Blog Tour & Review: Unchained (An Eternal Guardians Novella) by Elisabeth Naughton
PROMETHEUS – One of the keenest Titans to ever walk the earth. Until, that is, his weakness for the human race resulted in his imprisonment.
For thousands of years, Prometheus’s only certainty was his daily torture at Zeus’s hand. Now, unchained by the Eternal Guardians, he spends his days in solitude, trying to forget the past. He’s vowed no allegiance in the war between mortal and immortal, but when a beautiful maiden seeks him out and begs for his help, he’s once again powerless to say no. Soon, Prometheus is drawn into the very conflict he swore to avoid, and, to save the maiden’s life, he must choose sides. But she has a secret of her own, and if Prometheus doesn’t discover what she’s hiding in time, the world won’t simply find itself embroiled in a battle between good and evil, it will fall in total domination to Prometheus’s greatest enemy.
Four (3.5) Boundless Stars
I was provided a copy of Unchained for a blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This is one of those times I am kicking myself asking “Self, why haven’t you finished this series yet?” Haven read book one, Marked and LOVED it, I am not sure why I haven’t read the rest of the series up to this book. I have no excuse, other than there are just too many books and not enough me.
In Unchained there is enough backstory given that it reads OK as a standalone; however, I am such a freak and like to read everything in order to get all those details. Also, Titan and Argonaut are the two words that plagued me during the story. I read Marked about a year ago, and there have been so many books in-between, I just felt like I wanted and needed a refresher; other than the first book and a few movies, I’ve got nothing when it comes to Greek Mythology.
In Unchained, a titan, Prometheus, has been wandering his castle alone for 25 years after the Argonauts freed him from his daily torcher at the hands of Zeus. He starts hearing the voice of a woman and thinks he is going mad.
Circe, a witch and a prisoner of Zeus, is pleading with Prometheus for help via visions and dreams to rescue her; yet not all is as it seems. Is she leading Prometheus into a trap, or does she truly have feeling for him? Prometheus has isolated himself for so long and she has finally awakened a part of him he long thought dead, (not that part, jezz). Will Prometheus risk chains again for a woman who could potentially be an enemy?
Overall, the story was entertaining and loaded with passion, danger, betrayal and action. It also left me with a huge need to go back and finish the series.
Her eyes were hypnotic, her voice sultry and so damn erotic he could go on listening to her talk about anything. Somehow he pulled his attention away from her perfect breasts and looked deep into her emerald eyes. “What realm? Tell me where you are flesh and blood at all times so I can find you.”
“That would break the rules. And if we are to see each other again, I can’t break them. As for what I want, though...” Her breaths grew shallow as she drew even closer and her gaze dropped to his lips. “I think this want burning inside me is the same one that brought you to this place.”
Her hand landed against the back of the chaise, and she angled her face up toward his. The heat of her body surrounded him, consumed him, infused him with need. He lifted his hand to her neck, felt the soft, silken flesh beneath his fingers, and was powerless to hold back.
His mouth lowered to hers as if they were magnets, drawn together by a force neither could resist. Her supple lips brushed his...warm, sweet, tender yet intoxicating at the same time. He had an overwhelming urge to take her, to claim her, to make her his own, but he didn’t want to do anything to spook her, and he was still so confused about what and who she was. So he kissed her slowly. Slid his fingers into her sleek hair. Held back from the passion he wanted to release.
She sighed against him. Brought one hand up to rest against his chest. Warmth circled the spot, shot sparks of electricity straight into his groin. Sliding his tongue along the seam of her lips, he coaxed her to open, to let him in, to give him a taste of what he’d been dreaming about for far too long.
She drew back quickly, breaking their kiss before he was ready. His hand dropped to her thigh as she looked to her right.
He didn’t care about whatever animal outside the gazebo had distracted her. He only wanted more. He reached for her. “Keia.”
“He’s back.” She pushed to her feet before he could kiss her again. Her gaze stayed locked on something to her right. “What is he doing back so soon?”
“He who?” A little of Prometheus’s lust faded when he saw the worry rushing over her features. He stood and reached for her. “Keia?”
She glanced his way. But this time he didn’t see heat in her gemlike eyes. He saw fear. True fear. “He’s not alone. I have to go.”
ABOUT ELISABETH NAUGHTON:
Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “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.Visit Elisabeth Naughton’s website.