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This is a previously-published edition - ASIN: B07S9HLL34 Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite This is a previously-published edition - ASIN: B07S9HLL34 Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible. After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever. The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.


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This is a previously-published edition - ASIN: B07S9HLL34 Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite This is a previously-published edition - ASIN: B07S9HLL34 Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible. After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever. The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

30 review for A Touch of Darkness

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    uh oh. someone please admit me into rehab because i am A D D I C T E D. i started this last night, just wanting to read a couple of chapters before bed. and the next thing i knew, it was 2.30am and my eyes were glued to each page. i swear this book is a drug, with each chapter feeling like taking hit. i just couldnt put it down. this is far from perfect. the writing is nothing too special and the world building is a little lacking, but goodness me. this story is exactly what i needed. fellow moo uh oh. someone please admit me into rehab because i am A D D I C T E D. i started this last night, just wanting to read a couple of chapters before bed. and the next thing i knew, it was 2.30am and my eyes were glued to each page. i swear this book is a drug, with each chapter feeling like taking hit. i just couldnt put it down. this is far from perfect. the writing is nothing too special and the world building is a little lacking, but goodness me. this story is exactly what i needed. fellow mood readers will know the feeling, of finally finding a story that hits the right spot and what a relief that is. ps. a small suggestion - put away any expectations before reading this. this is an extremely modern (perhaps unconventional) retelling, so i think readers going into this expecting a more traditional/faithful retelling are most likely going to be disappointed. ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arini

    Readers are bound to get hyped because of the Hades & Persephone reference, and I feel like this updated cover might lead to false expectations cause it’s too pretty and not enough risqué. Therefore, you should be informed that this book is a smutty urban fantasy loose retelling of the King and Queen of Hell. In other words, it’s the perfect escape for a mindless guilty pleasure read should you ever need one. I mean, who doesn’t? Hades was delicious. It’s Persephone I had a problem with, or rathe Readers are bound to get hyped because of the Hades & Persephone reference, and I feel like this updated cover might lead to false expectations cause it’s too pretty and not enough risqué. Therefore, you should be informed that this book is a smutty urban fantasy loose retelling of the King and Queen of Hell. In other words, it’s the perfect escape for a mindless guilty pleasure read should you ever need one. I mean, who doesn’t? Hades was delicious. It’s Persephone I had a problem with, or rather this version of Persephone. She was, um, annoying. For one, she’s a reporter—a terrible one at that; two, she constantly doubts and judges poor Hades to be the worst of the worst despite being proven otherwise; three, I didn’t like the mother daughter relationship she has with Demeter. Hecate was my favorite character, and I loved the Underworld. It’s easy to lose yourself within these pages because/in spite of the fairly simplistic writing and minimal world building. It’s entertaining, but I’m not fully invested in it yet. I’m not going to hold my breath, but hopefully these characters won’t embarrass the original gods and goddesses they’re based off of in the sequel. In the meantime, if you’re a romance fanatic who loves mythology and enjoys books written by authors, such as Jennifer L. Armentrout and Laura Thalassa, A Touch of Darkness will serve you well. (Read as an Audiobook)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thalassa

    So for months I've seen this book alongside Rhapsodic, and idiot that I am, it took me all the way until now to be like, "Hey, maybe I should read this one!" 😂 Well, I read it. And I freaking LOVED IT!!! The world is so unique, and while it's a "retelling" it's more like all the ancient Olympians living amongst mortals in a modern day world with lots of classical Greek influence. The whole thing was just magical and Hades is freaking HOT as SIN. I mean, the god of the underworld can entrap my @ss So for months I've seen this book alongside Rhapsodic, and idiot that I am, it took me all the way until now to be like, "Hey, maybe I should read this one!" 😂 Well, I read it. And I freaking LOVED IT!!! The world is so unique, and while it's a "retelling" it's more like all the ancient Olympians living amongst mortals in a modern day world with lots of classical Greek influence. The whole thing was just magical and Hades is freaking HOT as SIN. I mean, the god of the underworld can entrap my @ss ANY day. 😂 So, thank you to all you wonderful readers who led me to this book! So damn good!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    For the record, I had NO intention of giving this such a high rating when I went into it. I don't even know how this happened. This little gem snuck up on me and I fell head over heels for it. It was SO ADDICTING and I'm completely in love with this series!!! Hades was the wonderful Hades that I've always been enamoured and intrigued by. Persephone, on the other hand, took me a bit longer to appreciate. She wasn't the immediately as strong and fierce as I knew her to be. Rather, she was initially For the record, I had NO intention of giving this such a high rating when I went into it. I don't even know how this happened. This little gem snuck up on me and I fell head over heels for it. It was SO ADDICTING and I'm completely in love with this series!!! Hades was the wonderful Hades that I've always been enamoured and intrigued by. Persephone, on the other hand, took me a bit longer to appreciate. She wasn't the immediately as strong and fierce as I knew her to be. Rather, she was initially quite whingey and naïve...and had to slowly grow into her power over the course of the novel. I like that the author avoided the unfortunate kidnapping that is often present in retellings by using a bargain instead. Also all the gods have HORNS?!?!!? What a unique way of exhibiting their divinity, haha. The only part I really have a complaint about is how Demeter is portrayed. Demeter and Persephone always had a loving mother-daughter bond, and it's a shame that we were denied that here. Instead of being a nurturing parent, she was more of an overbearing one, unfortunately. And of course, THE ROMANCE. THE SMUT. What we're all here for! xD I loved seeing the two of them change for each other. Persephone brought some light into Hades' dark and eternal existence, while Hades awoke the darkness and power within Persephone. As the epitome of the duality of light and dark, they made a PERFECT pair. They went through a lot of mistrust and dishonesty, but eventually overcame those obstacles by falling in love. And it was BEAUTIFUL. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the Hades and Persephone myth, but wants something a tad more mature (yes, it is quite explicit in terms of profanity and sexual content). I can't wait to continue on with this series! Hooray for a new favourite!!! <333

