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Demon Bound (The Guardians #4)

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Novice Guardian Jake Hawkins has a power that could help Alice Grey out of her deal with a demon. But in helping her, he never expects to fall in love. Now fleeing for their lives, they're about to discover a secret that will change their universe forever.
ebook, 310 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Berkley Books (first published October 31st 2008)
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Jocelyn No
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Have I mentioned on here that my husband can be annoying as hell? On purpose? Pretty often? And it usually cracks me up?

Well, if not, he can, and he does, and I do laugh at him and at myself pretty frequently. Which is part of the reason I loved the hero of this book, Jake. He couldn't be less like my hubby in some ways, but in others? Yeah. And as a former goth girl, I loved Alice and her willingness to embrace her witchy spidery creepyness. And as a librarian, I thought it was awesome that she
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Melindeeloo
Another great addition to Brook's Guardian's - I <3 Jake!

Brook's latest entry in her Guardian series lands former soldier and novice Guardian Jake, who had a supporting role in both Demon Night (The Guardians, Book 5) and the short in First Blood, in the leading role and introduces the very odd `creepy sexy' Guardian Alice as the women who first repels and later fascinates Jake as he moves from the novice who failed his first assignment to a fulfledged Guardian not to be underestimated.

Alic
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Barbara
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars...I really liked it!

If you haven't taken a dive into Brook's "Guardian" world you're not doing yourselves any favors.

If you're a fan of the famous (and pretty overrated Kenyon and Ward) than I have no doubt what-so-ever that you'll love this series as much as I do. This not so well known author puts all she has into her books, and at times a little more than needed (hence the 4 Star rating and not a 5). I recommend reading this series in order (unlike myself) so you get the full impact
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Ashley
Jake Hawkins, a former Vietnam Veteran and current Novice Guardian, is still trying to develop his Gift of Teleportation. Suffice it to say that things in the Gift department aren't going so well. Normally Jake would have had another sixty odd years to perfect his skills before being noted as a full-fledged Guardian and called to duty. Yet due to the Ascension, whereby thousands of Guardians chose to move on to their respective places in Heaven or Hell, there are only fifty or so Guardians remai ...more
Katie(babs)
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEMON BOUND is the seventh book in Meljean Brook’s Guardian series, and again has cemented the fact that Meljean Brook is an author that every reader, romance enthusiast or otherwise should be reading. The world she has invented may be complex, and at times may make your head spin, but DEMON BOUND is the book that is taking the whole series in a different yet exciting direction. Not only has she written two extraordinary characters that have become one of my favorite couples in literature this y ...more
Katie Michaels
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world and the characters in Meljean Brooks’ Guardian series continue to evolve in this fourth full length installment. There are some pretty big revelations here, especially in the origin story. But first and foremost, this is a romance… so I will start there first.

We got our first real look at Jake in the last book. He is the novice Guardian who Ethan has been training. He has the dubious distinction of being the guy who let Charlie get taken –and eventually turned into a vampire. He’s a li
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Jennifer
Definitely enjoyed this. I liked the dynamic between Alice and Jake better than the last book, these books seem to be better for me when the woman is in more of the power position. Not that the roles don't flip around, as they always do in Meljean Brooks's books!

I both enjoyed learning more about Michael and the Guardians' history, and was kind of bored by it, all at the same time. Although I find the premise and world of this series interesting, it does not grip me in quite the same way that th
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Llaph | No Frill | No Shill
So far this was the best book of the series for me. I really liked Jake (he was so cute, I loved his sense of humor, was brave in his own way, and so very determined to get what he wanted) and Alice (who started as a stick in the mud, pretty creepy, and turned out to be a passionate creature that had limited herself for years because of her deal with the demon.). I also liked the archeology stuff they dealt with, unraveling the prophecy, looking for a loophole for her to be free of the demon, an ...more
Michelle Cummings
I would actually give this 4 1/2 stars if I could, because I enjoyed it more than book #3 in the series. I love the mythology being introduced, but what I found truly interesting is that the heroine wasn't especially likeable to start with, and I kind of wondered what the hero saw in her. But as the story unfolded, I was completely sucked in.
Meagan
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Meljean Brook's "Guardian" series is one of my favourite UF (Urban Fantasy)/PNR (Paranormal Romance) series. The book that irrevocably hooked me on the series was book 4, "Demon Bound." In this review, I evaluate whether "Demon Bound" passes three well-known tests for feminism: The Mako Mori test, the Bechdel Test, and the Sexy Lamp Test.

