Ari--Once an Eternal Guardian, now he's nothing but a rogue mercenary with one singular focus: revenge. His guardian brothers all think he’s dead, but he is very much alive in the human realm, chipping away at Zeus’s Sirens every chance he can, reveling in his brutality and anonymity. Until, that is, he abducts the wrong female and his identity is finally exposed. It will take more than the Eternal Guardians, more even than the gods to rein Ari in after everything he’s done. It may just take the courage of one woman willing to stand up to a warrior who’s become a savage.
The novella was great. The ties to Greek Mythology and the story of the Gods and Goddesses drew me in immediately. Daphne, a nymph who is working hard to earn a position with the coveted Sirens, is a bit naive, but determined to follow through on the task Zeus has set before her. She was chosen because she had not been altered in any way and was still in training. She would be the perfect plant who could get close enough to Ari to kill him. What they didn't count on was their attraction for each other and ultimately their connection on a much deeper level.
One of the things I loved about the story was the way Naughton depicted the Gods. She was dead on as she made their duplicitous nature the forefront of the story. Zues's real motivations become clear as the story unfolds and while Daphne wanted to believe only the best of the Gods, she came to learn the truth. She believes in honesty and trusts implicitly until she is given a reason not to trust someone. She soon becomes Ari's biggest defender and protector, surprising him and those closest to him. The story is woven beautifully and Naughton is an amazing story teller. If you've read the rest of the series, this will be a nice addition to your library.
Author's Page: http://www.elisabethnaughton.com/