characterization is all over the place, from a knight-in-shining-armor taking Gunnar out on romantic dates and saving him from his own lack of life skills
Gabbi Grey
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable surprise (an audio review)

I know Pandora Pine for her paranormal romances and kept expecting a psychic or a ghost to appear. I needn’t have – this is just a straight up romance. And one I enjoyed.

Kennedy is a cop who’s good at his job but doesn’t do relationships. He tried that once and despite the warnings from his brothers, he persisted. And the guy wound up breaking is heart. No more long-term relationships for him. And I will take a moment to mention his four brothers – these me
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Sick of the slogging rat-race of her 9-5 job, Pandora Pine put pen to paper (literally!) to make her ambition of becoming a romance novelist a reality. She cut her teeth in the dog-eat-dog world of fanfiction, still dreaming of the day when she would be a published author. She lives in Massachusetts with her blabbermouth muse who’ s a fan of middle of the night plot twists.

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