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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.  

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Scarlett St. Clair (P)2020 Tantor

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Tiktok told me 5/5 but no, its a 3.25/5

After rading SJM & The Bargainer series this was ok. I liked it but it seemed like something id read before unfortunately. Smutty but I pictured my boyfriend instead of Hades so, ya know. I didn't like Persephone as a journalist and some of the dialog was tough to believe but all in all 3.25/ 5

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Possibly some spoilers

Technically haven’t finished this yet, but a few thoughts right out the gate. 1) the narrator really can’t do a male voice and it’s really awkward; 2) the whole second half of this story is just a series of sex scenes

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It was ok, to similar to L.O.S for me though .

I don’t like to compare but and I know most of this is base on the mythology of this two gods/goddess but a lot of the story had a lot of similarities to the comic book found in WEBTOON / coming to Nexflix soon (Lore Of Olympus by Rachel smythe ), it just had huge similarities. And I’m aware of the myth and authors will put there spin on the myth of there choosing on gods and goddesses but when both sound so much alike I don’t know if that’s my cup of tea . Don’t get me wrong I like touch of darkness and will continue to read on but I’m stinking with lore of Olympus this one for me . P.s not hatting on this book.

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Eh.... it may be for some people

I don't want to be mean about this book, but honestly it wasn't for me. The characters seemed underdeveloped and mostly 2 dimensional, while also being inconsistent. If sentences along the line of "wanted him to fill the emptiness inside her" and almost exclusively referring to male genitalia as "his arousal" and female genitalia as "her core" are for you then you would probably like the sex scenes in this book if that type of phrasing makes you cringe, I recommend reading a different book.

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Romantic book.

This is a deliciously romantic book, it’s about Hades and Persephone, theirs a back and forth, funny parts, and beautifully illustrated underworld.

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wow. just wow

I've been looking for a fiction book about the gods for a long time so when I found this I jumped at it without really looking into it and I regret it. I used to like Kenons Dark Hunter series but the romanticized sex bs got in the way. This book is worse in that theres no other story but that. not fights, no powers, no godly anything really. just love struggles and over the top sex. excuse me, "overly passionate love making" THATS IT. nothing else.

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Gag

I was so excited for this book. The MOMENT I Heard- the narrator’s voice I knew it was going to be a long, hard road. Narrator is just noooooot good.

Story makes no sense, full of major loopholes. Tropes are boring. Creepy right billionaire “preys” on virginal college woman. Blah. This book could have been AMAZING and it was NOT, save your credit and don’t get this one!!

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It’s okay if you want smut

I started listening to this because I read Lore Olympus on WebToon and people on the group I’m in were suggesting this. I love Greek Mythology and specifically love Hades and Persephone. The story itself is okay but it honestly just seems like a Modernized Greek Mythology version of 50 Shade of Gray.

And don’t get me started on how the narrator sounds when she reads the sex scenes. I half expected her to have an orgasm after she read one and I’m just thinking “ma’am I’m trying to listen to the book, not you pleasure yourself.”

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don't waste your time

this came highly recommend to me because I liked ACOTAR and I was highly disappointed

reads more like a fanfiction or an early first draft
predictable plot, flat characters, boring dialogue

if you're absolutely determined to purchase at least get the real book. the narrator is difficult to listen to. sharp whistles on every s, horrible male voices.

worst audiobook I've ever listened to for sure

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Enticing and Entertaining

The voice of a great story teller will guide you through a good story with a good build up for a good release. This may not be the novel to end them all but its great within its genre. Which is all you should ask for btw. There is a good story that envelopes a good timeline and a great set of arousing scenes that take your mind where it needs to go sometimes.
The narrator is delightful (a shame that other books in this saga would not hire its talents) and will help you go wherever the story goes without any hindrance. Definitively an audiobook for a joyful and playful day. Thanks for the entertainment.

