Marked – Eternal Guardians – Elisabeth Naughton

MARKED (Eternal Guardians Book 1)

I’ve been looking for a new series to read so I went to Goodreads to look up paranormal romance series that might interest me. I only read series that have six or seven books already written because I like to read one after the other and not wait a year for the next one. This one had a lot of the requirements that I desired like mythology mixed with romance. I decided to try it out.

This is the first book in the series so I knew the story would suffer a little while the author did some world building and character introduction but I think Elizabeth Naughton did a pretty good job of it while keeping me interested in the story and romance. This book is based off the story of Jason and the Argonauts or rather the seven original Argonauts and a realm called Argolea that Zeus created for them to live in along with their descendants. Argoleans can go between their world and the human world through portals but it is dangerous because their enemy, Atalanta, sends out her daemons to hunt and kill Argoleans and the Argonauts who guard them.

Theron is one of the Argonauts who guard Argolea. He is from the line of Heracles or Hercules as the humans call him. He goes to the strip club where Casey works as a server to retrieve the ailing Argolean princess who ran off from the castle in Argolea. The princess is there watching Casey for some reason.

Acacia or Casey as her friends know her works as a server at a strip club in a small town in Oregon. I liked this part because I live in Oregon. The town is obviously made up, at least I think it is, because I have never heard of it. When she leaves early from the strip club because she hasn’t been feeling well, she almost runs over what she thought was large animals eating something but then she realizes that the animals are actually evil looking creatures with animal-like heads and human bodies. They are attacking a man; the same man that bumped into her in the club and left with the petite blonde. She manages to save him. He refuses to go to a hospital so she takes him to her home to care for him and from there the world, as she knows it, turns upside down.

Theron is attracted to Casey and almost sleeps with her until he sees a birth mark on her. He realizes she is the chosen one from a prophesy which may mean that she has to die to save his people.

The story introduces a lot of people and even some gods like Hades and Persephone. It was a good read and I am curious to see what happens with the other Argonauts and the Argolean princess. I will probably read more of these books but I’m going to continue my search for a new series for now. I have a few other contenders that I am going to check out.

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