Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review Guardians of the Realms: Denying Ecstasy & Tempting Ecstasy by Setta Jay

Title: Denying Ecstasy
Author: Setta Jay
Series: Guardians of the Realms #3
Release Date: June 28th 2014


A headstrong sassy mortal, Rain is a Mageia living in Tetartos, the Realm of beasts and Immortals. Her nights have been restless, filled with sensual dreams of a big blonde Guardian whose glares indicate he wants nothing to do with her. She is determined to shake off the odd feelings until she finds out her dream lover is responsible for her rescue from a demented Demi-God. In doing so, his touch ignites something rare and coveted. Something that she’s never anticipated… Something he should have told her about. Rain is set on making him explain and then feel the full force of her ire.

After a devastating betrayal resulting in the loss of a close friend a century ago, Dorian refuses to trust or engage with Immortals other than his Guardian family. His years of brutal fighting in the underground Immortal rings are over. He patrols the Realms and slakes his lust with the humans on Earth. Existing, but not living as he used to. He knows the moment he scents Rain that he has found his mate and after touching her he plans to avoid her as long as he can... Until he learns she is in danger. Raging, his beast demands that he go to her, but taking her from their enemy has repercussions he fully plans to escape at all costs.

For Dorian, finding a way out of mating Rain means he could succumb to madness and harm those that mean so much to him… but giving in to his burning urge for her means losing control in a heated mating frenzy sure to ignite them both and link them forever.

Warning: brief instances of M/F/F and M/F/M menage, a hot headed, dirty talking alpha male, voyeurism and sexually explicit scenes.

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I do have the knack of starting a series smack in the middle. But, really, I read the blurb and I just couldn't say not to it! It sounded like the perfect book, and one that would get me out of a funk. Not reading for 4 days does not happen often.

So, mythology. Alpha heroes. Strong heroines. That's what this series is all about. I started this one, book 3, with no background knowledge of the series, characters, nada. I have to say, it took me a little to understand who, what, where and how because it's such a complex world, with quite a lot of characters and creatures. And background from the previous two books.

But it pulled me right in.

The story's a little push-and-pull. The hero doesn't want to heroine. She wants him; then she doesn't. And of course that the hero changes his mind. I actually loved that the women in this series have a backbone; they're not to be told what to do or be walked all over on. WIN! And, okay, so the hero was big, bad and blond [my (un)holy trinity], so it was easy to forgive him.

The story line is amazing; the different world, the characters, everything is really well done. You get quite a lot of feels. You will, especially, feel hot, a lot of times. Because, hoo-boy, these guys talk the talk and walk the walk!

So, in a nutshell: PNR + mythology + alpha heroes + strong heroines + unique plot = a very, very happy me!

4.5 - 5 stars. If you're a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters, Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld, then you'll love this one. Ah, it's just a teensie bit hotter *cough* so hot *cough*

***Copy received from NetGalley after stumbling upon it*** 

Title: Tempting Ecstasy
Author: Setta Jay
Series: Guardians of the Realms #4
Release Date: September 30th 2014


*Erotic Paranormal Romance*

Conn had spent the millennia of his life fighting alongside his brethren as a Guardian of the Four Realms. He’d never allowed himself to imagine that he would be gifted a mate but her scent was inside him now. The intoxicating lure incited his wolf to track her and claim her in a sexual frenzy she could never deny. He refused to repeat the mistakes his brothers had made in their unions, instead he planned to fight the demands of his beast and tempt his female.

Dacia had spent the years of her life as a guardian of her family's secrets. Her days were consumed with helping her siblings search for the Immortals who had escaped the God Apollo’s brutal training camps with her parents thousands of years ago. They were the only hope of finding answers to questions about their lives. Questions her parents hadn’t resolved before their deaths.

Not in her wildest of dreams would Dacia have imagined the answers would instead find her. Or what form those answers would take. The breathtaking male who stepped out of the night and into her life was certainly not one of the hidden Immortals her parents had told of, he was so much more. Wielding both immense power and thrilling strength he aroused not only her body but the wolf hidden within.

Dacia needed to find a way to trust her seductive Guardian, not only with herself, but with her family as well. But how long could she hold out against both the intensity of the mating frenzy that demanded sexual release, and the wickedly sexy male who was tempting not just her body... but also her heart?

Warning: This book is intended for an adult audience. It contains explicit sex; voyeurism; dirty talking males with bad language

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In this one, it's Conn's turn to find his mate. But he didn't expect the small 'army' he got along with said mate.

Dacia's family is pretty big, consisting of several sisters and brothers. Just when she wants to move out and be alone, she finds a sexy stranger in her bedroom. And he's a powerful Lykos, to boot.

Now, this one's a slow burn, compared to the previous books. Conn knows he has to take it slow with Dacia, since she doesn't know of Immortals and their ways, of mates and how it all works. She's lived with and among humans, so she tends to think and act like one. Until her beast sets its sights on Conn, that is.

I enjoyed this one, too and it's always great to read updates about the other couples.

Plus, this one had a major twist, one I didn't see coming, so, I'm curious to see where the author takes it.

4.5 stars. Copy received from Netgalley.

Author Bio

Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She's garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves writing stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat. Her influences include Judith McNaught who she feels writes a smart heroine to perfection, Gena Showalter, Maya Banks and Lora Leigh. You can often find her writing compared to JR Ward, but if you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood be warned that Setta Jay’s novels are more erotic in nature.

Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her husband of ten plus years who she describes as incredibly sexy and supportive, even when it’s Willy Wednesday on Twitter. ;)

She loves to hear from readers so feel free to find her on social media or send her an email and she will happily reply.


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