Ecstasy Unbound, the first installment in Setta Jay’s Guardians of the Realms series, is an erotic read with elements of paranormal and adult fiction in the mix. The gist of the series is the conflict between four realms which Jay cites as the Creators, the immortal Gods and Goddesses, the supernatural Guardians, and the humans. Readers may find correlations between Jay’s supernatural and human figures and those described in stories about such American superheroes as Superman and Batman. The major difference between the two milieus is the language used.
One aspect linking the four realms, which encompass Jay’s imaginative universe, is there are two genders in each group, men and women. The groups inter-mix, inter-breed, and inter-marry, which is essential to the story. Urian is one of the twelve Guardians and Alexandra is one of the immortal Goddesses. It is their love affair that draws in the audience and gives the novel a romantic lure.
The purpose of the Guardians is to look after the humans, to make certain none of them destroy earth. The mission of the Gods and Goddesses is reflective of Greek Mythology. They are meant to help humans but sometimes they abuse their powers. When they do so, the Creators exile them from earth, which is what happens to Alex and her brothers. This premise is fed to the reader in the opening chapters. Unfortunately, it requires the reader to be patient as the background information is told rather than shown through the characters actions. The read picks up once the characters commence interacting with one another,
Jay’s language describes episodes of exhibitionism as Urian engages in sexual escapades for the purpose of enticing Alex. The language also describes episodes of voyeurism as Alex is aroused by Urian’s prowess as a lover. The intimate scenes become over the top, excessive as Urian performs the act without engaging his heart. These heartless acts of intimacy turn ugly when Alex encounters a human female who has been raped by Cyril, an immortal God, bringing elements of slave trade and sex trafficking into the story.
Whether or not certain aspects in the story were meant to be symbolic or not, readers will pick up on them. The number twelve, which denotes the number of Guardians, is a symbolic figure. There are twelve months in a year, twelve zodiac signs, and twelve days before Christmas. Alex is symbolic of a teenage maiden who is coming of age, having her eyes opened to the pleasures of the flesh by a male mentor-type figure. Urian is the teacher who falls in love with his pupil Alex, representative of the school teacher Humbert in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
Sevel layers can be discovered in Jay’s novel depending on the reader’s imagination. The language is graphic and raw to the point of being vulgar. The main characters show a level of decorum when being in society but beneath the surface is molten, animalistic desire representative of human desires. Guilty pleasures are indulged and conflicts between the characters take the story to a new level of awareness about human nature.