Hades, Lord of the Underworld, has spent years searching the world for his Fated Mate. He’s watched his brother and nephews find their “light” and yet he can’t find his. On the verge of giving up hope, Hades attends his brother Poseidon’s wedding; so outside his comfort zone, but his discomfort proves worth it. Because there, at the reception, he finally sees his light.
It wasn’t that Ali was uncomfortable around wolves – he’d been a good friend of Claude’s for years. But when one of the wolves at Claude’s and Poseidon’s wedding gets verbally pushy, he feels he has no choice but to shift and find the alpha. What he doesn’t expect is to find a beautiful man with soulful eyes, holding out his hand.
After all Ali and Hades have been through in their lives, you’d think the Fates would be kind to them. But between Cerberus’s howling, Persephone’s snarking, and Ali’s family proving there is more to them than their blatant wealth, Ali and Hades have their hands full creating a life with each other. But maybe, just maybe, the Mother has a gift for them after all.
This is an MM paranormal true mates story intended for adults only. This book can be read as a stand-alone. Mpreg elements (Not the MCs, or the focus of the story)
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Hi Jessie, thank you so much for sharing your space with me today as part of my OWI Blog Tour. I have been busy, all over the net, talking to people about Someone To Hold Me, which is book 6 in the Gods Made Me Do It series.
The Gods Made Me Do It series is a spin-off series from my ever-popular Cloverleah Pack Series. It started when Madison (from the San Antonio pack) was fated to be with Sebastian, who was the son of Death, and kinda stemmed from there. Other books in the series include ones about Poseidon, Lasse, Nereus, Artemas and even Thor. Baby’s book, You’ll Know In Your Heart, has just come out as well.
But Someone to Hold Me is about Hades, the delicious and very lonely Lord of the Underworld. He’s only mentioned in passing in the previous stories and this one can be read as a standalone. After his disastrous relationship with Persephone and seeing his brother Poseidon so happy with his mate, Hades is keen for a mate of his own.
The problem is, Hades isn’t an overly sociable person as he mentions to Poseidon one day.
“You know,” Sei said thoughtfully, rubbing his chin. “Maybe you’re looking for the wrong type, in the wrong place.”
“Do not suggest any more of your ridiculous places,” Hades said quickly. “It was bad enough the last time. Thanks to you, I’ve tried human clubs. I went to a dozen libraries. I wandered around a supermarket and tried sitting on park benches. I even, Fates forbid, went to a human gym.” He shuddered. “Do you know how ridiculous I look in shorts? It didn’t make any difference. No one would come near me in any of those places. You know my curse better than any man. The whole not speaking my name concept must be genetically ingrained in the entire human race by now, even if they’re not aware of it.”
So, as you can see, finding a mate for Hades wasn’t going to be easy. But then along came Ali, described here by Claude (Poseidon’s mate).
Claude stopped in front of an incredible looking blond. “Babe, I’d like you to meet Aloysius Thorndyke Barrington Garcia, aka Ali. He saved my life once back in the nineteen twenties and we’ve stayed good friends ever since.”
“You saved my mate’s life?” The blond’s eyes raked him up and down as if he had no clothes on.
Ali raised his chin and straightened his spine. “You’re Poseidon, Lord of the Sea? You don’t look tall enough. I imagined some big beefy bloke with a shiny tail and green hair. You’re barely taller than I am.”
Sei exchanged heated looks with his mate. “This one’s got spunk. I like it.”
And Ali needs that spunky personality to cope with Hades and his own rather horrible family. If you want to know more, please give this story a try. All of my books come with a guaranteed HEA, and no insta-love, I promise.
Thank you so much, Jessie, for having me here today. Have a wonderful day.
5 🌟s from Lori
This is Book 6 in the “The Gods Made Me Do It” series and is the story of Hades and Ali. This might be one of my most favorite couples of the series. These two have rough times acclimating to each other’s world and each other. Ali is a chipmunk. Watching him learn all the new things about Hades and his realm is so heartwarming but what is most rewarding is his attitude. Physically small, his personality is almost bigger than Hades. This book was great because Ms Oliver introduced us to complicated characters that somehow work and made the underworld seem not so bad. Wonderful addition to the series!!!
4 🌟s from Jessie
I’m a sucker for any spin on Hades, so I had to snatch this one up as soon as I read the blurb and like Lori, I really enjoyed this installment in the series, as well as it’s tie into the Cloverleah Pack. This is a true ‘opposites’ attract story, from their size differences to their personalities, to their lifestyles, and sadly, their common ground is in their past sufferings. They both long to find their fated mate, but it’s not a cure-all and learning to be together, accepting each other’s support—a unique experience that neither quite know how to accept—and watching them fall in love puts this book in my top 5 from this author. This will definitely go on the reread list 🙂
Cupping his hand carefully, Claude reached around his neck. Sitting on his palm was the cutest little chipmunk Hades had ever seen. He had pale gold fur, mixed with almost white on his belly and paws, and his face had two black streaks that ran from his sharp little eyes to the edge of his pointed ears. And he was pissed off. Sitting upright on his back legs, the little fellow jabbed his wee front legs around as though he was boxing, chattering nineteen to the dozen. Hades doubted anyone could understand what was being said, but they could understand the tone and it was all directed at the hapless Bart.
