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Cursed to darkness, he makes a wish for freedom. She shows up instead… A shapeshifting gryphon cursed to eternal darkness… Sunlight shouldn't be deadly to Griff Cyrus. Determined to break his curse, he follows an oracle's bizarre instructions to have a magical package shipped to his apartment. Since when do brown trucks deliver mystical cures? A lonely woman craving the spCursed to darkness, he makes a wish for freedom. She shows up instead… A shapeshifting gryphon cursed to eternal darkness… Sunlight shouldn't be deadly to Griff Cyrus. Determined to break his curse, he follows an oracle's bizarre instructions to have a magical package shipped to his apartment. Since when do brown trucks deliver mystical cures? A lonely woman craving the spice of life… Kala Kaneko's social life couldn’t be more bland. When a strange parcel arrives at her door by mistake, she seizes the excuse to introduce herself to the intended recipient, her mysterious neighbor. Fate has a twisted sense of humor… Griff expects the package to free him from the curse, but opening the box unleashes a mythical creature bent on Kala's death. Yet if Griff follows his instincts to protect her, he could sacrifice his last chance at freedom. ***** Welcome to the Mythos Legacy! Unintended Guardian is the short story introduction to the Mythos Legacy series, where real myths find real love. The first chapter of Treasured Claim, the first full-length novel in the series, is included at the back of this book! Each standalone story in the series can be read in any order (and ends happily!), as each of these contemporary fantasy/paranormal romances feature different mythological beings—like shapeshifting gryphons—finding their perfect match among humans.You may like this short story if you like: sexy-hot kissing used as a very effective distraction, guys with wings (especially when they look like Thor), seductive strawberry-eating scenes, Japanese-American heroines, troublesome leprechauns, matchmaking stories, and guys who aren't afraid to let a woman take charge...

Title : Unintended Guardian
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ISBN : 25014777
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Number of Pages : 44 Pages
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Unintended Guardian Reviews

  • Yvonne Marjot
    2019-05-02 16:14

    "The Mythos Legacy, where real myths find real love." Unintended Guardian is a short (too short) but very tasty introduction to the upcoming Mythos Legacy novels. It may be brief, but it gives a very clear flavour of what you can look forward to. I can already tell that the Mythos books are going to contain humour, fun, a gentle eroticism, and that they will reference a whole world of mythological creatures.What if myths are real? What if there is another world alongside our own, inhabited by creatures we know only from story and legend. What if they are looking for love - an all too human characteristic? And what if one woman chooses to write a series of books about them - and that woman is Jami Gold, whose writing is clever, clear and sublimely entertaining. It's got to be good, hasn't it? Try this out and see for yourself.

  • Ani Gonzalez
    2019-05-02 18:35

    Great start to the series. Loved the mythological characters and the unusual use of magic. Looking forward to Treasured Claim's dragon heroine.

  • Devika Fernando
    2019-05-04 14:14

    Although this is a short story, it's one of the best shapeshifter books I've ever read. I love the hero as much as the heroine. Griff was gorgeous and the perfect tortured, slightly villainous hero to fall for, and Kala with her Asian background and unique character was a wonderful choice too. I'd happily read a 300-page novel with these two... alas, this is a short, eventful and emotional read, and I'll just have to dream up more stories with them. I'll definitely check out Gold's first Mythos Legend novel too!

  • Jonmontanavega
    2019-05-07 15:30

    Oh, did I love the heroine. Take charge, sassy, intelligent, sexy. Did the Guardian ever need her. This is a novella. I wish she had a full book; nay, a full series.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-07 21:27

    New author with a great voice. This was a very well written short story that brings two lonely hearts together to save each other. One just happens to be a cursed Gryphon.

