I love these sorts of paranormal books; the destined mates thing is something I always love. You can rest assure that if there is some sort of fated love affair I will have the book on my To Be Read list. This was a thumbs up choice for me in that respect.
The Guardians of the Realm are a collection of paranormal soldiers sent to the Earth Realm to keep the denizens safe by sending evil beings to the Tetartos Realm, sorta like hell, sorta like the realm where the paranormals and gods have been sent to keep those in the Earth Realm safe. Now Tetartos sounds like Tartarus and in Homer’s Illiad Zeus says that Tartarus is as far below Hades as Heaven is above Earth. Tetartos is where the non-human beings exist and it’s the mythical/paranormal are sent by the Guardians, it’s their eternal afterlife. As far as my opinion is the two are so similar to one another in description and spelling that it probably should have been recommended as an issue in editing.
I really love the lore in it’s own. The Guardians are sorta like the Berserkers and úlfheðnar were for Odin. Men who had paranormal or animalistic characteristics and superior strength who fight on behalf of a god. While all the gods have been set to sleep in Tetartos in the Guardian books they have taken direction to protect the realms by one before all H-E-2 sticks occurred. The Guardians have a relation to gods, one another, and the earth realm in a way that keeps them invested in the keeping beyond what a normal soldier would, they are divined warriors and their calling is both a blessing and a curse.
Speaking of editing… this novel has a meandering quality with an overabundance of exposition that I pray will be pruned down in later books. Much like my meandering reviews the plot is full of repetitious themes, facts, and extraneous filler. It’s burdened with a dejá vu; some parts echo so often that it begins to draw from the story. A good beta reader or more conscientious editor would help Setta Jay streamline the novel for optimal impact.
BUT don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. This story is intriguing and the characters are compelling and the series has an addictive effect. The lore of Guardians of the Realm has a great basis and great potential. The mechanics are more of an issue than the storycrafting and storytelling. I read the second book and it is just as delicious for my eyes as this one. I really love the characters in Setta Jays’ books.
Another consideration for those who love sexy, steamy reads this has a heat level of 5/5. It’s fine erotica and you will not be let down in the chemistry between the main characters and the secondary ones. This is 3.5 stars in my opinion but I know it will go nowhere but up.
Ecstasy Unclaimed Synopsis:
As one of the twelve Guardians, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity has to evolve, hell beasts need to die, and Immortals need mates. But lately, Uri’s mind is overrun with thoughts of when his sexy voyeur will find him again, watching him from the shadows, continuing their wicked game. All Guardians are forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to keep from pinning her down on the nearest surface and making her his.
Alexandra has managed to evade the Guardians and being cast out from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity and banished all Immortals. Always sensing that she was needed on Earth, only once has Alex gone against her instincts and the price she paid will forever haunt her. It is for that reason she forces herself to stay away from the only male who has ever truly enticed her. The only one who has ever made her long for what she knows is dangerous.
In a desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession, and even though he will surely attempt to exile her, she won’t go easily…
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Ecstasy Unbound Excerpt:
“What are you doing here?” The deep sexy growl to Uri’s voice made things tighten low in her body. Alex closed her eyes at the sensual vibration of it before realizing it was coming to her through the cool breeze instead of inside her mind.
Opening her eyes, she saw that he was mere feet from her. Oh, Gods, he was even more edible up close. She felt the heat coming off his body in waves, licking along her skin. Her heart beat recklessly faster. All six foot eight inches of pure muscled, half-naked Uri stood almost within touching distance, arms crossed and scowling. His near shoulder-length, dark hair was wet and glistening under the night sky. It was mussed like he’d just rubbed a towel over it. The smell of his shampoo was a faint hint in the background of his own seductive scent. Enough to bring visions of him in his upstairs shower, lathering up all that gorgeous skin. What she wouldn’t give to have been with him, soaping every hot inch of his rigidly muscled torso until she was kneeling in front of that big cock. Mesmerizing eyes of liquid silver swirled… hypnotizing her under tightly furled dark brows. She was sure those eyes had been the downfall of many a female; they were absolutely enthralling.
Her breath left in a tight groan she didn’t have time to suppress. She caught a slight tilt to his lips and the heating of his eyes. She was embarrassed, but not enough to stop her first up-close perusal of the male that had haunted her dreams for centuries. He had such perfect kissable lips, the bottom slightly more full, just begging her to suck and nibble on it. Taut thighs were encased in loose-fitting dark exercise pants hanging dangerously low, while the pure mass of his chest was exposed to her gaze. Bronzed skin gleamed with moisture in the dark, and she wanted nothing more than to lick every drop as it traveled the dips and valleys en route to the vee above the low-hanging fabric at his waist. Her eyes traveled over his eight pack before hitting the soft fabric that did nothing to hide his growing erection. She clenched her thighs as her own desire slid from her body. Her chest began heaving as she fought the need to move toward him.
She needed to get it together. She took a deep calming breath and then nearly moaned again. What was it that he smelled of? It was so much more than clean male. It was like aged port, sweet and decadent, so tempting she wanted to cover herself in it. Bathe in it. There had to be something in his chemical makeup meant to attract, because no other male had ever smelled so tantalizing.
“Keep eating me up with those eyes, little Goddess, and I’ll be so deep inside that hot little pussy you won’t remember what you came here for.” His voice was a deep raspy growl, making her even hotter. “Unless that was what you need my help for.” His voice dipped lower, and she swore he moved closer.
She felt her body start to pitch forward before guilt assailed her. She shouldn’t be feeling things that were definitely not related to what she was there for. She needed to keep her wits if she was going to help her brother. She mentally smacked herself, licked her dry lips, and heard a soft groan, which lifted her gaze to him. “No, I need your help.” Gods, what she wouldn’t give for him to do as he said, but she had to help her brother. Clearing her throat, she added, “I need your help… first.” Was that her voice? She sounded sultry as she issued that last little hint of promise.
He inhaled deeply as he brought his arms to the sides of his body. His hands flexed as he said, “Yeah, I got that the first time. Could you get to the part of why the hell you’re coming to me, and what you think I need to help you with? Especially since I should be exiling your hot little ass on sight…
Meet Setta Jay:
Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She’s garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves writing stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat. Her influences include Judith McNaught who she feels writes a smart heroine to perfection, Gena Showalter, Maya Banks and Lora Leigh. You can often find her writing compared to JR Ward, but if you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood be warned that Setta Jay’s novels are more erotic in nature.
Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her husband of ten plus years who she describes as incredibly sexy and supportive, even when it’s Willy Wednesday on Twitter. 😉
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