1.0 THE SET UP: Guardians, Demons, Free Choice and Bargains

Meljean Brook's Guardian series has very intricate and complicated world-building (I love it), that I
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Kathy Davie
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Fourth in the Guardians paranormal romance series revolving around a group of former humans. People who sacrificed themselves to save another. The couple focus in this story is on Alice and Jake.


My Take
I had a difficult time getting involved in this story for about the first third, but I finally got involved and couldn't put it down. This is the first time a Guardian has gone back to visit family and we eventually find out why it was so easy. There's also a major reveal about Michael! Quite, qui
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KindleJo Jo
I adore Jake and Alice. They are an amazing couple. The action was a little slower in this one, but the romance and overall story arc development is just one of the reasons I love Meljean Brook's writing.
Alice being one of my favorite heroines ever seems shocking because of her affiliation with spiders, but there is so much more to her. SO MUCH MORE. Jake is wonderful, he's one of those average guys who makes you realize that everyday average people are amazing in their own right. Jake is lovin
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Melissa
I enjoyed the characters but there were moments I thought the author missed
Kimberly
My review originally posted on Wild on Books: http://www.wildonbooks.com/reviews/20...

Over a hundred years ago, Alice Grey made a bargain with the demon Teqon. A bargain that would mean delivering the heart of the leader of the Guardians, Michael, or else face an eternity of damnation more horrifying than anyone could imagine. Now Teqon has grown tired of waiting and is calling in her debt.

Jacob Hawkins is a novice Guardian who possesses the rare ability to teleport. His very gift may be the ke
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Paranormal Romance
The heroine has developed herself a little reputation among the novice Guardians as being creepy and extremely odd. In part she herself has purposefully lived up to these misconceptions as a way to keep people at a distance and for the most part it has worked. But not the hero. Yes the brash and confident man is creeped out by the spiders and the Halloween Victorian clothing but when he doesn't run away, the heroine is confused and a little startled. The hero is a man without a filter. He's been ...more
Nath
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Samantha
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth book in the Guardians series and its Jake's! I adored Jake in Demon Night, so I was thrilled that the next book in the series was his. Jake is one of the younger angels. Turned during the Vietnam War and let out of his training early, Jake is a little more enthusiastic than the older guardians. He often lets his mouth run away from him and is forced to pay five dollars to Ethan for saying something offensive. In this story, he starts working with the guardian Alice. During her human life, ...more
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demon Bound is the fourth book in Meljean Brook’s Guardian series. Alice Grey has been a Guardian for over a century. When she was a human, she made a bargain with the demon Teqon. She agreed that she would give him the heart of the head Guardian Michael. This bargain has been haunting her all this time and now Teqon is asking that fulfill her debt. Jake Hawkins, a novice Guardian has trouble controlling his gift of teleportation. He teams up with Alice to help her find a loop-hole in her bargai ...more
marlene
This book is a prime example of why not to stat a series in the middle. Sure i figured out there was an epic good vs evil battle going on, but so much of the story was completely lost on me because i didn't read the previous books. seems like vampires and guardian angels are trying to protect the world from demons and Nosferatu. the vamp / guardian teams are slightly confusing to me but ok.

by the end i still really have no idea how that battle is going. i think it just took a turn for the worse
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Abmh83
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I'd powered through the first three Guardian books with enthusiasm, Demon Bound is what made me fall in love with the series. Like, drooling, obsessive, bullying my friend into reading it too Love the series.

Jake and Alice are by far one of my favorite couples; they are both clever, intelligent, with good senses of humor. Nothing about Alice is typical "romance heroine"; she's overtly creepy, moves like a spider, maintains her Victorian sense of modesty, and can wield a wicked blade.
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Mandy
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really interested in this book. I love the combination of angels and demons with Greek mythology and modern tech. I did occasionally have some issues getting past references to in-world things I didn't know about, but that's the hazard of randomly picking books off the shelf. You get novels, such as this, that are actually in the middle of the series. I blame the unknown terms on that.

