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view spoiler What I really liked was that the mythology wasn t fluffy It didn t shy away from blood offerings and other aspects I like how the author did her research and though the story isn t grounded in reality, it had a realistic feel And while it mentioned the return of Kukulkan comparable to the Aztec Quetzalcoatl , it wasn t in a New Age sort of way I m sick of the whole Doomsday End of the world paranoia with 2012 and the warping of Meso and South American culture, religion and history Those stories can be fun and pass the time, but it s good to know there are books that can focus on the Aztecs and in this case Maya without falling into the current trends hide spoiler When her father goes missing while opening the gates to the Mayan underworld, Jaid Merritt must put aside her fear of digs and head to the last place he was seen alive, a Mayan dig in Guatemala There she not only discovers her father s whereabouts, but a Mayan Warrior and the people her father was working for also hunt her Rescue and help come from an unexpected corner in the form of Ruin, a Mayan Priest and shifter, cursed to be the Gatekeeper to the Mayan underworld While trying to undo the damage her father did and finding him, Ruin and Jaid grow closer and an impossible and heartbreaking love story develops.Jaid is brave, smart and stubborn She lives and breathes Mayan glyphs and has dedicated herself to helping her father in order to gain the approval, love and admiration he s always withheld from herRuin is broken, loyal and so powerful power just radiates off him He oozes danger yet at the same time he has this vulnerable side that comes out when he s with Jaid He acts impulsively out of the love he has for the people close to him, which leads to unintentionally hurting them, and this eats away at him I struggled a little bit in the beginning with all the different creatures, characters, terms and world building but that was soon forgotten when I was pulled into a fascinating tale of Mayan mythology and romance With every turn of the page fascinating events unfolded in developments and revelations that kept me riveted to the pages, enjoying the engaging characters and the thrilling plot It didn t take me long to become completely immersed in the story.THE BLOODGATE GUARDIAN is a very dark paranormal romance and thriller and I must say it hovered on the edges of my comfort zone I am not one who easily reads about gory stuff like people getting gutted, with intestines tumbling out and blood spurting around There were two scenes in the beginning and one in the end that were pretty graphic in violence but I must say Joely Sue Burkhart pulled it off for me The ending was action packed and nerve wracking for a moment but I got the HEA I was rooting for so for that I thank you, Joely Sue The ending also set up the next step in the overall story arc that can t but become ongoing Though Jaid and Ruin have their HEA the world is about to be devoured by evil, an evil they have to stop somehow and I am very curious to read how.This was my first taste of Joely Sue Burkhart s non contemporary erotic work and I definitely want to read of it I absolutely loved the extensive look into the Mayan world of mythology It was truly fascinating and worth reading through the few violent scenes THE BLOODGATE GUARDIAN is suspenseful and brilliantly set up Romance is not the focus of this book in the first part of the book and that was absolutely okay with me as I was entranced and captivated by mythology, magic and plot However, this doesn t mean the chemistry between Ruin and Jade wasn t impressive It was definitely there, threaded through everything else going on in a subtle, clever way To me the romance took a secondary role in the first part of the book due to the room needed for world building but it became a very strong emotional element in the last third of the book, which I loved.THE BLOODGATE GUARDIAN once again proves that Carina Press has committed to bringing the reader exceptional, unusual books that definitely aren t a dime a dozen and books that give the reader an amazing reading experience. The Bloodgate Guardian handles a new topic for me Mayan history and legend This novel is about Dr Jaid Merrit, the Un Indiana Jones Alone for that term I love this book Just kidding Jaid is a born archologist Her dad is a famous personality in this area and he sacrificed most of his personal life to become what he is, Jaid always stood in his shadow She is an even greater mind than he is but since a dramatic accident in her past she has a huge fear of actually attending a dig, so she stays at home and loses herself in decrypting the Mayan language She definetely is not one of those kick ass heroines She a afraid a lot but I can totally related to that She felt so real exactly like I would feel if I would been thrown into that story So what happens The last few months she decrypted a special text for her dad and when she receives an video mail form her dad telling her that it works, she can t believe her own eyes She sees how her dad falls into the deep Gate in an Mayan Temple The Bloodgate What should she do now Just give up all hope and live with the fact that her dad is for always lost or should she be stronger than her fears and actually go on a dig She does the second and it is an action packed ride.We meet Ruin at the actual Bloodgate First thing I completely adore his name I m so happy Joely could keep it because it fit him just right I love the way it reflects