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Description

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

Ce que les auditeurs disent de A Touch of Darkness

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Au global
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Histoire
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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Not really worth the hours I spent listening

this was a very interesting retelling of Hades and Persephone! I found many parts that I was getting angry with Persephone’s choices and thought processes and talking aloud. In this book Persephone spends most of it being very naive and sheltered and I’m hoping for more growth in the next book. I adored Hades. I do recommend this for someone who isn’t looking for too heavy of a read because it was enjoyable and light, and I’m looking forward to listening to the next book!
Edit: I got six hours into the second book and I’m just going to let you know that there is no growth except a steady downward spiral of Persephone. I stopped listening because her actions and thoughts were making me so angry. I’m confused about the demographic because the content suggests “new adult” but the actions of Persephone are that of a 14 year old. Her flagrant arrogance and callous actions are truly and remarkably stupid. I’m upset because I really liked the characters of Hades and Hermes and Hecate but it was not worth listening to that many hours of Persephone complaining and whining and being a total brat. I think this book might be good for people in their late teens I suppose? But honestly, it was a hard go to get through the first book and even harder to get through the second. It wasn’t worth it in my opinion.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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Left me quite disappointed

I had read so many good things about this book, and yet it has proven to be quite the disappointment. It feels more akin to a fanfic than a well thought out story. It felt like there was so much to be desired, from proper world building to complex character traits, to even just better descriptions of each scene. I loved the narrator at first but found her tone a bit incorrect in some places, but nonetheless she is very talented. Overall I would consider this book severely okay. Will not be reading the second one or anything else in the series.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Awakened

I have never been more sexually frustrated by a book haha. The story is compelling and addicting. I finished it in 2 days. And now I’m going to go get the rest of the series! Also the performance is *chefs kiss*

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • J
  • 2020-10-26

Fun read

This is a book you can fall asleep to because the dialogue and characters are pretty predictable but the story is still addictive enough that you keep listening until you zzz...
The protagonist is pretty unlikeable however, she second guesses the motivation of her love interest in a way that makes you want to roll your eyes sometimes.
The narrator is amazing when it comes to voicing the female characters. Her voice goes from sweet to preppy to sexy seamlessly. But I can't say the same for her narration of the male characters. It took me some time to get use to it but eventually I did.
Anyways, I don't regret my purchase of the book since I remained interested to the end.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

amazing 👏

I wasn't sure if I would like this book going in but I got completely hooked. now I'm on to the second. I have always loved Greek mythology and the way the author brings these gods to life is addictive. cannot wait to read more from her.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Modernizing Greek myth

Modernizing the Rape of Persephone (note: in this context rape means to take without consent not to sexually assault) interest me. I was curious to see how the author would portray the gods and their relationships. At first I was okay with Persephone’s childish/selfish actions due to fact she is a naive goddess. Her character and actions did start to annoy me as the story progressed. The portrayal of Hades was pretty spot on for my liking. Story was good enough to keep me interested in what happens next. I will give the other books in this series a try before making a complete decision.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Virginial Retelling

Meg Sylvan was a fabulous narrator! Her voices for the male characters wasn't distracting, it added to the story!
There's graphic smut aplenty! I think that might be why I picked up this book. and they are good. well done!
I didn't like the character of Persephone though. I felt she was immature and quite irritating for her age. It was difficult to understand why Hades, a being millions of years old, would fall for someone who didn't make decisions for herself. I didn't feel the chemistry built organically nor did I think Persephone's arc was well balanced. I felt it focused too much on her immature self and breezed through her becoming independent and setting boundaries.
there were some cringey cliche points, but all in all, I enjoyed it even if it's not my preferred retelling.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

wonderful read!

I really enjoyed this book! the narrator is one of the best I've yet experienced on Audible. the story was fast paced (in a good way). it moved with little padding. the romance was swoon worthy (and quite spicy!). My only criticism is that a few of the plot points near the end get wrapped up a little too quickly/neatly for my taste but it didn't diminish my overall enjoyment.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

reminded me of reading fanfiction

this reminded me of reading stories on fanfiction websites in the early 2000's. that's not necessarily a bad thing but its a retelling of a classic story were the only thing that remains of the original character is their name recognition. I didn't feel like any of the gods matched what we would expect of them (with maybe the exception of Athena) and I don't feel as though the author tried very hard on that front. I'm totally fine with that, but then why not make up new characters?

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Needed a cold shower afterwards.

At first I was quite irritated by what direction I thought the plot was going to take. I was happily surprised and relieved that I was very wrong. This retelling beautifully shows the lust, passion and love between Hades and Persephone. I loved the tidbits of other greek myths throughout the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Greek Mythology (and someone who doesn’t mind some “smutty” scenes) and to anyone who loves a good Romance. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Mary
  • 2021-05-20

Painfully boring

Not gonna lie, I picked it up because the idea of a ✨spicy✨ book set in a modern rendition of Greek Myths / the Hades and Persephone relationship intrigued the hell out of me but the set up was both rushed and tedious, the writing isn't that compelling, the spice was minimal (and not helped by the performer's breathy moans, talk about awkward), the plot was non-existent, the characters lacked chemistry which isn't great for what is supposed to be an edgy romance novel.
I struggled to power through, wouldn't recommend it to anyone and I might try to get a refund.

  • Au global
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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2021-01-18

Nice book

The love story is cute but the plot & storyline are a bit childish! Overall a pleasant book to listen to, I would recommand it.

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  • S.J. Gokey-Hartsfield
  • 2020-08-18

Some people really will romanticize anything, huh?

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.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Guienivere
  • 2021-02-23

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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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • madeleine blackman
  • 2021-04-08

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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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Michelle Kattarina Huntsman
  • 2020-12-22

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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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Audrey Dalum
  • 2021-03-30

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lottie
  • 2020-07-02

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Hannah Morgan
  • 2021-12-19

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Donaher
  • 2021-10-19

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Fox
  • 2021-09-15

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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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrie Stickney
  • 2021-12-14

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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