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    TW: sexual harassment This is a pretty popular Hades and Persephone retelling, so I decided to give it a try. It sadly falls into the trap of many of the retellings I’ve read that feature these characters - the characters end up feeling a little flat. The Persephone character had the spunk and fire that I like seeing, but she almost seemed to purposely misunderstand things to add to the miscommunication plot line. The Hades here wasn’t my favorite since he was more of a bad boy and that’s not ho TW: sexual harassment This is a pretty popular Hades and Persephone retelling, so I decided to give it a try. It sadly falls into the trap of many of the retellings I’ve read that feature these characters - the characters end up feeling a little flat. The Persephone character had the spunk and fire that I like seeing, but she almost seemed to purposely misunderstand things to add to the miscommunication plot line. The Hades here wasn’t my favorite since he was more of a bad boy and that’s not how I personally like my Hades. And the side characters, even some of the other gods, were one note. Another trap I see a lot in these retellings is the characters connecting way too quickly. These books tend to rely on the “fated” thing a lot instead of building an actual dynamic. And since this book has its fair share of smut, that led to a lot of sex scenes that felt forced into the plot because I didn’t buy that these characters would have their guard down that quickly, but it’s clear the author wanted a lot of sex scenes so they were put in anyway. I did enjoy how the Underworld was depicted here, which is always a plus. If you like direct retellings of the myth, you may like this more than I did but this felt like so many others that I’ve read before and I’m getting bored.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    ”They say Hades is protective of his realm, and while that is true, it isn’t about power. He cares for his people, protects them, and he takes it personally if anyone is harmed. If you belong to him, he will tear the world apart to save you.” Story 🌟🌟 -A Hades and Persephone retelling with a modern touch While reading the book I was - really bored - and sad because I love Persephone and Hades story but this isn’t what i expected. - realized that I definitely had too high expectations, sh*t Character ”They say Hades is protective of his realm, and while that is true, it isn’t about power. He cares for his people, protects them, and he takes it personally if anyone is harmed. If you belong to him, he will tear the world apart to save you.” Story 🌟🌟 -A Hades and Persephone retelling with a modern touch While reading the book I was - really bored - and sad because I love Persephone and Hades story but this isn’t what i expected. - realized that I definitely had too high expectations, sh*t Character 🌟🌟 ”You will worship me,” she said, and rolled her hips against him. His hands dig into her skin, and she moved on, her cheek brushing his as she whispered. “And I won’t even have to order you.” Relatable/strong/ weak characters Favorite: None I didn’t like Persephone. She was always being such a stupid brat. Always demanding or saying stupid things. Ugh, how can you tolerate her? World 🌟🌟🌟 Fascinating/boring cool world building, beautiful descriptions of the Underworld, but still weak Diversity: 0 Relationships 🌟 ”Hmm. I think you are the Goddess of Sexual frustration.” Persephone barked laughter. “I think that’s Aphrodite.” “Did I say sexual frustration? I meant Hades’ sexual frustration.” -forbidden love That felt so much like a Shades of Grey mixed with Persephone and Hades story. There was even a “rescue” scene where she was drunk and he saved her from another man. And even though it could’ve been such a great story with amazing tension, I didn’t feel any connection at all. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟 Character driven / plot driven Too freakin slow /perfect/ fast pacing It felt rather odd sometimes. Like you wanted it to be a fluent writing but strange parts made you tumble.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ☆taylor☆

    I’m very sad to say I’m pretty disappointed with this book. I feel like the problem is that it lures you in with the premise of an unique and creative modern day retelling of Persephone and Hades (which sounds amazing btw if there actually is a good version of this please let me know) but it really just is a cliche billionaire romance with Greek god characters. *the following is very spoiler heavy* Everything that I deeply deeply disliked: A Too-Stupid-To-Live heroine - Persephone is mind-blowingly I’m very sad to say I’m pretty disappointed with this book. I feel like the problem is that it lures you in with the premise of an unique and creative modern day retelling of Persephone and Hades (which sounds amazing btw if there actually is a good version of this please let me know) but it really just is a cliche billionaire romance with Greek god characters. *the following is very spoiler heavy* Everything that I deeply deeply disliked: A Too-Stupid-To-Live heroine - Persephone is mind-blowingly ignorant and clueless and I just couldn’t understand any of her actions or decisions she made. She had zero reason and just DID NOT THINK. - It’s weird cause she’s sorta being portrayed as some strong willed independent woman but her actions say the complete opposite, everyone in the book basically just pushes her around and forces her into unfavourable situations and she just goes along with it. She holds the pretense of being upset at first but really she just doesn’t do anything about it. - Nothing she did made any sense to me. Like in the beginning when she just kept going to the Hades’ club for seemingly no reason at all? Or when she was forced by the contract to produce life in the underworld and thought she could just bring some gardening tools and some dollar store seeds and that would just work? - I kinda felt like I was watching a choose your own adventure interactive story with someone picking all the worst possible moves. Really really frustrated me. A “Not Evil, Just Misunderstood” hero - Yup. So Hades has this reputation of being a notoriously wicked god because he allegedly forces mortals into entering impossible contacts where they must give up their vices or lose their souls. - But it is soon learned that Hades is not as evil and despicable as most people presume. Turns out he’s secretly the most concerned and compassionate person ever, which is vouched by seemingly EVERYONE in the underworld. - Apparently he is so damn sensitive that it even pains him to hear vicious accusations about his reputation. - Also it’s not that this characterization is bad it’s just that it reminds me too much of that Rhysand guy from a court of roses and thorns. - Also there was actually a conversation between the two main characters with Hades insisting that he only proposed those impossible contacts to make mortals overcome their most evil vice (sex addiction, drinking addiction etc) and only had completely honourable intentions or whatever. And then Persephone says something along the lines of “then why don’t you just send them to therapy and pay for it?” And I just found this to be the dumbest conversation ever. Undeveloped/nonsense mythical aspects - There’s like minimal world building and the use of Greek mythology is pretty weak. The only thing that seems to separate the so-called divines from the humans are their horns. The gods were just too human like for me, they also had some “powers” which were barely shown at all but whatever. - Also the part about Persephone not having powers literally made no sense at all. And the process to revive her powers was so goddamn stupid, all she had to do was like *believe* in herself or something (and apparently have sex with Hades ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ a very key step in order to restructuring your powers) The fact that it contained every single overused trope and cliche I despise - Instalove. (it was more like intsalust but whatever) - Over controlling and possessive alpha male - The beautiful evil ”mean girl” we're supposed to hate because her only role in the book is to steal the hero from the heroine - An absent best friend who’s only there to encourage the heroine to party and sleep with the hotshot billionaire - The “it was all for a bet” trope, this literally felt so random and unnecessary like why even include this? it added nothing to the plot. - A dumb resolution that made me feel like there was no plot at all. What even was the problem?? The contract?? The bet? Why was she so upset with Hades and then suddenly forget all about it when she saw him again?? An absence of proofreading? - Yeah another fair warning. There was A LOT of grammatical errors and awkward sentences. Maybe this was self published or something but yeah the lack of editing really irked me. Overall: Easy to read but forgettable. I don't see myself reading the next one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hailee

