Esher (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 3)

Esher (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 3)

by Felicity Heaton

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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. No cliffhangers. Just happily forever afters!

Grab your copy today and 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. 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:
Book 1: Ares
Book 2: Valen
Book 3: Esher
Book 4: Marek - Coming in 2019

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159083104
Publisher: Felicity Heaton
Publication date: 03/24/2018
Series: Guardians of Hades Romance Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,383
File size: 443 KB

About the Author

Felicity Heaton is a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author writing passionate paranormal romance with passion. In her paranormal romance 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! Fans of paranormal romance books by authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Elisabeth Naughton, Tina Folsom, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole and Christine Feehan will love Felicity's books too.

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Esher (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am big fan of Felicity Heaton, her stories and the characters within them have me quickly purchasing many of her series. When I read Ares, I was immediately drawn to the dynamics of the brothers living in the human world to protect the gates. With each book, I find I desire to want to known each brother's troubled past. In Ares, Daimon and Esher caught my attention immediately. Daimon who cannot truly even touch his own brothers without the fear of harming them and Esher who seemed to hate all mortals. Heaton is great writer, there's something for everyone in her book series. I've loved reading the Eternal Mates series, Angel series, all series are definitely worth while to buy. I have found myself drawn back to each series and have read the books over. So, I would recommend Guardians of Hades to anyone. Love the mix of gods and goddesses with the modern time twist, it is definitely hard not to be immediately sucked into the story and not want to put the book down. Big Fan, Kitsune
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Tormented Esher comes alive in this Book 3 of the Guardians of Hades series. Author Felicity Heaton warms up the pages of this book with shy Aiko drawing Esher to her while he tries his hardest to not hurt her in his anger against mortals. The flow of the story is consistent and the vivid descriptions in the book will fully immerse the reader in the fantasy of this paranormal romance. Watching Esher deal with his dark side was realistic and I felt compassion for his struggle and reasons behind his hatred. Aiko reminds me of an anime character and her quiet sureness is refreshing after all the alpha female's I have been reading lately. Don't get me wrong...she is not a weak female she just has a serene strength surrounding her. I give this 5 STARS for the uniqueness of the plot and it's ability to hold my interest.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Guardians of Hades series. I loved it! Esher is a wonderful character. I love a tortured soul and Esher fits this mould easily. He is the middle child of seven siblings born to Hades and Persephone, and has power over water. Banished by his father to live in the mortal realm to guard the gates to the Underworld, Esher lives in Tokyo with one of his brothers. Due to an event in his past he struggles with his dark impulses to hurt the humans in his city, so he avoids them when he can or tries to ignore them when he can't. When he impulsively helps a damsel in distress, he finds himself captivated by her gentle soul. However, danger abounds. Will he be able to curb his dark impulses, or will he end up hurting the ones he loves? Aiko is also a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is a gentle and loving woman with a huge heart, and the ability to see and speak to spirits. When she meets Esher she realises that he's not entirely human, but she is drawn to him and as she gets to know him, she begins to fall for him. As danger threatens to tear them apart, she finds herself targeted as a pawn in a dangerous game played by a mysterious opponent. I love reading the Eternal Mates series, but this new series may give it a run for it's money. This story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. I started to read this story and didn't put it down until I'd finished it. I loved meeting the brothers again after almost a year since the previous book (Valen) was released. I love the little details the author has included, like Valen and Ares losing bets with their significant others and the forfeits they had to deal with. It made me giggle. They are obviously in love and complete saps to boot. In this story, we get to meet Hades and Persephone in the Underworld, though it's not entirely a happy affair. But, this leads to an event that... Ugh! This would be a spoiler, so going to stop there. Nevertheless, I found myself shedding tears a few times in this story, so recommend you keep a tissue handy (just in case). There are new villains you will love to hate including a Valkyrie, but there is also a mysterious woman mentioned who seems to be the mastermind behind the plot to turn the world into the Otherworld that the three Fates or Moirai had warned about, but we (the readers) will have to wait for the next books in the series to find out who this person is. As I reached the end of the book, I found myself becoming even more excited for what is to come. I am now looking forward to reading Marek's story as soon as I can. Felicity Heaton has written another fast paced, sexy paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love her fast paced writing style, which flows effortlessly from scene to scene. She is on top of my favourite author's list. Each book of this series could be read as a stand-alone, as this one does not end in a cliffhanger, though I would recommend reading them in order. I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the extremely HOT and explicit sexual scenes. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love sexy paranormal romances full of gods and daemons. - Lynn Worton
