Thursday, March 15, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Enraptured

Elisabeth Naughton A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards including the prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, The Golden Leaf and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ballpark or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at to learn more about her and her books.

Enraptured, ETERNAL GUARDIANS book #4
Author:  Elisabeth Naughton

Orpheus may have joined the elite protectors known as Eternal Guardians, but they've never trusted whose side he's really on. And the half-daemon couldn't care less. Orpheus has only one goal: rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way, especially not one sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and then ultimately destroy him. A woman who will dredge up a past he doesn't remember, a love that once condemned him, and a dark and deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves.

Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
I have one word for this installment of the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series… WOW! 

Given the thrilling conclusion to Tempted, I figured that this book would be chock full of goodness.  It was that, and then some! 

The fabulous Ms. Naughton gifted me with an Advanced Reading Copy of Enraptured and while I did a little happy dance when it first arrived in the mail, it was absolutely nothing compared to the excited verbal outbursts I experienced throughout the read.  J 

Orpheus is an absolutely incredible hero.  He’s dealing with his own demons (or daemons as the case may be), skeletons in his closet, and an all encompassing guilt regarding his brother Gryphon’s plight.  He has a single minded purpose and sets out to accomplish his goals only to be railroaded and turned inside out and upside down by a sexy Siren with eyes the color of amethysts. 

Skyla is Zeus's longest tenured Siren.  She should have left the fold eons ago but didn’t.  Recovering from a mission gone wrong, she starts out in Enraptured trying to prove something – to both herself and her superiors.  Little does she know that she’s about to cross paths with the one man that will make her scatter brained, and he just happens to be her mark.

Thrown together in a case of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, Skyla and Orpheus embark on a thrilling journey with a demigoddess as their charge, each with their own agendas but with a common lust for reaching their end goal, and as it turns out, one another.  They also discover things about one another that make for even more tension, heightened desire, captivating dialogue and a twist to the story that is as unique as it is thrilling.

These two as a couple are hot as hell!  Yowza.  Both stubborn as all get out, the banter between them was enough to keep the reader riveted, but add in the undeniable attraction between the two of them and you end up with  scenes that raised  the temperature of the room several degrees and warranted a re-read because they were just THAT good.

In standard Naughton fashion, the world building was a beautifully woven tapestry with descriptions that drew the reader in and made you feel like you were actually a part of the story.  Couple that with not only the fabulous leading duo but appearances by just about all of the cast that we’ve come to know and love in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN world, and this was one book that I couldn’t put down but that ended much too quickly. 

It is my personal opinion that Elisabeth has grown and outdone herself with each new installment of the ETERNAL GUARDIANS series, but Enraptured was an absolutely phenomenal read and as I said at the start of this review, the best word for it is just  “wow”.  Enraptured is the perfect title for this book because that’s exactly how I felt after reading it – totally and completely enraptured. 

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Enraptured a highly deserved  5 Skulls and recommends it to everyone; Elisabeth and her sexy Argonauts should not be missed! 


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