    (for now this is a 3.5 rounded down) i just want to make it clear that i really enjoyed this!!! i read it very quickly and found myself laughing out loud alongside the characters at certain points. even though some aspects were very cliche, i felt that it worked with the story and was still extremely enjoyable. however, i wish there were more in depth descriptions of the appearances of the characters and more elaboration on some of the side characters. although i liked reading this quite a bit, (for now this is a 3.5 rounded down) i just want to make it clear that i really enjoyed this!!! i read it very quickly and found myself laughing out loud alongside the characters at certain points. even though some aspects were very cliche, i felt that it worked with the story and was still extremely enjoyable. however, i wish there were more in depth descriptions of the appearances of the characters and more elaboration on some of the side characters. although i liked reading this quite a bit, i feel like i’m not fully attached or /in love/ with it. but i would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for hades/persephone stories!! i am really happy i picked this one up but i’m not going to give it the full 4 stars because this (personally) does not fully compare to other 4 star books i have read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    This was enjoyable but didn't stick out from other books in the fantasy/romance genre. ✅ THE MODERN SETTING WITH GREEK GODS was the most unique thing about the story. I thought it was interesting how the Gods were involved in the human world - owning clubs and handing out "favor", although I didn't really understand what favor was... 🤔 ❌ PERSEPHONE WAS AN ANNOYING CHARACTER and was very inconsistent. One moment she would be reflecting on how she had never been kissed and then two pages later she w This was enjoyable but didn't stick out from other books in the fantasy/romance genre. ✅ THE MODERN SETTING WITH GREEK GODS was the most unique thing about the story. I thought it was interesting how the Gods were involved in the human world - owning clubs and handing out "favor", although I didn't really understand what favor was... 🤔 ❌ PERSEPHONE WAS AN ANNOYING CHARACTER and was very inconsistent. One moment she would be reflecting on how she had never been kissed and then two pages later she would be thinking about "how it would feel to be taken by the man on the balcony." ✅ PLOT WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST but let's me honest... I didn't read this for the plot 😅 Even though not a lot happened overall, I was still engrossed in the romance and it was interesting enough to keep me reading all night ✅ THE ROMANCE WAS INSTALOVE but I didn't hate it. While it was super obvious they were wildly attracted to each other from the first moment, the romance progressed teasingly slow so I still enjoyed it. Definitely smutty. I recommend this if you're looking for a fantasy romance that has a primary focus on the romance and a secondary focus on everything else. This didn't have a cliffhanger ending so I'm still debating whether or not to continue with the series

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    DNF at 8% "The force of what she'd done hit her. She'd allowed Hades, the God of the Underworld, to instruct her, to touch her, to play her and question her. And he had won. But that wasn't the worst part. No. The worst part was that there was a side of her, a side that she'd never known existed until tonight, that wanted to run back inside, find him, and demand a lesson in the anatomy of his body." AND. I. AM. OUT. DNF at 8% "The force of what she'd done hit her. She'd allowed Hades, the God of the Underworld, to instruct her, to touch her, to play her and question her. And he had won. But that wasn't the worst part. No. The worst part was that there was a side of her, a side that she'd never known existed until tonight, that wanted to run back inside, find him, and demand a lesson in the anatomy of his body." AND. I. AM. OUT.

  11. 5 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    I’ve read a lot of Hades/Persephone themed books, but never one with the actual god/goddess, so this was my first. I’m pleased with the result. There are a few things you’re going to have to prepare yourself for: 1. The dialogue is weird when Persephone is interacting with anyone BUT Hades. I don’t know why this is. It suddenly turns generic and wooden. I don’t get it. 2. Misspellings galore. There’s also a lot of struggling with whether or not to use an apostrophe to show possession. 3. Hades and Pe I’ve read a lot of Hades/Persephone themed books, but never one with the actual god/goddess, so this was my first. I’m pleased with the result. There are a few things you’re going to have to prepare yourself for: 1. The dialogue is weird when Persephone is interacting with anyone BUT Hades. I don’t know why this is. It suddenly turns generic and wooden. I don’t get it. 2. Misspellings galore. There’s also a lot of struggling with whether or not to use an apostrophe to show possession. 3. Hades and Persephone have the dreaded communication disease. I expected this from him. He’s cunning, secretive, and guarded. However, she’s direct and blunt, so I thought they wouldn’t have this issue. I was incorrect. Despite all of that, I couldn’t put the thing down. Why? THE 👏🏻 SEXUAL 👏🏻 TENSION. 👏🏻 It wins me over every time. The tension grows exponentially any time the two are in the same room, particularly if they’re taking to one another. It’s seductive and spicy and OH SO CHARMING. He reminds me quite a bit of ’s Desmond Flynn, so honestly, there was just no way I was going to be able to resist. The communication disease helps quite a bit with the tension, particularly because it leads to sexy time. And I have zero complaints about that. 😏