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars-entertaining, heart breaking, engaging 4.25 stars--ESHER is the third instalment in Felicity Heaton’s contemporary, adult GUARDIANS OF HADES paranormal/fantasy romance series very loosely based in Greek mythology, focusing on six brothers- the sons of Hades and Persephone -sent to Earth to guard the gates to the Underworld. This is Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water Esher, and Aiko Matsumoto’s story line. ESHER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order as the brothers struggle against an unknown enemy to keep the human world and the Underworld from colliding. NOTE: The Guardians of Hades series is Felicity Heaton’s interpretation of, and does not follow, the actual Greek mythological family tree or events. Told from several third person perspectives including Esher and Aiko ESHER follows the forbidden relationship between the Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water Esher, and human female Aiko Mastsumoto. The six sons of Hades and Persephone have been tasked with guarding a number of portals to the Underworld-portals that are now conduits for an infiltration of daemons sent to take over Earth and all of its inhabitants. With the increase in daemon activity comes a greater threat against Esher-a threat meant to enslave and imprison our story line hero. Enter Aiko Matsumoto, a young Japanese college student, and the woman with whom Esher will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Esher and Aiko, and the potential fall-out as Aiko becomes a pawn in a war between evil and the gods. The relationship between Aiko and Esher is one of forbidden romance. Humans are not permitted to know of the gods existence on earth but our heroine is able to ‘read’ the supernatural, sensing when good or evil spirits are present. Esher’s inner turmoil finds our hero struggling with the growing darkness as a direct result of an injury inflicted by a poisonous wraith. The $ex scenes are limited but passionate, seductive and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. All of Esher’s brothers including Ares and his mate Megan (ARES #1), Valen and his mate Eva (VALEN #2), Daimon, eldest brother Keras, Marek, and baby brother Calistos play secondary and supporting roles; their mother Persephone, and their father Hades, as well as a number of daemons, shape-shifters, Valkyries and wraiths, as well as Aiko’s parents Hirotmi and Fumi Matsumoto. ESHER is, like most of Felicity’s story lines, mostly told through written narrative where the reader is privilege to the internal dialogue, introspection and thoughts of the leading characters. Esher’s pain and growing darkness directly affects the environment and the people within, and it is Esher’s love for Aiko that will be the fuel that sends our hero over the edge. The premise is engaging, heartbreaking and entertaining; the romance is captivating; the characters are colorful and dynamic. Felicity Heaton’s heros and heroines are tragic yet inspiring; energetic but tender; charismatic and real.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Action. Rage. Peace. ESHER is book three in the Guardians of Hades series by Felicity Heaton. WOW. Esher has some serous demons to deal with. He’s struggled and now we finally get to learn what caused this split in him and made him dislike humans so much. I liked Esher. Liked the struggle he has being around mortals and how his mood affected the weather. Their’s a lot of depth to Esher. Learning what truly happened to him to make him struggle so much, well that was an emotional moment to read. Aiko; his mortal, his little butterfly who brings him peace and balance. She’s sweet and has a special ability just like all the women we meet so far in the series. Her ability makes it easier for her to not freak out around Esher, to understand the struggle he goes through, and who he truly is. I liked that she knows and doesn’t have that freak out that we usually get in PNR’s. Heaton is really good about make her characters understand each other and I like this. Their romance is sweet and adorable, but then the author throws in a curveball and you go WHAT. I love these curveballs that pop up in Ms. Heaton’s stories. It makes things move along and you never know what will happen. It’s fabulous. I just adore the relationship the brothers have. It’s so fun to watch. I also love seeing and learning more about each brother. We just get little tastes, but that taste makes you want more of each of them. I also adore watching their relationship’s develop and change as you see more and more brothers find love and we dive more into the mystery of who wants to end the world. ESHER is another thrilling, heart stopping, and emotional read in the Guardians of Hades series. This series is spectacular. Heaton is an author I look forward to reading and know that I will always be entertained and taken an an outstanding adventure. Can’t wait for the next installment. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Felicity Heaton with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
Esher is the youngest son of Hades and maybe the deadliest and he has one huge issue.... He hates HUMANS... The fates being as fickle as they can be decide to gift him one as a mate? Is Aiko human or something more? We get a ton of action in this one and steamy parts too. It's Dark and Riveting and will keep you glued to the pages. I am loving this new series.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
This series is AMAZING!!! It's like an epic adventure in every book. Felicity is exceptionally talented at making the story all you can think about, even when you're not reading it, and really making you part of the adventure. I was particularly interested in and curious about Esher when I met him in previous books. While each brother has his own "power," which comes with its own hindrances, Esher's was particularly incapacitating, and I couldn't wait to see how Felicity resolved that for him. I honestly feel like a broken record, saying the same thing for each of Felicity's books, but she has truly mastered this dark, paranormal/fantasy romance thing, and just might ruin you for any other dark paranormal romance ;) I received this book in consideration of my honest thoughts.