Atlantis Rising (Warriors of Poseidon #1) by Alyssa Day

Series: Warriors of Poseidon #1
Narrator: Joshua Swanson
Atlantis Rising Book Cover Atlantis Rising
Warriors of Poseidon #1
Alyssa Day
Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy
Tantor Audio
May 23, 2011
304 pages

Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlanteans, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule-desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken...

When she calls...
Riley Dawson is more than a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She's blessed with a mind link that only Atlanteans have been able to access for thousands of years. Being an "empath" may explain her wistful connection to the roiling waves of the ocean, the sanctuary it provides, and the sexual urges that seem to emanate from fathoms below...

He will come.
Conlan, the High Prince of Atlantis, has surfaced on a mission to retrieve Poseidon's stolen trident. Yet something else has possessed Conlan: the intimate emotions-and desires-of a human. Irresistibly drawn to the uncanny beauty, Conlan soon shares more than his mind. But in the midst of a battle to reclaim Poseidon's power, how long can a forbidden love last between two different souls from two different worlds?


This book had an interesting premise featuring Atlantis mythology.

Basically, eleven thousand years ago, a certain sect of the supernatural world (The Reisen) desired to rule mankind. They began by implanting vampires in Congress and shapeshifters in the media. Poseidon, the sea god, picked his fiercest warriors to protect earth and mankind because after the Supernaturals had revealed their existence to the world, they had pledged to maintain a separation. As the Atlantis was consumed by the sea and lost to human eyes, the Risen made their move on mankind and also stole Poseidon’s Trident. Conlan, the Prince of Atlantis was tasked with retrieving the stolen Trident as well as push back the Reisen.

On his expedition to Virgina Beach, Conlan felt a mind connection with a woman who was being assaulted by three thugs. Conlan rescued the social worker Riley Dawson and discovered she was an empath who could read and feel the thoughts of others. Their mind meld also included a fierce physical attraction and from then on, it was just a matter of time before Conlan and Riley gave into their passion.

Book 1 was narrated by Joshua Swanson, who is new to me. I didn’t enjoy his delivery. His voices for the various characters made them seem more like caricature. But part of the blame lies with dialogue written by the author. It’s like Alyssa Day couldn’t decide if she wanted formal ancient speak or current slang speech. So, she just mixed it up which was odd and bewildering. But the narration was just one of number of problems in this novel.

Another issue was that I just didn’t think Alyssa Day advanced the idea very far in this book. This first book usually introduces the reader to a universe, key characters and set up plots for other books. Here, the reader met Prince of Atlantis, his seven most trusted warrior followers and Day very lightly laid the foundation for her series on the lost (hidden) city of Atlantis. The plot and the subplots were barely addressed in this book.

Lastly, I had a hard time truly connecting with the characters. Riley seemed to be a strong heroine with a kind and nurturing heart. Conlan seemed one dimensional as an alpha warrior. I just didn’t feel their chemistry. The other warriors, Alesios, Denal, Bastien, Justice, Ven, Christophe and Brennan all seem to be intriguing characters. I hope that the subsequent books will flesh them out as well as address the villains: Anubisa, Barrabas and Drakos much better than in this series starter. Despite the inconsistency in the writing, this plot and the series has potential. I will check out audiobook 2 and hope there will be more substance.

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Cursed by Ice (Immortal Brothers #2) by Jacquelyn Frank

Cursed by Ice (Immortal Brothers #2) by Jacquelyn FrankSeries: Immortal Brothers #2
on 2015-03-31
Pages: 288
AmazonNarrator: Roger Wayne
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the smoothly sensual second book in an exciting new series featuring four immortal warrior brothers who must stake their hearts against their fate.  

As punishment for plotting with his brothers to steal immortality, Garreth is suffering a freezing torment until the end of time. Again and again, his fierce fighter’s physique is frozen into a chiseled ice sculpture, his heart hardening like a diamond in his chest—only to thaw and resume the chilling torture. Until, like his older brother Dethan, he is offered a reprieve from a goddess—in exchange for his allegiance in a celestial civil war.   Garreth lives to fight and fights to live. But while laying siege to an embattled city, he finds another reason to go on—a beautiful warrior woman named Sarielle, who commands a mythic beast through a mysterious and powerful bond. Terrified of her strength, the city rulers have kept her captive, and now she refuses to submit to a new master. As Garreth seeks to unleash her passion and melt the icy resistance of her heart, will he become her ultimate salvation—or lead them both to greater destruction?From the Paperback edition.

