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By: Samantha MacLeod
5 out of 5 stars
The story Death and Beauty: An Erotic Fantasy Romance Inspired by Norse Mythology by Samantha MacLeod is a fantasy/mythology book. When I started reading this story I wasn’t sure what to expect, however, I soon found myself totally engrossed in the book and not wanting it to end. I loved the storyline and the characters. This is the story of Baldr the Beautiful and Hel. Baldr finds that he is dead. He is determined to get himself returned to the living realm and sets out to find the one that can make this happen. He finds himself agreeing that if he can teach Hel something she doesn’t know in three days she will return him to the living realm. Sounds easy, right? Baldr finds this an impossible task as Hel seems to know everything. Not only that she seems immune to his charms. What will Baldr do next? Can he find anything that Hal doesn’t know about?
I loved the characters of Baldr and Hal. They both are strong and independent. The journey that begins when their agreement is struck finds both of them learning about each other and exploring different sides of themselves. Sometimes when you start down one path, you start to realize things about yourself that you never knew. This can cause you to change course and seek a different outcome than when you started. What will the final outcome of this story be? This is the first book I have read by the author and I have found her storytelling and the way she makes the characters come alive to be amazing. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. This story does have adult content and situations which includes steamy love scenes. It would be recommended for those 18 years of age or older.
Baldr the Beautiful awakes to find himself in the realm of the dead and is desperate to return to his life to help keep the peace. He sets out to petition Queen Hel with this in mind. However, the queen is not so easily persuaded and sets him the task of teaching her something new about the living word before she will grant him his wish.
Hel has a terrifying appearance, half flesh and half skeletal and this contrasts with Baldr the Beautiful’s own good looks, good looks that he has used to charm his way out of many a situation, yet which appear to of little use in his current predicament. As Hel and Baldr are thrown together we are treated to a series of enlightening scenes as we learn more about their characters. I loved the verbal sparing and the growing sexual tension between them as Baldr strives to meet Queen Hel’s task.
Hel is more knowledgeable and accomplished than Baldr could ever have imagined and bests him at every turn. Indeed, she is like no other woman he has met before and he quickly realises that it is not just her appearance that sets her apart – there is a lot more to this complex woman that he ever envisaged. When it is obvious that he has no knowledge to impart that she cannot already know about he embarks on the one thing that may just work – the seduction of Hel, which has unforeseen consequences for them both…
This original tale is one hot erotic read (there are plenty of scorching scenes) and Hel and Baldr are just perfect for each other.
Recommended for lovers of erotic romance, especially those who enjoy stories which involve inventive twists on mythology. Please note that a copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
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