This a review for Madeleine Marzio's The Taking of Persephone, Part 1 which can be found at Amazon for 99 cents. A great deal, for sure.
This story is somewhere between a short story and a novella in length. It appears to be written in three parts, but so far I've only read the first part. Actually, I would hope Ms. Marzio might go ahead and combine the three stories into one novella or short novel. I'm not sure leaving the reader halfway satisfied is in her best bet.
The story takes on a new perspective to the old story of Persephone either raped or snatched by Hades and kept prisoner in the Underworld for half the year. In the first part, Ms. Marzio, lets us be there when Hades first sees child Persephone - my favorite part is her description and use of the child-name for Persephone - and beings to feel something for her. And, no, he's not a pedophile. He is only attracted by her warmth, which he finds lacking the Underworld. Then, as she becomes an adult - a unique twist on the coming of age story for immortals, be pleasantly surprised - he sets about with a plan to prepare and woo her. Well, let's just say that appearing and wooing a young lady in her dreams in a disguise of sorts probably isn't the best way to start off a relationship with trust. And, that's it. The first part ends. Obviously, you want to know more... but, really, how mean is this? I'm hanging here impatient to see where she takes the couple next.
As for the sex scenes, you will not be denied any detail or position. At least, those positions between one man and one woman. I am a little surprised at the number of climaxes for both immortals in one session, but hey, if all you get in each part is one orgy of the flesh, she definitely makes that one time count in spades.
I'm intrigued by the idea of a daimon - Hades' disguise - and look forward to researching this mythological creature more. Perhaps the daimon will become my opposite to the same-old satyr/nymph pairing I tend to fall back on.
Highly recommend this author and this story, in particular. She's got the talent and the skill!