Review: Hot As Hades by Alisha Rai

Hot As HadesAlisha Rai retells the story of Hades, god of the underworld and his would-be bride, Persephone goddess of green stuff, minus the ick factor and more of the funny and sexy. The Samhain warning reads like this:

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

If you’re familiar with Alisha Rai’s work then you know after a “warning” like this you’re probably in for a sexin’ good time.

For me Hades and his “little buddy” <—more on this later, were the highlight of this story. Hades is god of the Underworld, arrogant yet with very good reason. He’s a dark dude and lives in hell. He’s cocky in both the good and the bad way. *waggles eyebrows* Although he’s got the weight of the Underworld on his shoulders he’s a bit of a secret softie when he finds himself in lurve.

Persephone is stubborn and feisty and stands up to Hades and maybe even puts him in his place. However up against Hades her character just didn’t shine as much for me.  She just wasn’t as funny or appealing as Hades although I did like her well enough. The two of them together create serious sexual heat with some very erotic scenes but the romance didn’t seem to keep pace with the sexual tension and I didn’t feel that “ahhhh romance” vibe until fairly late in the story.

I mentioned Hades’ little buddy and you’ll probably assume I’m talking about a sharp-witted hell-hound or something.  Well, you get one of those too, no worries there. But the little buddy I speak of comes in the form of:

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A Phantom Cock

Yes, you read that right (if you clicked)

Hades has a:

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Spooky Soldier, a Spectral Sausage, a Poltergeist Pecker, a Hung Haunter, a Wraith Wiener…you get the picture.

Hades’ little buddy makes his appearance during a pretty intense scene and I couldn’t decide if it was overly warm in the room or if I was about to bust out giggling. Smokin’ hot erotic or funny as, well…hell?  This is what I love about Alisa Rai’s style. She writes such sexy stories that are laced with humor and fun and I’m always entertained.

Hot as Hades is as the title promises, a very sexy retelling of  Hades and Persephone. Although it was a little light on the romance, I found it to be fun and entertaining.

Rating: B-
Hot As Hades by Alisha Rai
October 11th 2011 by Samhain Publishing
Erotic Paranormal Romance
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  1. says

    Great review, FV! The myth of Persephone & Hades is one of my favorites in Greek Mythology. And that it’s written by Rai (who’s book, “Glutton for Pleasure” I adored) is icing on the top!

    I am a little creeped out by the spoiler. It definitely made me go O_o.

    • says

      Oh I liked that one too. To be honest, I think I like Rai’s contemporaries more than her PNR’s. I really liked Veiled Seduction and Veiled Desire. Have you read those?

      And don’t be creeped out by the spoiler. Remember Lethal:

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      Don’ fear the phallus! 😉

    • says

      I swear…FV’s spoiler is a very tiny part of the story and more of a sensation than anything else. Er. Not that it’s a TINY sensation, per se. Or tiny in any way. It’s…

      Okay. Going back to lurkdom.

      (But I’m so happy you enjoyed Glutton)

      • says

        LMAO @ FV & Rai! Don’t fear it, indeed! Thank you very much for the encouragement, Rai. I’ll definitely try not to let it get to me. And if it does? I can always close my eyes & think of England.

        RE FV: No, the only book I’ve read is GFP. That has a lot to do with my aversion for novellas. They rarely satisfy me as much as full-length novels. But I have no doubt that Rai’s novellas kick ass!

  2. says

    I can’t even tell you how much I loved Hot As Hades! Well, I guess I can, since I reviewed it, but that’s not the point. I’m gushing over how terrific it is. Even the phantom cock was awesome. *giggles* I really loved this book, and the twist that Alisha put on the traditional Hades/Persephone myth.

  3. says

    Say what now? Sophia, you need to email me and explain that spoiler. How exactly does something like that just appear without creeping out an unsuspecting heroine? Because I’m still stuck on my O_O reaction.