I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ecstasy Unbound by Setta Jay
Series: Guardians of the Realms #1
Published by Setta Jay on January 29, 2014
Genres: Erotic, Fantasy Romance, Romance
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As one of the twelve Guardians of the Realms, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity needed to evolve, hell beasts needed to die, and Immortal races needed mates. Unfortunately, he found that he cared less about duty, and more about when his sexy voyeur would again grace the shadows to watch as he and his brother Guardian shared one of the human females frequenting the club. All Guardians were forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her was escalating. He found it more difficult than ever to keep from pinning her face down on the nearest surface, and making her his.
Alexandra and her brothers have avoided exile from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity, and banished the Immortals. She has always known that she was needed on Earth. Only once had she gone against her instincts and the price she paid will forever haunt her. It is for that reason she forces herself to stay away from the only male that has ever truly enticed her. The only one that has ever made her flesh heat, and her stomach quiver with desire.
In desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession. He is her best hope to get the help she needs, even though he would surely attempt to exile her. She won't go easily…
I am not sure how I feel about this book – even now. This book caused me quite a bit of RAGE.
The prologue was a bit confusing – there was a huge info dumping session that almost left me reeling. We have the Greek pantheon (again. Why is everyone so obsessed with the Greek Pantheon????! Why not some Egyptian gods? Or Asian? Or something.) but instead of being up to their usual tricks almost all of them became tainted with some unexplained dark energy. They became stronger and cruel(er) and torturous. The tainted gods kidnap and perform experiments on the untainted gods and the Guardians – creating shapeshifters! Etc. etc. etc. The Guardians manage to get back an additional set of gods – the Creators – who puts the pantheon to sleep and leaves the Guardians over the world/alternates and disappears to never be seen again.
Now page 2. Lol
But seriously. We go from all of that to Urian – Uri – who is going out with his friend to a sex club. Uri and his friend often goes to these sex clubs to have public anonymous sex with humans.
Humans gave them plenty of room, compressing their much smaller bodies back into the crowds as the two made their way past. Moving through the throng, they gained sultry looks from scantily clad females, those that thrilled at the aura of danger that came from their sheer size. Having no idea just how much more beast than man the two were. That was part of the draw, the challenge of fucking more fragile beings without breaking them.
Ummm. GAG. Seriously. GAG. I officially disliked the hero at that point. Doubt that was what the author was going for but that was what happened.
There’s also an additional layer of the sex club activities – Alex (the heroine) is often there (stalking Uri) watching him fuck the random nameless girl(s) of the night. He often stares into her eyes as he bangs out the random nameless chick(s). *gag* But Uri and Alex have never officially met nor spoken to each other. And this goes on for centuries. O_O
I need to make a side note about all the cursing. I curse. I curse a lot. But there are over 100 instances fuck/fucking, etc in this book. 43 instances of the word “pussy.” It was a little distasteful in a really weird way for me. I mean, I’m the chick complaining of a lack of DP in my ménage books and here I am complaining about the word “fuck.” That just shows how much fuck/ing was going on.
Pop Quiz: You’ve been lusting after a woman for centuries and there she stands before you. You’ve never had the chance to speak to her before. What are the first words you utter to this woman?
If you guessed “What are you doing here?” And “Keep eating me up with those eyes, little Goddess, and I’ll be so deep inside that hot little pussy you won’t remember what you came here for.” YOU WIN! *rolls eyes*
And let’s not even get into what I’ve been calling Alex’s magical chastity belt. And her centuries of lonely masturbation after being gang raped of her virginity. Uri is the first man to ever bring her pleasure. *gag* No. SERIOUSLY. GAG. WTF is the deal with the heroine having NO SEX (she literally CANNOT have sex) for her ENTIRE LIFE but gets to watch the hero bang random nameless chicks in public on a pretty regular basis. ffs.
And although we are told that Alex is a bad ass fighting goddess who has trained for centuries – she is weaker than…everyone. She has NO controls over her own powers – she’s weaker than her two younger twin brothers and much MUCH weaker than Uri. But she is presented as a badass – a badass with major self confidence issues. Who can’t have sex. Who can’t protect herself. Who can’t do anything, really.
And the RAPE. My God is there any reason for so much fucking rape????? Wait, that’s not quite right. There’s not just rape, there’s consistent rape and humiliation of women. What in the fuck. I thought I was reading a romance.
There’s…just so much WTF going on that I got burned out. There’s rape, humiliation, biological experimentation, shifters, fated mates, Greek gods, kidnapping, ambushes, comas, menages (mating menages, of course) and so much sex that I started skipping it.
Finally, after several months of putting it off, I finally skimmed to the end. I tried my best to read to the end but I would feel anxious and upset every time I tried. I finally gave up and skimmed – it’s the only thing that let me finish.
Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ecstasy Unbound and other books written by Setta Jay can be found at Setta Jay’s website.