Review: Enraptured

Posted April 19, 2012 by B. in 4.5 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , , ,

Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Eternal Guardians #4
ISBN: #978-1402262128
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
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, then ultimately destroy him.
Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There’s a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason why 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.
What B is talking about:
Orpheus isn’t just caught between two worlds, he’s being tossed about by three. Part witch, part demon, and now an Argonaut, he’s an incarnation that simply shouldn’t be. Resentful and angry, he claims to care about nobody. Too bad he can’t convince those he keeps saving over and over of that. 
Naughton writes brilliantly conflicted characters, and tosses all sorts of trials their way repeatedly; balancing the darkness with just enough hope to keep them going. Orpheus is a perfect example of how well this type of conflict can be done and was one of the most engaging characters in the last novel in this series, Tempted. But, he absolutely owns Enraptured
Skyla is a fun heroine, too. As the top Siren, she’s stubborn and strong, and saves Orpheus about as much as he saves her. But there’s more to Skyla, as well, and she turned out to be surprisingly endearing in her own right. As she did with Orpheus, Skyla’s strength throughout the darkest part of Enraptured really won me over, and I think she’s one of the better female characters I’ve read yet. 
While the Eternal Guardians series is rooted in mythology, both of the novels I’ve read revolve around free will and destiny. And although each character is destined to follow a certain path, who they become is ultimately up to them, and decided solely by the choices they make on their journey. 
Enraptured has it all: fantastical creatures, adrenaline-fueled battles, clever plot twists, heartbreak and humor, and characters that kept me turning pages way past bedtime. With a Siren who’s built to seduce, and a half-demon who can’t resist her, there’s plenty of heated seduction to go around. I definitely think this novel is better within the series, rather than as a standalone, but both of the novels I’ve read were so good, I consider that a bonus. All in all, this was a great read, and one I recommend very highly. 
Bs Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)

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