Stuffy and socially awkward, Broadbent ad Sebastian, Guardian of the Race, has his vision of the ideal woman, too; tall, elegant, cultured, and well-read. But every time he meets someone who might fill the bill, his advances are met with laughter and derision. As hard as he tries to emulate his fellow Guardians; their prowess with women, their clothes, their interests; he just can’t get it right.
He doesn’t see himself as handsome or a hero. She doesn’t see herself as beautiful or brave. Yet what they find together opens new worlds of wonder for them both. It also opens the doors to old enemies and sets off a series of events that threaten the House of Guardians and the people within it. With the credits ready to roll on their mismatched love story, Patience and Broadbent will have to find the bravery and heroism they see in each other, and decide how much they will sacrifice for love.
I won't reprise the whole story but simply say Guardian's Patience is about what could happen if angels descended to earth and loved human women. In the world the author has created, Nephilim and Witches are the product of this pairing but many years later these angelic descendants are known as Guardians of the Race, as they struggle to keep Demons at bay. It’s a concept that fascinates many but it's tackled with aplomb by Ms Rhoades. I particularly enjoyed the most unusual hero, Broadbent, as in many ways he at first seems anything but hero material. He is old school and quite pedantic at times and takes most things quite literally and yet as a reader I quickly realised he is truly a force to be reckoned with. Broadbent does not feel the need to impress and is quietly confident in his abilities as a Guardian and yet seems to struggle to connect on a personal level; but all that changes when he meets a witch who calls herself Pinkie.
Patience struggles to maintain a low profile but her innate sense of goodness sees her rushing headlong to defend her neighbour, but what truly saves the day is the stranger who turns up. Patience is beyond intrigued by this chivalrous man and quite quickly feels at ease around him. It's an unusual romance that follows as to me, it felt like an old fashioned courtship as the couple really get to know each other on a soul deep level. I loved that the hero whilst not stupid, was quite uninformed about so much most people take for granted and his "education" by the effervescent Pinkie made for numerous lighthearted moments. This is not an instant lust type of story but a more realistic pairing that builds up to something magical. There's a very good reason for Patience not wanting to be found and yes, it's a Demonic one, but with a Guardian in her life perhaps there's hope for a brighter tomorrow.
So in conclusion, I really enjoyed reading this story. There are several characters that are still single so it looks as if Ms Rhoades will be writing more Guardian of the Race books. I particularly liked the humour within these pages and there's a certain pair of twins who have a truly wicked sense of humour which meant for laugh out loud moments. I found the author's take on what causes vampirism to be completely unique, although to be fair it's only touched on lightly in this book and I'd personally like to know more so will have to track down the previous books in this series. Yes, Ms Rhoades certainly knows how to tell a good story and continues to enchant her readers. This book and indeed this entire series will delight lovers of paranormal romance and I eagerly await her next book.