Monday, September 26, 2011

Hot as Hades

Title:  Hot as Hades
Author:  Alisha Rai
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60928-628-6
Genre:  {M/F} Fantasy
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

Lord of the Underworld, Hades, was relaxing on his throne when a naked female appeared.  As his desire for the mysterious beauty grew, so did his curiosity as to why she was really there.  Someone had to be playing a trick on him and Hades intended to get to the bottom of it. Just because she needed help didn’t mean he wanted to get involved.  

Persephone is a Goddess who has much to learn.  Since she’s going to be stuck in the Underworld for a while, she decides to make the best of it.  Persephone had heard many rumors about the dark one, but never the fact that he was so attractive.  She was torn between fear and arousal, but arousal was quickly winning.  The more time she spent with Hades, the more time Persephone wanted to spend with him.  

Hades and Persephone clicked perfectly together, even though they were like oil and water.  Their happiness gets put on hold when Persephone makes the hard decision to leave.  Hades wants to trust her, he tries to trust her, but doubt creeps in.  Persephone finds a perfect balance between her obligations and her heart’s desire and everybody wins. 

I love, love, love this story!  Greek gods have always snagged my interest but especially Hades.  He deserves a chance at happiness, even though his job is a dirty one.  I’m always drawn to the villain in a story because I wonder what makes them so different from the good guy.  And Hades is a good guy.  The author has cleverly thrown in some modern day details, which made the story pop.  Those leather pants and that tattoo made me drool a little.  Hades and Persephone had some of the most humorous conversations and comebacks.  Who would have expected such levity in Hell?  

Passion is timeless and I’m thankful to have read this positive version of Hades’ story.  Hot as Hades has reinforced my love for bad boys and the women who understand them.  Alisha Rai is an author to watch and after this memorable story, I look forward to reading more from her.

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