his history Nothing better than a name with a meaning Ruin is the gatekeeper and older than we can imagine to ever become He has issues with himself and his past actions He s one of those brooding heroes I love so much He made a huge mistake in the past, or so he believes, and he just can t forgive himself He wants to safe his damned brother but he also believes that this would make everything worse And with worse I mean causing apocalypse He has a very set mind and won t change his opinion a tiny bit When he meets Jaid his hardness starts to crack He never felt that way near a woman She is everything he would have not even dared to dream of He s fascinated by her mind and character and would do anything to save her and keep her happy That s a thing he was always afraid of He always was the selfless brother and he has a hard time accepting his unconditional love for Jaid.I loved the way Ruin and Jaid interacted They fit together and you can feel the chemistry in every word they spoke That s a thing I noticed in than one of Joely books she knows how to make the couple perfect They aren t all the same but they are unique in their own way but every time I read one of her books it feels like Yes, that s the way they should be They aren t without flaws or an easy fit but just never could imagine one of them with a different character Her couples are real than most in romance novels they always speak to my heart and touch me deep inside.One of the things I enjoyed most about this book, besides the romance, was the wonderful detailed way Joely described the Mayan history and artifacts Perhaps that s the dormant archeologist in me waking up but I was highly fascinated by each small piece of information or tidbit of background info about that topic I have to admit that Mayan history wasn t something I was interested in before, I was always an Egypt kind of girl and I have a million of books to prove that, but Joely drew my attention and yes I already watched a few documentations about the Maya s after finishing this book Reading the Bloodgate Guardian felt like watching Indiana Jones thrilling and fascinating and even better with a spicy romance.The Bloodgate Guardian is story than romance focused and I surprisingly I liked it even because of that The story building is masterly done and I m so intrigued by the whole setting that I can t wait to get book 2 in this series.Highly recommended for everyone who likes a thrilling plot, breathtaking action and touch of romance. I had a tough time deciding how I would rate The Bloodgate Guardian It was between a 2 and 3 for me The book was well written, the plot inventive and the characters well developed but it just didn t inspire any passion from me.I didn t finish and hurry to see when or if the next book in the series would be coming out Mostly because the relationship between the hero and heroine, Jaid and Ruin great name I must say just never really took off for me I do think I would read by this author and if she continues with this series I hope she considers adding a pronunciation guide and index about the Mayan references It would be helpful. The Bloodgate Guardian immediately caught my attention because of the storyline Mayan history I just love anything to do with that time period This book was just an interesting twist on the paranormal romances I normally read.When reading the books I felt like I really was on the dig with Jaid and was trying to figure out the mystery of what happened to her father with her I loved how much information we got about the culture of the Mayans and that it wasn t dumbed down I felt like I was a Mayan expert right along with Jaid There was so much action to go along with the information that this book had of an urban fantasy feel to me then a paranormal romance feel if that makes sense.The relationship between Jaid and Ruin was one I really liked When Jaid found that Ruin was a Jaguar shape shifter she did have her freak out moments, but it didn t go on for the entire books I liked how they were friends first, and the romance gradually came instead of Jaid falling for him after one kiss He was so protective of her, and she of him, but they didn t let it get in the way of the job that had to do Jaid of finding her father him of protecting the gates at all costs.Another thing that I enjoyed about this book is that while I had some idea of who the bad guys would be at the end, I liked the twists of why they became that way The world created in this book was great, and I loved how by the end of the book Jaid had totally lost her Un Indiana Jones nickname that the students where she taught gave her The Bloodgate Guardian was just a refreshing read and I look forward to reading by Joely Sue Burkhart. Courtesy of Net GalleyA CK2S K2 Recommended Read Declared the Un Indiana Jones by her students, archeology professor Dr Jaid Merritt refuses to go on any digs Memories of past tragedies keep her passion for archeology in the class room However, when her father disappears after performing an ancient Mayan ritual using her translations of a codex he found, Jaid knows she must overcome her fear and venture into the Guatemalan jungle to find him Little does she know just how much her life will change on the trip.Mayan priest Ruin broke the rules of the Mayan gate Xibalba when centuries ago he brought his twin brother, Wrack, back from the dead Now Ruin is cursed to be The Bloodgate Guardian for all eternity When he was unable to prevent an archeologist from opening the gate, unleashing the demons, Ruin