The Real You (Wardens of the Guild #1) by N.J. Nielsen/ Saddington #mm #review @NJNielsen1 @PridePublishing


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The age-old war between good and evil is bringing changes and with change comes fear—especially the fear of what is to come.

Isiah Gillis and Claudius Reynar are twins in every sense of the word. No one can tell them apart, yet they’re not related. Since meeting, they’ve learned that they’ve become the subject of a legend, something neither of them wanted.

Hatred from their past lives comes knocking and tries to kill Claudius and Isiah by turning Mitch into a weapon against them. Instead, Mitch now shares his body with Remi, a powerful demon lord, who enters their lives—a demon Lord who claims them for his own.

Not everyone is happy that the legend has been fulfilled and they will do everything in their power to tear apart the strong bond the four men possess. Laramie realizes he has to separate from Mitch or risk losing one of his mates so completely it could break them all.

When old and new enemies alike step forward to destroy who they are, Isiah, Mitch, Claudius and Remi gather family and friends to fight in the war to save them all. Can things be set to right before evil intentions win?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

Mitch Evans needed a new place to stay after his landlord raised his rent beyond his means. His best friend, Eric, introduced him to two vampires who had a room to rent. The catch was Claude and Isiah needed a Day Watcher. Mitch was hard pressed to resist the two vampires who were the mirror image of each other even though they weren’t related. In this alternate world, humans were aware paranormals existed. They were required to follow human laws as well as the mandates handed down by the paranormal guild. Isiah’s cousin, Gabriel, was supposed to be Claude and Isiah’s Day Watcher but over time turned on them, and from time to time, he attempted to kill the two vampires.


Even though Mitch was immediately captivated by the Clause and Isiah, and apparently was the only person who could tell them apart, he had a boyfriend who he stayed true to. Keeping the two in the friend zone was hard for Mitch, especially since he lived with them. When Mitch broke up with his boyfriend, Claude and Isiah jump at the chance to claim Mitch. In quick succession, a prophecy comes into play and Mitch found himself sharing his body with a powerful demon lord called Remi.


There was so much going on to this story that I felt it would’ve been a great trilogy all on its own. Instead, there were sporadic bouts of telling and things that happened off the page that distanced me from the characters and the plot. Conflict that was built in the first half, for instance Mitch’s jerk boyfriend, the conflict and resolution took place off page and I half expected the boyfriend to come back in the end. I wanted to see more of why Gabriel turned on his cousin, and his reason for becoming murderous didn’t convince me, especially when it came to some of his actions in the last half of the story. When Mitch was suddenly stuck sharing his body there was insta-acceptance. I would’ve been freaking the hell out, especially when Remi took over the body. I felt there could’ve been more of an adjustment for Mitch but honestly I understand why there wasn’t when the plot was so packed with other things going on.


I enjoyed the slow build to Mitch, Clause, and Isiah’s relationship prior to the boyfriend dumping. The glimpses of the upcoming conflicts with the side characters intrigued me. I liked that it wasn’t as angsty as I’d been anticipating, and where there was action on the page, it was satisfying. I really enjoyed the different take on vampire origins and their connection to Day Watchers. The sex scenes were smoking hot. And I enjoyed the story enough that I do plan on reading the next installment whether it’s about Remi’s brother or Mitch’s best friend Eric.


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