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Peek Inside Heart of the Serpent

Immortal shape-shifting warrior Mordecai is worried Hades will hurt the human woman he has an undeniable connection to. He’s tried to keep his distance from Jessica in order to keep her safe, but there’s no stopping this kind of attraction.

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After being trapped in his animal form for centuries by a curse, freedom is new and almost uncomfortable for shape-shifting warrior Mordecai. He did his time in Hell, and it left a stain on his soul and strained his ties with his fellow warriors.

Jessica enjoyed the easy friendship she had with Mordecai, but he’s grown as distant as the stars lately. Still, it’s impossible to stay away from him, and she’s sure he feels that irresistible pull, too.

Mordecai knows Hades can’t get to him physically, but although he might try to deny it, he knows he has a weak spot. Jessica. Worried that Hades could hurt her to get to him, Mordecai’s tried to keep his distance, but there’s no stopping this kind of connection.

Each book in the Hades’ Carnival series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:

Book #1 Night of the Tiger
Book #2 Mark of the Bear
Book #3 Pride of the Lion
Book #4 Howl of the Wolf
Book #5 Heart of the Serpent
Book #6 Flame of the Phoenix
Book #7 Lure of the Jaguar


"Heart wrenching, sweet, action packed and schmexy as all get out. I just can't even recommend this book enough! Seriously people... Please, please, please, check out this series if you haven't already." --angelblue, Goodreads

"The story is brought to life by well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and the fascinating world ensures that the readers come back for more." --Eva Millien, Goodreads

"It's very well written and the characters are fully developed. The power of love is an amazing thing and this book proves it." --Catherine Wright, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640630017
Series: Hades’ Carnival, Book 5
Release Date: Jul 31, 2017
Page Count: 111
Imprint: amara next
Genre: gods and goddesses, paranormal, shifters
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, forced proximity, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Nickcole November 20, 2015

Stars: 4

Overall: Hades is defeated and imprisoned in Olympus and Mordecai is trying to come to terms with his new life. He is in love with Jessica, but he feels the darkness inside of him is too much for her. Jessica on the other hand can stop thinking about Mordecai and isn't sure he feels anything ...more

By Pet February 08, 2018

I went full circle in this story, I hated Mordecai then I was suspicious of him, then wary and now I'm head over heals for him. Hard not to love a character as fleshed out and wonderful as this. And hmmmm on the hints about Hades and Persephone, I love my greek mythology so I'm looking forward to se ...more

By Lorraine January 03, 2017

Awesome read. My favorite one of the whole series ...more

Heart of the Serpent “Hades Carnival” by N.J. Walters

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This is book five of the series and it's Mordecai and Jessica's story. Mordecai and the other shape shifting warriors have defeated Hades with their Lady Goddess's help. Mordecai ...more

By angelblue January 04, 2015

I was seriously squeeing when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley. I have been hoping and praying that Mordecai would get his HEA and he finally HAS!!! Woot! I've always had a thing for smexy bad boys/ anti-heroes and Mordecai is all that and more. From the beginning of the series (and really people ...more

By Eva April 02, 2015

Jessica stole the serpent’s heart, but Mordecai dare not taint her with the stain that Hell left on his soul and even though he’s in prison Hades isn’t through wrecking havoc in this thrilling paranormal romance.

Though he denies there is a problem, Jessica knows he’s pulling away from her but she’s ...more

By Krissys April 02, 2015

I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Samhain and Netgally.

I really wish I'd had the chance to read the previous books in this series because I felt I was missing a lot of background information when I started it. But how could I resist? It's N.J. Walters.
I've never read ...more

By Shelbie November 12, 2014

Another great addition to the Hade's Carnival series! As always, N.J. Creates amazing stories filled with characters you love or would love to kill, a world that is unique against anything in the market and scenes that drenching in heat. Picking up a title by N.J. Walters is a guaranteed good read. ...more

By Catherine January 05, 2015

This was a quick short read and its was a good book. I didn't get to read the previous books, so I was a little lost, but I got gist of what was going on. I did like it and look forward to reading the previous books and the more to come. It's very well written and the characters are fully developed. ...more

By AnnaBanana January 14, 2015

I love this author and this series is one of her best! I have wanted this story since the first book when Mordecai was first introduced. It lived up to everything I wanted for his story but if I could change one thing it would have been longer. It wasn't really lacking, I just want more of Mordecai! ...more

By Toula August 23, 2016

Book 5 in the series . Paranormal read .
Hades had put a spell on some men/animals . It has been 5000 yrs . Mortecidi has played both sides and he feels terrible . Only one way to break the curse .... By love .... Is it broken grab it and find out ...more

By Amy April 27, 2015

I feel I waited for this one to come out forever....with that being said I really did enjoy it I just wished it was a little longer. I thought they deserved a bit more but again I did enjoy this quick read now onto the next ...more

By Bethany September 28, 2015

short but good story ...more

By Bernie January 27, 2015

I.want.more!! Where's the next book?! Love this series! ...more

By Cathy November 01, 2015

I'm glad Mordecai wasn't actually the bad guy. Good book. ...more

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N.J. Walters

About the author

N.J. Walters

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years. One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never be the same. N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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