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Audio Book Review-Enraptured by Elisabeth Naughton

Title: Enraptured
Series:Eternal Guardians 
Author: Elisabeth Naughton 
Format: Audio 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Acquired: Amazon/Audible
Genre: Mythology Romance 

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Orpheus–To most he’s an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians–elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm–whether he likes it or not.

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He’s not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she’s an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There’s a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he’s not the man everyone thinks… The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves.

My Review

Enraptured is the fourth book in the Eternal Guardians, and I was able to get a copy of it in audio format, and what a wild ride of adventure and romance this one turned out to be. Ever since I started reading this series, I fell mad for it. I have a certain weakness to mythology, and you mix it in with some romance…you have quite a gem. Enraptured is a story I have been waiting long to read. Quite frankly ever since the first book, I have feel enraptured by Orpheus myself…he is such a bad boy with a good heart underneath it all…and so I was super excited to start his story and see how he got his HEA. 

Enraptured begins with Orpheus, is out to rescue his brother who is trapped in the underworld, due to his mistake. So on his search, he runs into a siren,Skyla. Skyla has been a siren for two thousand years, but there is a reason she has stayed one for so long. She knows secrets about Orpheus, secrets that are hidden from him, and secrets that tie them together in ways that she doesn’t even know. When Zeus sends her on a mission, she doesn’t expect to feel these strong feelings again, because she and Orpheus once loved each other, but Orpheus was given a second chance at life, and she hopes he doesn’t remember his past or he might hate her forever. Even though she has been sent on a mission, she can’t deny her feelings for this Guardian, who may be part demon, but in her mind he is far from a man without a soul. He is a hero, who on the surface acts with a devil may care personality, but underneath that tough shell, is a man she admires and loves more than life itself. When danger comes storming on their doorstep, she will do anything she can to save Orpheus even from himself. 

Enrapture is quite a stimulating read and packed quite a punch. It had everything I would come to expect from this author and more. I was completely blown over by how well this story was written and it passed every expectation I had, and as a added plus, the narrator did a wonderful job in portraying the characters and tone of the story with the inflection of her voice, so it is a winner in my book. We have a second chance love story…which is always my favorite types, and their is a bit of a forbidden love, but boy do they overcome obstacles and find their way together. They were a great pair, and really had a connection, and in the beginning it is just physical, but as the story progresses we see much more depth to their relationship, and when you combine that with the exciting plot, you have quite a jewel. 

Overall a  paranormal romance, mixed with danger and passion and quite a bit conflict, some hard to win battles, and a love that never dies….IRRESISTIBLE!!!

My Rating
5 Blossoms 
Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Marked (1)
Entwined (2)
Temped (3)
Enraptured (4)
Enslaved (5)
Bound (6)
Twisted (7)
Ravaged (7.5)

ARC Book Review-Twisted by Elisabeth Naughton

Twisted
Eternal Guardians(7)
Elisabeth Naughton
E Book
Published September 2014
Acquired: Netgalley
Mythology Romance
Authors Website

Synopsis
NickLeader of the half-breeds and the last true hero. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods. A pull he now knows is linked to his father Krónos and the Titan’s plan to escape from the Underworld.

But Nick’s hidden powers are coveted by more than just his father. Imprisoned by Hades, Nick battles every form of torture imaginable as the sadistic god schemes to break him. Only one thing is keeping him sane. One woman who gives him the strength to fight the relentless darkness. She has a dangerous plan of her own, though, and as Nick’s powers grow stronger, even she might not be enough to alter his destiny.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Nick’s allegiances are tested. And no one knows whether he will choose to fight for good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil. Not even him

My Review

I received a ARC Copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Elisabeth Naughton and Netgalley.

