Series: Eternal Guardians #6
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Self Published on March 26, 2013
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TITUS—To most his gift seems like a blessing, but for him it’s a curse the other Eternal Guardians—those who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld—seek to exploit. One he would gladly trade for the chance to be free…
Obsessed. Her touch is like a drug. From the moment he met her, Titus knew she was different. Even dangerous. Yet though his guardian brethren are convinced Natasa is working for Hades, Titus can’t stop thinking about her. Can’t stop fantasizing about her. Can’t stop craving the one thing he knows could lead to the downfall of his world.
Possessed. Faced with stopping Natasa or joining in her quest, Titus falls to temptation and is thrust into a world of lust, deception, and deadly treachery designed by the gods. Her touch—only hers—frees him from his bonds, but desire may just condemn him. Because before the end he’ll have to decide which is more important: duty and honor to those he took an oath to defend, or a woman who could very well be the biggest curse to them all.
Greek mythology has always fascinated me — which originally drew me to this series. Up there with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series (which includes pantheons of all sorts), I love seeing modern day views of how the gods are similar to mortals — though don’t ever let them hear you say that. But with their pettiness and greed and jealousy…
Anyway, in the sixth book of the Eternal Guardian series, you have the story of Titus, one of seven warrior descendants of the greatest heroes of Greece. Each of them has a weakness, just as their ancestor did, and have been cursed by the gods to have only one soul mate — but this soul mate will be wrong for them in every way.
In the wonderful world of books, though, you see that the obstacles can be overcome and that even the gods cannot fight fate and how soul mates truly will find a way to be with each other.
Titus can read the minds of others when he touches them (sometimes even when he’s not) though another curse (by a witch hundreds of years before) causes him severe pain when he does touch another, skin-to-skin. He has to wear protective clothing, gloves, etc. all the time just to function. But in book five, he met a woman who he touched, accidentally, and he didn’t feel pain, nor did he hear her thoughts… and he is obsessed with finding her.
Natasa has so many secrets though and is an unknown entity — she is not a fate, a shifter, a demigod, an amazon or even a siren or nymph. And when there are so many threats to their people and their queen, the seven warriors have a hard time trusting her and imagine that Titus is out of his mind and only thinking with the smaller one. Seeing as Titus is usually the logistical, calm & collected one, this makes his brothers even more wary.
I love this book, and this series, again, for the sheer amount of dedication it takes to remember who sired whom with what mate, which Greek descended from which line, and the research it takes to keep it all straight — the Greek Gods could provide a year’s worth of Jerry Springer shows, which is one more reason I love them. They are complicated. They have layers – like real people. Naughton is great at creating characters that are layered — not totally good or evil (with few exceptions, those who truly ARE evil, or just plain self-involved — ahem — Zeus.)
I give this book a four out of five. I liked some of the previous books better, but I still quite enjoyed this one. There is a line in it towards the end that reminds me of one of my all-time favorite romantic lines from a movie,
“You’re everything I never knew I always wanted.” — Matthew Perry says this in “Fools Rush In”.
I won’t give the line in the book away, but know that it’s there.
Going on this journey with the characters and being with them step-by-step as they overcome each and every obstacle (and there are many) is fascinating and enveloping. Be warned that this is NOT a standalone book — if you have not read the previous books, you will not comprehend what is going on, so go out and buy them all — they’re entertaining, and even educational for those of you who don’t know the classic Greek mythos. Enjoy.