SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“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.”
I’ve always had a fascination with Greek mythology, and the myth of Hades and Persephone is one of my favorites. When I stumbled on A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair, I knew I needed to add it to my Amazon cart immediately.
A Touch of Darkness adds a modern spin to the classic myth, imagining these Greek gods in a modern society interacting with mortals. Once I was a few chapters in I was completely hooked, and it became hard to put the novel down. I loved the development of Persephone and Hades’ relationship. The chemistry and heat is there immediately, but I loved how they challenged each other as well. Their relationship is steamy, and St. Clair does not back away from the heat. She jumps right in. I really enjoyed the peppering in of different gods, and their interactions with Persephone. I also loved when Persephone came into her power. I found myself cheering in my head as she gave a couple people their comeuppance.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m excited that it is being continued as a series, and even a set of books from Hades point of view. If you love Greek mythology or even just the myth of Hades and Persephone I definitely recommend this series.