Cursed by Ice picks up right where Cursed by Fire ended. Dethan had just found out that he will be getting the aid of his youngest brother Garrett, on the mission to build an army while gathering worshipers for their patron gods. In book 1, Dethan’s punishment was nightly burning by god’s fire, whereas here, Garreth was continuously frozen for his punishment.

Garreth was a more humble and likeable character than his older brother Dethan. Garreth was more sensible and cautious about his actions. Garreth accompanies his older brother to the city of Kith and there, he meets a slave girl named Sarielle. During their mission to conquer the city, Garreth learns that Sarielle has a bond with a wyvern (Dragon-like creature) and her life depended on the safety of the wyvern and vice versa. Sarielle has two sisters that the city elders held hostage, forcing Sarielle to usethe wyvern to protect Kith. While Garreth becomes attracted to Sarielle, he doesn’t lose track of the mission that goddess Weysa set him and Dethan upon.

Garreth and Dethan finally sack the city and Sarielle asserts her independence, which put her on equal footing with Garreth. Thus the road to pursue their attraction was cleared, and they began a battle of wills.

Better than book 1 but this series is not going to be memorable. It’s just not on par with some of the new releases right now. I am on the fence about this series overall. I feel like it could really be good but it’s lacking something. The story telling was much better in the sequel and the main characters had more depth. There was even more involvement from the gods in this book. But the story needs a little more of something to propel it from average status. I will try book 3 in a few months.

*Special thanks to Random house Publishing—Ballantine via Netgalley for the e-arc, which was given in exchange for an honest review

Cursed by Fire (Immortal Brothers, #1) by Jacquelyn Frank

Cursed by Fire (Immortal Brothers, #1) by Jacquelyn FrankSeries: Immortal Brothers #1
on 2015-02-24
Pages: 352
AmazonB&NNarrator: Roger Wayne
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the scorching hot first book in a thrilling new series featuring four warrior brothers who have the power—and the curse—of immortality.   For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.   Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.From the Paperback edition.

I both liked and hated that this story was simple and predictable. It was easy to follow and the villain was evident immediately. While the ending was obvious, I was curious to see how the characters would evolve.

Declan was chained and burned by gods’ fire for daring to drink from a fountain of immortality. After over a century of punishment, the goddess of conflict, Weysa, came to Declan with a deal. She will give him respite during the day, if he will amass worshippers in her name. The gods were fighting amongst each other and their individual powers were waning since they were not being revered as in times past.

Declan’s first stop took him to Hexis where the people huddled in fear of the Redoe, a neighobor army, who extorted them for crops and money. The Grand (king) was a simpleton and offered his daughter Selinda to a cruel man, Grannish if he would save Hexis from the siege. The Grannish treated Selinda abominably and forced her perform humiliating tassk. One of them was to grant a kiss to winners of Sparing contests, which usually featured lowly born peasants. It was at such a contest that Declan first played champion to Selinda, and igniting the spark that would eventually turn into passion.

In Declan, Selinda saw a savior who would rescue her from the Grannish and save her people. In Hexis, Declan saw the answer to his quest to find new worshipers for his goddess. Their alliance ended up freeing them from their enemies as well as satisfying the goddess Weysa.

I have read several books by Jacquelyn Frank and I find her writing to be inconsistent. The Nightwalkers had some excellent books. In fact, Gideon is one of my top 5 all-time favorite PNR/UF books.
This book was too elementary for an author of her caliber. She is obviously very creative and talented because her books are different from the status quo. The idea in this one has promise, but the execution of book 1 was rudimentary. The characters were so one-dimensional. Everything was so obvious, cliché and truthfully, the book was boring. It lacked a true foundation of how the gods at conflict operate and I sincerely hope the paperback has a chart so we can remember the gods. I am going to give it a pass as a book 1 and try book 2 before I decide where to go. I have read books by this author that blew me away so I am not ready to give up on this series yet.

