Format: ePub (ARC)
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Published: September 29, 2014
Series: Eternal Guardians #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sex: Strong Sexual Content
Nick (son of Krono's and Atalanta) is the half-breeds leader and his story starts off with him being held captive by Hades in the Underworld. Hades son Zagreus has been appointed Nick's torturer, both he and Hades want to unleash Nick's power which is dark and very dangerous so that they can consume it. Nick has been holding his own and has no intentions on breaking but if he does, he will be taking Zagreus with him. He is also drawn to the woman who seems to be Zagreus's mate, but everything is not as it appears. Cynna has sold her soul to extract revenge against the people who murdered her parents...she never gets that revenge and is in a way also held captive by Zagreus. He also employs her help in torturing Nick.
Nick was a tortured mess of a man and Cynna was a mess too. As I read the story, I honestly didn't know how Ms. Naughton was going to make a relationship work between these two. Especially with Nick still having that cursed soul-mate bond to Isadora, Queen of Argolea. Isadora is also his twin brother's Demetruis soul mate (fucked up right?). Isadora chose to be with Demetruis and it pretty much fucked Nick up (which it should have) and is why he really doesn't care if he survives or not. But the more he has interactions with Cynna, the less of the bond he feels towards Isadora.
With a impending war coming and other things going on, Isadora commands the Argonauts to find a way to save Nick and bring him back from the underworld.
Nick and Cynna were so messed up that they both fought the love that was slowly building between them. Nick was at times confused about his feelings/bond to Isadora and his now growing feelings towards Cynna. And Cynna who was so used to just letting things happen couldn't accept that Nick could really be hers...could ever love her.
All and all , I enjoy this story in the series. I have such a love for it and its one of the few series that I continue to read. I love the world building and Ms. Naughton's take on the descendants of Jason's Argonauts. And I like just some of the characters in the series. Honestly, Isadora is the only female I like and Demetrius is my dude...Nick I really didn't care for in the beginning but he grew on me as the series progressed. Because I realized that he got the shit end of the stick in certain situations (being banned to earth and separated from his brother, sharing his fated soul-mate who chose his brother over him and sacrificing himself to hell to save that same soul-mate...smh, dude just couldn't catch a break).
I liked him and Cynna together. Given the constant bad things handed their way, he wasn't a major asshole and she wasn't in bitch mode throughout the book...they actually balanced each other out. Cynna calmed Nick whenever he felt the darkness about to take over and Isadora could never do that.
I did have my issues with this story. I'm glad Ms. Naughton didn't do the full love triangle (Nick, Isadora, Cynna) thing here...that grinds my gears. That said, I wish we didn't have to go through the whole deal of Nick not being sure of his feelings about Cynna because honestly once they got out of hell, you pretty much knew these two were in love. Also, the Argonaut bunch are a crew of selfish asses...they continue to rub me the wrong way at times. I don't want to spoil the story, but there is a part where Nick and Isadora were pretty much almost forced to do something because it saved everyone else and that pissed me off. I mean yeah, it would have saved Isadora initially because of the way the bonds work in this series, her being ill effected her sisters too. Neither of them wanted to do it and I just disliked the whole "It's not just about you" attitude they were given from the rest of the group.
I wished we would have gotten more time between the brothers as well. I mean they were separated as children and barely spoke throughout the years. I think we needed the development of a relationship between them. The sex scenes were okay for me...I didn't know where the author was trying to go here. You got the gist that both Nick and Cynna liked it kinky, hard and rough but I just wasn't feeling it. Their scenes although hot as all hell, felt forced at times.
And as always, there are surprises thrown in. Isadora finds out she has another sister (her father was truly a rolling stone) and just guess who it is?
A decent add onto the series. Fans of S. Kenyon's Dark Hunter series would definitely enjoy it. And I highly recommend you read this in series order. Read it out of order and you will be lost.
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