Book review: Hotter than Hades (The Gods Are Back In Town #1) by Serena Akeroyd

Hotter Than Hades





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Published: the 20th of January 2019
Written bySerena Akeroyd
Series: The Gods Are Back In Town
Length: 282 pages
Source: Kindle Unlimited









The blurb


The Gods Are Back in Town.

Well, to be precise, they never left.

Just because people stopped believing in them, didn’t make them
disappear, and Hades, Apollo, Ares, Poseidon, and Zeus are all as
about town as they ever were. They just have different names.

Ziel Dearil is the God of the dead and the King of the Underworld.
With his guardians at his side, demi-god Orpheus, and hero Icarus,
he’s been ruling his rather boring realm with an iron fist since time

Then, everything changes when Cressida Jonas walks into their world.

When Hades informs the multi platinum-selling, multi award-winning
singer that she’s his wife, any normal woman might have run screaming
for the hills. Cressida, on the other hand, sees this as an
opportunity to get revenge on the man who wronged her eighteen months

Falling for three guys was never a part of the program, just
vengeance, but of course, the Fates have a way of messing with the
best laid plans.

See what they have in store for Cressida, Hades, Icarus, and Orpheus





Hotter than Hades is basically Ms. Akeroyd having fun with Greek Mythology whilst weaving the tales into modern time, and giving them a reverse harem spin. What sets this story apart is the fact that her characters aren’t the favoured ones. We only meet Zeus briefly, Posseidon is only mentioned and Afrodite doesn’t have a place at all. Instead we meet Hades, Icarus and Orpheus. Cressida is a young, gorgeous pop star with world wide popularity. She should think of the world as her oyster and maybe she would, if it wasn’t because she has experienced date rape which her record company swiped under the rug. Betrayed by those she thought would protect her, she’s shielding herself from everyone except her foster-sister Ella. When Ella dies Cressida’s world is turned upside down and she’s taken for the ride of her life when she’s introduced to the Lord of the Underworld, a demigod and the legendary guy who flew too close to the sun.


The plot it self felt extremely flat. It was 80% about a rape that had happened before the story starts, and I felt like the author spent way too much time on the trauma of it. I’ll admit the fact that there was rape involved did make me dislike the book a lot, because I don’t enjoy that topic in my romance. But it can still work when an author uses it for good, unfortunately that wasn’t the case here. Most of the narrative is describing things, instead of experiencing them. So it felt more like someone telling the story after everything had been done and said, not like it happened as we hear about it.The guys had so much potential, but half the time I struggled to tell Icarus and Orpheus apart. Their brooding personalities were too alike. With only three guys in the harem, that’s not a good thing!! The sex felt like the author just needed to cross it off her list, so it didn’t flow at all!!


I don’t know if I’ll reading the rest of the series, but it’s definitely not something I’ll go out of my way for !!


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