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

Ares
Review:  Ares (Guardians of Hades #1) by Felicity HeatonARES by Felicity Heaton
Series: Guardians of Hades
on November 26, 2016
Published by Felicity Heaton Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author
Format: ARC
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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?

top-pickREVIEW: Ares is book #1 in the Guardian of Hades series and boy, is it an awesome start. Ares is one of the sons of Hades and one of the guardians of the door to the underworld. With the title comes a lot of responsibility and Ares is more than willing to do the job, he has done it for centuries and he is good at it.

Are is a fantastic start to the series, the story revolves around Ares and his amazing power to control fire. But while he has a lot of power and strength he is attacked by a demon who manages to steal his power. Ares’ job is to keep demons away from the gates of the underworld, but while he is still very strong, without his power he is more vulnerable to getting badly hurt or even worse, killed.  It is during one of those nights when he is trying to keep the door safe that he meets Megan.  A simple and unassuming human with a talent she has kept hidden for a long time. Afraid to being discovered she has lived a sheltered life, but it all changes when she meets Ares and the demons who threatens her life and Ares’s.

This story is filled with non-stop action scenes that bring the power of detail and description to the table. The author does an amazing job describing these scenes and transporting the reader to that moment, while also exposing the feelings and emotions that are so beautifully exploit during these scenes. The story is entertaining and it doesn’t fail to bring the perfect heroine to a troubled hero. These two characters while they don’t fight their attraction, do have reservations about their feelings and the consequences of these feelings if they were to purse it.

I really enjoyed how well written this story is, the way in which the author gives us a story that has not just passion and steamy scenes, but also has romance, high emotions and a deep sense of sacrifice. I have read other books by Felicity Heaton before and as with every of her stories, passion and deep emotions are beautifully explored. Ares does not fall short. Readers can expect a strong heroine who is not afraid to explore her feelings and emotions but while at times vulnerable, her strength comes from her strong conviction and from the fact that she loves deeply.

Ares is the perfect hero, not only does he understand what’s needed and expected of him as a guardian, but he also is willing to make sacrifices for Megan but not blindly. I really liked how great their story developed.  Even thought their attraction did not develop slowly, the author managed to develop their feelings in a way that did not feel rushed.  Ares the perfect start to what promises to be a very exciting and steamy series.

Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES!
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