Monday, January 27, 2014

Review for The Song of Orpheus

This is a review for The Song of Orpheus, part of the Myths Behaving Badly series by Selena Kitt. It can be found on Amazon for $4.99.

I thought Ms. Kitt’s choice of myth to write about very intriguing and that’s why I chose to read this one of the series. It would seem difficult to write an erotic romance about two characters, Orpheus and Eurydice, who are destined to die apart. Eurydice – bitten by a snake and Orpheus – torn asunder by rampaging nymphs. A tragedy if there ever was one – in the like of Romeo and Juliet. In fact, after reading this short novel, I would very much enjoy reading Ms. Kitt’s attempt at making Romeo and Juliet an erotic romance. For, despite the inherent gloom of their doomed futures, you still fall madly and deeply in love with the match and wish them all the best.

I should note here that I absolutely adore M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village because he is able to give-away the ending – we find out who and what the monsters are somewhere around the middle of the film – and yet, when we see the monsters again chasing down the blind girl in the forest every single moviegoer still jumped and screamed. It is only very special artists who can give-away their ending and still manage to surprise you.

Same with this book. I, as a mythology scholar, know what has to happen. I have told this story many times. Yet, somehow, someway, I kept hoping this version was going to end differently. Even as the end approached, I read on, determined to be awed into a happily ever after. I won’t tell you what happened, but I’m glad she wrote it the way she did.

By the way, I mentioned this was an erotic romance and Ms. Kitt does not disappoint the reader when it comes to the sex. For a short-lived love story, the sex was everywhere and awesome. I am glad to report that unlike some of her erotica sisters, Ms. Kitt did not fall into the trap of the same-old first sexual encounter. A nicely written blow job when first the couple tumble into bed was welcoming and exciting.

Highly recommend! I'll be seeking more of Selena Kitt's work out very soon.