Hello, fellow romance lovers. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Esher by Felicity Heaton. The third book in her highly addictive adult paranormal romance series, Guardians of Hades. My thanks to Felicity for the advanced ebook.
So what’s Esher about?
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Title: Esher by Felicity Heaton
Series: Guardians of Hades #3
Published by Self-Published on 24 March, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Eric G. Dove
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes
No. of Pages: 274
Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher 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. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.
Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten.
Aiko knows from the moment she sets eyes on the black-haired warrior that he is no ordinary man, just as she’s no ordinary woman. Blessed with a gift, she can see through his stormy façade to the powerful god beneath, and the pain and darkness that beats inside him—pain she grows determined to heal as she falls deeper under his spell and into his world.
When the daemon bent on turning Esher against his brothers makes her move, will Esher find the strength to overcome his past and fulfil his duty, or will the lure of revenge allow the darkness in his heart to seize control, transforming him into a god intent on destroying the world?
Seven powerful Greek god alpha heroes. Seven passionate paranormal romance novels. Step into an action-packed paranormal romance world filled with mythology and mystery from New York Times and USA Today best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton and be swept up in the story and characters as the princes of the Underworld fight to protect their world and ours, and the women who claim their hearts, from an enemy bent on destroying everything in the Guardians of Hades romance series.
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
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Read: 16th – 23rd March 2018
The publication date was 24th March 2018.
What did I like about Esher?
I’m already a big fan of Felicity 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. I love her characters. They’re never black or white, good or evil but a complex mix of positive and negative traits and emotions. It’s this mix and attention to detail that always makes her stories feel more realistic for me. Esher did not disappoint.
Now I must admit, I was already intrigued by Esher after meeting him in the previous books.
I loved getting beneath that dark, ferocious, exterior at last. Aiko is exactly what I want from a main female character; resilient, intelligent and loyal. She has a wonderful sense of right and wrong. Aiko’s a beautiful person on the inside and out with a moral compass that leads her to help those in need. She’s a fabulous addition to the female mates!
I need to confess that one of the reasons why I love Ms Heaton’s books so much is the sex. She makes the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic. I think that it takes a very talented writer to accomplish this. These erotic interludes are balanced beautifully with heartfelt imagery and poignant internal dialogue from our main romantic pair.
I loved the dizzyingly passionate love scenes. Held my breath during the edge-of-your-seat fight scenes. I was a blubbering mess during the tender/sad scenes and I chuckled out loud at the humour and banter. I was gripped from the first page to the last and couldn’t stop reading!
Was there anything I disliked about it?
I absolutely loved everything about this book! (Hence the 5 stars)
The romance aspect of this tale is concluded in Ms Heaton’s signature HEA style. Therefore there’s no life or death cliffhanger at the end of this book. woohoo! However, the series story arc is left to continue. We’re left wondering who’s the unknown mastermind behind all of the daemon threats that the Guardians have had to vanquish. Ms Heaton weaves any pertinent information about past adventures into this story. Therefore new readers aren’t completely lost. However, I feel that many little details would be missed jumping straight in or reading these books out of order. For example you’d miss the nuances of experiencing past relationships, plot lines and knowing the characters.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this paranormal romance tale. I read Greek myths when I was younger and love that the thesis for this series has come from them. With Ms Heaton’s usual twist, of course. Esher was a great read: I was engaged from the start. It made me smile, cry and feel all hot and bothered. I loved the well written erotic thrills, kick-arse fighting and tons of 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 one’s duty or your heart. Stories about inner strength and the lengths we go for our siblings or those we love. You’ll love this book if, like me, you adore tales about soul-saving love with oodles of fire and passion.
So, has my review of ESHER (GUARDIANS OF HADES #3) encouraged you to find out more? 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.
- Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) (2016)
- Valen (Guardians of Hades #2) (2017)
- Esher (Guardians of Hades #3) (2018)
- Marek (Guardians of Hades #4) (2020)
- Calistos (Guardians of Hades #5) (2020)
- Daimon (Guardians of Hades #6) (2020)
- Keras (Guardians of Hades #7) (2020)
- Thanatos (Guardians of Hades #8) (2021)
- Hades (Guardians of Hades #9) (Expected 9th August 2022)
- Persephone (Guardians of Hades #10) (Expected 6th September 2022)
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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.
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,