Esher (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 3) by Felicity Heaton
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?
Guardians of Hades romance series:
Book 1: Ares
Book 2: Valen
Book 3: Esher
Book 4: Marek
Book 5: Calistos
Book 6: Daimon
Book 7: Keras
Publication date 24/3/2018
OMG!!! That was the best book yet.
Esher is a water element that lives in Tokyo. He’s seen plenty of changes to his home, well actually it’s not home. He wants more than Valen to return to the underworld and his parents. He hates it here, the mortals are all beneath him, he can’t understand why Valen and Ares have taken mortal lovers!!
“Rain hammered the pavement around him, scoured the walls of the towering buildings that hemmed him in and stole the clouds from view with their bright neon signs, and saturated the two daemons gathering their wits around fifty feet from him in the narrow Tokyo alley. It mingled with the black blood that turned the air rank and coppery, a stench he wanted to erase from this world.
And he would.
Esher moved forwards, through the heavy droplets that began to gather and condense, responding to the hunger mounting inside him—a desire to eradicate the foul creatures stumbling onto their feet now.
At the far end of the narrow street beyond them, a mortal male tucked beneath a clear convenience store umbrella paused and glanced their way.
Big mistake.” Excerpt from Esher
Aiko can sense beings, she knows there are “others” out there, she can communicate with spirits. So isn’t at all surprised to work out that Esher is a god. And his brothers are too.
She’s studying to be a doctor, to help her parents in their clinic.
Esher’s moods are not only connected to his past, but the phases of the moon, so when it’s at its fullest, Esher is at risk of losing his control.
They meet on a late night train. Esher comes to her rescue. That surprised the hell out of him, mortals aren’t worth his time, but this female draws him in, something about her soothes him, which in turn annoys him.
Esher is my favourite character in this series. So tormented, his past had definitely shaped him into the god he is today.
Being tortured and beaten for weeks had him almost ready to give up, but the knowledge that his father and brothers would find and rescue him kept him hanging on, but the repercussions of that abuse is he needs to keep his brothers safe at all times. If not, he loses control and bad things happen!!
He loves all his brothers, but shares a closer bond with Daimon, and it seems Daimon can calm his brother down easier than the rest.
Wounded in Valens book by a Wraith, saved by a mortal female, Esher is unstable. He wants to drown the world most days. He doesn’t see any redeeming qualities in the human race. Until Aiko shows him the world through her eyes, he still hates the mortals, but with his brothers finding happiness with them and now his “butterfly” Esher needs to come to terms with his hatred.
But when Aiko is kidnapped all bets are off, and the guardians need to find her before Esher unleashes his fury…..
“He dropped his lips to hers, brushed them tenderly and shut the world out as he kissed her, giving her a taste of what was to come when his brothers were gone and they were alone. He held her close and her heat seeped into him, her soft sighs stirring fire in his veins and strengthening the resolve in his heart.
His little butterfly.
A single question rang in his mind, echoing there as he savoured her kiss and the feel of her in his arms.
What would he do for her?”
“For her, he would destroy his enemies and protect the humans he had once despised, ones he was learning to forgive because she had opened his eyes and his heart again. He would defend the gates and fulfil his duty, keeping their world and this one safe.
For her, he would fight the darkness and he would win. He would vanquish his other side and destroy it for good, would become the complete male he had once been.
All so he could be with her.
Forever.” Excerpt From Esher
With like all the previous stories we get just a little more info on the brothers and the trouble they are facing.
And now with a Goddess passing on a warning that something is coming, will they be able to stop it?
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