Nick sacrificed himself so that, Isadora, both his and his brothers mate, could have a chance for freedom with the man she loved and their daughter. Even though he feels a pull for her, he knows he can never have a mate. Now he is kept prisoner by Hades, he is tortured and abused but there is one woman who keeps him anchored, the one who is in charge of his torture…Cynna. Cynna, lost her family, and has wanted justice for their deaths. So she made a deal, and has done some of the most terrible things, and has been in charge of Nicks torture sessions, and has despised every moment and is started to believe she is irredeemable. When a chance comes to escape, she takes it, and takes Nick with her, knowing that she can’t leave him there in that hellhole. From the moment of their escape, Nick, takes control of the situation, and passion ignites, and Nick is battling within himself, to stay in control, and only Cynna can center him. But soon he will have to choose to fight or give into temptation and the darkness that is spreading throughout him…

Twisted is the seventh installment in this amazing series by Elisabeth Naughton. The Eternal Guardians is a series based on a mythology theme. Nick is a special guardian, and very unique. He has spent his life protecting those from the wrath of the gods, and has been their leader. I have been watching Nick since the first few books in the series, and I have been waiting quite some time for his story. I will say that you can read it as a stand alone if you need to, but I would recommend you read the books in order if you can. I have yet to read books 4 and 5, so there was some things that kinda got me a bit lost, but I was able to catch on quickly to the story, and there is definitely history with Nick and some of the other characters that play a active role.

Twisted is pretty much what the title implies, there is so many “twisted” circumstances involved in play of the plot, but it works so well, and Naughton has really stunned me with her detail and being able to completely draw me into the story, that I had stayed up all night reading it, because I was so hooked. There is quite a bit of depth intertwined with the plot that really captivates you. In the beginning of the story you see both sides of Nick and Cynna. As they begin to delve deeper into their relationship, and certain aspects start to come to light, you gain a deeper respect for both of them as characters. They were such a solid pair, and even though I had a little issue with Cynna, for the most part I adored her. She became a endearing character for me, and I really started to like her even when I didn’t think I could or even wanted to. At times she seems to always be running away (which was very annoying and I wanted to scream at her and yell “what the heck are you doing girl running from that gorgeous man who adores you??) Crazy woman!! Anyway, you start to understand her character more and the reasons behind her running, and Nick, well he is great. He just keeps chasing her. Which was awesome seeing the way he never gives up on her, after all he has gone through, he isn’t willing to just let her go.

This story is pretty complex and has quite a few aspects that really put me through the emotional ringer, that resulted in a fully satisfying read that is fast paced and intricately written to endear the reader to this amazing talent of Elisabeth Naughton. This author will magically draw you into this world of mythology, suspense, passion, and loaded with plenty to satisfy your hunger!! RICHLY CRAFTED!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series
Marked
Entwined
Tempted
Enraptured
Enslaved
Bound

Quickie Audio Book Review-Tempted

Tempted
Eternal Guardians (3)
Elisabeth Naughton
Tantor Audio
12 Hours
Narrated: Elizabeth Wiley
Paranormal Mythology Romance
ISBN:  9780505528735)
Authors Website

DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Isadora is missing. The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she’s gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned.

As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.

My Review

Tempted is the third installment of the Eternal Guardians. In the past couple of books, Demetrius has practically scared me more than any other guardian. He is icy and cold and very rough around the edges, but in this book, you see the true center of Demetrius and I was completely head over heels for Demetrius. There is a lot more to him than meets the eye. When Isadora gets kidnapped and she and Demetrius are thrown together in a place where they will have to rely on each other to survive, a desire flames between them. Demetrius has known for years that Isadora is his mate, but he doesn’t feel worthy of her, so he shuts her out and tries to force her to hate him. But when her life is in danger, everything changes, and Isadora starts to see a man that cares but refuses to show it. Isadora shows her true colors and you see a inner strength that grows with each day, and I love her fighting spirit. There was so much more in this story than I expected, and it keeps your mind constantly overwhelmed and engaged till the very end. The suspense and thrills seem to never end and the ending was purely satisfying and you are left with the happy bliss feeling that you crave every time you read a good romance. And oh boy was this well done!! A intense, passionate, and exciting adventure packed with dangerous creatures, plot full of intrigue, a mystery to unlock and enough romance to send tingles all over!! CAPTIVATING!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Marked
Entwined
Enraptured
Enslaved
Bound

