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He offered her more than a throne. More than the Underworld. He offered her a love that would withstand the test of time. Maiden, Daughter, Goddess of Spring. She has many names and none of them fit. Kore lives her life in a gilded cage, loved by all but understood by none. When Hades appears out of the darkness with promises of midnight and glory on his tongue, he offers her He offered her more than a throne. More than the Underworld. He offered her a love that would withstand the test of time. Maiden, Daughter, Goddess of Spring. She has many names and none of them fit. Kore lives her life in a gilded cage, loved by all but understood by none. When Hades appears out of the darkness with promises of midnight and glory on his tongue, he offers her a kingdom. Lays eternity at her feet. Bids her eat and drink from the land of the dead. The ichor tastes bitter, but she's never felt such a thrilling sting. Then he calls her a new name. Persephone. Bringer of Death. But the gods want them separated, and few can trick the Olympians. Of course she eats the pomegranate. He offers it to her with a promise to lay the world at her feet. But she only wants him... For fans of Circe, Shadow & Bone, and Serpent & Dove, you'll fall head over heels with this twist on the classic myth.


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He offered her more than a throne. More than the Underworld. He offered her a love that would withstand the test of time. Maiden, Daughter, Goddess of Spring. She has many names and none of them fit. Kore lives her life in a gilded cage, loved by all but understood by none. When Hades appears out of the darkness with promises of midnight and glory on his tongue, he offers her He offered her more than a throne. More than the Underworld. He offered her a love that would withstand the test of time. Maiden, Daughter, Goddess of Spring. She has many names and none of them fit. Kore lives her life in a gilded cage, loved by all but understood by none. When Hades appears out of the darkness with promises of midnight and glory on his tongue, he offers her a kingdom. Lays eternity at her feet. Bids her eat and drink from the land of the dead. The ichor tastes bitter, but she's never felt such a thrilling sting. Then he calls her a new name. Persephone. Bringer of Death. But the gods want them separated, and few can trick the Olympians. Of course she eats the pomegranate. He offers it to her with a promise to lay the world at her feet. But she only wants him... For fans of Circe, Shadow & Bone, and Serpent & Dove, you'll fall head over heels with this twist on the classic myth.

30 review for Tempting Hades

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Loved this retelling! Hamm spins some beautiful words along with a magical story! I was excited to be inside both Hades and Persephone’s heads! The world building was excellent, especially in the Underworld! And I want a three headed pup of my own! Definitely had swoon and originality!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Oh my gosh! This was epic! I’ve never met Persephone and Hades like this! From the first page I was captivated with Kore and her struggle to be more than what she is. Watching her transform from that virginal young goddess into the Queen of the Underworld was a journey I couldn’t step away from. I absolutely loved how she learned to listen to the dark side of herself and while Hades’ presence in her life is what instigated her change, she was strong enough without him to complete those changes. T Oh my gosh! This was epic! I’ve never met Persephone and Hades like this! From the first page I was captivated with Kore and her struggle to be more than what she is. Watching her transform from that virginal young goddess into the Queen of the Underworld was a journey I couldn’t step away from. I absolutely loved how she learned to listen to the dark side of herself and while Hades’ presence in her life is what instigated her change, she was strong enough without him to complete those changes. This is mostly written from Persephone’s point of view, but we do have some very insightful moments with Hades. Ms. Hamm’s Hades was nothing like I expected and so much better because of it. I loved that his character was so unique and yet perfect for a romantic hero. Tempting Hades is beautifully written and instantly pulled me into its mythological world. The format this was written added to the overall charm of the book and when I reached the last page I found myself smiling as I cried. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[h virgin; H not made out to be a manwhore but certainly with ow before h; no om drama; lots of ow drama as this is what drives a good portion of the conflict for the h – ow is mean to h and implies things that are not true – h never really tells H about what ow is saying/doing (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Villains Do It Better

