Zander - the most feared of all the Eternal Guardians. It's rumored he can't be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose. But as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he's got to have a vulnerability . . . somewhere. Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the humans'. Zander can't afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching before him, he also can't fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he's found his weakness, after all . . .
©2011 Elisabeth Naughton (P)2013 Tantor
"This second in Naughton's Eternal Guardian series has wonderful characters. The combination of old-world gods and modern technology is fascinating. Violent and bloody, it's action packed and exciting with a cliffhanger ending." (RT Book Reviews)
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Although I did get my happy ending I found this story very frustrating. Yes, there was a lot of action. Yes, the men where hunky, Yes the story was compelling. But the women never seemed to stand up for themselves. I was very irritated numerous times throughout the entire book because of this. It seemed that the misunderstandings were so manufactured. And you wanted to yell, "Get a freakin clue!" But that's just me. I kept thinking that the heroine and the supporting heroines would break out and stand up for themselves. Sadly, it didn't happen. I did get one good glimpse of that, but then she went back to covering her head in the sand.
I found myself reading other books in between listening to this one. So, I am not to sure if I would order another. But, hey, there is still hope. One of the sisters might just step up to the plate and grow a backbone :)
Poor depressed sexy Argonaut Zander wants to end his 800+ yr existence - but how can he - he's immortal but he loved and lost his soul-mate Callia 11 years earlier and nothing's been the same even if he does see her now and again there's only hate between them now.
In this action-packed, emotionally charged, enjoyable listen we find out some heartbreaking secrets, deception, lies and betrayal which has some devastating and far reaching consequences - it's torn apart two soul-mates and their love turns into bitterness, anger, hurt and eventually hate.
Then, as the well written, moving, thrilling drama slowly unwinds, it reveals the truth but it's accompanied by mystery, sub plots, demons, curses, a Prophecy, political intrigue, surprises, kidnapping, villains both old and new, threats, plot twists, revenge and plenty of bloody scenes. Thankfully, there's also humor, sexual chemistry, passion, romance, frantic and tender sex, forgiveness and love but longing and despair leads to a heart-wrenching sacrifice.
Elisabeth Naughton's creative writing vividly describes each scene, both new and old characters join the story, she skilfully adds world-building layers upon layers to her plots, intertwines a deep romance to each story, infuses them with nail-bitting suspense and delivers, to her eager fans, an exciting chapter after chapter listen.
Worth a credit? Well, if I tell you I begged Audible to get this missing 2nd book and I've downloaded all 5 that are presently available and pre-ordered book 6, it'll answer the question and, I think you'll agree, that I'm hooked and I hope you will be too.
Oh wow this book was good. I love this series. I am averaging listening to this series in a book a day. The characters are all fantastic, the chemistry between Zander and Callia is great, with some hot and steamy sex scenes to boot. The story line and the twists and turns keep you on the edge waiting to see what happens next. The narrator has done a very good so far in these first two books. I am off to get the 3rd in the series. I totally recommend this series. I read along with my Kindle version while listening and it made it even more enjoyable. Its just hard to not listen!!
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I really like this series, hence my 3 reviews back-to-back...I wanted to make sure it wasn't a one hit wonder before I shared my views.
I wasn't too thrilled with this story line but it was done well. I don't live contrived drama in a book and this whole plot was based on a misunderstanding from 10 years past...which is just weird, but like I said it was done well once everyone involved really understood the misunderstanding from 10 years ago.
Still a keeper!
Same narrator as book 1. It was okay.
I kind of like this one but there is still something that doesn't work for me.
I am used to brotherhoods/warriors/alpha males who are protective of their females, who want to feed them, take care of them etc.
All the males treat the women so callously and that always gives me a pause.
Zander and Callia were alluded in the last book as being true mates, so in this book, we got to find out what drove these lovers apart for the last 10 years.
Again, it seems like everyone is a pawn in both the King's game and in Atlanta's game. I am really coming to despise this King who seems to ask everyone to sacrifice in a way he hasn't.
I also feel bad for Queen-elect Isadora, who has lost another fiancée to another previously unknown half sister. That poor chick has crappy luck.
I want to read the next book because it's Isadora's but I can't say that I am enjoying the males. In fact, I am kind of team Atlanta right now
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
It was obvious by the end of Marked that there was something between Callia and Zander. This couple had my heart in knots from the beginning of this book. Readers knew that something awful had happened, but were kept in the dark for a while before the actual circumstances were revealed . The events that brought them to the point of both loathing each other and drawn to each other were beyond heart breaking. Callia had both physical and emotional scars that she kept hidden from everyone. Zander was an immortal who felt he had nothing to live for. One seemingly noble decision was the catalyst for a chain of events that there was no escape from.
Elisabeth Naughton writing style makes all the Characters seam so Real while Elizabeth Wiley's perfect Narration brings them all to Life. The Guardians are strong, often egotistical, and fiercely protective, making them the ultimate romantic heroes. Plus it doesn't hurt that they are all Hot and Sexy Alpha Males.........
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