  • Sieran
    2019-04-24 19:31

    First off, a disclaimer: Three stars does NOT mean "average" on my rating scale. Three stars means "good or very good". To get four stars or five stars, the book would have to make a big special, personal emotional impact on me, i.e. it would have to be "my specific type" of story, haha, meaning it has nothing to do with the quality, but only has to do with matching my personal idiosyncratic tastes. Or otherwise, it would have to make some huge emotional impact, which is very very hard to do in a short story. So anyway, Unintended Guardian was good and I liked it! Pretty cute and sweet. :DI was quite astonished at how instant Kala and Griff's relationship was, and how quickly it progressed, that it looks like a lust at first sight rather than a love at first sight; or that they were really, really in need of love and companionship.I liked the kissing and erotic descriptions, though I know not all readers would like them especially as Kala and Griff only just met! As a previous reviewer said, it was surprising how Griff could care THAT much for someone he just met that he would risk his life to save her, but then maybe he was very lonely, and he is a Gryphon anyway, so maybe Gryphons' feelings develop more quickly than humans' usually do? Yet he said he never had this feeling before, so...Hmm maybe it would help if we got a bit more explanation on why Kala is so special as to make him have such a never-before-felt emotional and physical reaction. All I gathered so far were that 1) she wasn't bothered by all this "fantasy unusualness" like most humans would; 2) she's desperately lonely too; 3) she seems to love and care about him so quickly already; and 4) she takes a lot of initiative to befriend him and get involved with him...Haha, I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I saw the movie-star-like looks and the descriptions of his muscles, because I have this automatic prejudice against story characters who are described as conventionally attractive--i.e. beauty close to social ideals, rather than to personal ideals. Yet, this is simply my own prejudice, because Griff seems to be a decent and likable (and not human! :D) guy after all. Also, even though his appearance is rather masculine and "alpha", I'm very glad that his personality was NOT so masculine or alpha, because I don't like masculine and alpha guys, ahaha! (I like either the feminine or androgynous type. :D) Just my personal preference.The description of water blended edges of Kala was somewhat pretty, though, because I like descriptions that involve water. :)It also had a nice sort of plot twist, when Kala became his new treasure to guard--Niall wasn't that bad after all! Did Griff leave his key very close to the cage? Since I'm surprised Niall could escape by himself so easily.And I do understand Kala's need for social interaction, since there are days where I literally get zero face to face interaction, so I could relate to that.Back to the romance: maybe I didn't feel very emotionally connected to the characters or their love for each other yet, since it was so fast, and the story was so short, lol, so even though I normally love romance, I enjoyed reading the fantasy parts more. I.e. the Niall and Griff dialogue parts and learning about the Mythos world and the Great Owl. I would like to have learned a bit more about the world of the Mythos (world building) and a bit more detail on Griff's backstory. But again, this is just my personal preference, since not all readers are as interested in world building and backstory details (esp. details unrelated to the plot) as I am, lol.As for Treasured Claim, I can already see that I like Treasured Claim more than Unintended Guardian, partly because it's much longer and will give me more time to connect emotionally with the characters, and partly because I like Elaina already! Must admit that I'm much more interested in Elaina than in Kala, partly because the former is a shapeshifting dragon whilst the latter is just a human being--lol sorry I'm so biased towards nonhuman creatures! XD But I love the idea of getting nourishment from jewels, how she's running out of "jewel food", if I may express it in that way, and that she has to come up with lots of strategies to steal /obtain more jewellery!Also, I remember telling you that I didn't like Alexander from the blurb, and reading that he is one of the most eligible bachelors made me go, "Ah, just another rich and probably conventionally handsome dude". But again that was just my automatic prejudice, because when I read from his perspective, I felt a lot more positively and sympathetic towards him, though I wouldn't say I "like" him yet, at least not like how I already really like Elaina. I also remember us talking about how your hero is the only one who can see the heroine's beauty and Alexander is certainly doing that! Characters who can see their future lover's beauty whilst not everybody else can see it, automatically get more sympathy and brownie points from me too, lol. And I also sympathized with how the women all want him only for his money, and that they would go to his father instead because of his bigger wallet...Omg they would reject a younger guy in favor of a guy who is probably old enough to be their own dad just for the latter's money?! Man, what kind of women are these??? (And isn't Alexander's wealth phenomenal enough already? Talk about greed!) So that makes me feel even more sorry for Alexander. :( I do wonder how he is able to see all those cool color changes on Elaina whilst others can't, though. :D. I'm again looking forward to learning more about the Mythos world!

  • Sharon Hughson
    2019-05-15 22:25

    This gets 3.8 out of 5 stars from me. It was a fabulous short story that I read in less than an hour.It was well-written - which is no surprise since Jami is an experienced writing teacher and editor. The pace was excellent and the characters charmed me.It was just too short. I found I wanted to believe the love-at-first-sight trope, but I couldn't. It isn't part of my makeup. Attraction, yes, but love that makes someone risk their own life? Not happening after an hour or less. It was a great story though, and the sample chapter for the first full-length novel in the series whetted my appetite for more. I love Jami's premise and the world of Mythos she's creating. It's sure to be a great series for paranormal romance lovers. It might be on the more erotic I don't know if I'll be investing in the series. Sorry, Jami. I love you and your writing, but that genre just doesn't do it for me.