    1.5 Stars DNF @ 22% Boring, bland, no chemistry, and nothing special about the characters or their "love". I wish the author would have stuck to the original myth more regarding their relationship and less about her relationship with Demeter, because there was zero tension, and I could care less about their story the further I read. Hades was too nice for me and it seemed like all he cared about was her power. The heroine had no backbone and was a bit too ditzy. She constantly complained about her 1.5 Stars DNF @ 22% Boring, bland, no chemistry, and nothing special about the characters or their "love". I wish the author would have stuck to the original myth more regarding their relationship and less about her relationship with Demeter, because there was zero tension, and I could care less about their story the further I read. Hades was too nice for me and it seemed like all he cared about was her power. The heroine had no backbone and was a bit too ditzy. She constantly complained about her mother keeping her in a cage but then she listens and does everything Demeter wants. Definitely wasn't a fan of any of the characters. Overall, this was a disappointment because I was actually looking forward to Hamm's retelling. I should have known though that I wouldn't have liked it, because this is now the third time I've read and DNFed her books, one of which was under a different pen name and I didn't know that, so I'm pretty sure this author's writing just doesn't do it for me. I will give one last try for her Labyrinth inspired books before I totally give up on her books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I'd been looking forward to this for awhile, I really enjoyed Emma Hamm's Heart of the Fae books, and I am obsessed with Persephone/Hades. But I wasn't a huge fan of this. I didn't connect with the characters, it felt like they had zero chemistry, and it was kind of meandering, like what even was the plot? As much as I love Persephone and Hades, I have yet to find a retelling that actually works for me. Maybe one day. I'd been looking forward to this for awhile, I really enjoyed Emma Hamm's Heart of the Fae books, and I am obsessed with Persephone/Hades. But I wasn't a huge fan of this. I didn't connect with the characters, it felt like they had zero chemistry, and it was kind of meandering, like what even was the plot? As much as I love Persephone and Hades, I have yet to find a retelling that actually works for me. Maybe one day.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shayay

    Love Hades and Persephone!! This follows the tradition story of Persephone and Hades; I like when there’s a few more liberties taken with their story, but this one is still entertaining, passionate and sweet. Kore aka Persephone has a super controlling, over protective, smothering mother, Demeter; her mother is so stifling that Persephone can’t wait to get away and grow into her own person. Luckily, she meets Hades, who understands her and feels a kindred spirit in her; they are good for each oth Love Hades and Persephone!! This follows the tradition story of Persephone and Hades; I like when there’s a few more liberties taken with their story, but this one is still entertaining, passionate and sweet. Kore aka Persephone has a super controlling, over protective, smothering mother, Demeter; her mother is so stifling that Persephone can’t wait to get away and grow into her own person. Luckily, she meets Hades, who understands her and feels a kindred spirit in her; they are good for each other, but people keep trying to meddle in their lives. The connection between them is so sweet! I would’ve loved to see a tougher side to Hades, but I love how accepting of Persephone he is. Persephone can be a bit of a brat at times, but with how she grew up, I’m surprised she’s not worse. I wish she would stand up to her mother more; her mother didn’t deserve to have 1 month let alone 6 months of Persephone’s time. I hate when people that don’t deserve to get their way end up getting their way; that’s not a full happy ending for me. Also, I don’t get why there can’t be more visitation during that 6 months of separation; they are Gods for goodness sake, they can get to places really quickly, there should be plenty of opportunity for visits. It’s just all so stupid to me that an adult woman can’t just live her life. Overall, this is a well-written story that delves a bit deeper into the the story of Hades and Persephone, but I would’ve liked for there to be a little more plot besides the obvious to the story. A few more surprises would’ve been good, but this book did hit the main elements of the story; just needed that something extra to make it pop. I just love the chemistry between Hades and Persephone, so I appreciate any stories I can get about them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura P.