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  • Franklymydarling
  • 03-09-21

A drinking game in the making!

It’s a good book with interesting characters. Plus you could make a drinking game out of it. Let’s just say, that if you take a shot every time you hear the word ‘obsidian’, you’ll end up on the floor.

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  • Kim Bourke
  • 08-12-21

So-so.

The narration is fantastic. But honestly the story feels a little like a cringey teen romance novel. Hades is Edward Cullen and Persephone is Bella, just with a bit more sex involved. I would've liked to have heard more character development or backstory, but I suppose that's due in Scarlett's following novels. Her world feels like she stole a lot from Lore Olympus, The amazing and successful webcomic series which has been picked up by Netflix, to be produced by Jim Hensen studios.
I honestly feel this book was disappointing and not as I'd hoped. Is it only popular due to the amount of sex and sexual tension?

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  • Rachel
  • 07-28-21

oh my christ

nope, sorry I didnt enjoy that, I spent more time cringing than actually enjoying this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-15-20

Interesting story, not like anything i've heard

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It made my journey to work fly by as I was so wrapped up in it. I won't lie, I didn't realise the sexual content in this book before buying, but I feel it was old well.

The plot itself is an interesting concept, I think I may need to read more about Greek mythology.

Narrator was one of the best I've heard.

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  • Zoe
  • 05-20-21

Excellent book

I’m a huge fan of hades and persephonie as a Greek myth anyway and finding this book was a god send! Really enjoyed the extra Greek gods dropping in to ... just loved it!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-19-21

loved it but not enough for me

loved it. it was such an amazing book, a crave i couldn’t conquer, an addiction .
That i had to save my soul from Hades😫😫

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  • Nicola
  • 10-28-21

Not the best in terms of character development

Character development and wider story line are a but lackluster, not terrible by any stretch but a bit lacking, nit on a part with TA White for example. But an easy read and decent narrator.

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  • Scur
  • 10-04-21

Average YA style writing, weak heroine and eh narr

I had to give up on the book about an hour in. It's very YA style writing and I couldn't handle the cliches anymore.
I got as far as her making out with Hades and then getting all "oh he's not actually interested, it was just to keep me away from him" before I gave up. Couldn't handle the lead female character having no freaking backbone.
It reminded me a lot of fanfiction style writing where the lead female seems to have no real flaws. Blonde, beautiful, well liked etc and the perfect situations just seem to happen despite her idiotic choices.
The narrator was okay, but I honestly couldn't tell the difference between some of the characters and I didn't get that far into it.
If you want something a little different, well read with a well developed storyline, I'd suggest Sarah J Maas' a court of thorns and roses series.
Even if you just want something spicy, Kresley Coles immortals after dark series are written well and the narrator does a great job of keeping the characters distinct. I returned this title and am going to find something else.

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  • Victoria
  • 08-26-21

adored it, listened to first two books in two days

really enjoy the concept of the Greek gods and living between worlds.
romance was written well, very sexy and still leaves room for a solid story line.
characters are written well, and their development is well thought out.
Narration is pleasing to the ears also, very well done!!
cannot wait for the third book!!

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  • Bean Kirby
  • 08-25-21

Good story

Good story, lots of miscommunication, lots of spice. The narrator got a bit too into the spicey scenes and I could help but laugh a bit at her over excited breathlessness

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  • Gemz16
  • 07-19-21

Meh

I really, really wanted to like this book but my god Persephone has got to be one of the most annoying characters there is. All she does is whine, demand and sulk, then demands some more. She's an immature brat, even when she knows she is in the wrong she still carries on sulking. This would be fine if the character was to say........ grow, but she carries this attitude the whole way through. Her "relationship" with Hades is ugh, booooring. No matter what he does, she always finds a way to turn it around so that he's the worst.
"Hey Hades, you should be sending people to rehab instead of giving them contracts."
He does.
"How dare you send them to rehab. You're only doing this to make fun of me"
ugh such a narcissist.

