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.
Elisabeth Naughton likes to torture her heroes. As she writes paranormals that are based upon Greek mythology, she gets to have them tortured in Tartarus, by Hades himself. As her characters are immortal, they often suffer eye-opening physical punishment as well. Gryphon is one of the characters that Naughton has put through extreme distress over the past couple of books. He died, he was resurrected, he was tortured in Tartarus, and he was left a very changed and damaged man. But in “Enslaved,” he finds Malea, who calms the voices in his head and alleviates some of his darkness.
Everyone is worried about Gryphon. They think he is unstable and that his presence will bring trouble. Gryphon decides to take off on his own. However, Malea messes with his plans a bit. Gryphon refuses to let her leave him once he learns about her calming effect on the voices in his head. Early on, he is much more interested in using Malea than he is in developing a relationship with her. He is definitely broken and is hard to warm up to. If I hadn’t felt for him because of action in previous books, I not sure how long it would have taken for me to warm up to him.
Malea has her own problems. She is the daughter of Zeus and Persephone. Hades (who is with Persephone) hates Malea and wants her dead. Zeus could care less about his daughter. Thus, Malea has spent most her life hiding while trying to figure out how to gain entry to Olympus. But Atalanta, the enemy of the Eternal Guardians who also has a hold over Gryphon, has a plan to use Malea against the Guardians. This stirs up doubt between Gryphon and Malea, as well as making the Guardians distrustful of Malea’s true motives.
I cannot resist Naughton’s Eternal Guardians books with their immortal, Greek warriors. Gryphon is one of the more difficult heroes to get to know. His darkness is pervasive, and he really needs Malea to help him work his way back to the light. I felt that the romance had a harder edge in this one. Neither Gryphon nor Malea were the type to get overly emotional or be touchy feely. This works for these characters though as neither is sure where they belong in the world - and have both beth through hell. Fortunately, the sexy tension between the two was off the charts adding the warmth to the romance.
“Enslaved” is an action-packed, paranormal romance that will delight readers and ensnare them in the world of the Eternal Guardians. Don’t miss this one.
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