    DFN @30%, it was so dull to the point of being embarrassing. There's no real plot and the characters felt completely dry and paper cut. They lacked any real substance and chemistry. We start with Hades seeing Kore (Persephone) for the first time and oh-she-is-so-beautiful (of course!) and perfect aaand--that's it! That sums up everything that Hades has to say about her. As for Persephone, please don't get me started, she's her mother's puppet and aside from being beautiful (according to Hades) an DFN @30%, it was so dull to the point of being embarrassing. There's no real plot and the characters felt completely dry and paper cut. They lacked any real substance and chemistry. We start with Hades seeing Kore (Persephone) for the first time and oh-she-is-so-beautiful (of course!) and perfect aaand--that's it! That sums up everything that Hades has to say about her. As for Persephone, please don't get me started, she's her mother's puppet and aside from being beautiful (according to Hades) and powerful (apparently) there isn't much else to it. The monotonous writing style didn't help the case either. Tempting Hades IS A BIG MISS. I'll rejoice for a full day when I'll finally manage to find a decent and exciting Hades & Persephone retelling BUT this is not the day.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    I really liked this story, Hades and Persephone have always been my favorites from Greek mythology and this story is so cute Hades I love him! Persephone is represented as something more than just a good and pretty goddess, I really liked that. I don't think it's the best retelling of these mythological characters but, I really enjoyed it. In conclusion, this book reminded me why I like Greek mythology. Español Me gustó mucho esta historia, Hades y Persefone siempre han sido mis favoritos de la m I really liked this story, Hades and Persephone have always been my favorites from Greek mythology and this story is so cute Hades I love him! Persephone is represented as something more than just a good and pretty goddess, I really liked that. I don't think it's the best retelling of these mythological characters but, I really enjoyed it. In conclusion, this book reminded me why I like Greek mythology. Español Me gustó mucho esta historia, Hades y Persefone siempre han sido mis favoritos de la mitología griega y esta historia es tan linda Hades lo amo! Persefone es representada como algo más que solo una diosa buena y bonita, eso me gustó mucho. No creo que sea el mejor retelling de estos personajes mitológicos pero, lo disfruté mucho En conclusión, este libro me recordó porque me gusta la mitología griega

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    (Received an e-arc from the lovely Emma Hamm herself) This is the story I wish the myth of Hades and Persephone was. The kidnapping and rape is just so sad (but then I guess all Greek tragedies are 😉). Also, of a mother - who does love her daughter very much - but has lived soo long has really forgotten what affection and feelings are (even to her own daughter) that just leaves her duty to the earth and the people who worship her (which is what she loved). I love that Emma brought the atmosphere o (Received an e-arc from the lovely Emma Hamm herself) This is the story I wish the myth of Hades and Persephone was. The kidnapping and rape is just so sad (but then I guess all Greek tragedies are 😉). Also, of a mother - who does love her daughter very much - but has lived soo long has really forgotten what affection and feelings are (even to her own daughter) that just leaves her duty to the earth and the people who worship her (which is what she loved). I love that Emma brought the atmosphere of ancient time to life (believe me, I dreamt of Ancient Greece last night). I love the dynamic protective mother to her maiden daughter and trying to keep her always her “little girl” (all moms at some point are guilty of this) and keep her safe. But, a child will always find a way to grow out from her mother’s shadow. And, Emma does just that - shows us the strong woman hiding in the little girl waiting to come out to her own. I love Hades (that poor guy always gets the bad rap cause he’s the “king of the underworld” 🙄). He starts like the “I hate my family” but turns into something that is a better version of what a god is (even a mortal). All in all - I was sucked into this story and didn’t want it to end, didn’t want to leave Hades and Persephone and the Underworld. I also know - I really need to dust off the rust of my knowledge of my ancient gods again (this getting older sucks - lol 😂). Thank you Emma Hamm for letting me read this amazing story! Thank you for setting the story to paper and making them alive!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shoshanna Ford

    Oh. My. God. This book. Wild ride from start to finish. The worldbuilding was excellent, as I've come to expect from Emma Hamm. My expectations were high for this story. Emma Hamm is one of my absolute favorite authors. The story of Hades and Persephone is my favorite story from Greek mythology. I have read a LOT of spin off / retelling / etc. stories of Hades and Persephone. This one takes the cake. The dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting.  I think authors criminally underestimate Pe Oh. My. God. This book. Wild ride from start to finish. The worldbuilding was excellent, as I've come to expect from Emma Hamm. My expectations were high for this story. Emma Hamm is one of my absolute favorite authors. The story of Hades and Persephone is my favorite story from Greek mythology. I have read a LOT of spin off / retelling / etc. stories of Hades and Persephone. This one takes the cake. The dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting.  I think authors criminally underestimate Persephone in general, but Emma did her justice. Persephone is a force unto herself. Emma Hamm excels at creating complex characters that do not fit in tidy "good vs. evil" boxes. It is positively delicious.  Hecate is another of my all time favorite goddesses, and she features heavily in this story. Emma's interpretation of Demeter also aligns more closely with my impression of her than other modern interpretations. I enjoyed it immensely.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book to absolutely everyone.  https://ssshwearereading.wordpress.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (FearYourEx)

