If you knew the gods worked from a building in Santa Monica, California, would it change you?
Avenging fury Alectho (Alec) Graves has been tasked with saving the world, when she isn’t out seeking justice for those innocents who suffer at the hands of evil-doers. If she fails in her mission, those she loves will cease to exist.
Selene Perkton is a philosophy professor in Los Angeles. She lives an ordinary, well scheduled life, and knows her place in it. When Alec appears, the world she thought she knew becomes a very different place.
Can Alec and Selene put aside their differences, or will the evil lurking in the shadows manage to pull them apart?
Selene Perkton is a present-day college philosophy professor in Santa Monica, Calif. Alec Graves, aka Alecto, is one of the furies, 5,000-year-old Greek mythological beings whose depiction here is akin to avenging angels. The oracular fates have declared that Selene is the only one who can save the gods from fading into the mists of human unbelief, and it's Alec's job to get her to do it, even though Selene is an atheist and Alec is relatively low in the pantheon's hierarchy. Willows' debut paranormal romance is cute and friendly, though it starts slowly and the fate-of-worlds plot feels routine. Alec and Selene salvage some of the book with enjoyable banter and believable sparks, but that doesn't make up for an overall impression of thinness and lack of detail; there's no sense of why a romance between a human and a fury might present some unique challenges beyond an atheist's general struggle to believe in gods. Those hoping for a deep dive into the nuances of Greek mythology will be disappointed.