Medusa's Desire by E.B. Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an unusual take on the myth of Medusa and Perseus. We get a plausible background story of how Medusa came to be the monster she was. How her life as a human girl was filled with trials and how she was blamed for actions beyond her control and transformed by Athena. She later meets Perseus as he was sent to kill her and that's where the story takes a turn for the strange (as if it wasn't strange enough) Perseus and Medusa fall in love an go on a series of adventures.
Medusa was definitely the strongest character. She kept her humanity despite all that happened to her. Perseus and Andromeda on the other hand were weak. He couldn't have accomplished anything without Medusa and Andromeda was definitely a spoiled princess. However, it was the relationship between Perseus and Medusa that seemed so implausible. How could he not know what she really looked like? How could she be a vegetarian? That didn't seem natural at all.
The story itself was a roller coaster of emotions. Parts were dark and sad and others were passionate and loving. The ending itself was dark and menacing too but fitting in many ways. I don't think it could have ended differently. Overall, it was a fairly good read, and definitely for readers over 18. If you like a bit of dark erotica you might want to pick this one up.
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