Hunted by Elisabeth Naughton…ARC Review

Hunted releases tomorrow, 6/27!


Erebus – Dark in every sense of the word, a skilled and lethal warrior, and sinfully sexy by design.

Since the dawn of modern man, Erebus was Hades’ secret weapon in the war between the immortal realms. Until Hades lost the minor god in a bet to his older brother Zeus. For the last hundred years, Erebus has trained Zeus’s Siren warriors in warfare and the sexual arts. But he’s never stopped longing for freedom. For a life filled with choice. And lately, he also longs for one Siren who entranced him during their steamy seduction sessions. A nymph he quickly became obsessed with and who was ripped from his grasp when her seduction training was complete. One he’s just learned Zeus has marked for death because she failed the last Siren test.

Before Erebus can intercede on the nymph’s behalf, she escapes Olympus and flees into the human realm. In a fit of rage, Zeus commands Erebus to hunt her down and kill her. Erebus sees his opportunity to finally go after what he wants, but he’s torn. Freedom means nothing if the Siren at the center of his fantasies doesn’t truly crave him back. Because defying the gods will unleash the fury of Olympus, and if he chooses her over his duty, whether she joins him in exile or not, the hunter will become the hunted.

My Review:

Hunted is part of Elisabeth Naughton’s Eternal Guardians series as well as novella number 11 in the 2017 1,001 Dark Nights lineup and as with all of Ms. Naughton’s books, this story kept me glued to each page.  I loved it.

I love a good second chance romance.  I equally love an enemies to lovers story.  Hunted was a little bit of both of those trope’s and oh my, it was incredible.

The beautiful and bad ass nymph warrior.   The man she had pined for in the past and who is now tasked with her capture and possible death.  The fight to find the truth, and hopefully some peace.  Add all of that together with Ms. Naughton’s ability to weave an enchanted tale and what do you have?  Magic.

Sera is a kick ass gal on a mission.  I loved her determination and spirit.  She is a beautiful spitfire I adored reading about.  Erebus is just so yummy.  Sure he’s dangerous dude, but when it comes to Sera he is positively delish.  He was tender and kind with her, all the while keeping his dangerous nature right below the surface, ready to let it out if he needed to  keep her safe.  Total alpha male badassery! Together they made one helluva team and I knew from the very beginning they wouldn’t let any obstacle come between them being together and figuring out the mess at hand. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say that another one of my fave parts of Ms. Naughton’s writing are her endings! (wink, wink)

Whether you’re already a fan of Ms. Naughton, or this is your first taste, I know you will love Hunted!

Five Loves

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About the author: 

Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.

“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”


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  1. Kat valentine says:

    Great review Jillian!!! Shared on all my socials!

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