ARC Review: Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) by Felicity Heaton

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Hello, fellow romance fans. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Ares by Felicity Heaton. The first book in her new adult paranormal romance series, Guardians of Hades. My thanks to Felicity for the advanced ebook.

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ARC Review: Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) by Felicity HeatonMy Rating:
Title: Ares by Felicity Heaton
Series: Guardians of Hades #1
Published by Self-Published on 26 November, 2016
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Kevin Foley
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes
No. of Pages: 294

New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents: Ares (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 1)

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Fire, Ares was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Caged by the manifestation of his power, held apart from those he loves by his own fire and starved of physical contact, Ares lives a cold existence driven by duty and the desire to return to his world.

Until his world collides with a daemon who steals his power and a mortal female who shatters the ice around his heart and awakens the true fire within him—a soul-stirring passion both dangerous and seductive.

Megan has wandered far from her home, driven from everyone she loves by the devastating realisation that she is different to them all. Unsure who to trust in the world, she keeps to herself, until a fateful stormy night brings a temptingly handsome warrior crashing into her life and into her heart—a warrior who seems to hold powers more frightening and marvellous than her own.

When the New York gate comes under threat, and Ares is put to the test, will he choose his duty and regain the power he needs in order to save his world or will he choose the desires of his heart and sacrifice his fire so he can be with the woman becoming his whole world?

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦*

Read: 24th – 26th November 2016

What did I like about Ares?

I’m already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s other series and love her writing style! Her world-building is amazing. It’s her mix of fantasy and reality that captures my attention right from the start. Her characters are never black or white, good or evil but a complex mix of positive and negative traits and emotions which they either have to embrace or overcome. Ares and Megan are no exception.  

I’ve already mentioned in previous reviews, how I love the way Felicity makes the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic. I think she’s a very talented writer. For me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved. Felicity gives her characters such depth that they do become real. However it’s not just her main characters that benefit from this attention to detail. All of her characters are complex, multifaceted and completely believable. She gives them very real human virtues and foibles even though most of them are mythical, paranormal beings. 

We’ve been introduced to all the brothers in this book as well as Hades and Persephone. I enjoyed learning a bit about them all. However, I’m looking forward to getting to know them all throughout this series.   This story made me giggle, gasp in shock and shed a tear or two. Of course, I got caught up with the passion (who wouldn’t *blush*). However the tender insights into both Ares’ and Megan’s doubts, their feelings of “relationship unworthiness”  was beautiful. Plus the growth of their trust in each other’s love was also heart-warming to read.

Was there anything I disliked about it?

Absolutely nothing! (Hence the 5 star review) 😉  

This is the first book in a new series, and as such, you must expect a loose end or two. However, for those of you like me who HATE huge cliffhangers, rest assured, Felicity doesn’t leave us hanging. The immediate threat is dealt with. The romance aspect between Ares and Megan is happily concluded in Felicity’s signature style.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really loved this paranormal romance tale. Ares is a great read that made me smile, cry and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I loved the well written erotic thrills and heart-pumping fight scenes. Plus my old romantic heart loved all the gallant romantic gestures. 


This book contains graphic violence and explicit sexual content – it’s definitely steamy. Therefore I’d recommend this book to adults who are OK reading content of a mature nature.

If you enjoy reading stories about the battle between following your duty or letting your your heart lead the way. Stories about inner strength and the lengths we go to for our siblings and those we love. And finally, you’ll love Ares if you adore soul saving love and tales with oodles of fire and passion.

So, has my review of ARES (Guardians of Hades #1) sparked your interest? Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this series and Felicity.

Guardians of Hades Series by Felicity Heaton

The Guardians of Hades series is about the sons of Hades and Persephone. The Greek God of the Underworld and his wife the Goddess of vegetation and spring.

Ares, Valen, Daimon, Esher, Keras, Calistos and Marek are Princes of the Underworld and Lords of a specific element. Each son has been charged with guarding one of the seven gates to the Underworld. The gates are in various cities here on Earth: New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and two in Seville.

Daemons and Hellspawn want to use the gates to cause an apocalypse foretold by the Greek fates, the Moirai.

Books in the Series

If you haven’t read any of the Guardians of Hades books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.

 Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible* ¦ The Book Depository*

About Felicity Heaton

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Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the books Felicity writes. I hope I’ve persuaded you to read this one.

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I really LOVE this series. Felicity Heaton is one of the amazing authors on my favourites’ page. Have you read any of her books? Drop me a comment below.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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