Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The Portal Guards by Marcia Colette

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share The Portal Guards by Marcia Colette, a fantasy romance available now from Mocha Memoirs Press. This review post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Marica will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the banner to visit other stops on this tour.

The Portal Guards by Marcia Colette

Evelyss Nontage is a housekeeper at the Talbert Estate who has been hired to keep order. Her family is also relying on her to learn of the location of a mysterious portal that allows those from the Fringe Line to pass into the human world. For her and her loved ones, it’s a matter of life and death.

Brahm Gushon is an occupant who has been with many of ladies in waiting. He’s tired of them, too. He’s drawn to the solitary housekeeper who has her mind two things. Her duty and her loyalty to the household. No one will break her concentration. Not even him.

Evelyss and Brahm must work through their frustrated feelings to send a deadly intruder back to hell…assuming he doesn’t take both of them with him. It’ll take another leap of faith in each other to overcome the second enemy they don’t see coming.


Evelyss hurried down the hall. That infuriating man was supposed to bring the girl down. She wasn’t supposed to have to go up and get her. But time was short and those who had already brought down their women were headed into the darkness to patrol the path to the portal before finishing their Sixth Night celebrations.

The entire town of Naya would be there, including just pretty much everyone on staff. Nobody dared miss the rounds of alcohol and fireworks in the street. Sixth Night only happened once a month during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Everyone worked so hard throughout the region and needed a break, so Sixth Night was the answer to that. Whether you were human or otherwise, old or young, it didn’t matter.

Evelyss wouldn’t be there. This was her night to work before taking the next three days off.

Thankfully, the door was open. Evelyss wouldn’t have to knock and interrupt something that would surely leave her red-faced and upset.

Just as she was about to enter the room, Brahm flew out, tucking his shirt into his pants. He slammed into her so fast and hard that she fell backward, with the full length of him on top of her.

Fury roared inside her. She opened her mouth, ready to light into him, when she noticed something else below his waist. Though it wasn’t standing erect at the moment, there was no missing the warm member that rested against her crotch.

Evelyss gulped. “C-c-can you get off me, please?” Great. As if that was supposed to sound angry at him for invading her personal space.



The Portal Guards is a 57-page novella with a fabulous cover, a feisty housekeeper heroine, and a swoon-worthy guardian hero. This little bit of fantasy romance was just what I needed to break up my reading monotony.

There is a lot going on in the pages. The story takes places on the Talbert Estate, in a dimension outside of the human world. Many of the beings working at the Talbert Estate are not what they seem and everyone has a secret. Even the estate has a secret. There is a secret portal on the property that allows passage between worlds. When an intruder breeches the estate's protective magic, Evelyss and Brahm (who have a strained relationship at best) are forced to work together to protect the portal and themselves.

I love stories where the characters fall into a romance unexpectedly. It would be great to see Evelyss and Brahm get their own full length novel. I am also curious to learn more about some of the supporting characters and concepts mentioned in the story. There is a whole new world to explore on the other side of the Fringe Line.

Looking for an interesting quick-to-read romance? The Portal Guards is sure to please.

I received a copy of this book exchange for an honest review.


Bestselling author Marcia Colette didn’t discover her love for reading until her late teens when she started reading John Saul and progressed to works by Bentley Little, Stephen King and Laurell K. Hamilton. Her reading tastes convinced her to write paranormals where curses cause people to shift into spiders, psychotic and telekinetic mothers are locked away in attics, and murderous doppelgangers are on a rampage. Let's not forget about the hunky werecheetah coalitions who live throughout North Carolina. As long as she can make it believable, that's all that matters.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Marcia now lives in North Carolina with her mom and beautiful daughter. They’re not raising zombies in the backyard. There aren’t any hellhounds living in the den, only a rabbit and a cockatiel. So where she gets her ideas is as much a mystery to her as anyone else.

The best place to find her--when she's not stirring up trouble--is on her blog where she loves connecting with readers.






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  1. Welcome to KVR Marcia! I am happy to host you here. The book's cover looks great.

    Any plans to expand this story into a series? What project are you working on now?

    1. Yes. Currently, I'm working on the sequel The Underground Portal where Evelyss's sister has trouble leaving the Fringe Line and the handsome scientist who wants to help her, but has troubles of his own.

  2. Wow I love that cover! Who was your designer??

    1. Thanks, Andra! My cover art was created by amazing Nancy at Cottage Art Creations.

    2. I like it a lot! Especially the eyes!

  3. What a great excerpt and review.

    1. Thanks, MomJane. And thanks for stopping by. :)

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    1. Glad you liked it, Rita. Thanks for stopping by today. :)