Reviewed by Sharon S.
This story picks up right after the events from book #3 Tempted. You can read this as a standalone and enjoy the romance between Orpheus and Skyla, but you will be missing out on extensive world building and overall story arc information. Naughton does a good job of giving you the basics you will need to understand, but at book #4 there are so many character storylines that cross each other you would miss out on what makes this series such a pleasure to read. There is a glossary at the back of the book, but I would really appreciate a cheat sheet about who is who.
The story is way too complicated to go over in a review so I will just talk about the romance. Orpheus is convinced he is a monster without any chance of redemption. He is part Argolean, Medean and daemon. Three races that hate each other; he shouldn’t even exist. But he has a past life that is over 2000 years old that only a few know about, that is intertwined with the Gods and the Siren Skyla. Hades is willing to kill to keep the secret from getting out.
Skyla had her heart broken 2000 years ago and has never truly recovered. She shut herself off emotionally and became Athena’s top assassin. Orpheus spends most of the book not understanding why he is so drawn to Skyla and she struggles with keeping his past a secret from him. In true PNR fashion the two give in to passion only to push each other away afterwards determined to focus on their own personal goals.
Their romance didn’t move me like the couple in book #3. There was nothing that set it apart from all the other paranormal romances out there. I was more interested in the advancement of the main story arc, which is where I think this series really shines. Naughton’s world building based on the Greek myths is as complicated as a fantasy series, but you get the all the fun of a HOT romance.
I was intrigued by the character Maelea who we meet. She is the daughter of an affair between Zeus and Persephone. Neither parent wanted her and she was exiled to the mortal realm to wander alone as a human for eternity. She must also deal with the light and dark sides she inherited from her parents. Orpheus needs her to help him find rescue his brother, Gryphon from Tartarus. Gryphon is saved, but he is no longer the man he was. There is a darkness in his soul and I have a feeling Maelea will be the key to saving him. At least I am hoping they are the focus of the next book.
This was an enjoyable read, but not a page turner for me.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Eternal Guardians Series is centered around seven warriors who protect their realm from threats of the Underworld.
Each of the guardians are descended from the seven strongest heroes in all of Ms. Naughton has taken the Greek Argonaut myth, turned it on its head, and OWNED it! mythology.
Book one, MARKED, is Theron’s story. He’s the leader of the Argonauts and the one person who has the power to stop an evil god from destroying their world.
Book two, ENTWINED, is Zander’s story. The oldest Argonaut and the one rumors say can’t be killed. After 800 years Zander doesn’t think he has much to live for until a random twist of fate finally gives him a goal worth fighting for.
Book three, TEMPTED, is Demetrius’s story. The cruelest Argonaut and the one the other Guardians steer clear of. Demetrius hides a dark secret that just might be the key to the destruction of their world.