Time travel, books and seduction--not to mention Paris in the 40's--what more could a girl ask for in a short story? Guardian of Desire was short (just over 40 pages long), but packed a pretty good wallop of fun and excitement. It felt a little rushed towards the ending, but the lead up to the end was well worth it all.
We're given quick introductions to all the characters--Mark, Andrea, Esmeralda, Leonard and Kendra--but their personalities are easy to grasp. Motivations are a little bit harder to understand, as well as back stories, but we're given just enough to get us through the story at least.
I would have liked to learn more about the Councils, or the shared history between Mark and Andrea, but that's a good thing. The concepts Berns's introduces are interesting and worth a second time around.
Length: 13 377 words – 41 pages
Heat Rating: 3 of 5
Low level violence
Time Travel Romance/Science Fiction
Kendra is the quintessential girl next door. She runs a small bookshop in the center of Cape Town, lives in the suburbs with her mother, and nothing spectacular ever happens to her until her dream man, a tall dark Bond-like Englishman strolls into her store. And when an unusual earthquake strikes the heart of Cape Town, Kendra has no idea the event will disrupt more than just the city - her life is about to be thrown into turmoil.
Mark Holby, the Rift Council’s crisis manager, runs a small group of elite operatives, who must ensure that the world’s historical timeline remains stable. Ever since science stumbled onto the Rift, groups have been travelling back in time to change history for their gain.
Mark must recruit Kendra in order to help the group travel back in time, but in joining the group, Kendra will have choose between the death of her father and life with the man of her dreams.