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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037312953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373129539
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,613,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm never disappointed while reading a Sandra Marton romance and this series, the Orsini brothers has been exceptional. Falco: The Dark Guardian was tense, dangerous and full of sweet and tender romance. Like his brother's, Falco Orsini was proud, arrogant and extremely handsome and a knight in shining armour.

Casare Orsini was the head of the mob and his sons absolutely did not approve. However, he had used the excuse he was dying and had asked his sons to help him and now he was enlisting the help of his son Falco. He owed a favor to an old friend who was a film director in Hollywood. One of his actresses was being stalked and threatened and she did not want the police involved. As Falco had served in the Army in Special Forces, his father requested that he fly out to California and be Elle Bissette's bodyguard. His father had photos of her, she was beautiful and there was something in her eyes that drew him to her and made him want to protect her.

Elle Bissette had a secret past, even though she knew the threats were serious she didn't want people to know about her past life. She had once been a model and then came the chance to star in a film. However, it wasn't just the pictures of her she received in the mail with the threats, her stalker was now calling her at home. She didn't want the world to know about where she came from and what had happened all of those years ago. Now she was faced with a darkly handsome man sent to protect her and she wasn't going to have any of it! They argued and in the end, Falco won. However, not before yelling at each other and Elle was not going to let him take charge of her life.

What was it about Elle that attracted Falco? Was it her beauty, spirit or her fear?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't worry, it gets better.... Oct. 23 2010
By kadiem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At first, as I was reading this book I was extremely annoyed with the heroine. The basic premise of the novel is that the heroine, Elle, is being stalked by a crazy psycho who leaves her threatening notes and pictures showing her being mutilated in various ways. The hero, Falco, is persuaded into acting as her bodyguard until the stalker is found. It is important to note that Elle is a model turned Hollywood actress. In this situation you would expect most people, after receiving the disturbing and threatening letters and photos, would be relieved to have someone around to try to assist in resolving the problem. This is not the case with Elle who at every turn (initially) seeks to dissuade ANY assistance to help with the stalker despite the stalker's escalating behavior. Elle is, of course, stubborn and irrational about dealing with the stalker and insists that she doesn't need anyone and can handle the situation on her own. It soon becomes apparent that she cannot, but she takes her anger at being helpless out on Falco. Her constant fighting with Falco was so illogical to me that I initially thought I would not be able to finish this book because of what I perceived as her TSTL behavior. However, ultimately, there is a pay off describing the true reasons why Elle feels she is unable to trust anyone and it is definitely not the typical crap we find in many novels in the HP series. I ultimately enjoyed this novel and the way it handled the trust issues that Elle faced. A good read if you can hold onto your patience. Also, the chemistry between Falco and Elle is pretty sizzling and Sandra Marton writes their intimate scenes very well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
All The Same Oct. 1 2011
By R. Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I stopped reading halfway through this book, it made me want to scream in frustration. The plot line is different but the characters are basically the same as in the first book of the series.

The heroes in both books are controlling jerks who literally push the heroines around and manhandle them. Both the heroes suffer from severe mood swings, one minutes they're happy to be with the heroines and the next are storming off. In no way does it seems like they are falling in love, they meet, fall in to bed together and next day proclaim they love each other.

There is no reason for the hero to constantly be calling the heroine 'baby', especially after she asks him not to. Maybe he's bedded so many women it's just easier to call them that than to remember their names.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Falco: The Dark Guardian Nov. 20 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Millionaire investor Falco Orsini is reluctantly guarding reticent model Elle Bisette from a deranged stalker whose threats get worse every day. Elle is determined to keep her secrets hidden, even in the face of danger. While Falco and Elle are trying to sort through their feelings for each other, Elle's stalker is drawing closer.

Falco: The Dark Guardian is a good story and I like Falco and Elle a lot. Elle has a quiet confidence and strong determination. Falco is sexy, and he's a dependable guy Elle can feel safe with. He only loses control when his desire for Elle overrides his protective instincts. Unfortunately, the constant push-pull of their relationship wore me down. They're either kissing or fighting; there's no in between through most of the story. It's frustrating because there is chemistry between them. Falco: The Dark Guardian is dramatic and full of emotion and the end is exciting and heartwarming. I just wish there had been less unnecessary angst in between.

Nannette
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another great Sandra Marton book Dec 9 2010
By Ma Magdalena Lozano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I am a big fan of Sandra Marton. I had already read Rafe and Dante's stories so I wanted to know about Falco. Falco and Elle had chemistry from the get go and they never let up. Sandra knows what draws a reader and it is continuos throughout. This book was thoroughly entertaining. I was not disappointed. I am going to read Nicolo's story next.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Duty or Desire?" Nov. 1 2010
By Marilyn Shoemaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm never disappointed while reading a Sandra Marton romance and this series, the Orsini brothers has been exceptional. Falco: The Dark Guardian was tense, dangerous and full of sweet and tender romance. Like his brother's, Falco Orsini was proud, arrogant and extremely handsome and a knight in shining armour.

Casare Orsini was the head of the mob and his sons absolutely did not approve. However, he had used the excuse he was dying and had asked his sons to help him and now he was enlisting the help of his son Falco. He owed a favor to an old friend who was a film director in Hollywood. One of his actresses was being stalked and threatened and she did not want the police involved. As Falco had served in the Army in Special Forces, his father requested that he fly out to California and be Elle Bissette's bodyguard. His father had photos of her, she was beautiful and there was something in her eyes that drew him to her and made him want to protect her.

Elle Bissette had a secret past, even though she knew the threats were serious she didn't want people to know about her past life. She had once been a model and then came the chance to star in a film. However, it wasn't just the pictures of her she received in the mail with the threats, her stalker was now calling her at home. She didn't want the world to know about where she came from and what had happened all of those years ago. Now she was faced with a darkly handsome man sent to protect her and she wasn't going to have any of it! They argued and in the end, Falco won. However, not before yelling at each other and Elle was not going to let him take charge of her life.

What was it about Elle that attracted Falco? Was it her beauty, spirit or her fear? They fought, yet he followed her and then a series of things happened, from a break-in at her cabin, to her home where it was very clear to them both that the stalker was extremely dangerous. From time to time, there was some kissing, touching and barbs, it lead to a very fascinating story. I wondered who would kill who because they constantly fought and the barbs were given freely. Upon returning to her Hollywood home and seeing the mess, Falco took matters into his hands, hired a jet and took Elle to Maui where they lived in a secluded home.

Their relationship changed immediately. As shy and inexperienced as Elle was she knew she was attracted to him. When Falco kissed her, her fear of being intimate changed to desire and passion thanks to this Italian's understanding and patience. Their days were romantic and incredible until Elle finally trusted Falco enough to tell him her story. Oh boy, what a story! And then he sent her away first with tears and then anger to keep her safe back to California with his friend. He said it was over! With the stalker dead he went home to New York in a bad temper!

I wondered how their story would end and Sandra Marton didn't disappoint me. A beautifully written romance.....sweet and tender yet there was also anger and danger which had me sitting on the edge of my seat. In the end, they both were willing to make sacrifices to get their happy ending.

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