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review 2017-07-21 19:04
Hunted
Hunted - Meagan Spooner

I enjoyed this retelling so much, and the book cover is stunning! Not the temporary cover pictured in this post, but the actual finished cover. Yeva comes from a wealthy family. She lives with her widowed father and two sisters. Her relationship with her family is beautiful. They care very much for each other, and put the happiness of others before their own.

 

When Yeva's father makes a terrible mistake and loses their entire fortune, the family is forced to sell their belongings and move back to their small cabin in the woods. Her father goes out hunting to provide food for the family, but despite Yeva's protests, he does not allow her to join him even though she is an accomplished hunter.

 

Yeva's father begins to show signs that he may be going mad, obsessing over a creature he is hunting. When he goes missing, Yeva is determined to track him down and save him, leaving her sisters in the care of her fiancee. Solmir is such a good man. He's in love with Yeva, willing to marry her despite her loss of status and the family's circumstances, and more than happy to provide them with a better life. That little twist in this, tale as old as time, was a refreshing change.

 

When Yeva meets Beast, she is captured and imprisoned in his old ruined castle. At first she doesn't realize that the one helping her is Beast. She believes the man who hides in the dark and brings her food is her ally not her captor. In this version, Beauty believes Beast murdered her father and she is out for blood! This Beauty is angry, calculating, and determined to kill the beast.

 

The romance takes it's time and when Beauty finally leaves Beast she never promises to return. I began to wonder if she ever would return to him. This is the first Beauty and the Beast retelling, I personally have read, where the author addresses Stockholm Syndrome. A friend of Beauty confronts her and discusses the fact that maybe what Beauty feels towards Beast is a psychological effect of the abuse and imprisonment using an example of a man who beat his wife, but the wife continued returning to him. I was impressed with the author for including this scene.

 

Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite stories, and this was an enjoyable retelling with interesting, and at times, shocking twists. The ending had a lovely moral, which I will let you discover for yourself if you decide to read it. I look forward to reading more of Spooner's work.

 

-SW

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review 2017-07-14 22:24
Book Review for Hunted by Elizabeth Naughton
 
   
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  • Hunted by Elizabeth Naughton
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  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (June 27, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • ASIN: B01MRWZPW7
  • Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Gene: Paranormal
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From New York Times Bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton, comes HUNTED,a new novella in her Eternal Guardians Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!


ABOUT HUNTED:

Erebus – Dark in every sense of the word, a skilled and lethal warrior, and sinfully sexy by design.

Since the dawn of modern man, Erebus was Hades’ secret weapon in the war between the immortal realms. Until Hades lost the minor god in a bet to his older brother Zeus. For the last hundred years, Erebus has trained Zeus’s Siren warriors in warfare and the sexual arts. But he’s never stopped longing for freedom. For a life filled with choice. And lately, he also longs for one Siren who entranced him during their steamy seduction sessions. A nymph he quickly became obsessed with and who was ripped from his grasp when her seduction training was complete. One he’s just learned Zeus has marked for death because she failed the last Siren test.

Before Erebus can intercede on the nymph’s behalf, she escapes Olympus and flees into the human realm. In a fit of rage, Zeus commands Erebus to hunt her down and kill her. Erebus sees his opportunity to finally go after what he wants, but he’s torn. Freedom means nothing if the Siren at the center of his fantasies doesn’t truly crave him back. Because defying the gods will unleash the fury of Olympus, and if he chooses her over his duty, whether she joins him in exile or not, the hunter will become the hunted.

 

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Let's start off by saying that this is a first time read for us by this author and that we really enjoy our first read by them.

Erebus and Seraphine are in and impossible situation.Erebus is tasked to securing Sera and returning her to Zeus after she flee's.That is going to be a problem for Erebus as they have a past and he has unresolved feeling for her.


What a story it was action packed from  beginning to end.There was always something going on you were kind of living on the edge with them.The chemistry between these was amazing and hot as hell.


Sera I found her to sexy ,strong will, smart a surviver and very clever.


Erebus was protective,dangerous,immortal,a god, and sinfully sexy.I loved how he was willing to give up his life to see Sera protected and safe from her enemies.



I loved the story as it was very engaging as we learned a lot about both characters as well as a few very dangerous secrets coming to life.


I loved that Sera was brave enough and strong enough to save both of them .These two

 were destined to be together and I am so glad that they found the happiness they both deserved.

I love it when you can connect with the

 characters that you read about and I was able to do that with a cast of characters as I loved them from the onset so we already new we were going to love this story.When you are dealing with deities and gods you know your in for one hell of a ride as they are dangerous and lethal and without conscious.

A sexy read with intrigue mystery and love as well as a touch of erotica thrown into the mix with some scorching sex scenes.


We loved this novella are are looking forward to reading other books in this series as well as the authors other works.




5 stars from us





                   
   
 
   
ABOUT ELISABETH NAUGHTON

 Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time. “Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories. “My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”  

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review 2017-07-09 01:19
Loved It!
Hunted: An Eternal Guardians Novella - Elisabeth Naughton

Erebus spent hundreds of years as a servant of Hades. When Hades loses him in a game to Zeus, he is then forced to do Zeus’s dirty work as well as train his Sirens. When he’s sent to track down a rogue Siren-in-training, he doesn’t expect to find the one female he can ever remember being a bright spot in his darkness. Seraphine was doing good while training to be a Siren until one day she found out a dark secret the Gods were hiding. It’s a cruel joke against her that Zeus sends the one man after her that she knows she will never forget.

This was a great story. I loved the continuation from the previous novella. I love the way Erebus is forced to deal with feelings that he’s never felt before in his long existence. The author has built a world very familiar to anyone that loves Greek mythology and does a great job building strong characters. I can’t wait for the next story in this series. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-06-26 23:28
Hunted (Eternal Guardians #8.75) by Elisabeth Naughton
Hunted: An Eternal Guardians Novella - Elisabeth Naughton

Elisabeth Naughton’s HUNTED is a thrilling addition to the Eternal Guardians series.  Minor god of darkness, Erebus, has been tasked with hunting down one of Zeus’s Siren warriors.  He wasn’t expecting his target to be the nymph who stole his heart, Seraphine.  This fantasy romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

Elisabeth Naughton continues to do a great job with her character development.  Erebus is an interesting god.  He is old and been through a lot.  He has been used by the gods.  I like that he goes after what he wants, and that he is protective of Sera.  I like Sera.  She is brave and noble.  She has a fascinating heritage.  Erebus and Sera have great chemistry.  I was amused by their conversations.

 

I enjoyed the plot. There were a lot of mystery and deception.  It tied in well with previous stories in the series.  At 120-pages, it was a quick read that was easy to get through in one sitting.  Eternal Guardians is a great series.  I would love to see it turned into a movie or TV series.  I’m looking forward to the next book.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-06-26 18:10
Hunted / Kevin Hearne
Hunted - Luke Daniels,Kevin Hearne

For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
 
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

 

***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List ***

This installment of the Iron Druid is basically just one very long chase scene, but despite that, Hearne manages to make some progress which I appreciated. Oberon is present, in full force, being a wolf hound with opinions and hilarious comments on many issues. Granuaile is finally a fully-fledged Druid in her own right and is learning to be a powerful warrior woman. Hearne, the Hunter, makes an awesome appearance and the Irish gods and goddesses make more meaningful appearances.
Towards book’s end, there are two wonderful new characters added and their possibilities will keep me reading onwards!

A perfect fluffy summer read!

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