Audio Book Review-Entwined

Entwined
Eternal Guardians (2)
Elisabeth Naughton
Audiobook
Tantor Media
Published July 2010
Fantasy Romance
ISBN:  9780505528230
Authors Website 

Synopsis
ZANDER — The most feared of all the Eternal Guardians. It’s rumored he can’t be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose. But as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he’s got to have a vulnerability…somewhere.

Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the human world. Zander can’t afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching before him, he also can’t fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he’s found his weakness, after all…

My Review

Entwined is the second book in the Eternal Guardian series. I have really learned to love this author, and the theme to this series has been such fun to explore. Entwined is the story about Zander and Callia. Entwined is a audiobook, and the narrator is Elizabeth Wiley, who has become a favorite of mine. After having read two other books in the series, I have fallen in love with this author. From the previous book we see Callia, who is the king’s healer. Entwined is her story along with Zander. We don’t see too much of him in the previous book, so it was good to see way more in depth of Zander. This story, starts off with the King demanding that a Argenaut marry his daughter Isadora. At first he demands that it be Dimitri, but then Zander steps in when Dimitri refuses. Zander believes himself to be immortal, unable to die. So he figures he only has five hundred years to lose, unlike the others, he has lived long enough to know their fathers and grandfathers. Even knowing he has a lifemate, believing that they have no future. But when Zander goes on a mission to the mortal world, he is injured trying to save half breeds, and Callia is then brought to him to heal him. Thus begins Zander and Callia starting out on a adventure where misunderstandings threaten their future, but when danger escalates with the demons, Zander and Callia will have to learn to trust each other once again if they want to survive.

Entwined was a thrilling installment of the Eternal Guardians. There is actually quite a bit that goes on in this story. Some of which I don’t want to give away, so I don’t spoil the book for those that haven’t read it yet. This couple has serious trust issues, probably due to lack of communication and betrayal of those they trust the most. Zander and Callia have been separated even knowing they are destined for each other. I do wish that there had been some flashbacks in this story, to understand their relationship from the past a bit more deeper. But as the plot progresses, you get enough to put everything together. We get to see more of the Guardians, Isadora, and the half breeds. Atlanta-the queen of the demons, rears her ugly head once again, and we see more of her cruelty. Then we see a new character Max (who was my favorite). Those of you who have read Entwined, definitely understand I would think. Charming and sweet, and I was totally cheering for him all the way. From the beginning to end this story was enriched with emotion, passion and zest.

Overall a suspenseful story that takes you away in passion and adventure, enough to blow your mind away. A phenomenal romance that will bring a few tears to your eye, a story to pull at your heart strings, and a book to be sealed up into the memory of the reader.ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Marked
Entwined
Tempted
Enraptured
Enslaved
Bound
Twisted

Audio Book Review-Marked

Marked
Eternal Guardians (2)
Elisabeth Naughton
Tantor Media
Audiobook
Published May 2010
11 Hours, 2 Mins
Mythology/Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9780505528223
Authors Website

THERON — Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life — silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendant of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review

Casey, is beyond exhausted, working two jobs. Her day job, a book shop, which was her grandmothers, and now is Casey’s. But things are tight, so she works as a waitress at a strip club, where she runs into a stranger, a stranger that takes her breath away like never before. But what happens next shocks her. As she heads to her car after work, she sees the same stranger, battling creatures that look like demons. Upon her arrival, they disappear and she takes the wounded man to her apartment. Theron, has come to the human world, to track the King’s daughter, who has fled. He must find her and return her before the King returns. However while on his way of returning her, he comes across demons and he is outnumbered with no backup. So he sends Isadora back home, and tries to fight the demons, knowing it was going to be very painful. Then he wakes up in a strange home, in a woman’s bed. From the moment he catches eye of Casey, he is enthralled by her beauty and her caring nature. Before either of them realizes he they share a sensual night in each others arms, but Theron leaves not knowing if he would ever see her again. Then he learns from the King that he must find Isadora’s sister to save her life, and he suspects the sister is Casey, knowing if he does complete his mission it will kill her in the process. Will Theron be able to choose between duty and a fierce desire turned into love?

