Denying Ecstasy by Setta Jay
Published by Self-published on June 28, 2014
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A headstrong sassy mortal, Rain is a Mageia living in Tetartos, the Realm of beasts and Immortals. Her nights have been restless, filled with sensual dreams of a big blonde Guardian whose glares indicate he wants nothing to do with her. She is determined to shake off the odd feelings until she finds out her dream lover is responsible for her rescue from a demented Demi-God. In doing so, his touch ignites something rare and coveted. Something that she’s never anticipated… Something he should have told her about. Rain is set on making him explain and then feel the full force of her ire.
After a devastating betrayal resulting in the loss of a close friend a century ago, Dorian refuses to trust or engage with Immortals other than his Guardian family. His years of brutal fighting in the underground Immortal rings are over. He patrols the Realms and slakes his lust with the humans on Earth. Existing, but not living as he used to. He knows the moment he scents Rain that he has found his mate and after touching her he plans to avoid her as long as he can... Until he learns she is in danger. Raging, his beast demands that he go to her, but taking her from their enemy has repercussions he fully plans to escape at all costs.
For Dorian, finding a way out of mating Rain means he could succumb to madness and harm those that mean so much to him… but giving in to his burning urge for her means losing control in a heated mating frenzy sure to ignite them both and link them forever.
Warning: brief instances of M/F/F and M/F/M menage, a hot headed, dirty talking alpha male, voyeurism and sexually explicit scenes.
I have been thoroughly enjoying the Guardians of the Realms series. I’m a paranormal junky and so far this series has treated me to some exceptionally good, unbelievably sexy stories. Denying Ecstasy was no exception as I enjoyed it, although it’s not my favorite of the series.
My main issue is with Dorian. He let the past rule over his future and in doing so left his mate hanging. His thought process here was ridiculous, he was shocked when no one tried to force him to mate with Rain, not understanding that everyone but him knew they wouldn’t have to. It was going to happen whether he liked it or not, and he was just being a shit for putting not only himself but Rain through the pain of not being able to mate once he activated the process.
I really liked Rain and her situation really tugged at my heartstrings. She stayed strong throughout. Not being as much a dumbass as Dorian was, she knew it was inevitable but she made his life hell for his actions, and I cheered her for it.
What this book really excelled in was the chemistry between Dorian and Rain and the absolutely awesome sex scenes. Once Dorian pulled his head out of his ass, their chemistry caught fire and it was glorious. Their interludes were full of passion, emotions, and genuine feelings plus some Class A dirty talk. Holy cow, these scenes jumped off the page at me and I wanted more, even though they get down and dirty often.
I also loved time spent with the rest of the Guardians. Alyssa and Gregoire were just so sweet together, and Drake just keeps getting better and better. I peeked and it looks like I won’t get his story until book 7! I’m bummed but it just means I’m going to have to read the others faster.
Rating: 4 It’s All About The Passion Stars
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