Stand alone, this novel is a bit to open ended and unexplained. However, I'm positive that everything actual
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Patricia
3+

This novel held it's own appeal, but while the protagonist's way of dealing with their fears and thereby growing up was very intriguing and Alice and Jake's relationship was nice, they didn't captivate me as much as the others did. Probably because I couldn't relate to them as much as to the others – in comparison to Charlie, Hugh or Savi, that is. But I think I simply was to distracted when I read the novel (shame on me, yes) to connect properly.

However average my rating might seem, the nove
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Lin
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might have missed several meals and a nights sleep over this book, i couldn't stop reading it

Basically my overview is:
* I love Jake
and
*Michael's been lying to us!!!

The books about Jake, a novice guardian fast-tracked because of the dwindled guardian numbers and his ability to teleport. And Alice, a guardian with a gift for spiders, who's made a terrible deal with a demon.
The plot is great, between the mysteries of the guardian temples and trying to find a way out of Alice's deal there's a lot
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The Window Seat
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the hero refers to the heroine as "creepy", it makes it really hard to eventually turn around and love him, but Meljean Brook does an impressive job with that in the book Demon Bound, 4th in the Guardian series.

Jake Hawkins is the novice Guardian that, up until now, was mostly comic relief. He is the wise cracking former soldier from the Vietnam Era. He was a small town Kansas boy who went to fight a war he didn't believe in, but who sacrificed his life and became a Guardian. What we didn't
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Hbeebti
Loved Jake and Alice aka The Black Widow. Great insight into Alice who we haven't really heard much about in previous books. The poor girl made a bargain with a demon and now she has to try and find a way out of it or give up her soul and kill someone that she cares for. The choices suck for her. There was for me a creep factor with the spiders. I truly hate them and so yeah that was nasty but didn't take away from the book at all.

We find out that dear Michael has been a naughty boy and has bee
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Sarah
My favorite book in one of my all time favorite series.

This is the book where the world Ms. Brook has started to build gives us a genuine twist. I love this series because it is intricate and intense and shows some real consequences to these larger than life issues. It ties all the characters together too, so we get the excitement of our main characters from other books interacting and working as a team in a way that feels like we never really lose them when we move on to the next couples story
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Erinaceina
Meljean Brook's writing is excellent here. I have this book four stars rather than five for two reasons, both of which are personal preferences rather than failings in the book:

1) Jake was too nice, uncomplicated and well-balanced for my taste in heroes, which tends towards dark-and-angsty.

2) I'm dreadfully arachnophobic, and every time one of Alice's spiders made an appearance, I felt like I needed to scrub my hands. The point at which she carries a spider round in her pocket and it begins to s
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Jill Bradley
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. interesting characters. I thought there would be more to Alice but there really wasn't. I wish the author had gone into the Witch persona more. Could have made her more complex. And really explained why she didn't show her skin, but that wasn't really explained either. I think there are just too many "hints" in these books. I like hints at the beginning of a novel/series, but i want to know for a fact that something I think might be true is fact. maybe it's the scientist in me. maybe ...more
Lindsay
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here are some of the things I like about Meljean Brook's writing:

I like that her books are smart and she treats her readers as smart enough to appreciate them. I like epic plots (this one was a bit shorter in length than her others but epic nonetheless), intriguing foundations with rich layering of stories/ motivations/ needs/ wants/ McGuffins/ conflicts/ characters. I like how she loves a happy ending. I like how each book adds more to the mythology but can still stand alone as a fully realized
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ms bookjunkie
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ms bookjunkie by: DA or SBTB (won it in a contest/giveaway)
4.5 stars

This series most definitely needs to be read in order. I read Demon Bound when it first came out two years ago (I won it in a giveaway), and while I liked it, I felt I was missing a lot of stuff because I hadn't read the previous three books. I was missing the groundwork, the previous relationships and interactions between the characters--not to mention the interactions with the bad guys!--so I couldn't appreciate how the revelations in this story shook the framework of the series--as t
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“You've made vampire spiders?"
Now it was her turn to wonder if her was serious. He should know that was't a possibility.
"They don't transform, just as animals and insects don't if they drink vampire blood"
"Can you imagine vampire mosquitoes? Or immortal, blood-sucking ants who make you feel all sexy when they bite”
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