• Gabriel

  • Guardian Defenders
  • By: Kris Michaels
  • Narrated by: Matt Haynes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Xavier - and all those he loved or counted as friends - would forever be mouth-watering targets to men of evil intent. His wealth could settle a small country's foreign debt. Because of this, from the moment of his birth, his mother obscured his identity. Reborn as the man named Gabriel, however, he walked free into a world where the innocents and the weak cried out for a defender, for the hand of justice, for a guardian angel. 

In response, an elite, paramilitary operation, Guardian, rose to stand between the evil men did and those whom they would make their victims. Gabriel was CEO. His goal was worthy and all consuming, but fighting on the side of angels didn’t make his nights less lonely or soothe the ache in his heart for hearth, home, and family. 

He needed a courageous woman of unflinching integrity, of goodness and honor, to stand at his side. He’d given up hope of finding such a person. He thought he'd found her years ago. The sex had been combustible, but they’d met at the very birth of Guardian, when he hadn’t time for a personal life. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing. 

Over the years, 28-year-old, Denver ER nurse, Anna Harriger, watched as all her friends, many of whom were former patients, found their soul mates, got married, and had children. Shoot, she’d been a bridesmaid six times. She figured she was destined to be the “crazy friend” that everyone liked but who, at the end of the day, went home to a solitary apartment. She wanted love. She wanted a family, but she refused to compromise her standards. She’d met her Prince Charming, but unlike the fairytale, after an incendiary night of sex, she’d never seen him again. Chalk it up to fate or bad timing.

When events throw them together again, each find their attraction vastly more than simply physical, but once again, Gabriel’s responsibilities pull them apart. After an absence of almost half a year, Gabriel returns for Anna, but she has vanished.

©2019 Kris Michaels (P)2021 Kris Michaels

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Makes you want to roll your eyes

I would have to disagree with the other reviews. I was so looking forward to this book after reading the plot line and other reviews. The narrator was not horrible, but he spoke in a robotic manner, with lots of pauses, over-articulation, and dragging out of words.
The descriptive words used by the author were somewhat nauseating, especially the way the narrator said them. "Her brain fogged from the deliciousness leaning against the counter". Really? I couldn't stomach finishing the book, unfortunately.

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I think this one's my favorite

I do love kris michaels Guardians books, but I think this one might be my favorite. it was long which have it time to really develop the story and characters and relationships. highly recommend it if you like kris michaels of course, but also if you like good tense romances with a little action.
this one is maybe not quite as much suspense as I normally like but still a good one!

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Gabriel

This was an exceptional book/aidiobook. I have to audio. i enjoyed it so much. The narrator Matt Haynes was new to me but I do recommend.

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Gabriel

This was a very good book with twist and turns that kept you guessing, with a great ending.

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Loved it!

Great listen! A good twist in the story. Book had more to offer after the primary climax of the story. Narrator stayed in character with the various accents. Wonderful mix of a suspense and love story.

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Great book

Have yo say one of my favorites! I kind over liked going back in time. It is neat to read about an era you lived through.

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How it all began

I really enjoyed the back story on Gabriel and Anna. my first exposure to Kris Michaels books were the Kings of Guardian series. I can't wait to read the other books!!!

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Gabriel

It was awesome, but I wanted more! Kris is a great storyteller and love Matt Haynes.

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Wonderful Story

I loved this book. I especially really enjoyed Matt Haynes narration. I truly loved his Cajun accent.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 04-21-21

What a great find

Sometimes when I don’t know what I want to listen to I just trawl through Audible. Well this book popped up on my Facebook feed and instantly I was drawn to it. I had a quick listen of the sample (to verify I could manage to listen to the narrator) and bought it. Well let me tell you I was so glad I did!

Excellent story. Well thought out great writing fabulous narration. I was not disappointed and am now going into Audible to see what else I can find of the author. ... need I say more 😊

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  • 04-04-21

Brilliant!!

Love everything Guardian and the story of how the incredible character that is Gabriel gets started is fantastic! Loved listening and found myself resetting the sleep timer cos I kept needing more instead of falling asleep!! Anna is a lovely character in her unassuming and straight forward nature. Their relationship somehow seemed comfortable yet wasn’t easy. Great characters and loved every minute. Loved how the Kings made an appearance and became important. Well worth it. 😜

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  • mangankillarney
  • 09-23-21

Totally

Loved loved Anna "totally like , like totally....... "
This is Gabriel and Anna's story. What made this more fun for me, is that it was set in the 90s. No internet. no smart phones .
The mention of of Dallas and the mention of Joan Collins and shoulder pads.

We have a serial killer on the loose and Guardian Securities are called into help. But it is not the serial killer that Anna has to watch out for. Anna and Gabriel's attraction is hot.
I also loved the fact, neither of them pretended how their felt . It was refreshing.

A love story that builds .

I did enjoyed the narration of Matt Haynes. It takes me a couple of words and I settle into his voice.

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  • sammie
  • 07-18-22

another great book

the best book in a long time... the people in this book are amazing I am so happy to find this series... im in love xx

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 09-17-21

Excellent book

This is my first book by this author and it was a really good story and am looking forward to listening to book 2 .

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  • karen grave
  • 07-04-21

omg!!! it's Kris Michaels at her best..again!

I was wondering if I wanted to go back in time....but I'm glad I did.
I've missed Ms Michael's writing and I really enjoyed listening to how the foundations were built.
I simply loved the research put in to ops and logistics and I must say I didn't peg the baddie till it was almost on top of me.
and the SUBLPLOT oh my word it was awesome....your mind Ms Michael's is intricate and wonderful. I've read all of the J's and the Shadows and although I have 2 or 3 exra extra faves....all of them are exceptional...well that's my opinion anyway.
there is that wonderful mixture of family, down time , angst and black ops, gut wrenching emotions, suprise, shock , love, romance and hot steamy scenes.....what more can you want.?
Matt Haynes is the solo narrator but he does a wonderful job. I've listened to him in all the guardian books and he merges his tone and inflections into an easy flow that becomes familiar with each book and individual character.
Maliki has popped up in the J's books and has intimated his story,...so yay...now I get to know.
my little picky bit was the hero not seeing the forest for the trees...(no spoiler) but I broke it down and looked at POV's ...then I realised the feasibility. once again great read and nicely narrated