  12. 4 out of 5

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    Review in one sentence: ahahahaha they’re so horny bruh that’s literally the entire plot 💀💀🖐 Full review 2.5/5⭐️ I would just like to say, first and foremost, that this is not a good book. If you’re looking for a well-written, romantic, meaningful story, this is not the book for you. But.... if you want a smutty trash book? Yes. A thousand times, yes. This is pretty much the equivalent to reading a modern au fanfic. Which, let’s be honest, we’ve all been in the mood to read at one point or another. Review in one sentence: ahahahaha they’re so horny bruh that’s literally the entire plot 💀💀🖐 Full review 2.5/5⭐️ I would just like to say, first and foremost, that this is not a good book. If you’re looking for a well-written, romantic, meaningful story, this is not the book for you. But.... if you want a smutty trash book? Yes. A thousand times, yes. This is pretty much the equivalent to reading a modern au fanfic. Which, let’s be honest, we’ve all been in the mood to read at one point or another. The plot: 3.5/5⭐️ This is a retelling of Hades and Persephone. There’s not much to say other than that. The plot of this book is very clear. It’s a modern take on a Greek myth, filled with plenty of clubs and journalism. I wouldn’t say that it is executed in the best way possible, but Hades & Persephone is a story that we all love (and if you’re like me) will never get tired of. I will say that the pacing was a little weird at some points, but overall the plot pulled through and I found it very enjoyable. Definitely one of the stronger parts of this book. The characters: 2/5⭐️ I’m sad. Do you know why I’m sad? It’s because my characters are very important to me. They are arguably one of the most important parts of a book. If they don’t have depth, if they’re not interesting, I have a very hard time loving the book. Sadly.... this book did not pass when it came to the characters. Not even close. They are all cardboard cutouts. Every single one of them. (Except maybe Aphrodite, but she was only there for like 3 pages.) Even Hades, who is supposed to be the interesting, mysterious god of the underworld, was bland. He was like every other bad boy in romance novels and shit, but somehow even less interesting than that. He is the exact same from page 1 to page 275. Do you know what that means? It means no character development. None. And he wasn’t even the worst character. He was actually probably the best. The Worst Character Award goes to.... Persephone!! This bitch, y’all. I can’t with her. She’s whiny and delicate, the epitome of a damsel in distress. She has no depth to her character, and she’s always at war with herself. “Omgggg 😍, Hades is soooo hawt🤤. But wait! 😱No, he’s not! 😔I hAtE HiM! 😤 He’s eViL! 😡” Those are her exact thoughts for the majority of the book. If I could give her one character trait, it would be Annoying. And as for the side characters... Lexa is the standard best friend in books like these. She’s no different. No better, no worse. A big pile of meh. The other side characters are also big flat stereotypes as well. Adonis, the annoying male jackass. Hermes, the teasing, snarky friend of the Hero. And last but not least, Minthe, The Other Woman, who Persephone hates for being attractive. Yeah, let’s just say that the characters are not the best part of this book. The romance: 3/5⭐️ This had potential. It did. The tension was great, the banter was solid, and t he smut was just outright fabulous. (Besides how it kept saying “impaled”, cuz that was weird af.) The thing it was missing? The love. There was lust, sure, but not love. The author admitted it was only lust for about 75% of the book, and then suddenly, Persephone was all “Omg😱, I LoVe HiM!😍!” They did have some sweet moments, but not enough to claim that they love each other. The only thing they pretty much ever did was have sex. There was no confiding in each other, no honesty, no trust, no moments of beautiful, pure love. For what it was, though, the lust and the tension and the smut was done great. So 3/5 stars because it was more good than bad. The writing: 1.5/5⭐️ Did I say the characters were this book’s lowest point? Well, I must’ve forgotten about the writing. Y I K E S. The writing is a mess. It really reads like fanfic. And not the well-written kind of fanfic. The kind of fanfic where you cringe after every other sentence because the writing is so unbearably bad. I have read Wattpads and fanfic better written than this. That’s not a good sign. Like I said before, yikes. So where, you ask, is the extra 0.5 stars coming from? Oh yeah, it’s coming from some quotes that were thrown in there that I appreciated. That’s it, that’s all. The ending: 3.5/5⭐️ And here I was expecting the ending to go on for way too long. NOPE! It was great. Close to perfect. No, i take that back. Not close to perfect. But still great. I love it when endings reference things that have happened earlier in the book or series, and that’s what happened here. Also, it was funny, so points for that. I don’t really have much else to say, so let’s end on the high note that is the ending of A Touch Of Darkness. Happy reading!

