Thursday, August 7, 2014

Book Review: Ecstasy Unbound (The Guardians of the Realms #1) by Setta Jay

This is probably going to be a long winded review with a lot of background info on me that you don't care about, but that's just too bad. lol. If you've been following me at all over the past year you know that I don't read paranormal romance. More specifically, I have NEVER read one. Ever. I don't have anything against the genre, it's just that blood sucking vampires and werewolves don't interest me. Author Setta Jay is someone I have chatted with on social media often and she is an absolute sweetheart so when she was like "The prequel novella to my PNR series is FREE!" I was all like "OK, I'll give it a try." And do you know what happened? I liked it. A lot.

Now paranormal books might not have ever been my thing, but fantasy was. Before I discovered Fifty Shades of Grey and all things smut, I read Star Wars novels. A lot of them. I have to say that Setta's The Guardians of the Realms series feels more like fantasy to me with paranormal elements, which is probably why I'm enjoying it so  much. There are no undead, no vampires. Instead there are steaming hot Immortals, Demi-Gods, shape-shifters and that is totally right up my alley. The first page that popped up when I started Ecstasy Unbound was the characters/terms list and I immediately got giddy. I forgot how much I liked fantasy worlds so I dove right in and never looked back!

Demi-Goddess Alex and has been stalking Guardian Uri for centuries. Following him to sex clubs to watch him with human women but always keeping a safe distance away. It's a dance that they have each grown to both want and need. But when issues arise that bring Alex to Uri for help - they explode. Is it centuries of pent up desire for one another or something more?

Since this is the first book in the series, there is lot of information to take in: the different Realms, different beings and the history that brought them to where they all are today. It is a lot to absorb and process and my inner-geek loved it. Setta did a fantastic job of laying that foundation without making it overwhelming.

As much as I loved this world, and I did, it was the characters that really hooked me. Alex is a kick-ass Demi-Goddess with an obsession for shoes. I. Loved. Her. She is definitely in my top ten favorite female leads, like ever. She might be Immortal, but she is also very much your typical woman with faults and insecurities. Alex is very relatable and real and she flat out made me laugh out loud several times. I didn't expect to laugh during this read so that was a refreshing surprise.

Then there is Uri. Gorgeous, sexy, dominant, alpha Uri. {fans self} He was just ah-mazing. His possessiveness and pure carnal hunger for Alex was beyond hot and yeah the sex was off the charts. But I also loved how he was with Alex when he wasn't buried inside of her. She was hit with a lot all at once and he used their connection to help calm her and ease her fears. He wanted to help her overcome all of her insecurities.

So yeah, my first journey into paranormal romance was a smashing success. I'm not saying I'm going to run out and start reading them all like crazy, and vampires still hold zero appeal to me. But this series? This series I am already in love with I can't wait to continue.

Favorite Quotes
"Keep eating me up with those eyes, little Goddess, and I'll be so deep inside that hot little pussy you won't remember what you came here for."

"You are mine. Mine, and I fully intend to keep you."

"I will gladly provide you with all the shoes you'd like as long as you always model them with nothing else on."

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Ecstasy Unbound
Author: Setta Jay
Series: The Guardians of the Realms #1
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
As one of the twelve Guardians of the Realms, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity needed to evolve, hell beasts needed to die, and Immortal races needed mates. Unfortunately, he found that he cared less about duty, and more about when his sexy voyeur would again grace the shadows to watch as he and his brother Guardian shared one of the human females frequenting the club. All Guardians were forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her was escalating. He found it more difficult than ever to keep from pinning her face down on the nearest surface, and making her his.

Alexandra and her brothers have avoided exile from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity, and banished the Immortals. She has always known that she was needed on Earth. Only once had she gone against her instincts and the price she paid will forever haunt her. It is for that reason she forces herself to stay away from the only male that has ever truly enticed her. The only one that has ever made her flesh heat, and her stomach quiver with desire.

In desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession. He is her best hope to get the help she needs, even though he would surely attempt to exile her. She won't go easily…

Warning – This book contains explicit and sizzling sex scenes with big dominant males that like to share. MFM, ménage, and light bondage.


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