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Forget everything you think you know about the Gods of Olympus and Atlantis. Both are real, and both are hidden in plain sight. Finally taking his long awaited vacation, Declan finds the one person who just might let him grow old. Although Ellie just might feel the same spark, she’s been mistreated one too many times in the past to trust. Seeing this challenge as one he kno Forget everything you think you know about the Gods of Olympus and Atlantis. Both are real, and both are hidden in plain sight. Finally taking his long awaited vacation, Declan finds the one person who just might let him grow old. Although Ellie just might feel the same spark, she’s been mistreated one too many times in the past to trust. Seeing this challenge as one he knows he can win, Declan dives in head first. But as in all things, his job gets in the way. It steals away his future and any hope at love.


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Forget everything you think you know about the Gods of Olympus and Atlantis. Both are real, and both are hidden in plain sight. Finally taking his long awaited vacation, Declan finds the one person who just might let him grow old. Although Ellie just might feel the same spark, she’s been mistreated one too many times in the past to trust. Seeing this challenge as one he kno Forget everything you think you know about the Gods of Olympus and Atlantis. Both are real, and both are hidden in plain sight. Finally taking his long awaited vacation, Declan finds the one person who just might let him grow old. Although Ellie just might feel the same spark, she’s been mistreated one too many times in the past to trust. Seeing this challenge as one he knows he can win, Declan dives in head first. But as in all things, his job gets in the way. It steals away his future and any hope at love.