  • Robin Witt
    2019-05-22 19:38

    I don't usually read short stories, and this one reminded me of exactly why... It introduced 3 delightful characters, a serious story problem, delightful tension... and I was hooked. I was ready to spend 10 or 12 hours with Kala and Griff, as they went on a novel length quest to regain his treasure... (gradually falling in hot hot love along the way, right? Oh, yes.) Also, I wanted to kick that Lil' bastard Leprechaun. Hard. So more pages of story where events could slap around that little punk would have been nice, too.And then... bam! it was over - it was lovely, and I shouldn't complain, but... dangit! It left me wanting much, much more.So I'm off to read the Mythos legacy novels, with high expectations of enjoying them very much! :)

  • Amy Patrick
    2019-04-25 20:43

    This was a fast and fun read, a great introduction to the series! I've never read anything featuring a Gryphon, and I really liked it. Great writing. Definitely made me want to read more.

  • Annelise
    2019-05-05 15:43

    This was too short. I wanted more... Loved it.

  • Eda
    2019-05-08 18:20

    A very brief introduction to the Mythos series. I love the fun, humorous language. I think the length is just appropriate for the plot. I'm not really into romance, I'm more into fantasy/paranormal genre, therefore the love side of the things didn't really pull me in, but I liked the rest of it. I definitely recommend for romance readers who are looking to discover a quality, professionally self-published series.

  • Amelia
    2019-05-17 15:29

    One star for massive instalove*, a heroine who is as stupid as she is annoying** and a ridiculous plot. Short stories are destined to fail when an author tries to cram a full length story into a few pages. A short story should be a snapshot, nothing more. We've got a snapshot here, but a snapshot that fits events that should take at least months, if not years, to unfold into the space of about half an hour. I've added a plot summary to give you an idea what I mean. ***SPOILERS AHEAD***. 1.Unintended Guardian begins with Kala whinging about how bored/lonely she is. 2. She signs for a parcel delivery for her neighbour and is such a ditz that she manages to cut herself on the clipboard. The parcel shakes like there's something alive inside. Now, if it was me, I would contact either a) the police or b) the apartment manager/landlord/etc assuming said neighbour was up to some dodge, but Kala decides that as she's sooooo lonely, having just taken her parents to the airport, she'll drop it off and make a new friendy.3. Kala drops it off with surly neighbour and even though he orders her to leave, she decides to have a nose around his apartment. Because he's hot and shit. Plus, remember, she's sooo lonely.4. Kala decides he is either odd or a terrorist because he doesn't have many personal items. I mean, talk about jumping to conclusions. Just because even her emptiness is capable of "putting up knickknacks", does not mean every minimalist is a terrorist, seriously.5. The parcel turns out to be a leprechaun and Surly Neighbour is a griffin. Rather than acting like just about any rational person at this point and legging it out of there, Kala is all 'But he's hot.' and "The emptiness in his heart tempts (me) like an irresistible flavor that (makes my) tongue beg for another taste." and 'My dad taught me tae kwon do, so I could totally escape if I need to, but he's hot.' and 'I'll sick my dog on you if you don't do what Surly Neighbour does now you meany leprechaun' *looks at Surly Neighbour* 'See, I'm a great friend'.6. The leprechaun says he's all innocent and don't know nuffink.7.They kiss a bit and Surly Neighbour is all 'noooooo I can't; I'm cursed etc etc'***. Kala rationalises feeling Surly Neighbour up because she's a pastry chef and she likes to knead her dough and whatnot. This may or may not be a euphemism.8. They decide to have sex before he kills himself to escape his curse. He decides to have sex before killing himself to escape his curse. Kala decides to have sex because he's hot and she's lonely and she's going to save him and she's down with the whole mate for life with someone she only met like ten minutes before plus she loves how he looks at her ("like an eagle scrutinising an ant", what a turn on that must be). All of which amounts to: because she's stupid.9. And then, before they actually do anything other than feed each other strawberries and kiss a bit, the leprechaun pretends to attack Kala to show Surly Neighbour that actually she's his treasure and can break his curse, because there weren't enough cliches already.10. And they're madly in love and meant to be and all that shit, ergo they live Happily Ever After. Hopefully.*and by instalove I mean insta-let's-mate-even-though-if-we-do-it's-for-life-and-we-only-met-ten-minutes-ago**and that's saying something because she is really fucking annoying***His curse is to never see the sun until he finds his treasure.

  • Aurrora James
    2019-04-30 14:27

    EntertainingCute but too short. I definitely would love a longer book. The leprechaun was a fun addition to the story.

