Friday, November 2, 2012

Enslaved by Elisabeth Naughton

Title: Enslaved 
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
My RatingA

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Eternal Guardians #5
Main Characters: Gryphon and Malea
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: 9781402262159
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable...tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can't ignore.

She calls to him. Come to me. You can't resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there's only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can't be sure what's real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she's near. And he's determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she's a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld...or free him from his chains for good.

My Review:

Gryphon is on the edge... The edge of madness after spending months of being tortured in the Underworld. Now he's escaped, but has a new madness...a voice in his head is bringing him closer and closer to the edge. He hasn't recovered from his torture and is just not mentally strong enough to withstand any more. That's why Malea is such a miracle for him. When he's with her, the voice calms. He calms. He can find a thread of sanity.

But his insanity has terrified her and she wants nothing more than to escape least that's the case until she begins to realize that he's actually just like her. An outcast, alone, fighting the darkness within. Malea has her own demons within that she's fighting and she empathizes with Gryphon.

This is such a great story. I always love a wounded hero and you don't get more wounded than Gryphon. He's been tortured, enslaved, and rejected. He's really at a low in his life, but he can't help being the good man that he actually is. Even when he's trying to use Malea, he is constantly trying to protect her and sacrifices himself over and over. *sigh* Eventually she sees it too and begins to fall for such a good way, but there is so much standing between them. Like I said....just a great story with lots of layers of conflict standing in their way that was all expertly interwoven to create a magnificent love story.

Elisabeth Naughton has created a wonderful world here full of an amazing team of Guardians who are this wonderful team of warriors. Gryphon has always been part of that team and as he's watching that fall apart, it makes this book even more heartbreaking. His standing within the Guardians has always been one of the most important aspects of his life, and to suddenly start to lose that, is earth-shattering for him. What is he if not a Guardian? Malea has never had a place in this world, until she finds Gryphon. As their relationship develops, they each find a "home" within the other.

I am excited to see where things go next...I'm thinking that Elisabeth will bring us a story of Titus and the mysterious red head who is the only person he's met that he can touch comfortably. It promises to be a good one and I am definitely already intrigued.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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