Beginnings, a YA Paranormal Romance (Prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon)

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You met the Guardians of Vesturon in Survival and Resurrection. Now read about how their parents, Rowan and Annalise met in Beginnings, the novella prequel to The Guardians of Vesturon. Learn more about Rowan and how Annalise unwittingly captured his heart and how his chance meeting of her took him on a journey of forbidden love.
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About A.M. Hargrove

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today Bestselling Author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss, and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz, Death Waltz, Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1), Tragic Desires (Tragic 2); Exquisite Betrayal, Dirty Nights; Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel (The Hart Brothers Series).

Other than being in love with writing about romantic suspense, she loves chocolate, ice cream, and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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Review by: sarah uk on Sep. 07, 2012 :
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This is the story of Rowan and Annalise and how they met and became a couple. It is the prequel novella to the ‘Guardians of Vesturon’ series.

I’m sure A. M. Hargroves is a little confused as to why I even read this book, as she knows that Books 1 and 2 didn’t exactly float my boat. However, I wanted to see what this was like, primarily because it was the character of Maddie that drove me nuts in books 1 and 2, and as Maddie wasn’t in this one, I thought that I might appreciate it a bit more!

Damn was I right! Goodbye Maddie, and hello Rowan and Annalise!
The romance between Annalise and Rowan was beyond lovely. I can only imagine how difficult it must create a romance in so short a story, but boy did the author achieve it! The anxiety as Rowan waited for Annalise to meet him, his pounding pulse when he sees her, the way he wants to pull her into his arms was just magical.
I loved that the story actually felt like a real story rather than a novella which I sometimes think gloss over too much important stuff, and there was more than just the bare bones to it. Time was made to go into detail about Rowan’s training in becoming a guardian, and to bring his parent’s points of view on the relationship into focus too.
I have to say that as the story progressed Rowan did get further and further towards arrogance rather than strength, and his consternation over being called ‘cute’ was a little silly.
Overall this book was a winner though. Thanks so much for this great prequel novel A. M. Hargrove!
8 out of 10.
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Review by: Midu Hadi on July 27, 2012 :
A short, cute love story.
It was love at first sight for Rowan and Annalise.
He was mesmerized by her beauty and she was amazed at the lengths he would go to be with her.
Rowan ‘s behavior towards the Elders and his father’s response to it were both hilarious.
Enjoyed it!
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Review by: Sitt Elhosn on June 30, 2012 :
This is a short YA paranormal romance story involving Rowan the next future leader of Vesturon and Annalise his mate and later wife. The sequels were out before this story, either one falls in love with the place and morals of Vesturon or not. I did, though-totally from the beginning. I don't want to think of my life for the last 6 months without these romantic stories, thanks to A. M. Hargrove for bringing back the feeling of butterflies in the time of war.
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Review by: Fiona Hunt on April 07, 2012 :
WOW, no wonder it runs in the family with both First Borns lol. I am very happy that Rowan stood up for what he believed in as well as Rayn did against his father. The old saying "Like Father, Like Son" comes to mind when you read these 3 wonderful books of A.M. Hargroves. No one will be disappointed.
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