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Hot as Hades

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  392 ratings  ·  70 reviews

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

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Published October 11th 2011
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3.5 stars

Fun, quick, very hot read!
great erotic retelling of hades and persephone...i actually like this version much much better than the original mythology!
LethalLovely~You Knew Who I Was With Every Step That I Ran to You
A caveat: I don’t like novellas. I try to stay away from them as much as possible, especially in erotic romances. I’ve found that most novellas in that genre lack substance and turn into 100 pages of porn without plot. So when I won this book in a giveaway, I was a little apprehensive. I loved Rai’s Glutton For Pleasure but was she talented enough to make me do backflips over a short story? The answer is yes. Hells yes with bells on.

Hot as Hades starts with a steamy bang and only gets steamier.
Penny Watson
Hot As Hades by Alisha Rai

I don't expect the meaning of life when I read an erotica. But I do like some romance and humor thrown into a sexy story. This quick read by Rai is exactly how I like my and hot! It's a fun, extremely sexy, mythologically-inspired quickie. And she does a fabulous job making us care about the characters in a short amount of time. She also manages to squeeze in some emotion and a sweet HEA. The sexy-hot meter on this one is in the Naga Viper chili pe
Mandi Schreiner
When the goddess Persephone lands naked on the Lord of the Underworld’s lap, they are both confused. Persephone was just getting out of her river bath when boom! She was transported to the underworld. Hades has no idea who this naked woman is, although happy she is naked and on his lap but suspicious as to why she is there. After grilling her (and okay, maybe fondling her a bit) he realizes she is truly clueless as well. He decides he is going to send her back, but when he tries nothing happens. ...more
Sophia (FV)
Alisha 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
2.5 stars

Originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

Unlike his siblings, Hades, God of the Underworld, lives a solitary life. Or rather, he does so until a naked woman falls right into his lap. Hades doesn’t know Persephone from Hera, but he can tell she’s a powerful goddess. After years of protecting his realm from interlopers, that makes him suspicious of Persephone. Yet there’s no denying his attraction to the beautiful goddess and before long Hades believ
Krissy P (Kris)
3.5 stars

Cute, funny and sexy little read.
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

I've been wanting to read a Hades/Persephone retelling for a while now and since this erotica was only 99 pages, I decided to pick it up.

For an "erotic book", it was very light on sex, but I didn't mind at all. Frankly, I've read erotica that's been 98% sex and they're pretty forgettable. I need plot development to really enjoy a story (erotica or otherwise) and Hot as Hades took the time to develop a new spin on the myth and develop the characters! It was done very nicely.

In this retelling, H
Wow, now that was an interesting take on the Hades/Persephone story! I enjoyed every bit of it, and for once, I didn't mind this being a PWP story. It's a novella after all, and short formats can't be but snapshots. I'm not even sure I'd like to read a full-length novel because this? This is the perfect, delicious, smooth, sweet ice cream serving you take to bed with you, licking the spoon after each scoop, knowing you shouldn't but ah what the heck.

The dialogues are fun to read, and I don't mi
Sigh - almost 4 stars (3.75)

Nice hot little story that one!

I liked the fact that despite Hades's being an ancient God, He is still cool and collected (and sexy as Hell - pun intended).

Just one problem - Why so short?
If it was longer Hades could have acted out some more as a bad-boy sexy God.... I just love bad-boy sexy Gods (or half gods with a leathal hand, a gotee and a name that's starts with V....)

Anyway - GO READ!

Ruthie Knox
This book is so funny and cute and sexy, I just want to smoosh its little cheeks. I love the way Rai has re-told the Hades and Persephone myth here, making Hades into an alpha-male bad boy, but a completely lovable one (the *best*, most responsible of all the gods, really) and Persephone into a slightly naive but nonetheless steely match for him. Also, the sex is hot, and the book made me smile lots. More mythological erotic romance, please, Ms. Rai!
Steamy Hades-Persephone romance redo.
Hades is alpha, gruff and dirty in bed, while Persephone is very Mother Earthy, sweet and willing to be corrupted.
Almost the entire novella had H and h together building the relationship, not much exploring the Underworld or the mythology, but still a very sexy, fun read! As always this author never disappoints!
May 17, 2012 Mei rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I loved Hades!!! Who cares about historical inaccurances?! He was cute, cute, cute bad boy!!! Sephie was also cute and funny and she teased Hades mercilessly!
I surprised myself when I laughed reading an erotic novella!
And, even if it was steamy, it was surprisingly "chaste" for an erotic read.
Great job! :D
Liz Meldon
I loved this book. I mean, Hades and Persephone have always been my favourite Greek myth couple, so reading an interpretation of their romance has always been something I enjoy. It's short and sweet, but sexy in all the right places. I thought Persephone was very well-written, and I enjoyed both reading about her and reading things from her point of view. Hades was just how I like him: dark, brooding, sarcastic, domineering, and occasionally a little awkward.

