Hades and His Witch by Rhys Lawless

We are back in the Demon God's series by Rhys Lawless in this retelling of Hades and Persephone. In HADES AND HIS WITCH be prepared to see strong willed Hades prove to his insecure mate they were meant to be together for the rest of time. This was a fast-paced paranormal MM retelling of Hades and Persephone that I couldn’t put down!

From the blurb:

I'm dying, and the only one who can save me is him.
Hades, king of the Underworld, god of the dead, ruler of... Honestly? He's got too many names to list.
You know the guy.
Apparently, I need him to survive this disease that's been a death sentence since I was born.
Apparently, I'm also the reincarnation of his queen, Persephone. How's that for a kicker?
Little, hideous me, who uses tattoos to cover his endless flaws and whose only power is seeing death at every corner.
And apparently, we have to do the deed to save me from certain demise.
Yeah. If I wasn't so unequivocally...me, I'd think it was a very elaborate scheme to get me into bed.
But even that goes wrong.
So. Terribly. Wrong.
And now everything is effed up.
Figures. Only I could break the god of the freaking dead.

Hades and his Witch is the second book in the Demon Gods series, a spin-off series set in the Cursed Hearts universe.

Inside you'll find a magical tattoo artist in need of saving, a god of death who's a hopeless romantic, ghostly "interactions", and a snarky mobile phone (among other things). Written in British English with US spelling and grammar.

This book can be read as a standalone.

Nicole's review:

Technically, this book is written as a standalone in the Cursed Hearts world, and is the second in the Demon God's series. I would personally find it hard to read as a standalone, as there is so much work Rhys put into the world-building, you would miss quite a bit of the details. We get to see Loki and Tomasz, and hear mentions of Caleb as well, which is great. 

Poor Sandro finally gets to learn what his mystery illness is, and why it has plagued him. Hades is as wrathful as you would expect, but a giant cinnamon roll when it comes to his love for his mate. 

I really enjoyed this retelling, and the twists and turns these two had to figure out to find their HEA. I am really looking forward to seeing playboy Drew get his own Godmate next!!!

Molly Otto's review:

The tale of Hades and Persephone with a queer twist of fate. Sandro was born to die young, something he's known his whole life. Hades has been waiting for many reincarnations to have a chance with his Persephone once again. With the help of Mother Red Cap, their fates are once again intertwined. These two do not have an easy journey, but they are powerful and show how much they have always been meant to be together.

As with Loki and His Master, Rhys weaves a captivating tale from start to finish that will have me coming back for more with each installment.

SNik's review:

Second in series (Demon Gods), can be read as a standalone but might be more fun if read in order. This series takes place in the author’s Cursed Hearts universe. Paranormal fantasy. Soulmates. Dual POV. 

Tattoo artist and witch Sandro is dying and his last resort has him bringing back to life the god Hades, who just so happens to be his soulmate. Hades has waited millennia to be reunited with the soul of Persephone, but even a powerful god can’t always get what he wants without a fight. 

In this story Hades is unexpectedly sweet and thoroughly committed to Sandro, which I enjoyed. There is no hesitation or doubt for him that he and Sandro are meant to be together. Sandro has more doubts about being with Hades, especially when they encounter so many hurdles in trying to stay alive. There are some swoony declarations, some steamy interactions, some bad guys, and some supportive characters to help Hades and Sandro get their HEA and this book was a really fun read.

Jacquie's Review:

Hades and His Witch is set in the Cursed Hearts universe, but stands alone. Though there are visits with Loki and Tomaz, I think it would be possible to read this book without reading the other one.

I loved everything about this version of the Hades and Persephone myth. Making it fresh, with plenty of Sandro taking the lead. Hades was so soft for his mate. It was adorable!

Plenty of action and other gods in the pantheon appear. I loved how the threads of other parts of the story were woven into the ending.

Angel's review:

I'm not very familiar with Rhys's work but when I read the blurb for this book I knew I wanted to read it. I don't read too many mythology retellings, but the ones I have read that have had an mm spin on them I've really enjoyed, and this I enjoyed as well! Especially considering the way Persephone's character was written was so unique, and I haven't read anything like it before. The concept of her soul being reincarnated into different versions of herself was so unique to this story and really added a great uniqueness to the story.

Hades character was a bit brash but he was completely devoted to Persephone and wanted his queen back, the other half of his heart. I liked how persistent his character was with finding a way to save Sandro, even if Sandro didn't get his memories back of his time as Persephone, Hades still tried to save Sandro. I enjoyed how all of the intense action scenes were written, they were all very intense but done quite well. I loved that Sandro's dog ended up being a certain three headed dog, I thought that was really cool!

The way this story started off was quite confusing to me at first but once I was able to get into the book I was able to understand what was happening a bit more. Overall a creative and unique take on Greek mythology!

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's review:

"Only a fool would turn down an epic love like this. The kind that challenges your very soul, your very being."

Hades is one of my favorite old gods to read stories about and I really enjoyed Rhys Lawless take on his story. I loved how certain Hades was that he would find his soulmate again. It's been YEARS since Persephone was lost to him and he was confined to the Underworld, but Hades never gave up hope. And when fate gave him the owner of her soul in the form of Sandro, he never once had second thoughts. Sandro was as perfect to him as his Queen had been.

On the other hand, Sandro had a much harder time believing he was in fact Hades long lost soulmate. He's had a hard life and was suffering from deep depression. His self esteem was basically in the toilet when Hades came along so it took a lot of work for the two of them to get back to what they had. It also didn't help that it seemed someone mysterious was working against them from the get go.

The steam in this one was interesting and fun to read. Sandro and Hades definitely didn't have any issues working through their relationship in that department! I do like to be honest in my reviews so I will mention the only thing I wasn't a big fan of was when Sandro would have a vision flashback of Hades in bed with Persephone. I'm not a fan of MF sex in my MM or the use of the word pussy. It kinda kicked me out of the moment. However, that is a PERSONAL PREFERENCE of mine and others may be perfectly fine with it.

The addition of Tao to the story was a great comic relief from the darker moments! I was so happy that we got to see some growth and a sort of resolution to his story as well. I'm interested in seeing where the author goes with this series next! There are so many characters I'm hoping to get their HEAs -I'm looking at you Damien and Tao! A girl can hope!

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