  13. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Hartsfield

    I was excited to read "A Touch of Darkness" based on the synopsis I was given. A modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth? Great! Then I started the audiobook and it all went downhill from there. The only way to properly address my feelings about this book is to organize things in a list, so here we go: 1. Persephone as a heroine. Persephone barely functions as a protagonist, let alone a heroine. Her motivations are all over the place: does she want adventure, a life outside her mother's g I was excited to read "A Touch of Darkness" based on the synopsis I was given. A modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth? Great! Then I started the audiobook and it all went downhill from there. The only way to properly address my feelings about this book is to organize things in a list, so here we go: 1. Persephone as a heroine. Persephone barely functions as a protagonist, let alone a heroine. Her motivations are all over the place: does she want adventure, a life outside her mother's grasp? Does she want passion and/or love (two things that are alternately conflated and differentiated, as the situation dictates)? Does she want to trust Hades and challenge her preconceived notions of him? Or does she want those notions confirmed, despite his words and actions? She seems ready to believe the worst of Hades at all times, no matter what he does. She tells him he should send struggling mortals to rehab? He does so, and she accuses him of doing it to "make fun of" her. If she's so eager to get out from under her mother's thumb, and her mother hates and mistrusts Hades, you'd think Persephone would take any and every opportunity to see the best in him, specifically to spite her mother. She also just plain doesn't listen when Hades speaks (when he bothers to explain himself at all, see below). He'll tell her, "I don't have full control over my contracts and have to consult with the Fates", and she'll continue to berate him for his "unfair" contracts that "ask the impossible". Lastly, she spends a lot of time thinking Independent Woman thoughts, but all of those seem to fly out the window the second she gets in the presence of Hades and his magical dick. 2. Persephone as a goddess. Persephone is, nominally, the goddess of spring. If she was, as the story implies, born 20-some actual years ago, how has spring happened before her birth? Since she can't make her powers manifest, how does spring happen at all? Who gave her the title of "goddess of spring", if A) none of the other gods knew about her (as is implied) and B) she shows no gift for anything springtime-related? 3. Hades as a hero. So Hades has a reputation as a cold, heartless, ruthless tyrant who challenges mortals to games of cards in order to trick them into "impossible" contracts. (His terms include things like challenging alcoholics to give up drinking. You might recognize that as something that's certainly difficult, but not impossible.) Anyway, Persephone buys into this reputation and often accuses him of this and worse, and Hades hardly ever stands up for himself. At worst he stays silent, and at best he'll say something along the lines of, "It's not like that," but doesn't follow up with an explanation. He allows Persephone to continue thinking ill of him, then gets irritated when she thinks ill of him. If he truly didn't care about anyone's opinion this would make sense, but he tells Persephone more than once that HER opinion matters. He just doesn't seem willing to do much to change it. The only time he makes an effort to alter her perception of him is when he starts a rehab charity for mortals, at Persephone's suggestion, but—as mentioned—she only takes that as an offense. 4. Lack of logic. I don't just mean that characters make illogical choices (although there's plenty of that, too). I mean that conversations/sequences of events don't seem to follow any sort of logical pattern. For instance: "No, Lady Persephone. Trust me, when we fuck, you'll remember." When? "Your arrogance is alarming." His eyes flashed. "Is that a challenge?" A challenge to what? If Persephone had followed the statement about arrogance with something like, "We will never have sex," his response might make sense. It would be disgusting, but it would make sense. But exchanges like this happen all the time. It's like the author wrote from sentence to sentence, picking what she wanted to say in any given moment, regardless of what had just been said/done or what was about to be said/done. 5. A tired dynamic. Can we move past the dynamic of "virginal college-aged woman" and "brooding worldly billionaire", please? It was uncomfortable in Fifty Shades of Grey and it was uncomfortable here. Persephone is in her 20s, and we're supposed to believe that not only is she a virgin, she's never even masturbated. Is she okay? It's also time to retire a dynamic where one party (usually the woman) says something that implies she isn't interested, and the other party (usually the man) "sees past" her protests to what she "really wants" and informs her of her own desires. It's gross and problematic. It gets a slight pass in this story, since Hades is literally a god and can literally see into people's souls, but it's still pretty skeevy. Not to mention that, if Persephone is college-aged and Hades is millennia old, the age difference is far beyond anything even Twilight could throw at us. 6. Implementation of mythology. It was really difficult to get a handle on the way in which mythological characters were employed in this story. Which gods had been around since antiquity, like Hades, and which were new, like Persephone? Was the Adonis we meet bound to be the same mortal that Aphrodite falls for in the myth, or was he a modern man with the same name? Was Sibyl the Oracle of Delphi, or was she a modern woman who just happened to also be an oracle? Was Orpheus the guy with the lyre we know, or just a bereft widower denied the opportunity to exchange his soul for his wife’s? It seemed that the author cherry-picked images/names/themes from mythology without taking the time to construct a cohesive universe with them. 7. Lack of proofreading. Look, I’m not here to rag on self-publication as an industry. I think it’s a great way for new authors to get their work out to an audience, especially an audience that might be smaller than a publisher wants to bet on. My problem isn’t that St. Clair “independently published” this book. My issue is that she clearly didn’t employ ANY sort of editor in the process. I can’t speak on the textual version, but even the audiobook was rife with awkward word choice and sentence structure, not to mention moments like this: "Oh no," Persephone said. Hades raised a brow. "What?" "I know that look." He raised a curious brow. "What look?" Freelance editors are readily available online. Employ them. 8. The terms of bets and contracts. Early in the story, Hades offers to teach Persephone to play poker. They wager questions: whoever wins a hand gets to ask the other a question, which must be answered. However, once they’ve finished, Hades is able to mark Persephone, indicating that she is now under contract with him. The terms of that contract are decided after the fact. This makes zero sense. If questions and answers were the wagers, how can she then owe him a contract fulfilled? How can you possibly be beholden to a contract without its terms being defined first? 9. The audiobook narrator. This is something that Scarlett St. Clair can't be blamed for, but bears mentioning: the narrator of this audiobook has three major flaws, as far as I'm concerned. A) Her male voices all sound the same: gravelly and molasses-slow. Hades sounds like Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. B) She over-enunciates almost everything. C) She gets into the sex scenes. Like. REALLY gets into the sex scenes. I’m sure there’s a lot more to talk about but this review is already 1300 words and I’m so tired.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Reading the synopsis for A Touch of Darkness, I was ready to loooove this book. A pseudo-contemporary urban fantasy retelling of Hades and Persephone. Yes, please. Hades as mysteroius millionare club and casino owner and Persephone as naive college student/ intern reporter digging into Hades' infamous deeds? YES, PLEASE. Sadly, Scarlett St. Clair's writing just wasn't up to snuff to pull this off. Hades does not have a personality. At all. He's every Tortured, Lonely Millionaire with Bedroom Eyes Reading the synopsis for A Touch of Darkness, I was ready to loooove this book. A pseudo-contemporary urban fantasy retelling of Hades and Persephone. Yes, please. Hades as mysteroius millionare club and casino owner and Persephone as naive college student/ intern reporter digging into Hades' infamous deeds? YES, PLEASE. Sadly, Scarlett St. Clair's writing just wasn't up to snuff to pull this off. Hades does not have a personality. At all. He's every Tortured, Lonely Millionaire with Bedroom Eyes I've ever read in the genre, BUT even less interesting. Persephone's primary character trait is annoying. The idea of the world was interesting and gave me the same vibes as that in Lore: Olympus, but never came close to being as well developed or captivating. I honestly considered DNFing this starting at about the 20% mark and struggled with whether to do so for the rest of the novel. WHERE ARE THE AMAZING ROMANCE RETELLINGS OF HADES AND PERSEPHONE?? It's ripe for the picking! I doubt I'll ever have the urge to continue the series. 2 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    tay❀ (taylor reads)