She also constantly blames Hades for everything, even though most times she's just as much at fault and refuses to listen to and understand his explanations on anything. He'll tell her, "I don't have full control over my contracts and have to consult with the Fates, or I can't just bring people back to life, it doesn't work like that" but does she ever listen? She also continues to berate him for his "unfair" contracts that "ask the impossible". The impossible being
H-"Hey you alcoholic person go get sober and I'll give you what you've demanded of me"
P - "That's so unfair, you're a monster for asking the impossible."
ahhhhhhhhh that seems like a pretty fair trade to me. He ain't giving away something for nothing.

Hades is meeeeeh, he just takes her whining and complaining because I don't know he's in love? Hades never corrects her for her wrong assumptions about him. The most he will say is "It's not like that," but won't say why. The only time he makes an effort to alter her perception of him is when he starts a rehab charity for humans, at Persephone's suggestion. (see above for how that turns out.)

Anyway give it a miss, unless you're into annoyingly childish characters.

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  • Alt
  • 07-11-21

I've read better.

Felt like the plot was purely written to support the sex scenes. Kinda lackluster.

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  • Kristie-Leigh
  • 04-06-21

Perfection!

I absolutely adored this book. It was interesting, easy to understand the world, super spicy & lots of passion. I loved how creative the writer was in the description of the underworld.

Hades was the perfect mix of dangerous & protective. He was so sweet & gentle to Persephone it made me swoon. At the same time he is very much the powerful alpha male. There’s so much more to Hades then what meets the eye and I can’t wait to read the next book to find out more about his past.

Although the story was angsty in the way that Persephone fought against her feelings, the romance & passion kicked off almost immediately in the book.

I really enjoyed the performance by the narrator. She really gave the characters & the story life.

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spice 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
Narrator 🎤🎤🎤🎤🎤

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  • lia
  • 01-27-21

Loved it!

Fun, sexy, addictive. Loved this twist on the tale of Hades & Persephone. Definitely recommend for romance lovers.

Only thing I didn’t love was the narrator’s OTT sex voice when she was climaxing haha. Otherwise she was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-21

Interesting enough, but I'm slightly cringing

The storyline is interesting enough, some of the characters are likeable, a for effort when it comes to narration. However, I find myself cringing at awkward statements such as "my darling" and the excessive use of the phrase "my core", not to mention the outdated "te-he I'm a virgin, but please do ram into me full force on the first encounter, that's totally normal" attitude. Definitely think the story could benefit from a bit less thirsting and a bit more substance. I don't like how it feels like almost everything else is written to support the "bedroom" scenes, rather than them being a natural part of the story. On the other hand, if you're looking for pure smut, you'll probably be disappointed too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-28-21

not what I was wanting

I wasn't wholly impressed by this book, the characters felt quite drab and all over the place. I was first under the impression that is was going to be an enemies to lovers story since that is what everyone had been saying when recommending this book, but that was not what this was, at best it was disgruntled to lovers.

the smutty scene's were so quick that if you weren't paying too much attention for a moment you would miss it, While not having too much passion in it.

over all I didn't hate it but I found myself thinking "gods, how can persephone be this stupid"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-21

Provocative with a new twist

The narration was well delivered and the story flowed well. Filled with many new dark ideas and a different twist on the Gods.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-21

best romance book ever

Ive never written a review before. what can I say this book was amazing it was well written and narrated. I loved the characters and the relationships development. There is plenty of spice and it isn't cringy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

Cliched to the point of painful

The writing is littered with cliches - I found myself rolling my eyes constantly. All of the characters are stereotypes taken straight from every romance novel ever. Would not recommend.

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  • Loretta.
  • 01-08-22

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlet St.Clair

really enjoyed this book. Thank you so much Scarlet for writing it and Thank you Meg Sylvan for reading to me much appreciated 💜💜💜💜