|Divine Matches is an anthology of stories with the common theme of mythology. From ancient gods and goddesses in ancient days to the immortals living in the present age, in familiar surroundings and fantastical. The first story tells of Celtic god Camulos and his estranged children's half-demon aunt. Pleasurable Hatred presents a modern day Ares set in a paranormal realm of vampires on earth as he meets Cardea, the goddess of doorways and protector of children. A satyr claims his love of centuries as she makes discoveries about her own sexuality. Heph's Revenge gives a slightly skewed tale of the master craftsman Greek god's relationship with Aphrodite, with a more realistic view of the duplicity of the goddess of beauty.
Gods and goddesses, men and women, and mythical creatures that live forever find and lose love in these fourteen stories. Not all stories end happily ever after for all the characters but they do leave a good taste in the minds of the reader. Some are the retelling of well-known legendary tales, only with a more erotic twist, and the authors' slightly different spin. Most of the stories were well-written and seemed to fit into the topic of divine matches, with maybe the story of Cupid in Cupid's Confession being an exception. I didn't care for its derisive style of story-telling. The tale Naga Special Massage was definitely interesting and well-written with a certain twist though it did explore somewhat different sexual practices. For those of you who enjoy a little male/male interaction, Love and Duty is the story for you. It gives a touching story of two men without crossing over into sappiness. Deb Varva took two characters, one a god, the other human and created a great "coming of age" feel that did not make either man seem less than a hero. On the other hand, Eros the Revealer portrayed the self-revelation of a woman who finds she really doesn't like who she's become. The problem is, neither did I. The female lead in the story really comes across as unlikable, and by the end of the story, I found myself wishing she would get what she thought she wanted instead of redemption. Overall, the anthology was a mix of very good and slightly less than riveting. The good, however does far outweigh the bad.
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