Total-e-bound, £1.69, ISBN 978-1-906328-29-0
Fantasy Romance, 2007
Delos Descending is the first entry in Sons of Olympus, CS Chatterly’s Greek god series about a couple of Zeus’s sons looking for love. In this one, Delos wants a wife but he wants a faithful wife, which rules out nearly all the amorous beauties in the godly plane since they aren’t exactly the most monogamous types around. In fact, Del is tired of the rampant promiscuity taking place among his people. He wants… to get married and settle down happily with one woman.
His mentor Kato thinks that he knows the perfect person for Delos. Del has no objections to marrying Megaira, a daughter of a minor god, because he and she went way back when they were kids and she was this tomboy type. However, Meg is hiding a secret from Del, heh, and this secret can put an end to the honeymoon before it even begins.
Del is such a sweet fellow. No, really, you have to read this story to appreciate what a darling he is. He just wants to settle down and be the best and most faithful husband ever. He doesn’t care how many men the wife has had previously as long as she will cherish her wedding vows. Needless to say, with Del being such a sweet fellow, Meg really hasn’t much to worry about when it comes to her secret.
Delos Descending is a short story and therefore there isn’t much room for the usual things like characterization. However, this is a well-paced short story that has ample build-up and closure, with the romance coming off as quite credible, if rushed. The main characters are most likable and the world building is adequate given the length of the story. The only quibble I have is the annoying use of the last chapter as an introduction to the hero of the next book. Is that even necessary?