Book Reviews

Something Rich And Strange by Helen Louise Caroll at Amber Allure

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Gods/Godesses / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-May-2013

Book Blurb

Even a god can be afraid...

Maxfield Stanton has a secret. He’s not just the swim instructor at the YMCA. He’s actually Poseidon, the Greek god of the seas and earthquakes.

And as Poseidon, he also has a secret. He’s going to die. Just as the other Olympians have, he’s going to cease to exist. And tonight, he wants one last fling before he disappears.

Greg Turner isn’t the traditional dream man. He’s quiet, shy, and has a little pot-belly and love handles. But he’s there when Poseidon needs him, and now the god of earthquakes is about to find his world rocked.


Book Review

What becomes of a Greek god when people stop believing in him? It's an interesting question, and one that this book answers in one of many possible ways. With a mixture of humor in the way it is told, and a serious message about love and acceptance, this story is as entertaining as it is wonderful. Not a traditional love story, maybe, and yet, it definitely spoke to my inner romantic.

The god Poseidon, also known as Max Stanfield, has a lot to learn in the final hours of his existence as a god. His job as a swim instructor made me laugh, and the fact that he hadn't gotten laid in forty-seven years had me incredulous. It may explain why he suddenly felt attracted to his coworker, Greg, but I cannot help but think there is more to it. Poseidon sees him as sexy way before looking at his physical attributes. There is clearly something about Greg's personality that attracts the god to him. And with Poseidon's sudden realization of the gods' existences coming to an end, and his understanding that the way he has treated mortals previously wasn't very nice, it makes sense for him to see beyond the physical.

Greg is a writing teacher who works at the same YMCA as Max. He has a secret crush on him, and now that it's been six months since his partner of ten years has left him, Greg feels ready to talk to Max. What happens next totally floors him, but even though their physical interaction was a little rough, he wants more! Once they make it to Max's home, Greg gets a lot more than he expects – but being who he is, he accepts it all in good grace and helps Max move forward.

If you like stories about gods in the mortal world, if you enjoy a read that is entertaining, yet carries a more serious message about life and its purpose, and if you're looking for a read that is as hot as it is funny, then you will probably like this short book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 13000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-May-2013
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