Marked is the first in the Eternal Guardians. This is not the first time I have read from this author. Earlier last year, I was able to read Bound, and I was hooked into this series. I have been wanting to read the earlier books ever since, so I was very excited to get this through Audible. I love the idea of this series. I have always admired Greek mythology, and its so exciting to see a author mix it into her books as Naugton does with the Eternal Guardians. The Eternal Guardians are descendants of half breeds of the gods. They are chosen to protect and fight the demons that are growing in a large number. This was such a thrilling and exciting story, the suspense and adventure would just NOT stop, and I LOVED it!!! I was curious to see how this story would be on audio book, and I have to say I am going to get the rest of the series through Audible, I enjoyed it that much. The narrator was awesome, and I loved her variety of tones of voices of the characters. The story was such a roller coaster of romance and adventure. There was quite a conflict, well a BIG conflict, since the heroine is fated to die, but it definitely will shock you how the story turns out, it did for me. I was on tinder hooks, wondering how on earth this couple would ever manage a HEA, but I was left feeling fully satisfied by the end.

Overall I adored Marked. Such a wonderful romance, with a beautifully written mythology theme to it, that just grabs your attention and makes you never want to put this down. The relationship between Theron and Casey definitely was full of rocks, twists and turns, but yet there was such a intense feeling to it that leaves the reader breathless. A STELLAR ROMANCE!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Entwined
Tempted
Enraptured
Enslaved
Bound
Twisted

Bound Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!!

Bound
Eternal Guardians (6)
Elisabeth Naughton
 E Book
Published March 26th 2013
Fantasy Romance
Authors Website

Synopsis 
TITUS—To most his gift seems like a blessing, but for him it’s a curse the other Eternal Guardians—those who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld—seek to exploit. One he would gladly trade for the chance to be free…

Obsessed. Her touch is like a drug. From the moment he met her, Titus knew she was different. Even dangerous. Yet though his guardian brethren are convinced Natasa is working for Hades, Titus can’t stop thinking about her. Can’t stop fantasizing about her. Can’t stop craving the one thing he knows could lead to the downfall of his world.

Possessed. Faced with stopping Natasa or joining in her quest, Titus falls to temptation and is thrust into a world of lust, deception, and deadly treachery designed by the gods. Her touch—only hers—frees him from his bonds, but desire may just condemn him. Because before the end he’ll have to decide which is more important: duty and honor to those he took an oath to defend, or a woman who could very well be the biggest curse to them all.

My Review
Summary 
Titus, part of the order of the Eternal Guardians, has for the longest time has been unable to bear another’s touch on his skin, or feel every emotion and be splintered with pain. He has been having dreams of the one woman who he can bear her touch, and he knows it is doubtful that he will ever see her again. But then he suddenly spots her in the Castle of Argolea.  On his way to a meeting with the “Council” he sees a dark haired young woman who looks exactly like the one woman he has been dreaming about at night, hoping one day that he would find her again. When he endeavors to find her, he finds himself to have been drawn into her world. Titus is very powerful, and he knows that Natasa is innocent, that she doesn’t mean to hurt or injure others. They begin together on a quest to find the answers that could solve every one’s problems, only never expected the danger and intrigue that would come along with it. Natasa knows how dangerous she is, and wants more than anything to have the ‘fire’ that burns within her and threatens every one’s lives, to be rid of. Natasa never expected to find Titus or expect to find such a passionate love that ignites every burning awakened with her….or even a powerful love that would lead her to finding everything she has been aching to have.