    regardless of how many times i rolled my eyes it was pretty fun😋

  16. 5 out of 5

    human

    ah, screw it. i'll do my homework in the morning. or in the middle of the night. (3.5/5 *sigh*) This book was absolutely trashy in the best way possible. There was literally no plot to speak of whatsoever, but I somehow found myself absolutely immersed and unable to tear myself away. (I sat and read for like 3 hours straight!!) There's nothing particularly special or nice about the writing, or the characters for that matter, but the way that St. Clair was able to write the slow burn was... *chef's ah, screw it. i'll do my homework in the morning. or in the middle of the night. (3.5/5 *sigh*) This book was absolutely trashy in the best way possible. There was literally no plot to speak of whatsoever, but I somehow found myself absolutely immersed and unable to tear myself away. (I sat and read for like 3 hours straight!!) There's nothing particularly special or nice about the writing, or the characters for that matter, but the way that St. Clair was able to write the slow burn was... *chef's kiss* I found Persephone pretty annoying throughout the whole book, but it was really funny to read things from her view in a third-person perspective, considering how awkward she was when it came to... everything, pretty much. That being said, the ending really fell flat for me - it seemed unnecessarily rushed and a touch too... I don't know. Perfect? Far more easily resolved than I had expected. Overall, there was something that really charmed me about this book and I simply wasn't able to put it down. The romance was cute in a way that reminded me of Elide and Lorcan from Throne of Glass. Side note: I have no intention to read the second book because a) I don't need a second book, b) the synopsis is making me hate it, and c) I usually end up hating the second book in these kinds of series (this is a fact, proven by a whole shelf of these sorts of books).

  17. 5 out of 5

    ⚔Iru⛓nía⚔

    The story revolves around a well known and tenderly loved by many couple in Greek mythology - Hades and Persephone. You would think Hades and Persephone are bound to give off some godly vibes and show some ungodly chemistry to us, mortals, right? That's what I was here for personally. No. No. Such. Luck. If it weren't for their names, I'd definitely have had a hard time remembering it's Greek gods we are reading about here and not some random rich ass tycoon from your typical romance novel and a The story revolves around a well known and tenderly loved by many couple in Greek mythology - Hades and Persephone. You would think Hades and Persephone are bound to give off some godly vibes and show some ungodly chemistry to us, mortals, right? That's what I was here for personally. No. No. Such. Luck. If it weren't for their names, I'd definitely have had a hard time remembering it's Greek gods we are reading about here and not some random rich ass tycoon from your typical romance novel and a very mediocre student aka future journalist getting it on. Modern day setting could really work for this story, considering that it's an ideal background to toy with the differences and controversies between the gods and mortals but.... The world building, plsss? WHY gods act so humanlike and stupid??? (take no offense, Hades, I'm addressing this question mainly to your girlfriend and your problematic soon to be mother in law). Where is the difference between gods and mortals? Super powers don't make you a god, spiderman can confirm. What alse? I don't feel the appeal of this book. It focuses on the romance aspect at the expense of a plot development. Is it justified? I don't see how because the characters (GREEK GODS, mind you) are as bland as the plot itself and their love story isn't engaging enough (for me, obviously) to continue with the series. And last but not least. DESCRIPTIONS, or lack thereof. I cannot put a face to anyone or anything in this book😕. Not necessarily terrible, this book is way too mediocre IMO. The story lives off hydes persephone concept. So not cool mingle them with such mediocrity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    bee ❤︎

    four point five stars ∗ god(s) i love greek mythology retellings. hades and persephone have easily been some of my favorite figures when it comes to greek mythology, pretty much ever since i first read ‘percy jackson’ in the fourth grade and then took it upon myself to read and learn almost everything i could surrounding the mythology. i know there are a lot of ‘sources’ claiming hades to have kidnapped her and makes their relationship seem toxic, but there are others that say persephone knew wha four point five stars ∗ god(s) i love greek mythology retellings. hades and persephone have easily been some of my favorite figures when it comes to greek mythology, pretty much ever since i first read ‘percy jackson’ in the fourth grade and then took it upon myself to read and learn almost everything i could surrounding the mythology. i know there are a lot of ‘sources’ claiming hades to have kidnapped her and makes their relationship seem toxic, but there are others that say persephone knew what she was doing when she ate the pomegranate seeds that tied her to hades (that’s just my opinion though please don’t come for me) with that being said, i find the lack of hades/persephone retellings insulting !!! when i heard about this book i was over the moon excited. what’s funny is that the author, st. clair, used to write small excerpts about the couple on tumblr and (after doing some digging) realized that her excerpts were some of my favorite pieces of writing from tumblr, ever. i’m so glad she finally published a novel about them, because boy... she did them justice. i was immediately sucked into this novel, and fell in love with persephone right away. she was such a sweetheart and was genuinely kind and compassionate, but also definitely a badass. she grew so much within this first novel!! not to mention her relationship with her best friend, lexa, was super sweet and supportive and all around a solid friendship. and then, of course, we have hades. i’m not ashamed to admit that a small part of my heart/soul will forever fall in love with hades in any retelling/story/fiction/whatever. he was simply perfection in this novel. i loved seeing them figure out how they felt for one another and all that entails, and all of the angst and sexual tension that came with the couple was very very nice™️ i also loved the fact that the plot wasn’t necessarily too complicated, so for most of the book it really did seem like a fun little read. a lot of things happened towards the end of the novel, and i’m really excited to see how those events play out in the sequel (thank god(s) i already have a copy of the second book bc i’m picking that up first thing tomorrow morning!!!!)

