By: Katee Robert
Fantasy / Romance
Overall: This book is a modern retelling of a Hades and Persephone story. It is set in an ultra modern city of Olympus. It is supposed to be in the modern world, but obviously, we never know exactly where. There is a fun map, that I referred to a lot, at the front of the book that explains the lay-out of the city. The city is run by it’s leader Zeus, and the rest of the powerful Thirteen. At yet another glitzy party
that socialite Persephone and her sisters have to attend, their mother Demeter
and Zeus suddenly announce Zeus’s engagement to Persephone. This forced engagement is a shock to Persephone and she flees the party, running for her life. All of Zeus’s other wives have eventually ended up dead, and Persephone is determined not to become the next one. She keeps running, not really knowing where she can go, while being chased down by Zeus’s men, who are not going to let her get away. She has no choice but to cross the bridge over the River Styx, into the forbidden lower city, the territory of Hades. Hades himself is a myth in
Olympus…. not supposed to actually exist. But, the mysterious man that helps her to safety turns out to be Hades himself. Persephone and Hades agree to make
a deal that will benefit them both. He offers her refuge and safety from Zeus for 3 months, until she turns 25, gets her trust fund, and can leave Olympus forever.
She offers him the revenge that he has been wanting for so many years, a way to finally get back at Zeus.
Ovations: I like that this is a modern retelling of the Gods of Greek Mythology. Many Gods are in this book, but only in a vague way. It is really a love story between Hades and Persephone. I love that is a romance book, but so different from the usual, predictable storylines. Hades and Persephone are a very opposites-attract type of pairing. But, that said, even though they are opposites, I do enjoy how the relationship is a balanced one, in terms of a power dynamic. He is rescuing her but she is rescuing him right back. They are both strong, smart, sexy, confident, brave, kind, beautiful, appreciative, and caring people. Also, the two of them are mutually very hot for eachother. So, I have to mention that there are a lot of spicy sex scenes between them in this book. I enjoyed them and that is why I put it in the “Ovations” section. If you don’t like a lot of hot sex scenes in your romance books, this book is definitely not for you!
Oh Well: This book does use Greek Mythology in it’s storyline. However, it was not really the main focus of the book. But, I would have liked more of it. For example, they live in Olympus but it is not talked about in very much detail. I would have liked to have much more information on that world. Also, the other Thirteen are mentioned, but we really get no other information on the purposes and personalities of the other Gods. ( I know there are more books in this series that do go into the other characters, so that will help.) Also, they are called Gods, but they don’t have any supernatural powers. It would have been a much more interesting book if they did. I just feel like the whole Greek Gods / Mythology aspect was not used to the advantage that it could have been.
Opinion: If you want to read a very hot & steamy love story between 2 well matched people, then this book is for you. The plot being set in the Greek Mythology world adds a fun and unique storyline to this book. It is so much more interesting than your normal romance book setting. This book is the first of a series that goes on to tell stories about other members of the Gods of Olympus. I really liked this book and am definitely going to read the next books as they come out. I want to keep finding out more about this world and these characters. Rating 9 out of 10