There were two reasons I took off a
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Well, the book was so god damn hot, I needed to fan myself..

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After I finished reading the book.. Well, what can I say? I blushed.

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I've always loved a little Greek mythology and the Hades and Persephone story always caught my attention. There's all sorts of versions out there with Hades and Persephone but this one I might have to say it's at least in my top three favorite versions of the myth. It starts off kind of weird but I like how the author wrote Zeus into the story as well. It's definitely a short read I finished it in just a couple of hours. It was very steamy and it caught my attention right away even with the weir ...more
Synopsis: "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 th
Joint review with Lou and E originally posted here:

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: 11 Oct 11
How we got this book: From the Autho

1. Thoughts on the Hero

Lou – I loved Hades so much. He was sarcastic, he was immature, and he had a temper, but he was oh so funny. Alisha really made a wonderful character and hero out of him. I liked that he had a hidden soft side, but he also had a very very smexy side. The first scene when Sephie first met Hades was very erot
This is not a super-short novella, which I really enjoyed since you get more character development out of them. This is Hades and Persephone as we should know them. Did you ever get creep-ed out that Hades was Persephone's uncle? And that he kidnapped her and forced her to eat pomegranate seeds for every month that she had to stay with him during the course of a year? Well, if that's the case then this short story will solve all those problems, plus you'll get a really fun and modern Persephone ...more
I love the idea of updating a greek myth for a romance/erotica novel. This was not bad but it felt under developed. It was like a really. really good first draft. I wish the author had taken the time to expand and flesh it out a bit more. It had a ton of potential.

If I'm going to read a book that makes me blush to my eyebrows on the subway then I want a little more to it.
I love the cheeky "warnings" at Samhain publishing and I think this one says it all: Warning: Contains an arrogant god, a stubborn goddess, horny deity nookie and enough supernatural friction to set the Underworld on fire.

Really, they had me at "horny deity nookie"...

This was a fun, sexy, quick take on the Persephone/Hades story. I'm not always a fan of Gods/Goddesses as main characters in fiction but this one worked for me. I think it was because, much like the warning, it didn't take itself
It's a good fast read. I've always been fascinated by this particular myth: Hades and Persephone. The writer changes a few of the original facts to decorate the story and all in all it's not bad, although my favourite retelling of this myth still remains the same: That Fatal Kiss by Mina Lobo.

This book is a really good read for a lazy afternoon, nothing too deep. No great troubles, difficulities and of course it's short.

Even after a sentence I could tell, this book won't really have me and will be a one-time read. And I was right. Let's begin with the first problem: I couldn't place the story in time. I suppose it was in the time of the ancient greek, but for that the language was... off. If not for the names I wouldn't have been able to tell that I'm reading about dieties
And let me
hades is ruling the underworld as he has been for centuries, when he is disturbed by a naked woman in his lap. when he tries to find out who she is, he realizes that she is a goddess, and doesn't understand why she doesn't try the usual tricks to get away from him. when he learns that she is persephone, adopted daughter of his sister demeter, it's strictly hands off for hades. persephone is stuck in the underworld because zeus put her there, and she wants to learn how to control her pow

Hades and fluffy in the same sentence isn't right, but this is the problem for me. This is fluffy, light-hearted version of one of the most known "love story" in mythology. Problem is I love my mythology, don't mess with it :)
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Jessica Diame
Everyone need a good old fashioned dirty romance to clear away the seriousness of life and literary fiction!! Lol. This was fun and perfect for hot summer nights when u just can't sleep!!
Alex C
I read this one on my Kindle after a Book Riot podcast recommendation show and got exactly what I was looking for--an extremely quick funny romance read.
Renee Nicole
Three reasons why you should read this book:

1: Hades & Persephone - The Romantic Version

"Maybe you decided to ignore an age-old treaty and come out for a jaunt just to play big bad hellhound and the scared little pussy."

2: Persephone - The Temptress

[Hades] raised a brow. "You're in the mood to obey me?"
"I suppose so."
Her smile grew wider. "Because you want me to disobey you."

3: Hades - The Man With a Plan

"You're going to stay here. With me. No arguments. Now, sex."

This took me longer t
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