“Well, would you look at that,” Sei grinned reaching out a finger as it he wanted to touch. “Ali has to be the cutest little shifter I’ve ever seen.”
“Put your finger away,” Hades muttered quietly, more to himself than anyone else. “You touch him, and I’ll strip the skin from your fingers.”
But obviously he wasn’t quiet enough. “Brother?” Sei looked shocked and then a huge smile spread across his face. “You see the light at last?” Claude and the other wolves who’d all stood around wanting to be nosy, looked between them as if not sure what was going on.
Hades only had eyes for his cute little mate, who had stopped chattering and was now twitching his nose madly in Hades direction. “I’m not the greatest catch,” he said quietly, catching the little creature’s eyes, “but I’ll spend eternity doing my best to make you happy if you’ll let me.” He slowly held out his hand and waited.
Time stood still. Hades wasn’t even sure if his heart was beating anymore. The little chipmunk dropped down on all fours, looking over his shoulder at Claude who smiled, then at Bart who growled, and then back at Hades. Twitching his tail madly, he took a flying leap, landing directly on Hades’ palm. Hades quickly moved his other hand to cradle him. He didn’t want his little mate to fall off and hurt himself. But Ali showed no signs of falling. Looking up at Hades he pointed one of his front paws at Bart and started his angry chittering again.
“I know, I know. I completely understand.” Hades said, nodding, keeping an eye on the angry shifter. “This guy has upset you and he deserves to pay. I totally agree.”
“Er, bro,” Sei cast a worried look in Claude’s direction. “The wolves get upset when us godly beings interfere in pack affairs.”
“Ali’s not pack.” Hades called on his power. A voice screamed in the back of his head that this was not the right place, that he could lose his mate if the wee guy couldn’t handle who he was, but Hades wasn’t about to shirk his duty to his precious mate on the very first day. “Do you know who I am?”
The world looked different from his new perspective. In his god form, Hades’ head almost touched the ceiling – the wolves below him not even half his size. His power cloaked the room – dark, dangerous – there was not a being in existence who didn’t immediately recognize how menacing he could be, even if they didn’t know who he was.
Only Ali appeared unaffected. The tiny chipmunk looked even smaller in his huge hand, but the guy didn’t seem worried, rubbing his cheek against Hades’ thumb which Hades found rather soothing.
“I’ll say again,” Hades’ voice bellowed around the room. “Do you know who I am and who’s mate you’ve had the audacity to upset?”
“Oh, my gods,” Bart fell to his knees, blathering. “I’ve done it now. My sexy shaft is going to be the death of me. That’s who you are, isn’t it? You’re Death and you’ve come to take me away and fuck, I’m still hard. I can’t die before I orgasm, that’s just not fair.”
“Actually,” Thanatos pushed through the crowds, his mate tucked in by his side, “I’m Death and I’m not taking you today, although your god reference was highly accurate.” He looked up at Hades and winked. “The man is a simpleton, Lord; I can see his soul. He is one of the classic examples of a man being led around by his dick, but I don’t believe he meant any permanent harm to your mate.”
Hades’ heart almost stopped when Ali leaned over his finger, chittering madly at Thanatos. Tilting his head to one side, Thanatos listened and then nodded. “You are quite right, little one, that anger of his is a grave concern. Any of the Doms here know they have to respect the laws of consent. I’m sure Claude has a suitable punishment for him, though, don’t you think? You really don’t want trash like this cluttering up the Underworld.”
Ali chittered a bit more and Thanatos laughed. Hades wished he had the power to understand all languages but only Death himself had been granted that power. “You’re probably right about that too, little one. But the Fates get upset when someone takes a life unnecessarily and this man isn’t bad, he’s just misguided. I’m sure he’s going to apologize, isn’t he?” He looked back at Bart who was watching, his mouth slack.
“Apologize,” Claude growled, stepping forward when Bart stayed silent, his fist raised. “You’ve upset two gods today and Death himself, not to mention my really good friend. Say you’re sorry, or I’ll castrate you and then we won’t have to worry about your dick leading you astray again.”
“Not my dick, not my dick.” Bart doubled over, clutching the body part in question. “I’m sorry. I’ll listen. I’ll take whatever punishment you give me, but don’t kill me, please don’t kill me.”
“It seems your presence has rendered him more useless than usual,” Sei sighed, digging Hades in the thigh with his elbow. “Why don’t you take your new mate somewhere special and get to know him. You have my word Bart won’t bother you or your mate again.”
Slowly moving his arm, Hades bought his hand up to his face. His sweet little chipmunk showed no fear – even reaching out for him with his cute front paws. “Are you ready to leave?” He asked keeping his voice as low as possible which wasn’t easy in this form. Ali’s excited bobbing of his head meant his fur brushed across Hades’ cheek sending tingles throughout his whole body. Closing his eyes, Hades enjoyed the sensation for just a moment, before translocating them to his favorite earthly home. No matter how accepting Ali was proving to be, he wasn’t about to subject his mate to the cold hardness of the Underworld until he absolutely had to.
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