must do whatever it takes to right this wrong, even if it means killing the man s daughter when she comes looking for her father The last thing Ruin expected was to find himself falling for the beautiful and determined woman.With multiple enemies on their trail, Ruin and Jaid must work together if they hope to overcome the evil Jaid s father unleashed, but than just their hearts are on the line.In The Bloodgate Guardian, I discovered a fascinating and intensely paced adventure story full of demons and shape shifters and immortals oh my From the first gripping scene to the final bittersweet encounter, I was thoroughly engrossed in this brilliantly realized dark fantasy tale I have always loved stories about those mysterious Mayans and this book brings everything to the table with some wonderful world building.I loved all of the characters we met in The Bloodgate Guardian, from our intrepid heroes Jaid and Ruin, to Jaid s misguided but passionate about his work father, Charles Even Wrack and his lost love Butterfly Star s story lured me in and kept me reading, bringing than a few tears to my eyes as we learn what happened to them Ok, I sort of lied, I loved almost all the characters the demon was pure evil and I have to admit, he even freaked me out than a little bit, which doesn t often happen for me But this guy, this thing, chilled me to the bone Jaid is just an ordinary woman, with all the normal faults and foibles of an ordinary woman She s forced out of her comfort zone into extraordinary circumstances, to rescue the one person she s always counted on Ruin is tortured by his own internal demons, and his guilt, forced to suffer, until Jaid walks into his life and turns things upside down Watching these two overcome the obstacles between them and their happiness makes for a very powerful and moving love story.Wow The Bloodgate Guardian by Joely Sue Burkhart is an incredibly amazing book I didn t want to put it down and when I did, it was under extreme duress I love stories about the Mayan culture, as well as the legends and beliefs associated with it This book sucked me right in and didn t release me until the bitter end Excellent book, Joely I hope the conclusion means to come Kelley A Hartsell, December 2010 All rights reserved. The Bloodgate Guardian, by Joely Sue Burkhart, was my first foray into her world of fiction And what a world it is Her skills are evident in the research of the subject matter and in the layers of intrigue as she weaves the fantastic with the mundane Though I ve always had an interest in archaeology and ruins, I seldom read fantasy that encompasses those areas I decided to take a chance on this book, however, and see if it would be as boring and butchered as I feared To my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed it Few fantasies delve into Mayan culture to the extent covered here So it was like a breath of fresh air to read about Mayan ruins, religion, and culture, and modern man s attempts to uncover secrets better left alone Ms Burkhart s use of language, location, history, and folklore impart a sense of credibility to the tale Tying these together is a story of human greed, rejection, death, despair, triumph, and love, and they re woven tightly enough to allow me to suspend disbelief Written in first person, split narrative, there were occasional bumps where the transition could have been a bit smoother, but they weren t noticeable enough to detract from the story Overall, I would recommend this book as an interesting change of pace from vampires and werewolves I haven t seen any mention of a series, but I would definitely buy the next book. 3.5 starsA little confusing at first, possibly thanks to the inventive world building based on Maya mythology The characters were interesting, and I appreciated that they had some nuance.The hero is a centuries old priest trying to protect the world from his past mistakes, but is unapologetic about having conducted human sacrifices for his gods The heroine who has serious qualms about that last bit has to make tough decisions about whether to try to save her father from the Maya hell, at the risk of destroying the world And somehow the moral choices these characters make seem real, rather than OTT or cheesy.Still, I wasn t as engrossed in the story as I had hoped to be I m not sure if that was because of the pacing, or the new to me and a little confusing Maya mythology or just mid summer lack of focus on my part Things did pick up enough in the second half of the book that I ll probably pick up book two, though.Favorite quote Next time I complain about grading mid terms, remind me that I jumped into the world s deepest lake, got shot at, had my throat slit, and was chased by demons I guess office hours aren t so bad, are they Deep in the caves of Guatemala, a secret ancient ritual takes place opening up a gateway to the Mayan underworld Months later, Dr Jaid Merritt receives the video feed only to find out her father was the man leading the ritual Despite her fear of going on dig sites, Jaid must decide whether to face her fears and find her father at the Mayan temple, or risk losing him forever.Bloodgate Guardian was awesome I really enjoyed this book filled with action, adventure, a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense One of the many strengths of this book was the characters and story pacing I loved that Jaid is not a generic kick butt heroine who rejects all feeling except her libido to do whatever needs to be done She has a weakness she injured her knee as a child