    I found this to be a very romantic but cute Hades and Persephone retelling. It was nice to read one that includes Demeter and the other gods more. Typically we get a little Demeter and then I feel like her part of the story gets glossed over. I loved that the humans that worshipped the gods are involved. This was also a clean romance where it was more fade to black than others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    not my favorite retelling and definitely needed more editing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kala Reynolds

    I’m such a huge hades and Persephone fan. SOO when I heard my favorite author was planning on this retelling you could have knocked me over with a feather! We are getting so close to release day and I. Cannot. Wait!!! *insert girlish scream* I will be updating when I finish it but come on, you and I both know I’m gonna love it! Did I mention favorite author???? You know it’s gonna be epic! Okay okay so I finished this book in 24 hours! I was flying through so fast! So here is my official review! I’m such a huge hades and Persephone fan. SOO when I heard my favorite author was planning on this retelling you could have knocked me over with a feather! We are getting so close to release day and I. Cannot. Wait!!! *insert girlish scream* I will be updating when I finish it but come on, you and I both know I’m gonna love it! Did I mention favorite author???? You know it’s gonna be epic! Okay okay so I finished this book in 24 hours! I was flying through so fast! So here is my official review! ❤️ Where do I even begin with this? First off I want to say that Emma could write soup can labels and I would read them. Does that make me biased? Possibly.... BUT I have not read a book by her that has ever let me down (and I have read a bunch) That being said when I saw she was writing a Hades and Persephone retelling I could feel my reading senses tingling. Hades and Persephone retellings are absolutely my favorite. (Right along beauty and the beast retellings that is) I could have guessed before I read this book that I was going to like it. But what I didn’t predict is the heart wrenching feelings this book got me with. I know I know, I should have seen it coming... but I didn’t and I was utterly blown away by this book. It was so clever how it was a retelling of the barest bones. It wasn’t a story that was “inspired by” or had a bunch of details changed. Instead it brought the untold parts of their story to life in a way that held onto the original myth. I would also like to point out that Emma is the queen of angst. She just writes it so well that even though this story didn’t have as much as others, it still grabbed me in the chest every time. I could feel exactly what the characters were going through as they struggled to just be happy. And Hades inner voice about killed me when he talked about how unworthy and lonely he was. Arrow. To. The. Chest. I cannot write a review and not mention Emma’s writing style. There is something to be said by the utter eloquence of her words. I’m not joking when I say that several lines I read I had to pause and think about because they were so deep and so beautiful. Seriously, remember I would read soup cans this woman writes. All in all I am not merely recommending this book... I am commanding that you read it. I just know you will love it as much as I did!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura Cirne

    As a big Emma Hamm fangirl I couldn't be more excited when I received the news that she was writing a retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone (fav OTP) and Tempting Hades don't let me down. In the first pages, I found myself completely captivated by Persephone and her struggle to be more than "mama's little girl". Even though she was innocent and inexperienced, she was a grown woman who wanted more and I loved watching her grow with each chapter. Hades. What can I say about him? Unexpec As a big Emma Hamm fangirl I couldn't be more excited when I received the news that she was writing a retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone (fav OTP) and Tempting Hades don't let me down. In the first pages, I found myself completely captivated by Persephone and her struggle to be more than "mama's little girl". Even though she was innocent and inexperienced, she was a grown woman who wanted more and I loved watching her grow with each chapter. Hades. What can I say about him? Unexpected, may be a good word to describe him, but in a good way. Like most of Emma's heroes, I fell in love with him, but my favorite part was seeing the kind of god he is. The whole development of the story was captivating. The format as we are introduced to the narrative in the prologue and how everything is tied in the epilogue left me enchanted and I found myself hugged with my Kindle with a smile on my face, still without believing that it was over. Since the first time I read the myth of Hades and Persephone, many questions and fantasies pop up in my mind and I couldn't be more grateful that Emma Hamm brought these fantasies to life with this book. I received an ARC copy for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ale ♡

