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Hades by Larissa Ione…ARC Review

Hades releases 5/26

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Synopsis:

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…

 

My review:

Hades is story number 11.5 in author Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series, story number 6.5 in her Lords of Deliverance Series as well as novella number 7 in 1,001 Dark Nights 2015 line-up. I have been a HUGE fan of Ms. Ione for years now and have been anxiously awaiting Hades story. This broody, mischievous, mohawked fallen angel has truly met his match when he met Cataclysm and this story was everything I had hoped and more…

You could say that jailing the souls of the evilest of the evil had hardened Hades of the last few thousands of years. How could it not have? He had to be a tough ass in order to keep all of these wretched souls and creatures afraid of him. Of course it could have been made a bit more comfortable, but he had earned a punishment from Azagoth many years ago and was still paying for his transgression. He had been used to all of that, though, and really hadn’t thought of things getting better or changing for quite some time. He had resigned himself to the fact this was as good as it was ever going to get…until he met Cat. Then things changed…but he was forbidden to go anywhere near her. Ever. And that’s what he hated most…

Cat knew her current cleaning crew situation could be much worse, so she wasn’t going to complain. Besides, getting brief glimpses of Hades during her daily cleaning of Azagoth’s home made things marginally better. He was beyond a sexy bad boy. He was also totally off-limits because she was here to be working off her indiscretion in unknowingly helping almost starting Armageddon, not oogling Hades. Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she had to go and accidentally get herself stuck in Hades realm with no way back. She knew he was going to be mad. She knew he would hate having her here. She didn’t know that he had been as attracted to her as she had been to him…

Now this close, forced proximity was pushing them both into the shared desire to take their attraction to the next level. A level that involved emotions that Hades knew he wouldn’t be allowed to act on no matter how much Cat had begged him. Not to mention there was a bit of a situation with a possible overthrow of power happening down here. Was there ever a chance for them? Or was it as dismal as Hades feared…

I mean, really. Does anyone write fallen angel bad boys like Larissa Ione? From the very first page, I was completely hooked on Hades and Cat. He has been a bit of a mystery since we first met him in the series and now we really got a taste of who he is and why he’s in the position he’s in….and it broke my heart. Honestly, Ms. Ione has a way to turn the biggest, baddest, bad boys into these fragile broken guys and I just adore that so much. (Side note: I will never take peanut butter and chocolate for granted again.) All the feels! Cat is just so perfect for him and I adored her as much as I loved him. She is strong-willed with a big heart and I loved how she was going to try her hardest to break down Hades’ defenses, no matter how tough it was. I love a take charge gal! The heat between them is smoking hot and burns up the pages. There are two scenes that had me fanning myself and practically drooling on my e-reader. Yet another thing Ms. Ione kick ass at….heated sexy scenes with a ton of emotion. Mmmmhmmm! Oh, and speaking of emotion, the end scene with Hades, Cat, and Azagoth had me crying big, fat tears….not in a bad way, but the emotions were so high and I wanted desperately for Hades and Cat to have their chance at a happiness! (No spoilers but you know I won’t recommend a book that ends badly)

Thank you, Ms. Ione, for another fantastic trip into the Underworld! (and for the whole pee-stick thing lol!!)

 

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Book links:

Amazon  |  1,001 Dark Nights 

About the author:

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.

 

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