30 review for Jealousy's Rage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I read the blurb on this one and decided that it sounded like a good read. Unfortunately this was not to be an enjoyable reading experience for me. Rarely, do I start reading a book that just is not a good fit for me, but this is one of them. I say not a good fit for me because all of us have differing taste and this might be a great story to someone else. As I began reading, I thought that it was interesting as it introduced me to the concept of a hidden civilization in the Antarctic made up of I read the blurb on this one and decided that it sounded like a good read. Unfortunately this was not to be an enjoyable reading experience for me. Rarely, do I start reading a book that just is not a good fit for me, but this is one of them. I say not a good fit for me because all of us have differing taste and this might be a great story to someone else. As I began reading, I thought that it was interesting as it introduced me to the concept of a hidden civilization in the Antarctic made up of human-like people whose duty was to return the resident evils to Pandora's Box (at least that was the men's duty). It introduced the unique concept of how the males of this remote small group of people were allowed to find their life mates in the human populace with a remote possibility that one of the females born there in their village might be The One. But that is when the world building stopped being as interesting because there was no clear description of this group of people other than they were hidden, lived regular domestic home lives and not quite regular humans. They had special gadgetry and its way into the book that I discovered that they had special abilities too. I'm left with a hazy idea about these people through most of the book. Now their courtship ritual is given more detail. It is a unique method of searching for the right female. The men (and maybe the women, it doesn't say) were given these year long windows of time to go anywhere they wanted in the world to hunt for their mates. They know them when they see them because there is a soul deep connection. The poor hero of the story, Declan, has tried three times and come back empty-handed receiving several rejections (what about the part of knowing instantly that someone is your soulmate?). There is this long waiting list for each new turn to go mate hunting that could be years before you get a new turn. The good news for Declan is that his age is frozen when he reaches mature adulthood until he finds his other half and then he starts to age normally again. Most of his warrior friends are already happily married so he feels lonely, left out and depressed because he's received so many rejections. The story begins when he's about to try again and is a nervous mess about putting himself out there yet again. Meanwhile the heroine, Ellie, is fighting traffic to get to work while chatting to her friend on the phone. She arrives late and disgruntled only to be pounced on by her well meaning co-workers with a new guy for her to try. Ellie is orphaned by the death of her parents and left alone when both her grandparents die. She had a very painful experience when a guy left her after she fell in love with him and she closed herself off from the chance of another guy hurting her so she hates to go on these coerced for her own good dates. My sympathies were with her at this point. The cutest part of the story, which is early on, takes place when Ellie chooses to lie to her co-workers to get them off her back. She makes up a stunning specimen of a man that she's dating. Boy is she surprised when a man of that description comes walking through the doorway of her office. To keep up the deception, she grabs him and drags him outside telling him to play along like he's her boyfriend. He does and saves her from getting caught out by her co-workers. But this early on cutesy moment was the very last time I even liked Ellie which is a problem because her point of view is half the book and the relationship between her and Declan makes up most of the book. The man who gallantly played along with her and thought she was adorable was Declan. He feels that special spark toward Ellie and knows she felt it too, but he's confused when she rudely tells him to go away after she used him (hello, he came into your real estate office for a reason girl and it wasn't to ruin your day). He is sweet and charming to her after that first rebuff bringing her flowers, wanting to go to lunch with her, and even tries to approach her several times to get to know her. But she turns into a hateful, mean, selfish harridan. And her excuse? This one guy in her past lied to her and hurt her feelings so now every guy only has designs on doing the same thing. Somehow this translates in her mind that its okay to emotionally torture Declan who puts himself out there leaving himself vulnerable when she stomps all over his heart. Even her best friend looks at her like she's expecting her to cackle and fly off on her broom when she witnesses how Ellie treats Declan. In case you think this dislike of mine is about her having a right to decline a man, its not. I'm okay with her not wishing to see Declan or start a relationship with him. It was her methods and excessive behavior that turned me off on her. Then later when she does give him a chance after an incidental meeting, her horrid behavior gets worse because then she starts the hot and cold treatment on his feelings. There are a string of scenes where she accepts his attention and then freaks out and rejects him usually when he's just being honest and loving toward her about himself and what he wants in a relationship (really Ellie? You don't want lies, but you won't believe the truth either). He does as she requests each time when she insists that he to take her home and then she gets angry when he gives her a hurt look and complies even though she's just got done stomping on his poor heart with steel toed combat boots again and yes, again. Oh and in case she hasn't hurt him enough, she rejects him because she prefers to be alone, but goes on a blind date arranged by her co-workers. This guy truly does have bad designs on her and scares her with his whole Fatal Attraction possessiveness. She runs straight to Declan and does the damsel in distress letting him help and protect her. But not for long, because yet again Declan puts himself out there as a decent guy who just wants a chance with her and she still thinks he's putting her on. So even though the psycho guy who makes yet another attempt to get at her back at her home is still at large, she'd rather go home and pretend that all is normal against the advice of her friend, Declan and even her own instinct. And guess what happens to our too stupid to live heroine? Yeah, tagged and bagged by the bad guy forcing her trusty hero to worry and fret again while he tries to find her. Early on, I just felt sorry for Declan who must be getting jerked around by fate to have earned such a mate and I truly didn't care that Ellie'd gotten taken by the bad guy. I was actually hoping for the plot to take a twist and match up Declan with Ellie's friend who was such a better option since she was fun, spunky, loyal and loving. The other plot line of the story- the capture of Jealousy which is one of the evils was pretty good and I have to say that it was exciting and kept me reading. A different heroine would have made all the difference in the world for me. I would have found the story a decent read if the heroine would have been different because the idea of the secret race of people tracking down the evil escaped from Pandora's Box is a great basis for a story and I like the author's creativity in coming up with it. This is a series so the second book might be much better with new h/h and a new evil to chase down and capture.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    "You're implying that you feel more for me than you really do. Well, I'm not here for what if's! I'm here to take forever!" - Declan Declan is one of Pandora's Elite - a hunting force that is responsible of finding the evils Pandora once upon a time unleashed upon the world. He's also a cryoman from Atlantis who has only one woman meant for him in the world - and this much-needed vacation may be his last chance to find her and convince her to be his forever. Well, he does find her, alright. But E "You're implying that you feel more for me than you really do. Well, I'm not here for what if's! I'm here to take forever!" - Declan Declan is one of Pandora's Elite - a hunting force that is responsible of finding the evils Pandora once upon a time unleashed upon the world. He's also a cryoman from Atlantis who has only one woman meant for him in the world - and this much-needed vacation may be his last chance to find her and convince her to be his forever. Well, he does find her, alright. But Ellie is way different than what he imagined. She's fierce, and stubborn, and seems dead-set on avoiding him. But with Jealousy's infected victim after her, she will have to depend on Declan and his team to keep her safe - and Ellie's not sure she can protect her heart any longer from this strange and intense man's charms. Jealousy's Rage was a marvellous and yet cute read. It had just the kind of fantasy I like - give me Olympus gods and/or Atlantis and I'm a goner - and a really adorable hero to make you squeal. Wait, not hot? Hmmm, ok, Declan may be handsome, but he was more cute than he was sexy. He was this sweet, romantic guy who knew how to cook, made cocoa from scratch, had a knack for respecting the ladies, and wanted forever. Not just "wham bam thank you ma'am", but real, true happy ever after. And he could use some kind of magic ice abilities. Mmmm, now where can I find a man like that, I wonder? Which brings me to the thorn in this book's side. Ellie. Or Eleora. Whatever... Can we please kill her? Oh, wait, if we do, Declan will be devastated... Damn! Why do nice, genuinely kind guys end up with the bitches? Do I have to make my bitchy side more dominant to get me one of those? Because seriously, Ellie took all my pet peeves - minus the blonde hair - and combined them into one deadly, awful package. Just when I started being happy for the fact the main heroine is a hurt brunette... Let's see... She was judgemental, whined a lot, suffered from double personality disorder (I'm sure of it!), treated Declan like he was scum that dared to taint her new shoes, and generally spent her time making up extreme scenarios of betrayal on his behalf - scenarios that he never thought of, by the way! Nooo, what am I saying? The poor girl was hurt by men before, so she should be excused - the fact Declan was hurt by many women in the past was OF COURSE a scheme to earn him sympathy points so that he could get into her pants. And the fact he wanted forever HAD to make her panic, because how dare he catch her off guard when she knows he mustn't mean it? Hence, the four stars. It could have been five, if not for Ellie's existence. Such an awesome way to work around the legend of Pandora's Box - there are simply not enough stories concerning that part of mythology, it's nice to see one that has handsome Elite warriors trying to fix the mess, and who are not complete barbarians just because they don't live among us. The humor was lively, and witty at times, and the action and fantasy were just enough to keep me reading even through Ellie's part! ***I was given a review copy from a LibraryThing Member Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.*** Find this and other reviews at: http://cupcakesandpopcorn.wordpress.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angie ~aka Reading Machine~

