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“The glory days of Ancient Greece are long gone, and the gods of the Old World are scattered across the globe. As their popularity dwindles, as their worshipers forget, their power fades. Luckily for Aphrodite, she’s a household name. After all, how could anyone ever forget the Greek goddess of Love?

Unfortunately, no one seems to know or care about her divinity. In a world of skeptics and technology-crazed mortals, loneliness and boredom have taken hold. Her life consists of romance advice columns, martini bars, and flings with empty-headed men—until she meets Loki.

She’s intrigued: it’s been decades—centuries even—since she laid eyes on another god, particularly one outside her pantheon. In their short time together, she realizes just how much she needs the companionship of one of her own. Loki, however, seems more interested in catching a murderous maenad than swapping stories about the old days.

Can she convince Loki to stay and make her life a little less lonely, or will he persuade her to join him on his quest for more worshipers? His questionable tactics make her uneasy, but how can she turn down the opportunity to live as she once did: freely, powerfully, and lustfully as Aphrodite of Olympus.”

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What I thought:

This was my first read by this author, and not my usual genre at all! After having interviewed Meldon here, I really wanted to try one of her books, and decided to start at the beginning. (I’m sure you can see my reasoning)

I went in completely unbiased since I haven’t read this genre before, but fell in love quickly. It’s the story about Aphrodite, who lives in modern day Manhatten and works as a columnist dishing out love advice under the pen name Rose. She’s bored with her everyday life and mortals, and so, when she runs into Loki, she’s excited to finally be in divine company again.

While this is an erotic novel first, there’s more to it than that, too. Loki doesn’t happen to be in Manhatten by coincidence, but he’s there on business – dangerous business, made even more so by the fact that he has lost much of his power. Humans just don’t prey to the old gods as much as they used to, and over time they have grown old, and weaker. Aphrodite, who’s still revered at times by love-sick couples and around Valentines Day, isn’t in as bad a shape as he is, but they’ve both suffered. Loki can’t stop the threat he’s come into town for alone, and needs her help.

This is a short story, and fast paced. There’s love as well as action in equal measures, and the last chapter promises plenty of both in the sequel, too. If I’d had enough time I could easily have read this in one sitting!

The Maenad of Manhatten was extremely well written, with exciting characters, fast-paced action as well as intriguing lore regarding old gods. I definitely recommend it, but please be advised that the sexual content makes this unsuitable for younger audiences. I’m looking forward to Meldon’s other books, which are now high up on my tbr list!

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