T.J. by Beth Linton

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The Guardians' Trust, 9

Warrior, leader ... virgin. Gavan has fought for his people’s freedom his entire life, ignoring his own needs—until his arranged wife joins the Resistance. Marrying hastily, they complete the mating ceremony in a passionate rush as the enemy closes in. But when the war takes an unexpected turn, Gavan’s life hangs in the balance. Will T.J. be able to save him?

No stranger to duty, T.J. leaves the Army to join her fated mate … but emerging into the Other Realm, she gets far more than she bargained for: a war, a cause, and a seriously hot husband. Can lust become love? Or does Gavan only value her because of the shapeshifting ability their arranged marriage might give him?



The clattering of stone had them freezing. A heartbeat later, several rocks tumbled down the walls, a small rolling cascade dislodged from the crevice top. They were still falling when Gavan gripped her arms and backed her up against the sloping wall. The curving lip offering them a chance at remaining hidden from anyone above.

Sandwiched between the hard stone and Gavan’s big body, she strained to see, to hear, what had disturbed the rocks as her heart tried to escape from her chest. When her eyes and ears came up blank, she opened her link and stretched out her senses, probing the air with Affinity—and every inch of the muscular frame shielding her tautened.

Slowly, T.J. lifted her gaze from the chest caging her, and looked into his eyes … and time seemed to slow. Despite the danger, maybe because of it, she became achingly aware of every hard inch of the body pressed against her own, and the fact her hands were gripping onto his hips. Holding his gaze, she moved her thumbs, stroking where ridged abdomen met the masculine vee of muscles above the band of his cropped trousers.

He shuddered, and the air around them seemed to flex with what she felt sure was Gavan’s link to Affinity.

“An animal,” Gavan said quietly.

As though realizing the same, the warriors who’d taken shelter as they had peeled themselves from their hiding places.

Gavan didn’t budge.

“We’re safe,” he said softly, his gaze dropping to focus intently upon her lips.

“That’s good.” Like him, she didn’t move.

“Yes.” He inhaled deeply, his chest muscles expanding, and then he lowered his head to hers.

Not wanting another kiss on the cheek, she met him halfway and pressed her lips to his. She expected him to seize control, to make a masculine claim of the woman who’d agreed to marry him, a passionate demand that insisted she yield. Instead, his lips caressed hers with surprisingly chaste pressure in a kiss that seemed to offer friendship, and conveyed the hope for more.

Moved by the emotion she could sense, T.J. lifted onto her toes to deepen the kiss, urging his lips apart so she could explore his mouth. Their lips clung, tasted, the heat between them building, then their lips drifted apart. She looked up at him, waiting for him to open his eyes, but when his eyelashes remained dark crescents upon his cheeks, she lifted a hand to his face and gently touched her fingertips to his lips.

“You’re acting as though you’ve never been kissed before,” she said softly.

His eyes fluttered open, and his gaze burned with some deep emotion. “I haven’t.”

He dipped his head, but rather than kiss her again as she expected, he pressed his cheek to hers in a tender gesture.

She tilted her face into his, enjoying the rasp of his stubble against her skin. Then she blinked as she realized something else, and she pulled back so she could see his face.

“If you’ve never been kissed does that mean you haven’t had sex? You’re a virgin?” She waved a hand, indicating his body, his face. “You’re seriously hot. How is that possible?”

He must have had offers.

He shrugged and didn’t seem the least bit embarrassed when he said, “I never found a female who I wanted to be intimate with.”

Her brows climbed. “You’ve waited a long time.”

“Yes.” A smile slowly stretched across his face, and the twinkle in his eyes left no doubt that he was looking forward to more of what they’d just shared.

“Maybe you were waiting for me,” she joked, but Gavan didn’t laugh as she’d expected. Instead, his expression became thoughtful.

“As your ordained mate, I was born for you, T.J. So, I agree it is possible I sensed that fate and waited for you.”

About to brush off his words as fanciful, she stopped. Given she’d always believed her destiny was to pass through the gateway, it would be unfair to dismiss his comment. The past eighteen months of Exchanges had taught her that Mother Nature wove an intricate web of fate. It was entirely possible that on an unconscious level, he really had been waiting for her.

Possessiveness unfurled in her chest, swift and unexpected. According to the Oracle, this huge, honorable man would be hers, and given what he’d just revealed, he would be hers alone.



Product Reviews

Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 11 ratings)
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Written by Queen O on 31st Oct 2023

These two are fated and arranged to marry. They do so hastily and sparks fly between them. great story. im ready to read the other 8

Good Read
Written by Gckyle02 on 26th Jun 2023

T.J. is a simply wonderful read and as another book from the Guardians Trust series, you will find yourself totally captivated by the scenario and the characters that have been well written and the suspense that you will find that you read this book in one sitting!

Non-stop action
Written by Redfaeryrose on 26th Jun 2023

It is non-stop action from the start with little snippets of loving and a lot of love. The pacing is fast on some scenes and slows down where it matters.

I believe I became a fan!
Written by Flavia K on 26th Jun 2023

Wow just wow!!!! It is a new one for my author. I am really amazed by this story. The beginning is a bit confusing. Although the story can be read as standalone I sincerely believe that reading the previous books enriches the reading (something I'm going to do ASAP). Past the beginning, then the story takes off and it's hard to stop reading. The characters are excellent. T.J. is no damsel in distress, she is a true woman, strong, brave and a true heroine. Gavan is the perfect man, so much so that even T.J. doubts his perfection. The storytelling, story dynamics, character interaction, and world building are top shelf. I believe I became a fan!

Another Great Addition to the Series
Written by tburbr on 26th Jun 2023

This was another great addition to The Guardians' Trust. The character work and story line were well written and kept me entertained.

A good story, but you need to have read the other books first
Written by Sarah ES on 26th Jun 2023

I’m not quite sure what to think of this book. It was well written with interesting characters and great world building, but it begins awkwardly. When I say awkwardly, I mean that you need to have read the previous books in the series to fully comprehend what is going on. It is almost a stand alone, but missing some important details I think to qualify for that status. The ending was not a cliffhanger, but it definitely lets the reader know there will be more books to come.

TJ and Gavan!
Written by Mary on 26th Jun 2023

This is the ninth story in the "The Guardians’ Trust" series and can be read as a stand alone read. This is another good story in the series. This is such an interesting and intriguing story line. This one is about This is another good story in the "Guardians' Trust" series. These two are fated and arranged to marry. They do so hastily and sparks fly between them. It is such a great story with with some good twists, action, suspense, passion and some entertaining moments. I love their wonderful and profound confessions in the end.

Written by P W on 26th Jun 2023

What a fantastic read, he has battled all his life for his people and then his wife comes and help him to hopefully win. Great read

A completely different pnr
Written by Crystal74 on 26th Jun 2023

T.J. and Gavan are so good together. T.J. and Gavan are in an arranged marriage and T.J. is a double and Gavan is who has been waiting on her. Shape-shifting, different creatures and a horrible villain make gor an excellent story. You should definitely read this book.

Written by Di Ketchup on 26th Jun 2023

This is a well written story with great characters. Beth Linton gave us a wonderful, imaginative story. For me this was a quick, suspenseful and thrilling read. I would encourage everyone to get this one especial if you enjoy paranormal romance. Give this one a chance.

Written by Kim W on 26th Jun 2023

T.J. by Beth Linton is a good, and enjoyable paranormal romantic suspense read. The story has a great entertaining exciting story line. The characters are great, wonderful, and they have great chemistry. This story is a very entertaining and exciting read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.