We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Larissa Ione’s HADES! HADES is a novella in Larissa’s Demonica Series as part of the 1001 Dark Nights Collection and is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Grab the latest installment in this sexy series!
I had the pleasure of not only getting my grabby hands on an early copy for review (see below for my thoughts) BUT I got to meet Larissa AND the lovely ladies of 1001 Dark Nights – and I am HOOKED on their stories! I can’t get enough. Such a freaking brilliant idea. And so much fun. Both the books and all the people involved.
You don’t need to read the rest of the books to understand what is going on, but since I had it certainly enhanced the experience for me. Hades isn’t a character you get to see a lot of in the previous books, but the bits you do get are intriguing and pretty much NOT what you expect him to be. See, he is the Jailer for Sheoul, or Hell as we know it. Or at least I certainly don’t expect the man in that position to sport a blue mohawk. Maybe that is my own misconceptions though. 😉
The story starts with Cat, our heroine, making some poor decisions. She then tries to fix them, but OF COURSE makes them worse. And those bad decisions lead her right into the arms of Hades. WORTH IT. This is one of those easy stories, because if you read PNR AT ALL, you pretty much know how things are going to play out. But you know what? Sometimes I love that. I need that. No mind altering twists, no last minute “just kidding, I actually hate you” revelations … just two people trying to figure out if and how they can be together with some seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
This story was just what I needed just when I needed it. When everything else I was reading was “stupid” or not keeping my attention, this just let me be. Let me enjoy the ride, the rush, the heat. Superbly done Ms Ione. Thank you.
The thought of living one more day the way he’d lived the last five thousand years made him want to throw up as he prowled the length of his crypt until he swore the soles of his boots cried out for mercy.
Azagoth had left him hours ago with all kinds of assurances that Cat wouldn’t be harshly punished for what she’d done. But Azagoth’s idea of “harsh” was a lot different from Hades’s. Well, not usually, but for Cat, definitely.
Hades just hoped Azagoth hadn’t suspected that anything had gone on between them. Technically, Hades hadn’t gone against Azagoth’s orders, but the Grim Reaper wasn’t a fan of technicalities. And if he did anything to punish Cat for what Hades had done, Hades would fight that bastard until he was too dead to fix.
Snarling, Hades threw his fist into the wall. Never, not in his entire life, had he felt this way about a female. Hell, he hadn’t felt this way about anything. Oh, he’d always been passionate about meting out justice, but this was a different kind of passion. This was an all-consuming desire to be with someone. To be something better for that someone.
He hadn’t known Cat for long, but in their brief time together, he’d shared things he’d always kept private. He’d given comfort and had been comforted. He’d wanted, and he’d been wanted back.
She wants to go back to Heaven, idiot.
Yeah, then there was that. The chances of going back were extremely slim, given that in all of angelic existence, only a handful of fallen angels had been offered the opportunity. But just the fact that she wanted to go was troubling.
Oh, he understood. Who would choose to live in the grim darkness of the underworld when they could flit around in light and luxury? But dammit, Cat was wanted down here. Could he make her see that?
Closing his eyes, he braced his forehead on the cool stone wall he’d just punched. Pain wracked him and not just because he’d broken bones in his hand and they were knitting together with agonizing speed. That pain was nothing compared to the ache in his heart.
He needed to be with Cat, but how? He supposed he could try reasoning with Azagoth. Sometimes the guy wasn’t completely unbending. Especially now that he had Lilliana. She’d leveled him out, had given him a new perspective on life and relationships.
But would it be enough?
Because one thing was certain. If Hades couldn’t have Cat in his life, then Azagoth had saved it for nothing.
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A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — or bestowing mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing.
Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…
Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.