After being rescued from the Underworld, Gryphon is plagued by strange voices and an evil foreboding. He believes that his only hope for salvation is to track down the goddess who cursed him...until he meets Maelea.
A prisoner with no bars, Maelea encounters Gryphon on her quest to find Olympus. He's about to test her loyalty to the gods, and she's ready to find out if he still has a heart worth saving...
Gryphon.. my poor, poor, new favorite argonaut is in a serious pickle here. Plagued my the voice of that wretched wench Atalanta and a darkness that is fighting to consume him he’s slowly losing his grip on reality and himself. He is trying his best to be normal. But after an encounter with some demons…. Titus and Nick are in need of medical care and Gryph is on lockdown. He has become a danger to anyone around him. Or so they think. But really what can they do?
Good thing is they don’t get a chance to form a real plan because he pulls a houdini and escapes the castle. (laughs hard) God’s honest moment of clarity slid into him and he climbed out and went off into the vineyard… and runs right into Maelea. He’s seen her trying to leave, the same way he has watched her for weeks. Then the fun begins. Nick’s guards spot him and it’s a race to get to a way out before they get caught. Now Maelea was fine on her own, she was to the vineyard without being spotted. But the ogre, better known as Gryphon foiled that plan. As they tend to do… things went… wrong quickly. Both Gryphon and Maelea are stuck in the tunnels, trying to find a way out when the floor literally gives out on them. They fall into the underground river and an adventure of craziness is set before them.
Gryphon has to fight his attraction to him along with the pull she has to the light inside her. Maelea fights the draw she has to him for the darkness growing inside him. It’s a whole ying yang thing. And honestly kinda cray cray. They both needed a swift kick in the pants. But I can say this book helped me see Maelea in a new light. No pun intended. When we first met her she was kind of a brat. She still is at times here but her need to help Gryphon once they escape the tunnels of hell and monsters no one was aware still existed you get to see the girl we all wanted to see. The caring, helpful, concerned girl. Though she is still leary of him, I mean he did kidnap her after all. But we know Gryph would never hurt her. And he prove that a few times. As Maelea in time proves that she can be trusted… or she is almost there. He is growing closer to her for sure.
Maelea is his salvation. Period. Now that he and she are hidden in the human world all is right. He will go and do his duty to save himself from another trip to the underworld and Maelea will be the one there for him when he gets back… or so it seems. Hellhounds have bad timing. But thankfully Orpheus, Skyla and Titus do to. And then the fights on. Next thing they know they are back in Argelia and Gryphon is going crazy. Once he has a chance to tell Orpheus what is going on between him and Maelea, that she is his salvation. His one and only things get crazy again.. lol
Gryphon breaks Maelea out of the castle and they make a break for the Aegis mountains… but they don’t make it far. The nasty vile thing Maelea calls mother shows up. She tells a lie on Maelea.. that of course is not making any of them happy and Gryphon flips his lid. Man is now on a mission and nothing will stop him. He thinks Maelea has only used him. That she isn’t there for him. What he doesn’t know is that in the end she is the one he will need as much as she needs him. Mealea is more than his salvation she is the only person that can break him out of his own personal hell. But that only works if her lets her.
About the Author:
Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time.
Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.
Visit her website at www.ElisabethNaughton.com to learn more about her books.