The Hero (Titus)
Titus, over a hundred years ago, was cursed after being a foolish and prideful young man. So he has been unable to bear another’s touch, or ends up on the floor in pain and overwhelmed with every emotion and sense of the person that he touches. He has managed to hide that flaw from others in the order, seeing it as a weakness. Until he meets Natasa at the half breed colony, some time ago, and his whole world changes, when she touches him, and he doesn’t feel emotion or pain. He only feels her beautiful touch and the heat of her skin, only draws him in. She has no idea what a wonderful gift she has given him, being able to Finally touch another after over a hundred years, and vows to protect her no matter what threatens them.

The Heroine (Natasa)
Natasa, has recently been woken up after being frozen for hundreds of years. Now a fire burns within her, that she has barely been able to contain; it has taken all of her self control to hold it within in. She knows she has little time left, and that she could cause the very own destruction of mankind if she doesn’t find the one person that can save her…her father who is imprisoned. With Zeus and Hades trying to find her, she must find a way out of this mess she finds herself in. All she wants to do is get the heat taken away from her, its like her own curse, one she despises. When she meets Titus, she just want to faint at his feet, he makes her blood boil, and makes her heart pound with his beautiful and toned body that leaves her breathless. He shows her a passion and a love and prove to her they are meant to be.

My Thoughts 
I was given the ARC to read and then give a honest review in exchange. When I was asked to be a tour host for this book…I was beyond excited. Since I haven’t done too many yet. I have been wanting to read this series, but until now had yet to read anything from Elisabeth Naughton. I have to say after reading Bound, I can’t believe that I haven’t read her yet. For one thing I just love it when Greek Mythology (or any kind of mythology) is mixed in with the story plot. The author writes it in such a way that enthralls the reader from the very first page, and I found it near impossible to put it down. I love the focus and the detail that is very thoroughly portrayed through the story. Even though when I first started reading this, I was a bit lost since I hadn’t read the previous books in the series, I did catch on after the first few chapters, and I found myself totally drawn in with the story. I also enjoyed how Naughton puts in serious issues that we all deal with in a paranormal themed romance that helps the reader connect with the characters and the story line in a very real way. The emotions that were so vividly portrayed were so heart wrenching at times, that I did cry a few times. It had such a powerful effect on my emotions, that I felt like I was being overwhelmed at times with a sea of emotional effect that takes you on a adventure to rival any. I also found some great qualities that came with this author’s writing, and her unique style will just captivate you and before you know it, you have fallen in love with the story and the characters that will take your breath away. A Poignant and intense love story that will take you places you can only dream about. I am now totally addicted to this story, and I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the other works in the series!!! A True Treasure that will excited you and charm you!! Plus how can you resist such a gorgeous cover…with the water trickling down in the sexiest way. Utterly irresistible!!

First Line 
Anxiety was a bitch he did not have the patience to deal with.

Favorite Quote 
“Titus, I–“
He lifted his head, and before she could get the rest of the words out, his lips pressed against hers. 
Soft. Cool. Electric. Tingles rushed through her whole body. And when he nipped at her lower lip, when she felt the tip of his tongue slide across the seam of her lips, she gave up the fight. She opened to him. 
He was like a waterfall. Like a cool flood of relief, pouring over her skin, easing the burn from the outside in. Rejuvenating her in ways she couldn’t imagine. 

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The series 
Marked
Entwined
Tempted
Enraptured
Enslaved

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About The Author 

Author’s Bio & Picture:

I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.
 

 

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

 
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Giveaway 

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·        1 ebook copy of “Bound”
·        Character Trading Cards
·        1 Eternal Guardian Bookmarker
·        1 Eternal Guardians Drink Coaster
·        1 Eternal Guardian logo Temporary tattoo
·        1 Bound Car Charm
·        1 Bound Keychain