Title: Ravaged, 1001 Dark Nights, Eternal Guardians Novella
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Published: June 9, 2015, Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
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 Ari 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.
This is a novella that was released as part of the 1001 Dark Nights anthology. Elisabeth Naughton gives us a quick glimpse at what her Eternal Guardians have been up to since we last saw them in Twisted, book 7. As I was reading this, I kept thinking it had been too long since I re-read this series. It spurred me into bringing them back up on my TBR pile!
This story is about Ari and Daphne. Daphne is one of Zeus’ warrior Sirens although she has not passed her final test. Ari was once and Eternal Guardian, but suffered the loss of his mate and faked his own death. Zeus is anxious to be rid of Ari and gets Daphne to agree to seduce and kill him. Once Daphne meets Ari, all commitments are out the window. Ari is not what the Gods have painted him to be. He does have a wonderful lumbersexual vibe going on though. Daphne is drawn to him. She sees the man he truly is. Daphne is a very strong female lead. She listens to her heart and does the right thing. As always, this author willing throws in little twists and turns to make the story interesting. Zeus is a first class douche by the way!
Although this is just a short novella, I think it is one of my favorite of the series. I love how quirky and down to earth Daphne is when she isn’t pretending to be a Siren. Ari has endured years of pain and heartbreak and deserves to have some happiness. You could pick this up and read it as a stand-alone. It will most likely get you interested in the whole series! Why not start at the beginning with Marked? Looking forward to the next ET installment!