  19. 4 out of 5

    julia ♥

    That was .... Not Very Good.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna lost in stories *A*

    when I finished this one, my gut wanted to give it 5 stars… but logic prevailed ;) don't get me wrong, there were definitely some 5 stars worthy moments… for sure some that left me all hot and bothered… *fans myself* ;) and I did inhaled it in like a day, so there’s that… ;) but in the end I decided on 4 stars… my rating may change in the future, because I know I will want to reread this book before I continue with the rest of the story… no worries, this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, more li when I finished this one, my gut wanted to give it 5 stars… but logic prevailed ;) don't get me wrong, there were definitely some 5 stars worthy moments… for sure some that left me all hot and bothered… *fans myself* ;) and I did inhaled it in like a day, so there’s that… ;) but in the end I decided on 4 stars… my rating may change in the future, because I know I will want to reread this book before I continue with the rest of the story… no worries, this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, more like “happy for now” situation, so you can read just this first installment and then wait for the third and final book to be published I wanna say sometime next year… that’s my plan at least :) the writing style wasn’t great, but it was hella addictive ;) were there some cringeworthy or eyerolling moments? yes :) but there were also absolute little gems… to be perfectly honest with you, I read it like a week ago and big parts of the story are already a blur… I read it way too quickly ;) I’m a sucker for Hades and Persephone retellings but I have yet to find a truly great one… but this one was pretty decent… :) the chemistry between our main couple was off the charts, even though I would have loved to see more of an actual development of them as a couple… the story felt choppy at times, and a bit all over the place… but it’s hard to give you any examples, cause like I already mentioned… the majority of the details are like a blur :) I do remember my overall feelings of enjoyment, so I will stick to that :) hopefully when I reread this story in the future I will be able to give you some more coherent thoughts ;) XOXO A

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee » Library In The Country

    Tantalizing and rich and sensual and absolutely gripping. Whew, yeah. *fans self* This one was good. I've always been drawn to stories that have elements of Hades and Persephone, but this is the first book I've read that is actually about those characters themselves, albeit with a modern spin to the story. And let me tell you, after just a few chapters I was completely hooked and didn't want to put it down. The banter between all of the characters in this book is funny and witty. I love the d Tantalizing and rich and sensual and absolutely gripping. Whew, yeah. *fans self* This one was good. I've always been drawn to stories that have elements of Hades and Persephone, but this is the first book I've read that is actually about those characters themselves, albeit with a modern spin to the story. And let me tell you, after just a few chapters I was completely hooked and didn't want to put it down. The banter between all of the characters in this book is funny and witty. I love the decision to give this story a modern setting, because let's face it - Greek gods and goddesses are messy and dramatic and vindictive and of course people would be willing to worship at their feet, revel in their favor and the media would be ravenous to cover them. Not only are we treated to the story of Hades and Persephone but we are given a full share of other Greek gods and goddesses as well as a host of other Greek myths and tragedies - all of which have been given a fresh, modern retelling. "Respect could build an empire. Trust could make it unbreakable. Love could make it last forever." But even more so than the setting, I loved the fire between Hades and Persephone. In this story, St. Clair has taken the original story of Hades and Persephone and molded it into something seductive and tempting. The chemistry between characters is off the charts and St. Clair does not hold back once the gasoline has been poured and the match lit. When I finished this, I definitely felt the high of reading a satisfying book rolling off me. Hades as a character btw? *chefs kiss* I cannot get enough of the way he is written in this. Closed off, yet compassionate. Hardened, yet seeking the good in people. His character is so multi-faceted I truly appreciate the depth we are given and how much of his character is unraveled as the story progresses. I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing his character continue to be unveiled and grow as the story progresses. Also - I cannot decide if I want to be Hermes, Hecate or Lexa's BFF. Can I have all three? Definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a fast paced, steamy read that will leave your mouth watering for more. Also - no cliffhanger, just a euphoric yearning to see what comes next!

  22. 4 out of 5

    mila ✨

    To be honest, this was all I needed to get out of my head and escape from my surroundings a little bit. It was light and quick to read. It's full of cliches and I rolled my eyes a lot, but hey... IT WAS FUN AND WE'RE HERE FOR THAT🙃 To be honest, this was all I needed to get out of my head and escape from my surroundings a little bit. It was light and quick to read. It's full of cliches and I rolled my eyes a lot, but hey... IT WAS FUN AND WE'RE HERE FOR THAT🙃

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    3.5-4 stars! ATOD was a really great start to this H&P series and I loved the chemistry between this version of Hades & Persephone. I really liked the NA/college vibes and how this world is set up. It would have been a solid 4 stars but the ending kind of goes all over the place and weakened the story. Still, I'm so happy to have found another H&P retelling to enjoy. I'm a sucker for this kind of retelling!! I can now see why so many people love this series and I can't wait to read more! 3.5-4 stars! ATOD was a really great start to this H&P series and I loved the chemistry between this version of Hades & Persephone. I really liked the NA/college vibes and how this world is set up. It would have been a solid 4 stars but the ending kind of goes all over the place and weakened the story. Still, I'm so happy to have found another H&P retelling to enjoy. I'm a sucker for this kind of retelling!! I can now see why so many people love this series and I can't wait to read more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    .*•. ☾ sephia giaracuni ☾ .•*.

