Marked by Elisabeth Naughton
Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Date Read: September 2013
THERON—Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.
From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.
She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.
As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Publisher: Createspace, Tantor
Series: Eternal Guardians, #1
Listened for Review/Read for Fun (Tantor/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Note: Things I might have done while reading this book:
1) Made sure that a certain couple were going to get a book (not saying who as it would be spoilerish–even if I am the last person to read this series): Book 3
2) Made sure a certain hot biker dude got a story — not yet but Elisabeth said he is the next book.
3) Made sure that she wasn’t ending the series soon–it was just so darn fun
First Thought when Finished: Marked has me hooked on this series. I can’t wait to continue!
Story Thoughts: Argonauts! Demons! Halflings! This was a deliciously great read for a fan of mythology. I love how the Greek characters from stories we all know/love were woven into this world. Theron, leader of the Argonauts, was stuck between a rock and hard place, as all good heroes need to be. Casey (his rock) was not only the women who intrigued him but the one he surely was leading back home to die. I loved the push/pull that went on between them where the story was concerned. There was only one thing that really bugged me (him not being honest with her about why they needed to go to his home) but it all worked out in the end.
Character Thoughts: I really liked Theron and Casey! I think they had good chemistry and despite the lack of honesty from Theron, I believed in his intention to do the best by her that he could. What really sold me on the series is the side characters. I can already tell that I want book 3! Let’s just say the chemistry between that couple is already off the charts in this story. I really want Nick’s book and I might have cried when another character died (can’t give that away either). Nick was my favorite character overall so I am hoping we get to see him in the books to come since he doesn’t have his own yet! Side characters are what sold me again. Darn IT!
Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley / Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Overall I really liked Elizabeth’s narration. Her voice was so familiar that I had to go look up if I had heard before but I had not. I think she sounds a bit like Tonya Eby. So if you like her narration, I think Elizabeth will work for you. She has great pacing, emotion, and character tendencies (you could tell the characters thoughts from the way she was reading the dialogue). Her male voices are pretty good and I think she was pretty good at Casey. The reason the rating is not higher actually has to do with production. The CDs just immediately went to the next part when switching disks. It often made me feel like I missed something so I would pick up my kindle copy to make sure I had not. That was distracting during the listening process for me.
Final Thoughts: This is going on my Seriously Series reads for 2014!
Other Reviews for books by Elisabeth Naughton here
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