    1.star if I'm honest dnf at 15% perhaps? At chapter 9, lol. I just couldn't stand it. This is the very first time I dnf a book and I thought I was going to feel terrible, but I don't. Y'all know I'm a slut for Hades and Persephone myth, and I said "this retelling looks promising, good and oh my gods, I can't wait to read it", but, guess who's wrong? yes, I'm such a clown. We found Kore, the daughter of Demeter, who is her puppet too. Demeter basically has Kore in a damn cage and tells her that ever 1.star if I'm honest dnf at 15% perhaps? At chapter 9, lol. I just couldn't stand it. This is the very first time I dnf a book and I thought I was going to feel terrible, but I don't. Y'all know I'm a slut for Hades and Persephone myth, and I said "this retelling looks promising, good and oh my gods, I can't wait to read it", but, guess who's wrong? yes, I'm such a clown. We found Kore, the daughter of Demeter, who is her puppet too. Demeter basically has Kore in a damn cage and tells her that everything and everyone are mean. So, to prove her point, Demeter takes Kore (by her petition) to the Olympus... She is humilliated but Hades saves the day (influenced by Hermes, ok) and it's insta love. :D I hate insta love, but here it's like ??? what. To resume Hades thoughts about Kore, here are some: "Kore is so powerful." "Kore is so beautiful." "She doesn't know her power." Kore was so manipulated by everyone and that made me sick. I was sick, so GODDAMN sick. I'm sorry, but this book it's just not for me. :(

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Knowles

    I received an arc for an honest review. I wanted this book to fill the Persephone and Hades void, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. It was an easy read, but it still took me a few days to get through because I just couldn't connect with the characters. The potential for kick ass chemistry was lost on two very bland MCs and it was so frustrating to read. This was a retelling and some parts were very interesting. I enjoyed the twist at how the story unfolded. Unfortunately, certain part I received an arc for an honest review. I wanted this book to fill the Persephone and Hades void, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. It was an easy read, but it still took me a few days to get through because I just couldn't connect with the characters. The potential for kick ass chemistry was lost on two very bland MCs and it was so frustrating to read. This was a retelling and some parts were very interesting. I enjoyed the twist at how the story unfolded. Unfortunately, certain parts felt rushed and held no depth to the plot itself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tairen Soul

    Maiden, Daughter, Goddess of Spring. She has many names and none of them fit. Kore lives her life in a gilded cage, loved by all but understood by none. ___ Tempting Hades by Emma Hamm is a mythical retelling of Hades & Persephone and in my opinion is the only retelling you need to read about them. EVER. Seriously I loved everything about this book, all the gods are portrayed perfectly with little quirks the author added to make them unique to her story - Hades is dark and brooding as he should b Maiden, Daughter, Goddess of Spring. She has many names and none of them fit. Kore lives her life in a gilded cage, loved by all but understood by none. ___ Tempting Hades by Emma Hamm is a mythical retelling of Hades & Persephone and in my opinion is the only retelling you need to read about them. EVER. Seriously I loved everything about this book, all the gods are portrayed perfectly with little quirks the author added to make them unique to her story - Hades is dark and brooding as he should be but has this hint of adorable awkwardness whenever he’s dealing with Kore/Persephone which makes the book so fun to read. AND he loves Cerberus to pieces which to me makes him absolutely perfect. Another thing I really loved in this book was how Kore this delicate goddess of spring grew into her role throughout the story until she was no longer just the goddess of spring but Persephone queen of the underworld. Like with all her books Emma brought the world and characters of Tempting Hades to life and I was so sad to say goodbye to them as I read the last pages. This is a must read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    This is such a brilliant take on Hades and Persephone's tale. It taught me that not every myth we hear holds the truth and makes me curious about other mythologies too. Hades and Persephone's story has always been my favorite from Greek Mythology and I'm so glad to read this masterpiece. This is such a brilliant take on Hades and Persephone's tale. It taught me that not every myth we hear holds the truth and makes me curious about other mythologies too. Hades and Persephone's story has always been my favorite from Greek Mythology and I'm so glad to read this masterpiece.