    1.5 A good trashy novel to read when you are anxious or on a rainy day ⛈ I love stories about hades and Persephone, but I don’t think they captured Persephone right in this book. I still enjoyed the book, but I found Persephones character really stupid and un-interesting and didn’t really have a personality, and un-endearing. She is usually meant to be really cute inexperienced and overly positive but in an endearing way, but in this book she had no character other than being annoying and demand 1.5 A good trashy novel to read when you are anxious or on a rainy day ⛈ I love stories about hades and Persephone, but I don’t think they captured Persephone right in this book. I still enjoyed the book, but I found Persephones character really stupid and un-interesting and didn’t really have a personality, and un-endearing. She is usually meant to be really cute inexperienced and overly positive but in an endearing way, but in this book she had no character other than being annoying and demanding. I honestly didn’t see the attraction and what hades loved about her, it just didn’t fit. Usually it’s to do with how opposite they are from each other that they love about each other, but not in this book. Also her appearance is not how I imagined Persephone to be, a blonde with slightly curly hair and pale skin, I just did not see her as Persephone. There just wasn’t much chemistry at ALL. Still a good book to read if u are bored, but I’m sure there are better Hades and Persephone books out there.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    I'm a sucker for this genre. To be honest, I gave it only a 3.5 star because I didn't like the writing style..found it rather lacking for me. It should also be mentioned that individually, much could be said about the characters themselves for example 1: Hades is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 2: I found Persephone REALLY annoying. but I'd be stupid to deny that Hades and Persephone have really good chemistry *wink wink* Hermes is another standout character ❤️ I'm a sucker for this genre. To be honest, I gave it only a 3.5 star because I didn't like the writing style..found it rather lacking for me. It should also be mentioned that individually, much could be said about the characters themselves for example 1: Hades is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 2: I found Persephone REALLY annoying. but I'd be stupid to deny that Hades and Persephone have really good chemistry *wink wink* Hermes is another standout character ❤️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    I love Hades and Persephone but good Lord, this version of Persephone had no sense. No common sense. No sense of self-preservation. Nothing! Also, the whole book just felt meh. The plot, the characters, everything. Imagine After and ACOMAF had a baby and accidentally dropped it off Mount Olympus. That is this. But maybe I'm being too harsh. Idk. I'm tired. I love Hades and Persephone but good Lord, this version of Persephone had no sense. No common sense. No sense of self-preservation. Nothing! Also, the whole book just felt meh. The plot, the characters, everything. Imagine After and ACOMAF had a baby and accidentally dropped it off Mount Olympus. That is this. But maybe I'm being too harsh. Idk. I'm tired.

  27. 4 out of 5

    KJ Holliday

    This book was given to me by my friend. I hadn't read the summary at the time, but was told by my friend it was a modern telling of Hades/Persephone. Hades/Persephone is by far my favorite of the old myths, and I was intrigued to see it explored in a modern setting. I actually really enjoyed this book. So much so I read it all in one sitting. Obviously there were inconsistencies when it came to both the myth and some finer parts of the culture, but I didn't find myself minding. Which I usually d This book was given to me by my friend. I hadn't read the summary at the time, but was told by my friend it was a modern telling of Hades/Persephone. Hades/Persephone is by far my favorite of the old myths, and I was intrigued to see it explored in a modern setting. I actually really enjoyed this book. So much so I read it all in one sitting. Obviously there were inconsistencies when it came to both the myth and some finer parts of the culture, but I didn't find myself minding. Which I usually do. Although the book dealt with some deeper issues, to me this book felt like light reading. Its a romance novel with paranormal elements, which was evident to me right away, and it reads as such. It's true to it's genre, and gives readers what they would be looking for. Enemies to lovers, conflict, quality pining, a sizzling connection, and hot hot hot hot hawwwwwt sex. It was well written, didn't drag at any point, and kept my attention the entire time. When I finished the book I felt satisfied by the story I'd read and didn't feel like there were any major points that weren't left hanging. I know there is a sequel but am not sure what they intend to explore. The only reason I didn't give the book five stars was because there were some points, even considering it's a supernatural retelling, I just couldn't get behind. Specifically, extended conflict that can be solved by a simple conversation bothers me, but that's a personal preference.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    3.5 stars I nearly dnf’d at the beginning. The writing left a lot to be desired...but slowly as I started getting invested into the characters, it didn’t seem to matter at all...I kept getting flashes of Hades and Persephone from the awesome webtoon Lore Olympus the more I read on. I forgave the author spending so much freaking time on the clothes Persephone wore. I didn’t even mind so much that Hades, our bad boy of the Underworld was actually a kitty cat...just misunderstood (a copy of Rhys fro 3.5 stars I nearly dnf’d at the beginning. The writing left a lot to be desired...but slowly as I started getting invested into the characters, it didn’t seem to matter at all...I kept getting flashes of Hades and Persephone from the awesome webtoon Lore Olympus the more I read on. I forgave the author spending so much freaking time on the clothes Persephone wore. I didn’t even mind so much that Hades, our bad boy of the Underworld was actually a kitty cat...just misunderstood (a copy of Rhys from ACOMAF)...I didn’t eye roll 🙄 too much when I kept reading things such as: “Don’t move,” he said. “Let me look at you.” His instructions were more of a request than a command. The author went out of her way to ensure we understood that Hades was an utterly respectful fellow 🥱. But then...Persephone became an annoying dumb brat and you had to start wondering what on Earth Hades saw in her. 🤷‍♀️ Just when I started to lose hope, Hades called her out on her shit 👏 Horray! Which saved this book from being a total disaster.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Yet another book I'm not sure how to rate...was it 3 stars and ok or 4 stars and good or something between that??? I'm gonna go with 3.5 and call it a day. Loved the start of it because I love me some sexual tension with a mysterious and sexy asshole God. Hades has gotta be one of my favorite characters so I'll read pretty much every type of Hades book there is because damn it, I love the King of the Underworld 👑 🖤 So why am I being such a little bitch about the rating? Weeellll Persephone is kin Yet another book I'm not sure how to rate...was it 3 stars and ok or 4 stars and good or something between that??? I'm gonna go with 3.5 and call it a day. Loved the start of it because I love me some sexual tension with a mysterious and sexy asshole God. Hades has gotta be one of my favorite characters so I'll read pretty much every type of Hades book there is because damn it, I love the King of the Underworld 👑 🖤 So why am I being such a little bitch about the rating? Weeellll Persephone is kind of dumb. Not massively but it was enough to have me eye rolling at some of the stuff she says and towards the end of the book she is really, really dumb. Once they get together it kind of lost its steam and the steam was... It was ok but like, pretty vanilla. Maybe I'm waving my freaky sex flag here but I have pretty high expectations for Hades. He's gotta be filthy, rough, a bit cruel and dominant. This book ends with a HFN and like... I think I'll leave it there?? I have not read great things about the next book and the 3rd isn't out yet and gosh why do I start books that are part of a trilogy or longer?? I rarely have the patience for them because they rarely maintain that first book brilliance that normally sucks you in so for this book to have fizzled already I'm not holding much hope for the rest.

  30. 5 out of 5

    A Paperback Life

    My ACOMAF loving heart is now obsessed with this book

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