  • A.M.
    2019-05-05 17:14

    I think I got this as a free gift when I signed up to her website. Jami Gold has a lot of great info and templates for using Scrivener and I thought I ought to read some of her work.Sadly, I’m not sure this story was the best place to start.There is a glitch in my epub file: every apostrophe appears like this “shouldn’t” which is a trifle annoying because it does it for speech marks as well. Like this:“I recently moved in down the hall. I’m Kala. You’re Griff?”Almost unreadable. But that could just be me.***So… our heroine is Japanese Hawaiian and works as a pastry chef. She sleeps all day (why? All the baker’s I know started before dawn but were up during daylight hours) and has just taken her parents to the airport. She’s feeling super lonely and new to this neighbourhood when she gets an incorrect parcel delivery. She decides to take it to the rightful owner.But when she does, she sees him open the box and extract a tiny man who talks like a movie leprechaun and says now she’s seen him, she has to die.(view spoiler)[Griff Cyrus is the name of the gryphon… of course it is. The Great Owl told him to post the parcel to this address. [great owl? Wow]So he lost the treasure he was supposed to guard and has spent the last 300 years searching for it to regain his honour and remove the curse, that won’t allow him to be exposed to sunlight. He has dark blankets hung over his windows because the slightest sunbeam burns him.[so HOW does he search, then?] He doesn’t eat human food and he hasn’t even smiled in 300 years. *eyes narrow* seriously?She is… I want to say disappointing. He drags her inside the door for some reason instead of just taking his parcel. Then he tells her to leave and she decides to have a look around his apartment. Who does that? Besides being incredibly rude of her, he has been acting very oddly. All her warning bells are going off at how weirdly this guy is behaving and she puts herself in harm’s way because he’s cute? But it’s okay because her dad taught her three ways to escape a larger opponent. *face palms*Huge insta love. And forever. And gryphons only get one mate and it makes NO sense that it would be her.Sighs…She’s so forward because she’s super lonely and she gets put off by guys who expect her to be the meek submissive Asian … *frowns* I think I know what the writer meant but she has expressed it so badly she’s almost offensive.Then he wants to kill himself because he’s such a big mess, and she wants to have sex with him first because he’s never found his mate. The 300+ year old virgin… oh, boy.The leprechaun escapes, ties her up and Griff realises that she is more important to him than his lost treasure. He throws himself out the window to save her. Breaks the curse and they all live happily ever after because she is the new treasure he wants to guard.… what?He’s known her for less than half an hour. I know it’s a short story but it still has to be believable.1 flightless gryphon star (hide spoiler)]

  • Just A. Bean
    2019-05-02 18:17

    I mostly read this as a pallet cleanser for a heavy lit fic book, and it worked really well on that level. It was, unfortunately not great in most regards.It's possible that I'm just not into shape shifter romances, though I do like Marjorie M. Liu's, but there wasn't enough set up to get the pay off. Granted, it's a short, but there's almost no characterisation or points of interest. They just meet, immediately solve a problem, and then get together. Plus there's a leprechaun with a phonetic Irish accent.Maybe the longer books are better.

  • IrishAmber
    2019-05-18 18:22

    More meat, Less unnecessary fatPretty clean, just poorly written kissing. There's a lot of extra baking info, that could've been left out. Other interesting stuff could've filled those pages. Like a better explanation of things at the end. Editing should be taking a look at this as well. I think the girl's last name got changed half way through. I'll forget about it by tomorrow.

  • Dee
    2019-05-04 17:21

    As an introduction to a series, this very short story has me intrigued. The author did a brilliant job of bring bringing the characters to life without unnecessary filler, a writing style that appeals to me.Thankfully I picked it up for free, or I might have had a hissy fit when an already short story, was made even shorter by ending at the 68% mark.

  • Christine Albion
    2019-05-09 17:33

    This was a wonderful introduction to the Mythos universe. I enjoyed the characters and was very intrigued by the world that Gold has created for us. The short story was steamy but not explicit, which I enjoyed. I would recommend this to others!

  • Teri
    2019-05-15 18:20

    I wanted more!! I know it is a short story and yes they did advertise it as short and sweet and that's exactly what it was. A quick sweet read that could have easily been so much more. I did finish it I laughed and then it was gone

  • angela
    2019-05-10 19:16

    GoogIt was a good story, that I was really enjoying. Then bam...over. I couldn't believe it just ended. I feel it could have been so much more. What was there was so good, I wish the Author had not cut off the story.

  • Julie Rose
    2019-04-27 21:27

    Unintended Guardian was fun to find out about each character.I loved this book, it kept my attention. (Which is about the size of a nat.) I could not wait to find out more about Griff.

  • Lizbeth Gabriel
    2019-05-08 19:37

    Harmless fun, well written, insta-love, perfectly predictable. Fans of Paranormal Romance will surely enjoy it.

  • Shah Wharton
    2019-05-06 14:41

    As expected for the awesome Jami Gold - fabulous frolicking well written fun. X

  • Marianne
    2019-04-28 20:21

    This was a freebie.A short and sweet lightning romance. It had to be, because it's only a short story. Still, I liked them both and how the got their HEA.