*Special thanks to Random house Publishing—Ballantine via Netgalley for the e-arc, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

Bound (Eternal Guardians, #6) by Elisabeth Naughton

Bound (Eternal Guardians, #6) by Elisabeth NaughtonSeries: Eternal Guardians #6
on 2013
Pages: 269
AmazonB&NNarrator: Elizabeth Wiley
TITUS—To most his gift seems like a blessing, but for him it's a curse the other Eternal Guardians—those who protect the mortal realm from threats of the Underworld—seek to exploit. One he would gladly trade for the chance to be free…Obsessed. Her touch is like a drug. From the moment he met her, Titus knew she was different. Even dangerous. Yet though his guardian brethren are convinced Natasa is working for Hades, Titus can't stop thinking about her. Can't stop fantasizing about her. Can't stop craving the one thing he knows could lead to the downfall of his world.Possessed. Faced with stopping Natasa or joining in her quest, Titus falls to temptation and is thrust into a world of lust, deception, and deadly treachery designed by the gods. Her touch—only hers—frees him from his bonds, but desire may just condemn him. Because before the end he'll have to decide which is more important: duty and honor to those he took an oath to defend, or a woman who could very well be the biggest curse to them all.

I don’t know about this one. While I liked the MCs, my main issue is with the actual world. The lack of true brotherhood or real friendship between the so-called heroes–the Argonauts. I don’t think any of them like each other. They certainly don’t know anything about each other. I don’t get it.

This installment was Titus and Natasa’s journey. We met them towards the end of the last book and I felt their chemistry immediately. They are both likable characters, so I was intrigued as they tried to decipher the other’s secrets.

We got to learn that Titus, from Odysseus’s descendant, was gifted with the power to read thoughts. That gift was enhanced when he used it to trick a witch into his bed. Now when he touches people he can hear their thoughts and feel all their emotions as well. So it is quite the curse now.

Natasa is a descendant of Poseidon and bears a gift within herself from daddy dearest that makes her a prize to the Olympians. So now, she is hunted by both the Titans and the Olympians.

In a secondary plot, Isadora is pregnant but still caught between her husband Demetrius and Nick, who both claim soul bonds with her. I remember Nick being Demetrius brother, but I don’t see why he has a bond if he isn’t a twin. Three was definitely a crowd in this relationship and Nick was getting of my nerves. I think I could enjoy this series more if there was a kinship, friendship or more warmth when the brotherhood dealt each other. There is no team, just a bunch of individuals doing their own thing. Can’t they all just get along?

Enslaved (Eternal Guardians #5) by Elisabeth Naughton

Enslaved (Eternal Guardians #5) by Elisabeth Naughtonon November 6th, 2012
Pages: 384 pages
After being rescued from the Underworld, Gryphon is plauged by strange voices and an evil foreboding. He believes that his only hope for salvation is to track down the goddess who cursed him...until he meets Maelea.
A prisoner with no bars, Maelea encounters Gryphon on her quest to find Olympus. He's about to test her loyalty to the gods, and she's ready to find out if he still has a heart worth saving...

I liked this one. Gryphon was really messed up by the games played for power by Hades, Atlanta and Cronus. Even though Orpheus and the Argonauts had rescued him, Gryphon was still being mentally tormented by the perversions he acquiesced to just to keep from remaining in the underworld. Plus, Cronus bound Gryphon and Atlanta together so she kept calling him in his head.

*constantly hearing “Doolas” on the audio was driving me insane, so I can only sympathize with Gryph*

Gryphon decides to leave the halfbreed colony before Nick kicked him out and he ran into another escapee, Maelea. He decided to use her as bait/ransom, so he took her as a hostage. During this journey Gryph discovered that Maelea’s closeness drowned out Atlanta. In fact, her light soothed the darkness within him and soon he began to crave her touch.
How can a damaged, fallen hero like him attract the daughter of Zeus and Persephone? How could he deserve something so good when he had done some terrible things and may not even be stable? Maelea herself may not need convince as she sees the hero in Gryphon and may give up her personal quest to get to her father’s realm–Olympus.

This series still needs work but I am still enjoying it. I liked this couple together and I like that Gryphon is trying to heal his mind. Maelea was a much stronger heroine than she was portrayed in the prior books. She gave Gryphon all he could handle. I am glad they found a mate in each other.

Question: what makes Maelea Gryphon’s mate? What is her human traits that the Argonaut despised?

Enraptured (Eternal Guardians #4) by Elisabeth Naughton

Enraptured (Eternal Guardians #4) by Elisabeth NaughtonSeries: Eternal Guardians #4
on April 1st, 2012
Pages: 415 pages
AmazonNarrator: Elizabeth Wiley
Orpheus--To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians--elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm--whether he likes it or not.

