Since the dawn of modern man, Erebus was Hades’ secret weapon in the war between the immortal realms. Until Hades lost the minor god in a bet to his older brother Zeus. For the last hundred years, Erebus has trained Zeus’s Siren warriors in warfare and the sexual arts. But he’s never stopped longing for freedom. For a life filled with choice. And lately, he also longs for one Siren who entranced him during their steamy seduction sessions. A nymph he quickly became obsessed with and who was ripped from his grasp when her seduction training was complete. One he’s just learned Zeus has marked for death because she failed the last Siren test.
Before Erebus can intercede on the nymph’s behalf, she escapes Olympus and flees into the human realm. In a fit of rage, Zeus commands Erebus to hunt her down and kill her. Erebus sees his opportunity to finally go after what he wants, but he’s torn. Freedom means nothing if the Siren at the center of his fantasies doesn’t truly crave him back. Because defying the gods will unleash the fury of Olympus, and if he chooses her over his duty, whether she joins him in exile or not, the hunter will become the hunted.
Darkness and light. Greek gods and a stolen medallion that can change the fate of the world. Or, just another day in the world of Elisabeth Naughton’s Eternal Guardian series and book 8.75, Hunted. Another chapter in the prolific 1001 Dark Nights series, this latest novella is filled with sirens and Argonauts and seduction hot enough to burn.
I enjoyed Hunted, the first Eternal Guardians book I’ve read in a long time. Years ago, I’d read the first four, but somehow my TBR pile got so big that I didn’t have much free time to read the rest. Didn’t stop me from thinking about the series and the Greek mythology they’re based on, something I’ve loved since I was a little girl. So, Hunted seemed like a good place to jump back in and I’m glad I did. Just with many of the other 1001 Dark Nights books I’ve read, Hunted is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone (though you’ll want to go back and catch up with all the sexy Argonauts and kick ass women they fall in love with).
Erebus is the god of darkness, Sera a siren trainee with a big secret. Not long ago the two fell in love during Sera’s seduction training on Mount Olympus but were separated. When Sera makes off with something Zeus wants, it’s Erebus that he sends to retrieve it not knowing their history. Big mistake. It doesn’t take long for their shared affection and desire for each other to overwhelm them, making them partners in saving multiple realms from Zeus’s destruction.
Hunted has a nice balance of romance and action. Erebus, given the chance at love after an eternity of enslavement by the sons of Kronos, is delightful in his uncertainty as he fights the unfamiliar feeling of love and the wish to protect Sera. Sera knows she loves Erebus, but no longer trusts him after he sent her away after her training. The moment she realizes she can trust him is powerful (and might have brought on a tear or two). And, I remembered Nick from my early days of reading the Eternal Guardians and loved his cameo!
4 stars for Hunted. Heat level: 3.5
I received Hunted from InkSlinger PR and the author in exchange for honest feedback.
Hunted was published in June 2017 by Evil Eye Concepts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.
“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.
“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.
“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”