  18. 5 out of 5

    JULIA RATES ROMANCE 🖤

    The romance in this book is off the charts!!! (Though the smut rating I would give 1/5) BUT! The amount of chemistry and love shared between Hades and Persephone is undeniable and my heart was so happy the whole time I was reading this book. Obviously there are complications to make the story interesting, but that didn't defer from the amount of romance in this book! I was swooning at the words used and how their relationship became this beautiful thing. Ugh! I love this book! Please, if you lov The romance in this book is off the charts!!! (Though the smut rating I would give 1/5) BUT! The amount of chemistry and love shared between Hades and Persephone is undeniable and my heart was so happy the whole time I was reading this book. Obviously there are complications to make the story interesting, but that didn't defer from the amount of romance in this book! I was swooning at the words used and how their relationship became this beautiful thing. Ugh! I love this book! Please, if you love Hades and Persephone, this book was a great retelling! Some of my favorite quotes from the book! “You don’t know how much I want to be by your side with each breath.” “Never in my life have I met someone who glowed from deep within their soul. You are the light to my darkness. The beacon in my never ending night. I know that can be difficult to understand or believe.” “How did you know?” she whispered, her breath fanning across his lips. “Know what?” “That I was different?” Hades clenched his fingers in the fabric of her himation, drawing her tight against him once again. “Because the thought of you consumes me.”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Mae

    DNF I have always loved a good Persephone and Hades romance. Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with this story and wanted to read things more like it. I so wanted to enjoy this book. Emma Hamm is not necessarily my favorite author, but I have enjoyed multiple books for her, but I’ve also put down quite a few of her books midway through and never picked them up. She’s prolific, so it’s natural some of her books won’t be great. I got to about 55% before stopping so I feel like I can give a somew DNF I have always loved a good Persephone and Hades romance. Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with this story and wanted to read things more like it. I so wanted to enjoy this book. Emma Hamm is not necessarily my favorite author, but I have enjoyed multiple books for her, but I’ve also put down quite a few of her books midway through and never picked them up. She’s prolific, so it’s natural some of her books won’t be great. I got to about 55% before stopping so I feel like I can give a somewhat comprehensible review. The good Some of the writing is really beautiful. The first chapter was so compelling, so I was excited to keep reading. I appreciated the depiction of the gods as fallible, flawed and occasionally cruel beings. There were some moments where the visuals painted by her descriptions were so fascinating and beautiful. The bad Kore (Persephone) and Hades had no chemistry. I get that it was a rushed romance and that they were getting to know each other, but married at second sight just doesn’t seem as romantic or reasonable when the characters choose to do it. Any sexual tension between them was killed by their complete lack of sensible attraction. Kore acted like an annoying child. She was naive and obnoxious and I couldn’t force myself to like her. Plot? What plot? At 55% I should know what the plot is. Maybe it got there eventually, but not fast enough to keep me interested in this lackluster pairing. Someday I will find my perfect Hades/Persephone romance but this is not it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dervila O

    I received an advance reading copy of this book as I was too excited to wait for my copy to arrive and I’m so delighted I did. Tempting Hades is ABSOLUTELY amazing!!! I love Greek myth retellings and this was by far one of my favourites. A refreshing new take on such a famous story, seen through the eyes of both Persephone and Hades. The characters are explored in such a way that you can empathise (apart from the magic and immortality) with their struggles. Emma Hamm gives Persephone and Hades hu I received an advance reading copy of this book as I was too excited to wait for my copy to arrive and I’m so delighted I did. Tempting Hades is ABSOLUTELY amazing!!! I love Greek myth retellings and this was by far one of my favourites. A refreshing new take on such a famous story, seen through the eyes of both Persephone and Hades. The characters are explored in such a way that you can empathise (apart from the magic and immortality) with their struggles. Emma Hamm gives Persephone and Hades humanity in a world where gods feel little human emotions. I definitely fell in love with Hades character and how Emma Hamm portrays the ruler of the Underworld. As a reader you can really sympathise with their plight and are rooting for them from the beginning. I found this retelling to be completely captivating. Everything from the depth of the characters, the detailed description of landscape, the mystical dwellings of the gods, everything was meticulously researched and delivered to the reader in such a way to make it utterly additive. I was drawn in from the first couple of lines and I loved every minute of it. I will be rereading it as soon as I can and am begging for a sequel to continue on this mesmerising story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe King

