Seducing the Myth

Let's review why I read this book: mythology, anthology and romance--yeah that about covers all my particular interests very well. I've read a couple of the authors present before--Kay Dee Royal for instance and I have a Louisa Bacio waiting on me, plus I've definitely read Justine Elyot before. Still there are 24 (very short) stories with a few of the authors repeating. I'll highlight a few stories before giving an overall review.

Djinn and Tonic by Lexie Bay - I probably would have enjoyed this story better if the main character didn't rub me wrong for the entirety of the story. This is meant to be a romance, but she's dismissive of her future husband, fantasizing about waiters and when the Djinn shows up, well I lost a lot of respect for her. I do approve of Dastan's fantasy conjuring abilities however and this was a really hot read.

Andi in Chains by Fulani - Re-imagining of Perseus and Andromeda's meeting was certainly different! Andromeda--better known as Andi--was into bondage and kink, Perseus was a tough son of a gun mercenary and well virgin sacrifice took on a different twist. This story amused me and was possibly my favorite.

In the Springtime by Elizabeth Thorne - This is Persephone and Hades and I have to admit I like that Persephone is more proactive about everything in this story. She wants her own life, she wanted to go with Hades, and she wanted to come to an agreement with her mother. By the end of the story Peresephone was my hero.

Stones by K D Grace - I've always felt bad for Medusa, no matter which way you look at her story its a short stick she was dealt. Grace chose to take the view that Medusa wasn't a monster, she just was confused and given this terrible power without guidance. Of all the stories this felt the best developed and came alive the best for me.

Saving Orpheus by Indigo Skye - I'm beginning to see a trend in the stories I enjoyed (all Greek related). The story of Orpheus is well known, but I found this story of who helped him get over the loss more intriguing. If nothing else it was nice to see Orpheus as something other then a sad sack.

Q is for... by Caz Jones - I'm mentioning this one just because I find it hilarious that the infamous God of love is sitting in a bar trying to get sloshed and doesn't know who Jane Austen is. Short and heated it was a mighty quick read.

The Lady of the Flowers by Shan Ellis - This was an interesting tale of lust, revenge and betrayal. Quite a few of the stories don't end well and this one ended with a sort of fierceness. It was done and over with before I could even blink in fact, not because its short, but the story pulled me along with its tense undertone.

Overall I have to say I was pretty pleased with this anthology. The stories were on the fairly short side, but were by in large really hot. Not all of them ended happily, some of the authors chose to stick closely to the ending of the original myth or tale (The True Folly of Icaraus by Saskia Walker for instance) and there were some surprises (The Lady of the Flowers is based on a Welsh legend) amongst the normally re-imagine Greek/Roman mythology.

And happiest of most I found a few new authors to pick up and try!

Book Blurb for Seducing the Myth

Seducing the Myth: Myths and Legends with an Erotic Twist is a collection of 24 tantalising tales that lead you on a decadent journey through mythologies the world over. As well as stories from the popular Greek and Roman periods, this anthology will also delight you with Arabian, Arthurian, Hindu, Jewish, Norse, Slavic, Sumerian and Welsh myths and legends. Add in a delicious sprinkling of fairies, mermaids and ancient fertility rituals and you have a recipe for a wickedly erotic read!

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 4.00