Review: Enraptured by Elisabeth Naughton
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Release: April 3rd 2012
Series: Eternal Guardian 4
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository
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.
If you haven’t read the first three books in the Eternal Guardian series I honestly don’t know what you are waiting for. Some of you may remember my series review from last fall and took my word for it on this compelling story, but if you haven’t put this series on your TBR or keep putting it off I implore you to pick up the books today! Ms. Naughton makes it very easy to get lost in the pages of her books regardless of the genre she may be tackling.
Enraptured was everything I was hoping it would be. Our featured hero Orpheus is not an easy Argonaut to love. He was introduced earlier in the series as a bit of a schemer, someone who you could not trust completely and was obviously out for his greater good. Or maybe that is what he wanted us to believe. In his addition to this fantastic series, Orpheus finds himself making choices even he did not know he was capable of making. A true change within his heart? Or his own demons keeping him from seeing his true self? I like to think it was the latter, but that may be simply because he made me fall in love within him!
Enraptured’s Skyla is a strong female character who can take care of herself and those she deems responsible for, and to be honest, Skyla grew on me slowly. I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to fully like her but she sucked me in and now I am a fan. She lived for over 2000 years stuck within a prison of guilt and regret. I think sometimes it is hard to find the character under all that angst and twisted emotion. But Skyla’s journey was just as intriguing as O’s. Her growth and ultimately the choices she makes qualifies her as a hero and someone I hope plays a big roll in future installments of the series.
And of course this is only the beginning for Orpheus’s brother Gryphon. His time in the Underworld was full of true atrocities upon his soul and you can’t help but to ache for him and his older brother. A new character introduced, Maelea, the bastard daughter of Zeus and Persephone, pulled me in from the start. She is a dark lonely creature who is drawn to and is sensitive to supernatural powers but wants nothing to do with the ongoing power struggles between the gods. I cannot wait to see what her roll will be in the future. Each character is a fully realized individual which I find refreshing, there aren’t any useless filler rolls here. I love to be able to get several points of view within a world that is as complex as the one Naughton has created. Sure I love lots of books with a single POV, but when it comes to an episodic series like this one, I find it really fills the pages and keeps me wanting more from all the characters and helps me dive in nice and deep.
All in all, Enraptured completely satisfied me and I cannot wait for the next Eternal Guardians book, Enslaved. Elisabeth Naughton’s understanding of Greek mythology, the human condition, and super hot love scenes comes together to create a book any reader won’t be able to put down. You will find yourself negotiating one more chapter before you turn the light off, burning dinner because you are trying to multitask, or (I highly do NOT recommend this) trying to make that yellow light because it will get you to your favorite chair and Orpheus just a wee bit quicker!