Author: Carly Spade
Series: Contemporary Mythos
Date Published: July 13th, 2020
Publisher: Independently by Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Adult Romance - Mythology Retelling
Stephanie Costas has always had a passion for humanity. As a digital forensics examiner, she fights bad guys from the technical front. When a closed cold case is dug up, she finds herself becoming consumed to set things right. No amount of eighties music or repeated viewings of her favorite movie Dirty Dancing were enough to distract her. She needed a vacation in the worst of ways. When she set foot in the gorgeous tropical resort in Greece, she had no idea she'd meet a man claiming to be Hades, god of the Underworld. And she certainly had no idea that he was telling the truth. Her Greek vacation was about to become very...interactive. A Hades/Persephone re-imagining.
I love mythology-based books, so this was a must-read for me, especially after I loved Carly's other book (Irresistible Demise). Firstly, Stephanie was a great character, she was very relatable - being clumsy and loving 80s music was just perfect and made her very tangible. The book focuses on Stephanie's relaxing trip to Corfu where she meets Hades, whom she can't stay away from. I loved Hades from the get-go, rather than being an evil overlord of the underworld, he's simply a broken-hearted guy with an intense job who is in need of a break. Stephanie’s reaction to finding out the truth was realistic and understandable, and it was fun to see how she realized that she still liked Hades despite his being God of the Underworld. Their romance was wonderful to read, and the action of the side plot fitted in perfectly.
I loved how many mythological characters popped up, and they were all very unique and I'm excited to see them get their own books, can’t wait to see what Apollo gets up to in book 2.
I was heartbroken right alongside the characters when the holiday ended and they went sperate ways however the ending was a great conclusion to their story, I loved seeing Stephanie visit the underworld and seeing how amazed Hades was that she would actually choose a life with him. I only wish that we would have seen more of their time in the underworld together however what would do see was perfect and really felt like the only right ending for them. I thoroughly enjoyed the book however, I would have liked there to be a little more action but that's just personal preference. Overall it was a perfect light hearted read with an enjoyable romance and intriguing characters. A prefect introduction into the Contemporary Mythos series and I look forward to the next book.
Rating: 4 Star