Reviewed by Sharon S.
Where have these tortured warriors been all my life! This is the third book in Naughton’s Eternal Guardian Series, but the first one I have read. Now, I could just kick myself for not trying this one from the beginning. I will be rectifying that mistake by the way.
Let’s review what I need for a great PNR book:
- Brotherhood of smexy tortured warriors – check!
- Sexual tension between the hero and heroine that will leave you panting – check!
- Fated soul mates – check!
- Loyalty, sacrifice and love – check!
- Did I mention sex and warriors? –check, check!
If you love Greek Mythology, or even if you don’t, Naughton does an incredible job of creating a believable world. Argolea is a magical realm created by Zeus for the heroes and their descendants. The Eternal Guardians (Argonauts) are warriors who protect this realm from Daemons. And wouldn’t you know it, they are all hard and crunchy on the outside, but with a hidden soft center that can only be touched by their fated mate. Who, thanks to a curse, is the worst possible match for them <G>.
This isn’t light reading. You can’t skim pages or you will miss something. There is a lot of fighting action (duh! Warriors), mythology and emotional turmoil you won’t want to miss. Our fated couple, Demetrius and Isadora, are thrown together in a plot filled with betrayal, magic, evil and sacrifice. Both must learn to accept who they are and realize that while Fate might be a bitch, sometimes she knows what she is doing.
I suggest reading this series from the beginning. Naughton has developed an extensive world based on the Greek Mythology, but has added her own clever twist to the mythos. Even though each book gives us a love story of a particular couple there is a lot of focus on the series major story arc and a large cast of characters. There were times when I had trouble keeping everyone’s heritage and family ties straight. Naughton does a good job of catching the reader up on the back stories, and I put the handy glossary of terms at the back to good use, but it would have been easier for me to have started with book one.
If you agree with my check list, this book and series will keep you reading and ‘squeeing’