Hello, fellow romance lovers. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Valen by Felicity Heaton. The second book in her exciting new Greek-inspired adult paranormal romance series, Guardians of Hades. My thanks to Felicity for the advanced ebook.
What’s Valen about?
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Title: Valen by Felicity Heaton
Series: Guardians of Hades #2
Published by Self-Published on 25 February, 2017
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Eric G. Dove
Length: 11 hours 28 minutes
No. of Pages: 324
New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents: Valen (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 2)
Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Lightning, Valen 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. Cursed by Zeus to never know love again, Valen has brought up barriers around his heart to protect it, but with each new barrier he creates, the dark hold his power has over him grows, becoming all he needs.
Until the night he finally crosses paths with the assassin who has been watching him from the shadows, a bewitching mortal possessing the name of an angel and the skills of a devil—a woman who awakens his passionate heart and stirs dangerous desires.
Eva has built a fearsome reputation for herself in Italy’s underworld, but her latest job in her beloved city of Rome has left her feeling that she has stepped into a dangerous world and this mission might end in her death—either at the hands of her mysteriously seductive client or by the blade of the wickedly alluring warrior who is her target.
As the threat from the daemons escalates and more than just the Rome gate becomes their target, will Valen be strong enough to face the fears in his heart and the ghosts of his past to claim everything he desires or will they lure him deeper under their spell and into the darkness?
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: 6th – 11th March 2017
As the title suggests, this book features Valen who is the guardian of the Rome gate. I think that you have to have read the previous book (Ares) to fully enjoy this one. Many of the characters were introduced in the first book. Plus the background story arc is continuing through Valen and onto subsequent ones.
What did I like about Valen?
I am already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s other series and love her writing style!
Her world-building is amazing; it is 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; Valen and Eva are no exception.
I’ve already mentioned in previous reviews how I love the way Ms Heaton makes the most explicit sex scenes very romantic.
I think she’s a very talented writer because, for me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved. Ms Heaton gives her characters such depth that they do become real. However, it’s not just her main characters, I find all of her characters complex, multifaceted and completely believable due to their very real human virtues and foibles even though most of them are mythical, paranormal beings; this includes our main protagonist here, Benares.
We were introduced to all the Hades sons in the previous book as well as Hades and Persephone themselves and learned a bit about them all; this book allowed us a closer look at some of the brothers’ characters. I am looking forward to getting to know them all throughout this series.
This story made me giggle, growl in frustration 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 Valen’s and Eva’s doubts is where the romance soars. Their feelings of “relationship unworthiness” and the growth of their trust in each other’s love was heart-warming to read.
Was there anything about Valen I didn’t like?
Absolutely nothing! (Hence the 5 star review) 😉
As book two in the series, you must expect one or two loose threads in the general series story arc. However, for those of you like me who HATE huge cliffhangers, rest assured, Ms Heaton doesn’t leave us hanging. Yes, there are main story arc questions that are left unanswered. However, the immediate threat is neutralised and paranormal romance aspect between our two main characters is happily concluded in Ms Heaton’s signature style.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
I really loved this paranormal romance tale. I read the 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). VALEN was a great read engaging me from the start. It made me smile, cry and feel all hot and bothered with well written erotic thrills, kick-arse fight scenes and tons of romantic gestures.
I’d recommend Valen to adults who enjoy reading stories about inner conflict between doing one’s duty and following your heart. Tales about inner strength and the lengths we go for our siblings and those we love. Valen‘s a must for those of you, like me, us who adore tales about soul-saving love.
So, has my review of VALEN (Guardians of Hades #2) sparked your interest? I hope I have. 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 Heaton.
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,