    Eleora "Ellie" Cross has been unlucky in love and will not put herself in that same position again. She has so many walls and layers of protection that her boss is playing matchmaker just so she'll date. She reluctantly agrees to date the matchmaker set up for her yet knowing it's mistake. Declan "Dec" one of Pandora's Elite Hunter is going on one last trip to find his mate but he's not holding out much hope of it happening since he's failed before. Dec taking his mother's advice that this time Eleora "Ellie" Cross has been unlucky in love and will not put herself in that same position again. She has so many walls and layers of protection that her boss is playing matchmaker just so she'll date. She reluctantly agrees to date the matchmaker set up for her yet knowing it's mistake. Declan "Dec" one of Pandora's Elite Hunter is going on one last trip to find his mate but he's not holding out much hope of it happening since he's failed before. Dec taking his mother's advice that this time will be different. Dec is stunned that he finds his mate so quickly after years of failure. He's stunned to discover that his mate Ellie continually rejects him at every turn. Dec's job is to return what Pandora let out only to discover that Jealousy is near by. Jealousy has taken human host that is trying to woo Dec's mate from him. Will Ellie allow her heart to believe in Declan? Will Declan be returning home with his mate? Can Jealousy be captured? Your answers await you in Jealousy's Rage. I'm pleasantly surprised by this novel. I've read many books based on mythology and have to admit this concept is truly unique. Pandora and her box along with Atlantis are real. Pandora's Elite Hunter are tasked with returning what got out of the box or in this case jar. Mates for life is beautiful thing to behold except when you don't have your chosen mate yet. I'll admit that Ellie didn't appear to be a likeable character until the very end of the book. Declan, our hero, is completely sweet, understanding, and very patient. He didn't have to be any of those things. Ellie's attitude completely baffled our hero until he understood the depth of her own pain. Looking forward to my next adventure in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LadyCalico