    Growing up I read every story or book I could about Greek Mythology so I am very familiar with the story of Hades and Persephone (Kore). I'm always on the hunt for a unique retelling of their relationship and have read several books by Emma Hamm, so naturally I was super excited for this story when I read the description. This book did an excellent job of exploring a more modern take on Hades and Persephone's personalities, as well as telling Persephone's "side of the story". The dynamic between Growing up I read every story or book I could about Greek Mythology so I am very familiar with the story of Hades and Persephone (Kore). I'm always on the hunt for a unique retelling of their relationship and have read several books by Emma Hamm, so naturally I was super excited for this story when I read the description. This book did an excellent job of exploring a more modern take on Hades and Persephone's personalities, as well as telling Persephone's "side of the story". The dynamic between Kore and her mother was excellent and really shed some light onto the decisions that Kore made throughout the book. Overall the relationship between Kore and Hades was sweet but I felt it was lacking depth. This is something I've noticed in many romance and fantasy romance books (my fav genre), is authors seems to struggle with relationship development. Insta-love is annoying and unrealistic, I wish relationships were taken in slower, smaller, steps and more banter/conversation between couples would occur. Definitely not a problem unique to this story but something that seems to be difficult to achieve (especially compared to Sarah J Mass, who (in my opinion) is a relationship development master. Overall a unique book for anyone who is interested in a modern, updated retelling of a myth we all know and love.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

    Discover the journey of Kore to Persephone I was drawn to this book because while there are many depictions of this story, they seem to favor Persephone as this perfect goddess. This book shows you an inside look to the awakening of Persephone. The author does an amazing job at immersing the reader in the journey. I loved Hades character and his points of view in the story. It is a change to see him grow from the awkward and isolated God into the romantic, adoring husband. Demeter(Persephone's moth Discover the journey of Kore to Persephone I was drawn to this book because while there are many depictions of this story, they seem to favor Persephone as this perfect goddess. This book shows you an inside look to the awakening of Persephone. The author does an amazing job at immersing the reader in the journey. I loved Hades character and his points of view in the story. It is a change to see him grow from the awkward and isolated God into the romantic, adoring husband. Demeter(Persephone's mother) is usually depicted as the doting and loving mother, but I like this author's take since it seems more believable. Something else I enjoyed was that while we discovered the different emotions and personalities of the gods/goddesses they maintained their Otherworldliness. They can not be mistaken as human and I appreciated that. This book was amazing and provided an interesting new perception on an ancient myth.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katheyer

    “Maybe love wasn’t impossible for immortals after all” „Tempting Hades“ by Emma Hamm is a brand-new retelling of Ancient Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone that offers a modern and new uptake of the myth. Ambrosius has dedicated his life to unravel the truth behind Hades & Persephone’s tale, convinced as he is that the ‘official’ version, which states that Hades stole Persephone from her home, and violated her forcing to remain in Hell. But Ambrosius believes Persephone to be strong enough to with “Maybe love wasn’t impossible for immortals after all” „Tempting Hades“ by Emma Hamm is a brand-new retelling of Ancient Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone that offers a modern and new uptake of the myth. Ambrosius has dedicated his life to unravel the truth behind Hades & Persephone’s tale, convinced as he is that the ‘official’ version, which states that Hades stole Persephone from her home, and violated her forcing to remain in Hell. But Ambrosius believes Persephone to be strong enough to withstand Hades and never fall in love with her rapist. And thus, Ambrosius visits the temple on Mount Parnassus to ask the truth from the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle price is stiff, but Ambrosius would pay it nevertheless, just to know the truth. After hearing the story and learning that the truth is indeed differs from the common tale, Ambrosius have to pay Oracle trading his own life for the information. This is a wonderful narrated tale that uses the myth to create a beautiful love story that captivates both with its modern twist and its ancient roots. Ambrosius journey comes to a wonderful end. Slight spoiler for those who missed it *** Ambrosius is the name giver of ambrosia, the food of the Greek Gods, which conferred them immortality

