The Real Housewives of Olympus by Sanna DeWylde
This book was wonderful, and funny to tears. I loved every word.
Ms. DeWylde did her research on the personalities of the God and Goddesses of Olympus, and the true meaning of their names and what their powers truly meant. Then she worked her wordcraft skills and added her own thoughts putting her own quirks on the personalities making them very alive and, well, god like.
Hera is getting tired of an eon with Zeus cheating on her with anything female, couldn’t even say in a skirt her crossed species also. And he was branching out to the other gender also. She makes a decision to change her looks and lose the King of the Gods making a change there too, she was a King Maker, so she could be a King Unmaker too and instill the other brother. Putting her plan into motion she went to Jean Pierre’s turning her hair from its vibrate red to black with pretty purple tips. Then set on a mission to give the crown to Hades, having just lost the young, virginal, godling Personphe she figures he will be ready for an experienced Goddess to hand him the crown. Love this Hera, she if fun, vulnerable, sexy and real. Her pain as the cheated on wife comes through the pages very clearly.
Personphe is a Goddess, held for centuries by Hades, she deeply loved him and felt betrayed that he took her to the surface after her mother kept the world in eternal winter while she was gone. Now she is desperate to get a hold of Hades and go back to him. Dreaming of his touches and kisses she wishes now that she had let him go all the way with her and take her virginity, but she was scared and held him off for centuries. Now the God Thanatos is near and she is using him to make Hades jealous, not realizing that at the same time she is falling in love with the God of Death. When she calls him to her at one desperate point, it is not as Death, but as her friend and the man she loves, Thanatos. Can she make him see that?
Nyx is a Titian, Goddess of Night; she is as her sons say, “Older than dirt. Mom, give it up, you were old when the Dead Sea was just sick.” I loved this character for this very reason; she was older than everyone on Olympus yet still very young and hip. Her son, Thanatos, sets her up with his best friend, Apollo – who has father more children than his father, but he supports them and takes care of them. Nyx is not sure about this, he is so much younger, plus she slept with his sister, Artemis, not too long ago. But he offers to let her drive the chariot with the dawn…. What Goddess can resist that? Can Apollo get the oldest Titian, the last Titian, to see that he not a godling anymore, and agree to make a family with him?
Demeter, Goddess of Spring, has a horrible secret; she hates her daughter and wishes that she had never had her. Zeus had pursued her for years; she had always turned him down, never wanting children, knowing that a daughter of her own would mean her death. That is why she froze the world when Hades took Personphe, she was afraid they would fall in love and the result would be a child, thus ending her life. Eros might be a godling to Demeter, only a year younger than her daughter, but he knows things of love that only his mother can comprehend, and he knows he loves Demeter, but he also knows that all he can do is love her and let her find her own way to trusting him and loving herself. Will she be able to? Will the God of Love be able to win the hand of the Goddess of Spring?
Abstinence, a new goddess to me, but oh she is a fun one. She knew from the beginning of her life she was destined to be the Goddess of Abstinence so she never indulged in any way. Zeus finally meets his match in her. She is young and sweet, but knows that the instant she lets herself indulge in anything she will die, and then her sister or her nieces will have to take her spot, and she doesn’t want that for them. So, when Zeus comes to seduce her, and she refuses him, telling him why, he goes about a slow seduction, until he claims a kiss that brings Death to her doorstep. Can he save her? Can he change his ways enough to keep this young goddess with a will of iron?
Again I have to say that this book was a laugh a minute, and Fate will have the endings she wants, Gods or no Gods. The interactions between these characters were so intense sometimes and yet so real other times. I felt like I could find Ambrosia Lane on my city map. The side characters that popped in and out added to the quality of making Olympus seem real. The Gods have not had this much fun since the fall of the Greek and Roman Empires. It is a must read if you like the God and Goddess and like fun in your romances. Not normally a lover of romantic comedy, I am very happy I picked up this book and took a chance. I will definitely be reading more Ms. DeWylde’s book. A solid five stars for this book. I wish Ms. DeWylde would revisit Ambrosia Lane in the future and pick on more of the Gods. Thank you for the fun.