    This was one bad read. If the Romance Writer's of America had a contest for most obnoxious heroine Ellie would probably be the winner--so angry, self-centered, and rude that it is impossible to believe any guy, even one who's not human, would be masochistic enough to persist in pursuit of this hateful psychotic witch. At least Kevin had an excuse--he was possessed; I hear that tends to warp your judgment, and even he had the sense to dump her when he was sane. If Ellie was his soul mate, it make This was one bad read. If the Romance Writer's of America had a contest for most obnoxious heroine Ellie would probably be the winner--so angry, self-centered, and rude that it is impossible to believe any guy, even one who's not human, would be masochistic enough to persist in pursuit of this hateful psychotic witch. At least Kevin had an excuse--he was possessed; I hear that tends to warp your judgment, and even he had the sense to dump her when he was sane. If Ellie was his soul mate, it makes me wonder what poor Declan did in a previous life to deserve her--stepped on a bug, what? The silly paranormal aspects, that were gratuitously thrown in willy-nilly only served to make this poorly tailored story just that much shabbier. The writing was atrocious--I don't know if it was the author or whoever transcribed this book to Kindle, but this book must have set a record for the narrative with the most misused words and grammatical errors ever--lied instead of lay, their instead of they're, weather instead of whether, stair instead of stare, me instead of I, etc. How about the guy with the hazel blue eyes--was one eye hazel and the other blue--and how exactly does one "deign myself?" Someone badly needs to take an English course and stay awake this time. On the plus side, there was a likable sweetness about Declan and his buddies--which only made it that much more implausible that he wanted mean, miserable old Ellie--and the story had a cat in it, that's important. The most enjoyment I got from this book was finishing it, which wasn't easy, and deleting it from my Kindle--yah!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    I received this book free from StoryCartel in exchange for a fair and honest review. First off, I did enjoy this book but somehow, it just didn't grab me. I don't know why. The whole cryoman of Atlantis bit was well thought about but there are large holes in the description. There isn't much mentioned about the females - are there cryowomen? The only females that make it into the story are humans that have been found by their soul mate. The "Gods of Olympus" part was a quick mention of Zeus and t I received this book free from StoryCartel in exchange for a fair and honest review. First off, I did enjoy this book but somehow, it just didn't grab me. I don't know why. The whole cryoman of Atlantis bit was well thought about but there are large holes in the description. There isn't much mentioned about the females - are there cryowomen? The only females that make it into the story are humans that have been found by their soul mate. The "Gods of Olympus" part was a quick mention of Zeus and the fact that they are chasing the 'evil' that was let out of Pandora's box. As for when Declan arrives via portal into the US, well, it went a bit downhill from then on in. Ellie is a weird case for a main female and I can't say it clearer than that. She is rude and obnoxious to a man who walks into the office and helps her out. He even brings her flowers which she keeps but then dismisses him. All of this is because she had one relationship that didn't work out and some blind dates set up by her co-workers where they were only after 'one thing'. Some of my friends have dealt with worse than that but they didn't turn into caustic harpies. Declan would take one step forward and she would take three back. I know she was his soul mate but I think I would have walked away! On the whole, this was a pleasant book whilst I was reading it, with parts that irked but once I switched off my kindle, that was it. There was no book hangover for me with this one. Still enjoyable though. Try it, you may love it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book set up the series wonderfully. I love the warriors going out into the world to capture everything Pandora let out. However, I feel like we just sort of scratched the surface of this world. I know there is more to it, and I'll definitely be checking out the other books in the series to find out more. Declan and Ellie had a good story. I would have liked to maybe learn a little more about them, but there was enough there to make the story work. Ellie was frustrating at times, but you can This book set up the series wonderfully. I love the warriors going out into the world to capture everything Pandora let out. However, I feel like we just sort of scratched the surface of this world. I know there is more to it, and I'll definitely be checking out the other books in the series to find out more. Declan and Ellie had a good story. I would have liked to maybe learn a little more about them, but there was enough there to make the story work. Ellie was frustrating at times, but you can't really blame her. With all the creepers in the world, I'd be kind of doubtful of Mr. Perfect too. I expected there to be more paranormal in this book than there was. However, I think that worked out well. I wasn't overwhelmed with new information for this world, so I was able to focus on the story. I hope we see the characters from this book in some of the others. I can't wait to learn more about Atlantis and it's warriors!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Hardy

