To save her failing bakery, Lina trades souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring–and starts falling for hunky Hades.
Middle aged Carolina Santoro has just discovered that her struggling bakery is heavily in debt to the IRS. Trying to rework her menu to attract more business, she’s poring over old cookbooks one night and after several glasses of wine she unknowingly invokes the aid of Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest. It’s perfect timing for Demeter needs a host body to place her daughter, Persephone, the Goddess of Spring. She wants her daughter to grow a little, away from her influence. Demeter promises that Lina will soon have a thriving business if she will go to Hades as Persephone and try and spread a little joy among the souls who bemoan the lack of a goddess. With hardly a moment of preparation, Lina is soon on her way, guided by the soul of Eurydice. When she meets Hades she’s dumbfounded to find a magnificent if broody male god. She quickly charms her way past his “dread steeds” and right into his heart. Poor misunderstood Hades soon delights in his feelings of love for Persephone and Lina just as quickly delights in loving Hades, but she’s held back by the knowledge that she will be with him only temporarily and by the fact that Hades thinks she’s a goddess and she’s sure he could never love a middle aged mortal woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was such a charming story. I absolutely adored it. Hades was a hunky and brooding character and I just loved the way P.C. Cast created him. He’s desperate to love and is very different from his fellow gods and goddesses. He’s enchanted by the presence of soul mates and whenever he sees them it makes him crave that closeness. A closeness he thinks he’ll never have. Until Lina bursts into the Underworld and spreads her own brand of joy among everyone. When he finds out she’s not what he thinks, he’s upset and when Lina returns to Tulsa he can only hope the promise that soulmates will always find one another will hold true for him, too. The Underworld was a great character in of itself and P.C. Cast generously peppered it with some great and unique beings. Hades and Lina spend a lot of time touring the Underworld and Lina spends a lot of time learning about her temporary goddess powers. The ending of this book was lovely. I thought it was very sweet and “awwww” worthy. The H/H were great together, the sex was very sensual and loving, and at the end of this book all I wanted to do was frolic. There is a lot of frolicking in this book and it was very cute-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime