Hot as Hades

This was amusing, sexy and damn if Hades wasn't wickedly awesome. I like Rai's take on the whole Persephone/Hades romance--and the rather irreverent tone she took when dealing with the other gods. Persephone too was delightful--stubborn and winsome, I could see how Hades fell in love with her.

The snark-y tone that Hades employed when talking about his job or Persephone's chiding 'don't be an idiot' comments made me smile. While I don't think he necessarily enjoyed his job, he definitely could do it well! And it was genuinely pleasant to read a story where the guy baffled the heroine at every turn by NOT living up to his reputation and being proud of that fact. Sure he liked having a reputation, but he had quite a few addendums and corrections to make to the one he had.

In some ways this felt incredibly short--which it kind of was, at only about 80pages or so--but it was filling. Rai gave just enough twists so that anyone familiar with the tale wouldn't be bored by the 'oh seen this before' feeling that often happens with re-tellings, but left enough in that she didn't have to delve into large world exposition. On a personal level I was really glad she made it clear where Persephone came from (parentage wise), since that's one bit of info I've always done my best to move past since fraternizing amongst the gods invariably would have led to incest.

All things considered the story isn't wall to wall heavy sex scenes. There's quite a bit of dirty talk, and I like that Rai made Hades British, but there's a lot of emotional development between the two. Rai shies away from some typical romance tropes like Persephone being awkward about her body or Hades angsting over 'does she hate me?' pretty deftly.

In all this was a satisfying read that more than lived up to the promise of its blurb!

Book Blurb for Hot as Hades

Ensnaring the ultimate bad boy has its risks…and its rewards.

It’s not easy being Hades. Constantly guarding his world against other meddling and ambitious deities is stressful work. So when a naked goddess falls directly into his lap, along with the news that he has to shelter her for the indefinite future, he is less than thrilled. Particularly since he can’t help but lust after the beautiful female.

The Underworld isn’t the first place Persephone would pick for a vacation—who in their right mind would choose a dark palace over sunshine and flowers? Yet from Hades’s first touch, the dark, sexy ruler fascinates her and has her thinking a fling might be just the thing to while away her confinement.

But trust each other? Not a chance. Until the day comes that Persephone must leave…and they realize that trusting each other is the only way they’ll ever meet again.

Warning: Contains an arrogant god, a stubborn goddess, horny deity nookie and enough supernatural friction to set the Underworld on fire.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 4.50