    Follow Declan, a man from a frozen tundra that no human is allowed to leave once seen tries to melt the heart of Ellie so that she will follow him. He is CERTAIN that she is the other half of his soul. Ellie's, however does not agree. In the meantime Jealousy is loose and MUST be put back into Pandora’s jar. Will Jealousy win Ellie’s heart or will Declan? A lovely summer pool side read with ups and downs of emotions. Will you root for good or evil? Follow Declan, a man from a frozen tundra that no human is allowed to leave once seen tries to melt the heart of Ellie so that she will follow him. He is CERTAIN that she is the other half of his soul. Ellie's, however does not agree. In the meantime Jealousy is loose and MUST be put back into Pandora’s jar. Will Jealousy win Ellie’s heart or will Declan? A lovely summer pool side read with ups and downs of emotions. Will you root for good or evil?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Radisich

    I loved this book, Melissa keeps your heart pumping and turning pages to find out what happens next. Her writing keeps your emotions running and the characters easy to identify with. Atlantis is no longer a myth and hopes for a sequel are in the reader's thoughts. I loved this book, Melissa keeps your heart pumping and turning pages to find out what happens next. Her writing keeps your emotions running and the characters easy to identify with. Atlantis is no longer a myth and hopes for a sequel are in the reader's thoughts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Schmidt

    Jealousy's Rage (Pandora's Elite, #1) is very exciting and definitely not the common tale. Jealousy's Rage (Pandora's Elite, #1) is very exciting and definitely not the common tale.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deidre

    I'm a teacher and would encourage my students to read this novel. I'm a teacher and would encourage my students to read this novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brinda Sherlund

    I love this series. Melissa is an amazing author, the way she threads the fables of this lost land around her fiction will leave all readers captivated and wanting more. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Phillips

    I liked Jealousy's Rage because it was so hard to put down and I can't wait to read more of the Pandora's Elite series I guess that you can say that Melissa Smith you got me hooked. It has action,adventure,love and mystery. I give this book a 5 and would read it again. I liked Jealousy's Rage because it was so hard to put down and I can't wait to read more of the Pandora's Elite series I guess that you can say that Melissa Smith you got me hooked. It has action,adventure,love and mystery. I give this book a 5 and would read it again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Well, this was a free read for a review. That's actually the best thing I can say about it. It was free. Sure it had action, romance, drama. It just was not for me. Truthfully if it had not been free i don't know that I would not have finished this. Well, this was a free read for a review. That's actually the best thing I can say about it. It was free. Sure it had action, romance, drama. It just was not for me. Truthfully if it had not been free i don't know that I would not have finished this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    SandraE

    Mixing anything supernatural with normal human life and not making cheesy can be very difficult. This book accomplishes this easily. I look forward to reading other books in this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liz Cowan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roy Huff

  17. 4 out of 5

    Casey

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy B

  21. 4 out of 5

    G.W. Jefferies

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hazelnutz

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darren

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Reyna

  25. 4 out of 5

    MoonGlitter

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Whitty

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elle Chardou

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roxann

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tara

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