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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a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.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.
on Dec. 30, 2012 :
This book is the third installment of the Vesturon Guardian Saga. I read the first and the second installment and was totally mesmerized by a series of events. This one follows the life of January St. Davis and her relationship later on with one of the Yarrister Clan members of Vesturon, Rykerian. The book is divided in several partitions so you might get a glance of thoughts from each January and Rykerian. It is well organized to the end and has some funny parts as well. Anyone who knows the other stories, will love this too - if not more. There is good and there is evil everywhere and the Guardians of Vesturon are the protectors of peace while others thrive to destroy it. Just to give a few hints to what you will miss: Breakout of a viral pandemic illness, Kidnapped out of space, extraterrestrial life forms, love story. In no ways we can see what lies ahead but it's worth while to fight for life than surrender to death, no matter how long,hard or excruciating painful the way. Read on and YOU will believe it yourself.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Nov. 25, 2012 :
Biological warfare, space aliens, and super powers, oh my! Determinant is filled with elements that come together to make a story where anything is possible. It is the third book of the Guardians of Vesturon series, but don’t be scared to pick this one up and read it out of order. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the first two books, but A M Hargrove does a wonderful job telling a complete story that doesn’t make readers rely on previously reading her other books.
January St. Davis has been dealt a crappy hand at life. She is kicked out of her house at age 16. She goes to college on an academic scholarship but looses it after her grades slip because she works two jobs just to survive. Oh, and her college roommate disappears. It looks like the one good thing is an internship at the CDC. However, while working late one night she is exposed to a fatal virus and ends up lost in the woods while on her way home. While dying in the woods, she is rescued by Rykerian—a Guardian of Vesturon. Soon the two realize that their souls have bonded. When a new and powerful being kidnaps January, and sends the guardians on a death mission, the two will have to face their own separate battles. Is January ready to commit to spending the rest of her life to this guardian she just met? And does Rykerian have the ability to pull off the mission so he can save the love of his life?
This story is fast paced. Hargrove doesn’t rely on long drawn out descriptions, but gives readers what they need to know before continuing on with the action of her story. She quickly skims January’s childhood so readers know where her character is coming from and why she is reluctant to trust and love others. Then January is thrust into the action. She meets Rykerian and the other guardians, and the world she thought she knew is turned upside down.
I love the unique super powers Hargrove gives her characters. In addition to the typical ones like telepathy and telekinesis, she also has obliteration (to erase others’ memories), tranquility (to ease and calm others’ emotions), and command (to force others to obey). Hargrove also creates “energy shifters” as a species. They can control the energy around them and use it as they want. For example they can inflict pain on others by using their mind and incinerate objects by looking at them. They are also immune to the Vesturons’ powers. They are definitely an enemy you don’t want to deal with!
Hargrove creates a serious toned story that will have readers either loving their parents or relating to what January goes through. Her mom despises her and can’t stand to look at her. January is banished to the attic when she is four years old and is kicked out of her house on her graduation night. Thankfully, I can’t relate to what January goes through, but Hargrove does a good job describing the pain January feels at being rejected by her family.
Determinant is a stand alone story that leaves a couple minor plot lines open for readers to pick up the next book. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about January’s father and what his story is about. Determinant is geared toward older teen readers who like romance novels. A few scenes get a little steamy.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Nov. 09, 2012 :
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. January finds out on her graduation day that she was a product of rape, not only did her family not show up for the ceremony, she was thrown out of the house the very same day. I loved how the story started out as a drama and turned into a sci-fi novel. My only issue was that January didn’t come across as a strong female character that I’d have expected to develop because of the situation she was in. Other than that, I think it was a great story and it kept me hooked!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Oct. 15, 2012 :
This book was a great surprise. After finishing book two on the series I, felt like our main characters had an amazing conclusion. Therefore when I saw that "Determinant" was about my second favorite Prince Alien (no offence intended, just my way of showing my love) my interest skyrocket from 60 to 120. It was a fast moving story, fill with romance, angst and of course some war and politics movement. What I love of this new series is that Hargrove does not try to push angst by mixing love between two different races, this bring a touch of reality to the story since the can actually be equals in the relationship. I loved the book and will be waiting for the next one whit open arms.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
The Book Lover's Report
on Aug. 15, 2012 :
This story starts out with a prologue type thing in third person p-o-v. All we know is that this group of guys are stealing a deadly virus from the Center for Disease Control. They come across the girl, and all we know afterwards is that the girl can read minds. Then, the Bad Guys spread the virus around for what we think is 'to save their planet'.
Then, we skip to a girl's point of view, and she's trying to head home, even though she's ready to pass out, has a really high fever, and his hallucinating. All we know before the end of this is that she's lost.
Skip to three years before, and the girl, January, has just graduating college. It's immediately apparent that her parents don't care that much for her when they skip out on her graduation. She goes back home to ask why they didn't and she eventually finds out that she's the product of her mother's rape, and that they ALL hate her (except for her little brother and sister). Her parents then kick her out of the house.
Eventually, we get to present day, and college... Then, when she's trying to head home with the high fever, hallucinations, and passing out. She gets lost in the woods.
And then, part two starts, in Rykerian's point of view. (I'll save that for you all to read instead of telling you it).
So, I'll tell you all right here. I liked the story... but (you knew a but was coming), I didn't really like how the story was mostly worded. It sounded too proper, too stiff to be teenagers/ young adults talking. I connected to the idea of the characters, but I just couldn't connect to the words/ wording. A lot of times it annoyed me, but I liked the story enough that I tried to get over it, and finish the book.
I also didn't like how the pint of views were in parts like 'part one' and 'part two'. I would've liked it better if it alternated between the characters; that would have made it more enjoyable, in my opinion.
So, I gave this book four stars... well, more of a 3.5
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2012 :
Determinant is the 3rd book in The Guardians of Vesturon series. Ms. Hargrove writes a fast paced, well written plot with lots of twists, turns, romance and heartache that will keep you captivated from the beginning. I could put the book down once I started reading and finished it within a day.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
on July 24, 2012 :
I have read all the books in this series and highly recommend them as a must read. These should be made into a movie. The charactors come alive and makes you want to read more and more.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 09, 2012 :
Determinant is a fast paced paranormal romance. I read in three days, that’s how good it was. I like how it switches from January to Rykerian’s point of view. The first two book s switched from Maddie to Rayn’s point of view. Many times I was forced to keep reading because of how suspenseful the ends of the chapters were, and I liked that. The only thing I didn’t like was how mean January’s parents were to her. It was a great part to the story I just would never wish that upon anyone in the real world. There is one more thing I have to say. A.M. Hargrove, if you’re out there reading this, continue the series and please let Xarrid find Saylan and make them unite!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)