Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of --
Ecstasy Unbound by Setta Jay
Overall star rating --- 2
About the book:
As one of the twelve Guardians, Urian has spent the last several centuries in a constant battle to keep the inhabitants of Earth’s Realms under control. Humanity has to evolve, hell beasts need to die, and Immortals need mates. But lately, Uri's mind is overrun with thoughts of when his sexy voyeur will find him again, watching him from the shadows, continuing their wicked game. All Guardians are forbidden contact with the little goddess and her brothers, but his need for her escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to keep from pinning her down on the nearest surface and making her his.
Alexandra has managed to evade the Guardians and being cast out from the human Realm for centuries, ever since the Creators sent the Gods to sleep for their sins against humanity and banished all Immortals. Always sensing that she was needed on Earth, only once has Alex 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 who has ever truly enticed her. The only one who has ever made her long for what she knows is dangerous.
In a desperate need to help her beloved brother, she will have to go to the enthralling Guardian, her dark obsession, and even though he will surely attempt to exile her, she won't go easily…
Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 12
-- Story & characters -- 2
-- Cover & title -- 3
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
The author took 1 part mythology and 1 part porn, and put them both together in a blender, and blended well, then poured them into a book. There is a violent, evil thread that runs throughout the whole book; and it totally turned me off as a reader.
The prologue is boring and confusing. Pretty much every chapter ends in a sex scene, and the sex scenes are porn, plain and simple. A well written sex scene should read like poetry, not porn. And yes, I've read erotica before, and paranormal romance too; so I'm very familiar with both, and this book is neither. I know what good erotica is like, and good paranormal romance, and this isn't either of those.
The first 3/4 of the book moves from graphic sex scenes to graphic violence. The book includes descriptions and references to some quite horrible things. There are no warm, fuzzy moments in this book, no awww moments either. It isn't until the last 1/4 of the book that the author throws in a few semi-tender moments, almost as an afterthought.
I've read a lot of books in my life, and rarely do I give one a two star rating. I would call this book part porn, part violence, and part horror; as there are some very disturbing scenes in it. Not something I care for at all.
Genre -- violent pornographic horror
Age recommendations -- 25 plus
Sex content rating -- extreme
Violence rating -- extreme
** The author's links **
Amazon author page