Drag Me Up by R.M Virtues

Monday, April 26, 2021

by R.M Virtues
Series: Gods of Hunger #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Erotic, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 16th 2021
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

The number one lesson I learned after reading this book is that I should listen to Purabi (@bookishfeelings/@dearotica) more often when she tells me to pick up a book. I had my eyes on Drag Me Up because it's a Hades & Persephone modern-day reimagining with a Black Hades and Black and trans Persephone, but it took Purabi urging me to read it with her incessant texts to finally pick it up and basically devour it. Drag Me Up is the sort of book that sucks you in right from the start and before you know it, it's been like 3 hours and you are nearing the end. I'm fairly new to the erotic romance subgenre but if this is what all erotic romance is like, then I have been missing out big time!

I've read my fair share of Hades & Persephone retellings over the years and I will tell you, this one has to be my favorite. A lot of it has to do with how well-executed this book was but also just how darn endearing this cast was. So we've got Hades, somewhat of a reclusive casino owner in the very dark and gothic-like city of Khaos Falls, and we have Persephone, a talented aerialist performing in a Cirque production in Hades's casino. Both of these characters are complex and multi-layered, maintaining many of the traits of their namesakes but also somehow standing on their own. Both Hades and Persephone have some baggage they need to overcome, especially Persephone, and their journeys are written with a lot of heart - they act as catalysts for each other in a sense, pushing the other to be stronger versions of themselves. You'll end up feeling a whole lot of pride for these characters by the end of the book.

This is undeniably a very steamy novel and I'll get to that in a little bit, but what made me love the book so much was how soft these two were together. Right off the bat, the chemistry and tense emotional connection between Hades and Persephone is a living breathing part of Drag Me Up. You will feel their energy as they dance around each other and the intensity of their sexual chemistry only heightens as the story progresses. The balance between the tenderness to their relationship and the absolute filthiness (I mean this in the best way possible) of their steamy scenes makes their relationship so memorable. One second I was swooning because of how sweet and shy they were being around each other, the next I was fanning myself as they burning up the sheets. And holy heck!! Those sex scenes! They were absolute fire and I loved how they served to deepen the strength of the bond between Hades and Persephone. I also appreciated how all the conflicts here are external. It was quite refreshing! 

Besides the romance, I also enjoyed how seamless the worldbuilding was to understand. One thing with books inspired by Greek mythology, especially ones set in modern-day times, is that they can easily get confusing. I thought the author did a brilliant job here because I actually understood the politics of the world and didn't think it overpowered the story. Speaking of Greek mythology, there's a big cast of characters introduced here, but don't let that deter you - there are definitely characters who are more important than some, but they are all really interesting, especially their relationship dynamics with the two leads. 

Anyways, I can't recommend Drag Me Up enough. It's sweet, steamy, and has two Black leads and a trans MC. It's so good and I'm now desperate for more of this series! 

CWs: bomb blast, mentions of stalking/harassment, an incident involving gun violence

Relationship disclosure: R.M Virtues and I are mutuals on social media.

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