  24. 4 out of 5

    perfectlyamberb

    I am so disappointed. This was a very anticipated release for me, I recently read “the heart of the fae” duology by Emma Hamm and I loved it. So when I seen that she was doing a Hades and Persephone retelling I was excited, however, this was downright dull. Nothing really happens in the story and I felt like the love story between Hades and Persephone wasn’t really developed. We spend a lot of time hearing about the darkness in Persephone but we never really see her using it except once. I don’t I am so disappointed. This was a very anticipated release for me, I recently read “the heart of the fae” duology by Emma Hamm and I loved it. So when I seen that she was doing a Hades and Persephone retelling I was excited, however, this was downright dull. Nothing really happens in the story and I felt like the love story between Hades and Persephone wasn’t really developed. We spend a lot of time hearing about the darkness in Persephone but we never really see her using it except once. I don’t feel like she ever really “fought” for Hades at least not in public anyway. But the part of this book that irritates me the most is that she never really got out from under her mothers thumb despite what the book wants us to believe. Yes she got married and had a child but in the end her mother is still controlling her. She is literally still doing what her mother wants and pretending to enjoying it at the end of the book the same as she was at the beginning and she never even tells her mother off. Overall, this was an okay but really disappointing read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    An interesting twist on the hades and Persephone myth I really enjoyed this read. It was quick and well paced. I enjoyed the storytelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone which is one of my favourite retelling styles. I enjoyed the way this was a tale of Kore the maiden becoming Persephone the Queen rather than just about the romance between Them. Cerberus depiction was my favourite I think he’s the kind of guard dog we all need in our lives and I really loved having Hecate in this story and An interesting twist on the hades and Persephone myth I really enjoyed this read. It was quick and well paced. I enjoyed the storytelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone which is one of my favourite retelling styles. I enjoyed the way this was a tale of Kore the maiden becoming Persephone the Queen rather than just about the romance between Them. Cerberus depiction was my favourite I think he’s the kind of guard dog we all need in our lives and I really loved having Hecate in this story and would love to read more of her in general from the author. This was an uplifting, easy read about empowerment and womanhood and self discovery and acceptance that I enjoyed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    “And I would tear the stars from the sky to see what you are capable of, Kore.” Without reading the synopsis, the expectation was a retelling of the Abduction of Persephone. This book took place in Ancient Greek but with a twist. The changes from Persephone being a maiden until saying otherwise and Demeter being a questionable mother figure. With such few changes from the original story of Hades and Persephone, the book was still a good read despite its minor changes. One thing that was interestin “And I would tear the stars from the sky to see what you are capable of, Kore.” Without reading the synopsis, the expectation was a retelling of the Abduction of Persephone. This book took place in Ancient Greek but with a twist. The changes from Persephone being a maiden until saying otherwise and Demeter being a questionable mother figure. With such few changes from the original story of Hades and Persephone, the book was still a good read despite its minor changes. One thing that was interesting in the book is the way that Persephone and Hades both struggle with their marriage. Persephone is trying to shed the naive label that was given to her by the Gods of Olympus. Hades is trying to accept the fact that Persephone may never love him or the Underworld. If you're a fan of Persephone's original story, this is the book for you. This book is a simple love story of Hades and Persephone, and it made for a relaxing read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Constanza Charles

    As a long time lover of greek myths, Hades and Persephone retellings are my personal favorites. However, Tempting Hades was not it for me. The story lagged in various parts, a quicker pace would've have made it more enjoyable for me. Despite being written in a dual pov, I felt like the chemistry between the characters was forced. However, there we're some things that I found surprising and that I enjoyed. The way Hades character was written, the man blushes and becomes flustered around his wife. c As a long time lover of greek myths, Hades and Persephone retellings are my personal favorites. However, Tempting Hades was not it for me. The story lagged in various parts, a quicker pace would've have made it more enjoyable for me. Despite being written in a dual pov, I felt like the chemistry between the characters was forced. However, there we're some things that I found surprising and that I enjoyed. The way Hades character was written, the man blushes and becomes flustered around his wife. c-u-t-e. The unexpected addition that is made was a plot twist I had never encountered while reading a Hades and Persephone retelling and I didn't completely love it, but I also didn't hate it. I was mostly just surprised.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brigid

    Oh thank god that's over. So this surprised me in that I did not like it. I did read another book by Hamm, under Elizabeth Frost, which was whimsical and kinda cool but this has a lot of problems. RTC Oh thank god that's over. So this surprised me in that I did not like it. I did read another book by Hamm, under Elizabeth Frost, which was whimsical and kinda cool but this has a lot of problems. RTC

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deb Farris Wood

    Touching I love Persephone and Hades, and this rendition is so exquisitely written. I don’t know what else I can say, it well worth the read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nite0wl29

    Always a sucker for a good Hades and Persephone read. I loved the author’s take on our favorite mythical pair! 🥰 The writing, the quotes, the imagery—perfection!

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