When Legendary Consultants assigned Lyleia Naiad (yes, she is what her surname implies) to work as an Executive Assistant for a billionaire businessman, she was given one directive – don’t fall in love with her boss. Evidently, that’s been an issue with his previous assistants, both male and female. It shouldn’t be a problem for Leia, though; as an ex-nymph, she has the unique ability to resist even god-level charm.
At least, until she met Castor Dioskouri.
Handsome, wealthy, and successful businessman would be tempting enough, but Castor is also a demigod and after a year of working together, he’s managed to capture even Leia’s wary heart. That’s a feat no mortal or god has ever managed, but given their position as employer and employee, Leia has quashed her growing attraction.
So when Castor requests —though it isn’t really a request— her to accompany him to an important werewolf mating ceremony, Leia knows their relationship will never be the same.
When I saw the first line of the description “In love with her demigod billionaire boss”, I was pretty sure I was about to read some 50 Shades of Grey knock-off. I went into this expecting plotless, mindless, cotton-candy fluff, but since I was looking for a literary palate-cleanser before going on to something more serious, I figured that might not be so bad.
Wow, did I get so much more than I was anticipating!
While the plot was predictable, the fact that there was a plot at all impressed me. (I’m maybe a little jaded when it comes to Contemporary, Paranormal romance.) Lyleia and Castor have great chemistry and their motivations are clear and relatable. Even if you’ve never lost a spring in Greece or a wife millennia ago, you’ve probably lost SOMETHING or SOMEONE near and dear to your heart. Those losses tend to affect the way we relate to the world and to others, and that was very true with Ms. Owen’s characters as well. It’s refreshing to read a romance that isn’t completely and utterly absorbed with creating strained/unnatural conflict between the love interests. Her Demigod Complex has a clear villain and each character has their own personal struggle. I enjoyed that immensely.
The only thing I found disappointing was the lack of action in the action/fight scenes. I know from experience how hard those can be to write, but a little more tension and detail wouldn’t have been amiss. Since they were really just backdrop to the other events, however, I’m inclined to overlook the lack.
Bottom line: This one has it all: plot, likable characters, and steamy sex! If you’re looking for a fairly quick read and a fast-paced romance with a dash of conflict and suspense, I’d highly recommend Her Demigod Complex.
*Review copy provided by Story Cartel
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Her Demigod Complex
by Abigail Owen
Release Date: February 19, 2016