Claire Marta & Nia Farrell ~ Darcy ~ Release Blitz / Teasers / ARC Review






Darcy: Guarded Hearts Book 5 by Claire Marta and Nia Farrell


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Darcy Takahara’s experience with dark forces puts her at odds with the men at the Citadel. With her cousin in their clutches, she’s not sure they can be trusted.


Driven by her own agenda, she accepts a teaching position at The Haven, a private boys’ school in rural New York. She’s on the trail of her ex-lover, Dr. Liu Chan, the former member of an elite secret order. Discovering him on staff at the school, she fears Liu is up to his old tricks.


Gaining the trust of those around her is imperative. Darcy does what she must to infiltrate their ranks and learn Liu’s secrets. When things take a devastating turn, she’s forced to seek the help of two men she’s been trying to avoid.


Zana Sasani and Lukas Schmidt have been watching Raven’s cousin for a while. The Asian beauty is feisty and strong, and they’ve both fallen head over heels for her.


The problem is she can’t be trusted. When circumstances force a wary truce, the men think they have their chance to win their fated mate. But Darcy’s mission is far from over. With an old enemy rising, the men must work quickly to aid her or risk losing her forever.



Shifters with a sci-fi twist, Guarded Hearts Season One (Books 1-7) follows members of The Order of the Phoenix. Each book in this interconnected storyline provides a happily-ever-after for the main characters. While the first book of Season One can be read as a stand-alone, the following titles will be more fully enjoyed and understood if they are read in order, beginning with Morgan (Guarded Hearts Book 1).


This story has potential triggers, including interrogation and forced compliance. MFM ménage erotic romance with MM and MMF scenes, written for Ages 18+.





Other books in the Series:

Morgan  Guarded Hearts Book 1

Casey  Guarded Hearts Book 2

Raven  Guarded Hearts Book 3

Riley Guarded Hearts Book 4

Darcy Guarded Hearts Book 5



Sam Guarded Hearts Book 6





My ARC Review:

Book 5 in this Guarded Hearts series from Claire and Nia, and boy was I looking forward to this one!! We have met Darcy in previous books and her character has always intrigued me…. her heritage, her background, her skills and abilities…. all these were only hinted at in previous books, in this one we find out her background and just what Darcy is up to!!! As with the rest of the books in this series, it is a dark and disturbing read at times with plenty of triggers. But the plot lines in this one, whoa, not where I was expecting it to go, it turned out to be totally gripping and suspenseful, brilliantly written, I was totally engrossed in the story line and loved it!

Zana and Lukas have been keeping an eye on Darcy since we met her in earlier books, thinking they had found their mate, but never getting the time to spend with Darcy to find out. She was around the Citadel a lot visiting Raven and Willow, but was not happy with the situation at the Citadel and was not one to conform, trying her best to get Raven away from the Citadel. She ended up helping Riley to get away from the Citadel who then ended up in serious trouble in the previous book, but her help with Riley got her banished, making it almost impossible for Zana and Lukas to spend any time with her.

When Darcy’s background and secrets come to light, you can’t help but admire her character and her spirit, she throws everything she has got into her mission…. heart, mind and body…. and what she ends up dealing with is nasty and heartbreaking, but she is such a strong character, you can’t help but love her and her determination. But as much as she is drawn to Zana and Lukas she is determined to keep them at bay, not believing in fated mates, and not wanting to drag them into her world.

This totally had me on the edge of my seat wondering how it would all play out seeing where her background and secrets came from and how she ended up being in the thick of it, surrounded by shape shifters and vampires. There are some very hot and very descriptive scenes in this one, but also be prepared for a dark and violent read, it gets pretty nasty so be warned. But I loved it, and can’t wait for the next book in this series, highly recommended reading.









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International Best-Selling Author Nia Farrell is a four-times Golden Flogger Finalist and a founding member of the Wicked Pens. Dubbed “The Queen of Steam,” she writes hot sex and happy endings in multiple genres and subgenres, including BDSM, ménage (MFM and MMF), MM, reverse harem, paranormal, MC, romantic intrigue, and Mafia. Regardless of genres, ultimately, her books are about the healing power of love.


Nia writes erotic romance as Nia Farrell, historical romance as Erinn Ellender Quinn, and erotica/romantic comedy as Ree L. Diehl. Her three pen names share a webpage at, where you can see tantalizing teasers and read steamy excerpts. As one reviewer puts it, “If you love sensual, emotional and powerful romance with a definite D/s dynamic, you should be reading Author Nia Farrell.”







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