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves.

Seriously, this series is so full of holes it could be swiss cheese…but something keeps me going on. I don’t understand but I am being entertained or I wouldn’t be thinking so hard about stuff.

Orpheus has been the unknown since book 1 and I just had to find out his story. In the last book, we saw him use the orb to save his little brother Gryphon, but that wizard stole Gryphon’s body, trapping Gryphon’s soul in the underworld.

Orpheus is so wrecked with guilt that he decides he will go there and rescue his brother. Of course the gods (Zeus, Hera, Hades, even Atlanta) have their own plans for the brothers. Zeus sends on of Hera’s sirens, Skylar, to seduce, kill and get the orb from Orpheus. And what seemed like a game of seduction, turned into something more. In addition, Orpheus and Skylar experience deja vu, like they have danced to this tune before, but surely they couldn’t have. Either way, they are inexplicably drawn to each other, but Skylar is sent to be an assassin. Can she really go through with her mission?

I like this series but these eternal guardians are no different from humans. They seem weak to me. They are unobservant, lacking in the basic preparation by finding out about their enemies and they are verbally caustic to their fated females.

With all that said, I will be starting audiobook 5 in a few minutes because I have to make sure Gryphon is alright. After all, being trapped and tortured by Hades every day for 3 months has to be terrible on his psyche. I want to see who saves him, though I suspect she has been on the run with Orpheus and Skylar this whole time (*Cough Maela).

Tempted (Eternal Guardians #3) by Elisabeth Naughton

Tempted (Eternal Guardians #3) by Elisabeth NaughtonSeries: Eternal Guardians #3
on September 6th, 2011
Pages: 418 pages
AmazonNarrator: Elizabeth Wiley
DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Isadora is missing. The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she’s gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned.

As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.

This third book featured the “mean” guardian Demetrius, the one who relished every opportunity to torment Princess Isadora for reasons unbeknownst to all. In fact, his disrespect was so appalling in the last book when the King had ordered him to marry Isadora that he said he would rather be put to death.

After Isadora went missing with her hand maiden right before her binding ceremony to Zander, the guardians began looking for her. Demetrius was able to find her and rescue her from his mother, but not really since his mother banished them to the island of Pandora. Demetrius’ mother was hoping to find a way to get her son and Isadora to become involved so they can have a baby. She would use this infant and it’s power to reclaim her rightful place as an Argolean ruler.
I am really intrigued with this series because of it’s potential, not the execution. In fact, this story has more holes than the last one.

My 2.5 Major Issues:
1) Hera’s curse: Theron hated female humans—thus his mate Casey was a human. Zander—well, I don’t exact understand why Callia was his mate as I don’t know what he hated about her. But I know he hated an action that he thought she did. Demetrius hated pathetic, weaklings, thus why he seemed to hate Isadora.
But this novel implied that Demetrius was aware that Isadora was probably his mate for a really long time. So why did he continue to treat her so reprehensibly? He went out of his way to terrorize her, yet he has a shrine in his place. I don’t get it. If he suspected she was his “curse”, isn’t it inevitable that they will fall in love anyway? Also, why did it take so long for their feelings to kick it because Theron and Zander seemed attracted to their mates from the beginning?

2) Background check: I don’t know about being an Argonaut, but my job performs background and reference checks before an offer of employment is extended. How is it that no one knew anything about Demetrius’ lineage before they appointed him one of a handful of eternal guardians to protect humans and Argolean’s from the Daemons? In fact, they didn’t know he was part witch, only that he was of Jason’s line. How is it that Theron didn’t even know where Demetrius lived, when this is the guy whom you trust to save the world with you?

Minor Issue) Their government set up reminds me of the power struggle that ancient Rome had with the dictators always fighting with the Senate for control. The political scheming etc. Why didn’t Lucian face some kind of backlash for remaining quiet about his son’s involvement with Callia’s son and the deal with Atlanta. I need more answers and better answers. I am not getting them so far but I am not frustrated yet. I am still open.

Ultimately, I am giving this book a four because it makes me want to keep going and neglect the other books that I planned to read because I like Gryphon and Orpheus. So despite the issues, I am still invested in the story, that’s why I bumped it up from a 3.5star to 4-stars