during a dig with her parents , and although she shows signs of strength, she isn t afraid to break down with vulnerability when the weight of the world falls on her shoulders She s a realistic heroine who shoes genuine fear and hesitance before going into a situation but when the chips are down, the girl s got moxie and will do what needs to be done In other words, she s a great 3 dimensional character.I also loved the hero, Ruin especially his and his brother s name , and going into the book I tried to stay away from any spoilers or too much blurb info so it was a surprise to see how he ties into the story and not only serves as a gatekeeper in the temple but also a bridge for Jaid and her father as it ties into the story Ruin is an appealing hero, but make no bones about it, he is also a ruthless killer with an edge I love dangerous heroes and Ruin definitely qualifies as he teeters between killing Jaid or saving her at times He makes no excuses for who and what he is and still there are qualities that make him redeemable so that the reader cheers him on.Another thing I really liked was the tension that was built over the course of the story Sometimes romances feel manipulated in that character s bodies react to one another within seconds of meeting each other instead of allowing the tension and need to grow naturally over time In Bloodgate Guardian the characters reacted to pressing matters and only later in the story did they start finding each other attractive Even then, it slowly took its time while they focused on what was important which added to the will they get together or won t they that also added to the suspense in the story and made the actual consummation all the rewarding after what they ve been through I love it when this course of action is taken because it keeps me guessing and flipping pages to find out how things unfold and how or if they will be together after the last page.Another thing I really liked about the story is the dialogue The story started out with a bang of an opening lineHe never hated his magic until it compelled him to killand just kept floating from there Another fave of mine isIf men were as easy to decipher as Maya glyphs, then perhaps Jaid would have been able to translate beware carved in her boyfriend s handsome forehead and saved herself the troubleJaid often referred to herself as the Un Indiana Jones which I thought was cute and during her revelation to how she hurt her knee and carries guilt due to her mother s death, there s a lot that s revealed through clever dialogue For instance Do you know what they call me in the archeology circles The Un Indiana Jones Head tilted, he studied her, a small smile flickering on his face I have no idea what that means, but it amuses you Yeah, she admitted, nodding But it s embarrassing too Indiana Jones is a movie archeologist, an action adventure hero I ve built up ruins and archeology in my mind, believing I had to be a great risk0taker, an action adventure heroine of my own Deep down your heart you re still the little girl trying to impress her father Ouch, but oh so true Not only is there a great overall conflict, there is also a great inner conflict as evidenced in the dialogue above Jaid s relationship with her father has been strained ever since her mother died at the dig where Jaid injured herself and ever since then she s stayed away from digs while her father became well known for his There s a lot she has to overcome outside and within herself that was a joy to explore.One last aspect out of many I really enjoyed about this story was the world building and the history of the Mayan culture I have to admit, I didn t know much about it going in but after reading this, I m eager to read about the ancient civilization I love how it was weaved into every aspect of the story and it helped drive the story at every turn I also got to learn a lot about the belief systems and mythology, all of which was very interesting.I have a few Joely Sue Burkhart books in my TBR that I ve been collecting from Drollerie Press one of my fave publishers and after reading Bloodgate Guardian, I m eager to dive into them Ms Burkhart has a way of writing a great story with snappy prose and dialogue to accompany such well rounded characters I m jazzed that Bloodgate Guardian was my first taste of her work and I can definitely say it won t be my last.Bloodgate Guardian is now available in ebook format from Carina Press and other online bookstores This is a review based on a book galley from Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher. `DOWNLOAD EPUB ⇫ The Bloodgate Guardian (The Maya Bloodgates #1) ⇱ Worlds Within Worlds Await Through The Maya Bloodgate Dr Jaid Merritt Doesn T Do Digs The Last Time She Ventured Into The Jungle, Someone Died Now She S Content To Decipher Maya Glyphs From Pictures Sent To Her By Her Famous Archaeologist Father But When He Goes Missing While Trying To Perform A Ritual Based On Her Translations Of An Ancient Codex, Jaid Must Put Aside Her Fears And Travel To Guatemala To Find HimAfter Misusing The Bloodgates To Bring His Twin Brother Back From The Afterlife, The Maya Priest Known As Ruin Was Cursed By The Gods To Stand As The Guardian For All Time He Was Unable To Stop Dr Charles Merritt From Opening The Gates, And Now Demons Roam This World The Last Thing He Wants To Do Is Hurt The Beautiful Woman Who Is Somehow Infused With His Magic, But If She Uses The Codex To Retrieve Her Father, Ruin Must Do His Duty And This Time, He Won T Fail Even If It Kills Him Again